Saturday, December 30, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
American Skin by Ken Bruen "an overlooked author, quite Irish, quite noir"
Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Just Listen by Sarah Dressen
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory "Jane Boleyn, Katherine Howard, and Anne of Cleves have their stories told by the incomparable Philippa Gregory"
The Uses of Enchantment by Heidi Julavits "The best writing I have read in a long time, this book has everything; abduction, amnesia and witchcraft"
The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The title of the last book in the Harry Potter series has been released by J.K. Rowling. It will be called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The author has said two characters will die in this book. There is no publication date for the novel yet. You won't get your next Harry Potter fix until this July when the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is released.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Finish your Christmas shopping at the Library. We offer an assortment of gifts unique to Dover.
Dover Public Library Bookback. The latest design of our popular bookbags has a zippered pocket inside, handy for keys and library cards, as well as a pocket on the front of the bag. $15.00
Birds Eye View of Dover 1888, a poster sized map from the Friends of the Library.$5.00
Notepaper featuring five historic scenes of Dover. $4.00
The Port of Dover: Two Centuries of Shipping on the Cochecho by Robert Whitehouse and Cathleen Beaudoin. $25.00
Factory on Fire! Cocheco Mill Blaze of 1907 Revealed DVD. $20.00
The Great Blaze: A Look Back at Dover's Deadly Mill Fire DVD. 12.95
2007 Dover Desk Calendar featuring historic Central Avenue photographs. $10.00
Come on in and see what else we have to offer!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I am very excited to see the movie Eragon based on the book of the same name by Christopher Paolini. I loved the book (epic fantasy including dragons), but I also love the author's story. He grew up in Montana and was home-schooled by his parents. One of his favorite pastimes was reading, and he spent much of his time at the local public library (I did not make that up!). At the ripe old age of 15 he started writing what would become Eragon. In 2002 his family decided to self-publish Eragon, and visited 135 public libraries, schools, & bookstores to do promotion. Did I mention that he attended these events in medieval costume? In the summer of 2002 Carl Hiaasen, whose step-son had read the book, brought the book to the attention of publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Knopf published Eragon and book two in the Inheritance Trilogy, Eldest. These books have been New York Times #1 bestsellers, New Hampshire 7th & 8th graders gave Eragon the Isinglass Award in 2005, and Eldest won a Quill Award. So by all means see the movie, but don't forget to also read the books.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
What bothered me in the article was the sentence that said, "Books not sold in the book sales are given away to schools and libraries ..." So in Step 1, the book was so used, so outdated, or so unwanted that the original owner dropped it in the Got Books bin to get rid of it. In Step 2, the book was not even interesting enough to sell for a discount at a warehouse sale! So, its next evolution is to offer it to schools and libraries? Since when did we become the book home of last resort? Why would anyone think that we would want third-hand leftovers? Why would anyone assume that a library would be happy to accept scraps? Our customers want new titles, the hot DVDs, current music, and the latest bestsellers on audio and tape.
Here in Dover, we encourage you to donate your used books directly to the library. Yes, we do get plenty of clunkers (like the four boxes of '80s management textbooks that came on Monday) that go directly to our next booksale or to the recycling center, but on Saturday we also got a wonderful donation of the two brand new novels by Robert Parker and Michael Connelly! We have about a dozen people waiting to read these two books, so we will gratefully add them to our collection.
Twice a year we have fantastic booksales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. By the time of the next sale in April, those two Parker and Connelly novels will probably be past their height of popularity and we can take those extra copies and put them in the sale. $4.00 for the Friends! The Friends of the Library make thousands of dollars at our sales; funds that go right back into programs and services and equipment for the library. Did you know that all of our family museum passes are purchased for us by the Friends? That service alone costs over $2000 annually.
So while I wish Got Books the best of luck in their business--- they've seen a niche and are acting on it, I still prefer the direct-to-the-library route for your book (and media) donations.
Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled volumes yearning to breathe free...! We'll keep what we need, sell the rest, and use the profits to purchase more library stuff you really want. Let's not use the middleman!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it’s already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence. The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable.
A few facts to consider:
· The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.
· Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet
above sea level.
· The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.
· At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming,
moving closer to the poles.
To read more visit www.climatecrisis.net and/or borrow the library’s copy of the book “An Inconvenient Truth: the Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It” by Al Gore.
Location: Library Lecture Hall (top floor)
Length: 1 hour
Benefit to your child: Priceless!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
If you're glued to the TV during football season, you may as well read a book during the commercials, timeouts, or interminable coaches' challenges. There are several great new football titles just out including: Charlie Weis's "No Excuses: one man's incredible rise through the NFL to head coach of Notre Dame"; Tom Callahan's "Johnny U: the life and times of John Unitas"; "Moving the Chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything" by Charles P. Pierce; and Michael Lewis's "The Blind Side: evolution of a game" about football's invaluable left tackle position. Get a gridiron book before you settle down in your armchair after that turkey dinner!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Join us at the Dover Public Library this Saturday, Nov. 18th at 2:00pm to watch the animated movie Monster House. Monster House is about three teens who discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster but no adults will believe them. When they disturb the house creepy events start to take place and they must save the neighborhood in this animated adventure.
To see a full listing of movies at the library click here.
As always our movies are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Fast Food Nation is based on the book of the same name by Eric Schlosser. It is one of the most fascinating and schocking non-fiction books I have read in a long time.
Fur: An Imaginary Year starring Nicole Kidman is based on the biography Diane Arbus by Patricia Bosworth.
A Good Year starring Russell Crowe is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Mayle.
Little Children starring Jennifer Connelly and Kate Winslet is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta.
Running With Scissors starring Annette Bening and Alex Baldwin is based on the book of the same name by Augusten Burroughs.
Infamous starring Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock is based on the biography of Truman Capote by George Plimpton. Critics say this is an even better portrayal of Truman Capote than seen in the film Capote.
The Prestige starring Hugh Jackman is based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Priest.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Rabid Reader offers book and audiobook reviews. Take a look at what we have been reading, tell us what you are reading, have a discussion on books. You can search the wiki using the navigation box on the left side, or by putting key words in the search box. Type in dogs or England if you want to see how the search results will appear.
We Remember Dover is a wiki of Dover history that we would like to serve to collect memories of Dover citizens, like an oral history. All who live in Dover, or who’ve lived here previously, are encouraged to share what they know. Feel free to add your memories about such places as Siegel’s City, Chris’ Hot Dogs, or the Dover Children’s Home.
Adding a new page to the wiki is as easy as sending e-mail.
To add a new topic:
On the main page, click on “add a new page”
Enter a page name.
You can enter “key word tags” so someone can search by topic.
Click on “add page’ and you are done!
We invite your contributions and involvement. Our wikis can only be as good as their participants.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The six (6) polling places in Dover are as follows:
WARD 1 - St. Mary' Church Hall - Chestnut St.
WARD 2 - First Parish Church Hall - Central Avenue
WARD 3 - Langdon Place - Middle Road
WARD 4 - Veterans Building - Back River Rd.
WARD 5 - St. John's Methodist Church - Cataract Avenue.
WARD 6 - Riverside Rest Home - County Farm Road
If you are not sure which ward you are in, click here.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Looking for a new search engine? Try this one, Ms Dewey
YouTube has been much on the news lately. This is one of my favorite videos, isn't every librarian a super librarian?
One of the Librarians found this magical library video today.
If you would like to be educated as well as entertained, take a look at a one of our favorite blogs- French Word-A-Day
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Nov. 7th, 2006 is Election Day and not only will we be voting for candidates, but we will also be voting for 2 Constitutional Amendments. Are you prepared? Visit the libary's Voting Information page to find out where to vote, to see a sample ballot, and to read a Voters' Guide to the 2 amendments. See you at the polls.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Helpers of all ages were setting up for the Library's big FALL BOOKSALE this week. The sale starts Saturday, October 28, at 9am for Dover Public Library cardholders only. The general public is welcome Sunday, October 29 at 1pm. There will be thousands of hardcover books, paperbacks, and AV materials for children and adults available with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2. In addition, these prices are reduced every few days. The sale continues through Sunday, November 12.
