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!

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.