Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April is Poetry Month! Celebrate with us on April 22!

Come to the Dover Public Library on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm for an upbeat musical visit with balladeer John Perrault. Hear the poems and songs that make us laugh, cry, tell our story, and remind us who we are.

Guitar in hand, this former Portsmouth Poet Laureate will sing the story of Song & Poetry—the passion of their engagement, the bliss of their marriage, the tragedy of their divorce, and now their long process of reconciliation.  This getting back together began with the work of Wordsworth and Coleridge, who counseled merging the old ballad form with the personal lyric from the heart. Emily Dickinson took heed.  As did Frost.  As did Langston Hughes.  And it continues right through today in the poetry and songs of writers like James Wright, Mary Oliver, Bob Dylan, and Lennon & McCartney.

This free program, a salute to the romantic tradition, is sponsored by the Friends of the Dover Public Library in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

John Perrault is the author of “Jefferson’s Dream” (Hobblebush Books, 2009); “Here Comes the Old Man Now” (Oyster River Press, 2005); and “The Ballad of Louis Wagner” (Peter Randall Publisher, 2003).  His poems have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, Poet Lore, the Salmon Poetry Anthology Dogs Singing, and elsewhere. He is a New England Foundation for the Arts and NH State Council on the Arts touring artist, and a presenter for the NH Humanities Council.

John was a corecipient of the Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award, 2008, from the New England Poetry Club; a finalist in the 2007 Comstock Review Poetry Contest; and a past recipient of the Virginia Prize from The Lyric.  He was poet laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 20032005.

Selected ballads and poems may be sampled at For more information, call the Dover Library at 603-516-6050.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family-Friendly Classical Music Saturday April 19 @ 11am

                On Saturday morning, April 19 at 11am, the Dover Public Library will host the sixth in a series of free classical music concerts for families, featuring live performances of well-known musical masterpieces. This month’s concert will feature Baroque music by Bach, Handel, and Monteverdi. Performing will be soprano Heather Guilfoyle, flutist Richard DuBois and pianist Naho Bessho. The concert’s length is just 40-45 minutes, so that children may attend and enjoy the music too. The performers’ goal is to encourage classical music appreciation among all ages.
   Heather Guilfoyle graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013. An avid choral singer, she has performed in many ensembles including the UNH Concert Choir, UNH Chamber Singers, and Cappella Alamire. She has performed internationally in festivals and competitions, most recently with the UNH Chamber Singers at the 13th Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition, and with the UNH Concert Choir in the 2nd Mayo Music Festival in Ireland where the choir took home the first place prize. Heather has been in a few operas: as Barbarina, in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and as Monica in Menotti’s “The Medium”. She also sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and is temporary conductor for the Community Congregational Church choir in Greenland.
           Richard DuBois, from South Berwick, studied piano, saxophone, and clarinet at a young age. He attended Gorham State Teachers College where he became interested in the flute. He continued his studies on flute at UNH, and at the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. He continued his studies on flute in Boston, and participated with the Quincy Symphony. He also started his teaching career in school systems in Sanford, Kennebunk, and North Berwick, Maine. He studied with Frances Drinker, principal flutist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra, for over 25 years. Richard has been on the Berwick Academy music faculty since 1984 as a private woodwind instructor, and he is also teaching in the Barrington school system. He also repairs woodwind instruments at his home and performs in the 16-piece “Good Mem’ries Swing Band”.   
       Naho Bessho, concert organizer, was born in Japan and is now a concert pianist inDover. At age 19 she won the highest award at the Japan Classical Music Competition. She graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music with a Master of Music
degree.  She has played with Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, and in 2001 won 2nd prize at Yangtze-River-Cup International Competition in Osaka. She came to the US in 2002, graduating from Boston University with a Performance Diploma in 2006. She has given many piano recitals throughout New England. In 2010, she released her first CD, "Invitation", and last April released her second CD “Spianato”.  She gives private lessons in Dover, NH.

                 Please join us at the Dover Public Library for this wonderful opportunity to enjoy, listen,
       and learn more about classical music! For further information, call the library at 603-516-6050.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Great Stone Face "Booktalks"

Next week, NH children vote for their favorite book from a list of recently-published titles that are chosen by the Great Stone Face (GSF) Committee. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite authors.  Here are the last of the committee's "booktalks" that I have been posting since the fall.


Ship’s Cat Doris by Jane Simmons
Poor Doris!
When his new owners adopted him as a kitten, he was named Doris, because they thought he was a girl-kitten! He’s not! Doris is a big, strong, black-and-white kitten who loves his new owners, and feels ready to take his place on their boat (the “Prosperity”) as official Ship’s Cat. However, the “Prosperity” already has several occupants, and they aren’t very welcoming. Will Doris ever be accepted by mean Madge the dog and frightening Frida the hen? And what will he do when faced with Jasper, the bully cat of  the shipyard?
Join Doris as he learns about making friends, standing up for himself, and dealing with the changes that life can bring.
Booktalk written by Sarah Hydorn GSF Committee Amherst Town Library


by Gordon Korman
Donovan Curtis (IQ 112) is not gifted. Seventh grader Donovan Curtis is impulsive. Act before thinking is his major character trait and that has made him the frequent focus of appointments with the principal and school meetings with his parents. In fact as the novel opens we find him in this same scenario, only this time it is the office of Dr. Schultz, (IQ 127), the Superintendent of the Hardcastle Independent School District, 47 buildings, 30,000 students.  Why you may ask? Well it has something to do with a bronze statue of Atlas, no longer holding the weight of the world, that rolled through the double glass doors of the Hardcastle Middle School gym during a major basketball game.  How this leads to Donovan being sent to the gifted Academy for Scholastic Distinction (ASD) is a plot very much in the style, and humor of author Gordon Korman.  Told in alternating chapters from the viewpoints (and IQs) of the major characters, this realistic fiction novel weaves in robots (you will love Tin Man), a pregnant sister, a somewhat bizarre dog, health education classes and a brother-in-law in Afghanistan.  What this novel also weaves in is a look at different perspectives of giftedness and the gifted child and what gifts even the “ungifted” might possess and be needed by the best and the brightest.
Booktalk written by Kathleen Fencil, GSF Committee Bedford Middle School

The Vengekeep Prophecies
by Brian Farrey
Jaxter Grimjinx is a thief. Well, he supposed to be a thief but he isn’t a very good one.  The Grimjinx clan are the best thieves in Vengekeep so Jaxter has quite the reputation to live up to. Unfortunately, Jaxter is very clumsy. When he goes on his first solo heist, everything goes wrong. His whole family ends up in jail! Conveniently a suspicious prophecy emerges that proclaims the Grimjinx clan as heroes of Vengekeep. All the clan has to do is deal with all the dangers listed in the prophecy.  Nothing much just flood, firestorms and an army of skeletal beasts. If the clan is facing all those dangers, Jaxter thinks jail is a safer place.
Booktalk by Susan McDonald GSF Committee Weeks Public Library, Greenland, NH


Wooden Bones
by Scott William Carter
What happens after Pinocchio and Gepetto's Happily Ever After isn't so happy. They try to live a quiet, private life on the edge of town, just a man and his now real living boy.  But Pinocchio, called Pino, thinking he is doing something wonderful for Gepetto and himself, creates a life size wooden puppet woman that looks exactly like Gepetto's long dead wife, and brings her to life. She's no replacement, she's a zombie of a person, bu the townspeople get wind of it, and insist that if Gepetto gets to have a real boy and a wooden wife, they should get to have loved ones brought back from the dead, too. But the woman isn't really alive, not like Pinocchio, and when Gepetto refuses the townspeople, the townspeople run Gepetto and Pinocchio out of town as a desperate, angry mob, forcing them to flee from fire and wolves. Injured and exhausted, they climb into the trees, where Pinocchio makes a horrible discovery (and brings trees to life to walk them away from the danger). Yes, he can make wooden things come alive, but when he does so, a little bit of him turns back to wood each time. Pino and Gepetto find themselves on the run as the people they meet seek to use and abuse Pinocchio's powers. This book is nice and scary, a dark and creepy nonstop start to finish adventure. 
Booktalk written by Sara Zoe Patterson-GSF Committee/ New Franklin School