February is Black History Month. It is a time to honor the rich and complex past while learning about how it has led to an equally important present, which in turn is the foundation for the future of Black people and their role in U.S. History. Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert to create this resource list to help your classes dive deeper into Black History Month. Our hope is that this history will not just stay in February but will be celebrated all year long highlighting Black joy and excellence.
Below is a link to a sampling of resources available at the Dobbs Ferry public schools and in the DFPL; it is not an exhaustive list. If you would like help finding more, please contact your librarians.
Erik started working in libraries as a Summer intern at WLS in 2006. In 2011 Erik started working in the White Plains Public Library in order to build a teen audience for an upcoming renovation that included a teen room. When the room opened, it was a huge success and was packed with teenagers! The teen room at WPPL became an important place for many teens in the area. Some of them spent a lot of time after school socializing, playing video games, attending programs, and sometimes doing homework there.
Earlier this year Erik applied for the Executive Director position at DFPL. He is very excited about working in Dobbs Ferry and bringing some of his ideas to a new library!
Other than libraries and makerspaces, Erik likes to play tennis, hike, ski and snowboard, ride a motorcycle, and watch soccer (Leeds United and NYCFC are his favorite teams). He looks forward to meeting and working with the community. His door is open, when he is at work, so come by and introduce yourselves.
DFPL Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert, right, was the happy recipient of two brand new, easy-to-roll book carts supplied by the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library. Mary McNamara, Friends President, was on hand to celebrate their arrival. Join the celebration by suggesting names for our new buddies!
The Friends of the Library are constantly coming up with fun ways to support our library. Join them today and help make us the best library anywhere!
Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate ordinary and extraordinary women, explore women’s achievements and struggles throughout history, and acknowledge all the amazing contributions of women to our society. The 2022 theme for Women’s History Month is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” as a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also to recognize the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history. This theme proudly honors those who, in public and private life, provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all.
Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert to create this resource list to help your classes dive deeper into the contribution of women to society. Our hope is that this history will not just stay in March but will be celebrated all year long, highlighting the determination, courage and perseverance of women.
Veronica Kurian: A Retrospective
A Selection from 10 Years of Jewelry Designed for Stampington Press
As of December 31, 2021, the Westchester Library System will no longer provide access to PressReader or Learning Express databases. Multiple other resources for these materials can be found via the following links:
Online access to magazines is available through our Overdrive database:
and access to learning resources is available here:
Our Libby app, the portal to our ebook, emagazine, and eaudiobook materials, and Kanopy streaming services, has some great update available right now! Check them out and if you need help, call the Library for expert assistance with the app.
- Kanopy discovery is live in Libby. Scroll down the browse screen, look for Extras, and tap “Get” to connect to Kanopy and use Kanopy credits.
- Syncing Libby accounts across devices is super easy! When you install Libby on a new device, have both devices handy. Use the option to use a setup code to set up Libby on multiple devices instead of entering your library card information. Your checkouts, holds, and account information will transfer seamlessly.
- OverDrive has improved Libby’s accessibility features and is partnering with Fable—an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities—to interview blind and low vision users directly and hear their feedback on Libby’s user experience. More enhancements are coming in 2022, like
- Screen reader and voice control improvements
- New accessibility setting options
- Full screen menus
- An updated menu icon
Due to the rapidly rising numbers of Covid-19 infections in Westchester County, the Dobbs Ferry Public Library is moving our programs to virtual platforms (Zoom and Facebook Live) for the time being, until infection numbers begin to come down again. Our doors will stay open and staff is here to help you find the materials you need. Masks are required for all persons ages 2 and up at all times when in the library.
If you have a question about a specific program, please call 914-693-6614 and ask for the Reference Desk for teen and adult programs, or the Children’s Librarian for children’s programming.
Be well, wash your hands and mask up when around other people!
Elizabeth Hobson, Library Director
Indigenous peoples are often overlooked by the dominant forces in contemporary American society. They’re a vital part of our past, but also of our present and future. Springhurst librarian Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School media specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 literacy coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library children’s librarian Gina Elbert and teen librarian Allee Manning to create the below resource list to help you dive deeper into indigenous literature for kindergarten through 12th grade. While it focuses on the indigenous peoples of the United States, it also contains a short section acknowledging native peoples of other countries in the Americas. These stories span contemporary life as well as historical fact and are part of a growing movement in publishing to better represent marginalized voices. Many are about Native Americans of the continental United States, but Native Hawaiians and Alaskans appear too. This is a sampling of available resources and not an exhaustive list. If you would like help finding more, please contact your librarian(s).
Are you having trouble using our e-content platform (Overdrive and Libby app)? Try updating your operating system and browser! Here are some tips, and always remember our librarians are here to help with all things tech related to our e-content!
Every year, from mid-September to mid-October, Americans recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the culture, histories, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came to the country from Spanish-speaking countries in Europe and the Americas. The first celebration took place during one week in mid-September of 1968, with the timeframe chosen to honor independence day celebrations in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (all on September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18). In 1988, the celebration was expanded to last a month, from September 15-October 15 each year.
Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert and Young Adult Librarian Allee Manning to create this resource list to help your families dive deeper into the contributions and culture of Latinx and Hispanic Americans.
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, we now have a 2022 pass for The Storm King Art Center! It admits one-day admission for one vehicle (six persons per vehicle). Click here for borrowing information about our museum pass program.
- MASKS ARE REQUIRED INSIDE LIBRARY BUILDING: Masks are required for BOTH patrons and staff at all times (only exception to this is for staff working in private offices).
- NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR: Walk-in browsing, brief ½ hour computer sessions, print/scan/fax/copy services, EZ-Pass sales, and outdoor terrace seating. Socially distanced seating is available in Adult Services and our Periodicals Lounge for up to one hour at a time. Children’s browsing and seating is limited to one large or two small family groups at a time. Children’s toys/manipulatives are unavailable at this time. One first-floor and one second-floor restroom are open to the public, and are cleaned once every 24 hours.
- SERVICES AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Notary Public & Passport Acceptance Agency Services.
- CONTACTLESS PICKUP CONTINUES – Reserve books, CDs and DVDs online via the catalog or over the phone with us at (914) 693-6614, during regular business hours.
- When you get the notification that your holds are in, use the app to schedule your pickup at this link: Curbside Pickup. You may also call us to schedule an appointment for pickup. Books will be on the outside table for an hour after your appointment. After that, you can pick up your books at the desk inside or reschedule your appointment.
- At your designated pick-up time, arrive at the Library and park in the designated 15 minute parking space, and pick up your holds in the vestibule. In order for returning items to be credited to your account, leave those in the Book Drops OUTSIDE (do not leave returns in the vestibule).
AAPI Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and influences that Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. This year, it is especially important to support, celebrate and advocate for the AAPI community who have been experiencing an increase in anti-Asian bias and violence. So this year’s theme is “Stop AAPI Hate: Solidarity, Community, and Celebration”. The month of May was chosen as a way to commemorate the first wave of Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to also mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. It is important to remember that members of the AAPI community come from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Asia, and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Each Asian country and Pacific Island nation has its own unique culture, language and traditions.
To celebrate this important community, Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert has collaborated with Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and Dobbs Ferry K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek to make a resource list of books, social media accounts, and websites. Our hope is that these resources will help you to amplify, respect and make space for AAPI every single day, not just in May.
April is National Poetry Month! April 2021 is the 25th annual celebration of the art,
expressiveness, and joy of poetry.
Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library
Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek
have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert to create
this resource list to help your classes explore and celebrate poetry throughout the month.
Take a look at the list here and place a hold the poetry you’d like to read today!
Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate ordinary and extraordinary women, explore women’s achievements and struggles throughout history, and acknowledge all the amazing contributions of women to our society. The 2021 theme for Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” However, it is important to acknowledge that not all women were granted the right to vote at the same time. We must consider the importance of intersectionality and how it further marginalized groups of women based on race, gender and sexual orientation. Native American, Asian American, Latinx and African American suffragists had to continue the fight for the right to vote long after the 19th Amendment was ratified. These women demonstrated resilience by refusing to be silent.
Springhurst Library Media Specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School Library Media Specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 Literacy Coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library Children’s Librarian Gina Elbert to create this resource list to help your classes dive deeper into the contribution of women to society. Our hope is that this history will not just stay in March but will be celebrated all year long highlighting the determination, courage and perseverance of women.
If you would like to check out any of these materials, you can search for them in our catalog, email us at email@example.com, or call (914) 693-6615.
February is Black History Month, but it would be a mistake to only situate conversation about Black life in the past. The past is rich and complex; it has led to an equally important present, which in turn will be the foundation for the future of today’s Black communities. In 2021, the Dobbs Ferry Schools are celebrating an intersectional Black History Month and Black Lives Matter Week that will highlight topics that must be discussed year-round. Springhurst library media specialist Lauren Rodriguez, Middle/High School library media specialist Ellen Elsen, and K-8 literacy coordinator Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek have teamed up with Dobbs Ferry Public Library children’s librarian Gina Elbert to create this resource list to help you dive deeper into Black literature, queer culture, and more. This is a sampling of available resources and not an exhaustive list. If you would like help finding more, please contact your librarian(s).
