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

  • NOW OPEN FOR BRIEF IN-PERSON BROWSING – One person or family at a time will be scheduled in 30 minute increments beginning ½ hour after opening and ending 1 hour before closing times to allow for one-at-a-time service. There will be a fifteen minute interim period between appointments for surface cleaning. 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. Our restrooms, seating and Children’s toys are unavailable at this time.
  • CONTACTLESS PICKUP CONTINUES – You may still reserve your books & DVDs 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. 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.
    • ALL RETURNED ITEMS ARE QUARANTINED FOR 4 DAYS AFTER BEING RETURNED. This means fines will accrue on your account for that time. Once your items are checked in, those fines will be removed.
  • Staff wear gloves and masks at all times when working with library materials entering or leaving the building. 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.
  • NEED HELP FINDING BOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS? 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 PICK-UP APP

DFPL Terrace Reopens

DFPL Terrace Reopens

The Dobbs Ferry Library Terrace has reopened! ⠀

Call (914) 693-6614 to schedule a one-hour appointment to sit on the terrace and read or use your laptop with socially-distanced seating.

In the Gallery

In the Gallery

DFPL strives to provide the community with exhibition space for local artists, historical displays and special exhibits.

 

Upcoming Programs

"I Love Libraries" Book Discussion - Free Overdrive download Sept. 14-28 / Discussion Oct. 17 via Zoom

“I Love Libraries” Book Discussion – Free Overdrive download Sept. 14-28 / Discussion Oct. 17 via Zoom

Monday, September 21

All Day

As part of the “Libraries Transform Book Pick” program, between September 14 and 28 you can borrow “Book of the Little Axe” by Lauren Francis-Sharma on OverDrive.  If you borrow an ebook copy on September 28, you will still receive the full lending time allotted by your library.

There will be a discussion of the book via Zoom on Saturday October 17 at 3 PM!  Email dobref@wlsmail.org for the Zoom link.

“Ambitious and masterfully wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma’s Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.

In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.

By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.”

The “Libraries Transform Book Pick” is a popular digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through public libraries.

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Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM (Registration)

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, September 21

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Participants will re-convene to read, share and give feedback to one another of the plays or dramatic scenes they wrote based on the prompts given by Marc Palmieri in the Sept. 14 workshop.

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

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Reader's Circle Book Discussion via ZOOM (Registration) - "The President is Missing"

Reader’s Circle Book Discussion via ZOOM (Registration) – “The President is Missing”

Thursday, September 24

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Read ebooks from Hoopla or Overdrive or borrow library books to read ahead of time and join a discussion about a different work every Thursday afternoon.

Except for the meeting on Sept. 10 these will be held on ZOOM – Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link or the exact location for the meeting on the 10th.

The President is Missing: A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

The White House is the home of the President of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? This collaboration between President Bill Clinton and James Patterson is full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office: the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power.

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Friday Film Discussions via ZOOM - Election Movies - "All the King’s Men" (Registration)

Friday Film Discussions via ZOOM – Election Movies – “All the King’s Men” (Registration)

Friday, September 25

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Watch a library DVD or stream these films on Hoopla or Kanopy at your leisure and come together to discuss the film on Friday afternoons.

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

All the King’s Men

PG-13 2006 ‧ Drama/Political drama ‧ 2h 20m

Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark’s (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of Louisiana. Unfortunately for Stark, his right-hand man (Jude Law) retains the same good moral fiber he had when the men both entered the political arena.

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"I Love Libraries" Book Discussion - Free Overdrive download Sept. 14-28 / Discussion Oct. 17 via Zoom

“I Love Libraries” Book Discussion – Free Overdrive download Sept. 14-28 / Discussion Oct. 17 via Zoom

Monday, September 28

All Day

As part of the “Libraries Transform Book Pick” program, between September 14 and 28 you can borrow “Book of the Little Axe” by Lauren Francis-Sharma on OverDrive.  If you borrow an ebook copy on September 28, you will still receive the full lending time allotted by your library.

There will be a discussion of the book via Zoom on Saturday October 17 at 3 PM!  Email dobref@wlsmail.org for the Zoom link.

“Ambitious and masterfully wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma’s Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.

In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.

By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.”

The “Libraries Transform Book Pick” is a popular digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through public libraries.

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Introduction to Babysitting (Zoom Class)

Introduction to Babysitting (Zoom Class)

Saturday, September 26

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Learn the basics of childcare in our 3-session Introduction to Babysitting online course. Participants will learn about stages of childhood development, safety and first aid, feeding and diapering, and extra precautions that must be taken when working with children during a pandemic. Babysitters-in-training will also develop valuable interview and communication skills.

Our instructor, Amanda Tucker, is a first grade teacher who holds certifications in Early Childhood, General Education, and Special Education.

When registering, you are committing to attend three online classes that will be held on September 12, 19, and 26 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. To register, email dobref@wlsmail.org or call (914) 693-6614.

