Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lecture and Book Signing with Julie Boardman, Author of Death in the White Mountains

Julie Boardman, author of the book Death in the White Mountains, will present a program based on her book at the Dover Public Library on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm.

Death in the White Mountains is the first book to focus on fatalities in the entire region. Boardman points out that “a great deal has been written about deaths on Mount Washington, yet in recent years, more people have died elsewhere in the White Mountains. I wanted people to realize that dangers exist in many areas.”
   Using a variety of sources, she compiled a list of 219 hikers, climbers and backcountry skiers who have died.Each of the first nine chapters of the book is devoted to a cause of death. These include falls, hypothermia, natural causes, avalanches, drowning, lightning strikes and freak accidents, lost hikers who were never found, hypothermia, and murder. 

Julia Boardman is the author of When Women and Mountains Meet, a book about the women who shaped the interesting history of the White Mountains. Her work has appeared in Appalachia (the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club), Sierra (the magazine of the Sierra Club), Connecticut Audubon and many other publications. Since moving to New London, New Hampshire in 1990, she has hiked extensively throughout New England and climbed all the peaks in the region that are over 4,000 feet high.

Copies of Death in the White Mountains will be for sale at the event for the special price of $15. She will be pleased to inscribe books also.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Musician Cormac McCarthy entertains on September 18 @ 7pm

The Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to host a performance by noted musician and poet Cormac McCarthy on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm. Hitch a ride into small town life through McCarthy’s original songs and stories from his fifth recording, “Collateral”.
     Meet the slightly odd townsfolk enjoying a Saturday night dance at “The Marigold Hal”; the homeless man who gets himself thrown in jail seeking a warm bed for the winter in “Adrift in the Mountains”; the weary millworker in “River Round the Bend”; and “The Cadillac Man” who lives in his Coupe de Ville at a campground.
     Cormac portrays a variety of characters on the edge of society, giving focus to the social fabric around them. His presentation is filled with insight, humor, and poignancy. One music critic has called McCarthy “the closest thing New England’s ever come to having our own Woody Guthrie.”
      Come join in this musical celebration of the common heart of America.  Everyone is welcome to attend in the Library’s Lecture Hall. For more information, please call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Library Will be Closed for the Labor Day Weekend

The Library will be closed Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor Day. You can still download books, audiobooks and magazines from NH Downloadable Books or movies, audiobooks, books, and music from Hoopla while we are closed.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Dover High School Yearbooks Are Online!

No doubt it has been sad for past students and teachers of Dover High School to watch the final days of the old school building. I am happy to announce that the old DHS will live on in the cyber world. The Library's Dover City Directories database now includes Dover High School year books from 1915-1916, and 1940-2013. You can search by name, by year, activity or sport. Anyone is welcome to use the database, there are no passwords or restrictions. It's so much fun to look through them, give it a try and spread the word to your old classmates!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Celebrate Harry Potter at the Library on July 28!

Eternal glory awaits you at the Dover Public Library’s third annual Harry Potter Day!
Join us and participate in the Triwizard Tournament on Saturday, July 28 from 9am to 12pm for an early celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday. The event will end with a Harry Potter trivia competition at 12pm.

Attendees will be whisked away to Hogwarts through Platform 9 ¾ where their personality traits will help to decide which house they belong to. After they are sorted, they will represent Hogwarts in the 2018 Triwizard Tournament against rival schools Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Their training will begin with picking out the perfect wand at Ollivander’s; practicing “nox”/“lumos” spells by making a light switch cover; and creating an owl companion to help them along the way.

Champions will try their hand at several “extremely dangerous” tasks. They must attempt to steal away an egg from a dragon in a Quidditch match; locate lost Hogwarts objects in a Scavenger Hunt for a chance to enter a raffle for a Harry Potter prize; navigate a maze to find the Goblet of Fire and put their name in the cup; and challenge Voldemort to a duel in the photo booth area. A Harry Potter-themed Escape Room will also be available throughout the day for those who pre-register for a spot. Attendees can then celebrate at the Yule Ball with some butterbeer and other refreshments.

Individuals dressed in their finest witch and wizard wardrobes are invited to participate in a costume contest to win a special Harry Potter prize at 10am. The contest is for all ages and a panel of judges will decide the winning costume. Another Harry Potter prize will be awarded to the winning team in the Harry Potter trivia competition.

In addition, witches and wizards can help “Feed the Muggles!” by bringing one non-perishable item with them to donate to the Harry Potter Day food drive. Each person who brings an item will receive a lightning bolt keychain while supplies last. The food drive will continue at the library until Saturday, August 11. All donations will go to the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County’s food pantry. The drive is sponsored by OWLS, a local community service group affiliated with the library, and a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance.

Harry Potter Day festivities continue on Tuesday, July 31 at 6pm when the library will be showing a special Interactive Movie version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in the Lecture Hall. Those registered to attend will receive a gift bag filled with props, and a script to help act out the scenes in the movie. Costumes are encouraged and registration is required. To sign up, call or visit the library’s website.

Harry Potter Day is free and open to the public. For more information about the celebration activities, visit or call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050. Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 9am-8:30pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-5:30pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Attention All Cooks!

In conjunction with “Dover Dines Restaurant Week”, the Friends of the Dover Public Library will hold a special “Cookbooks Only” booksale for one week at the library’s main desk from Monday, July 16 through Saturday, July 21.  Prices will range from $1.00 to $3.00 and the stock will include a very large selection of softcovers and hardcovers, local community cookbooks, exotic foreign cuisines, and everything in between.
The sale will take place during regular library hours: Monday---Wednesday 9am to 8:30pm; Thursday---Friday 9am to 5:30pm; and Saturday 9am to 1pm.  Proceeds from the sale will help the Friends of the Library continue to fund special library programs, museum passes, equipment, and furnishings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Join the Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, July 18 from 10am to 7:30pm
Grab some friends and join us for a Scavenger Hunt through the city of Dover.  Teams of 2 or more will be asked to find landmarks, take pictures in certain locations, and be tested on their knowledge of their home town.  This is an all-ages event, but we will have prize winners in 3 categories:  preschool to 5th grade, 6th grade to 12th grade, and adults. Fastest team in each category wins a $25 Cowlicks Dairy Bar gift card!  Your team will register at the library any time after 10am but you must be back at the Library before we close at 8:30pm.  I would suggest leaving at least 1 ½ hours to complete the course.