Children's Room News

"Dobbs Pride" written out on individual squares of colored paper to resemble the pride and trans pride flags, hanging over the new books section on the first floor of the library.

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!

LIBRARY OPEN FOR WALK-IN SERVICES

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).

Upcoming Programs

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

"Dobbs Pride" written out on individual squares of colored paper to resemble the pride and trans pride flags, hanging over the new books section on the first floor of the library.

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!

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!

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 2021 theme for Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” However, it is important to acknowledge that not all women were granted the right to vote at the same time. We must consider the importance of intersectionality and how it further marginalized groups of women based on race, gender and sexual orientation. Native American, Asian American, Latinx and African American suffragists had to continue the fight for the right to vote long after the 19th Amendment was ratified. These women demonstrated resilience by refusing to be silent.

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.

Please click here to view the booklist that we’ve put together.

If you would like to check out any of these materials, you can search for them in our catalog, email us at dobchildref@wlsmail.org, or call (914) 693-6615.