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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

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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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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Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Virtual Browsing Appointments via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, March 11

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All ages.

Do you miss coming to the library? Do you need help choosing a book? Or do you want to tell your librarian about what you’ve been reading lately? Schedule a 20-minute virtual browsing and/or reference appointment with Ms. Gina. She can find what you’re looking for!

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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Mary's Yarns: Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters Group via ZOOM (Registration)

Mary’s Yarns: Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters Group via ZOOM (Registration)

Thursday, March 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A a new program for the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library – Mary’s Yarns. We are building a community of Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters. We will knit or crochet as we get to know each other and share patterns.

If you are interested in supporting us, you can help with any of the following:

  1. If you have yarn you would like to donate, please drop it off at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.
  2. If you are a young knitter or crocheter, we want to meet you!
  3. If you have any questions, please email us!

Follow us on Facebook!

To register for this event and receive the Zoom meeting information, please email dfflmarysyarns@gmail.com or call (914) 693-6614.

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CCMN: I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle

CCMN: I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle

Thursday, March 11

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle (1990/Not Rated/101 min/Comedy, Horror, B-Movie)

“Most motorcycles run on petrol, this one runs on blood! A man inadvertently buys a motorbike that is possessed by a vampire demon which then tries to kill the biker gang that cursed it. In the meantime, the new owner, a police detective, and friends try their hardest to exorcise the bike and stay alive.”

Using your Westchester library card, stream the film for free at 8pm EST (or at your leisure) on Kanopy  here, then group film discussion starts at 9:45pm EST via Zoom —-> email TDeery@wlsmail.org for meeting details. You never know who might show up!

for more info on our Cult Classic Movie Night program, follow the Instagram here

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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.

Learning Express Library

Helps build skills in math, reading, and grammar. Use this to prepare for exams, including high school equivalency, college entrance, graduate school, career certifications, and licensing. Take practice tests including ACT®, AP®, PSAT®, SAT®, and TASC®.