Monday, September 14, 2020

Virtual Cookbook Club

Join us for a virtual exploration of Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines. Throughout the month of September, send in pictures of your dishes created with recipes from the book and a small description of your cooking process, how you felt about the recipe, and/or your thoughts on the book. We will share your creations on our social media pages throughout the month. Photos can be sent to Emily at, or tag us on Instagram @doverpubliclibrary. A copy of the book will be available at the main circulation desk to photocopy recipes, and it is also available on Hoopla Digital.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Mother Goose on the Loose!

Hello families! Miss JoJo would love it if you could join her every Friday (beginning 9/18/20) at 10am for Mother Goose On The Loose! This program is best for babies through early pre-k, siblings are always welcome. This session will be held via our Ring Central Virtual programming. You must register with your library card to get an access invite the morning of each story time. Be ready to sing songs, learn rhymes, hear short stories and see all of Miss JoJo's puppets! Feel free to email Miss JoJo with any questions at

Read to a Librarian

 Would your child enjoy some extra VIP reading time? Are they missing their favorite story hour? We are here to help! We have been running a very special program all summer and would like to extend it into the school year. You can now sign your child up to Read WITH a Librarian! We are opening this program to pre-k students (not quite reading) through 3rd graders. All reading levels are welcome! This program will be offered most Mondays and Wednesdays. Mondays are virtual through our Ring Central program (with Miss JoJo) and NEW this Fall we have added in-person drop-ins on Wednesdays 3-4:30pm (with Miss Karin and Miss Tina). Hit this link for more information. You may email Miss Jojo with any questions

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Backyard Birding

Join Open World Explorers for this engaging and interactive online presentation featuring common and migrant visitors in New England. Learn identification tips, how to use feed to attract a diverse population and get to know the birds in your backyard!
The free program will be held online through Ring Central and registration is required to access the login information:

Trivia on the Lawn September 19


Teams of up to six players are invited to play this trivia game hosted by Tish Sims. Trivia will be a mixed bag of topics and suitable for all ages. Families are welcome to participate. Prize (and bragging rights) awarded to the winning team.
Participation will be limited to the first 50 people. No registration is required. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack and a blanket or chair to sit on. In order to stay safe, the library will be practicing social distancing measures and ask that trivia teams wear masks when they are not seated. The use of cell phones is prohibited and will result in disqualification.

Join the Non-fiction Book Club

Hello history buffs and lifelong learners! Matter of Fact is a book club all about non-fiction. We're starting with Lies my Teacher Told Me, available in the library and on Hoopla! First meeting is Wednesday, October 7 at 10 AM on the lawn.





 Registration required:

For questions, reach out to Aidan at

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The Library Will be Closed for the Labor Day Weekend

The Library will be closed for the Labor Day weekend, September 5-7. We'll reopen on Tuesday, September 8 with new hours, including full Saturdays from 9am-5pm. 

Monday-Tuesday 9am-8:30pm
Wednesday- Saturday 9am-5:00pm


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Summer Reading Program Prizes

Have you picked up your Summer Reading Prizes yet? If you received an e-mail from ReadSquared or the library letting you know that you’ve won a prize, please stop by main circulation desk (teens & adults) or the Children’s Room to claim your prize! If you are unable to pick up your prize within the next week, please call us at (603) 516-6050 or send an email to and let us know.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Join Us for a Movie on the Library Lawn

All movies will be played on the library’s front lawn. Showings will be limited to the first 50 people. No registration is required. You are welcome to bring a snack and a blanket or chair to sit on. In order to stay safe, the library will be practicing social distancing measures and ask that movie-goers wear a mask when they are not seated.



Thursday, August 06, 2020

Cool Stuff the Library Has You may not know About

You can check these out!

A birding Bag 

A Star Gazing Kit

An Orion Starblast Telescope

A killowatt energy detector

6 Kindles

A toy library

Makey Makeys

Backpack Kits – themed books and toys in a backpack

Binge Boxes- collections of 4-6 movie DVDs, centered on a film theme or actor 

Maker tools- glass kiln for fusing glass, electric staple/nail gun, yarn winder, rotary cutter and self healing mats, screen printing equipment, light box, jewelry making tools, bead loom, button maker, easel, rug hooking frame, and a metal detector

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

A Hurricane in Dover 65 Years Ago

Did you know in August 25, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit Dover?

The Library skylight caved in during this storm, narrowly missing Librarian Anne Elizabeth Leach.Nine windows were broken in St. Mary's School. Moore's Boatyard was almost wiped out and the B & M freight shed was blown to the ground. The First Parish Church lost two stained glass windows and several windows in the Steeple. An Orchard Street tree came down on cars belonging to Armand Dureau, John Dubois, and George Webster. Foster's Daily Democrat could not be published for the first time in 82 years due to the power outage.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Local author Michael C. Ward will be returning to the library – virtually!

Ward will talk about his family’s experience as the “Index of Integration” in the virtual presentation “The Colored Folks Ain’t Gonna Make It: A Black American Experience” hosted by the Dover Public Library on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30pm. The free program will be held online through Ring Central. Registration is required to access the login information. You do not need to be a library card holder to attend.

The presentation will include stories from Ward’s Sketches of Lee collection, which chronicles his family’s history combating the racial stereotypes of the 50’s. Signed copies of the first two volumes in the collection, A Colored Man in Exeter and The Colored Folks Ain’t Gonna Make It, will be available for purchase at the library until August 24. Payment can be made through cash or check.

Ward began writing his family’s history in 2015 when his father Harold was in the hospital with weeks to live. He recalled him saying, “Michael, I want you to write the stories of our existence. I want my great-grandchildren to know where they came from.” Since then Ward has been fulfilling his father’s last request and recounting the stories of his family.

The Ward family was led by Harold and Virginia, a couple with strong convictions and compassion that they passed down to their children. As the first African-Americans in the area, the family encountered many people who had never spoken to or seen someone of color before and were relentless in disproving stereotypes of that era, eventually becoming respected members of the community.

To register visit…/the-colored-folks…/ or call the library at (603) 516-6050.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Stream Music Free on Hoopla!

Great news for Taylor Swift fans - the surprise album folklore is now available on Hoopla Digital! Don’t have an account yet? Just visit or download the Hoopla app and use your Dover Public Library card number to get started. For more information on using Hoopla, visit our Download page.

Keep Audiobooks Out of the Heat

Remember the old stickers on VHS rental tapes, Be Kind, Rewind? We would like to adapt that here at the library for our audiobooks. Be kind, don't keep Library audiobooks in your car during a heat wave. They do get damaged. Not as catchy, I know. A twelve disc audiobook has already been returned with heat damaged discs.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Try a Handpicked Book

Are you unsure what to read next, in a book rut, or are you looking for books that will capture your child's imagination? Let us help. Answer a few quick questions about your reading habits, and let us do the rest. We will gather some books and put them on hold for you.You can choose to pick them up through our Holds Pickup Service, or you can come in the library and check them out. This is a free service for all ages of readers. To start, fill out this form: