Friday, August 15, 2014

Coming Soon

The Dover Public Library's Book Group will begin meeting again in September, after a summer hiatus.  The first meeting will be held on September 15 at 6:30pm to discuss The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler.  Copies of September's book are available for borrowing at the adult circulation desk.  Future dates and book titles are listed below, and I look forward to seeing familiar faces and hopefully some new friends.  All are welcome! 

Sept. 15: The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
October 20: Life A��er Life by Kate Atkinson
November 17: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Ria Brunt
December 15: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
January 19: The House Girl by Tara Conklin
February 16: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
March 16: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
April 20: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Free Reading

New Hampshire Downloadable BooksI just loaded up my iPad with free ebooks (2 week loan), from New Hampshire Downloadable Books, for vacation reading.  Have you taken advantage of this library service?  There is a wonderful selection of ebooks and audiobooks for adults, as well as kids!  All it takes is a valid library card from a member library. Visit the site at:

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Thank You!

The Summer Reading Programs are over for another year and the Library would like to give a HUGE thank you to all of the local businesses and organizations that generously donated to the cause--we couldn't have done it without your help!

Adelle’s Coffee House
Ascent Indoor Climbing Gym
Café on the Corner
Domino’s Pizza
Dos Amigos
Federal Savings Bank
The Friends of the Dover Public Library
Hilltop Fun Center
Kendall Pond Pizza
LaFesta Brick & Brew
Measured Progress
Moe’s Sandwiches
Noggin Factory
Portland Sea Dogs
Rotary Club of Dover
Strafford Farms
Weeksie’s Pizza
The Works

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Don't Miss an Event at the Dover Public Library

Did you know the Library has new event calendar software that makes it easier for you to keep track of our lectures, movies, book groups, story times, Lego Saturdays, etc. The software allows you to request a reminder of specified events 24 hours, 48 hours, 1 week, or 2 weeks prior to the event.  You can also "Tell a Friend" about a program you think they may be interested in.  Take a look at it and tell us what you think.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Saturday Matinees

We have just posted the Saturday Matinee schedule which will resume on Saturday, September 6 at 2pm. The first movie will be Divergent--rated PG13.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is "Kindle Unlimited" for you?

Amazon recently announced its new "Kindle Unlimited" plan: for $9.99 per month, you can have access to over 600,000 eBooks and 2,000 audiobooks. Wow! Sounds amazing! But let's look closer at this model:

For $120/year, you'd have to read at least 16 eBooks in those 12 months in order to break even. OK, fine. Many avid readers achieve that goal easily. (Reminder: your public library ebook downloads are always FREE. Yes, you may have to be on a waiting list for the popular title you want. And yes, the download process has more steps than simply pushing the "Buy" button on Amazon.)

Also keep in mind that this "glorified library card" (as HuffPost calls it) does not include any titles published by the so-called "Big 5" publishers: Simon & Schuster, Harpercollins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, and Hachette. So that leaves most of your best-sellers and popular titles unavailable in Amazon's inventory. (Reminder: your public library does offer all publishers.) It's hard to estimate but I'd say at least 60% of the print titles we buy for our library are from these five publishers or one of their subsidiary imprints.

One article estimated that as much as 31% of Kindle Unlimited's large catalog are works by self-published authors. A critic of Kindle Unlimited has surmised that this new Amazon  service is just a way to monetize their aging backlist and self-published content. Now, indie authors are strongly endorsed in public libraries: many are good writers with loyal fan bases for their works, but a lot of self-published stuff online is truly just dreck: feeble plots, substandard sentences, terrible grammar and misspellings. (Reminder: your public library vets titles for quality and demand before purchasing.)

Coming clean here, your FREE public library card is not really free either. In Dover, the library is 1.2% of the city budget. So take 1.2% of your property tax bill and that's what you pay to support the public library...probably a bit less than $100/year for the average household. And thank you for your support, by the way!

Kindle Unlimited is offering a free 30-day trial to new subscribers, so go ahead and take a look. Search for the titles you really want to read and see if they're there. (Probably not.) Then search the DPL's catalog and compare! Amazon will win on convenience and rapid delivery for sure, but your public library has the items you really want to read. We'd love to hear from Kindle Unlimited subscribers locally...tell us your impressions of the service and why you like it. I also hope that we'll hear, "...but of course we still come to the library."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Reading Programs

665 Dover kids have signed-up for the Library's Reading Programs, but we would love to have more kids join the fun. You can sign-up throughout the program so we hope to see you soon!