Teen 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!

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

Feeding Westchester: Virtual Nutrition Program via ZOOM (Registration)

Feeding Westchester: Virtual Nutrition Program via ZOOM (Registration)

Wednesday, June 16

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Just Say “Yes” to Fruits and Vegetables!

With demonstration of Physical Activity by nutritionist, Alyssa Advincula

This online event is free and open to the public. Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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

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

Wednesday, June 16

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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Sports as a Lens: One Goal with Amy Bass and The Mighty Oak with Jeff W. Bens on ZOOM (Registration)

Sports as a Lens: One Goal with Amy Bass and The Mighty Oak with Jeff W. Bens on ZOOM (Registration)

Wednesday, June 16

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two Manhattanville professors, Amy Bass, author of One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game That Brought A Divided Town Together (now in paperback) and Jeff W. Bens, author of The Mighty Oak, will speak about the role of sports in fiction and nonfiction and how it can help to bring our community together.

This online event is free and open to the public. Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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How-To Book Review

How-To Book Review

Thursday, June 17

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Kicking off the Teen Summer Reading series, Dobbs Ferry Public Library will be hosting a presentation by professional book reviewer and librarian Madeline Newquist. Madeline is a reviewer for School Library Journal/Library Journal, and has a professional background in book editing for Penguin Random House.

In addition to learning how to write a stellar book review and having the opportunity to ask questions about professional book publishing, this event will also feature a special announcement. Attendees will find out the Summer Reading Raffle prizes and receive tips on how to win tickets (hint: one way is by writing book reviews!).

Each attendee of this program will be awarded two tickets for the Teen Summer Reading Raffle.

Register with amanning@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

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IMPROV SHOWCASE at SHAMES JCC ON THE HUDSON

IMPROV SHOWCASE at SHAMES JCC ON THE HUDSON

Thursday, June 17

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Under the direction of director Ellen Flaks, select members of the Dobbs Ferry High School Drama Club; the Dobbs Ferry Middle School Drama Club; and the Improv Innovations Adult Troupe and Improv Innovations Children’s Troupe will present an in-person, family friendly Improv Showcase.

This event will be co-sponsored by the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and the Affinity Fellows program, and will be held indoors (not outdoors)  at the Shames JCC On the Hudson, 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

To register, sign up on Eventbrite at the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/improv-showcase-tickets-152012865573
Please note that registration is required, even though the event is free. There is limited capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions, though it could be lifted by then.

Note the change in location. This event will be held indoors, instead of outdoors, as previously scheduled.

For general information, contact Sara Bramble at the library at sbramble@wlsmail.org, and for more specific information about this event, please contact Ellen Flaks at ellen@improvinnovations.net

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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!

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.

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.