Friday, December 30, 2011

Learn How to Use Your New Toys

Did you get a cool new electronic gadget for Christmas and feel a little lost about using it? Fear not. The Library has all sorts of new books to teach you how to use Nooks, iPads, and Droids, oh my!

Just this week we received:

Come on in and check out the display.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Very Own "Best of" List Is Now Available

Make sure to pick up a copy of the Librarians' Choice 2011. It is a list of the books, DVDs, and audiobooks of 2011 that we enjoyed the most. If you can't make it in, here is a virtual copy for you. Let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices.

2011 Librarians’ Choice
A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander
The Peachkeeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher
The Reapers are Angels by Alden Bell
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayama Currimbhoy 
Poser: My life in 23 Yoga poses by Claire Dederer
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Anniversary Man by Roger Ellory
Bossypants by Tina Fey
A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel
Bone House by Brian Freeman
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Dead Like You by Peter James
Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberol
Sideways on a Scooter by Miranda Kennedy
Cypress House by Michael Koryta
Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
The Illusion of Murder by Carol McCleary
The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard
The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
Delirious by Daniel Palmer
I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson
On Borrowed Time by David Rosenfelt
The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
Buried Prey by John Sandford
Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
French Lessons by Ellen Sussman
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Stories I only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Sherlock; Season 1
Walking Dead

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Calling All Book Groups

The Dover Public Library gets regular inquiries from individuals looking to join local book discussion groups so we are compiling a list of area book clubs to help facilitate this participation. We have put together a survey, and hope that you will take a moment to fill it out. Thank you for your participation and stay tuned for the list!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday Matinees at the Library

Saturday Matinees will resume on Jan. 7th at 2:00pm with a showing of Kung Fu Panda 2. Here is the line-up for January:

Saturday, Jan 7 @ 2:00pm: Kung Fu Panda II, rated PG.
Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2:00pm: Glee: The Concert, rated PG.
Saturday, Jan. 21 @ 2:00pm:Dolphin Tale, rated PG.
Saturday, Jan. 28 @ 2:00pm:Real Steel, rated PG13.

All movies are shown in the Library Lecture Hall.
BYOP: Bring your own popcorn!

All are welcome.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Who's That Lady in Red?

Guess what? Mrs.Santa is assisting at the DPL today while waiting for the big night.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Teens are All Right

The best of lists have begun! I look forward to the best of 2011 book lists because, even though I might not agree with them all, it makes for interesting perusing--and I usually find a gem that I somehow missed during the year. NPR had a very interesting list called "The Teens are All Right: 2011's Top YA Novels". The library has 4 of the titles on the list (the 5th is on order) and they have all been very popular:

  • Anna Dress in Blood by Kendare Blake (love the cover)

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (this one gets 5 stars from our readers)

  • So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev (on order)

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (can't go wrong with Maggie)

  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin (post-apocalyptic fiction is very popular right now)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Father's Wish for his Sons

A father came in last night looking for a poem. He said the poem was written by Rudyard Kipling and was about becoming a man. He said his father had always had a copy of the poem displayed in his house, and now he  wanted a copy of the poem for his own sons. I thought it was such a lovely idea that I wanted to share the poem with you all.

by Rudyard Kipling
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Early Literacy Station!

Thanks to The Friends of the Dover Public Library, the Children's Room now has a new computer station for our young patrons. The Early Literacy Station is a self-contained educational computer for children ages 2-8. This easy to use system allows the child to select from a wide range of carefully chosen programs (represented by the cartoon-like icons) by clicking the child-sized mouse or by touching the screen.

As soon as the computer was set up in the Children's Room (we just had to plug it in!), three librarians were trying it out when a young patron asked, "Can I try that?". She quickly found her way to "Dora's World Adventure" and had no problem figuring things out. I have a feeling that our young patrons will be teaching us how to navigate the 50+ programs that cover 7 subject areas--Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Music & Art, and Reference!

Death Comes to Pemberley

I was thrilled to hear that P.D. James, at age 91, had come out with a new novel, and I was even more excited when I saw the title--"Death Comes to Pemberley". This novel is a mash-up of a couple of my favorite things, P.D. James and Jane Austen. It is the 200th anniversary of Austen's debut in print and so there have been a host of books written about her, about her characters, modernizations of her novels, etc. but The New York Times Book Review feels that P.D. James has done it with style. P. D. James..."is far too wise to overstep her authorial license. Her innovation has been to transplant the dramatis personae from Austen into her own suspenseful universe, preserving their likenesses and life force. James clearly understands that many readers feel as close an attachment to Austen’s characters as they do to their own relatives and friends. So she cannily begins by furnishing answers to the natural question: “Where are they now?” " The book begins 6 years into the marriage of Lizzy and Darcy and updates us on all of the relations involved. Of course, because it is P.D. James, there is a murder. I can't wait to sit by the fire with a cup of tea and catch up on everything happening at Pemberley.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Librarian wins Punctuation Contest!

I adore punctuation (and, as as my staff knows, correcting punctuation!). Thus, a Chicago librarian is my new hero! September 24 was National Punctuation Day (who knew?), and NPD organizers held a contest: write one three-sentence paragraph that included 13 separate punctuation marks: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon.

Ann Heinrichs, a part-time librarian at the Poetry Foundation, wrote this winner:

"Get that [*******] animal off my keyboard!" he roared---apparently abandoning his (short-lived) enthusiasm for her new kitten. Clearly, the honeymoon was over: first, the tantrum over hairs in the sink; next, the brouhaha about the napkin rings; and now, the paroxysm aimed at Tippy. Jenny's mind raced over her options: Should she leave him...or should she kill him?

Utterly clever...I just love this!

More New eBooks

New Hampshire Downloadable Books has a ordered more new eBooks!

Title Author(s)
The 19th Wife David Ebershoff
Aftertime Sophie Littlefield
Anarchy and Old Dogs Colin Cotterill
The Angel Makers Jessica Gregson
Ashes of the Earth Eliot Pattison
Ashfall Mike Mullin
The Associate John Grisham
At Last Comes Love Mary Balogh
Bad Boys Do Victoria Dahl
Black Notice Patricia Cornwell
Bookmarked For Death Lorna Barrett
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer
The Brethren John Grisham
The Cat, The Professor and the Poison Leann Sweeney
Catherine the Great Robert K. Massie
The Chamber John Grisham
The City & The City China Mieville
The Coroner's Lunch Colin Cotterill
Curse of the Pogo Stick Colin Cotterill
The Dead and the Gone Susan Beth Pfeffer
Desired Nicola Cornick
Disco for the Departed Colin Cotterill
Dockside Susan Wiggs
Eleven Days Donald Harstad
Enchanted Afternoon Susan Wiggs
Explosive Eighteen Janet Evanovich
Galore Michael Crummey
The Girl She Used to Be David Cristofano
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
The Goddess Test Aimée Carter
God's Spy Juan Gomez-Jurado
The Goodbye Quilt Susan Wiggs
Grace Under Pressure Julie Hyzy
Halfway to Heaven Susan Wiggs
Hammered (With Bonus Content) Kevin Hearne
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Heart of Christmas Mary Balogh
Hedy's Folly Richard Rhodes
Hexed Kevin Hearne
Home Before Dark Susan Wiggs
The Horsemaster’s Daughter Susan Wiggs
Hounded (with Bonus Content) Kevin Hearne
If You're Reading This, It's Too Late Pseudonymous Bosch
The Last Juror John Grisham
Life As We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
Love Songs from a Shallow Grave Colin Cotterill
The Merry Misogynist Colin Cotterill
Murder Is Binding Lorna Barrett
The Name of this Book Is Secret Pseudonymous Bosch
The Next Always Nora Roberts
Notorious Nicola Cornick
Orchards Holly Thompson
Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood
Pearl Harbor Christmas Stanley Weintraub
Perdido Street Station China Mieville
Real Men Will Victoria Dahl
Rebirth Sophie Littlefield
The Rose Garden Susanna Kearsley
The Scarpetta Factor Patricia Cornwell
The Scottish Prisoner Diana Gabaldon
Simply Magic Mary Balogh
Slash and Burn Colin Cotterill
Snowfall at Willow Lake Susan Wiggs
Steampunk! Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant
The Street Lawyer John Grisham
A Summer Affair Susan Wiggs
Survivors Sophie Littlefield
Thirty-Three Teeth Colin Cotterill
This Book Is Not Good For You Pseudonymous Bosch
This World We Live In Susan Beth Pfeffer
Tout Sweet Karen Wheeler
"U" is for Undertow Sue Grafton
Un Lun Dun China Mieville
The Virgin's Secret Victoria Alexander,
When the Devil Holds the Candle Karin Fossum, Felicity David
The You I Never Knew Susan Wiggs
You Only Love Twice Elizabeth Thornton  

for compiling the list of titles.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Memoirs of a Geisha (I mean Goldfish!)

I was thrilled to see that Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian won the Ladybug Picture Book Award for 2011. Each year a list of 10 nominees is chosen by librarians, and preschoolers to third graders get to vote on their favorite. I usually read through the nominated books in order to help me pick books for the kids on my holiday list. I really enjoyed several on the list--such as Ugly Pie, Hibernation Station, and The Cow Loves Cookies--but Memoirs of a Goldfish was my favorite, as well as my 4 year old sons. The book is charming, funny, and has nice message to boot!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Horror Stories for Books

Thanks to the Swiss Army Librarian for finding this clever cartoon. It seemed particularly apt after watching the Library's copy of The Help.I missed all those marvelous character building details that had to be sacrificed to fit a 451 page book into a 2 hour movie. Don't get me wrong, great movie, just not as satisfying as the book.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Library Users Buy Books! There's Proof!

Publishers Weekly recently reported on a survey conducted by Library Journal which concludes that libraries are a powerful economic engine for the book business. Anecdotally, we've always believed this, and we've scoffed when publishers claimed that sales to libraries cut their profits because people would borrow books instead of buying them. Nonsense!
In fact, libraries BOOST book sales. Over 50% of library users report purchasing books by an author they were introduced to in the library! The survey confirmed that public libraries are an active partner with the publishing industry in building the book and e-book markets.
Plus, in addition to the billions of $$$ libraries spend buying books for their collections, these books in turn spur individual readers to buy more books. With the release of this survey, "publishers now have the first really broad, deep look at what library users do with books...and perhaps more importantly---what library users do with their wallets outside of libraries."
Library users are avid readers, listeners, and talkers, and the library is an important part of a rich ecosystem of cultural exchange that is seamlessly connected to the publishing marketplace.
PW's accompanying charts of data are also very enlightening. If you'd like to read the whole article, ask for the October 31 Publishers Weekly issue at the circulation desk!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens

I just watched Cowboys and Aliens and loved it. Its perfect for the western fan who likes Science Fiction and the SF lover who likes westerns. Slimy green Aliens invade frontier era western U.S. seeking gold, and humans to experiment on. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are determined to head them off at the pass. The movie starts off with a bang with a funny shootout. Great fun entertainment, put your hold on it now!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Urban Farm

The Library has just subscribed to Urban Farm, a magazine for people living in the city or suburbs who are interested in raising their own food and living sustainably. Some of the topics Urban Farm has covered include goat and sheep care, keeping chickens, making your own bread, gardening in the shade, growing plants in a greenhouse, creating your own root cellar, growing herbs, making frozen jams, hydroponics, and raising bees. There is something to interest just about everyone. Make sure to take a look next time you are in the Library.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Staff Pick

The Librarians have been passing the Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh around and we all loved it. I was drawn to it because of the aspect of magical realism. The main character, Victoria, has built a successful florist business because of her uncanny skill with the language of flowers. She can assemble a bouquet that reignites lost passion, or inspires happiness even in a moody teenage girl. Victoria becomes highly sought after by brides who want not only a beautiful bouquet, but one that has significance and will have an affect on the marriage. Victoria is not the dreamy romantic you would expect in someone well versed in the language of flowers. She is a scarred, scared product of the foster care system filled with hatred and mistrust. The first bouquet she gave after learning about the language of flowers was a thistle which signifies misanthropy. You will root (no pun intended) for Victoria to overcome her bitter past and accept the love that is offered to her.

Fascinating details about the language of flowers are sprinkled throughout the book. You may have to choose another favorite flower after learning peonies indicate anger and yellow roses mean infidelity. How about some tulips, a declaration of love?

