Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Special Invitation

I had an occasion recently to give a talk to some members of the Dover Senior Center now located right next to us in the McConnell Center. Since there were just a handful of people, it turned out to be more of a "give and take" discussion. I discovered that although the group were library users there were a lot of things they were missing at the library. After learning more about each one's tastes, preferences, and needs I was able to leave them with some valuable information that is sure to enhance not only their library experience, but also their living experience. Eyesight going bad? We have popular titles both on audiotape and cd as well as large print. Running out of reading choices? Our staff picks as well as our many bookmarks listing fiction in different genres are not only available inhouse but through our catalog online as well.

However, more valuable than just talking and pointing out things was my invitation to them to see me when they come to the library and I would personally show them areas I know might meet their needs. Those who came went away very happy.

I extend that invitation to any senior (and you can decide what age you wish that to be, whether it's 55 or 75!). Although our circulation staff graciously tries to point out all things from the front desk, they do not necessarily have the time to give in-depth individual service. So simply ask to see Sandy when you come to the front desk, and I will be happy to assess your needs, take you on a tour, answer questions you thought you'd never be able to ask, or simply make some suggestions. If I am tied up at the time I may ask you to revisit, or I may set you up with someone else, so don't be put off. I really would like to get to know who you are and your areas of interest.
Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ladbybug Picture Book Award Nominees for 2007

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. A committee of children's librarians from around New Hampshire selects 10 picture book titles early in the year. Then, during Children's Book Week in November, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to those in third grade vote to select the award winner. The award is a project of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library.

Nominees for 2007 are:
Red Fox at McCloskey's Farm by Brian Heinz
Duck & Goose by Tad Hills
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Not Afraid of Dogs
by Susanna Pitzer
I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince
Pip & Squeak by Mian Schoenherr
The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
The Trouble with Cauliflower by Jane Sutton
The Remarkable Friendship of Mr. Cat and Mr. Rat by Rick Walton
Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson

Let us know which one is your favorite, we'd love to hear from you!

Friday, February 23, 2007

The New Book Drops have Arrived

The new book drops are here and have been installed in their permanent position. Let us know how you like them.

Recommended New Cookbooks

Many of the librarians here at the DPL love to cook, however we do vary in what we like to make. For instance, I don't like to bake sweets, but I do enjoy eating them. Luckily we have several staff members that don't mind sharing their creations, and I oblige by eating (in the interest of staff harmony). Our love of cooking and baking keeps our cookbook section current. I have a few new favorites that I would like to share.
  • 150 Best American Recipes: Indispensable Dishes from Legendary Chefs and Undiscovered Cooks edited by Fran McCullough. This one is so good that I just had to buy my own copy. I highly recommend the glazed carrots & chipotle pork. Actually everything that I have made from this book has been great.

  • Arabesque: A taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon. Has many great eggplant recipes which are always lacking in other cookbooks.

  • The Joy of Cooking now has a 75th anniversary edition, even this old staple has done some updating, but still has many of the old favorites.

If you have a new favorite we would love to hear about it.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What We Are Reading Now

The Water Devil by Judith Merkle Riley (fascinating historical novel about feisty medieval midwife Margaret of Ashbury)

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (what if Alice's adventures in Wonderland were true?)

A Country Affair by Rebecca Shaw (the whole Barleybridge series of books is addictive!)

The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield (this suspenseful gothic tale is strongly recommended by two librarians; read it, you won't regret it)

All-New Complete Cooking Light Cookbook by Anne C. Cain (sumptuous photographs and fabulous recipes)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

How Do You Like to Read a Book?

Do you skip to the end of the book to find out how it all comes out? I have to admit I am a peeker, if it’s a very suspenseful book. Some novels are just so intriguing I have to find out what happened, right NOW. I just try to get little glimpses of what happens. I don’t want to know how everything turns out. I have found one other librarian who does this, two others replied emphatically they would never do this.

I have heard of people who begin all their books at the end. If they don’t like the ending they won't bother to read the book.

One of the Librarians says she always reads three books at a time. She also never uses bookmarks, choosing instead to memorize the page number. She says it keeps her brain sharp.

One patron will only put his book down when he reaches the end of a chapter. It doesn’t matter if he is falling asleep; he can’t stop reading mid-chapter. (Another patron hearing us discuss this says she does the same. Her husband gets annoyed when its 4am and she is still reading!)

How do you like to read a book? Let us know.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Free February Vacation Events

The Dover Public Library is offering a number of different events to entertain the kids during February vacation. All the below mentioned items are FREE so be sure to take advantage of them.
  • Saturday Matinee, February 17th at 2:00pm: Open Season an animated adventure comedy, rated PG.

