Programs for Adults


Due to COVID-19, the Dobbs Ferry Public Library building is closed to the public until the Village State of Emergency is declared over.
All scheduled in-building programs and events are canceled through May 15. Please check here for virtual programming.

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June

Autobiography in Fiction: Creative Writing Workshop
Monday June 1
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Our guest speaker, Deborah Batterman, will talk about how writers tap their own lives, via memories as well as the present time, to create stories. She will be giving examples that draw from her own process and also offer strategies to get a story started.
Deborah Batterman is the author of "Just Like February," a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2018 Best Book Awards, International Fiction Awards, and American Fiction Awards. A story from her collection, "Shoes Hair Nails," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her award-winning stories and essays have appeared in anthologies as well as print and online literary journals. A native New Yorker, she has worked over the years as a writer, editor, and teaching artist. Her blog is an exploration of all the small things, and the big ones, that impact our day-to-day lives.
Email dobref@wlsmail.org for a link to the Zoom event!

Readers Circle Zoom Meetings
Thursdays June 4-18
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Let's get together online! Come to an online readers circle. Since it will be difficult to put our hands on physical copies, we'll be reading shorter fiction that's available online. We will leave time in the discussion to talk about what we're reading on our own.
June 4: While we're still in lockdown, let's read a book about isolation -- Walden by Thoreau
June 11: Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
June 18: Call of the Wild by Jack London
Contact dobref@wlsmail.org to register and get the weekly reading and Zoom link.

CANCELED RiverArts Music Tour
Saturday June 6
Time TBA

The RiverArts Music Tour is an annual celebration of the depth and breadth of the Rivertowns music community.
Concerts at the library will be announced soon!


Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday June 9
8:00 PM

Following a traditional Comedy Open Mic format, comedians new and old -- who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment -- sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform via our Online Meeting Room.
Personal webcam and microphone and pre-registration are REQUIRED. Email tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info. Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.
Can't make this one? Look for our summer Open Mics on July 7, August 4, and September 1!

"Seeing Through Poetry" -- Online Poetry Reading
Wednesday June 10
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have your afternoon tea while you listen to the poetry of Robert Edward Miss, Harriet Shenkman, Diane Schenker, Ellen Devlin, Linda Hillman, and other poets from Westchester.
Email dobref@wlsmail.org for a link to the Zoom event.
Robert Edward Miss, a native of Maryland, has pursued a career in media, philanthropy and the arts. But his life's passion has been poetry and storytelling. His first volume of poetry, "Fever Dreams: A Selection of Poetry," is available on Amazon Kindle. He has performed his work at the annual Writing the Walls of Hudson Valley MOCA. As a boy Rob fished on the Potomac River and roamed the Catoctin Mountains. Those early experiences are reflected in many of his poems.
Rob has resided in Dobbs Ferry since 1986. He is an advocate for special needs artists, founding the Fund for Artists with Disabilities. On behalf of the Fund, Rob curated an exhibit this past April at the Dobbs Ferry Women's Club, entitled Our Art Belongs! Inclusion Collection.
Harriet Shenkman is a local poet whose second chapbook, "THE PRESENT ABANDONED," was published by Finishing Line Press. She has also written poems that have appeared in national and international journals.

"Our Art Belongs!" Online Art Exhibit
Wednesday June 10

On Wednesday June 10, go to our website to view a self-guided, interactive tour of a virtual exhibit of paintings by artists and students in The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD), an arts advocacy program for artists with disabilities based in Tarrytown.
Curated by Robert E. Miss, founder, Fund for Artists with Disabilities and Our Art Belongs! Inclusion Collection, and Johnny Mattei, Creative Arts Coordinator at IAHD in Tarrytown.

Cult Classic Movie Night -- LGBTQ Pride Month Screening!
Tangerine
Thursday June 11
8:00 PM

For the foreseeable future, all Cult Classic Movie Nights will be aired via Hoopla or Kanopy, with discussions to follow on Zoom!
Film screenings will require patrons to set up an account on the streaming services utilizing their Westchester Library cards. Zoom Film discussions will require a personal webcam and mic. Both will require internet access.
Join our airing of "Tangerine" via Hoopla with discussion to follow on Zoom! Everyone is welcome. Movie is rated R.
After hearing that her boyfriend cheated on her while she was in jail, transgender sex worker Sin-Dee and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson. A transgender buddy comedy that revels in the portrayal of LA's underbelly and was shot entirely on iPhones, Tangerine represents a leap forward for both independent filmmakers and the LGBTQ comnmunity in film.
For more information click here.

