Thursday, May 24, 2018

NH's famous Cog Railway: June 4, 6:30pm

     On Monday June 4th at 6:30 pm Jonathan Hively will present a lecture about his time working for the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Jon worked for the railway as a fireman, brakeman and engineer from 1974-1986. He recently completed a book about his experience entitled “First Out: My Life on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway”. Jon will bring a few items from his extensive collection of antiques and paraphernalia related to the Cog to share with the audience. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 
     The first mountain climbing cog railway in the world will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. The train makes a spectacular climb up a 3 mile long trestle to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington.
     Jonathan Hively lives in North Conway, NH. He was born in Columbus, Ohio. Jon studied at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio in applied music and graduated from Thomas Edison College, Trenton, NJ with a Bachelor of Arts. He is also well known for his bagpipe playing.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 603-516-6050. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

16th Annual Poetry Contest Winners

Dover Public Library’s
16th Annual Poetry Contest

The Dover Public Library would like to announce the winners of our 16th Annual Poetry Contest.  We would like to thank our judges: Janice Alberghene, John Michael Albert, Maria Faskianos, Marcia Goodnow, and Marsha Pelletier.

Category 1:      1st Place: Mary Eja, Grade 2, St. Mary Academy
                        2nd Place: Ella Dupuis, Grade K, St. Mary Academy
                        3rd Place : Joey Karam, Grade 1, St. Mary Academy
Honorable Mention:
              Alexander Brown, Grade 2, Portsmouth Christian Academy
              Megan Merrigan, Grade 1, Horne Street School
Category 2:     1st Place: Lily Russell, Grade 4, St. Mary Academy
                        2nd Place:  Hannah Pahucki, Grade 4, St. Mary Academy
                        3rd Place : Ava Tullis, Grade 3, Garrison School
                        Honorable Mention:
                        Kaleah Norful, Grade 3, Woodman Park
Category 3:     1st Place: Adrienne Milhauser, Grade 5, Berwick Academy
                        2nd Place: Jack McGee, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
                        3rd Place: Asia Saffie, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
                        Honorable Mention:
                        Margaret Hurley, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
Category 4:     1st Place:  Keira Langus, Grade 8, Dover Middle School
                        2nd Place:  Ryan Lightle, Grade 8, Dover Middle School
                        3rd Place:  Grace Russell, Grade 8, St. Mary Academy
                        Honorable Mention:
                        Morgan Maruin-Cline, Grade 7, St. Mary Academy (tie)
                        Nate Burnett, Grade 8, St. Mary Academy (tie)

Category 5:     1st Place: Saroya Kinville, Grade 9, Dover High School
                        2nd Place: Kaleigh McKenney, Grade 9, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        3rd Place: Emma Nevins, Grade 10, Dover High School
                        Honorable Mention: 
Emily Nelson, Grade 9, Dover High School
Category 6:     1st Place:  Morgen Smith, Grade 12, Berwick Academy
                        2nd Place: Matthew Keilty, Grade 11, Dover High School
                        3rd Place: Kathryn Komerska, Grade 11, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        Honorable Mention:  
                        Abigail Barker, Grade 12, Portsmouth Christian Academy

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Free Legal Forms

Did you know the Library has a database of legal forms for you to use here at the Library, or at home, available 24 hours a day?

The Legal Forms Library provides a wide selection of legal forms specific to New Hampshire, as well as multi-state forms across the most popular legal areas. It includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. You will also find an attorney directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's terms. If you have ever tried to find a legal form on the Internet you know what a great resource this is. Forms are easy to find and free! Make sure to ask for the secret password the next time you are at the library.

If you want to try these databases out at the library, simply go to any catalog computer and click on ONLINE RESOURCES at the top right. To use them from home, go to our web page and click on LEARNING & RESEARCH or simply bookmark this link.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Poet Walt Whitman to be portrayed in one-man show by Stephen Collins on May 15

      The Friends of the Dover Public Library are once again pleased to host actor and stage performer Stephen Collins on Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm in the Library’s Lecture Hall. His one-man show, “Unlaunch’d Voices: an Evening with Walt Whitman” opens as the elderly Whitman celebrates his 70th birthday. He begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He recalls a mystical experience in his 37th year that inspired him to write poetry.
     As the performance continues, Whitman transforms into his younger self and we learn the story behind his seminal work, “Leaves of Grass”. He explores his preoccupation with the self and his struggles with his sexuality.
     In the second part of the performance, Whitman’s life is changed forever by the Civil War. He discovers his life’s most important work: nursing the wounded soldiers in hospitals. Through his poetry and readings, we see Whitman grow into a mature artist who is at peace with himself, God, and death.
    “Unlaunch’d Voices” relies on as much of Walt’s actual words and dialogue as possible. Whitman made invaluable contributions to modern poetry and free verse. His worth lies in his humanity, his individuality, his struggles, and his joyfully inclusive view of life. Stephen Collins as Walt Whitman will leave the audience with new insight into this great man and great poet, and with an appreciation of Whitman as an eternally free spirit. As you can see from the pictures, there is an uncanny resemblance between the two men!
       Join us for this free theatrical performance at the Dover Public Library! For more information, call (603) 516-6050.

Monday, April 30, 2018

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark review

I’m a murderino. I didn’t know there was a name for it until recently. I also didn’t want to shout it from the rooftops because it felt so… morbid. I’m fascinated by murders. I love reading true crime. I want to know what makes these people tick and why they did what they did. When I was younger I used to spend hours on the FBI website reading about famous cases and criminals. I know. It was weird. But I now know that I’m not the only one who has a fascination with the horrific. Why else do newspapers put car accidents and acts of violence on the front pages? Because people are secretly fascinated by that kind of stuff. It sells papers. 

Aside from a couple people I knew, I thought I was the only one interested in murder and I kept it a secret. People would think I was such a freak for being so interested in it. Then my friend introduced me to a podcast that changed my life – My Favorite Murder. It’s a fantastic podcast that blends humor and topics of murder. It’s an odd combination, but weirdly enough it works. Through that podcast my eyes were opened to a whole community of people who are fascinated by true crime, specifically murder. They call themselves murderinos. That’s when I finally realized I wasn’t alone. That is also where I learned about Michelle McNamara. Unfortunately, I learned about her a little too late. At that point, she had sadly passed away at the tragically early age of 46 in 2016, but McNamara left behind a legacy. She wrote about true crime on her website TrueCrimeDiary, gathered a following, and also an obsession. 

McNamara was determined to identify the Golden State Killer – a name she coined when DNA evidence linked the Original Night Stalker and East Bay Rapist as the same person. Her life began to revolve around solving this mystery and she was in the middle of writing a book using the thousands of hours of her research when she died. Two years later that book was published posthumously as “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”. 

It is a tragedy that McNamara was taken from us at such an early age. “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” showed such promise. She had a way with words, and I would go as far as to say she could have been the next Ann Rule. The first two parts of the book, written by McNamara (the last part is a compilation of her research written by her research partner and a journalist), are described in such a way as to keep you completely glued to your seat. It is amazing how in-depth her research went. There are so many small details that not many people would have thought of that she included. She was not just a writer, but truly an investigator. What I loved most about the narrative were the parts where McNamara included herself into the story. It wasn’t just a book presenting the evidence on the Golden State Killer, but it was also about her obsession with the case and how it affected her life. McNamara was truly the queen murderino. She would be at movie premieres and could hardly keep her eyes off her phone while she was shifting through new evidence. This case was her life. It is just too bad that she didn’t live long enough to see what has become of it. Only a few months after her book was released, they arrested the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer – one of the people she named in the book. There are many questions still left unanswered, but I am sure we will find more answers soon. In the meantime, this is a very exciting time to be a murderino, and to celebrate how one murderino’s obsession helped to finally close a cold case.

If you are like me and stories of true crime completely enthrall you, check out these fantastic books that we have at the library. Maybe you’ll find your next obsession between one of these covers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Memory Lab Workshops Wednesday April 25

Learn how to digitize your family photos, VHS tapes and audiocassettes. All media degrades over time, don’t risk losing your precious family memories.

Cassette Tapes

Weds., April 25 @ 2:00
Weds., April 25 @ 6:00

VHS Tapes

Weds., April 25 @ 2:30
Weds., April 25 @ 6:30

Photos, Negatives and Slides

Weds., April 25 @ 3:00
Weds., April 25 @ 7:00