Friday, May 22, 2015

Borrow our "Historic New England" pass this summer!


Planning some summer vacation day trips? We recommend borrowing our “Historic New England” pass which lets 2 adults (and unlimited children under age 17) visit any of the organization’s 36 properties for FREE. This is one of our least-used museum passes, so we feel it deserves a little promotion!
           Most of the properties are open June through October, but hours vary per site, so we advise checking the website before you go.
          Many of their historic houses are located within a half-hour of Dover, so it’s a very short trip to visit the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Hamilton House in South Berwick or the Sayward-Wheeler house in York Harbor. In nearby Portsmouth, you can tour the Rundlet-May House, the Jackson House, or the Gov. John Langdon House and in Exeter, see the Gilman Garrison House.
          Just over the border in Massachusetts are the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury, five historic houses in Newbury, one each in Essex, Gloucester and Saugus, and two properties in Salem. There are ten other Massachusetts sites a bit farther afield too.
Historic New England also has one house in Connecticut and four in Rhode Island for a total of 36 properties you can visit---for free!
          You may reserve the Historic New England pass for your family at our website  Just click on the portion of the blue bar that says “Reserve Museum Passes”. You’ll need your library card to make a reservation. Or you may call us at 603-516-6050 to reserve your day. Enjoy these properties, many in our own backyard, that make New England so unique!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother": meet the author June 3, 7pm

At 7pm on Wednesday, June 3, clinical social worker Bette J. Freedson, who practices in
South Berwick, Maine, will discuss her new book, “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother” (Pearlsong Press) at the Dover Public Library.
          Her book outlines seven critical tasks that will benefit both readers and their children. Bette draws from her own life experience, her years of acquired clinical knowledge, and from the inspiring stories of other single mothers. With courage and transparency, she shares her story of early loss, marital separation and divorce, the untimely death of her former husband, and various difficult phases of her single motherhood. Freedson chronicles the struggle of bringing up two daughters while developing a social work career, discovering her psychic intuition, and growing into a solid, authentic Self. 
         Absorbing the concepts in each of the book’s seven chapters, the reader will be guided toward the accomplishment of these tasks. The book also includes ideas for reflection, tips for understanding, and pages for journaling at the end of each chapter. “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” is a unique personal journey to maturity, resilience, and self-strength, qualities identified by Freedson as constituting “True MRS.” 

        Bette J. Freedson is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Social Work and a consultant to MSAD 35. The author of many articles, she has been quoted in magazines such as “Working Mother” and “Women’s Day”. She is a “JustAskExpert” at   Famed pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton calls “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom”  a “fine book full of support for single parents who have to face the job of raising children alone,” and says, “I would advise all single mothers to read it.”  Signed copies of “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom” will be available for purchase at the program. For more information, call the Library at 603-516-6050.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wednesday Night is Game Night!

Join us on our first Game Night at the Library on Wednesday May 20th from 6:30-8:20 pm. We'll be using some of the games donated to the Library from Diversions Puzzles and Games store in Portsmouth. A couple of the store's staff members will be on hand to help teach the games and offer suggestions. This event is geared toward teens and adults and is free and open to the public. Come get your Game On @ The Library!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Poetry Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Dover Public Library contest winners, and please join us next Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm for our Evening of Poetry!

Dover Public Library’s
13th Annual Poetry Contest

The Dover Public Library would like to announce the winners of our 13th Annual Poetry Contest.  We would like to thank our judges: Janice Alberghene, John Michael Albert, Maria Faskianos, Andrea Harkness, and Marsha Pelletier.

Category 1:       1st Place: Lizzie Leach, Grade 2, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        2nd Place: Sela Shanelaris, Grade 1, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        3rd Place : Annamaria Richards, Grade 2, St. Mary Academy
Honorable Mention: Nick Sullivan, Grade 2, Garrison School (tie)
                              Isaac Spencer, Grade 2, Garrison School (tie)
Category 2:       1st Place: Krish G. Patel, Grade 4, Horne Street School
                        2nd Place:  Daniel Lemmer, Grade 3, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        3rd Place : Kathryn Costello, Grade 4, Horne Street School
                        Honorable Mention: Lizzy Kenyon, Grade 4, Horne Street School
Category 3:       1st Place: Kiara Jade Summers, Grade 5, Dover Middle School
                        2nd Place: Elizabeth Nicholson, Grade 5, Dover Middle School
                        3rd Place: Madison Gilbert, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
                        Honorable Mention: Amanda, Grade 5, Home Schooled
Category 4:       1st Place:  Emma Nevins, Grade 7, Dover Middle School
                        2nd Place:  Audrey Eisenmann, Grade 7, Dover Middle School
                        3rd Place:  Grace Hallett, Grade 8, Dover Middle School
                        Honorable Mention: Alison Frisella, Grade 8, Dover Middle School (tie)
                                                      Hannah Martuscello, Grade 8, Dover Middle School (tie)
Category 5:       1st Place: Katherine Engalichev, Grade 10, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        2nd Place: Kathryn Moran, Grade 10, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        3rd Place: Violette Ramy, Grade 9, Dover High School
                        Honorable Mention:  Hannah Donahue, Grade 9, Dover High School
Category 6:       1st Place:  Kristin Durham, Grade 11, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        2nd Place: Laura Coppinger, Grade 11, St. Thomas Aquinas
                        3rd Place: Elijah Miller, Grade 11, Dover High School/Homeschooled
                        Honorable Mention:  Gabriel Barth, Grade 11, Dover High School


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger! Tuesday, May 19, 7pm

     Jeff Belanger, Emmy-nominated host of “New England Legends” on PBS, will offer an evening of true ghost stories, research, and evidence at the Dover Public Library on Tuesday evening, May 19 at 7pm.  This exciting multimedia lecture is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
     Jeff Belanger ( is one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. For the last 17 years, Jeff has searched the world for monsters, ghosts, and other paranormal legends that have seeped into our culture, folklore, religion, and even our history books. He is a paranormal researcher, investigator, and author of more than a dozen books. His talk will include images, audio clips, and video from some of the world’s most infamous haunts plus a question and answer session for the audience. He will also have autographed books available for purchase.
     His best sellers include: The World's Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our Haunted Lives, and Who's Haunting the White House? He's the founder of, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google, and a noted speaker and media personality. In January 2014 he gave a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City.  He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes, available on Sky TV. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Biography Channel, PBS, NECN, The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, the BBC,  Darkness Radio, and Coast to Coast AM.
       “I can’t wait to haunt the Dover Public Library,” Jeff Belanger said. “We’ll dim the lights, talk about the ghost experience, and see the evidence and theories regarding the paranormal. I’ve spoken on the topic of the supernatural all over the world—there’s nothing like sharing in this discussion in person.”