Programs for Adults


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May

FerryCon!
Saturday May 4
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Dobbs Ferry Public Library presents the first ever FerryCon!!! With May 4th, 2019 being both Free Comic Book Day + Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), DFPL brings you a full slate of comic book, super hero, and Con-related activities including vendors, publishers, artists, writers, cosplay, interviews, panels, classes, interactive features, film and more! For more info, go here.

Town and Gown Book Group
American Creed: Community Conversations
Monday May 6
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mercy College professors Benjamin Abelson and Isabel Grayson will lead a discussion of Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio." They will guide attendees in exploring what it means to be an American, and discuss the idea of a unifying American creed, especially in relation to local history, challenges and opportunities.
Click here for more information.

How to Communicate With Your Doctor
Wednesday, May 8 1:00 - 2:00 PM

A Westchester Seniors Out Speaking Program with Beth Casso, sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and the Westchester Library System. Come and find out how to prepare for a doctor's appointment; how to advocate for yourself; and what to do if you are not happy with how the appointment went.

Martial Arts Movie Mayhem
Mortal Kombat
Saturday May 11
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come see "Mortal Kombat" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated PG-13.
Mortal Kombat - a sacred martial arts tournament that protects Earth from the realm of Outworld. Now, led by the sorcerer Shang Tsung, Outworld is on the verge of triumph. Three heroes chosen by the Thunder God Raiden - Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade and Liu Kang - are all that stand between Shang Tsung and Fatality for the Earth.
Click here for more information.

Improv Showcase!
Saturday May 11
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Students from the Dobbs Ferry Middle School and Dobbs Ferry High School's Improv Clubs and the Adult Improv Troupe will perform for families of the performers, friends and community members.

Wednesday Movie Matinee
Green Book
Wednesday May 15
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come see "Green Book" on the big screen. Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated PG-13.
Click here for more information.

Colonel Brown's Brown Bag Book Group
"The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George Thursday May 16
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This month, we will be reading "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George.
Click here for more information.

Cult Classic Movie Night Anniversary Celebration
Three Amigos!
Friday May 17
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come and see "Three Amigos!" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is Rated PG.
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
For more information click here.

Railroads in Westchester
Sunday May 19
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come to a Dobbs Ferry Historical Society lecture about railroads in Westchester, presented by Westchester author Kent Patterson.

Green Reads Book Group
"Climate Justice" by Mary Robinson, former prime minister of Ireland
Wednesday May 22
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The library will be hosting a new book group, Green Reads Book Group, a project of the Dobbs Ferry Sustainability Task Force. The goal of the Green Reads Book Group is to meet quarterly to discuss works of fiction and nonfiction that relate to the environment and sustainability!
An urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward.
Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people--people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.
Mary Robinson's mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.
Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

American Creed: Sworn Again Ceremony
Monday May 27
10:00 AM
Veterans Memorial in front of Dobbs Ferry High School

The final portion of our American Creed program series will take place on Memorial Day. As part of the village's Memorial Day Ceremonies, Mayor Bob McLoughlin will officiate at our Sworn Again ceremony.
Mayor McLoughlin will administer the Sworn Again pledge to the assembled gathering, giving everyone, Veterans and all others, the opportunity to commit to being active, participatory citizens in the Village of Dobbs Ferry.

3D Printer Open Workshop
Thursday May 30
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

All are welcome to come learn about our 3D printer! Bring your own projects or just come to see what's possible with our Lulzbot TAZ 6.
Please register at the circulation desk. Bringing your own laptop and a USB mouse is recommended. Any questions? Email wasans@wlsmail.org

June

RiverArts Music Tour
Saturday June 1
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The RiverArts Music Tour is an annual celebration of the depth and breadth of the Rivertowns music community.
There will be six concerts -- one starting each hour from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Come for all or any!

The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition
Wednesday June 5
6:30 - 8:00 PM

A recipe demonstration, followed by a tasting.
Janet Levine, D.M.D., R.D.N. will give a presentation on plant based nutrition. Learn how whole foods and common spices can prevent and reverse disease without side effects. Everyone who comes to the presentation will get to taste a simple plant-based recipe that she will prepare in front of you.
Advanced Registration Requested -- sign up at the Circulation Desk or call 693-6614.

Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library Annual Meeting
Thursday June 6
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library will hold its Annual Meeting. Members & non-members are welcome.
From 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM there will be a general business meeting. From 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM there will be a book talk/signing with Author and Journalist Mary Calvi about her historical novel, "Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love."
A novel about heiress Mary Philipse's relationship with George Washington, based on historical accounts, letters, and personal journals by nine-time New York Emmy Award-winning journalist Mary Calvi.
"Love is said to be an involuntary passion, and it is, therefore, contended that it cannot be resisted." -George Washington
Did unrequited love spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution? Never before has this story about George Washington been told. Crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, Dear George, Dear Mary explores George's relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.
From elegant eighteenth-century society to bloody battlefields, the novel creates breathtaking scenes and riveting characters. Dramatic portraits of the two main characters unveil a Washington on the precipice of greatness, using the very words he spoke and wrote, and his ravishing love, whose outward beauty and refinement disguise a complex inner struggle.
Dear George, Dear Mary reveals why George Washington had such bitter resentment toward the Brits, established nearly two decades before the American Revolution, and it unveils details of a deception long hidden from the world that led Mary Philipse to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. While that may sound like the end, ultimately both Mary and George achieve what they always wanted.

Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday June 11
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sign-Ups Start at 7:00 PM

Interested in giving comedy a shot? Show up at 7:00 PM to sign up as we open the doors to any COMEDIANS new and old, who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment.
Event is open to the public free of charge. Donations on behalf of the DFPL Friends gladly accepted.

Wednesday Movie Matinee
A Star is Born
Wednesday June 12
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come see "A Star is Born" on the big screen. Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated R.
Click here for more information.

Colonel Brown's Brown Bag Book Group
Reader's Choice Thursday June 13
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
For the month of June, please bring in a book of your choice to discuss with the group!
Click here for more information.

Cult Classic Movie Night
Do the Right Thing
Thursday June 13
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come and see "Do the Right Thing" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is Rated R.
Set on the hottest day of the summer, DTRT examines various personal, social and economic issues through the eyes of an ensemble of neighborhood characters on a Bedford Stuyvesant block in Brooklyn.
For more information click here.

Coexist with Coyotes
Friday June 14
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Please join Dana Goin, Wildlife Outreach Specialist of the Wolf Conservation Center, for a talk covering the history and ecology of eastern coyotes, and how we can best coexist with these clever canids.

Gary Golio & Ed Young Children's Book Reading/Signing
Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)
Saturday June 15
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Author Gary Golio and illustrator Ed Young, both Dobbs Ferry natives, will do a reading and signing of their new children's picture book biography "Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)." There's a rumor that the Little Tramp himself may show up to read!

Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday June 22
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
All Ages

Come listen to Drag Queens read their favorite books! In honor of Pride Month, this program is funded by the Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce and hosted at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.

Martial Arts Movie Mayhem
Police Story 3: Super Cop
Saturday June 22
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come see "Police Story 3: Super Cop" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated R.
Hong Kong Supercop Kevin Chan Ka-Kui (Jackie) teams up with Chinese police force official Jessica Yang (Yeoh) to infiltrate the criminal organization of drug lord Chaibat, and bring down his evil empire. Featuring amazing martial arts action and over-the-top, death defying stunts performed by Chan and Yeoh.
Click here for more information.

Recurring Programs

Write from the Heart
Mondays May 6-20, June 3-24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In these workshops amateur writers may practice their writing in a collegial atmosphere. Attendees are given prompts such as quotes and photographs, and are encouraged to explore their creativity in brief writing excercises. They are then encouraged to read their pieces aloud to one another and give helpful feedback to clarify or improve each other's writing.

Workshop is full, please contact Sara Rodgers to be put on the waitlist.

Chair Yoga
Tuesdays May 7-28, June 4-25
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Since the Embassy Center has been closed they will meet in the Community Room at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.
Registration is required, please contact Abby Connett at the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department at 693-7792. This program is sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department.

Intro to Chess
Wednesdays May 8 and 22
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come learn to play chess with retired lawyer Bradley Wank!
Registration is required: call the library at 914-693-6614 to register!

DFPL Writer's Workshop
Thursdays May 2-30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We are starting a new creative writer's workshop series. We're taking names for sessions in 2019. Email dobref@wlsmail.org for more information!

Exercise Classes for Seniors
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays May 1-31
Wednesdays and Fridays June 5-28
Class will not meet Monday May 27
Mondays: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wednesdays and Fridays: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mondays: Line Dancing
Wednesdays: Exercise with Dance Movements
Fridays: Yoga
Since the Embassy Center has been closed they will meet in the Community Room at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.

Registration is required, please contact Abby Connett at the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department at 693-7792. This program is sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department.


All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library!
(unless otherwise noted)
In the event of inclement weather call the library at 693-6614

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