Monday, May 15, 2017

Help us take apart our old piano! ---Saturday, May 27

          The Dover Public Library is very pleased to present one of the most unique programs we’ve ever offered! After the donation of a new Steinway baby grand piano to the library, we pondered what to do with the old, battered piano which was slated for the dumpster.

           The library had hosted several STEM-related “Take Apart” programs in the past, where kids worked with hand tools to disassemble small appliances and electronics, to see what made them tick. So, we thought, why not take apart a large musical instrument? We enlisted the help of our expert piano tuner, Peter Poole, who will lead the deconstruction of the old piano on Saturday, May 27 at 10am in the Lecture Hall.

         Children in grades 3 and up may register to be part of Mr. Poole’s “Take-Apart” crew. Space is limited, so please register (children only, please) on the library’s website  or call the library at 603-516-6050. Peter will teach the participants about the complex inner workings of a piano as it’s slowly dissected. Adults are welcome to attend as observers and don’t need to register. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about the parts of a piano first hand! 
            This one-of-a-kind program is free and will probably never be repeated! For more information, call Denise LaFrance at the Reference Desk, 603-516-6082.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Come "Walk Through the Delta" with blues duo Howard Stith and Mike Rogers, Tuesday, May 16 @ 7pm

The Friends of the Dover Library are pleased to welcome back one of our favorite musical duos for a return engagement on Tuesday evening, May 16 at 7pm.
      “Poor Howard” Stith and Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers bring alive the blues tradition that originated in the Mississippi delta region in the early 20th century. Howard is a scholar of early blues and has been performing for over forty years. Exposed to the music of Leadbelly, at an early age, He carries on the 12-string guitar style that emerged in the 1930ʼs, and also plays steel guitar in the “bottleneck” style made popular by Son House and Robert Johnson. In 2012, Howard represented New Hampshire at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
      Mike Rogers draws his harmonica style from the playing of Sonny Terry and John Sebastian, and although he has mastered many styles from folk to country, he captures perfectly the southern country blues of the depression. Mike brings the harmonica alive with such songs as “Run, Bead, Run” about a chicken-chasing dog and “Shorteninʼ Bread”, a classic to get everyone dancing. Mike has also competed in the International Blues Challenge, representing Maine in 2006.
     Together, this duo brings alive this important era of music.  “A Walk Through the Delta” is both educational and entertaining, mixing music and folk humor, and showing how this distinctly American music has gained international popularity. This lively, foot-tapping program is free and open to all in the Lecture Hall at the Dover Public Library. Join us! Call the library at 603-516-6050 for more information.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Vacation Week events!!! Join us!!

       There are lots of great events planned at the Dover Public Library for the April school vacation, designed to keep the whole family entertained.
        On Monday, April 24 at 6:30pm, your teddy bear (or other stuffed friend) is cordially invited to spend the night in the library! At the Teddy Bear Sleepover, you and your stuffed friend will enjoy some stories, crafts, and a snack together. Settle your friend in for the night before you leave, and then pick him up in the Children's Room anytime after 12pm the next day. You will get a picture showing how much fun your stuffed buddy had at the library! Don't forget to wear your pajamas too!!!
        “Let’s Play Outside” is featured on Tuesday, April 25 from 2-4pm: run, jump, skip, and play! Join us on the front lawn of the library for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun. We will provide balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, and other toys. After playtime, enjoy a healthy snack. The program will be weather dependent, so please call the library if you have any questions.
       Children of all ages (with an adult) are invited to attend Family Storytime on Wednesday, April 26 at 10am. This 45-minute program includes stories, finger plays, songs, puppets, and games.
         Kids in grades one and up (with an adult) are invited to join us for a BFG Family Escape Room adventure on Wednesday, April 26 at 3pm.  An Escape Room is an interactive game where participants work as a team towards a goal by cracking codes and solving puzzles.  Registration is required.
         Attention all Minecraft fans! Join us on Thursday, April 27 from 2-4pm in the Children's Room for crafts, activities, and games. As an option, bring your device and share tips and tricks with other Minecraft enthusiasts.
          Parents, caregivers, and their babies are invited to “Mother Goose on the Loose” on Friday, April 28 at 10am. This early learning program is specifically designed for children from birth to 24 months and uses books, rhymes, songs, musical instruments, finger plays, flannel board characters, puppets, and other props to help develop a child’s early literacy skills in a fun environment.
          The ever popular “Music with benji” program will also take place on Friday, April 28 at 11am. Families love singing, dancing and playing instruments at this interactive, joyful program.
          The week will round out with a finger knitting program on Saturday, April 29 at 11am. Kids in grade one and up who are interested in fiber arts can learn this fun skill. We have the yarn, you bring the fingers!
          And of course, there are books, movies, audiobooks, and museum passes available to check out. Make sure you include the Dover Public Library in your April vacation week plans. Call the Children’s Room, 603-516-6052 for more information, or to register for the Escape Room program on the 26th. All other events require no preregistration.