Daddy and Donuts Storytime–Saturday, December 14th at 10:30a: Join Miss Marilyn for a special storytime with Daddy. We’ll do a simple craft and of course enjoy yummy donuts! All ages and families welcome.
Teen Advisory Group Holiday Partay–Tuesday, December 17th at 3pm: TAG is a group of teens who plan events for teens and children at the library. This month we’ll be hosting a short meeting and then a big Holiday party for all Teens at the library.
Polar Express Visit–Thursday, December 19th at 4pm: All aboard for our annual Polar Express visit! We’ll have a special reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, followed by a “ride” on the Polar Express and a visit from Santa Claus!
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” JFK
Here is a roundup of great videos and timelines to view in remembrance of John F. Kennedy.
Watch a live webcast musical tribute at the JFK Library on November 22, 2013 at 1:30pm. Tribute will feature James Taylor; award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter.
Timeline of the Life of JFK
Watch his Inaugural Address and read the full speech here.
Watch the Biography special on JFK here.
View a beautiful collection of stories and media of how JFK lives on today, created by the JFK Presidential Library.
Read an essay in the Atlantic titled, “How we should remember JFK” by Newton N. Minow
The Pelham Public Library will host two sessions of “The Great Conversation” on Saturday, November 23 from 11am-12pm and Thursday, December 5 from 6:30pm-8pm in the Dr. Ernest Matthew Law Reading Room.
The Great Conversation is designed to engage the Community of Pelham in a conversation about the Pelham Schools and the benefits they bring to the community. Team members of this group are citizens of Pelham, who are eager to discuss some of the great things happening at Pelham schools and to facilitate a two-way conversation about opportunities to strengthen the school-community relationship in a mutually beneficial way.
For more information regarding The Great Conversation, please visit their website and please watch for other community venues for additional events.
For a full look at the newest titles, check out our online catalog here.
Here are a few of our favorite new books.
Tenth of December: By George Saunders
George Saunders was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. His newest work, Tenth of December, was awarded the 2013 National Book Award. The book features short stories that “cut to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.” The book is filled with unforgettable characters. Place a copy on hold.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
A 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival. Place a copy on hold here.
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. Place a copy on hold.
Join the Friends of the Library (FLIP) and become a meaningful volunteer in your community. Next meeting is Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00pm. We are holding elections for new officers and recruiting new members to step forward. FLIP is a fun group of people who plan booksales, an Annual Gala (An Evening in the Stacks), and other events to raise funds for the library. FLIP runs the Museum Pass program and sponsors many programs for the library throughout the year. FLIP meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Joining the group is not a huge time commitment, attend monthly meetings when you can, sign up for the events you can help on, lend your creative ideas, and make connections with fellow residents. All ages welcome.
Veteran’s Day Author Event: Richard Rubin Discusses The Last of the Doughboys –Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30p at Sherburne Hall: Nationally-acclaimed author and Maine native Richard Rubin will join Pelham in celebrating our veterans this November. Rubin is the author of The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War, a chronicle of the veterans of World War I. All veterans of this war now belong to the ages, but the rich stories that they passed along to Rubin remain in this remarkable volume. Join the Pelham Public Library, the Friends of the Library in Pelham, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pelham Chapter in welcoming Mr. Rubin and honoring American Veterans on November 6th. Copies of Mr. Rubin’s book will be available for purchase. Special thanks to all who collaborated to make this program possible!
Day of the Dead–Día de Muertos–All Saints Day– November 1st– Join the Library staff as we celebrate this cultural celebration. Traditionally a Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The Library will be unveiling the winner of the Young Adult Pelham Historic Grave contest at 3pm and celebrating with traditional Dia de Muertos sugar skull cookies. Last chance to submit photos has been extended to Thursday, October 31st! Be sure to check out our book display with cultural books and DVDs around this holiday.