55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614
The library building is currently open for CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY. Notary Services will be available via eNotary. Passport Acceptance services are temporarily suspended. April 1
55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614

Library News

Big Conversations with Little People: Parenting in Challenging Times Recording

On Thursday, January 14th, the DFPL partnered with Springhurst Elementary School to host a talk from local clinical psychologist, parenting coach, speaker, and author Dr. Rebecca Hershberg. She is the founder of Little House Calls, which helps parents and caregivers create calmer homes and more connected families. A former Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Hershberg has been published widely on the topic of early childhood mental health. Her first book, The Tantrum Survival Guide, was published in October, 2018.”

In “Big Conversations with Little People,” we discussed a range of topics, including how best to package information for children of different ages, how to include children in conversations around difficult and complicated topics, how to offer reassurance and comfort to children who are anxious, and how to manage both our own and our children’s big feelings during this time.

If you weren’t able to attend this program, worry not! The recording is now available. Please click here to access it. The password is bk40D=Xb and the program starts 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the video. Please let us know if you need a translation or transcribed summary of the events by emailing dobchildref@wlsmail.org.

Reacting to January 6, 2021: Resources for Parents

It’s been an eventful week. January 6, 2021, might be in the past but its consequences reach far into the future. Many kids right now are scared, anxious, or simply curious. So how can you help? Below is a selection of books that you can check out through the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and resources that you can find online. They touch upon activism, race, mental health, and civics. This list was compiled by Gina Elbert (Dobbs Ferry Children’s Librarian), Lauren Rodriguez (Springhurst Elementary Librarian), and Ellen Elsen (Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School Librarian).

Click here: Books and Resource List for January 6th

Phone Update

We’re continuing to work on our new phone system, so there may be interruptions. If you can’t reach us by phone, please email dobref@wlsmail.org.

Thank you for your patience.

Curbside Service ONLY Continues

Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area, Dobbs Ferry Public Library has returned to Curbside Service only.  We will resume in-library service as soon as numbers indicate it is safe to do so.  Reference services will continue to be available during our regular hours and pick-ups will be scheduled so as to remain socially distanced.  All previously scheduled Zoom programs will remain as currently scheduled. Please wear your masks, wash your hands and stay safe this Holiday Season.

To schedule a pickup, call the library at (914)693-6614 or use the app to schedule a pickup at this link.

Upcoming Programs

Take & Make Craft for Adults and Teens / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Take & Make Craft for Adults and Teens / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Monday, January 11 - January 23

All Day

Take home our Mask-Keeper kit and make a pretty keeper using small 4mm glass beads, clip ends and beading cord. Instructions are included. Home supplies needed: instant bond glue and a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Note: clip ends may differ from those shown. Kits include enough supplies to make 2 keepers. Available until supplies run out.

Call the library at (914) 693-6614 to reserve your kit for pick up.

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Poetry Reading via ZOOM: Three Fierce Women (Registration)

Poetry Reading via ZOOM: Three Fierce Women (Registration)

Saturday, January 16

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come to an early evening poetry reading on Zoom to hear three poets – Anne Graue, Sheilla Squillante, and Alison Woods – celebrate the publication of their new books of poetry.

  • Anne Graue is the author of Fig Tree in Winter (Dancing Girl Press, 2017) and has poetry in SWWIM Every Day, Rivet Journal, Mom Egg Review, Into the Void, and in numerous print anthologies. Her reviews of poetry collections have been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Rupture, Whale Road Review, Green Mountains Review, and The Rumpus. Her collection, Full and Plum-Colored Velvet is forthcoming in 2020 from Woodley Press
  • Sheila Squillante is the author of two poetry collections, Mostly Human, winner of the 2020 Wicked Woman Book Prize from BrickHouse Books and Beautiful Nerve, as well as three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father, Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry and A Woman Traces the Shoreline. She is also co-author, along with Sandra L. Faulkner, of the writing craft book, Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories Onto the Page. She directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University, where she is Executive Editor of The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her family.
  • Alison Woods was born and raised in New York City. Her poems have appeared in literary journals including The Formalist, The National Poetry Review, Onthebus, The Paris Review, Poetry East, Rattapallax, and others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice, and was a finalist in the Lyric Recovery Festival at Carnegie Hall. Her chapbook, Dark Forest, won the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Woods’ earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in New York City. She currently lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