Monday, October 23, 2006
By now you have probably heard that the library has access to OverDrive, a service that allows our patrons to download audio books to an MP3 player for free. But did you know this service is not just for adults? There are plenty of titles of interest to teens such as Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Maximum Ride by James Patterson, Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (as well as other titles by Meg), and Eragon by Chris Paolini. Listening to a book, even if you have already read the book, can be fun. A good reader can bring characters to life and make you look at the book in a new light. Give it a try; go to the library's web site and click on "Download Audio Books".
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Take a fascinating and psychological look at the artwork of infamous convicted murderers drawn right from the news headlines. Criminal justice lecturer John Olszewski will be exhibiting art he has collected from personal interviews with murderers, and discussing the backgrounds of these individuals behind the art. Click here to see a complete listing of Friends of the Library events.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The Curious George books have sold millions of copies, and yet for the war-time escape of the authors, H.A. and Margret Rey, the story of the adventurous monkey might never have been. This dramatic story is revealed in the book; The Journey that Saved Curious George: the True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond. This compelling biography for all ages is located in the Children’s Room.
Pick out a Curious George book and this biography and enjoy together!
Monday, October 02, 2006
The Friends of the Library Annual Fall booksale will start Saturday, October 28, at 9am for Dover Public Library cardholders only. The general public is welcome Sunday, October 29 at 1pm. There will be thousands of hardcover books, paperbacks, and AV materials for children and adults available at great prices. Sale ends November 13.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Downloadable audiobooks can be checked out for 7 days now. This means a shorter waiting period for audiobooks you want to listen to. Just be sure to transfer those books on to CDs or your MP3 player before the 7 day period is up.
Audiobooks that you already have checked out will still have a 14 day circulation period.
Also, keep in mind that you can only have 3 titles checked out at a time. If you put an audiobook on reserve, don't check out more than 2 books or you will not be able to download your reserved title when it becomes available.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
This year, no one asked to see the Swimsuit Issue. Not one person. The lovely models languished unseen, between the library pamphlets and the reserve bookshelf. However, stealth still has its place in the library. This year, we began a subscription to Everyday with Rachael Ray, a new cooking magazine produced by the exuberant "please don't call me a chef"/talk show/travel show/Food Network host. Every Rachael Ray magazine has been stolen! Gone, all of them, every issue!
I'm no psychologist or demographer, but what does this say about our Dover patrons? Cooking now trumps sex? I'm stumped. What can I tell you except that Sports Illustrated is now on the magazine shelf and the newest (and only) issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray hides behind the Circulation Desk. Your comments and analysis are welcome...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Free and open to the public. BYOP(popcorn)!
Friday, September 15, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
In partnership with the New Hampshire State Library, the Dover Public Library is offering this new service to cardholders. We hope you will be as excited as we are by the huge variety of interesting books to listen to like Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, The 5th Horseman by James Patterson, and David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall. In fact, three Librarians ran out and bought MP3 players just so we could make full use of this program. Another really cool thing about downloading audiobooks; you never have to return them and there are never late fees!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
On the edge of Johannesburg, Tsotsi's life has no meaning beyond survival but after a carjacking goes bad, and he is left to care for his victim's infant son, his life takes a sharp turn towards redemption.
This film is in Afrikaans and English with English subtitles and is rated "R" for violence and language. Tsotsi starts at 6pm in the Library Lecture Hall and admission if FREE!
Monday, August 28, 2006
This year, 513 children registered to read books and earn prizes. That is the highest number of sign-ups ever for our summer programs.
Our drop-in story hour had 409 children and parents visit over the summer, and 142 children and parents came to our summer movies. Our pirate-themed crafts were huge this year- 1,818 crafts were made! That is 700 more than last year. On a beautiful day in August we held our summer party on the front lawn, and 139 people enjoyed the weather, the party food, the raffles, and our children's entertainer, Stephen Blunt.
It is gratifying to see so many kids involved in reading over the summer- we wish them all the best for the coming school year.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
This Teen Summer Reading Program has been our most successful ever with twice as many kids participating as last year. The participants wrote 86 books reviews and read for a combined total of 925 hours. I am happy to report that reading is alive and well in Dover.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Yesterday, the 2nd hottest day of the year, we reconfigured two rooms on the main floor of the library, moving heavy furniture and several collections. Our 101-year old Carnegie building was never constructed to hold our ever-growing collections of DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks in various formats. In 1905, the library opened with sturdy oak built-in bookshelves, only bookshelves. Who could have imagined anything else? Well, 100 years later, we had pretty much stuffed our Browse Room, the "happenin'" place for new books, with all kinds of multimedia and the storage units that hold them. Patrons could hardly move around in there without bumping into free-standing shelving units or other people!
Alternately, our bigger Reference Room was growing smaller, print-wise. So many reference sources are now accessed online that our physical collection of non-circulating books was growing smaller. Hence, the move!
We consolidated and shifted and were able to empty almost 1/4 of the reference shelves. Yesterday, the DVDs, the music CDs, and the movies on video took their new place in the front left of the Reference Room. (By the way, feel free to ask our adjacent reference librarians about any of these items: the librarians there can answer all questions about all collections, not just ones that strictly use reference books!)
Back in the now-spacious Browse Room, we moved the "New Mysteries" and "Fast Reads" sections, the "New Biographies", the audio books, and positioned a table for six in the middle.
New signage is our next project, but in the meantime, just ask!
Monday, July 31, 2006
This is a photo from our online historical Dover photograph collection. This is one of the Cocheco Mfg. Company's electric cars. The photograph was taken in 1909 by C.P. Silva, and a typed note on the back of the photograph states "The mill owners used the most efficient and up-to-date transport available. The electric cars were merely adapted wagons that suited the company's ambitions." c. 1890's.
Apparently there were "smart cars" back in the 1890's! See more of our historic photographs at http://images.dover.lib.nh.us.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Our Dover Historical Images web site is still in its infancy, but 50,002 visitors previewed some of the 600 photos we have available. If you have not looked at this part of our web site follow the link for "Dover History Online". Besides the usual historical photographs of churches, schools, etc. be sure to look at the Circus Collection, the fire and flood pictures, as well as the mystery photos that you may be able to help us identify.
Comments and suggestions about our web site are always welcome.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Who do you think will die?
Thursday, June 22, 2006
September 10 Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
October 22 Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
November 19 The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
December No Meeting - Happy Holidays!
January 21 White Teeth by Zadie Smith
February 18 The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
March 18 The Music Lesson by Katherine Weber
April 15 The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
May 20 Are Men Necessary? : When Sexes Collide by Maureen Dowd
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
One of my favorite novels by Carolyn Haines is Touched. The story takes place in a small southern town that is shaken up by the arrival of a bold, unconventional woman and her young daughter, Duncan. When Duncan is hit by lightning she gains the ability to foretell the future. The townspeople are convinced that she has been marked by the devil. The novel is reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird in the stifling small town atmosphere and the courage required of a few remarkable characters to do stand against common opinion and do what is right.
Read these memorable books while summer thunderstorms rage overhead!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
Runners up were:
Blood Trail by Nancy Springer
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
A Time for Dancing by Davida Hurwin
The Isinglass Award is an award voted on by seventh and eighth graders in local seacoast communities.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Before all this happens, the old building must be brought up to code. Plumbing and electrical lines must be replaced or updated, a sprinkler system is being added as well as two new elevators. In addition, water and sewer connections to the McConnell Center and the Library are being upgraded and repaired. Crews will also regrade and repave the driveway entrance to the parking lot, making it wider and safer.
