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Black Pasts, Presents, and Futures Resource List for Kids and Teens

February is Black History Month, but it would be a mistake to only situate conversation about Black life in the past. The past is rich and complex; it has led to an equally important present, which in turn will be the foundation for the future of today’s Black communities. In 2021, the Dobbs Ferry Schools are celebrating an intersectional Black History Month and Black Lives Matter Week that will highlight topics that must be discussed year-round. 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 you dive deeper into Black literature, queer culture, and more. 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 Black Pasts, Presents, and Futures Resource Guide for Families!.

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.

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside Pick Up

Due to the continuing numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area, Dobbs Ferry Public Library has returned to Curbside Service only.  We will resume in-library service as soon as numbers indicate it is safe to do so.  Reference services will continue to be available during our regular hours and pick-ups will be scheduled so as to remain socially distanced.  All previously scheduled Zoom programs will remain as currently scheduled. Please wear your masks, wash your hands and stay safe this Holiday Season.

To schedule a pickup, call the library at (914)693-6614 or use the app to schedule a pickup at this link.

Need help finding an item or printing a document? Call the library at (914)693-6614 or email us at dobref@wlsmail.org.

Upcoming Programs

New Caregivers' Circle via ZOOM (Registration)

New Caregivers’ Circle via ZOOM (Registration)

Monday, March 8

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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International Women's Day Storytime with Dawn Masi via Google Meet (Registration)

International Women’s Day Storytime with Dawn Masi via Google Meet (Registration)

Monday, March 8

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Ages 4 and up

Celebrate International Women’s Day with local author/illustrator Dawn Masi, whose book G My Name is Girl is a new release from Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Listen as she and Ms. Gina read picture books and participate in a drawing activity to honor the women in your life!

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call the Library at 693-6614 to get the Google Meet link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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Virtual NYC Tour: Little Italy & Chinatown

Virtual NYC Tour: Little Italy & Chinatown

Tuesday, March 9

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us as we take a tour into the heart of our favorite city with licensed professional NYC tour guide Garrett T. Shore to discover the forgotten lives of New York’s immigrants. Garrett will bring us into Little Italy and Chinatown to study the lives of NYC’s 19th and 20th century immigrants and the neighborhoods they came up in. How did they stake their claim in a new world? How did they reinvent themselves in an emerging nation on its way to becoming the world’s #1 superpower by 1920? What gangs did they join for protection and security? What methods or tricks were employed to gain footing in America? How did native New Yorkers treat them?

Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

seen on tour:
1st St Patrick’s Cathedral (original)
Mulberry Street
Joe Petrosino Square
240 Center St. – Police Headquarters
Ferarras
Umbertos Clam House (recently famous by Scorcese’s The Irishman)
Church of the Most Precious Blood
Canal St.
Mott Street (Chinatown)
The Bloody Angle
Nam Wah Tea Parlor

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Pajama Storytime via YouTube Live

Pajama Storytime via YouTube Live

Tuesday, March 9

5:30 pm - 5:50 pm

Ages 2-6.

Every week, get comfy-cozy and listen to Ms. Gina read bedtime stories on our YouTube channel!

This March, many of our stories will celebrate Women’s History Month.

Please contact the library at (914) 693-6615 or dobchildref@wlsmail.org if you would like more information.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (CLOSED - Email for information)

Dungeons & Dragons Club via ZOOM (CLOSED – Email for information)

Wednesday, March 10

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Ages 9-12

Dungeons and Dragons is back! Join the newly revived club, led by a local middle school Dungeon Master! Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required.

Registration is currently closed but you may email dobchildref@wlsmail.org with questions or interest to join.

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Online Resources

Four swipes of paint go down the image, in yellow, red, green, and black. Text reads "Black Pasts, Presents, Futures" with one word per paint swipe.

February is Black History Month, but it would be a mistake to only situate conversation about Black life in the past. The past is rich and complex; it has led to an equally important present, which in turn will be the foundation for the future of today’s Black communities. In 2021, the Dobbs Ferry Schools are celebrating an intersectional Black History Month and Black Lives Matter Week that will highlight topics that must be discussed year-round. 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 you dive deeper into Black literature, queer culture, and more. 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 Black Pasts, Presents, and Futures Resource Guide for Families!.

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.

Overdrive

A downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.

Tutor.com

Offers live online chat and email support for learners of all ages. You can check a homework question, send in an essay for review, prepare for a test, and even have a cover letter or résumé checked. Hay tutores que hablan español.

ComicsPlus Library Edition

The new digital revolution bringing thousands of digital graphic novels and comics are only a click away!