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

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Sunday Closed
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

Pride Month Resource List

Times may be tough, but there’s no stopping the celebration of the spectrum of
human experience in June. We are here to commemorate the generations lost to years
of persecution and to epidemics like the AIDS crisis, as well as show love to today’s
LGBTQIA+ people of all ages, genders, sexualities, and orientations. This year, the
Dobbs Ferry Public Schools have teamed up to mark an intersectional Pride Month by
creating a resource list in partnership with the Dobbs Ferry Public Library. Springhurst
librarian Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School 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 and teen librarian Allee Manning to create this
resource list to help you dive deeper into queer literature for kindergarten through 12th
grade. This is a sampling of available resources and not an exhaustive list. If you
would like help finding more, please contact your librarian(s).

Click here for our Pride Month Resource List!

Meet the New Teen Librarian!

BIG NEWS! Once again, the DFPL has a Teen Librarian! We would like to introduce Allee Manning, our new, part-time Teen Librarian, who joined us on Monday, May 10.

Allee is a huge fan of queer young adult and middle-grade fiction, especially realistic fiction and graphic novels. She’s also really into nonfiction. When she’s not at work or deep in a book, she can be found painting rocks, making collages and cards for her friends, and re-watching her favorite “Bob’s Burgers” episodes for the millionth time.In her online life, Allee spends too much time on TikTok and thrift shopping.

As a recent Rivertowns transplant, she is thrilled to be joining the Dobbs Ferry community in this role, and can be reached at amanning@wlsmail.org.

LIBRARY OPEN FOR WALK-IN SERVICES

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED INSIDE LIBRARY BUILDING:  Masks are required for BOTH patrons and staff at all times (only exception to this is for staff working in private offices).
  • NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR:  Walk-in browsing,  brief ½ hour computer sessions, print/scan/fax/copy services, EZ-Pass sales, and outdoor terrace seating. Socially distanced seating is available in Adult Services and our Periodicals Lounge for up to one hour at a time. Children’s browsing and seating is limited to one large or two small family groups at a time.  Children’s toys/manipulatives are unavailable at this time. One first-floor and one second-floor restroom are open to the public, and are cleaned once every 24 hours. 
  • SERVICES AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:  Notary Public & Passport Acceptance Agency Services.
  • CONTACTLESS PICKUP CONTINUES – Reserve books, CDs and DVDs online via the catalog or over the phone with us at (914) 693-6614, during regular business hours.
    • 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. Books will be on the outside table for an hour after your appointment. After that, you can pick up your books at the desk inside or reschedule your appointment.
    • At your designated pick-up time, arrive at the Library and park in the designated 15 minute parking space, and pick up your holds in the vestibule. In order for returning items to be credited to your account, leave those in the Book Drops OUTSIDE (do not leave returns in the vestibule).

AAPI Heritage Month Resources

AAPI Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and influences that Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. This year, it is especially important to support, celebrate and advocate for the AAPI community who have been experiencing an increase in anti-Asian bias and violence. So this year’s theme is “Stop AAPI Hate: Solidarity, Community, and Celebration”. The month of May was chosen as a way to commemorate the first wave of Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to also mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. It is important to remember that members of the AAPI community come from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Asia, and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Each Asian country and Pacific Island nation has its own unique culture, language and traditions.

To celebrate this important community, Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert has collaborated with Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and Dobbs Ferry K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek to make a resource list of books, social media accounts, and websites. Our hope is that these resources will help you to amplify, respect and make  space for AAPI every single day, not just in May.

Click here to view our recommended resources!

Upcoming Programs

*CANCELLED* Summer Stand Up Comedy Showcase at Waterfront Park

*CANCELLED* Summer Stand Up Comedy Showcase at Waterfront Park

Saturday, July 24

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

* SORRY WE HAD TO CANCEL THIS EVENT DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO PROCURE THE PA/AUDIO EQUIPMENT NEEDED THIS TIME.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE AND HAVE INFORMED ANYONE WHO HAS ALREADY SIGNED UP AS OF 7/15/21.  ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, WE WILL 100% CONFIRMED BE BACK AT THE PARK ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2021 AT 7PM FOR ANOTHER FREE COMEDY SHOW (barring any bad weather) – SO IT IS NOT TOO FAR AWAY.

Please email DobRef@wlsmail.org to sign up for that show.  These showcases are part of our Comedy on the Hudson Programming

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Reader's Circle - Book Discussion in Waterfront Park (REGISTRATION)

Reader’s Circle – Book Discussion in Waterfront Park (REGISTRATION)

Thursday, July 29

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Save the Date – the Reader’s Circle will meet in a safe, socially distanced setting at Waterfront Park.  Bring your own lawn chair, beverage, and mask.

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

This month we’re discussing “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell. Get it on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Please email dobref@wlsmail.org to register and for the meeting location.

When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.

As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island’s fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies—as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls—became a common sight in the Durrell villa.

