Friday, October 09, 2015

The Library Will Be Closed Monday for Columbus Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, October 12 for the Columbus Day Holiday. We are open on Saturday, make sure to come for the 2pm free matinee. We will be showing Avengers: Age of Ultron. We are also open on Sunday from 1-5pm.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A Must Listen!

I just finished the audiobook version of Circling the Sun by Paula McClain and cannot recommend it highly enough. The narrator was wonderful, and her pronunciation of the African place names made it so enjoyable because I know I wouldn't have said them correctly. The subject of the book is famed aviator and renowned racehorse trainer Beryl Markham. This book left me wanting to visit Africa and needing to read West With the Night by Beryl Markam. If you like historical fiction definitely give this title a try!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Job opening at the Library

Wanted immediately: LIBRARY PAGE  16-17 hours/week  $10.49 per hour
Hours are after school, evenings, and some Saturdays and Sundays. Must be at least 16 years of age.
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Book Group

We had a record high 18 people join us at the Dover Public Library's Book Group discussion of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry last evening. The next meeting will be on Monday, October 19 at 6:30pm in the Trustees Room. The book to be discussed is Little Bee by Chris Cleave which is a change from the original schedule. We should have copies available this Friday, and as always they are available on the 6 Kindles that we loan.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Which Scary Movie Do You Want to See?

What's our favorite thing about October? The scary movies of course! That's why this October we're going to have six scary nights of classic monster movies! Only problem is we don't know which ones to show... Help us out and vote for your six favorite monster movies! Http://

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Hear about "The Quotable Amelia Earhart" Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7pm

The Friends of the Dover Public Library will host Dover resident Michele Wehrwein Albion, editor of the new book, “The Quotable Amelia Earhart”, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7pm.  This is Michele’s fifth book and the Friends are delighted to have the book’s Launch Party at the library on its first day of publication!

    A fearless pioneer and a record-breaking pilot, Amelia Earhart engaged the nation and the world when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Today, people remember her most for her disappearance on the last leg of her round-the-world flight in 1937. But more than a record breaker or a ghost lost over the Pacific, Earhart was ambitious, driven, and strong at a time when all three of these traits were considered unfeminine. Earhart’s words and her example encouraged women to step beyond the narrow confines of their traditional roles.

    “The Quotable Amelia Earhart” brings together statements from a variety of sources and covers a wide range of topics, including Earhart’s flights and her opinions on politics, work, religion, and gender equality. This definitive resource provides a concise, documented collection of Earhart’s quotations so that her words, as well as her achievements, may inspire a new generation. In addition, library patrons will have the opportunity to sample cookies made from Earhart's own recipe.
     Michele Wehrwein Albion grew up in Maine with a great respect for the past. She has  degrees from the University of Maine and George Washington University. Before becoming a writer, Albion worked at the Fort Western Museum, The Maine State Museum, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Edison and Ford Winter Estates. She is the author of “The Florida Life of Thomas Edison” and editor of “The Quotable Edison”, “The Quotable Henry Ford”, and “The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt”. Signed copies of “The Quotable Amelia Earhart” will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.  

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

New Museum Pass for Borrowing!

The Library has a new museum pass to offer our patrons: The Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center. The Mariposa is a ‘hands-on’ museum of artifacts from around the world, located in the center of Peterborough in the historic Baptist Church building. The museum celebrates other cultures with regional exhibitions, performances and programs. The pass allows free entry for 1 adult and 2 children. Reserve online or call us at 516-6050.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Miss Caroline Garland, Librarian ahead of her time!

            I was doing some historical research on Caroline Garland (1854—1933), the 2nd librarian of the Dover Public Library. Caroline led the public library for nearly 50 years, from its establishment in 1884 until her death.
I ran across a speech that Miss Garland gave to the “Conference of Librarians” at Lake Placid in September 1894. 
           Apparently the sticky issue of the day was whether public libraries should house just edifying literature (pronounced lit-ra-tur, of course) or cater to the teeming masses who, God forbid, might want to read some entertaining fiction!  Here’s the question from that day: “Is a public library justified in supplying books which are neither for instruction nor for the cultivation of taste; which are not books of knowledge nor of ideas, nor of good literature; which are books of entertainment only—such, for example, as the ruck of common novels.”

Here are some excerpts (with my editorial comments) from her impassioned argument. Remember this was 121 years ago: 

         This question refers not to books that are positively degrading, like Laura Jean Libbey and her ilk, nor even to the mawkish sentimentalities of Mrs. Southworth, Mrs. Stephens, and Bertha Clay; nor, of course, to works with any taint of uncleanness. I take it to refer to those moral commonplace productions, represented by Amanda Douglas, Rosa Carey, and Mrs. Holmes, possibly, but first and always by poor old Roe.**
         The taste that, uncultivated, desires Roe, is the taste that, cultivated, desires Henry James. Neither author writes novels of ideas, nor of instruction, nor of knowledge. One, however, is called a writer of good literature, by reason of artistic merit, and the other is not. Yet as regards the presence of the two in our libraries, I do not think the arguments are all in favor of James. Take, for example, two types familiar in all public  libraries:
          One is the woman who married young, lives in a small house in a crowded street, has a family of children, and expends her mental energy and taste chiefly in making the most of life for her family on her husband’s small income. She comes to the library in a home-made gown, waits patiently her turn in the line, and asks for a volume of Roe, from whose perusal she derives a commonplace but solid pleasure.
         The other is a woman who has not married so young, having waited for a husband who has money; and she lives in a house so excellent in its sanitary arrangements that a microbe would not have a fighting chance of life in it. She has no children and she comes to the library in a tailor-made gown, wants to be served at once, no matter how many are waiting, and asks for the latest volume of Henry James, from the perusal of which she acquires an added analytical and critical self-consciousness.
         I boldly avow that the welfare of the individual, and the interests of the community, are as highly served by the circulation of that volume of Roe as by that volume of Henry James. (Yay Caroline!)
         If it be a problem why so many people in the world desire commonplace books, I suspect the answer is found in the fact that so many persons are merely commonplace people. This would be an appalling fact, were it not that librarians are often quite gloriously commonplace themselves, without feeling grieved about it. Otherwise. I think we would be insufferable prigs. (Oh yes, Caroline, you’re right! We love trashy fiction too!)
        Personally, I would not deprive readers of novels for entertainment only, provided, always, that they shall be clean and free from immoral taint; although my observation would testify that the commonplace reader does not desire and will not tolerate so much immorality as will the person of highly-cultivated literary taste.  (Ooooh! Upper-crust-shaming!)
       In conclusion then, it seems to me, a public library is justified in supplying its readers, along with books of ideas, knowledge, and instruction, some books that are for entertainment only; just as I would say that a public library is justified in paying the expenses of its librarian to a meeting of the  A. L. A., even though at that meeting the librarians not only consider questions of ideas, and of instruction, and of knowledge, but also indulge themselves in a few excursions and a little general hilarity that must be conceded to be for entertainment only. (You go, girl!)
I am proud to be the successor to such a forward-thinking woman!

**Curious about “poor old Roe”, I researched further and found “the most popular American novelist of his time”:  Edward Payson Roe (1838—1888). I’d never heard of him, but his 12 “sensational, but to a degree that is not unhealthy” novels outsold Mark Twain! “A Young Girl’s Wooing”, “He Fell in Love With His Wife”, and “Miss Lou” were among Roe’s bestsellers and critics called his fiction “unhackneyed, lively and fascinating”, “vigorous, but rarely melodramatic”, and “full of wit and even frolic”. Has anyone got an E.P. Roe novel they’d like to lend me?