July

Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday July 7
8:00 PM

Following a traditional Comedy Open Mic format, comedians new and old -- who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment -- sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform via our Online Meeting Room.
Personal webcam and microphone and pre-registration are REQUIRED. Email tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info. Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.
Can't make this one? Look for our summer Open Mics on August 4 and September 1!

Cult Classic Movie Night -- Summer Film I
Summer of 84
Thursday July 9
8:00 PM

For the foreseeable future, all Cult Classic Movie Nights will be aired via Hoopla or Kanopy, with discussions to follow on Zoom!
Film screenings will require patrons to set up an account on the streaming services utilizing their Westchester Library cards. Zoom Film discussions will require a personal webcam and mic. Both will require internet access.
Join our airing of "Summer of 84" via Hoopla with discussion to follow on Zoom! Everyone is welcome. Movie is unrated.
It's the summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood teen and conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.
For more information click here.

August

Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday August 4
8:00 PM

Following a traditional Comedy Open Mic format, comedians new and old -- who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment -- sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform via our Online Meeting Room.
Personal webcam and microphone and pre-registration are REQUIRED. Email tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info. Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.
Can't make this one? Look for upcoming Open Mics on September 1!

Cult Classic Movie Night -- Summer Film II
The Endless Summer
Thursday August 6
8:00 PM

For the foreseeable future, all Cult Classic Movie Nights will be aired via Hoopla or Kanopy, with discussions to follow on Zoom!
Film screenings will require patrons to set up an account on the streaming services utilizing their Westchester Library cards. Zoom Film discussions will require a personal webcam and mic. Both will require internet access.
Join our airing of "The Endless Summer" via Kanopy with discussion to follow on Zoom! Everyone is welcome. Movie is unrated.
Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, himself a competition-level surfer, follows surfers Michael Hynson and Robert August on an around-the-world surfing adventure. With Brown's wry, sardonic narration and a twangy, guitar-driven instrumental soundtrack by The Sandals playing over the silent footage, Mike and Rob leave their California home to visit Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and other secluded surfing spots in a search for the surfer's holy grail that Brown dubs "The Perfect Wave."
For more information click here.

September

Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday September 1
8:00 PM

Following a traditional Comedy Open Mic format, comedians new and old -- who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment -- sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform via our Online Meeting Room.
Personal webcam and microphone and pre-registration are REQUIRED. Email tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info. Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.

Cult Classic Movie Night -- Back to School Special
Rock 'n' Roll High School
Thursday September 10
8:00 PM

For the foreseeable future, all Cult Classic Movie Nights will be aired via Hoopla or Kanopy, with discussions to follow on Zoom!
Film screenings will require patrons to set up an account on the streaming services utilizing their Westchester Library cards. Zoom Film discussions will require a personal webcam and mic. Both will require internet access.
Join our airing of "Rock 'n' Roll High School" via Hoopla with discussion to follow on Zoom! Everyone is welcome. Movie is rated R.
Vince Lombardi High School is the wildest, most rockin' high school around! That is, until principal Togar comes along and tries to make the school a totalitarian state. With the help of The Ramones, teen Riff Randell and her friends look to get even.
For more information click here.

Recurring Programs

CANCELED Write from the Heart
Mondays March 2-30
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.

Please contact srodgers@wlsmail.org to join the group.


CANCELED Chair Yoga
Tuesdays March 3-31
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.


CANCELED DFPL Writer's Workshop
Wednesdays March 11 and 25
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you like to write, you might like to visit the library for quiet space and inspiration for your creations. In our writing workshop you may share your resources and experiences with other writers. Try a timed writing exercise!


CANCELED Chess Instruction
Thursdays March 12 and 26
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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


CANCELED Exercise Classes for Seniors
Wednesdays and Fridays March 4-27
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesdays: Exercise with Elaine
Fridays: Chair 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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