Uproarious tales of the island’s animals and Durrell’s fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, My Family and Other Animals will transport you to a place you won’t want to leave.

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Comedy Open Mic (Virtual/Monthly) – hosted by Tim Deery (Registration)

Comedy Open Mic (Virtual/Monthly) – hosted by Tim Deery (Registration)

Tuesday, August 3

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Following a traditional Comedy Open Mic format, comedians new and old — who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment — sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform via our ZOOM Online Meeting Room.

Personal webcam & microphone and pre-registration are REQUIRED.  Email tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info.
intended for audiences aged 18 and up
For more info about our comedy nights, check out our Comedy on the Hudson page.

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Film Discussion: "Great Expectations" via ZOOM

Film Discussion: “Great Expectations” via ZOOM

Wednesday, August 4

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 films. All are welcome.

August 4: “Great Expectations

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

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

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Cult Classic Movie Night Live in Person - The Road Warrior (Rated R)

Cult Classic Movie Night Live in Person – The Road Warrior (Rated R)

Thursday, August 5

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Questions?  Email tdeery@wlsmail.org

The Road Warrior (1981/Rated R/96 min/Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline-rich community escape a horde of bandits.

To see a previous film discussion, check out our interview with Makeup/Special Effects Artist Dan Frye (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Dr. Who)

For more info on our Cult Classic Movie Night program, follow @CultClassMovieNight

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Teen Battle of the Books - Practice Session

Teen Battle of the Books – Practice Session

Friday, July 23

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For more information, please click the Battle of the Books webpage here.

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BookTok Challenge: ongoing program for Teens/Preteens June 28 - August 20

BookTok Challenge: ongoing program for Teens/Preteens June 28 – August 20

Sunday, July 25

All Day

Teens and preteens are invited to make a “Tik Tok style” video centered around a book they have read for summer reading. Teens can do a book talk, a book trailer, reenact a scene, cosplay as a character from the book they read, or take another creative approach.

(Note: You do not actually have to publish it on TikTok or any social media platform!!!)

Participation in this challenge will be worth SIX tickets for the Teen Summer Reading Raffle. With participant permission, the submissions may be shared at a Summer Reading Screening Party at the end of the summer.

To find out more about the submission process, please email amanning@wlsmail.org.

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Battle of the Books / Practice session for Grades 4 - 7 Team

Battle of the Books / Practice session for Grades 4 – 7 Team

Monday, July 26

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For more information, please click the Battle of the Books webpage here.

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Teen Zine Tasting - Outdoor Event

Teen Zine Tasting – Outdoor Event

Monday, July 26

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Here at the Teen Space, reading a zine totally counts as Summer Reading. YA Librarian Allee Manning will be sharing zines from her personal collection and leading teens in a zinemaking 101 workshop. (Attendees are welcome to create their own zine at the event or take materials to do so at home.)

This event will take place outdoors. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For their time and feedback helping build the Teen Space’s soon-to-be-launched zine collection, attendees can earn 1.5 community service hours for their participation in the event and FIVE tickets for the Teen Summer Reading Raffle.

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

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Battle of the Books / Battle for Grades 4 - 7 Team

Battle of the Books / Battle for Grades 4 – 7 Team

Tuesday, July 27

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For more information, please click the Battle of the Books webpage here.

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Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids: Plastic Egg Lightning Bugs - Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids: Plastic Egg Lightning Bugs – Limited Supply / Contact the Library to schedule a pick up

Saturday, July 24

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 – Plastic Egg Lightning Bugs

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

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StoryWalk®: 'Call Me Tree (Llámame Arbol)' / Storybook Adventure along the fence around Gould Park June 28 to August 20

StoryWalk®: ‘Call Me Tree (Llámame Arbol)’ / Storybook Adventure along the fence around Gould Park June 28 to August 20

Sunday, July 25

All Day

Take a walk, do a stretch, and read the bilingual story Call Me Tree (Llámame Arbol) by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

The adventure takes place along the fence around Gould Park.

P.S. By attending this program, you can earn 250 points for your summer reading game logs!

The Storywalk® project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

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New Caregivers' Circle Outdoors on the library terrace (Registration)

New Caregivers’ Circle Outdoors on the library terrace (Registration)

Monday, July 26

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.

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.

Register by emailing dobchildref@wlsmail.org, calling (914) 693-6615, or stopping by the Children’s Room to sign up.

P.S. By attending this program, you can earn 250 points for your summer reading game logs!

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Battle of the Books / Practice session for Grades 4 - 7 Team

Battle of the Books / Practice session for Grades 4 – 7 Team

Monday, July 26

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For more information, please click the Battle of the Books webpage here.

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Battle of the Books / Battle for Grades 4 - 7 Team

Battle of the Books / Battle for Grades 4 – 7 Team

Tuesday, July 27

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For more information, please click the Battle of the Books webpage here.

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Online Resources