55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614

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Monday 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm
55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-6614

Library News

Summer Reading 2024!

Summer Reading is June 26 through August 16!

This year’s theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library.

Children Ages 3-12
This year there are two ways to play: an online log where you can set a goal for how much time you’d like to spend reading this summer and a physical game board where you can play your way across different genres. Readers who complete either (or both!) will receive special prizes.
Find Out More Info and Sign Up Here!
Have questions? Email childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org.

Teens
We’re playing bingo! Get various small prizes for every activity you complete on the sheet, whether you get bingo or not. Get a bingo and be entered into a drawing for a big prize!
Get Your Board Here!
Have questions? Email teens@dobbsferrylibrary.org.

Adults
Just in time for vacation, the Dobbs Ferry Public Library presents a Summer Reading Bingo — for adults! Complete each row and get a prize!
Get Your Board Here!
Have questions? Email asati@dobbsferrylibrary.org.

Children Under 3
Take on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!
Find Out More Info Here!
Have questions? Email childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org.

New Online Resources

We’ve got some new online resources for you!

Or check out the rest of our online resources here!

We have Wonderbooks!

Kids can now check out these combination print-and-audio books and discover a whole new way to read. Find them in the back of the children’s room!

P.S. Please be gentle with our Wonderbooks — they’re expensive and very special! Please return them at the circulation desk and not in the book drop.

Bookshelves containing Wonderbooks and boxed audiobook CDs.

New Museum Passes Are Here!

Each pass is loaned for 1 week. Call the Library to reserve your pass

914-693-6614

The museum pass lending program is made possible by the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.

Upcoming Programs

July Print of the Month: Melting Popsicle

July Print of the Month: Melting Popsicle

Sunday, July 21

All Day

Celebrate the season with this NOT EDIBLE popsicle made with the Library’s 3-D printer.

Email teens@dobbsferrylibrary.org to request yours – please indicate what color you want, all ages, no cost, limit one per person.

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Summer Reading Bingo Challenge for Adults (June 26 through August 16)

Summer Reading Bingo Challenge for Adults (June 26 through August 16)

Sunday, July 21

All Day

Just in time for vacation, the Dobbs Ferry Public Library presents a Summer Reading Bingo — for adults!

The board is designed to expand your reading palate and encourage your appetite. Complete each row and get a prize! The boards will be available at the circulation desk and on the website. Keep track of the books you read, and the rewards are all yours!

Download the Bingo Board and sign up here!

Prizes:
One Row: Dobbs Ferry Public Library Owl Sticker
Two Rows: 3D Printed Bookmark or Key Chain
Three Rows: Stress Ball Shaped Like A Cow
Four Rows: Water Bottle
Whole Board: Tote Bag

Have questions? Email asati@dobbsferrylibrary.org

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Baby Songs & Stories

Baby Songs & Stories

Monday, July 22

10:30 am - 11:00 am

For parents and caregivers of babies up to 24 months.

Join children’s librarian Gina to learn songs, fingerplays, and more that you can do with your baby.  Each meeting will leave time for open discussion and connection with other parents/caregivers.

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

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Virtual Writers Circle (Registration)

Virtual Writers Circle (Registration)

Tuesday, July 23

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to meet other writers and get inspired? Bring a poem, short story, or excerpt from your novel to share with the group. Get feedback and support each other.

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

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Reader's Circle: "Lessons in Chemistry" - Please R.S.V.P.

Reader’s Circle: “Lessons in Chemistry” – Please R.S.V.P.

Thursday, July 25

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park (Weather Permitting)

This month, we will be reading “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus. Get the book at the Library!

Register with reference@dobbsferrylibrary.org for the exact location and weather updates — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

“Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.”

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July Print of the Month: Melting Popsicle

July Print of the Month: Melting Popsicle

Sunday, July 21

All Day

Celebrate the season with this NOT EDIBLE popsicle made with the Library’s 3-D printer.

Email teens@dobbsferrylibrary.org to request yours – please indicate what color you want, all ages, no cost, limit one per person.

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July Print of the Month: Melting Popsicle

July Print of the Month: Melting Popsicle

Sunday, July 28

All Day

Celebrate the season with this NOT EDIBLE popsicle made with the Library’s 3-D printer.

Email teens@dobbsferrylibrary.org to request yours – please indicate what color you want, all ages, no cost, limit one per person.

