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Dobbs Ferry Library 2023 February Programs (Adults)

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January 30, 2023

Adult Programs February 2023
The Library will be closed on:
  • Monday February 20th for Presidents’ Day
#DeWasteDobbs Community Kickoff in the Community Room
Saturday, February 4

2:30 – 5:00 PM
Come help kick-off a year of De-Wasting Dobbs with a wild afternoon of monsters, food tossing, and more!


  • Build-a-Trash-Monster
  • Earthy Story Time
  • Compost Rind-Toss Challenge
  • Children’s Book Swap (bring your reusable books to donate or swap)
  • Learn about the 0.6 lb. Pledge!
  • Free Gourmet Popcorn
  • Exclusive Offer from Hudson Compost

For more info or to take the pledge, go here.

Virtual Town and Gown Literary Discussion Group: “Infinite Country”
Wednesday, February 15

7:00 PM
For the month of February, we will be reading “Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel. Get the book on Overdrive or from the Library!

Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

  • Duck Derby - Patriots Park - April 29, 2023
  • Donate to The Hudson Independent

How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia’s parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro’s deportation and the family’s splintering—the costs they’ve all been living with ever since.

BC Robbins Art Opening
Saturday, February 18

2:00 – 4:30 PM
BC Robbins new artworks are on view for the month of February 2023 in the Dobbs Ferry Public Library Community Room Gallery.

Open during library hours. 

“My new work on display focuses on the continuation of a creative process I call Brush Stroke Meditations. I work at slowing down my overactive mind by appreciating the physical and mental act of painting one line at a time. This process helps me to live in the present moment. Each line is a free-flowing gesture that does not touch the one next to it but is essential to creating the whole image. I find the repetition of this process comforting. The painted lines slowly build up to a composition where decisions are continually made at the moment. I work toward creating an image that will move my senses and pique my curiosity upon viewing.”

Bruce Christopher Robbins is an artist and teacher who works in whatever medium feels best suited for the project being explored. With an equal passion for the visual and performing arts, puppetry became a way to investigate and combine his many interests. He has an art studio in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and is also an art teacher at The Masters School for the past thirty-one years.

Find out more at his 

Board Games with the Director in the Community Room
Friday, February 24

6:30 – 9:00 PM
Come to Game Night at the Library!
Friends of the Library Valentine Pop Up Sale
Saturday, February 11

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Let a little love come your way.

There will be:

  • Books
  • Homemade baked goods
  • Vintage baubles
  • Plants
  • & kids activities.

For further information or to sign up to donate baked goods or to volunteer, call 914-693-6614 or email dflfriends@gmail.com.

All sales will benefit the Library programs.

Mary’s Yarns – Yarn Distribution
Saturday, February 4

12:00 – 2:00 PM
The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library are building a community of Knitters, Crocheters, and Crafters. We will knit or crochet as we get to know each other and share patterns.

Pick up donated supplies for new projects at the Dobbs Ferry Library! Weather permitting, sit on the library terrace and share your project.

If anyone has yarn that they would like to donate, the Friends will be accepting donations.

Follow us on Facebook! For information, please email dfflmarysyarns@gmail.com.

Cult Classic Movie Night in the Community Room: “Blue Velvet”
Thursday, February 9

8:00 – 10:30 PM
Join us in the community room for our monthly Cult Classic Movie Night + our always lively discussion after – where you never know who might show up!

This month’s Cult Classic is: 
Blue Velvet (1986/Rated R/120 min/Crime, Drama, Mystery)

A gruesome discovery leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Virtual Manhattanville Writers Circle
Mondays, February 13 & 27

3:00 – 4:30 PM
Join students, alumni, and anyone else who loves to write as they share excerpts from creative writing projects and give feedback to each other.

This online event is free and open to the public. Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

It’s Tax Season and the AARP has tax aide available!

For locations near you, check out their website!

Recurring and Upcoming Events
Mary’s Yarns Crafting Group in the Community Room
Mondays, February 6 & 13, 6:00 PM

Mary’s Yarns Crafting Group will be meeting in the Library Community Room.
February 6: Quilting. This year the quilting group will be making the Ohio Star Pattern, with each member creating one square. When the quilt is finished, it will be raffled to benefit the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.
February 13: Crocheting. We will provide you with the supplies to create a granny square or dishcloth.
Even if we’re not working on a type of crafting you’re interested in, you are welcome to come and chat and work on your own projects! Newcomers are always welcome. P
lease email dflfriends@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to join!Virtual Comedy Open Mic
Tuesdays, February 7 & March 7, 8:00 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.
Pre-registration required. Email 
tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info and for the Zoom link. Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.

