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

Cricut Maker 3

Welcome our newest addition of Maker tech, the Cricut Maker 3!

The Cricut is a digital cutting machine that can cut intricate designs into a wide variety of materials. Crafters use this to make any number of products.

The Cricut Maker 3, and supplies, was donated to the Library from the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library

 

Quilt Raffle!

The Friends of the Library have two quilts (“Butterflies” and “Flower Basket”) on display which will be raffled off during Ferry Festa on October 1st at 8pm at the corner of Main and Cedar Street.

See the quilts & buy tickets at the library! Write your name, address, and telephone number on the tickets you are purchasing.

1 Ticket – $1 / 6 Tickets – $5 / 12 Tickets – $10 / 24 Tickets – $20

Museum Passes & More!

New Museum Passes Are Here!
The Library now offers passes the Westchester Children’s Museum, Katonah Museum of Art, and Storm King Art Center . They are free to check out and will give you free entry to the museums. Call us at 231-3056. You must be a DFPL card holder and your account must be in good standing. Passes are checked out for 1 week, overdue fees will be charged for late returns.

These passes are made possible thanks to the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library

 

Meet Erik Carlson, our new Library Director!

Erik started working in libraries as a Summer intern at WLS in 2006. In 2011 Erik started working in the White Plains Public Library in order to build a teen audience for an upcoming renovation that included a teen room. When the room opened, it was a huge success and was packed with teenagers! The teen room at WPPL became an important place for many teens in the area. Some of them spent a lot of time after school socializing, playing video games, attending programs, and sometimes doing homework there.

Earlier this year Erik applied for the Executive Director position at DFPL. He is very excited about working in Dobbs Ferry and bringing some of his ideas to a new library!

Other than libraries and makerspaces, Erik likes to play tennis, hike, ski and snowboard, ride a motorcycle, and watch soccer (Leeds United and NYCFC are his favorite teams). He looks forward to meeting and working with the community. His door is open, when he is at work, so come by and introduce yourselves.

Upcoming Programs

Stand Up Comedy Showcase at Waterfront Park (FREE)

Stand Up Comedy Showcase at Waterfront Park (FREE)

Saturday, October 8

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring your lawn chairs and join us under the stars for another FREE Stand Up Comedy Showcase (intended for 18+) down at Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park’s Concert Stage! 

Please register with dobref@wlsmail.org to sign up (max 4 people/sign up) in order to help us verify program attendance • show starts 7pm EST • open lawn seating area 

Featuring comedians: Tom Padovano, Josh & Tamra, Johnny Bob Musgrave, Jessie Murphy, Mike Noble, Tim Deery, and headliner Kate Nichols (see bio’s below)


FURTHER INFO…
DONATION$
While the event is FREE, we will gladly accept ca$h donations for the performers (who are doing this event free for the library) on behalf of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.

WEATHER (TBD updated 9/24/22)
In case of inclement weather, the show will take place in our library Community Room (seats up to 75 people).

transportation
address: RR Station 11 Station Plaza Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
If you are driving: Parking regulations will be suspended between 6pm to 10pm at the Waterfront Park lot thanks to our Village and Police Department.  No special tag necessary.
For any arriving by rail: The park is located right next to the Dobbs Ferry Metro North Hudson Line train stop.

seating
We recommend bringing lawn chairs to sit in.  You are welcome to bring a picnic blanket, but keep in mind the ground could be cold or wet and your view may be obstructed by others who bring chairs.  We will not be providing seating.  The show will begin promptly at 7pm and run til roughly 9pm.  It is an open lawn seating area, so it is recommended you arrive by 6:30pm, as there are no assigned spaces.  Please check in with our staff before 7pm in order to help us verify program attendance.


food
+ drink

Hudson Social has some great food & drink and is located right across the parking lot.  Please keep in mind that seating gets tight, especially on the weekends, so make reservations if you plan on going (914) 478-3634.  There are also a number of great spots nearby to grab a bite and a brew before or after the show.

restrooms
The public restrooms at the park are open and a short walk north of the concert stage.  

filming 
This event may be filmed.  Being as such, there is a chance that you could wind up in the recording at any given point.  If this is an issue for you, we recommend that you not attend, as we will not be able edit around individual preferences.

BIO’S

Tom Padovano

Tom has performed clean comedy on cruise ships, at comedy clubs, libraries, private events, and places beyond description!  Tom has sold over 1,000 jokes to comedians, professional speakers, politicians, publications, and total strangers.  He has also sold scripts, skits, and song parodies and has taught comedy at The Discovery Center in New York City. 

find him on IG: @TomComedy2, FB: Tom Padovano

Josh & Tamra


Josh and Tamra are a married, stand-up comedy duo. They write, star & produce a local TV show called, The Josh and Tamra Show; a Streamy Award Nominated, comedy, variety, news & entertainment, talk show, with puppets. Josh & Tamra are featured in Variety Magazine – for winning NYTVF best comedy TV Pilot

Johnny Bob Musgrave

JBM is a veteran of our Dobbs ferry Public Library’s Comedy Open Mics for over two years now. A former driver Ed teacher, junior high principal, school district superintendent, and commercial pilot he is coming in hot, straight out of Chicago for this gig to bring his patented belly laughers and yuck-yucks.

find him on TikTok: @emaoava

Jessie Murphy

Fresh off her first successful engagement at Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan, Jessie sounds a little like Marge Simpson, looks a lot like Rachel Maddow’s first cousin, and delivers a punch line like the Kool Aid Guy – impactful and with lots of debris.  The jaded Real Estate Agent in her would say that figures, but the successful Real Estate Agent in her would point out that, “It really opens up the room.”

