Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Downloadable Audiobooks Now Circulate For 7 Days

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

What does this say about our community?

For years now, we've had to stash the annual Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated behind the Circulation Desk. Not because we wanted to censor it: we would hand it over to anyone who asked to see it; but because if we left it on the shelves displayed alongside other magazines' current issues, it would somehow disappear! Year after year, we would lose the SI swimsuit issue within days of receiving it. Then we wised up and starting protecting the bathing beauties behind the desk.

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 Movies at the Library

The Library has a full slate of movies planned for this fall; to see a full listing click here. There is something for all ages from Disney movies to documentaries. Our next one is Curious George: Show Me the Monkey on Saturday, Oct. 7th at 2:00pm in the Lecture Hall.

Free and open to the public. BYOP(popcorn)!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Library Trustee Needed

The Library Board of Trustees will have a vacant seat as of November. This is a 5 year term, and the Board meets monthly, except July and August, on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00. If you have an interest in helping the library support its mission, please visit the city website to download an application.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Download Audiobooks free from home!

Picture this: it's the night before a business trip or vacation when you realize you don't have any new audiobooks to listen to. No problem; you go to the Dover Public Library web page, click on Download Audiobooks, chose three titles out of the hundreds available, and download them to your computer. You can then either burn them to a CD or transfer them to an MP3 player. Sound like Science Fiction? It isn't!

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

Movie Night @ the Library

Our Foreign Film Series will resume this Wednesday night, September 6th at 6pm with a showing of the South African film Tsotsi. This compelling story of desperation and hope won countless awards around the world including the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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!