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!

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.

Come “Write-In” at Pelham Library for National Novel Writing Month!

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Pelham Public Library is proud to host our first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) program this November in sponsorship and celebration of local writers. The library will be holding a series of events in which local writers can come together, write, share ideas and read aloud from their own work. 

What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, takes place each November. For veterans and newcomers alike, it is an exciting time for writers (affectionately known to one another as Wrimos) looking to translate all of the amazing ideas in their heads to words on the page.

The goal, ostensibly, is for writers to pen 50,000 words – the average number of words in a novel – within the 30 days of November. Some may aim higher, some lower, what matters is working toward and meeting your goals as a writer.

This year’s NaNoWriMo is even more special, as New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to proclaim Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2014 as New Hampshire Writers’ Week!
NaNoWriMo Events at the Pelham Library
The Pelham Public Library’s schedule of events is as follows:

  •  NaNoWriMo Kick-Off  (Sat Nov 1, 12-2pm) Writers can come, meet and mingle, share their ideas or works in progress and take the opportunity to begin their first words toward their NaNoWriMo 2014 goal.
  •  NaNo Nights (Thurs Nov 6, 13 & 20, 6-8pm) The library will offer writing prompts and the opportunity for writers to “Read Out!” sections of their work. Writers can also simply come and be with other writers while they work toward their word-count goals. We aim to create an encouraging space where writers can come together and feed off the creative energies of other writers and actually get some words on the page! (No meeting on Thanksgiving.)
  •   “TGIO!” Wrap Party (Saturday December 6, 12-2 pm) “TGIO” stands for ‘thank goodness it’s over’ – which is exactly how writers will feel after a month-long writing blitz (along with an enormous sense of satisfaction, of course!). Writers can share successes, commiserate over setbacks, and generally celebrate the massive achievement of “surviving NaNoWriMo.” It is set to correspond with the final day of New Hampshire Writers Week (Nov 30 – Dec 6).

For more information, please contact Rebecca Crockett, Adult Services:

Join us for our 6th Annual Halloween Party !

jackOn Thursday evening, October 30th from 6:00-7:30 we are having our Annual Halloween Party!  Once again this year the TAG teens are hosting an event featuring games, prizes, contests and a returning favorite- the Story Walk!  The teens have been busily planning the games and activities and decorating the library for this fun evening at the library.  So, come on all you ghoulies and ghosties, Batmen and Princesses, grab your family and come be a part of this fun event!  We request that, if possible, please bring a simple snack to share for our refreshment table.  This event is suitable for all ages.

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe—Or Did She?

 Thursday, October 16th, 6:30pm


Lizzie Borden’s tale is one that has fascinated and horrified us for generations. What really happened the night Lizzie’s parents were murdered?

Join us as Professor Annette Holba takes us through the dark and mysterious true story of Lizzie Borden and the gruesome Borden murders that happened on August 4th, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Holba will share the facts of the case as well as the wild speculations surrounding the trials, and lead us to draw our own conclusions with the facts she brings to light.

Fall Book Sale & Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 4

Bake SaleOur annual Fall Book Sale will take place Saturday Oct. 4th from 10am-2pm, in conjunction with the Boy Scout Troop 610’s Bake Sale Fundraiser!

Daddy & Donuts will still take place upstairs in the Children’s Story Area at 10:30am.

The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Pelham (FLIP). Proceeds from this and other FLIP events help fund some of our most innovative programming and make our discount passes for popular museums possible. Join FLIP today to help keep these awesome community benefits alive!FLIP

FLIP members play a vital role in the community by helping keep valuable resources free of charge to Pelham residents. Annual membership costs just $10, which goes directly into planning community events at the library. Active FLIP members meet once each month to plan membership drives and fundraisers. Next up is the Spring Gala, which will feature an exciting Murder Mystery event! Don’t wait to get involved – join now and start taking advantage of the benefits of membership!

Pelham Library is Pleased to Announce Our New Director

The Pelham Library Board of Trustees would like to introduce the Pelham Library’s new Library Director, Irja Finn.  Irja will begin her position at the Pelham Library on October 6th.


Irja Finn, Pelham Library Director

Irja is currently the head of circulation and technical services at the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover.  She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College, and has more than 20 years of library experience including the Chelmsford Public Library and Derry, N.H. Public Library.

Irja brings with her an energy for new technology, (and helping the rest of us learn it!).  She has a passion for helping others with the belief that “advancing the library, its patrons, and the community into the future, utilizing emerging technologies will be both exciting and challenging.”

Irja also brings with her a strong affinity for the Town of Pelham, having worked for the town after college.  In fact, you may have already met her at the Library’s table at Pelham Old Home Day!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and patrons for their input, and patience these past few months.  Very special thanks to our Interim Director, Carol Roberts, who stepped in and kept library operations running smoothly.

We hope you will stop by soon, introduce yourself and give a big Pelham welcome to Irja!

Board of Trustees, Pelham Library