If you would like to check out any of these materials, you can search for them in our catalog, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (914) 693-6615.
Greetings, library patrons! Did you know that you have access to no-cost 1-to-1 online tutoring, resume and cover letter review, and other learning resources through the Dobbs Ferry Public Library? Sign up for this free webinar (simply choose the date that works best for you!) to learn how you can get started with Tutor.com, including:
- How to create an account and connect with a tutor
- What to expect during a tutoring session
- How to use 24/7 drop-off review
- What’s included in our Princeton Review® materials (hint: test prep galore!)
- How job seekers can get career support
There will be a brief Q&A after each presentation so you can get your questions answered—and start using Tutor.com right away!
From Kindergarten to Career: A Complete Guide to Tutor.com for Library Patrons
Join us on any of the following Fridays:
Feb. 19 | Mar. 5 | Mar. 19 | Apr. 9
4:00 p.m. EST / 1:00 p.m. PST
On Thursday, January 14th, the DFPL partnered with Springhurst Elementary School to host a talk from local clinical psychologist, parenting coach, speaker, and author Dr. Rebecca Hershberg. She is the founder of Little House Calls, which helps parents and caregivers create calmer homes and more connected families. A former Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Hershberg has been published widely on the topic of early childhood mental health. Her first book, The Tantrum Survival Guide, was published in October, 2018.”
In “Big Conversations with Little People,” we discussed a range of topics, including how best to package information for children of different ages, how to include children in conversations around difficult and complicated topics, how to offer reassurance and comfort to children who are anxious, and how to manage both our own and our children’s big feelings during this time.
If you weren’t able to attend this program, worry not! The recording is now available. Please click here to access it. The password is bk40D=Xb and the program starts 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the video. Please let us know if you need a translation or transcribed summary of the events by emailing email@example.com.
It’s been an eventful week. January 6, 2021, might be in the past but its consequences reach far into the future. Many kids right now are scared, anxious, or simply curious. So how can you help? Below is a selection of books that you can check out through the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and resources that you can find online. They touch upon activism, race, mental health, and civics. This list was compiled by Gina Elbert (Dobbs Ferry Children’s Librarian), Lauren Rodriguez (Springhurst Elementary Librarian), and Ellen Elsen (Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School Librarian).
Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area, Dobbs Ferry Public Library has returned to Curbside Service only. We will resume in-library service as soon as numbers indicate it is safe to do so. Reference services will continue to be available during our regular hours and pick-ups will be scheduled so as to remain socially distanced. All previously scheduled Zoom programs will remain as currently scheduled. Please wear your masks, wash your hands and stay safe this Holiday Season.
To schedule a pickup, call the library at (914)693-6614 or use the app to schedule a pickup at this link.
Have you ever wondered how many items we check out to kids in a year? Well, wonder no more! 2020’s almost over (whew!) so we’ve put together the stats on our circulation since January 1st.
Across the whole library, we’ve checked out our items a whopping 19,178 times this year. Each item was checked out an average of 2.991 times. We checked out 3,578 of our children’s materials 6,238 times.
What were our top most-checked-out items, you ask? Well…
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
- Minecraft Redstone Handbook by Scholastic Publications
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
- Dog Man: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
- Minecraft Combat Handbook by Scholastic Publications
- Dog Man: Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
- The Pokémon Visual Companion
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
- Babymouse: Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
- Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
- The Cool Bean by Jory John
- The Itchy Book! by Mo Willems
- Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
- Click, Clack, Quack to School! by Dorothy Cronin
- The Baby-Sitter’s Club: Dawn and the Impossible Three (Graphic Novel) by Gale Galligan and Ann M. Martin
Hi everyone, my name is Gina and I’m your new children’s librarian! I’m new to Dobbs Ferry, but I’ve lived in Westchester for most of my life and I’m very excited to become a member of this community. A little about me: I love cats, crosswords, and Star Wars. Everyone in my family loves to read, so I grew up reading books like Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, and Mr. Putter and Tabby. I’m big on arts and crafts, so look for new decorations in the children’s room when the library reopens to the public!
If you’d like to reach out with comments, questions, suggestions, or just an introduction of your own, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.