For ages 11 – 18

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Register to Vote - Zoom Workshop for the 2020 Election Season (Registration)

Register to Vote – Zoom Workshop for the 2020 Election Season (Registration)

Saturday, October 3

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Is your voice being heard about the issues important to you?  Are you registered to vote in Westchester County?  Join us to learn why your vote is important and how to get ready for the 2020 General Election by completing the first step – Register to Vote.

In this workshop provided by the League of Women Voters of Westchester, you will learn step-by-step how to complete a Voter Registration form, and where and how to submit it.

Contact dobref@wlsmail.org to register for Zoom Invitation

The League of Women Voters of Westchester is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government.  The League neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.  The League is supported by public-spirited individuals, businesses, and organizations.

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Prepare to Vote 2020: 3 Ways to Vote - Zoom Workshop for the 2020 Election Season (Registration)

Prepare to Vote 2020: 3 Ways to Vote – Zoom Workshop for the 2020 Election Season (Registration)

Saturday, October 3

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you prepared to vote in the 2020 General Election?  Have you decided HOW you plan to vote?  With the challenging environment that we face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and election law changes, learn everything you need to know about the three ways to vote: Absentee Ballot, Early Voting, and Election Day.

In this workshop provided by the League of Women Voters of Westchester, you will learn the steps to take and the important deadline dates to determine which way to vote is best for you.

Contact dobref@wlsmail.org to register for Zoom Invitation

The League of Women Voters of Westchester is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties. The League is supported by public-spirited individuals, businesses, and organizations.

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Cult Classic Movie Night Online via KANOPY and ZOOM - The Transfiguration (Not Rated/Horror)

Cult Classic Movie Night Online via KANOPY and ZOOM – The Transfiguration (Not Rated/Horror)

Thursday, October 15

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Movie starts at 8 PM via Kanopy: The Transfiguration

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/89829282900

Zoom meeting id: 898 2928 2900 (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 Transfiguration (2016/Not Rated/97 min/Horror, Drama)

Troubled teen Milo (Eric Ruffin) hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie (Chloe Levine), the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality.

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Cult Classic Movie Night and Thanksgiving Potluck Discussion via ZOOM

Cult Classic Movie Night and Thanksgiving Potluck Discussion via ZOOM

Thursday, November 19

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us with your favorite dish as we watch a film, then afterwards share recipes, talk food, and then discuss the film together, all on Zoom @ meeting ID: 859 8510 8084

Further details to be announced

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Yoga in the Park for Children Ages 5 - 12

Yoga in the Park for Children Ages 5 – 12

Wednesday, September 23

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join a small group for outdoor yoga in Waterfront Park! Children will learn yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation exercises that increase strength and balance, cultivate mindfulness, and reduce stress.

Our certified instructor will wear a face shield, and children will wear masks and maintain social distancing. Please bring your own mat and yoga block (or a hardcover book).

To register, please email dobref@wlsmail.org or call (914) 693-6614. Space is limited.

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Paws for Reading with Chubba (Virtual Program)

Paws for Reading with Chubba (Virtual Program)

Tuesday, September 29

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Children read one-on-one with Chubba, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and his handler, Hastings resident Deirdre Drohan Forbes. Children will select a book to read to Chubba before the program begins, and they will spend 10 – 15 minutes reading aloud. They are also welcome to ask questions about Chubba, a 5-year-old rescued pit bull who loves children, other dogs, and reading! For ages 4 and up.

Please call (914) 693-6614 or email dobref@wlsmail.org to reserve a time slot and to receive the Zoom meeting link.

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Dream House Design (Virtual Program)

Dream House Design (Virtual Program)

Wednesday, October 14

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Make a model of your dream home with materials you can find around the house! In the yard, add a pool, a garden, a swing set, or a helipad. It’s up to you! This will be a fun and highly interactive workshop using the Zoom platform. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Led by ArchForKids, a leading provider of design education based in Dobbs Ferry.

Please call (914) 693-6614 or email dobref@wlsmail.org to register and to receive the Zoom link.

Materials needed: 
  • Cardboard base (cut from a box) for the yard – size may vary, but at least 14″ x 16″
  • Recycled box for the house; optional: smaller box for an addition or garage
  • Glue stick or Elmer’s glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Cardboard scraps (from recycled boxes)
  • Twigs, pebbles and/or pine cones collected outside
Use whatever art supplies you have on hand to embellish your project! Some ideas: pipe cleaners, tissue paper, toothpicks, etc.

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Sing & Sign with Chloe (Virtual Class)

Sing & Sign with Chloe (Virtual Class)

Tuesday, November 3

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Join Chloe for catchy music and engaging activities while learning American Sign Language. For children 0 – 5. Older siblings are welcome!

Please call (914) 693-6614 or email dobref@wlsmail.org to register and receive a link to the online class.

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Sing & Sign with Chloe (Virtual Class)

Sing & Sign with Chloe (Virtual Class)

Tuesday, November 10

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Join Chloe for catchy music and engaging activities while learning American Sign Language. For children 0 – 5. Older siblings are welcome!

Please call (914) 693-6614 or email dobref@wlsmail.org to register and receive a link to the online class.

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Online Resources

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