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Dungeons & Dragons Q&A for Parents (Registration)

Dungeons & Dragons Q&A for Parents (Registration)

Wednesday, August 14

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Is your child asking about Dungeons & Dragons, but you don’t have the answers? Join parent volunteer and Dungeon Master Alex Peck for a drop-in session where you can learn more about this tabletop roleplaying game and how you can help your child set up a game at home. If you’re interested, you can also discuss getting involved with the library’s D&D club.

Registration required – Email childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org, call (914) 693-6615 or stop by the Children’s Room to register.

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Paws for Reading with Buddy (Registration)

Paws for Reading with Buddy (Registration)

Saturday, August 17

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

All Ages welcome.

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.

Registration REQUIREDemail childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

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Dungeons & Dragons Q&A for Parents (Registration)

Dungeons & Dragons Q&A for Parents (Registration)

Wednesday, August 21

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Is your child asking about Dungeons & Dragons, but you don’t have the answers? Join parent volunteer and Dungeon Master Alex Peck for a drop-in session where you can learn more about this tabletop roleplaying game and how you can help your child set up a game at home. If you’re interested, you can also discuss getting involved with the library’s D&D club.

Registration required – Email childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org, call (914) 693-6615 or stop by the Children’s Room to register.

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Obstacle Course Extravaganza @ the Keeper's House on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (Registration)

Obstacle Course Extravaganza @ the Keeper’s House on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (Registration)

Thursday, July 18

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ages 3-6

Join us for a children’s book-inspired obstacle course at the Keeper’s House (15 Walnut Street) to celebrate our summer reading theme of adventure.

Registration is required – Email childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org, call (914) 693-6615 or stop by the Children’s Room to register.

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Adventures in Improv with River's Edge Theatre Company (Registration)

Adventures in Improv with River’s Edge Theatre Company (Registration)

Thursday, July 18

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Ages 6-10

Embark on a journey of creativity and spontaneity with River’s Edge Theatre Company! Adventures in Improv encourages young actors of all levels to develop the fundamental principles of improv – teamwork, active listening, quick thinking, and fearless self expression. From imaginative storytelling to hilarious character creation, each class offers a new adventure in an inclusive and supportive environment. Taught by Katie Kopajtic.

Registration is required – Email childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org, call (914) 693-6615 or stop by the Children’s Room to register.

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Lego Club in the Children's Room

Lego Club in the Children’s Room

Friday, July 19

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Ages 3 +

Use your imagination to build something special with our giant stash of LEGOS!

Fridays all month long.

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Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids: Paper Plate Sunflowers - Limited Supply / First-come First-served

Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids: Paper Plate Sunflowers – Limited Supply / First-come First-served

Saturday, July 20

All Day

Ages 3 and up.

Pick up a kit containing a craft that you can do at home. Supplies are limited — first come, first served!

This Week’s Craft – Paper Plate Sunflowers

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2024 Children's Summer Reading Game (June 26 to August 16)

2024 Children’s Summer Reading Game (June 26 to August 16)

Sunday, July 21

All Day

Kids ages 3 to 12 are eligible for our children’s summer reading game. This page will tell you everything you need to know about participating – Kids below the age of 3 are encouraged to sign up for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge.

Two Ways to Participate:
Track the Time You Spend Reading This Summer
1. Use our online log at ReadSquared to set a goal for yourself and earn prizes!
2. Sign up for an account at https://dobbsny03.readsquared.com/
3. Set a goal for how much you’d like to read. The minimum goal is 5 hours over the course of the summer.
4. Read! For every minute you read and log, you get 1 point.
5. (optional) Attend programs! For every program you attend and log, you get 75 points. See our calendar for the full list of programs.
6. For every 10% of your goal that you reach, you get a prize from the treasure chest! Readers who complete their goal will get a free book from our book sale at the end of the summer.

Enter the Choose Your Own Adventure Reading Challenge
1. Pick up or print a Choose Your Own Adventure Reading Map (link coming soon).
2. Follow a path on the map, reading a book of any format in each designated category as you travel across the island.
3. Earn an activity kit or toy by forging a path less than 15 spaces long; earn an extra free book for paths longer than 15 spaces.

I have a question and/or I need help! Who should I contact?
Stop by the children’s room Monday-Friday to speak to Ms. Gina, call (914) 693-6615, or email her at childrens@dobbsferrylibrary.org.

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Online Resources

Download Graphic Novels to Your Device
Comics Plus is provided by Westchester Library System. Access graphic novels for all ages from 80 publishers for free with
Kanopy
Stream movies
Hoopla
Music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks