New Books

New books are always being added to your collection. Check out the NEW lists in our library catalog to see what’s new for you. Here are four of our favorite new items this month:
HMTBThe Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories by Hilary Mantel
From one of Britain’s most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary short stories that demonstrate what modern England has become
In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display.
Mantel brutally and acutely writes about gender, marriage, class, family, and sex, cutting to the core of human experience. Unpredictable, diverse, and even shockingly unexpected, each story grabs you by the throat within a couple of sentences. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers. Mantel is the author of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies–both winners of the Man Booker Prize, an unprecedented achievement!

Tuesday Knits!

yarn and knitting needlesDo you love to craft things with yarn? Whether you prefer knit or crochet, Pelham Library has never had more options for you!

Introducing Tuesday Knits, a day where knitters of all ages and ability levels can gather to share ideas, chat and learn from one another’s skills.

Have a bit of free time in the afternoon? Join our Daytime Knitters Tuesday afternoons from 1-2 p.m.  in the cozy stuffed chairs in our Ernest Matthew Law Reading Room and work on your knitting project. Learn from others and enjoy a place to talk about your craft.

More of a night owl? Our Evening Knitting Group meets Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. in the Children’s Storytime area to relax, share their expertise and make beautiful knit creations!

So bring your needles and yarn, and join us for Tuesday Knits!

Introducing Tech Tuesdays: Computer Help for Beginners!

techtues1Beginning Fall 2014, the library will offer its new session of computer courses for beginners! Classes are perfect for users with little or no exposure to computers as well as those who want to brush up on basics before moving on to intermediate classes. This abbreviated session will cover topics such as:

-Computer Basics
-Microsoft Word for Beginners
-Microsoft Excel for Beginners
-eReader and Tablet Basics
-Social Media for Beginners

Classes will be held on Tuesday mornings from 11:00-11:50 a.m. and are limited to six individuals per session. Call the library or stop by in person to secure your place on the list.

Can’t make one of our classes? Don’t worry—each topic will be repeated monthly, and the full Fall schedule can be viewed below. Still can’t make a class? Our Adult Services Librarian is available for a limited number of personalized, one-on-one sessions each week. Visit the library or call today to make an appointment!

 Want to explore more than just beginner fare? Intermediate offerings will be available during our Winter-Spring session!

 *All classes will run from 11:00-11:50 a.m.*

Sept. 2   –  Computer Basics
Sept. 9   –  Microsoft Word for Beginners
Sept. 16 – Microsoft Excel for Beginners
Sept. 23 – eReader and Tablet Basics
Sept. 30 – Social Media for Beginners

Oct. 7   – Computer Basics
Oct. 14 – Microsoft Word for Beginners
Oct. 21 – Microsoft Excel for Beginners
Oct. 28 – eReader and Tablet Basics

Nov. 4  –  Computer Basics
Nov. 11 – NO CLASS (Veterans’ Day)
Nov. 18 – Microsoft Excel for Beginners
Nov. 25 – eReader and Tablet Basics

Announcing Our New Lego Building Club for Kids

Pelham Library’s New Lego Building Club!

Beginning Tuesday, September 16th at 3:30 p.m., Pelham Library will launch our new Lego building club “Lego My Library!

We will meet once a month to build all kinds of Lego creations. Each session will feature a unique theme along with some book choices to go along with the topic. What’s the connection between Legos and books, you ask? A recent study by Dorothy Singer, senior research scientist at Yale University’s Department of Psychology and Child Study Center, states:

“Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. It also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving—things they’ll carry with them throughout their school years.”

Another study published in the journal Science and Children compared traditional textbook learning to learning with hands-on manipulatives like Legos. It found that tactile and kinesthetic learning opportunities increase student understanding. In other words: play paves the way for learning!

So call or stop by today to get your child’s name on the list as we are keeping our club to a manageable 25 members.  Donations of “used” Legos are always welcome!

“Idle Hands” Craft Evenings Return in September!

After a short summer hiatus, the Pelham Library is pleased to announce the return of our much-loved “Idle Hands” craft program this fall.

Sept 2014 - Autumn Candles For our first project, we’ll make Autumn-Themed Mason Jars that can be used as a votive candle holder, small vase, unique centerpiece for a table setting or even a fancy storage solution! Each crafter will leave with one finished jar and a set of instructions on how to make them at home.

The group will be led by our new Adult Services Librarian, Rebecca Crockett. Our first meeting will be Thursday, September 11th at 6:30pm. After that, we’ll continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month.

New members are welcome to join! If you’d like to get on our Idle Hands email list, please send a short note to

We hope to see you there!

“You Did It!” Pelham Library Celebrates its Summer Readers! Tuesday morning, August 19th at 11:00, we will all gather in the Molly Hobbs Room to recognize the many children who participated in the Summer Reading Challenge. This challenge began in  June, when the children were asked to fill out a pledge sheet stating the number of books they would read over the summer.  These pledge amounts ranged from 5-75!  Throughout the summer, the readers would come to the library and place stamps on their reading contract sheets recording the number  books read.  Monitoring their progress became an exciting event for some of the children as their contract pages filled and spilled over to the back of the sheet.  Some readers discovered that they overestimated the number of books they could actually complete but we want to honor their efforts along with those who completed their pledges.  We will award reading medals to all participants and give prizes to those readers who exceeded their goals.  Then we will celebrate with yummy  cake donated by Hannafords!

Pelham Book Club is Back with “The Motorcycle Diaries”

Hey there, Pelham Readers! We hope you’ll be pleased to hear that Book Club is back following this year’s theme of “Reading Around the World.” 

motorcycle-diaries-bookThe next book in our series is The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara. If there was ever a book to take us on a worldly journey, it’s this one. The Motorcycle Diaries is Che’s personal accounting of his trip through Latin America, beginning in his home country of Argentina and taking us on a tour through Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and even Miami before returning us to his home city of Buenos Ares. Throughout his journey, Guevara stands witness to the growing class struggles in the Latin world.

The Motorcycle Diaries provides us with a glimpse as to how a young and relatively naïve medical student becomes the man known primarily for his involvement in the Cuban Revolution: Che the Radical, Che the Marxist, Che the Hero.

If you’d like to know more about The Motorcycle Diaries and the critical acclaim it’s accrued, check out its page on Goodreads.

Book Club will be led by our new Adult Services Librarian, Rebecca Crockett. The group will meet to discuss The Motorcycle Diaries on Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. We’ve got plenty of copies on order and you can come by as early as next week to pick one up and get started. New members are welcome!

“Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world. It is the most beautiful quality of a revolutionary.” ―Che Guevara