Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Library is Opening for Computer Use


The Library will be opening our doors for computer and copier use only starting this Thursday, May 21.  Our hours will be Monday – Friday from 9 to 5.  Ten Library patrons will be allowed in the building at a time, with a 1-hour use limit.  If you would like to make an appointment to use a computer you can do so at https://www.picktime.com/c6f24583-41a2-49aa-b2e9-c485a244dc0e.  However, we will also have computers available for walk-ins.  Please come in the front door of the Library and up to the adult circulation desk.  We will require our patrons to wear masks and will provide one if necessary.   Strict social distancing rules will be in place.



We are still offering our Book Pick-up Service for those wishing to check out materials. 

The Book Pick-up Service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-12 and 4-6.  Patrons who wish to pick up books that they have put on hold need to make a reservation via our form https://forms.gle/jFUHojpeT8cuADS47, through email at libraryquestions@dover.nh.gov, or by calling 516-6050 (we are answering our phones Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm). 


The deadline for picking up books is as follows:
To pick up items on Monday, make your reservation by Friday at 10 AM
To pick up items on Wednesday, make your reservation by Tuesday at 10 AM
To pick up items on Friday, make your reservation by Thursday at 10 AM


We are limiting reservations to 60 patrons per shift to avoid crowding.  Please follow social distancing rules, and patiently wait behind the taped line if there is someone already at the table.  We kindly ask that you wear a mask when picking up your books.


To pick up your books, go to the Children’s Room entrance, and there will be tables under our portico.  Holds for each patron will be wrapped in paper with the first three letters of your last name, and first initial, written on the paper. They will be arranged alphabetically, and the items will already be checked out to you. Just grab and go! 


Please be patient with us as we explore how to best support our patrons during turbulent times.  We welcome comments and suggestions at libraryquestions@dover.nh.gov. 


We wish we could tell you when we will be re-opening our doors, but given the uncertainty at many levels, that is just not possible at this time.  We miss seeing all of you and look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

2020 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all who participated! 

Dover Public Library’s
18th Annual Poetry Contest


The Dover Public Library would like to announce the winners of our 18th Annual Poetry Contest. We would like to thank our judges: Janice Alberghene, John Michael Albert, Maria Faskianos, Marcia Goodnow, and Marsha Pelletier.

Category 1: 
1st Place: Vivian Flaherty, Grade 2, Woodman Park School
2nd Place: Aidan Knauf, Grade 2, Woodman Park School 
3rd Place : Noel Mathew, Grade 1, Portsmouth Christian Academy
Honorable Mention: Jada Vong, Grade 1, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                                Mae Pixley, Grade 1, Portsmouth Christian Academy

Category 2: 
1st Place: Brady Russell, Grade 3, St. Mary Academy
2nd Place: Mela Boos, Grade 4, Garrison School 
3rd Place: Emma Semertgakis, Grade 4, Garrison School
Honorable Mention: Erin Hurley, Grade 4, St. Mary Academy

Category 3: 
1st Place: Isabella Paola, Grade 5, Dover Middle School
2nd Place: Liza Hayward, Grade 5, Dover Middle School
3rd Place: Penelope Henry Grade 5, Dover Middle School
Honorable Mention: Samuel Gorman, Grade 6, Dover Middle School

Category 4: 
1st Place: Huxley Schintzius, Grade 7, Dover Middle School
2nd Place: Advay Nomula, Grade 8, Dover Middle School
3rd Place: Rachel Bachrach, Grade 7, Dover Middle School
Honorable Mention: Adrienne Milhauser, Grade 7, Berwick Academy

Category 5: There were no poems submitted in the 9th and 10th grade category.

Category 6: 1st Place: Saroya Kinville, Grade 11, Dover High School
2nd Place: Rachel Pincince, Grade 12, Homeschooled

There will be no Evening of Poetry this year.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Book Pick-Up Service to Resume on May 11


We are very excited to announce that we will be resuming our Book Pick-Up Service starting on Monday, May 11th, and at the same time will be opening our book drops for returns.  The Book Pick-up Service will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-12 and 4-6.  Patrons who wish to pick up books that they have put on hold need to make a reservation via our form https://forms.gle/jFUHojpeT8cuADS47, through email at libraryquestions@dover.nh.gov, or by calling 516-6050 (we are answering our phones Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm). 

The deadline for picking up books is as follows:
To pick up items on Monday, make your reservation by Friday at 10 AM
To pick up items on Wednesday, make your reservation by Tuesday at 10 AM
To pick up items on Friday, make your reservation by Thursday at 10 AM


We are limiting reservations to 40 patrons per shift to avoid crowding.  Please follow social distancing rules, and patiently wait behind the taped line if there is someone already at the table.  There will be a staff member on hand  if you need help.  We will be wearing masks for your protection, and we ask that you wear a mask to protect us.

To pick up your books, go to the Children’s Room entrance, and there will be tables under our portico.  Holds for each patron will be wrapped in paper with the first three letters of your last name, and first initial, written on the paper. They will be arranged alphabetically, and the items will already be checked out to you. Just grab and go! 

Please be patient with us as we explore how to best offer our Book Pick-up Service in the most efficient manner.  We welcome comments and suggestions at libraryquestions@dover.nh.gov.  We wish we could tell you when we will be re-opening our doors, but given the uncertainty at many levels, that is just not possible at this time.  We miss seeing all of you-- talking about great books we have read, exchanging news, and just seeing a friendly face!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Who Lived on Your Street in 1905?


You can find out who lived on your street, or in your house from 1830-1928 by looking at Dover City Directories Online. The directories are fully key word searchable; you can search by a person’s name, address, street, or business. Find out how many people with your surname lived in Dover in 1840, and what they did for work. You can search here at the Library, or at home. You don’t need a password. Just go to the library website library.dover.nh.gov, click on the Learning and Research tab, and then choose Dover City Directories and Yearbooks Online.