Monday, December 05, 2011

Christmas with Mother Goose

For the 2nd year, the staff at the Dover Public Library decorated a tree for the Festival of Trees (held last Friday night). This year, our theme was "Christmas with Mother Goose" and we featured ornaments and streamers from dozens of classic nursery rhymes. Featured on long garlands were The Three Little Kittens (and their lost mittens), Hickory Dickory Dock (plus all the running mice), Humpty Dumpty (accompanied by all the king's horses and all the king's men), Jack and Jill (tumbling down the tree with pails), and Little Bo Peep (and of course her sheep). Our tree topper was a bedazzled Mother Goose exorting everyone to "Believe!" and watching over all her rhyming characters.

We were thrilled when this year's high bidder at the silent auction decided to donate the tree back to the Library where it could be viewed by everyone. What a thoughtful gesture! And we are very grateful to now have the Mother Goose Tree on display in the Children's Room for the holiday season. Come in and see how many nursery rhymes you can recognize and recite! Thanks so much, Anne K., for your generosity!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Fascinating Read

As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaches (April 14, 2012), expect to see many new books being released to commemorate this historic event. The innumerable stories written about the disaster, whether fact or fiction, have always been fascinating to adults and children alike.

I have just finished reading the latest addition to the Children's Room collection, Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg and let me tell you I couldn't put it down. The book is filled with photographs, eyewitness accounts, actual newspaper articles from Modern Times: Your World Illustrated and more but what I found most fascinating was the journal kept by S. F. Vanni, the chief correspondent of the Modern Times, who was a passenger/reporter on the Titanic. Vanni's notes begin as the Titanic leaves port and continues until the ship is sinking (his last line was "It's t"). His waterlogged journal was salvaged and preserved. This is its first appearance and it is presented unedited.

As the book's dust jacket blurb states, "This is the ultimate ''you are there" experience---welcome aboard!"

Thursday, December 01, 2011

My New Favorite Web Site

I recently discovered a web site that I am very excited about--the International Children's Digital Library. This site is FREE and includes 4,500 book in 54 languages. The web site is super easy to use and you can search for English language books within a specified age range. Just click on a book and start reading. You don't have to sign up for an account unless you want to keep a personalized bookshelf and set other personal preferences. It is so wonderful to be able to read stories from different countries since they would be near to impossible to find if you were looking for them, and they wouldn't be translated. This is truly a gem!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More New eBooks

New Hampshire Downloadable Books has a ordered a big batch of new eBooks!

Title Author(s)
The 19th Wife David Ebershoff
Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
Allergic to Science Projects, Birthday Parties, and Other Man-made Catastrophes Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
Anne Perry's Christmas Vigil Anne Perry
The Appeal John Grisham
At Last Comes Love Mary Balogh
Bad Taste in Boys Carrie Harris
Barrel Fever David Sedaris
Big Nate Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Out Loud Lincoln Peirce
Bite Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor
Black Notice Patricia Cornwell
Blackout Connie Willis
Blow Fly Patricia Cornwell
Blue Nights Joan Didion
Bones Jonathan Kellerman
Book of the Dead Patricia Cornwell
The Bourne Betrayal Eric Van Lustbader
The Bourne Deception Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
The Bourne Objective Eric Van Lustbader
The Bourne Sanction Eric Van Lustbader
The Boy in the Suitcase Lene Kaaberbol, Agnete Friis
The Broker John Grisham
The Butcher's Theater Jonathan Kellerman
Catherine the Great Robert K. Massie
The Charm School Susan Wiggs
The Client John Grisham
A Cold Heart Jonathan Kellerman
Compulsion Jonathan Kellerman
Crave Melissa Darnell
Deception Jonathan Kellerman
Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend Linda Wisdom
Dive Right In Matt Christopher
Dockside Susan Wiggs
Don't Look Back Amanda Quick
Eleventh Grade Burns Heather Brewer
Empire Falls Richard Russo
Eragon Christopher Paolini
Evidence Jonathan Kellerman
Explosive Eighteen Janet Evanovich
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents Liza Palmer
Finding Somewhere Joseph Monninger
The Firebrand Susan Wiggs
The Firm John Grisham
First Kill Heather Brewer
Fledgling Mark A. Cooper
Flesh and Blood Jonathan Kellerman
Future Perfect Suzanne Brockmann
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Stieg Larsson
The Heart of Christmas Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick, Courtney Milan
Highland Heat Mary Wine
Home Again Kristin Hannah
Horrid Henry Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
The Hostage Susan Wiggs
The House on Tradd Street Karen White
Ice Magic Matt Christopher
In Bed with a Highlander Maya Banks
Inheritance Christopher Paolini
The Iron Daughter Julie Kagawa
The Iron Queen Julie Kagawa
Judas Horse April Smith
Juliet Anne Fortier
Larklight Philip Reeve, David Wyatt
The Last Precinct Patricia Cornwell
Late for the Wedding Amanda Quick
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bill Bryson
The Litigators John Grisham
The London Eye Mystery Siobhan Dowd
The Lost Symbol Dan Brown
Many Bloody Returns Charlaine Harris
Mercy Jodi Picoult
The Midwife's Confession Diane Chamberlain
Millie's Fling Jill Mansell
Mistletoe Mine Emily March
The Mistress Susan Wiggs
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One Sharon Lathan
Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up Emily Brightwell
My Name Is Mina David Almond
Mystery Jonathan Kellerman
Nanjing Requiem Ha Jin
Never Love a Highlander Maya Banks
The Next Always Nora Roberts
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
Obsession Jonathan Kellerman
The Paid Companion Amanda Quick
Pearl Harbor Christmas Stanley Weintraub
The Perfect Poison Amanda Quick
Picture Perfect Jodi Picoult
A Plain & Fancy Christmas Cynthia Keller
Point of Origin Patricia Cornwell
Poppy Done to Death Charlaine Harris
Predator Patricia Cornwell
"Q" is for Quarry Sue Grafton
"R" is for Ricochet Sue Grafton
Roses Leila Meacham
Run for Your Life James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
The Runaway Jury John Grisham
"S" is for Silence Sue Grafton
Sally's Bones MacKenzie Cadenhead
Scarpetta Patricia Cornwell
The Scarpetta Factor Patricia Cornwell
Scored Lauren McLaughlin
The Shadows Jacqueline West
Shopaholic & Baby Sophie Kinsella
The Sight David Clement-Davies
Simply Love Mary Balogh
Simply Magic Mary Balogh
Simply Perfect Mary Balogh
Skellig David Almond
Skipping Christmas John Grisham
Slightly Shady Amanda Quick
Snowfall at Willow Lake Susan Wiggs
Spellbound Cara Lynn Shultz
Staying at Daisy's Jill Mansell
Step on a Crack James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Summer at Willow Lake Susan Wiggs
Survival of the Fittest Jonathan Kellerman
"T" is for Trespass Sue Grafton
To the Moon and Back Jill Mansell
Tout Sweet Karen Wheeler
Trace Patricia Cornwell
The Trouble with Mr. Darcy Sharon Lathan
Twelfth Grade Kills Heather Brewer
Twelve Drummers Drumming C. C. Benison
"U" is for Undertow Sue Grafton
Unleashed Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie
Unnatural Exposure Patricia Cornwell
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson
Water Wars Cameron Stracher
White Shotgun April Smith
A Wicked Lord at the Wedding Jillian Hunter
The Winter Lodge Susan Wiggs
Wish You Were Here Phillipa Ashley
Wolfsbane Andrea Cremer
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion

Thanks to Merrily for compiling the list of titles.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Spirit

Help us to help others during this holiday season. The Library is once again sponsoring Food for Fines to benefit local Dover food banks. We will take $.50 off your fines for each item donated. Donations will be accepted through 4pm, December 20th. Sorry, donations may not be used to pay for "lost" items or as credit towards future fines. Don't have any fines? You can always just donate items!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Read Early, Read Often

Reading aloud to children has been called the single most important activity. The best time to begin reading to your child is when he or she is an infant. Did you realize if you spend an average of 1 hr. reading and talking to your child daily, their vocabulary will increase by 8,000 to 10,000 words?

Here are a few of our favorite board books:
Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury
Trains by Byron Barton
Do you want to be my friend? by Eric Carle
My First Mother Goose by Tomie Depaola
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
I Like it When by Mary Murphy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

The Library will be closed Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving. We are open on Saturday from 9-5. We will be showing a free Saturday matinee, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, in the lecture hall at 2pm.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Putting It in Perspective

I read an interesting tidbit in this month's Food Network Magazine that may be of interest to those of you cringing at the thought of having to prepare huge holiday feasts. Food historian Kathleen Wall says the first Thanksgiving wasn't easy. "If you think your turkey dinner is a lot of work, try re-creating the first one: you'd have to feed 140 people over 3 days with no electricity." And your kitchen would be so dark and smokey that you would hardly be able to see the food.
Kind of puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The End of the World...Again.

So just when we think it is all over for the freaky little old preacher of doom in California, I mean, come on, he got the end date wrong twice this year; the Mayans step in. I am reading a book called Mayan December by Brenda Cooper. According to the Mayan calendar, the end of the world is December 21, 2012. Cooper's novel is an account of the odd events leading up to Dec 21 that happen to Archeoastronomer Dr.Alice Cameron and her 11 yr old daughter Nixie. Cameron is visiting the Yucatan Peninsula  for a conference. While she is there, time seems to be overlapping. Her daughter Nixie appears to be a catalyst. Why is this happening? I don't know yet- I haven't finished the book. What I do know is that we've go another year to prepare and I hope that's it for doomsday predictions. These end of the world celebrations are hard on my liver.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Listen Up!

If you are looking for a good listen, try The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. This audiobook tells the amusing story of two guys from Manhattan that fall in love with a beautiful old mansion in upper New York State and try to create a Martha Stewart style working farm out of it. Brent actually worked for Martha Stewart and has accordingly high standards that often clash with the dirty reality of life on a farm. Josh is a former drag queen with a great sense of humor who really brings the story of the two men, their goats, a cow named cow, and their occasionally conflicting visions and dreams to life.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Then Again

Diane Keaton's new memoir "Then Again" is being released today. There was a very poignant interview with her on NPR--did you know her real name is Hall? Did you know that Woody Allen told her to wear what she wanted as the character in Annie Hall? There are already holds on our copy so put your name on the list today!

Monday, November 14, 2011

What Would You bring to the End of the World?

I was watching The Walking Dead last night when one of the characters uttered a line that just cracked me up. I know, who would expect humor in a zombie series. The man, upon receiving his book back from another character apologized, saying, " Sorry, I would have brought better books if I had known it was the end of the world."

Kind of makes you think; what books would you bring to the end of the world?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans, We Salute You

The staff of the Dover Public Library would like to thank veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families, for their service to our country.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wanted: Morning Library Page

Have you been wondering what to do with your mornings? Would you love to work with the friendly staff at the Library? Then today is your lucky day because the Library is look for a Morning Library Page.

Hours: 15.5 hours per week : Monday 8:30-12; Tuesday through Friday 8:30-11:30
Wage: $9.94 per hour (City of Dover, DMEA Grade 7)
Starting date: November 28, 2011

Duties include:
1. Reshelving library materials in their proper places in adult and children's departments.
2. Logging on and off computers and performing duties related to closing the building.
3. Reading the shelves in order to keep them neat and orderly.
4. Assisting patrons in finding materials.
5. Retrieving books returned to the book drop.

Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old. Must be able to stand and walk for 3-4 hour shifts, and able to lift and carry loaded bookbags. Must be able to work independently, accurately, and efficiently.

To apply: Download an Employment Application from the City of Dover’s website: and return the completed form to the City Manager’s office.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Browser Battles

Long, long ago, when the Library first began offering free internet access, we used Mozilla as the internet browser. Most people were using Internet Explorer, it came already installed on PCs. We ended up switching over to Internet Explorer because people were used to it. I stubbornly resisted, sticking to Mozilla which eventually became Firefox. Google developed its own internet browser called Chrome and many people switched over to that. I came across this interesting article which stated that in October "Internet Explorer's share of global browser usage dropped below 50 percent for the first time in more than a decade". Most people I know are still using Internet Explorer. What browser do you use?