Virtual Program: Navigating College Admissions Successfully
Wednesdays, February 15 & March 15, 7:00 PM (come to one session)

We are offering this Zoom presentation to help families understand how COVID has changed the college admissions landscape and how it affects Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.
We will discuss current college admissions trends, the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that can be a good fit for your child, a timeline, and other action steps that can be taken to make this school year productive and help reduce the stress around the college admissions process.

We’ll examine the holistic admissions review process, what admissions officers consider important when they review applicants, and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission.

This program is recommended for parents and their high school teens.

February 15 / March 15
The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at 
Stand Out For College, LLC

Chess Club in the Community Room
Thursdays, February 16 & 23, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Come learn to play chess with Bradley Wank, Esq. Register with dobref@wlsmail.org — please indicate the title and date of the program you are registering for!

In-Person Comedy Open Mic (Live at Divino’s)
Tuesdays, February 21 & March 14, 8:00 PM

Come get your comedy Side Hustle on at DIVINO’S SPEAKEASY IN HASTINGS-ON-HUSON – located 524 Warburton Avenue Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 on the second Tuesday of every month at 8pm, with hosts in residency DFPL’s Tim Deery and Jessie Murphy!
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.

1 drink minimum for performers

tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info. Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.

Virtual Program: Managing Your Career in Changing Times
Tuesdays Beginning February 28, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Career Strategies for Individuals to:
– Build self-awareness to clarify your career direction

– Explore career alternatives

– Learn about the latest job search trends, including resumes, interviewing and LinkedIn

Facilitated by a Professional Career Coach, this 6 week seminar meets virtually once a week for 90 minutes. A virtual orientation with the Career Coach is required prior to the seminar. The program concludes with an individual career coaching session. Registration required; register 

Stand Up Comedy Showcase in the Community Room
Saturday, March 4, 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Come join us for our 9th FREE Stand Up Comedy Showcase (intended for 18+) in Dobbs Ferry Public Library’s Community Room (seats up to 75 people)! 
Sign-up required • email 
dobref@wlsmail.org to sign up (max 2 people/sign up) • doors open 7:30pm – first come, first serve seating • show starts 8pm EST
Featuring comedians: Sean Conran, Jessie Murphy, Tim Deery, Andrew Steiner, Alex Kollar, and more

Want more info? 
Go here!

Cult Classic Movie Night in the Community Room: “Office Space”
Friday, March 10, 8:00 – 10:30 PM

Join us in the community room for our monthly Cult Classic Movie Night + our always lively discussion after – where you never know who might show up!
This month’s Cult Classic is: 
Office Space (1999/Rated R/90 min/Comedy)
A stressed-out computer programmer recruits two coworkers to rebel against their greedy boss and the demeaning corporate culture of their desk jobs.

Stay after the movie for our always lively Film Discussion where we will discuss trivia and have fun prizes!

Homebound Services at the Dobbs Ferry Library
With help from the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, we are happy to announce we are once again offering services for the Homebound!
If you are Homebound or know someone who is and would like to have books dropped off or picked up, please call the library at 914-693-6614 to make arrangements. Please be prepared to give your name, address, phone number, and any special genres or titles you request.

Wanted: Dungeon Masters
We need volunteers (teens are welcome) to create/run D&D campaigns (held indoors) with small groups of middle schoolers once a week. Email dobchildref@wlsmail.org if you’re interested!

Volunteer with the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library
The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library are looking for a few people that would be interested in volunteering and joining us!
We would like to resume our delivery of books to residents that are unable to get to the library. This program has been disrupted the last few years due to covid, but there are residents that are hopeful we can begin delivering again. As always, we can use a few hardy souls willing to help us sort books for our upcoming used book sales and to help stock the book sale shelves in the library.

We are always looking for people that would be interested in joining our board and may have ideas for new events. Please consider joining us, you can contact us at 

Donate Children’s Books
The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library are now accepting Children’s book donations! Drop them off at the front desk.

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