55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614

Hours

Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm
Monday 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614

Library News

#FerryCon2021

We will be posting the footage from virtual FerryCon 2021 soon!  Make to sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for our latest vids.  Visit HERE to see what the full list of FerryCon 2021 events was.

Library Is Open for Browsing by Appointment

  • OPEN FOR BRIEF IN-PERSON BROWSING, ½ HOUR COMPUTER USE SESSIONS, NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICE, EZPASSES, AND OUTDOOR TERRACE SEATING – One person or family group at a time will be scheduled in 30 minute increments beginning ½ hour after opening and ending 1 hour before closing times.  Call the Circulation Desk at (914) 693-6614 to schedule an appointment. Please arrive on time and ring the doorbell located on the right side of the main entrance to enter.  One first-floor Restroom will be open to the public and will be cleaned once every 24 hours. Children’s toys/manipulatives are unavailable at this time.
  • CONTACTLESS PICKUP CONTINUES – You may still reserve your books, DVDs and takeaway kits 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.
      • When you get the notification that your holds are in, use the app to schedule your pickup at this link:  Curbside Pickup.  You may also call us to schedule an appointment for pickup. Please pick up your items at your scheduled time, or you will have to reschedule if you miss your appointment. 
      • 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.  Please leave returned materials in the Book Drop OUTSIDE for quarantining, NOT in the vestibule. 
  • Staff wear gloves and masks at all times when working with library materials entering the building. Materials are still quarantined for 72 hours after return.  Masks are required for patrons and staff at all times.
  • 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.
  • LIBRARIANS ADVISORY SERVICE:  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.

CURBSIDE PICKUP APP

Statement in Solidarity with our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander Neighbors

Over the past year, there has been a wave of anti-Asian language, hate speech, and physical assaults on streets across the country. This has been fueled by media reports, statements by politicians, and posts on social media, often related to the origins of COVID-19. Our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities have been deeply harmed by these attacks and, most recently, brought to grief by the horrific murders in Atlanta.

Such bias and bigotry are not new, but they have found fertile terrain in a country beset by disinformation, xenophobia, Sinophobia, and white supremacy. As a public library, we exist to expand knowledge and create deeper connections. It is, therefore, central to our mission to battle those forces of hate. We seek to combat cultural bias and bigotry by promoting diversity in our collections, programming, policies, and hiring practices, to ensure that our diverse communities see themselves represented on our library shelves, in our offerings, and among our ranks. The board and staff of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library is doing that work, and remains committed to expanding it further. 

We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander patrons, neighbors, and friends.

Below are some important organizations fighting for Asian American rights. We applaud their work and encourage everyone to engage with them as they begin planning next steps and actions in the wake of the attacks in Atlanta.

Board of Trustees
Dobbs Ferry Public Library

Ali Moss, President
Linda Stutz, Vice President
Jeffrey Golde, Secretary
Liberty Barrett
Matthew Ghiorse
Tiffany Gordon
Alison Hendele
Kelly Koster
Chris Torino

Elizabeth Hobson, Library Director

Women’s History Month Resources

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate ordinary and extraordinary women, explore women’s achievements and struggles throughout history, and acknowledge all the amazing contributions of women to our society. The 2021 theme for Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” However, it is important to acknowledge that not all women were granted the right to vote at the same time. We must consider the importance of intersectionality and how it further marginalized groups of women based on race, gender and sexual orientation. Native American, Asian American, Latinx and African American suffragists had to continue the fight for the right to vote long after the 19th Amendment was ratified. These women demonstrated resilience by refusing to be silent.

Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert to create this resource list to help your classes dive deeper into the contribution of women to society. Our hope is that this history will not just stay in March but will be celebrated all year long highlighting the determination, courage and perseverance of women.

Please click here to view the booklist that we’ve put together.

If you would like to check out any of these materials, you can search for them in our catalog, email us at dobchildref@wlsmail.org, or call (914) 693-6615.

Upcoming Programs

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM (Registration)

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, May 10

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Come to our virtual creative writing workshop series sponsored by Manhattanville College! Please bring your own writings to share with the group, or listen to others read their creative writing pieces and give feedback to the group.

This online event is free and open to the public. Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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"Vegetables Love Flowers" Virtual Program (Registration)

“Vegetables Love Flowers” Virtual Program (Registration)

Wednesday, May 12

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jacqui Bergonzi, Master Gardener, will discuss how vegetables and pollinators thrive when vegetable gardens are abundant with beautiful flowers. This mutually beneficial relationship must be understood within the context of what goes on below the ground where billions of microorganisms feed and care for plant roots. This presentation will cover tips on creating organic, companion planted gardens that hum with biodiversity and yield nutritious food for all.  Jacqui Bergonzi is a Master Gardener with Westchester Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Registration is through the Greenburgh Public Library Website here!

This presentation is brought to you by the following Public Library partners: Briarcliff Manor Public Library, Chappaqua Library, Dobbs Ferry Public Library, Greenburgh Public Library, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Irvington Public Library,  Scarsdale Public Library, Somers  Library, and White Plains Public Library.

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Meet Author Andrea Kott via ZOOM (Registration)

Meet Author Andrea Kott via ZOOM (Registration)

Wednesday, May 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Andrea Kott will offers readings of her personal memoir, “Salt on a Robin’s Tail: An Unlikely Jewish Journey Through Childhood, Forgiveness, and Hope

Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

Andrea Kott thought of herself as “the welfare Jew.”

The daughter of a single mother whose depression and drinking pitched them into poverty, her stormy life looked nothing like that of the Jewish kids she knew: It defied every stereotype she associated with being Jewish—having an intact family and material wealth, and becoming a bat mitzvah.

Alienated and ashamed, Kott felt ineligible to be Jewish, yet hungered for connection to the tradition and to God. It took a near-fatal accident, her mother’s death, marriage and motherhood, and losing a beloved brother for her to find her Jewish home.

Salt on a Robin’s Tail: An Unlikely Jewish Journey Through Childhood, Forgiveness, and Hope is a true story of love and loss, struggle and survival, despair and possibility. It shatters stereotypes and inspires reconciliation with the painful past.

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Reader's Circle Book Group: Get ready for Summer Reading via ZOOM (Registration)

Reader’s Circle Book Group: Get ready for Summer Reading via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, May 13

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Talk about your favorite summer reading experiences and share your favorite titles!

May 13: A showcase of some long books or series you can spend your whole summer with: Get a taste of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels; the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn, and the Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith

Register at dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link.

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Mary's Yarns: Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters Group via ZOOM (Registration)

Mary’s Yarns: Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters Group via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, May 13

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library are building a community of Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters. We will knit or crochet as we get to know each other and share patterns.

If you are interested in supporting us, you can help with any of the following:

  1. If you have yarn you would like to donate, please drop it off at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.
  2. If you are a young knitter or crocheter, we want to meet you!
  3. If you have any questions, please email us!

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To register for this event and receive the Zoom meeting information, please email dfflmarysyarns@gmail.com or call (914) 693-6614.

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Mother's Day Storytime and Singalong via ZOOM (Registration)

Mother’s Day Storytime and Singalong via ZOOM (Registration)

Saturday, May 8

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Ages 3 and up.

Grab your favorite caregiver and join Ms. Gina for a special storytime and singalong celebrating the wonderful adults in our lives.

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call the Library at 693-6614 to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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"Vegetables Love Flowers" Virtual Program (Registration)

“Vegetables Love Flowers” Virtual Program (Registration)

Wednesday, May 12

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jacqui Bergonzi, Master Gardener, will discuss how vegetables and pollinators thrive when vegetable gardens are abundant with beautiful flowers. This mutually beneficial relationship must be understood within the context of what goes on below the ground where billions of microorganisms feed and care for plant roots. This presentation will cover tips on creating organic, companion planted gardens that hum with biodiversity and yield nutritious food for all.  Jacqui Bergonzi is a Master Gardener with Westchester Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Registration is through the Greenburgh Public Library Website here!

