Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hear the Soggy Po' Boys at the Library on March 20!

The Friends of the Library are delighted to sponsor a New Orleans style jazz concert on Tuesday, March 20th at 7pm by Dover’s own Soggy Po’ Boys. Born on a snowy Fat Tuesday night of 2012, the Soggy Po' Boys have been honing their craft of New Orleans music  in their home town of Dover, New Hampshire. The New Orleans-flavored band plays more than a hundred shows every year, from festivals and concerts, to politics-infused burlesque collaborations and street parades.  We believe that this is their first time in a public library and we promise it will not be quiet once the joint starts rockin’! Please join us for some great music!
The performance is free and will be held in the Library’s Lecture Hall. For more information, call the Dover Public Library at (603) 516-6050.

Monday, March 05, 2018

The 10th Annual Peeps Show Contest Begins this Month!

Calling All Peeps to the Dover Public Library!

The Dover Public Library is looking for creative Dover residents, Dover students, or Dover Public Library cardholders to enter our annual “Peeps Show” Contest this March.

Here’s how it works: Build a diorama using Peeps of any color or species in a standard size shoe box. The theme is anything literary; recreate a scene from your favorite book, play, or poem. The first 8 entries will receive a free plush Peep chick!

Those 17 or older are invited to compete in the Adult Division, while peeps, er, people 11- 16 may enter the Teen Division. Children ages 2 – 6 are invited to enter the Kids Division, and ages 7 – 10 may enter in the Youth Division. On the back of your standard size shoe box, please include your name, address, phone number, and title of your “Peeps Show”. All Peeps displays may be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, March 19 through Saturday, March 31. The Peeps will be displayed in the library for all to enjoy. The winner of each division will receive a $25 Target gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded on Monday afternoon, April 2. Peeps should be picked up by 5pm on Saturday, April 7. All Peeps not picked up by the deadline will be discarded or eaten!  For more information, call the Reference Desk at the Dover Public Library: 516-6082.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Winter Break Fun for Kids @ the Library!

Join us at the Dover Public Library for a full week of free school vacation fun. Tired of the snow and cold but can’t get away? Come to our Beach Party on Monday, February 26 from 2-4pm. We will have summer-themed crafts, activities, and games, sure to help chase away the winter blues. Wear your beach attire to really get in the spirit!
On Tuesday, February 27, from 2-4pm the Children’s Room will be transformed into a Mini-Golf venue. Come practice your skills on our 9-hole course. Everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing to win a prize.
Teens are invited to a “Dancing Through the Decades” Escape Room on Tuesday, February 27. Students in grades 5-12 can sign up for either the 2pm or 3pm session by calling 516-6050 or online at
On Wednesday, February 28 at 2pm we will host “Curious Creatures” from Groveland, MA. This family program will feature 10 animals including a baby crocodile, rabbit, tortoise, chinchilla, and a snake.
A special Teen Movie Night featuring “Mean Girls” (PG13) will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30pm.
Stop into the Children’s Room on Thursday, March 1 anytime between 2pm and 4:30pm to create a Silly Sock Puppet.
Kids in grades 3 and up can work with our Snap Circuit sets and accessories on Friday, March 2 anytime between 2-4pm. And the library’s Creation Station will have a “Make and Take” Hawaiian lei craft available anytime between Sunday, February 25 and Saturday, March 3. 
And don’t forget, we have plenty of books, DVDs, audiobooks, museum passes, and online digital media selections to keep you happily entertained during the winter break. Make sure the Dover Public Library is part of your vacation week plans!

3-session Organic Gardening Class: Feb. 26, March 5 & 12 from 6-8pm

The Dover Public Library is pleased to offer a free, comprehensive 3-part organic gardening course on consecutive Monday nights, February 26, March 5 and 12, from 6-8pm in the Library’s Lecture Hall.  The course, totaling six hours over the three nights, will include practical tips on how to create a new garden, soil preparation, seed starting, planting techniques, container gardening, cultural techniques during the growing season (such as watering, fertilizing, and pest and weed control), how plants and soil interact, succession planting, planting multiple crops in the same space at the same time, how to compost, crop rotation, cover cropping, and mycorrhizobials. 
     The sessions will also include discussions about our existing industrial food production system, including pesticides, genetically modified seeds, seed labeling and supplier concentration, globalization and famine, organic certification, and regulatory capture.
    The instructor is Vincent Cirasole from Rochester. He has taught physical education and organic gardening in New York before relocating to the Granite State in 2013. He is also a Master Gardener, a commercial vegetable grower, and organic growing enthusiast. Over a period of years, Cirasole developed this tri-part course, which has proven to be fascinating and popular with students. Reference material and sources of additional information will be distributed to all participants at no charge, but pre-registration is required.  Interested gardeners may call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050 to sign up for Mr. Cirasole’s course, or you may register online at


