55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614
The library building is currently closed for NY PAUSE but staff is available to help during regular business hours. April 1
55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614

Library News

  • Reserve your DFPL books & DVDs only (for now) either online via the catalog or over the phone with us at (914) 693-6614, during our regular business hours.  
  • Staff will retrieve materials, check them out to you, and bundle your items together (please limit your holds to 10 items per pickup). Bundles will be labeled with your last name, and placed on a table inside the Main Entrance vestibule. 
  • You will be called to schedule a pick-up time.  One person or family at a time will be scheduled in 15 minute increments to allow for one-at-a-time service.  Once your appointment is made, please pick up your items promptly. Please let us know if you have any special requirements for pick-up at this time.
  • When you have received your pick-up time,  come to the Library and park in the designated 15 minute parking space in front of the building.  For your safety, the outer doors of the vestibule will be open (good airflow) and the inner doors will remain closed at all times.  Patrons are asked to leave returning materials in the Book Drop for quarantining, NOT in the vestibule. 
  • Staff wear gloves and masks at all times when working with library materials entering or leaving the building.
  • Printing – if you have items to be printed, they may be emailed to the Reference Desk account dobref@wlsmail.org and will be available for curbside pickup, by the same process as other materials. Regular printing prices apply – $0.15/page for black & white, $0.35/page for color.  Please leave your payment, exact change only, in a sealed envelope when you pick up your print-outs.
  • NEED HELP FINDING BOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS WHILE THE BUILDING IS STILL CLOSED TO FOOT TRAFFIC?  Give us a topic, genre, or author you love and we will find  items similar to those, but new to you.  Call or email us at the numbers above and we will select five titles for you to try.

Click here for curbside pick up appointment!

Important Update on AARP Tax-Aide

Important Update on AARP Tax-Aide

The Westchester County AARP Tax-Aide sites have determined that they will not re-open for this tax season. The health and safety of our volunteers, staff and taxpayers is our top priority, and the decision not to re-open was made with their protection in mind.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering online options to assist taxpayers affected by the suspension of in-person services:

  • A self-prep option, providing taxpayers with free access to software so they can prepare taxes on they own, is available here.
  • If taxpayers would like help completing their own taxes, they can request the assistance of a volunteer to coach them through the process via phone or computer screen-sharing. Go here for information and updates.

Have questions? Call the AARP at 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)!

From the Director

From the Director

Welcome to the DFPL’s new website.  I am so glad you have landed here, and hope you will take some time to explore everything available to you through your local library.  Some pages are still under construction, but we just couldn’t wait to share all the new functionality with you.

Along with unveiling the updated website and getting to see our patrons once again, I am delighted to announce we have hired Dobbs Ferry Public Library’s new Children’s Librarian! Kate Foster joins us from Palisades Library across the river, and she is a Dobbs Ferry resident who is happy to join her home team.  Read more about Kate below.

If we have missed something or you have a suggestion for improvement, please let us know via this link:  Suggestion Box

I look forward to waving at you as you pick up your holds next week.

Elizabeth Hobson

 

Re-Opening Schedule and Process

Re-Opening Schedule and Process

Beginning June 15th, our Book Drops will re-open and you may begin returning any items you have had out since March.  Amnesty will remain in effect through July 6th, so you do not have to worry about late fees on these items.

We plan to open our Main Entrance vestibule for contactless pick-up of materials on Monday, June 22.  At that time holds may be placed on Dobbs Ferry items only.  As soon as 75% of all WLS libraries are at this same stage, holds for materials from other libraries will begin again, hopefully by the end of June.  Reference staff will be available to help you find items in our collections.

While we are adjusting to our new normal, we ask that you limit your holds to 10 items at a time.

Meet Our New Children's Librarian!

Meet Our New Children’s Librarian!

Kate Foster is delighted to join the team at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library as the new Children’s Librarian! Originally from Canada, Kate earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She then spent many years in the publishing world, most recently in children’s educational publishing, before becoming a children’s librarian. Kate has found that children’s librarianship is a vocation that brings together her many passions, including early childhood education, community work, and storytelling.

Kate lives in Dobbs Ferry with her wife and two young children, and she’s looking forward to collaborating with the wonderful teachers and staff at Springhurst Elementary in September. She’s excited to bring a diverse selection of materials, as well as meaningful programming, to the families of Dobbs Ferry!