This presentation is brought to you by the following Public Library partners: Briarcliff Manor Public Library, Chappaqua Library, Dobbs Ferry Public Library, Greenburgh Public Library, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Irvington Public Library,  Scarsdale Public Library, Somers  Library, and White Plains Public Library.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (CLOSED - Email for information)

Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (CLOSED – Email for information)

Wednesday, May 12

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Ages 9-12

Dungeons and Dragons is back! Join the newly revived club, led by a local middle school Dungeon Master! Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required.

Registration is currently closed but you may email dobchildref@wlsmail.org with questions or interest to join.

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Meet Author Andrea Kott via ZOOM (Registration)

Meet Author Andrea Kott via ZOOM (Registration)

Wednesday, May 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Andrea Kott will offers readings of her personal memoir, “Salt on a Robin’s Tail: An Unlikely Jewish Journey Through Childhood, Forgiveness, and Hope

Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

Andrea Kott thought of herself as “the welfare Jew.”

The daughter of a single mother whose depression and drinking pitched them into poverty, her stormy life looked nothing like that of the Jewish kids she knew: It defied every stereotype she associated with being Jewish—having an intact family and material wealth, and becoming a bat mitzvah.

Alienated and ashamed, Kott felt ineligible to be Jewish, yet hungered for connection to the tradition and to God. It took a near-fatal accident, her mother’s death, marriage and motherhood, and losing a beloved brother for her to find her Jewish home.

Salt on a Robin’s Tail: An Unlikely Jewish Journey Through Childhood, Forgiveness, and Hope is a true story of love and loss, struggle and survival, despair and possibility. It shatters stereotypes and inspires reconciliation with the painful past.

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Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, May 13

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All ages.

Do you miss coming to the library? Do you need help choosing a book? Or do you want to tell your librarian about what you’ve been reading lately? Schedule a 20-minute virtual browsing and/or reference appointment with Ms. Gina. She can find what you’re looking for!

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call the Library at 693-6614 to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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Take & Make Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet Craft Kit for Kids - Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Take & Make Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet Craft Kit for Kids – Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Saturday, May 8

All Day

Ages 3 and up.

Pick up a kit containing a craft that you can do at home – supplies are limited!

This Week’s Kit – Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet

Contact the Library at dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call 693-6614 to schedule a pick up time.

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Mother's Day Storytime and Singalong via ZOOM (Registration)

Mother’s Day Storytime and Singalong via ZOOM (Registration)

Saturday, May 8

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Ages 3 and up.

Grab your favorite caregiver and join Ms. Gina for a special storytime and singalong celebrating the wonderful adults in our lives.

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call the Library at 693-6614 to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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New Caregivers' Circle via ZOOM (Registration)

New Caregivers’ Circle via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, May 10

10:30 am - 11:00 am

For parents and caregivers of babies up to 24 months.

Join children’s librarian Gina to learn songs, fingerplays, and more that you can do with your baby.  Each meeting will leave time for open discussion and connection with other parents/caregivers.

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call the Library at 693-6614 to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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Pajama Storytime via YouTube Live

Pajama Storytime via YouTube Live

Tuesday, May 11

5:30 pm - 5:50 pm

Ages 2-6.

Every week, get comfy-cozy and listen to Ms. Gina read bedtime stories on our YouTube channel!

Please contact the library at (914) 693-6615 or dobchildref@wlsmail.org if you would like more information.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (CLOSED - Email for information)

Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (CLOSED – Email for information)

Wednesday, May 12

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Ages 9-12

Dungeons and Dragons is back! Join the newly revived club, led by a local middle school Dungeon Master! Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required.

Registration is currently closed but you may email dobchildref@wlsmail.org with questions or interest to join.

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