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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Reader's Circle Book Discussion via ZOOM: PBS Books Tie-in (Registration)

Reader’s Circle Book Discussion via ZOOM: PBS Books Tie-in (Registration)

Thursday, January 21

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Talk about what you have been reading and also discuss some works of short and long fiction!

January 21: “All Creatures Great and Small” (Chapters 1-35) by James Herriot — This is a tie-in to the weekly PBS Masterpiece series which is airs its first episode on January 10.

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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Friday Film Discussions via ZOOM - "A Man Called Ove" (Registration)

Friday Film Discussions via ZOOM – “A Man Called Ove” (Registration)

Friday, January 22

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 — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

A Man Called Ove

2015 ‧ Comedy/Drama/Romance ‧ 1h 56m ‧ Rated PG-13

Ove, an ill tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. Based on the bestselling novel.

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Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM (Registration)

Manhattanville MFA Program Creative Writing Workshop via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, January 25

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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Take & Make Craft for Adults and Teens / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Take & Make Craft for Adults and Teens / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Monday, January 11 - January 23

All Day

Take home our Mask-Keeper kit and make a pretty keeper using small 4mm glass beads, clip ends and beading cord. Instructions are included. Home supplies needed: instant bond glue and a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Note: clip ends may differ from those shown. Kits include enough supplies to make 2 keepers. Available until supplies run out.

Call the library at (914) 693-6614 to reserve your kit for pick up.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club with New York Society of Play via ZOOM (Registration)

Dungeons & Dragons Club with New York Society of Play via ZOOM (Registration)

Tuesday, January 19

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ages 9-12

Dungeons and Dragons is back! Join New York Society of Play to create a character and prepare for future DnD Club meetings, which will start on Wednesday, January 27th. No experience required but space is limited.

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

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Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, January 21

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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Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution via ZOOM (Registration)

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, January 25

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get ready to rock! Dive into the life and times of Bill Graham, the legendary music impresario behind the biggest names in rock & roll—including the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and the Rolling Stones. This interactive virtual presentation of the New York Historical Society’s exhibition tells the thrilling story of how a child refugee from Nazi Germany became one of the most influential concert promoters of all time. Explore psychedelic posters, oral history audio clips, and rare backstage photographs with a New-York Historical docent.

Register here!

This program is in collaboration with numerous Westchester Libraries.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (Registration)

Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (Registration)

Wednesday, January 27

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ages 9-12

Dungeons and Dragons is back! Join the newly revived club’s first campaign, led by a local middle school dungeon master! Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required. Space is limited.

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

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Take & Make Book & Craft Kits for Kids - Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Take & Make Book & Craft Kits for Kids – Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Saturday, January 16

All Day

Ages 3 and up.

Pick up a kit containing a craft that you can do at home and a book that you can read alongside it.  Supplies are limited!

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

This Week’s Kit: Handprint Penguins

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Social Justice Storytime on Youtube

Social Justice Storytime on Youtube

Monday, January 18

All Day

Ages 2-6

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, watch a pre-recorded social justice-themed storytime on YouTube hosted by Ms. Gina.

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 with New York Society of Play via ZOOM (Registration)

Dungeons & Dragons Club with New York Society of Play via ZOOM (Registration)

Tuesday, January 19

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ages 9-12

Dungeons and Dragons is back! Join New York Society of Play to create a character and prepare for future DnD Club meetings, which will start on Wednesday, January 27th. No experience required but space is limited.

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

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Pajama Storytime via YouTube Live

Pajama Storytime via YouTube Live

Wednesday, January 20

7:00 pm - 7:20 pm

Ages 2-6.

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

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

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Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, January 21

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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Online Resources