The Polar Express is coming to the Pelham Library!

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“All Aboard!” the conductor cries, as the Polar Express prepares to depart the “station” at the Pelham Library. On Thursday evening, December 18th at 6:00 pm all children who truly believe can experience this magical journey right from the Reading Room of the Pelham Library!

As the children board the “train,” they’ll be given warm cocoa and cookies as they settle in to hear the story The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, read by Miss Debbie. Then, after a song or two, a special visitor is due to arrive!  Children will have an opportunity for a word or two with our guest as they share their hopes and dreams for the coming holiday. Children are invited to don their holiday finery — or their pj’s! — for this night-time journey – and photo op!

This program is sponsored by our Pelham Library support group, Friends of the Library in Pelham (FLIP). Hannaford’s Supermarket is contributing all refreshments – please take a moment to thank the staff at the grocery store the next time you are in!  The library’s teen group, TAG, will provide all the elf assistance.

Teen-Sponsored Humane Society Donation Drive!

Throughout the month of December the Pelham Library’s Teen Advisory Group will be hosting a donation box in the main lobby of the library for the Lowell Humane Society.

At this time of year the LHS is in great need of supplies for both the many animals they take care of as well as items needed for daily maintenance. Presently, we are hoping to acquire some donations that fulfill their wish list, including: paper towels, blankets for cats and dogs, leashes, chew toys, new leashes, etc.

The LHS currently houses cats, dogs, and small animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits, and birds who are all in need of new materials. If you are interested in donating materials please feel free to consult the LHS’s wish list found at this link: http://www.lowellhumanesociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Wish-List-2013.pdf.

All items can be dropped off at the library beginning December 1st.

Tree Lighting & Bell Choir Event!

Join us Thursday, December 4, at 6 PM as we kick off the holidays by lighting our beautiful spruce tree in front of the library for the season!

treeOur tree – a generous gift from the Pelham Garden Club – is decorated each December. At the tree lighting ceremony, we’ll join all of the other festive trees around the Village Green with our brilliantly illuminated display. This year, the Garden Club has added festive carolers which are standing around the tree – making a great family photo op!

After we light the tree and sing a few favorite holiday carols, the public will be invited back inside to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, donated by our very generous FLIP volunteer bakers, followed by a performance by the English Handbell Choir of the First Congregational Church of Pelham. The Bell Choir is an annual favorite performance that isn’t to be missed!

So make sure to add a visit to the Pelham Library on December 4th to your must-do holiday list of events. We will gratefully accept additional donations of cookies for this event – after all, you can never have too many!

Just in time for the Holidays: Family Craft Night @ The Pelham Library!

Tuesday Evening, December 9,  from 6:00-8:00 PM the Pelham Library will host our annual Picture2Family Craft Night! Come and create your own uniquely decorated holiday beverage container, which can be given as great keepsake gifts this time of year.

Children will make their very own hot cocoa mugs decorated with reindeer as a fun gift for friends and family (or, you know, to keep). One white ceramic mug will be provided. If you would like to make more than one, we ask that you bring an extra mug.

Picture1Adults can bring a plain glass wineglass or vase from home in order to paint with holiday cheer! The end result will be a beautiful, hand-washable creation that can be used year after year. While we will have a limited number of glasses available, we ask that you bring your own in order to ensure your participation in the craft.

Thanks to generous funding from The Friends of the Library in Pelham (FLIP), we will have a limited number of mugs and glasses available as well as all the painting supplies for this project. This event is open to people of all ages and artistic skill levels!

Pelham Library recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month in November

diabetesawarenessThis November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and to recognize its significance the Pelham Public Library will hold an information session on Diabetes Awareness, to be hosted by Certified Diabetes Educator, Sandra LaMarche, RN BSN.

The information session will be held at the Pelham Public Library on 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 17. The event is free and open to all ages.

Why Diabetes Awareness Matters
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 29.1 million Americans – approximately 9.3% of the population – are living with diabetes. Even more concerning is that nearly one-third of these cases – over 8.1 million individuals – are currently living undiagnosed.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Doctors attributed 69,071 deaths to diabetes in 2010, and listed 234,051 deaths with diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause. The CDC also estimates that the risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than those who do not have diabetes.

Learn More About Diabetes
Come find out how small changes can make a big difference in fighting diabetes. Learn more about the risks as well as what you can do to offset them. Healthy snacks will be served!

For more information about diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org!

You, too, can become a Friend of the Library!

friendsThis week, Oct. 19-25th, is National Friends of the Library Week — an event meant to recognize the critical importance of Friends’ groups to their community libraries. Our Friends group, the Friends of the Library in Pelham (FLIP), is an indispensable part of what makes our library so fantastic!

Our Friends meet once each moth to plan fundraisers and other awesome library events, such as the Spring Gala and our twice-yearly book sales (which, if you haven’t checked out yet, you should). These dedicated individuals ensure that our library is able to offer Children and Adult Programming that is both exciting and relevant. Recent examples of programs they’ve funding include Lizzie Borden Took an Axe – Or Did She? , Daddy & Donuts, and our upcoming annual Children’s Halloween Party!

If you’re interested in supporting your community, why not consider becoming a Friend of the Library? Friends of the Library receive a number of benefits, including exclusive access to certain museum discount passes  and having the first chance to sign up for programs or get in line for new books. They’re also first to know about all the cool stuff going on at the library! Becoming a Friend of the Library is a great volunteer service that looks great on resumes and requires as little – or as much – of your time as you’re able to give.

Join today to start serving your community and take advantage of all your library has to offer! Annual membership dues are just $10. Join now and you’ll be just in time to get involved with this year’s Murder Mystery – ahem – we mean Spring Gala planning.