Mike Noble

Mike brings his unique bent on life as a Dobbs Ferry dad and documentary/tv producer and editor to his comedy.  He will be proud to be able to say he has played the same stage as one the founding members of the Butthole Surfers, Gibby Haynes, who played Dobbs Ferry’s Waterfront Park on 9/17/22.

Tim Deery


Our resident comic, Tim has run 7 Stand Up Comedy Showcases, 41 Comedy Open Mic’s, 3 FerryCon‘s, 3 Local Filmmakers Spotlight‘s, and 77 Cult Classic Movie Night‘s for DFPL, which, if you’re keeping count, requires a lot of fingers & toes.  His latest film work includes a starring role as a vampire, who sucks of course, in the music video “Owen Is A Dracula” from Wolf Face.  He has steadfastly been maintaining his goal of tweeting #1FunnyTweet a day for 2022! 

find him on IG: @MummiesOnMainStreet, T: @MummiesOnMainSt

Headliner: Kate Nichols

Kate Nichols is a comedian who performs at comedy clubs in NYC and all over the tri-state area. She’s also a licensed therapist and loves blending the worlds of comedy and mental health by exploring their shared theme of trying to make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. 

find her on IG: @HeyKateNichols

These showcases are part of our Comedy on the Hudson Programming.

Please refer to the current CDC guidelines for face mask recommendations.  We will not be policing mask wearing.

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Baby Songs & Stories

Baby Songs & Stories

Monday, October 10

10:30 am - 10:50 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.

Program will be outdoors unless there is inclement weather, in which case we will be in the Community Room.

This program will be socially-distanced. Please make sure you and everyone in your family over the age of 2 wears their masks for its entirety.

Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the children’s room for information and to sign up.

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2022 Studio Tour: Preview Show

2022 Studio Tour: Preview Show

Wednesday, October 12

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are delighted to announce that the RiverArts Studio Tour will return this November for a weekend celebration of art throughout the Rivertowns on Saturday, November 5, 11am–6pm and Sunday, November 6, 11am–6pm

This multi-village adventure offers a veritable treasure hunt through industrial lofts, home studios, outdoor installations, storefronts, and galleries stretching from Hastings-on-Hudson to Tarrytown. The Studio Tour offers an opportunity to engage with local artists in an intimate setting, learn about their process and inspiration, and meet plenty of art lovers along the way. Participants can explore a wide range of mediums and unique works, and if you are lucky, you’ll bring home something to treasure for years to come.
Come to a preview at the Dobbs Ferry Library on Wednesday, October 12!

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Virtual Program: Navigating College Admissions Successfully

Virtual Program: Navigating College Admissions Successfully

Wednesday, October 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

October 12, October 25, & November 16, 7:00 PM – Come to one session

We are offering this Zoom presentation to help families understand how COVID has changed the college admissions landscape and how it affects Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.

We will discuss current college admissions trends, the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that can be a good fit for your child, a timeline, and other action steps that can be taken to make this school year productive and help reduce the stress around the college admissions process.

We’ll examine the holistic admissions review process, what admissions officers consider important when they review applicants, and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission.

We will also discuss the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and a way to showcase a student’s character. Admissions officers place great emphasis on a student’s character and how the student has been able to give back and help others.

This program is recommended for parents and their high school teens.

Register: October 12 / October 25 / November 16

The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC

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Golden Age of Hollywood Fall Film Series: “The Films of Alfred Hitchcock”

Golden Age of Hollywood Fall Film Series: “The Films of Alfred Hitchcock”

Thursday, October 13

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most famous film director whoever lived. For five decades, first in England, then in Hollywood, he made fifty-four films, including classics such as The Thirty-Nine StepsRebeccaNotoriousRear WindowNorth by NorthwestVertigo, and Psycho. Few filmmakers have been as popular, critically celebrated, and as influential, not only as a director but also as a multi-media showman through his tv series, magazines, book anthologies, even extending to board games and record albums. This presentation looks at his achievements as “the master of suspense,” and through dozens of film clips, examines his extraordinary creativity as one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers.

Register here for the Zoom link.