Upcoming Programs

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM

Monday, July 13

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In this session, we will be reviewing the writing assignment from the July 6 session.

This online event is free and open to the public.

Please register and request a Zoom invitation at dobref@wlsmail.org

Please contact the library at (914)693-6614 for more information or to register for a program.

»

Reader's Circle - Online Discussion via ZOOM

Reader’s Circle – Online Discussion via ZOOM

Thursday, July 16

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Let’s get together online! Come to an online readers circle on Zoom.

This week we will be reading Chasing Montana by Lori Soderlind – available on Google Books here:

Chasing Montana on Google Books

For a link to the meeting, please send a message to dobref@wlsmail.org.

Please contact the library at (914) 693-6614 for more information or to register for a program.

»

Film Noir Discussion Series - Online Discussion via ZOOM

Film Noir Discussion Series – Online Discussion via ZOOM

Thursday, July 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us as we weave through the dangerous back alleys and hairpin turns of Hollywood and into the world of Film Noir.  Let’s talk about the characteristics of the genre, such as cynical heroes, femmes fatale; no-nonsense dialogue, a sense of menace other characteristics that makes these films so compelling so riveting.

Watch the films beforehand on Kanopy, anytime, at your convenience, then join us for an afternoon conversation on Zoom about the film – if you would like to attend, please send a request to receive a Zoom invitation and link to dobref@wlsmail.org.

Sign up for a free account on Kanopy using your library card here:

Kanopy

This week’s film to be discussed – Sudden Fear (click title for Kanopy link)

“In this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir, Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a mediocre actor (Jack Palance). She soon discovers that he not only married her for money but that he plans to murder her with the help of his lover (Gloria Grahame).” – Kanopy

»

"Jump In" - online workshop on adapting to a post-pandemic world via ZOOM

“Jump In” – online workshop on adapting to a post-pandemic world via ZOOM

Friday, July 17

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you wondering how you will adapt to life in a post-pandemic world? If you would like to reimagine your future and JUMP IN to a new world together, come to this free interactive flash workshop on Zoom sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and Renee Kashuba.

If you are an entrepreneur, freelancer, or creative person, or if you are starting a new project, heading in a new direction, or adjusting business to in the “new normal,” this workshop will allow you to explore new ideas and connect with others.

Renée Kashuba is a local entrepreneur and self-remaker. After 20 years as an award-winning promotional medical writer, she realized her lifelong dream to work in the culinary arts. Shortly after founding MadeByRK Catering & Events in Dobbs Ferry, she was awarded Best Caterer by Westchester Magazine (2018). She currently offers Dreamscaping for Entrepreneurs to help others reimagine their futures into the life they love

Seating is limited.This event is free and open to the public.

Registration is required on Eventbrite – click here to register:

Eventbrite

Once you register, a Zoom link will be sent to you.

»

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM

Monday, July 20

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

For this session, please bring your own writings to share with the group.

This online event is free and open to the public.

Please register and request a Zoom invitation at dobref@wlsmail.org

Please contact the library at (914)693-6614 for more information or to register for a program.

»

Online Gaming with the Library - Play 'Fortnite'

Online Gaming with the Library – Play ‘Fortnite’

Wednesday, July 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for some friendly Battle Royale fun!  Will you be the last one standing?

Fortnite is free-to-play and available for cross-platform play on the following systems: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC / Mac, and Mobile devices.  An Epic game account is required.

https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/home

Send your Epic Gamer Tag to dobref@wlsmail.org, and we will give you the Library’s Gamer Tag and add you to our ‘friends’ list.  Then on Wednesday, July 22nd at 4 PM, look for our game invite.  See you on the Battle Bus!

Please contact the library at (914) 693-6614 for more information or to register for a program.

»

Cult Classic Movie Night Online via KANOPY and ZOOM - The Endless Summer / The Search for the Perfect Wave (Not Rated)

Cult Classic Movie Night Online via KANOPY and ZOOM – The Endless Summer / The Search for the Perfect Wave (Not Rated)

Thursday, August 6

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Movie starts at 8 PM via Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/product/endless-summer

Patrons may set up an account via their Westchester System Library card.

