Programs for Adults

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The Summer Reading Game begins on Monday July 1 and runs through August 23. Our theme this year is "A Universe of Stories."
Track your summer reading online this summer at our ReadSquared Online Summer Reading Program!
Register for a free account then keep track of your reading this summer. Rack up points as you read and get a chance to enter a raffle for every 100 points you earn.


Friends of the Library Volunteer Coffee and Chat
Saturday September 7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us to learn more about the growth of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library! Meet your neighbors and find a way you can become involved. Coffee and treats will be provided!

Chess Instruction
Thursdays September 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!

Martial Arts Movie Mayhem
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Saturday September 14
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come see "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated PG-13.
Bruce Lee: one of the greatest martial arts personas who ever lived. This is the story of his life's journey and the adversities he faced in becoming a college student, Kung Fu teacher, husband, father and ultimately, international film star who was an inspiration to people the world over. Based on his wife Linda Lee Cadwell's biography "Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew".
Click here for more information.

Author Talk: Eugene Linden
Tuesday September 17
7:30 PM

Eugene Linden, author of recent novel Deep Past and other popular environmental science and world politics nonfiction, will have a reading and book signing.
Eugene Linden writes about the environment, nature, animal behavior and social issues. His most recent non-fiction book, The Ragged Edge of the World, covers four decades of Linden's encounters at that frontier where wildlands, indigenous peoples, and modernity collide. Before that Simon & Schuster published The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations. In 2007 Winds of Change awarded the Grantham Prize Special Award of Merit. He has published nine other books, which have appeared in 13 foreign language editions. Linden has won several awards for his writing on population and climate change, including The American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award, the Population Institute's Global Media Award and the UN's Harry Chapin Media Award.
Deep Past is Linden's first novel and was published in May.

Wednesday Movie Matinee
The Public
Wednesday September 18
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come see "The Public" 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 Baker Street Letters: A Mystery" by Michael Robertson
Thursday September 19
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the month of September, we will be reading "The Baker Street Letters: A Mystery" by Michael Robertson.
Click here for more information.

Cult Classic Movie Night
Summer Road Series Part I
Battle Royale
Thursday September 19
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come and see "Battle Royale" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is not rated.
It's the dawn of the millennium. Japan has collapsed. At 15% unemployment, 10 million are out of work and 800,000 students have boycotted school. Having lost confidence, the adults fear the youth and enact the BR Act. The students who remain are sent on a field trip they never expected.
For more information click here.

Cultural Explorers: Caribbean Carnival
Saturday September 21
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come for stories, music, food, arts & crafts -- all ages welcome!
Our next Cultural Explorers event will be a celebration of Diwali on November 3.

Introduction to Birdwatching
Lecture at the Library
Monday September 23
7:00 PM
Hike at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers
Saturday September 28
10:00 AM

Start the new school year fresh by picking up a new hobby -- for the whole family to enjoy! Come to a two-part program all about birds and birdwatching. On Monday September 23 there will be a lecture and slide show at the Dobbs Ferry Library with Hank Weber of the Audubon Society. On Saturday September 28 there will be a 45-minute walk through Lenoir Preserve, a Westchester County Park, in Yonkers -- meet at 19 Dudley Street!

Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday September 24
7:30 PM - 8:30 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. All attendees are encouraged to perform!
Pre-registration to perform is REQUIRED - call the library at (914) 693-6614 to register!
Can't make this date? Sign up for upcoming open mics on October 15, November 5, and December 3rd!

Green Reads Book Group
"Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?" by Bill McKibben
Wednesday September 25
7:00 PM

The library is 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!
The discussion will be led by Lenore Person. The book group is sponsored by the following community partners: Sustainable Dobbs, Roots & Wings, the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library, and the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.
Bill McKibben's groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.
Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben's experience in building, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We're at a bleak moment in human history -- and we'll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.


Book Blowout Sale at the Ferry Festa
October 4-6

Come check out our book sale at the annual Ferry Festa!

Volunteers Needed
Battle of the Books
Saturday October 19
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Hommocks Middle School, Larchmont NY

We're looking for energetic volunteers for the sixth annual Westchester Battle of the Books competition event.
Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia tournament for grades 4-10. The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It's a fun day for everyone, team members and volunteers alike.
This year's Battle will be on Saturday October 19, 2019 from roughly 8:30 AM- 2:30 PM at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY. We need eighty volunteers to fill many different roles on Battle Day. We welcome any and all help.
Please register online or contact the Volunteer Committee at with questions or to volunteer. For more information about the Westchester Battle of the Books, visit our website. For information about Dobbs Ferry Public Library teams, check out our website or contact Elizabeth Hobson, Director, at

Town and Gown Book Group
The Town and Gown Literary Discussion Group will resume monthly meetings in October. Stay tuned for more details. Over the years, our patrons have enjoyed engaging in small sometimes intense group discussions that shed light on high quality works of literature. Our readings have included poetry, short stories, essays, plays and novels. Some of the readings may be available online, some you may have to find in the library system. Stay tuned for details about our October meeting!
Click here for more information and to download the stories.


Save the Date!
Famous Women Photographers
Wednesday Afternoons, November and December

"Famous Women Photographers," a new lecture series, will be offered later this Fall. Co-sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department and Dobbs Ferry Public Library, it will be taught by Susan Courtney, an instructor from Westchester Community College, who taught the popular "Famous Women Artists" lecture series here last Fall. They will run on Wednesday afternoons early November to early December. More details on registration procedures will be provided closer to the date. All are welcome!
An exploration of the photography, personal life and artistic impact of six famous women photographers: Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Vivian Meier, Annie Leibovitz and Cindy Sherman.
Funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging: NYS Office for the Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services. All welcome!

Recurring Programs

Write from the Heart
Mondays September 9-30
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.

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

Chair Yoga
Tuesdays September 10-24
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.

Exercise Classes for Seniors
Wednesdays and Fridays September 11-27
Wednesdays and Fridays: 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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