Meet the Author Series - In Person! In the Library Periodical Room: Poets Iain Haley Pollock and BK Fischer

Meet the Author Series – In Person! In the Library Periodical Room: Poets Iain Haley Pollock and BK Fischer

Wednesday, November 30

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meet poets Iain Haley Pollock and BK Fischer

Listen to local authors read from their newest books.

Iain Haley Pollock is the author of two poetry collections, Ghost, Like a Place (Alice James Books, 2018), which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and Spit Back a Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Individual poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Baffler, and The New York Times Magazine. Beyond the page, Pollock curated the poems on display at the Rye Poetry Path in Rye, NY. He directs the MFA in Writing Program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, and lives with his family in Ossining, NY.

B.K. Fischer is a writer and teacher living in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She is the author most recently of Ceive (BOA Editions, 2021), a novel in verse that retells the Noah’s Ark story on a container ship. Her previous collection, Radioapocrypha, which won the 2017 Journal/Wheeler Award from Ohio State University Press, recasts the New Testament Gospel in suburban Maryland in 1989. Her other books are My Lover’s Discourse (Tinderbox Editions, 2018), St. Rage’s Vault (The Word Works, 2013), and Mutiny Gallery (Truman State University Press, 2011). Also the author of a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (2006), she has published poems and reviews in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Boston Review, Jacket2, FIELD, WSQ, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, Los Angeles Review of Books, Modern Language Studies, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. A former poetry editor at Boston Review, she teaches The Comma Sutra in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and is currently the poet laureate of Westchester County, New York.

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Baby Songs & Stories in the Community Room

Baby Songs & Stories in the Community Room

Monday, December 5

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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Mary's Yarns Crafting Group: in the Community Room

Mary’s Yarns Crafting Group: in the Community Room

Monday, December 5

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mary’s Yarns Crafting Group will be meeting in the Library Community Room.

1st Monday of the Month: Quilting. This year the quilting group will be making the Ohio Star Pattern, with each member creating one square. When the quilt is finished, it will be raffled to benefit the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.

3rd Monday of the Month: Crocheting. We will provide you with the supplies to create a granny square or dishcloth.

Even if we’re not working on a type of crafting you’re interested in, you are welcome to come and chat and work on your own projects! Newcomers are always welcome.

Please email dflfriends@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to join!

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Comedy Open Mic (live in-person + simulcast)

Comedy Open Mic (live in-person + simulcast)

Tuesday, December 6

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Occurring the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm EST – both live in person & simulcast on Zoom for anyone who wants to perform or watch, but can’t make it physically – our Comedy Open Mics follow a traditional format, where comedians new and old — who want to work on new jokes, change old ones, or just experiment — sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform.

INTENDED FOR AUDIENCE 18+

Pre-registration REQUIRED for first timers —> Email TDeery@wlsmail.org.

Show reminder with Zoom link will be sent out the day before each month’s mic to everyone already on the performer & audience list.

For more info about our comedy nights, check out our Comedy on the Hudson page.

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Virtual Program: Christmas Spoken Word Reading with Alan Sklar

Virtual Program: Christmas Spoken Word Reading with Alan Sklar

Wednesday, December 7

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join award winning voice-over artist Alan Sklar as helps you get into the Christmas spirit with a reading of “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry; and “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas.

Register here!

This event will be co-sponsored by Harrison Public Library, Tuckahoe Public Library, Pelham Public Library, and Dobbs Ferry Public Library.

Alan Sklar has been a freelance voice actor for over twenty-five years, voicing radio/TV commercials and VNRs, narrating everything from audiobooks and documentaries to thousands of corporate and medical video projects. Alan has been recruited to narrate over 200 audiobooks, among them, “A Civil Action” by Jonathan Harr, “Black Hawk Down” by Mark Bowden and the delightful 1898 yachtsman’s classic “Sailing Alone Around The World” by Cap’n Joshua Slocum. Other challenging audiobook assignments were, “The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings” by Thomas Maier and the first Hannibal Lechter novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris, both of which earned Alan the prestigious Earphone Awards from AudioFile Magazine. He narrated eight murder mystery novels by Lawrence Block, including “Enough Rope” (the 900-page mother of all audiobook detective story collections.) Alan has also narrated many of Sikorsky Aircraft’s marketing and equipment maintenance videos.

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Baby Songs & Stories in the Community Room

Baby Songs & Stories in the Community Room

Monday, December 12

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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Virtual Program: The Christmas Star with Astronomer and Author Joe Rao

Virtual Program: The Christmas Star with Astronomer and Author Joe Rao

Monday, December 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hayden Planetarium Scientist and Former News 12 weather person Joe Rao has become a popular science presenter online. The Affable Astronomer projects the enthusiasm he holds for all things celestial, including possible science behind the Christmas Star.