A group film discussion / trivia / Q&A to follow at 9:45 PM via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81092597906

Zoom meeting id: 810 9259 7906 (no password)

Both the film and discussion require Internet access / the ZOOM discussion requires a webcam and microphone.

Questions?  Email Tim Deery at tdeery@wlsmail.org

The Endless Summer – The Search for the Perfect Wave (1966/NR/Documentary, Sport)

THE seminal surf film – Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, himself a competition-level surfer, follows surfers Michael Hynson and Robert August on an around-the-world surfing adventure. With Brown’s wry, sardonic narration and a twangy, guitar-driven instrumental soundtrack by The Sandals playing over the silent footage, Mike and Rob leave their California home to visit Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and other secluded surfing spots in a search for the surfer’s holy grail that Brown dubs ‘The Perfect Wave.’

»

Virtual Book Discussion via ZOOM with Jasmine Warga - Author of 'Other Words for Home' (Registration Required)

Virtual Book Discussion via ZOOM with Jasmine Warga – Author of ‘Other Words for Home’ (Registration Required)

Tuesday, August 11

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jasmine Warga, author of Other Words for Home, will be joining us for a virtual book discussion.  Read the terrific book on the fifth grade suggested reading list from Springhurst, and come with questions!  The author will describe her writing process, read a few pages from her book, and answer any questions you have.

Registration is required – to register, please contact the Children’s Librarian at kfoster@wlsmail.org or call (914) 693-6615.  A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Grades 5 and up

»

Cult Classic Movie Night Online via HOOPLA and ZOOM - Rock 'n' Roll High School (Rated PG)

Cult Classic Movie Night Online via HOOPLA and ZOOM – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Rated PG)

Thursday, September 10

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Movie starts at 8 PM via Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12188322

Patrons may set up an account via their Westchester System Library card.

A group film discussion / trivia / Q&A to follow at 9:45 PM via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84705891428

Zoom meeting id: 847 0589 1428 (no password)

Both the film and discussion require Internet access / the ZOOM discussion requires a webcam and microphone.

Questions?  Email Tim Deery at tdeery@wlsmail.org

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979/PG/Musical, Comedy)

Vince Lombardi High School is the wildest, most rockin’ high school around! That is, until principal Togar comes along and tries to make the school a totalitarian state. With the help of The Ramones, teen Riff Randell and her friends look to get even.

»

Welcome to the Summer Reading Program!

Welcome to the Summer Reading Program!

Monday, July 13

1:00 pm

Come meet our new Children’s Librarian Kate Foster and get a summer reading information packet!

There will be signup prizes of magical glow-in-the-dark slime or wooden glider plane kits.

»

Toddler StoryTime on Facebook Live

Toddler StoryTime on Facebook Live

Tuesday, July 14

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Listen to a story read by Children’s Librarian Kate Foster, live on the Library’s Facebook page here:

Dobbs Ferry Public Library Facebook

»

PreSchool StoryTime on Facebook Live

PreSchool StoryTime on Facebook Live

Thursday, July 16

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Listen to a story read by Children’s Librarian Kate Foster, live on the Library’s Facebook page here:

Dobbs Ferry Public Library Facebook

»

Unicorn Puppet Grab-and-Go Craft (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Unicorn Puppet Grab-and-Go Craft (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Saturday, July 18

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pick up your craft kit at the library!

Registration is required: call (914) 693-6614 to register.

Grades K – 4

»

StoryWalk®: 'Bear Came Along' / Self-Guided Storybook Adventure July 20 to August 20

StoryWalk®: ‘Bear Came Along’ / Self-Guided Storybook Adventure July 20 to August 20

Sunday, July 19

All Day

Take a walk through Dobbs Ferry and read a children’s book at the same time!  Our StoryWalk® features Bear Came Along, a fun story about the importance of community by Richard T. Morris and LeUyen Pham.  As you take a short walk along Main Street, you’ll follow numbered pages from the book that will be displayed in the storefronts of generous business owners in town.  Everyone who finishes the StoryWalk® will have a chance to win a copy of Bear Came Along!

»

Online Resources

RB Digital Audiobooks
Audiobooks
Freegal
Stream music
Kanopy
Stream movies
Hoopla
Music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks