"This colonial house is well over 200 years old. In 1780 it was operated as a tavern by Col. Benjamin Titcomb (1743-1799), a Revolutionary War veteran wounded in 3 battles. In 1820, Captain Samuel Dunn (1766 - 1850) bought the tavern. In 1825, Dover dignitaries gathered here to pay tribute to General Lafayette, who was touring New Hampshire. As the general entered from Durham, a thirteen gun salute was fired from atop Pine Hill to the assembly at the tavern."
"The tavern continued operations through the 1840s and the home remained in the Dunn family until Miss Eliza Dunn's death at the age of 80 in 1898. By 1899 the house had been converted to tenement housing for the workers at Sawyer Mills. The house is presently unoccupied due to pending litigation concerning its ownership (remember that was written in 1988)."
"Adjacent to Dunn's Tavern was a reputedly haunted area known as Dunn's Woods. These dark, damp, lonely woods were enclosed by hills and were remote from any dwelling. It was said to be the scene of many a robbery by day and supernatural occurance by night. The ghost stories originated from the phosphorescent lights which on dark nights were often seen to gleam among the bogs and decayed wood, startling the belated and weary traveler."
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
FYI: Great review of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake on the NPR web site.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
And the winner for 2009-10 is...Medusa Jones by Ross Collins.
(One dad had told me that he enjoyed reading this book with his children and that it had awakened a real interest in Mythology for all of them!)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I want to thank the many volunteers and Friends of the Library who've answered the call to help us remove these bookmarks from all the books affected. This is a time-consuming and laborious process and we appreciate their efforts.
I also want to spread the word about this "bookmark project" to other libraries in NH who may be targeted as well. According to my research, there is an organized plan to place such literature inside library books. Needless to say, this is not an indictment of their cause; we would remove bookmarks placed by any organization without our express permission. However, we find it a bit ironic that anti-government literature has been used inside a government-funded institution! Although troublesome to deal with, it does warm our heart just a bit to think that these groups feel there is such power on the shelves of a public library!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
And the winner for 2009-10 is...
Swindle by Gordon Korman
The new Great Stone Face nominees list for 2010-11 is now available in the Children's Room and on our website (click here to view).
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Backyard Poultry raising by John F. Adams
Joy of Keeping Chickens by Jennifer Megyesi
Homemade Living keeping chickens with Ashley English : all you need to know to care for a happy, healthy flock by Ashley English
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Ø The Library is busiest it’s ever been: set records in circulation, program attendance, public Internet hours, holds filled, and website use.
Ø 76% of Dover resident visited the library in the past year, higher than national benchmark.
Ø 86% of visitors surveyed rated us “Excellent” or ‘Good”.
Ø Library’s FY’11 book budget is proposed to increase by $2,792, 1st increase in 7 years!
Ø $12,500 has been allotted for badly needed interior woodwork and ceiling repairs.
Ø Library is just 1.2% of General Fund budget ($70.55 in taxes per avg household) yet we have over 27,000 cardholders and an average of 627 customers per day. A great bang for the buck!
Ø Library’s proposed FY’11 budget is only $4,600 higher than it was in FY’05.
Ø Staffing has decreased by 146.5 hours weekly since FY’07.
Ø Reduced staffing = loss of 3.66 people over 4 years (-22%)
Ø Saturday hours now reduced from 9-5 to 9-1.
Ø Already lost Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon hours in the current FY’10 budget.
Ø Library previously open 63.5 hrs/wk; FY’11 proposal is 52.5 hrs/wk.
Ø 17% reduction in hours over past two years.
Ø Library budget decreased by $110,000 since FY’07
Ø With 13FTEs, we are, by far, the least-staffed library among NH cities our size.
The gist of our plea to the Dover City Council on May 5 was to restore $30,000 to the library’s FY’11 operating budget. This would allow us to maintain full-day Saturdays and restore 32 hours of part-time staffing weekly.
Members of the City Council would appreciate hearing from any and all Dover citizens about the FY’11 proposed municipal budget. All City Departmental budget presentations are currently running on Channel 22 for further information.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
A few of the titles we recommend are:
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb
Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb