Saturday, September 29, 2007

Celebrate Banned Books Week September 29th through October 6th

I read banned books.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is frequently challenged for promoting witchcraft, occult/satanism, anti-family themes, violence, disrespect to adults, lying, cheating, stealing, and rule breaking. It was “challenged in North Carolina for “a serious tone of death, hate, lack of respect, and sheer evil.” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was challenged but retained in Bristol NH because the book was “scary”.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Away From Her

Even before Away From Her hit the theaters the buzz was all about Julie Christie’s performance as the Fiona, a woman slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s Disease. As her husband comes to terms with putting her in a long term care facility she becomes increasingly attached to another patient. Julie Christie is probably best know for playing the role of Jackie in Shampoo in 1975 but she won an Oscar in 1965 for the movie Darling, in which she played a bored fashion model.

Away From Her will be the Wednesday Night Movie at the DPL on Wed., October 3 at 6pm in the Library Lecture Hall. Admission is free.


What Librarians Are Arguing About

The Library blogosphere has been buzzing over the Wyoming Library campaign. What on earth could cause such excitement? It is the controversial use of an image of the mud flap girl to push library books.

Feminists are outraged, others are amused, and some point out quite rightly, that the campaign is obviously a success because of all the attention garnered by the controversy.

Personally I found their other promos much more striking:

and amusing.

If you would like to see what else those clever Wyoming Librarians have been
up to, check out

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Evolution of Libraries

I was talking with the neighbors this morning when one of them asked what I would be doing at work today. Before I could respond that I would be answering any questions that came in, pitching in at the Circulation Desk, working in the historical room, straightening the magazine collection, doing a little web publishing, perhaps some Interlibrary Loan, the smart aleck of the group quickly said, “ she will be doing a lot of shushing”. Sigh. The stereotypical image of a librarian is a hard thing to shake. I haven’t met any librarians in buns and drab clothing. Many of the librarians I know dress very stylishly and wear shoes that are anything but sensible, some even have tattoos! The Library is a lively place where people are encouraged to talk about what they are reading. The Librarians have many animated discussions at the Circulation Desk, sometimes there have even been complaints that we are being too loud!

I think things have changed here for the better, what about you? Do you prefer your library to be a dynamic center of discussions and information exchanges or a temple of scholarly silence?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Friends of the Library Membership Renewal Month

It's time to renew your annual membership to the "Friends of the Dover Public Library"!
Or to join for the first time if you haven't already!
Dues are $10 yearly or $7.00 for seniors.
The Friends meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except July, August & December) from 5:30--7pm. The group is comprised of folks who care about their library and are interested in promoting and enchancing our resources. They run two annual booksales each year and help us to purchase items and equipment that are not affordable within the library's budget.

Friends also fund the purchase of all of the library's museum passes, pay for printing costs for the Summer Reading Program booklets, and hire speakers and entertainers for library programs for children and adults. This year alone they've donated money for three new public PCs for the library's Internet users, 500 souvenir change purses for children getting their first library card, plus a new "MovieMate" projector/DVD combo to make it easier for us to show feature films at our weekly Saturday matinees in the Lecture Hall.

Even if you cannot volunteer time to Friends' projects, your membership can demonstrate your commitment to the library. Applications for Membership are available at the library's front desk and you can volunteer to help with program planning, publicity, booksales, or baking. Alternately, you can simply check off that you're glad to support the Friends but wish to be an inactive member.

The Dover Friends of the Library appreciate your support!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Nevermind the "Great Pumpkin", we know you're waiting for the library's great book sale! So here's advance notice: the Library's annual Fall Book Sale begins on Saturday, October 27th at 9AM in the Library’s Lecture Hall for cardholders only. The sale is then open to the public beginning Sunday October 28 (1-5pm) and continues through November 11.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"The Call of the Pipes" bagpiping program

Free Program---Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm in Library Lecture Hall

"The Call of the Pipes" with Julie Hahnke, sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Bagpipes: they’re an ethnic instrument favored by the Scots and the Irish, but in fact, have indigenous roots throughout Europe and the Middle East. To most, they’re shrouded in mystery and intrigue. At one time outlawed, they’ve heralded monarchs, emboldened warriors and lamented the passing of clan chieftains down through the centuries. What is it about this little-understood instrument that calls to us so? Come find out!

On Wednesday, September 19th, Marblehead piper Julie Hahnke will present a 60-minute lecture and musical demonstration on the Great Highland Bagpipes. She’ll explain how the instrument works, demonstrate how it’s tuned and played, explore the range of pipe music, and present the history of the bagpipes and the cultures in which they’ve developed.

Julie Hahnke is a competitive solo piper and has won numerous awards for her playing, including an Eastern US championship in 2004. Her concert and speaking appearances include a performance with the professional choral group, Gloria Musicae, in Sarasota, Florida in April 2005, and a lecture at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in June 2007.

The Friends of the Library offer free refreshments following the program.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Saturday Afternoon Matinees Are Starting Again!

Come in this Saturday at 2pm in the Lecture Hall to see Blades of Glory. Blades of Glory is rated PG-13 and stars Will Ferrell and Jon Feder as as two rival Olympic ice skaters who were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. They find a loophole that will allow them to compete as a pairs team.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Rainy Day Reminders

Days like this make me think of a powerful Ray Bradbury story entitled All Summer in a Day. The story takes place on rainy soaked Venus; the sun comes out once every seven years for an hour.

"Ready ?"
"Now ?"
"Do the scientists really know? Will it happen today, will it ?"
"Look, look; see for yourself !"
The children pressed to each other like so many roses, so many weeds, intermixed, peering out for a look at the hidden sun.
It rained.
It had been raining for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves come over the islands. A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again. And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus, and this was the schoolroom of the children of the rocket men and women who had come to a raining world to set up civilization and live out their lives.
"It’s stopping, it’s stopping !"
"Yes, yes !"
Margot stood apart from them, from these children who could ever remember a time when there wasn’t rain and rain and rain. They were all nine years old, and if there had been a day, seven years ago, when the sun came out for an hour and showed its face to the stunned world, they could not recall.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fall hours begin this weekend

The Library is now open all day Saturdays 9am to 5pm and Sunday afternoons 1 to 5pm.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Happy Birthday, Bob!

Bob Newhart turns 78 today. Last year Bob added to his resume of actor and stand up comedian by writing a book I Shouldn’t Even be Doing This, a very amusing autobiography. He includes some of his stand up routines so it’s even more enjoyable to listen to his famous dead-pan, stammering delivery in the book on CD.

Don Rickles and I are best friends. I know that might seem strange to those who know Don only by reputation, but somebody has to be his friend. Just to make sure I don’t forget, Don gave me a doormat that sits just outside the front door of my house. It reads: “The Newharts: The Rickleses’ Best Friends.”
From I Shouldn’t Even be Doing This