Pelham Reads! is a NOVEL Event



Held every other year, Pelham Reads! is a community-wide celebration of stories told through literature, art, and film. It’s sponsored by the Town of Pelham Public Library, Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, The Picture House, and Pelham Art Center. This year, experience Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly through a series of events to be held Oct 5 through Oct 18.

Hidden Figures, the true story of the female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space, is the focus of this year’s Pelham Reads!, and there will be multiple events open to the public. Print out this schedule and get ready for some space-themed fun for the whole family!

Saturday, October 5

Space-Crafting at the Pelham Art Center

With artist Niki Lederer, create individual and collaborative spacecraft from recycled material, and with artist Melissa Maddonni Haims, create a community constellation of fiber art.

Where: Pelham Art Center

When: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Who: For all ages

For more information, including what materials to bring, visit


“Figures” Fest Blast-Off events at the Town of Pelham Public Library

Rocket launch for ages 7 and up, astral arts and crafts with artist Susan Saas for ages 3 and up, journey around the planets science program with Kim Riegel and Kerry Buckley for ages 3 to 6, and Full STEAM Ahead science program with science research director Steve Beltecas and PMHS student volunteers for ages 8 to 13.

Where: Town of Pelham Public Library

When: 1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.

Who: All ages



“In/Flux” Artists’ Talk & Reception at the Pelham Art Center

Gallery discussion by artists in the PAC fall exhibition “In/Flux.” Immigrant and first-generation artists explore immigration and other themes, including civil rights and race, related to Hidden Figures.

Where: Pelham Art Center

When: 3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Who: For teens and adults

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Stargazing at Daronco Town House and Gazebo Park

Pelham’s own astronomy educator Linda Woodward shows us the stars! With moon music, “constellation stations,” and cider and doughnuts in the park.

Where: Daronco Town House & Gazebo Park

When: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Who: For ages 5 and up



Sunday, October 6

“Figure”s Film Fest at The Picture House Regional Film Center

Come watch The Picture House film students’ short films inspired by Hidden Figures and stay for a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2016 blockbuster.

Where: The Picture House

When: Check for show time and ticket prices

Who: Film is rated PG


Wednesday, October 9

Mission Control & Math Bee

Fast-paced, interactive math-based activities led by PMHS math teacher Lisa DiCeglio and PMHS student volunteers.

Where: Town of Pelham Public Library

When: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Who: For middle schoolers


Thursday, October 10

Women in Science: Challenges & Careers

Panel discussion and Q&A with some of Pelham’s own science superstars, in fields including medicine, physics and engineering. Moderated by Pelham science teacher Karen Cirillo.

Where: Town of Pelham Public Library

When: 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Who: For teens and adults



Saturday, October 12

Coding Class

Learn coding and the basics of computer science using Scratch, Python, and other programming software. The first in a monthly series.

Where: Town of Pelham Public Library

When: 2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

Who: For grades 1–5. Bring a laptop and drop in.


Friday, October 18

Friday Book Club

Join the Library’s daytime adult book club for a discussion of New York Times #1 bestseller Hidden Figures, facilitated by Carol Ipsen.

Where: Town of Pelham Public Library

When: 10:30 a.m.

Who: For adults


Pelham Reads! is sponsored by The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, the Town of Pelham Public Library, Pelham Art Center & The Picture House.


Press Contact: Elizabeth Bewley, [email protected], 917-655-6036