Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teen Summer Reading Program

Sign-ups for the Teen Summer Reading Program begin this Wednesday, June 21. Forgive me while I boast, but I think this year's program is the best ever! We have some very amazing prizes, and some fun programs where you can win more great prizes. Who doesn't like winning free stuff--right? Stop in to register and you won't be disappointed.  For more information visit our website.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Download a Magazine, Free!

Have you tried the Library's online magazine database, Flipster? It is small right now, only 13 titles, very soon it will be growing. It is so easy to use! You can read magazines on your computer or download the app onto Apple or android devices, phones and tablets, and Kindle Fires! Once the app is on your device, click on get started, choose Dover Public Library, enter your barcode, and start downloading!
These are the magazines we have right now:

Bon Appetit 
Country Living 
Digital Photo
Interweave knits
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Old House Journal
Us Weekly
Yoga Journal 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Girls Rule!!

Have you noticed an increase in the number of books with the word "Girl" in their title? After the popularity of runaway bestsellers "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (trilogy), "The Girl on a Train", and "Gone Girl", all thrillers with untrustworthy, or unlikeable heroines, the trend was launched!

Just six months into 2017, our library has added 32 new titles and three DVDs featuring "Girls". Now not all of these fall into the thriller or "unreliable narrator" genre, but they do feature a myriad of strong female characters in a variety of situations. We have girls who've been Forgotten, Taken, Disguised, Trapped, Broken, Lost, and left Between. There are girls with make-believe husbands, needy girls, dead girls, unbeatable girls, shooting girls, final girls, and party girls. There are girls in many locations: Ennismore, Magdalen, Hummingbird Lane, Roanoke, and Rawblood; girls in the garden, on the bridge, and at the baggage claim. Girls who knew too much and girls who take an eye for an eye. Add to the list Jackie's Girl, Bloom Girls, Hello Girls, Radium Girls, a girl in green and a girl bearing gifts.

Analysts of this trend have noted that, in most cases, these girls are really "women", but the word "girl" sells better. Perhaps it seems more vulnerable or victimized? At any rate, writer Emily St. John Mandel, who wrote an article on this topic for "Goodreads", concluded that if the book's author is male, the "girl" survives 68% of the time. But if the author is female, her "girl" protagonist's fate finds her alive at the book's conclusion 90% of the time!

Will this trend continue? Probably. But we hope that some "women" gain popularity as well!
For further reading: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gone-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-on-the-train/

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Downsizing and Decluttering

 Thinking about downsizing your home and you just don’t know where to start? Or do you just need help organizing the space you have? Please join Pam Matson in the Lecture Hall on Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm for tips and techniques on how to downsize and de-clutter.

Pam has been helping people "Declutter what you have, and organize what you love" since 2005. She will teach you simple systems, which can help you create welcoming spaces with a place for everything.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Learn how to trace the history of your house!

     Join us on Monday, June 12 at 7pm, in the Lecture Hall at the Dover Public Library, for an informative free program on how to trace the history of your (Dover area) house. 
      Have you ever wondered about your house’s past? When was it built, and why?  Who owned it, and what happened to the occupants? Whether you're seeking documentation for historic status or are just plain inquisitive, tracing a property's history and learning about the people who lived there can be a fascinating and fulfilling project. Researching your home means becoming a local detective. 
     Using a combination of print and electronic resources, architectural and historical information, maps, obituaries, city directories, and census information, Library Director Cathy Beaudoin will present the best ways to begin the process of tracing your property.
      Cathy has been researching local residences and Dover neighborhoods for decades. She will primarily focus on Dover and Strafford County information sources, but the general suggested methods may be applied to almost any house, anywhere. Knowing your home’s history certainly will make you feel more connected and involved with its past, and you'll probably uncover some intriguing stories too!
For more information, please call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.
NOTE: We are open both this Saturday 5/27 (9-5) and Sunday 5/28 (1-5) but this will be our last Sunday until September.
Weekday hours stay the same year-round, but we close at 1pm on Saturdays in the summer and are not open on Sundays.

SUMMER HOURS at the Library begin June 3 and are:
Mon-Tue-Wed 9am to 8:30pm
Th-Fr 9am to 5:30pm
Sat. 9am to 1pm
Sun. CLOSED (June, July, & August)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Help us take apart our old piano! ---Saturday, May 27

          The Dover Public Library is very pleased to present one of the most unique programs we’ve ever offered! After the donation of a new Steinway baby grand piano to the library, we pondered what to do with the old, battered piano which was slated for the dumpster.

           The library had hosted several STEM-related “Take Apart” programs in the past, where kids worked with hand tools to disassemble small appliances and electronics, to see what made them tick. So, we thought, why not take apart a large musical instrument? We enlisted the help of our expert piano tuner, Peter Poole, who will lead the deconstruction of the old piano on Saturday, May 27 at 10am in the Lecture Hall.

         Children in grades 3 and up may register to be part of Mr. Poole’s “Take-Apart” crew. Space is limited, so please register (children only, please) on the library’s website http://library.dover.nh.gov  or call the library at 603-516-6050. Peter will teach the participants about the complex inner workings of a piano as it’s slowly dissected. Adults are welcome to attend as observers and don’t need to register. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about the parts of a piano first hand! 
            This one-of-a-kind program is free and will probably never be repeated! For more information, call Denise LaFrance at the Reference Desk, 603-516-6082.