Programs for Adults

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DFPL Writer's Workshop
Friday November 1, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday November 7, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday November 18, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday November 25, 3:00 PM - 5:00 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. Did you know November Is National Novel Writing Month? The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Read more about it here. Why not give it a try this year? Join the DFPL Writers Workshop session!

Writing Seminar: How to Become a Bestselling Author
Saturday November 1
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The acclaimed national seminar with Stan Corwin, "One of America's leading publishing pros," (Writer's Digest) talks about How to create, write, present & sell YOUR book idea.
Register at the library. Make checks payable to the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library: $75 donated to the DFPL Library Friends

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Fall 2019 Lecture
Muriel Fox, Co-Founder of The National Organization for Women
Sunday November 3
2:00 PM

We remember the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with Muriel Fox, a co-founder of NOW, who will speak about the modern women's rights movement and invite questions from the audience. Refreshments will be provided!
Muriel Fox introduced the modern women's rights movement to the media of the world. Her feminist activism began in 1965 when she and Senator Maurine Neuberger co-chaired Vice President Hubert Humphrey's task force on Women's Goals. She co-founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966.

Town and Gown Book Group
What it's Like to Be an Outsider
Monday November 4
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Using a variety of readings, this month leader Dana Horton of Mercy College will facilitate a discussion of what it is like to be an outsider.
Click here for more information and links to the readings.

Comedy Open Mic
Tuesday November 5
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 an upcoming open mic on December 3rd!

Famous Women Photographers
Wednesdays November 6-20, December 4
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Kickoff Pizza Party: Wednesday November 6, 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

"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!

Library Board Information Session
Thursday November 7
7:30 PM

As advocates of our beloved village library, Dobbs Ferry Library Board Trustees have a role in determining the mission of the library and are responsible for helping direct library funds, setting policies, and hiring and evaluating the library director.
We will have one opening on the board starting in January and are looking for a village resident who is passionate about the library to lend their talents and experience as a trustee.
The time commitment includes ten annual meetings, currently scheduled on weekday evenings or Sunday mornings, and as-needed committee meetings, which are usually held on the weekend or in the evening. Attendance is expected at various library events, as well as at Village Board of Trustees meetings as needed. Library trustees are appointed by the Village BOT to serve a five-year term, with the option of staying for a second term.
If you would like to be considered for this volunteer position, please attend the info session or contact the Board Secretary Maria Nigro at Candidates will be interviewed by the library board as well as the Village nominating committee.

Passport Application Acceptance at the Library Kickoff Event
Saturday November 9
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Application acceptance services for a new U.S. Passport are now available at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library. Is your existing passport more than 15 years old? Are you changing from a passport for a minor (under age 16) to a passport for an adult (age 16 and over)? If so, come to the library to process your new passport application.
For one day only: renew your existing passport! No appointments needed; all are welcome to come to apply for a U.S. Passport.
For more information on this event, click here.

Cultural Explorers: Diwali
Sunday November 10
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come to the Dobbs Ferry Library and celebrate Indian culture!
-- Live Dance and Music
-- Tastes of India
-- Arts and Crafts
-- Hands-on Exploration

Six Ways to Cut College Costs
Wednesday November 13
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

What parents need to know to save on sending their child to college. Learn the six ways to help cut college costs, how to determine if a school is worth the cost, and what tools exist to help you! Hosted by Brian M. Jackson, a Wells Fargo Advisor.

Author Talk: Matt McCarthy, MD -- "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic"
Thursday November 14
7:30 PM

Matt McCarthy is the author of two national bestsellers, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly and Odd Man Out. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he serves on the Ethics Comittee. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Slate, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He reviews nonfiction for USA Today and is editor-in-chief of Current Fungal Infection Reports.
Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable Superbugs, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity.
Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability. We also meet the patients whose lives are hanging in the balance, from Remy, a teenager with a dangerous and rare infection, to Donny, a retired New York City firefighter with a compromised immune system, and many more.
The proverbial ticking clock will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Can Dr. McCarthy save the lives of his patients infected with the deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?

Martial Arts Movie Mayhem
Iron Monkey
Saturday November 16
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society Fall 2019 Lecture
Hudson Rising: An Environmental Odyssey
Sunday November 17
1:00 PM

Hudson Rising (adapted from the New-York Historical Society exhibition) explores 200 years of ecological change and environmental activism along "the most interesting river in America" through artifacts, media, and celebrated Hudson River School paintings. This lecture reflects on how human activity has impacted the river and, in turn, how the river environment has shaped industrial development, commerce, tourism, and environmental awareness. It also explores how experts in various fields are currently creating ways to restore and re-engineer areas of the river in response to climate change.

Colonel Brown's Brown Bag Book Group
"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua
Thursday November 21
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the month of November, we will be reading "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua.
Click here for more information.

Cult Classic Movie Night
Potluck Thanksgiving & Movie
The Straight Story
Thursday November 21
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Movie: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come to a Potluck Thanksgiving shared with patrons and staff followed by a fun group film! All are welcome, but seating is limited. Movie is rated G.
*Sign Up Required* -- call or visit our front desk (914) 693-6614 with your name, e-mail, and food you will be bringing/any instructions for food.
For more information click here.

Movie Matinee
Friday November 22
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Ossining Hike: Everything Sing Sing: Bars to Brews Walk
Saturday November 23
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stroll the streets of Old Sing Sing village, one of the oldest and most interesting of the Hudson River towns. Visit a hidden museum, soak up terrific Hudson River views from Ossining's steep hillsides, learn about prison history and local history, and walk the gorge along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway. The final stop, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, offers craft beers and is a favorite local hangout. Hilly walk, 3 miles with a set of steep stairs, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (excluding brews). Wear hiking boots or good walking shoes, hat and bring water. This outing is for people who walk fairly regularly. Heavy snow cancels. Meet in downtown Ossining at the corner of Academy and State Streets. Free parking on State Street between William and Academy, or on Williams or Academy Streets. From the train station it is an 8-minute uphill walk.
Guide Lesley Walter leads tours on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail at Ossining and the High Bridge in Manhattan, and is a board member of the Friends of The Old Croton Aqueduct. Contact dobref@wlsmail or call (914) 693-6614 to register for the walk.


Selling & Buying in Today's Real Estate Market
Tuesday December 3
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us as we discuss today's real estate market! Michele Silverman Bedell, Broker/Owner, will be speaking along with a panel of experts. RSVP at

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.

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.

Recurring Programs

Write from the Heart
Mondays November 4-25
There will be no class on Monday November 11
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 October 29, November 5-26
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 November 7 and 21
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!

Exercise Classes for Seniors
Wednesdays and Fridays October 30, November 1-27
Wednesdays and Fridays: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday November 6: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
There will be no class on Friday November 29

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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