  • Tues., Feb. 20th @ 1:00pm Rock Right 101. This free session is for kids in grades 6 and up who have thought about starting their own band. You will learn about the essentials like playing shows, booking your band, practice, image, band names. This session will be taught by two experienced musicians, Gary Leighton and Seamus Burke.

  • Saturday Matinee, February 24th at 2:00pm: Flushed Away an animated adventure comedy featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet, rated PG.

  • The Children’s Room invites all children to make a free “Rabbit Stick Puppet” at our “Make-It, Take-It” table during the week of Feb. 18-24. The rabbit puppet is planned to celebrate the character in the Dover Reads book choice this year, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

  • The Children’s Room invites all children to make a “postcard” of places you would like to go with the Edward Tulane character during the week of Feb. 19-23. Draw a picture of the place you would visit on one side, and write a message on the back to people you know. Postcards will be displayed in the Children’s Room.

Call the library at 603-516-6050 for more information.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Dover Reads 2007 Kick-Off

Dover Reads is a citywide reading project, sponsored by the Dover School District Community Involvement Committee, which encourages everyone to read the same book to promote a sense of community and the joy of reading. This year, Dover will be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Several copies are available for borrowing at the Dover Public Library.

All are welcome to join us for the kick-off celebration February 15th in the
City Hall Auditorium @ 4:00pm.

For more information (and a schedule of events), click here.

Friday, February 09, 2007

What We Are Listening To Now

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Book on CD)
Paris Café Music (music CD)
Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan (downloadable audio)
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda (Book on CD)
On and On by Jack Johnson (music CD)
Stray Dogs by Ron Picott (music CD)
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: and other things that strike me as funny by Bob Newhart (Book on CD)
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (downloadable audio)
The Prestige by Christopher Priest (Book on CD)
Who Are You Fighting For? by UB40 (music CD)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I'm astonished!

Library Journal (a professional periodical renowned in our field) publishes a poll called "Stat Watch" in each issue which shows results from a quick-response question asked on its website. The results of the poll which appeared in the February 1 issue flabbergasted me. Online users of the site (mostly librarians I would assume) were asked to reply YES or NO to the following statement: "My library's administrators are respected by peers in the community."
A no-brainer, I thought...a huge majority would answer YES. Librarians are always out in the community doing something wonderful, I reasoned!! To my utter surprise, 90% of the 434 respondants answered NO. I am at a loss to explain this disheartening result.
As I library administrator myself, have I been deluding myself? I have always been proud of my community involvement, my commitment to Dover's (not just the library's) betterment, and the many collaborative relationships I maintain with other departments and organizations in our city.
Were the librarians who answered the poll disillusioned with their managers? Do they think more should be done? Did only the dissatisfied answer the poll? Are there library administrators who hide within the four walls of their library and never venture out? I suppose there are. I have no answers...just more questions. I'd love to hear your opinion!

Valentine's Day Romance

Thanks to a generous donation from a patron our entire section of Harlequin Romances has been revamped. Our collection of all new titles now includes the latest in the saucy series, Blaze, as well as the new Men Made in America series and the Intrigue series. So, if your Valentine's Day, or any other day, needs a little extra spice check out the romance rack in the paperback section

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


I downloaded Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck and listened to it last weekend. After racing to the mirror to reassure myself that my neck hadn’t become flabby, crepey, or mottled since I have passed the dermatologically critical age of 43, I was able to chuckle at her observations on purses, gourmet cooking, and parenting. My favorite essay was titled “On Rapture”. In it, Nora discusses the effect that a good book can have on a reader. “There’s something called the rapture of the deep, and it refers to what happens when a deep-sea diver spends too much time at the bottom of the ocean and can’t tell which way is up. When he surfaces, he’s liable to have a condition called the bends, where the body can’t adapt to the oxygen levels in the atmosphere. All this happens to me when I surface from a great book.” It was such a striking image I had to turn off my MP3 player and think about it for a while. Now that’s the mark of a good book.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Our Favorite DVDs of 2006

The Devil Wears Prada starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep
Kinky Boots starring Joel Edgerton
The Matador starring Pierce Brosnan
Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe
Jarhead starring Jake Gyllenhaal
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer
Little Miss Sunshine Starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carrell andAlan Arkin
Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly, Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench
Mrs. Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench
Walk the Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
AeonFlux starring Charlize Theron
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants starring America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel
Nanny McPhee starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth
Monster house
Corpse Bride
The Chronicles of Narnia

An Inconvenient Truth
Grey Gardens: The Beales of Grey Gardens
Who Killed the Electric Car

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Birthday Gifts

We would like to say a very special thank you to one of our patrons who decided to donate $500 to the Library in honor of her birthday. She said the Library is her “favorite place in Dover” and that the Library had brought her much pleasure over the years. She has requested that the gift be used to purchase more DVDs and Books on CD. We are more than happy to honor her request. We all appreciate her generosity.