Troubleshooting eBooks and eAudiobooks

Troubleshooting eBooks and eAudiobooks

Are you having trouble using our e-content platform (Overdrive and Libby app)? Try updating your operating system and browser! Here are some tips, and always remember our librarians are here to help with all things tech related to our e-content!

  • Libby’s minimum iOS version is now iOS 10. To use Libby on an iOS device, users are required to update their device’s operating system to iOS 10 or newer. These are the steps to help iOS users update their operating system version.
  • The legacy OverDrive for Mac desktop app is only supported on macOS versions 10.12.1 through 10.14.
  • Users on legacy web browsers may experience issues loading libbyapp.com or your OverDrive website and should upgrade to a newer browser version, if possible.

 

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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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!

Borrow a T-Mobile Hotspot

Borrow a T-Mobile Hotspot

Thanks to funding raised through the efforts of the

FRIENDS OF THE DOBBS FERRY LIBRARY,

For more information about borrowing a mobile hotspot, click here.

To reserve a hotspot through the library catalog, click here.

Storm King Pass is Here!

Storm King Pass is Here!

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, we now have a pass for Storm King Art Center! It admits one-day admission for one vehicle (six persons per vehicle). Click here for borrowing information.

Director's Update

Director’s Update


Dear Patrons –

You may have noticed our New Books shelves are looking a bit spare these days.  Like many businesses, our main book vendor, Baker & Taylor, is dealing with pandemic-related warehouse employee shortages and shipping delays.  We have made some updates to our own book ordering procedures in response to these delays – placing orders in advance of our normal ordering times and branching out to other vendors.

Fortunately, shipping does not interfere with our purchases of eMaterials (eBooks, eAudiobooks) or our streaming services (Hoopla and Kanopy).

If you have questions or comments about accessing our materials, please do not hesitate to email us at:
dobref@wlsmail.org
or call (914) 693-6614 and ask for the Adult Reference or Children’s Desks.

Happy Fall!

Elizabeth Hobson, Director

 

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).
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AAPI Heritage Month Resources

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.

National Poetry Month Resources

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 Resources

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.

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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.

DFPL Offers No-Cost Homework Help with Tutor.com!

DFPL Offers No-Cost Homework Help with Tutor.com!

Greetings, library patrons! Did you know that you have access to no-cost 1-to-1 online tutoring, resume and cover letter review, and other learning resources through the Dobbs Ferry Public Library? Sign up for this free webinar (simply choose the date that works best for you!) to learn how you can get started with Tutor.com, including:

  • How to create an account and connect with a tutor
  • What to expect during a tutoring session
  • How to use 24/7 drop-off review
  • What’s included in our Princeton Review® materials (hint: test prep galore!)
  • How job seekers can get career support

There will be a brief Q&A after each presentation so you can get your questions answered—and start using Tutor.com right away!

From Kindergarten to Career: A Complete Guide to Tutor.com for Library Patrons

Join us on any of the following Fridays:
Feb. 19 | Mar. 5 | Mar. 19 | Apr. 9
4:00 p.m. EST / 1:00 p.m. PST

Register Here

Big Conversations with Little People: Parenting in Challenging Times Recording

Big Conversations with Little People: Parenting in Challenging Times Recording

On Thursday, January 14th, the DFPL partnered with Springhurst Elementary School to host a talk from local clinical psychologist, parenting coach, speaker, and author Dr. Rebecca Hershberg. She is the founder of Little House Calls, which helps parents and caregivers create calmer homes and more connected families. A former Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Hershberg has been published widely on the topic of early childhood mental health. Her first book, The Tantrum Survival Guide, was published in October, 2018.”

In “Big Conversations with Little People,” we discussed a range of topics, including how best to package information for children of different ages, how to include children in conversations around difficult and complicated topics, how to offer reassurance and comfort to children who are anxious, and how to manage both our own and our children’s big feelings during this time.

If you weren’t able to attend this program, worry not! The recording is now available. Please click here to access it. The password is bk40D=Xb and the program starts 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the video. Please let us know if you need a translation or transcribed summary of the events by emailing dobchildref@wlsmail.org.

Reacting to January 6, 2021: Resources for Parents

Reacting to January 6, 2021: Resources for Parents

It’s been an eventful week. January 6, 2021, might be in the past but its consequences reach far into the future. Many kids right now are scared, anxious, or simply curious. So how can you help? Below is a selection of books that you can check out through the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and resources that you can find online. They touch upon activism, race, mental health, and civics. This list was compiled by Gina Elbert (Dobbs Ferry Children’s Librarian), Lauren Rodriguez (Springhurst Elementary Librarian), and Ellen Elsen (Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School Librarian).

Click here: Books and Resource List for January 6th

Phone Update

Phone Update

We’re continuing to work on our new phone system, so there may be interruptions. If you can’t reach us by phone, please email dobref@wlsmail.org.

Thank you for your patience.

Curbside Service ONLY Continues

Curbside Service ONLY Continues

Due to the rising 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.

DFPL Wrapped: Our Most Checked-Out Children's Books of 2020

DFPL Wrapped: Our Most Checked-Out Children’s Books of 2020

Have you ever wondered how many items we check out to kids in a year? Well, wonder no more! 2020’s almost over (whew!) so we’ve put together the stats on our circulation since January 1st.

Across the whole library, we’ve checked out our items a whopping 19,178 times this year. Each item was checked out an average of 2.991 times. We checked out 3,578 of our children’s materials 6,238 times. 

What were our top most-checked-out items, you ask? Well…

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
  4. Minecraft Redstone Handbook by Scholastic Publications
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
  6. Diary of a Wimpy KidThe Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
  7. Dog Man: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
  8. Minecraft Combat Handbook by Scholastic Publications
  9. Dog Man: Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. The Pokémon Visual Companion
  12. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  13. A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
  14. Babymouse: Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
  15. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  16. The Cool Bean by Jory John
  17. The Itchy Book! by Mo Willems
  18. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
  19. Click, Clack, Quack to School! by Dorothy Cronin
  20. The Baby-Sitter’s Club: Dawn and the Impossible Three (Graphic Novel) by Gale Galligan and Ann M. Martin
Our new children's librarian, Gina!

Meet the New Children’s Librarian!

Hi everyone, my name is Gina and I’m your new children’s librarian! I’m new to Dobbs Ferry, but I’ve lived in Westchester for most of my life and I’m very excited to become a member of this community. A little about me: I love cats, crosswords, and Star Wars. Everyone in my family loves to read, so I grew up reading books like Winnie the PoohMary Poppins, and Mr. Putter and Tabby. I’m big on arts and crafts, so look for new decorations in the children’s room when the library reopens to the public!

If you’d like to reach out with comments, questions, suggestions, or just an introduction of your own, you can reach me at dobchildref@wlsmail.org.

Watch Turtle Dance Music!

Watch Turtle Dance Music!

We had so much fun with Mr. Matt at his virtual Summer Reading performance! If you missed it (or would like to watch again), you can view the video by clicking here.

Bilingual Childrens Books

Bilingual Childrens Books

Click here to see some of our bilingual children books!