A mustard-yellow box with jagged edges. Inside, a blue-green iguana sitting on a red book lying on its side next to the words "Tails and tales." Next to this box, a second, identical one with the word "Colas y Cuentos."

Did you know we’ve got BIG summer reading plans this year? That’s right, the Dobbs Ferry Public Library is back at it again with an animal-themed summer reading game called “Tails and Tales”! We’re looking forward to a variety of pandemic-safe outdoor and online programs, seeing you at the library again (safely!), and of course, reading a ton of books. This page will tell you everything you need to know about participating if your child is between the ages of 3 and 12 (younger kids might want to take on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, while older ones might like the teen summer reading game!).

Our summer reading game starts on June 28th and ends on August 20th. To sign up, you can just go to dobbsny03.readsquared.com!

Okay, I’m signed up. Now what?
Well, once your family signs up, each participating member will earn 10 points for every minute they read and 250 points for every program they attend. For every 1000 points they earn, they can come to the library and pick out a prize!

Is there a set list of books we have to read?
Not at all! Here are lists for kids aged 3 to 6 and those aged 7 to 12 that we’ve compiled to help you get started reading about animals, but you can read about whatever your heart desires.

Awesome! And what programs are there to attend?
We have so many, it’s hard to know where to begin! You can find our complete calendar here, but here are some of the events we’re most excited about:

  • June 28th at 2pm on Zoom: “Unicorns: Break the Cage!”, our live virtual kickoff from performers Talewise
  • July 6th at 10:30am on the library terrace: Pop-up Comics Lab with Becky Pitts
  • July 15th and August 12th at 11am at Waterfront Park: R.E.A.D. therapy dog meet-up!
  • July 30th at 11am on Zoom: virtual performance by master storyteller Donna Washington
  • August 9th at 2pm on Zoom: Online Q&A with Saadia Faruqi, author of A Thousand Questions and other novels
  • August 14th at 11am at Waterfront Park: meet-up with real live goats!

In addition to all these cool programs, we’ve got an outdoor ice cream party on August 20th that all participants can attend, now matter how much or how little they’ve read!

Whew, that’s a lot!
Yes, it is!

What if I have more questions?
You can email our children’s librarian, Ms. Gina, at dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call her up at (914) 693-6615, or drop by the library to talk to her anytime!

P.S. If you came here looking for the Springhurst summer reading lists: they haven’t been released yet but we’ll include links when they are.