BRIAN ROSE is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Hes written several books on television history and cultural programming, and conducted more than a hundred Q&As with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

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Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Saturday, October 8

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ages 4+

Children read one-on-one with Buddy, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and his handler, Dobbs Ferry resident Marty Kanengiser. Children will select a book to read to Buddy before the program begins, and they will spend 10-15 minutes reading aloud. They are also welcome to ask questions about Buddy, a 12-year-old rescued black lab who loves children, other dogs, and reading.

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

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Stuffed Animal Field Trips - Ongoing from the Children's Room

Stuffed Animal Field Trips – Ongoing from the Children’s Room

Sunday, October 9

All Day

Ages 3 and Up

The library’s stuffed animals want to go on field trips! Check one out, bring them home, and add to their personal scrapbooks by writing about and taking pictures of the fun things you do together. When you’re at the library, you can visit the animals who have made it back to home base and see what they’ve been up to. Stuffed animals may be periodically rotated out based on condition.

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Tuesday Movies: Hotel Translyvania 3

Tuesday Movies: Hotel Translyvania 3

Tuesday, October 11

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Community Room, ages 4+

Join us for a showing of Hotel Transylvania 3 in the Community Room!

The monster family boards a luxury cruise ship so Dracula can take a summer vacation from the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for the pack as they indulge in all of the fun things the cruise has to offer, including monster volleyball, exotic excursions and catching up on their moon tans. However, the dream vacation soon turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy them all.

This movie is rated PG.

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Virtual Program: Navigating College Admissions Successfully

Virtual Program: Navigating College Admissions Successfully

Wednesday, October 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

October 12, October 25, & November 16, 7:00 PM – Come to one session

We are offering this Zoom presentation to help families understand how COVID has changed the college admissions landscape and how it affects Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.

We will discuss current college admissions trends, the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that can be a good fit for your child, a timeline, and other action steps that can be taken to make this school year productive and help reduce the stress around the college admissions process.

We’ll examine the holistic admissions review process, what admissions officers consider important when they review applicants, and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission.

We will also discuss the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and a way to showcase a student’s character. Admissions officers place great emphasis on a student’s character and how the student has been able to give back and help others.

This program is recommended for parents and their high school teens.

Register: October 12 / October 25 / November 16

The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC

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Virtual Program: Activism 101 for Teens and New Adults

Virtual Program: Activism 101 for Teens and New Adults

Saturday, October 15

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to act on your vision for a better world with Omkari Williams. This program is an opportunity for teens/20-somethings and beyond to find their way into activism and learn how to participate in causes that are important to them.
This program includes:
  • Identifying your activist archetype
  • Exploring your “origin” story (why you care about social justice in the first place) and finding out how to use that to fuel your social justice work
  • Choosing your cause(s)
  • Building a plan of activism that is sustainable for you
  • Finding and building community
Registration is required. Sign up here!
Omkari Williams (https://www.omkariwilliams.com/speaks to groups and teaches classes on how to find your way of making a difference in the world. With a specialty in working with introverts and Highly Sensitive Persons, she helps quiet activists as well as those comfortable in the spotlight. With talks covering topics such as Everyday Activism, Activism for Introverts and HSPs, and her one to one training Creating Your Customized Activist Roadmap she helps people find and sustain their way of being an activist in this world.

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Toddler Stretch & Sing Storytime

Toddler Stretch & Sing Storytime

Tuesday, October 4

10:30 am - 10:50 am

18 to 36 months.

Get your wiggles out with songs and stories with Ms. Gina!

We will be outdoors unless there is inclement weather, in which case we will be in the Community Room.

This program will be socially-distanced. Please make sure you and everyone in your family over the age of 2 wears their masks for its entirety.

Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the children’s room for information and to sign up.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club (Waitlist - Email for Information)

Dungeons & Dragons Club (Waitlist – Email for Information)

Wednesday, October 5

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Ages 9-12

Create a character! Fight monsters! Make your own luck! Develop your skills in this fantasy role-playing system with other kids just like you. We’ll start a new campaign every few weeks. Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required.

Registration is currently closed but you may email dobchildref@wlsmail.org for more information.

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Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids: Paper Plate Black Cat Wreaths - Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids: Paper Plate Black Cat Wreaths – Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Saturday, October 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 Craft – Paper Plate Black Cat Wreaths

Call 693-6614 to schedule a pick up time.

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Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Saturday, October 8

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ages 4+

Children read one-on-one with Buddy, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and his handler, Dobbs Ferry resident Marty Kanengiser. Children will select a book to read to Buddy before the program begins, and they will spend 10-15 minutes reading aloud. They are also welcome to ask questions about Buddy, a 12-year-old rescued black lab who loves children, other dogs, and reading.

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

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Stuffed Animal Field Trips - Ongoing from the Children's Room

Stuffed Animal Field Trips – Ongoing from the Children’s Room

Sunday, October 9

All Day

Ages 3 and Up

The library’s stuffed animals want to go on field trips! Check one out, bring them home, and add to their personal scrapbooks by writing about and taking pictures of the fun things you do together. When you’re at the library, you can visit the animals who have made it back to home base and see what they’ve been up to. Stuffed animals may be periodically rotated out based on condition.

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