Teen News

Join Our Teen Advisory Board!

Join Our Teen Advisory Board!

Are you between the ages of 10 and 18? Do you like reading, movies, art, and games? Interested in getting more involved in your local library? Looking for a fun way to earn community service hours? Then we need you to join our new Teen or Pre-Teen Advisory Board! Your voice matters, and we need it to make the Teen Space the best it can be.

This volunteer group will serve as a vital link between the teens of Dobbs Ferry and the Dobbs Ferry Public Library. It will meet once a month to help determine programming, lending materials, and other ways to best serve teens in the community. Members of the advisory board would be expected to provide approximately four hours of their time partaking in this work per month.

Interested teens may email amanning@wlsmail.org for more information and to apply to be a member. 

Meet the New Teen Librarian!

Meet the New Teen Librarian!

BIG NEWS! Once again, the DFPL has a Teen Librarian! We would like to introduce Allee Manning, our new, part-time Teen Librarian, who joined us on Monday, May 10.

Allee is a huge fan of queer young adult and middle-grade fiction, especially realistic fiction and graphic novels. She’s also really into nonfiction. When she’s not at work or deep in a book, she can be found painting rocks, making collages and cards for her friends, and re-watching her favorite “Bob’s Burgers” episodes for the millionth time.In her online life, Allee spends too much time on TikTok and thrift shopping.

As a recent Rivertowns transplant, she is thrilled to be joining the Dobbs Ferry community in this role, and can be reached at amanning@wlsmail.org.

Upcoming Programs

Outdoor Monarch Butterfly Migration Storytime and Craft on the library terrace

Outdoor Monarch Butterfly Migration Storytime and Craft on the library terrace

Friday, September 17

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ages 5+

Learn all about how monarch butterflies travel south every year and build a butterfly feeder to help them on their way!

Registration preferred but not required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

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.

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Hudson River Valley Ramble. Everything Sing Sing: Bars to Brews Hike (Registration)

Hudson River Valley Ramble. Everything Sing Sing: Bars to Brews Hike (Registration)

Sunday, September 19

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join a socially distant outdoor walk through the historic town of Ossining. Lesley Yu Walter will guide a tour along the Old Croton Aqueduct near Sing Sing Prison, and the Sing Sing Gorge and Museum.

This is a hilly walk, 3 miles with a set of steep stairs, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Wear hiking boots or good walking shoes, hat and bring water. This outing is for people who walk fairly regularly. Park nearby, meet at the corner of Academy Place and Spring Street.

~PLEASE BRING A MASK~

Free and open to the public.  Appropriate for teens and adults.

To register call the Dobbs Ferry Public Library at (914) 693-6614 or send an email to dobref@wlsmail.org.

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Spotlight on Rainbow Reads: Highlighting LGBTQI+ Books - (Registration)

Spotlight on Rainbow Reads: Highlighting LGBTQI+ Books – (Registration)

Monday, September 20

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Come check out the library’s newest books by LGBTQI+ authors featuring LGBTQI+ characters or nonfiction LGBTQI+ heroes.

YA Librarian Allee Manning will provide booktalks and share bookmarks highlighting new additions to our collection.

This event will be held outdoors. Light refreshments will be served.

Please email amanning@wlsmail.org to register.

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Outdoor Dungeons and Dragons Club on the library terrace

Outdoor Dungeons and Dragons Club on the library terrace

Wednesday, September 22

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Ages 9-12

Create a character! Fight monsters! Make your own luck! Develop your skills in this fantasy role-playing system with other kids just like you. We’ll start a new campaign every few weeks. Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required.

Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org with questions or interest to join.

This program will be socially-distanced – please make sure to wear your mask for its entirety.

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Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Paws for Reading with Buddy on the library terrace (Registration)

Friday, September 24

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ages 4+

Children read one-on-one with Buddy, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and his handler, Dobbs Ferry resident Marty Kanengiser. Children will select a book to read to Buddy before the program begins, and they will spend 10 – 15 minutes reading aloud. They are also welcome to ask questions about Buddy, a 12-year-old rescued black lab who loves children, other dogs, and reading.

Register by emailing dobchildref@wlsmail.org, calling (914) 693-6615, or stopping by the Children’s Room to sign up.

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.

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Online Resources

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!

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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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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.

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