Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Stephen Collins performs as artist James McNeill Whistler on Tuesday, November 20, 7pm

      The Friends of the Dover Public Library are once again pleased to host actor and stage performer Stephen Collins on Tuesday, November 20 at 7pm in the Library’s Lecture Hall. His one-man show, “Butterfly”, will focus on the life and times of New England native, James McNeil Whistler (1834—1903), the volatile American artist who struggled for personal freedom and artistic expression. Whistler was a leading proponent of the credo, “art for art’s sake”. Collins depicts Whistler at two phases of his life – first, as a bankrupt artist on commission in Venice in his forties, and then as the established, yet lonely, legend in his sixties in London.
The title of the play is drawn from the artist’s signature on his paintings, which was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol combined two aspects of his personality – his art, characterized by a subtle delicacy, and his public persona, which was combative. The portrayal ends with Whistler describing how he created his most famous painting, “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1”, commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother” – the revered portrait of motherhood.
Stephen Collins is a classically trained actor. He has performed twice earlier this year at the Dover Public Library as Walt Whitman, and, in a program on justice, as William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Hardy.
He currently performs nine one-man shows and has received rave reviews for over a decade. Mr. Collins’ performances brings poets, artists, statesmen, and playwrights to life on the stage. Join us for this free theatrical performance at the Dover Public Library! For more information, call (603) 516-6050.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Remembering Dover's Ace Pilot

Joseph McConnell, Jr. was born January 30, 1922 in Dover, NH. At 19 years old he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a navigator in a B-24 Liberator during World War II and had an exemplary war record. After the war, he decided to make the Air Force his career. He became a pilot in the USAF in 1948.

During the Korean War he flew combat missions over Korea.  During McConnell’s very first mission in Korea, in January 1953, he shot down an enemy MIG-15. Captain McConnell was shot down April 12, 1953 over the Yellow Sea in a skirmish with several MIGs. He was able to eject safely and was rescued by a helicopter. He returned to combat the same day. He shot down three MIGs during two separate missions, making him a triple ace (fifteen kills). He shot down 16 MIGs in just four months, becoming the highest scoring ace of the war. He still ranks as the top ace in US military history.  His actions in combat earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star.   He later became a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base. On August 25, 1954, during a test flight, his airplane suffered a malfunction. Captain McConnell attempted to fly the plane back to the base but was forced to eject several miles short. He had waited too long; the parachute did not have time to open. Captain Joseph McConnell died upon impact.

Hollywood memorialized Captain McConnell and his exploits in The McConnell Story, starring Alan Ladd and June Allyson. The movie had its premiere at the Strand Theatre here in Dover on August 15, 1955.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The library will be closed on Monday, November 12

The library will be closed on Monday, November 12 for the Veterans Day holiday. Open as usual Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 1-5.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Vote Smart Program

The Library is very pleased that we have been selected to be the only stop on a national tour by VoteSmart.org president Richard Kimball on Thursday November 1st at 7pm. Richard Kimball  is touring the country to promote the research offered by his site VoteSmart.org and to let people know about the free access to the site which will give everyone who accesses it clear, up-to-date, and non-partisan information on every single candidate on the ballot this fall. Richard Kimball will speak in the McConnell Center Cafeteria located down the stairs at Door #2 at 61 Locust Street in Dover, NH at 7pm on Thursday, November 1. The event is co-sponsored by the Dover Democrats and the Stafford County Republicans. 

Vote Smart allows people to access files on every candidate in six key areas: Biography, Values, Positions, Ratings, and Speeches and Funding. Access is available free at the website http://votesmart.org or via toll-free Voter’s Research Hotline (1-888-VoteSmart). Copies of the Vote Smart’s 2018 “Voter’s Self-Defense Manual” will be available free to those who attend this program. Get there early to make sure you get one before they run out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Get Lit Wednesday, November 7

Join Dover Public Library's brand new book club as we discuss Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. Enjoy a specialty cocktail and discounted food courtesy of Sonny's Tavern. Copies of the book are available using Hoopla Digital and NH Overdrive. All are welcome! Wednesday, November 7, 6:30—7:30 PM at Sonny's Tavern
Get Lit

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Friends of the Library Annual Booksale

Doors open at 9am on Friday, October 26 for the Friends of the Library’s annual, two-week-long, gigantic fall booksale at the Dover Public Library. Only library cardholders will be able to purchase items on the first day of the sale so be sure to bring your Dover borrower’s card with you on the 26th! The sale opens to non-cardholders and the general public at 9am on Saturday, October 27.

Thousands of paperbacks, hardcover books, and media items for all ages will be available at prices from $.50 to $2.00. Many of the sale items are books donated to the library, while others are items discarded from the library’s collections. Booksale prices will be further reduced on Wednesday, October 31, and during Week #2 of the booksale, November 5-11, the remainder of the items will be sold for the bargain price of just $1.00 per bag or boxful. Any leftover books will be given away for free beginning Tuesday, November 13.

The library requests that no further book donations be made after October 8. Donations will again be accepted after November 18.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which last year donated over $15,000 to the library for museum passes, children’s and adult programs, furnishings and equipment. Applications to join the Friends of the Library are available at the library’s circulation desk.

Membership is $10 annually or $7 for seniors. Friends who work at the booksale receive a 50% discount on purchases.

For more information, please call the Circulation Desk at 603-516-6050.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 8:30pm; Thursday and Friday 9am to 5:30pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm; and Sunday 1-5pm. The Library will be closed on Monday, November 12 for the Veterans Day holiday.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

How Sweet It is! The Exciting Life of the Honey Bee on October 16, 7pm

The Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to present a fascinating slide program by renowned local beekeeper Wendy Booth on Tuesday evening, October 16 at 7pm in the library’s Lecture Hall.
          Wendy will share her passion for honey bees in “How Sweet It Is: the Exciting Life of the Honey Bee”.  Learn and laugh as you are amazed by these tiny insects that produce such a delicious sweet syrup. Come and hear about the bees’ division of labor, the many processes that result in their creation of honey, and the roles of Her Royal Highness the Queen, the workers and the drones.  
          Wendy Booth is past president of New Hampshire Beekeepers, 2018 Beekeeper of the Year NH, and has been featured on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle and with Laura Kinoy on NH Public Radio. She has many published bee photos to her credit.  All ages are welcome to attend and honey tasting will be offered.  For more information, call the Dover Public Library at (603) 516-6050.