Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Election Day is Around the Corner

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

Trick or Treat

If you're out "trick or treating" on Monday night, Oct. 30, stop in and show us your costume. Staff at the adult circulation desk will have treats for your goodie bags!

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

OverDrive is Not Just for Adults

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

When Dover had the Flu

In 1918 Dover experienced the horrors of the Spanish Influenza epidemic. Over 2000 people were sick, a fairly significant figure when you consider the population was only 13,000. Wentworth Hospital was full to capacity. There weren't enough doctors and nurses to provide medical care, and no cure for the illness. In many households entire families lay sick in bed, untreated. Undertakers were swamped also, as deaths occurred hourly. It is a frightening glimpse at what can happen when disease overwhelms a small American town.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Friends of the Library Lecture

John Olszewski lecturing on "Imprisoned Artists", on Wed., Oct. 18 at 7:00pm, in the Dover Public Library Lecture Hall.

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

Downloading Audio Books Just Got Easier!

A new OverDrive console is available that will allow you to transfer audio books from the console directly to your MP3 player! No need to go through Window Media Player anymore. Go to the NH Downloadable Audio Books software page and click on the blue button that says OverDrive Media Console V 2.1. It will download the software right over the older version. Any books that you have on the old version will stay there. It's easy to install, and even easier to put books on your MP3 player.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night...

The pounding of the rain and the distant rumble of thunder on a dark October night got me thinking about one of the most terrifying books I have ever read. I read Richard Matheson's Hell House years ago and I can still remember the sensation of the hair lifting off the back of my neck as I read it. It was that scary. Hell House is a mansion haunted by an evil, sadistic spirit and the souls of others he tormented. Any attempts to explore Hell House have led to murder, suicide or insanity. A physicist, his wife, a psychic, and a previous survivor of Hell House are hired by a dying millionaire to investigate the mysteries of Hell House, regarded as the "Everest of haunted houses"and to determine whether there is life after death. It will frighten you with psychological suspense, not blood and gore. Are you brave enough to dare the horrors of Hell House?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Trouble With Harry

This beautiful autumn weekend reminded me of one of Alfred Hitchcock's more charming movies. The Trouble with Harry takes place in a lovely little New England town during the height of the foliage season. This black comedy revolves around the trouble with Harry, which is that he is dead. Half the town seems to think they are responsible for his death; they take turns burying, digging up, and moving poor Harry. Shirley MacLaine makes her film debut as a pert young woman who has many rapid fire humorous exchanges with John Forsythe, Jerry Mathers, (AKA the Beaver) is her funny little boy, and Mildred Natwick and Edmund Gwen are a hoot as the elderly lovers. It's not the usual Alfred Hitchcock film, but this unusual little gem should not be missed. Make sure to place a reserve on this DVD!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Curious George is receiving a lot of attention lately!

We have a new, animated movie about a rather curious monkey showing Sat., Oct. 7, at 2:00pm in the Library Lecture Hall. If you are curious, come and see it!

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

Friends of the Library Annual Fall Booksale starts October 28th

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.