Various timelines are brought together, mixing astronomical fact with stories from myth and history to arrive at plausible events that might hang a bright orb in the sky at the time of the 3 Wise Men’s journey. Joe follows the science, but he also allows for the possibility of the miraculous in this enjoyable holiday excursion.

Joe Rao is an esteemed astronomer who writes for Space.com, Sky & Telescope and Natural History Magazine. Mr. Rao is a regular contributor to the Farmers’ Almanac who serves as an associate lecturer for the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

Register here!

Presented with the Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, and Town of Pelham Public Libraries.

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Virtual Program: Westchester's Holiday Image Makers

Virtual Program: Westchester’s Holiday Image Makers

Monday, December 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Although the American celebration of Christmas blends traditions rooted in ancient times and Euro-Asian lands, it wasn’t declared a federal holiday until 1870. The American holiday season as we now know it evolved during the 19th and early 20th century, largely due to works of authors, artists, and songwriters – the majority of whom had distinct ties to Westchester County. Barbara Davis, WCHS Co-Director and New Rochelle’s City Historian traces the evolution of the traditions while introducing the Westchester holiday “image makers” and their impact on the holiday observances. A sampler of celebrations at Westchester’s historic sites will also be highlighted.

Register here!

This program is brought to you by Warner Library, Dobbs Ferry Public Library, Lewisboro Library, and Putnam Valley Library.

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Cult Classic Movie Night: Jack Frost (1997) + FREE BEER

Cult Classic Movie Night: Jack Frost (1997) + FREE BEER

Friday, December 16

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a complimentary holiday brew (for 21+/first come, first serve) and a 25th Anniversary screening of the hilarious snowman schlock-fest  Jack Frost (1992/Rated R/89 min/Black Comedy, Horror), courtesy of Moonstone Films.

On the week before Christmas, a truck carrying serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) to his execution is involved in a freak accident with a truck carrying genetic material.  Although Jack escapes, the genetic material causes his body to fuse with the snow on the ground, mutating Jack into a killer snowman. With his body now as icy as his heart, Jack Frost seeks revenge on the citizens of tiny Snowmonton, “The Snowman Capitol of the Midwest”, and the man who finally caught him, Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport).

featuring Shannon Elizabeth in her film debut

Stay after the movie for our always lively Film Discussion where we’ll have movie trivia and one-of-a-kind trivia prizes!

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

Follow us on Instagram: @CultClassicMovieNight

Questions?  Email TDeery@wlsmail.org

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Meet the Author Series - In Person! In the Library Periodical Room: Jonathan Vatner

Meet the Author Series – In Person! In the Library Periodical Room: Jonathan Vatner

Saturday, December 17

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Listen to local authors read from their newest books.

Jonathan Vatner

Jonathan Vatner is the author of The Bridesmaids Union (St. Martin’s Press, 2022) and Carnegie Hill (Thomas Dunne Books, 2019). His fiction has earned praise from People, Town & Country, The New York Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the managing editor of Hue, the magazine of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and teaches fiction writing at New York University and the Hudson Valley Writers Center.

 

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Baby Songs & Stories in the Community Room

Baby Songs & Stories in the Community Room

Monday, December 19

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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Mary's Yarns Crafting Group: in the Community Room

Mary’s Yarns Crafting Group: in the Community Room

Monday, December 19

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mary’s Yarns Crafting Group will be meeting in the Library Community Room.

1st Monday of the Month: Quilting. This year the quilting group will be making the Ohio Star Pattern, with each member creating one square. When the quilt is finished, it will be raffled to benefit the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.

3rd Monday of the Month: Crocheting. We will provide you with the supplies to create a granny square or dishcloth.

Even if we’re not working on a type of crafting you’re interested in, you are welcome to come and chat and work on your own projects! Newcomers are always welcome.

Please email dflfriends@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to join!

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Virtual Program: Golden Age of Hollywood Fall Film Series: “America's Favorite Holiday Movie: A Look Inside It's a Wonderful Life”

Virtual Program: Golden Age of Hollywood Fall Film Series: “America’s Favorite Holiday Movie: A Look Inside It’s a Wonderful Life”

Thursday, December 22

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Voted the most inspirational movie ever made by the American Film Institute, Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” has been a beloved Christmas classic for many generations. The snowbound streets of Bedford Falls, the desperate travails of George Bailey, and the discovery of Zuzu’s petals have become traditional signatures of the holiday season. Yet when the film was released in 1946, it was a box-office flop, won no Academy Awards, and was largely forgotten—until it was rediscovered through endless airings on local TV stations beginning in the 1970s and on annual Christmas eve broadcasts on NBC starting in 1992. This talk will examine the fascinating story of It’s a Wonderful Life, looking at the challenges of how it was made, its surprisingly dark portrait of small-town life, and how it became the ultimate portrayal of holiday goodwill and cheer.

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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