Programs for Adults

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Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library Holiday Market and Book Sale

Members Only Reception/Preview
Friday December 6
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Pop Up
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join us for holiday fun, local artisans, Santa Claus, and so much more!

Healthy Holidays: A Talk and Tasting of Plant Based Nutrition
Monday December 9
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

How to prepare healthy plant-based foods in the winter with Janet Levine, D.M.D., R.N. -- a food prep demo and tasting of chili and and a chocolate truffle. Register at the front desk!

Green Reads Book Group
"World Made by Hand" by James Kunstler
Wednesday December 11
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! This month we're reading "World Made by Hand" by James Kunstler.
In World Made by Hand, an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren't sure. Their challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish. With the cost of oil skyrocketing -- and with it the price of food -- Kunstler's extraordinary book, full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is more relevant than ever.

Colonel Brown's Brown Bag Book Group
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan
Thursday December 12
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the month of December, we will be reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.
There are two editions available, one for adults and one for young readers. Book group members may decide which edition to read.
For adults: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Penguin Press; First edition (April 11, 2006)
For young readers: The Omnivore's Dilemma The Secrets Behind What We Eat by Michael Pollan, Young Readers Edition, Dial Books; Reprint edition (August 4, 2015)
If you choose the adult book and find you do not have time to read the entire book, you may choose to read one of the four parts and contribute to the discussion when that topic comes up. Part I, Industrial Corn; Part II, Pastoral Grass; Part III Personal Forest
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Author Talk: Pamela Paul -- "How to Raise a Reader"
Thursday December 12
7:30 PM

Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer's Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.
Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it's how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, "More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level," is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

Cult Classic Movie Night
Friday December 13
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Come and see "Gremlins" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated PG.
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Town and Gown Book Group
Three Short Stories on Women's Oppression
Monday December 16
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
For the month of December, we will be reading three short stories on women's oppression.
Click here for more information and links to the readings.

Wednesday Movie Matinee
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
Wednesday December 18
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come and see "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated TV-G.
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The Art of Long-Term Care Planning
Wednesday December 18
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The right plan can help safeguard your Family, your Savings, your Retirement and provide that all important peace of mind. It all starts with information and understanding - what's covered by government programs and what's not, what does it cost - these are important questions that we all need answers for.
Join Mr. Kevin Tunney from New York Life Insurance Company, who will explain in plain, easy to understand language the latest on Long Term Care. Kevin is authorized by NYLIFE and AARP to work with individuals and families towards understanding and developing their Long Term Care Plans for a secure retirement.
This program is neither sponsored by, nor affiliated with the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.
RESERVATION REQUIRED: Please sign up at the Circulation Desk, or call the Library at 693-6614 or email us at to reserve your spot.

Adult Crafting Evening
Thursday December 19
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Make a simple beaded macrame bracelet. All materials supplied, colors may not be as pictured. Limit 15 people..

Martial Arts Movie Mayhem
Saturday December 21
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come see "Tekken" on the big screen! Everyone is welcome but seating is limited. Movie is rated R.
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Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday January 7
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 February 4 and March 3!

Author Talk: Mary Beth Keane -- "Ask Again, Yes"
Thursday January 9
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ms. Keane will read from and discuss her latest book, "Ask Again, Yes."
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens behind closed doors in both houses -- the loneliness of Francis's wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian's wife, Anne, sets the stage for the explosive events to come.
Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood -- villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter's love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

Recurring Programs

Write from the Heart
Mondays December 2-16
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 December 10 and 17
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.

Chess Instruction
Thursdays December 5 and 19
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!

DFPL Writer's Workshop

Thursday December 12
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Saturday December 14
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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!

Exercise Classes for Seniors
Wednesdays and Fridays December 4-27
Mondays December 23 and 30
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
There will be no class on Wednesday December 25 or Wednesday January 1

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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