Monday, September 29, 2014

Bicycle History with Zip Zamarchi, Tuesday, Oct. 14 @ 7pm

     On Tuesday evening, October 14 at 7pm, the Friends of the Library will present a very entertaining program by Zip Zamarchi of Eliot, Maine. Zip is a collector of a wide variety of bicycles and will talk about the development and social importance of bicycles.
     His collection, which he has been building for nearly 40 years, consists of approximately 70 bicycles, some of which will be on display in the library’s Lecture Hall that evening. “I have ridden since I was a child and am still riding today, in parades, socially and on trips,” says Zamarchi.  He believes his most interesting bike is an 1889 Elliot Hickory, spied as he drove by it and stopped to take a look. “It was a fortunate happenstance,” Zip says, “as Elliot Hickory bicycles, produced by inventor Sterling Elliot and his son Harmon in Newton, Mass., in the late 1800s, are so rare.”
      For more information on this free program, call the Dover Library at 603-516-6050. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lisette's List

I just finished Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland and just loved it.  I have enjoyed her others books such as Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon at the Boating Party and Clara and Mr. Tiffany.  This novel is a bit different in that it doesn't focus on one artist, but looks at several paintings that are owned by one of the characters.  The artists include Pissaro, Picasso, Cezanne, and Chagall.  Here is the jacket description of the book: 

 "A young Parisian woman is exiled to Provence to take care of her husband's ailing grandfather during the Vichy regime, but discovers that despite the horrors of war, the paintings of Cezanne, Pissaro, Chagall, and Picasso bring to life the landscape around her and allow her once again to experience love."  

You can enjoy a sample of the book by clicking on the link above.  The book available at the Dover Public Library, as well as an ebook download on Overdrive.

Book Group

12 of us attended last night's DPL Book Group to discuss The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler. Though the book received a tepid response from several members, the discussion was absolutely wonderful. Thanks to all that attended and helped me see parts of the book in a different light. Please join us for the next meeting on Monday, October 20 at 6:30pm to discuss Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Reserve Your Museum Pass Today!

We are very happy to introduce our new Museum Pass Reservation System!

Dover Public Library cardholders can now reserve any of the Library’s 16 museum passes online through our website! This is a great way for cardholders to see what we have to offer, and when a pass is available, without having to wait until the Library is open. Links are provided to each institution’s website, so you can quickly see what is on exhibition for that day. To reserve a pass you will need your Dover Public Library Card (in good standing: i.e. not owing us over $10), and your library PIN (which was originally set to the last 4 digits of your phone number). Don’t worry if you are uncomfortable reserving online, you can always call us at 516-6050, or come in. We will gladly do it for you. Passes will still be housed in the Children’s Room and at the Circulation Desk.

*Remember: your reservation is NOT your ticket into the museum.
You must visit the library in person to pick up the actual pass before you go!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Author Helen Peppe at Dover Library September 16

 The Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to present the first program in their fall Cultural Series” at the library. On Tuesday, September 16 at 7pm, come for an entertaining talk by Helen Peppe, author of the memoir  “Pigs Can’t Swim”.

              Peppe’s book recounts her haphazard youth as the youngest member of an eccentric, nine-child family on a hardscrabble Maine farm, where she and her siblings were raised in an atmosphere of sibling rivalry, poverty, male chauvinism, and absurd interactions with their animals and pets. In telling her wayward family tale, Peppe manages deadpan humor, an unerring eye for the absurd, and poignant compassion for her utterly overwhelmed parents. With feisty resilience and candor, she offers wry insight and moments of tenderness with family and animals. One reviewer said:  "Pigs Can't Swim” is an unruly, joyous troublemaker of a book. 
             Helen Peppe began writing stories, mostly about animals, on scraps of butcher paper when she was knee-high to a horse. (All of her furry characters lived happily ever after.) As a student, she wrote short stories and personal essays while working as a professional photographer specializing in horses and dogs.
            She lives near Portland, Maine, with her husband, Eric, her children, four dogs, four rescued rabbits, four guinea pigs, and two destructive kittens. For more information on this free program, call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Movies! Movies! Movies!

The Dover Public Library has announced its Saturday matinee schedule for September and October. Free movies start at 2pm in the library’s Lecture Hall.
Sept. 6        “Divergent”              (PG13; 2 hrs. 19 min.)
Sept. 13      “Muppets Most Wanted”     (PG; 1 hr. 42 min.)
Sept. 20      Disneynature documentary “Bears”  (G; 1 hr. 18 min.)
Sept. 27      “Godzilla”      (PG13; 2 hrs. 13 min.)
Oct. 4          “The Fault in Our Stars”    (PG; 2hrs. 6 min.)
Oct. 11       “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”     (PG; 1 hr. 28 min.)
Oct. 18        “Amazing Spider-Man 2”      (PG13; 2 hrs. 22 min.)

In addition, the library is kicking off a new movie series on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. On September 10th, the film “They Came Together”, a romantic comedy with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, will be shown. This film is rated R.
Movie goers may bring their own refreshments and popcorn! For more information, please call the library 516-6050 or view our Calendar of Events at

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Closed Labor Day weekend

The library will be closed Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

Regular fall hours begin Tuesday, September 2:
Mon, Tue, & Wed  9am to 8:30pm
Thu & Fri               9am to 5:30pm
Sat                        9am to 5pm

And also remember, our Saturday movie matinees restart on Sept. 6 with a 2pm showing of Divergent. (PG-13) (2 hrs, 19 min.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Story Times

Story Times for 2014-15 are about to begin!  This year, there have been a few changes made to the program. The first session of story times will begin the week of September 8-12 and continue for 6 weeks instead of five.  The two "Toddler" groups are the only story times that require registration.  All 3-6 year old preschool groups are "drop-in" and you may choose which one you would like to attend each week.
Session I (September 8 - October 17):
Story Times for Toddlers (21-36 months) 
Thursdays or Fridays, 9:30-10:15am

Toddlers (ages 21-36 months) and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend a 45-minute program which includes stories, finger plays, songs, puppets, and crafts.  These Story Times are intended for toddler and parent/caregiver to share together (not for families).  Registration is required.

Registration (limited to Dover Public Library card holders)
begins on Tuesday, September 2 and may be done in person or by phone. Sign-up begins at 9:00am (in person), and at 9:15am (by phone). Once a Story Time is filled (12 children with adults), we will add up to 5 names on the waiting list (children on the waiting lists will be signed up first for the following session).

Drop-in Preschool Story Times (3-6 year olds)
 Mondays, 1:30-2:15pm, Mondays, 7:00-7:45pm, or Tuesdays, 9:30-10:15am

Children ages 3-6 are invited to attend 45-minute programs which include stories, finger plays, songs and puppets.  Crafts and films are also offered several times each session.  Parents remain outside the story room.  No registration required (limited to Dover PublicLibrary card holders).

Drop-in Family Story Times

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:15am

Children of all ages are invited to attend a 45-minute program which includes stories, finger plays, songs and puppets, and crafts or films. Parents/caregivers remain with the children in the Lecture Hall for these groups. No registration required
(limited to Dover Public Library card holders).