Blueprints for the interior of the building are available for viewing in the Reference Department.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Audiobook of the Year
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase by Douglas Adams
(Dover Public Library owns this)
Q&A by Vikas Swarup
A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin
(Dover Public Library owns this)
Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
(Dover Public Library owns this)
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
(Dover Public Library owns this)
The Truth (With Jokes) by Al Franken
(Dover Public Library owns this)
Click here for a complete list (PDF file)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Last night was the library's 4th annual Evening of Poetry and over 100 people were on hand to enjoy the festivities. Approximately 30 young poets shared their work. The library would like to thank our five poetry judges who spent hours reading and re-reading every poem before making their difficult decisions. The judges were Janice Alberghene, John Michael Albert, Maria Faskianos, Joseph Nadeau, and Marsha Pelletier.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Just in time for that first trip to the beach the Friends of the Dover Library have a brand new book bag for sale. Reminiscent of a popular "boating bag" our large green and white canvas tote features an inside zippered compartment for valuables as well as a top zipper to keep out the elements AND an outside pocket for those all important lists of "books to read." At $15 our tote is a great bargain and benefits a great cause, your library.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Dover Public Library’s
4th Annual Poetry Contest
The Dover Public Library would like to announce the winners of our 4th Annual Poetry Contest. Over 600 entries were received and we would like to congratulate all who entered. We would like to thank our judges: Janice Alberghene, John Michael Albert, Maria Faskianos, Joseph Nadeau, and Marsha Pelletier.
Honorable Mention: Adam Slater, Grade K, Horne St. School (tie)
Ellen Blezinsky, Grade 1, Horne St. School (tie)
Honorable Mention: Annie Batchelder, Grade 3,
Honorable Mention: Robert Valarese, Grade 6,
Honorable Mention: Marena Hoogeveen, Grade 8,
Kenny Lavallee, Grade 8,
Honorable Mention: Sara Smith, Grade 10,
Molly Hearn, Grade 10,
Honorable Mention: Nicole Loring, Grade 11,
Matt LeMoyne, Grade 12,
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Amber Room by Steve Berry, The Confessor by Daniel Silva, The Eight by Katherine Neville and An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. You can also look under the Readers' Choices tab in the online catalog then choose New Items & Suggestions to get the complete list without visiting the Library.
No, it's not that "other" story. Inspired by The Da Vinci Code, local attorney Alfred Thomas Catalfo created a 35 minute film parody. The trailer for the film is garnishing quite a bit of attention, it will even be featured on the ABC World News Tonight this Thursday. If you don't see it on the News tonight, you can watch it on the internet.
PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN DOVER is an alphabetical listing of those nursery schools and kindergartens whose directors have provided us with information about their schools. In April 1977 when the staff of the Dover Public Library's Children's Room started to create a list of area preschools, we were pleasantly surprised by the abundance of valuable information we received in response to our questionnaire. We decided not to try to condense or edit replies, but to include them, as written, in a booklet. The "Pre-school Education in Dover" booklet is updated yearly and nine copies are made available for borrowing.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
If you are planning on attending “Factory on Fire” with your family, you may want to look at the reading list the Children’s Room has created. You will find many intriguing books on what life was like for young girls in who worked in the mills.
The Library also has scanned many historical photographs of the
For those of you who don’t know, “Factory on Fire! The Cocheco Mill Blaze of 1907 Revealed” is a historic reenactment of
Tithe by Holly Black
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Haunted by Meg Cabot
The Truth About Forever by Sara Dessen
Powder Monkey by Paul Dowswell
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Contact the main desk at 516-6050.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
The Library has started receiving several new magazines recently:
Betty Crocker Recipe Magazine
Everyday with Rachel Ray
Make- Technology on your time
Old House Journal’s New Old House
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
You may also want to look at the lists of Sundance Film Festival and Golden Globe nominated films.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
We also have copies of recent books in excellent condition for sale. Prepare for your summer vacation by getting a stack of great books to read!
1 At First Sight by Elizabeth Chandler
2 Blue Smoke by Norah Roberts
3 The House by Danielle Steel
4 A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve
5 The Camel Club by David Baldacci
6 Just Rewards byBarbara Taylor Bradford
7 Chill Factor by Sandra Brown
8 No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
9 Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons
10 True Believer by Nicholas Sparks