Teen News

Meet Erik Carlson, our new Library Director!

Meet Erik Carlson, our new Library Director!

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.

Empire Pass is Here!

Empire Pass is Here!

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, we now have two Empire Passes! Each pass admits one-day admission for one vehicle. Click here for borrowing information.

Upcoming Programs

Homework Help In Person at the Library: Grades 2 - 8

Homework Help In Person at the Library: Grades 2 – 8

Friday, January 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Students in Grades 2-8 can come to the Library for Homework Help from Mercy College students. No registration necessary, just drop by. ¡Habla Español!

  • Mondays 4 – 8 PM
  • Wednesdays 4 – 8 PM
  • Thursdays 3 – 6 PM
  • Fridays 3 – 5 PM

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Board Games With the Library Director

Board Games With the Library Director

Friday, January 27

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Game Night at the Library!

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Stuffed Animal Field Trips - Ongoing from the Children's Room

Stuffed Animal Field Trips – Ongoing from the Children’s Room

Sunday, January 29

All Day

Ages 3 and Up

The library’s stuffed animals want to go on field trips! Check one out, bring them home, and add to their personal scrapbooks by writing about and taking pictures of the fun things you do together. When you’re at the library, you can visit the animals who have made it back to home base and see what they’ve been up to. Stuffed animals may be periodically rotated out based on condition.

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Homework Help In Person at the Library: Grades 2 - 8

Homework Help In Person at the Library: Grades 2 – 8

Monday, January 30

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Students in Grades 2-8 can come to the Library for Homework Help from Mercy College students. No registration necessary, just drop by. ¡Habla Español!

  • Mondays 4 – 8 PM
  • Wednesdays 4 – 8 PM
  • Thursdays 3 – 6 PM
  • Fridays 3 – 5 PM

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Homework Help In Person at the Library: Grades 2 - 8

Homework Help In Person at the Library: Grades 2 – 8

Wednesday, February 1

4:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Students in Grades 2-8 can come to the Library for Homework Help from Mercy College students. No registration necessary, just drop by. ¡Habla Español!

  • Mondays 4 – 8 PM
  • Wednesdays 4 – 8 PM
  • Thursdays 3 – 6 PM
  • Fridays 3 – 5 PM

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Online Resources

Women's History Month Resources 2022

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.

Click Here for the 2022 Women’s History Month Resources List

Native American Heritage Month Resources for K-12

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).

Click here for the list!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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.

Click here to find your next read!

AAPI Heritage Month Resources

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.

Click here to view our recommended resources!