Friday, February 16, 2018

The Library Will Be Closed Monday

The Library will be closed on Monday, February 19th for President's Day.We will be open Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 1-5 as usual.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

History of NH’s African-American Soldiers in the American Revolution: February 20, 7pm

 In honor of Black History Month, the Friends of the Library are pleased to welcome Glenn Knoblock for a program entitled “Strong and Brave Fellows: A History of NH’s Black Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution” on Tuesday evening, February 20 at 7pm.
       One of the most interesting aspects of the American Revolution is the role played by African Americans in the fight for independence. Both free African Americans and those that were enslaved were key in manning state militias and Continental Army units, as well as serving on the high seas in the Navy and on privately armed ships. Indeed, their service to the colonies was crucial in a conflict that lasted nearly seven years. Prohibited from serving in military units and largely considered “undesirable elements,” how is it that these black soldiers came to fight for the cause of liberty, even when their own personal liberty was not guaranteed?
       Glenn Knoblock will examine the history of African-American soldiers’ service during the war, including how and why they enlisted, their interaction with white soldiers, service on the battlefields, how they were perceived, both by the enemy and the officers under whom they served, and their treatment after the war.
       Glenn Knoblock is an independent scholar and author of fifteen books and over 100 articles. He has served as the historian on projects relating to northern New England bridges, New Hampshire cemeteries, brewing history, and African-American military history. Knoblock has served as the primary military contributor to Harvard and Oxford University’s landmark African-American Biography Project. He holds a BA in History from Bowling Green State University.
          This program is free. For more information, call the Dover Public Library at (603) 516-6050.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The Library will close at 3pm Wednesday

The Library will be closing at 3pm today due to hazardous weather conditions. You can still download books, magazines, movies, music and audiobooks while we are closed. Stay safe everyone.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Convert your older media to digital files with the library's new Memory Lab!

Do you have shoeboxes full of photographs?  Or carousels full of slides?  Do you have a shelf of VHS tapes of your kids’ school plays, or of Christmases past?  Do you even have a VHS player, or a slide projector anymore?  It is time to copy these precious memories to a format that will withstand the test of time, and the Dover Public Library can help you!

The Dover Public Library’s Memory Lab has the equipment you need to convert your photographs, negatives, slides, VHS tapes, and cassette tapes to digital files.  You can save these files on your computer, on a thumb drive, or in the cloud. 

The library offers three different Memory Lab Equipment Stations:  the scanner (for photographs, negatives, and slides), the VHS/DVD converter (for VHS tapes), and the Cassette converter (for cassette tapes).  You can make an appointment on our website to use one of these stations for free!  Appointments are for 2 ½ or 3 hours.  During your appointment, you can convert your memories to digital files. 

Please be aware that the VHS conversion and Cassette conversion occurs in real time. If you are going to copy a 2-hour VHS tape it will take 2 hours to copy the contents, with some additional time to finalize the DVD.  But no worries…the library has lots of books and magazines for you to read while you wait!

All Memory Lab apparatus comes with easy-to-follow, detailed instructions (with pictures!) telling you how to use the equipment. Library staff cannot do the conversions for you, but we can certainly help with questions as you start your process.  

The library is also offering tutorial programs to introduce each Memory Lab Equipment Station so that you can get the most out of your appointment time. Our first instructional programs will be held on Thursday, February 15 and Saturday, February 17 from 2-4pm, and on Monday, March 5 from 6-8pm to introduce the equipment:
February 15 & 17: From 2-2:30pm  the Cassette converter; from 2:30-3pm  the VHS converter; from 3-4pm  the Photograph, Negative, and Slide Scanner.
March 5: From 6-6:30pm  the Cassette converter; from 6:30-7pm  the VHS converter; from 7-8pm  the Photograph, Negative, and Slide Scanner.
You may attend as many sessions as you wish!

Come to the Library to take a walk down memory lane and save those memories for the future. For more information, call Peggy Thrasher at the Dover Public Library (603) 516-6050.