Children's Room News

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022

In accordance with the Village of Dobbs Ferry’s declared Snow Emergency, the Dobbs Ferry Public Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022, to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons.

New in our Display Case:  Veronica Kurian Jewelry Exhibit

New in our Display Case: Veronica Kurian Jewelry Exhibit

Veronica Kurian:  A Retrospective

A Selection from 10 Years of Jewelry Designed for Stampington Press

Upcoming Programs

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

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

Saturday, January 29

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ages 3 and up.

Pick up a kit containing a craft that you can do at home – supplies are limited!

This Week’s Craft – Leftovers Day (Missed a craft this month? Don’t worry! Pick up one from our surplus pile!) 

Call 693-6614 to schedule a pick up time.

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Stuffed Animal Field Trips - Ongoing from the Children's Room

Stuffed Animal Field Trips – Ongoing from the Children’s Room

Sunday, January 30

All Day

Ages 3 and Up

The library’s stuffed animals want to go on field trips! Check one out, bring them home, and add to their personal scrapbooks by writing about and taking pictures of the fun things you do together. When you’re at the library, you can visit the animals who have made it back to home base and see what they’ve been up to. Stuffed animals may be periodically rotated out based on condition.

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What Will You Do in 2022?

What Will You Do in 2022?

Sunday, January 30

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For all ages — all month in the children’s room!

Stop by the bulletin board in the children’s playroom to write or draw your wishes for 2022!

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New Caregivers' Circle via ZOOM (Registration)

New Caregivers’ Circle via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, January 31

10:30 am - 11:00 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.

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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Toddler Stretch & Sing Storytime via ZOOM (Registration)

Toddler Stretch & Sing Storytime via ZOOM (Registration)

Tuesday, February 1

10:30 am - 11:00 am

18 to 36 months.

Get your wiggles out with songs and stories with Ms. Gina!

Registration required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up and get the Zoom link.

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Online Resources

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!

Light green square with blue overlapping circles evoking waves at the top and bottom. Text in the center reads, "May is Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. So we've created another resource list!"

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!

Girl with brown skin and brown hair in pigtails wearing blue jeans and purple sneakers, sitting cross-legged. She is holding a red book that says "My Poetry" on the cover.

April is National Poetry Month! April 2021 is the 25th annual celebration of the art,
expressiveness, and joy of poetry.

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 explore and celebrate poetry throughout the month.

Take a look at the list here and place a hold the poetry you’d like to read today!