Children's Room News

Are you Hot? Stay Cool at the DFPL!

Are you Hot? Stay Cool at the DFPL!

  • Sit in the air-conditioned Library
  • Masks required in the Children’s Room, recommended elsewhere in the Library
  • Restrooms Available
  • Hours May-September:
    • Monday & Wednesday 10am-8pm
    • Tuesday & Thursday 10am-6pm
    • Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
    • Closed Sundays & Federal Holidays

Upcoming Programs

Dungeons & Dragons Club in person in the Community Room (Registration)

Dungeons & Dragons Club in person in the Community Room (Registration)

Wednesday, June 29

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Ages 9-12

Create a character! Fight monsters! Make your own luck! Develop your skills in this fantasy role-playing system with other kids just like you. We’ll start a new campaign every few weeks. Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required.

Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org with questions or if you want to join.

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Preschool Storytime in person on the Library Terrace

Preschool Storytime in person on the Library Terrace

Thursday, June 30

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Ages 3-6

Join Ms. Gina for seasonal storytimes!

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

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

Saturday, July 2

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 – Mini sailboats

Call 693-6614 to schedule a pick up time.

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Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Saturday, July 2

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ages 4+

Children read one-on-one with Buddy, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and his handler, Dobbs Ferry resident Marty Kanengiser. Children will select a book to read to Buddy before the program begins, and they will spend 10-15 minutes reading aloud. They are also welcome to ask questions about Buddy, a 12-year-old rescued black lab who loves children, other dogs, and reading.

Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the children’s room to sign up.

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.

P.S. By attending this program, you can earn 500 points for your online summer reading game logs!

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Children’s Summer Reading Game

Children’s Summer Reading Game

Sunday, July 3

All Day

Summer Reading is June 27 through August 19!

Read under the sea and learn about everything in and on the ocean! You can earn points and prizes by reading books and coming to our events. Everyone who participates will get a ticket to our outdoor ice cream party in August!

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; unfortunately, there is no teen summer reading game this year, but there are a couple of programs open to them. Look farther down in this newsletter for information for all age groups!)

This year we’re doing a points-based system. Earn 10 points for every minute you read and 500 points for every program you attend. For every 1000 points you earn, you can come to the library and pick out a prize!

All in-person programs will be socially-distanced. Please make sure you and everyone in your family over the age of 2 wears their masks for the entire program.

Have questions? 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!

Sign up for the Game here

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Online Resources

The words "Women's History Month resources" over clipart of women holding signs and/or raising fists.

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate ordinary and extraordinary women, explore women’s achievements and struggles throughout history, and acknowledge all the amazing contributions of women to our society. The 2022 theme for Women’s History Month is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” as a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also to recognize the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history. This theme proudly honors those who, in public and private life, provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all.

Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library 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 to create this resource list to help your classes dive deeper into the contribution of women to society. Our hope is that this history will not just stay in March but will be celebrated all year long, highlighting the determination, courage and perseverance of women.

Click Here for the 2022 Women’s History Month Resources List

The words "Celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of the United States!" in black on a patterned mustard-yellow background.

Indigenous peoples are often overlooked by the dominant forces in contemporary American society. They’re a vital part of our past, but also of our present and future.  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 the below resource list to help you dive deeper into indigenous literature for kindergarten through 12th grade. While it focuses on the indigenous peoples of the United States, it also contains a short section acknowledging native peoples of other countries in the Americas. These stories span contemporary life as well as historical fact and are part of a growing movement in publishing to better represent marginalized voices. Many are about Native Americans of the continental United States, but Native Hawaiians and Alaskans appear too. 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 the list!

Colored paper cut-outs surround the words "National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15"

Every year, from mid-September to mid-October, Americans recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the culture, histories, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came to the country from Spanish-speaking countries in Europe and the Americas. The first celebration took place during one week in mid-September of 1968, with the timeframe chosen to honor independence day celebrations in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (all on September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18). In 1988, the celebration was expanded to last a month, from September 15-October 15 each year.

Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library 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 Young Adult Librarian Allee Manning to create this resource list to help your families dive deeper into the contributions and  culture of Latinx and Hispanic Americans.

Click here to find your next read!

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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!