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Dobbs Ferry Library 2022 April Programs (Children)

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March 29, 2022

Children Programs April 2022
The Library will be closed on Sunday April 17th for Easter.
Children’s Toy and Clothing Swap in the Library Plaza
Saturday, April 2
2:00 – 3:00 PM
All Ages

Do you have gently used clothes and toys that your children have grown out of? Give away or exchange items with other families and talk about the joys and struggles of parenting right outside the library! Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the event.

Metro North Storytime on the Library Terrace
Thursday, April 7
4:00 – 4:30 PM
Ages 2-6

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Join a representative from Metro North to learn all about trains and train safety during storytime! Ms. Gina will also read some fun train-themed books.

Registration recommended but not required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up

Paws for Reading with Buddy on the Library Terrace
Saturday, April 2
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages 4 and Up

Children read one-on-one with Buddy, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and his handler, Dobbs Ferry resident Marty Kanengiser. Children will select a book to read to Buddy before the program begins, and they will spend 10-15 minutes reading aloud. They are also welcome to ask questions about Buddy, a 12-year-old rescued black lab who loves children, other dogs, and reading. 

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org — please indicate the title/date of the program you are registering for!

Springtime Craft, Book, and Jewelry Sale
Sunday, April 24
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
All Ages

Come to a Pop Up Craft, Jewelry, and Book Sale!

Craft vendors will be in the library community room and plaza weather permitting. There will also be a quilting demonstration during the day. The book sale will take place in the Library garage.

Please email dflfriends@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer!

Saturday, April 30
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
All Ages

FerryCon will be returning live and in-person! Keep an eye on our website for up-to-the minute info.

FerryCon is our all day, yearly “Comic Con” style flagship event for all ages that takes place one Saturday every Spring. Spring of 2019 saw the very first FerryCon, which included over 400 participants visiting the library for fun-filled events including artists alley, classes, panels, and contests that revolved around comic books, graphic novels, super heroes, and more!!!

If interested in participating as an artist, comic, author, cosplayer, vendor, or more, please email your name + social media handle, a short bio, a headshot pic, item you will be donating, and link to your work to our FerryCon Chair Tim at TDeery@wlsmail.org.

LEGO Club in the Community Room
Mondays, April 4 & 18
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Ages 4-7

LEGO club is back! Use your imagination to build a minifigure adventure and then see it displayed all month long in the children’s room. 

Registration recommended but not required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

Coming This Summer
Battle of the Books
Grades 4-12

Announcing the 2022 Battle of the Books: Summer League! The Summer League will take place  between the dates of 7/5 and 8/18. Team practices will start in May or June — but sign up now! For the divisions and books, see below. More info can be found here.

Grades 4-7

  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  • You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson
  • Wink by Rob Harrell
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Grades 6-12

  • Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster
  • Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • Katie the Cat Sitter by Colleen AF Venable
  • Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

Register with dobchildref@wlsmail.org!

Recurring and Upcoming Events
New Caregivers’ Circle on the Library Terrace
Mondays, April 4-18, 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Parents/Caregivers of Babies Under 24 Months

Join children’s librarian Gina to learn songs, fingerplays, and more that you can do with your baby. Each meeting will leave time for open discussion and connection with other parents and caregivers. Registration recommended but not required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

Toddler Stretch & Sing Storytime on the Library Terrace
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Ages 18-36 Months

Get your wiggles out with songs and stories with Ms. Gina! Registration recommended but not required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

Dungeons and Dragons Club in the Community Room
Wednesdays, April 6-27, 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Ages 9-12

Create a character! Fight monsters! Make your own luck! Develop your skills in this fantasy role-playing system with other kids just like you. We’ll start a new campaign every few weeks. Previous meeting attendance is recommended, but not required. Registration required; email dobchildref@wlsmail.org with questions or interest to join.

Preschool Storytime on the Library Terrace
Thursdays, April 14-28, 4:00 – 4:20 PM
Ages 3-6

Join Ms. Gina for seasonal storytimes!
Registration recommended but not required – email dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call (914) 693-6615, or stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

Art & Soul on Zoom
Fridays, April 1-29, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Ages 8-12

Art & Soul is a non-profit free art program developed for children aged between 8 and 12.  By utilizing art therapy methods, we will create an environment where children can develop their self-esteem and social skills. All supplies will be provided via pick-up at the library to those who need them. SIGN UP NOW! This project was created by four Kathryn W. Davis scholars from Westchester Community College.

Take & Make Craft Kits for Kids
Saturdays, April 2-30, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ages 3 and Up

Pick up a kit containing a craft that you can do at home. Supplies are limited! Call the library at (914) 693-6614 to reserve your kit for pick up.
April 2: Paper Plate Carrot Gardens
April 9: Mosaic Butterflies
April 16: Rainbow Windsocks
April 23: Earth Day Flowers
April 30: Leftovers Day (Missed a craft this month? Don’t worry! Pick up one from our surplus pile!)

Stuffed Animal Field Trips
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.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Ages 0-5

Our newest early literacy initiative is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. Open to any child who hasn’t started kindergarten yet (even newborns!), this year-round, ongoing program asks families who register to keep a log of the books they’ve read with their children. For every 250 books you log, you can earn cool prizes. The library will provide all the materials that you need to get started! Interested in signing up? Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call (914) 693-6615 to register!

Registration required for library programs, please call 914-693-6614.  For more information on our programs, check out our website!
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