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Dobbs Ferry Public Library


Dobbs Ferry

Westchester County


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The Dobbs Ferry Public Library is located at 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

Brief History about Dobbs Ferry Public Library
"In 1899, the Dobbs Ferry Free Library and Reading Room was organized under the " Women's Christian. Temperance Union." The small collection of books gathered by the ladies was placed in the front parlor of a home on lower Main Street. Mrs. Pearse, the wife of the owner, acted as librarian. Situated in what was then the very center of town, she kept the library open every day, and allowed books to circulate for two weeks.

"In 1909 the library was granted and Association Charter by the State Board of Regents, as the Dobbs Ferry Free Library. It moved into the ground floor of 153 Main Street, which also housed the William McKinley Free Kindergarten on the top floor. Miss Louise Miller, the kindergarten teacher and her assistant ran the library during the afternoon and evening.

"After Mrs. Brown's death in 1951, Col. Brown donated the building, in her memory, to the Village; at which time it was remodeled. A Children's Room was established on the second floor. It was not until 1957 that the Dobbs Ferry Free Library was re-chartered and became the Dobbs Ferry Public Library. The growing library collection soon outgrew its space.

"Today, the Dobbs Ferry Free Library is located in a new building, with its distinctive Clock Tower, and is more than twice the size of the old library. It has a separate Children's Room; an Adult Reading Room; a large Meeting Room/Art Gallery; Conference Room and a terrace with Hudson River views."

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