Monday, January 31, 2011

New eBooks This Week

Did you know that new eBooks and new audiobooks are constantly being added to the New Hampshire Downloadable Books site? You can check them out free with your Dover Public Library card!
Just this week all these titles were added to the eBooks section.

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
All the Wrong Moves by Merline Lovelace
Along Came Trouble by Sherryl Woods
Asylum by Patrick McGrath
The Beautiful Stranger by Julia London
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale
Caribou Island by David Vann
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez
The Dangerous Gentleman by Julia London
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Endless Forest by Sara Donati
Escape from Shadow Island by Paul Adam
Eye of the Beholder by David Ellis
Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
Fire Along the Sky by Sara Donati
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hidden Man by David Ellis
If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
Lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati
A Little Murder by Cindy Davis
Lucy on the Ball by Ilene Cooper, David Merrell
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
Queen of Swords by Sara Donati
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
The Ruthless Charmer by Julia London
Secretariat by William Nack
Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas
Tick Tock by Dean Koontz
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonne

Friday, January 28, 2011

"Dover Reads" into Spring!

Let's all read into Spring with "Dover Reads"! "Dover Reads", a citywide reading project sponsored by the Dover School District Community Involvement Committee, encourages everyone in Dover to read the same book to promote a sense of community and the joy of reading.

This year, the committee has chosen One Thousand Tracings: healing the wounds of World War II written and illustrated by Lita Judge. When Lita (who lives in New Hampshire) discovered hundreds of tracings of feet in her grandparents' attic, she had to know the story behind them. Once she knew the story, she had to share it. Find out what she learned in this moving story.

All are welcome to join us for the annual "kick-off" celebration on Friday, February 4 @ the Dover City Hall Auditorium from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of the book to read and share, hear the Dover High School Chamber singers, enjoy a reading from the book, and be inspired by the special guest speaker, Paul Moore of Moore*Mart.

For more information about "Dover Reads" and upcoming events click here.

Authors @ Night @ DPL

The second lecture in our Local Authors series will be held this Monday evening, Jan. 31 @ 7:oopm. Harrison Thorp will be here to discuss his new novel Freak the News: Journalistic High Jinks in a Small Maine Town.

Freak the News is the story of Chris a 50-something seasoned journalist who enjoys a good drink. After years away from the field, he returns to his first love, the copy desk, at a small newspaper in Maine. Shawn, a talented writer fresh out of journalism school, winds up at the same paper. He wants to hang around long enough to make a name for himself, get some clips and move on to a big-city paper. When a surgical deaths story at the local hospital is killed by newspaper executives, Chris and Shawn become suspicious and discover a scheme that involves the blackmail of an alcoholic physician into naming a cardiac care center after the paper. Against the backdrop of a frantic, fractious and bawdy newsroom, Chris and Shawn, each at times fearful and uncertain about their commitment to the cause, find themselves driven on to a climax that exposes the bad guys and gives the paper's readers a front page they'll never forget.

After 20 years in the newspaper business spent working at 10 different newspapers, Mr. Thorp has seen the good, the bad and the ugly in journalism in its rawest form. And he writes it that way in his new book, Freak the News. From Vermont to Virginia to New Hampshire and Maine, he's worked as a reporter, sports editor, city editor as well as editor of the Foster's Sunday Citizen where he won three Newspaper of the Year awards. He was also a sports editor in the early '90s at the Portsmouth Herald.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Award Winners

The American Library Association recently announced their list of the Best Books for Young Adults 2011. The Teen Loft at the DPL has quite a few of the books on the list and they are all displayed together for your browsing pleasure. You are welcome to come in and check out as many as you choose (well I guess we have that crazy 50 item limit per card)!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"The 12 Rules of Reading" are still relevant!

John Cotton Dana (1856--1929) was a prominent turn-of-the-20th century librarian (Denver, Springfield, MA, and Newark NJ) and president of the American Library Association. He wrote these now-famous "12 Rules of Reading" and whatever device you're using to read: iPad, eReader, computer, smartphone, or a traditional book format, they are still true!

1. Read.

2. Read.

3. Read some more.

4. Read anything.

5. Read about everything.

6. Read enjoyable things.

7. Read things you yourself enjoy.

8. Read, and talk about it.

9. Read, very carefully, some things.

10. Read on the run, most things.

11. Don't think about reading, but...

12. Just read

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Arrest the scofflaws! (...or worse!)

On January 24, the Washington Post ran an AP article about a Vermont woman who kept over 40 library books and A/V items overdue for more than a year. The items were valued at $460 and the library in St. Johnsbury couldn't get her to return them. So she was cited for "theft of rented property" and has a court date in March.

My question is...why is this news? Of course it's theft. Of course she should go to court and return the items and pay fines or restitution. If someone can be charged with shoplifting for stealing a 6-pack from a store, why shouldn't that person be cited for stealing library materials worth $460? It must have been a slow newsday for the AP to cover this breaking story!

My feelings on the matter of non-returned library books can best be expressed by this little poem (which is not official City of Dover Library Policy, by the way, but simply my own opinion):

These books belong to none but me,
For there's my name inside to see.
To steal this book, if you should try,
It's by the throat that you'll hang high.
And ravens then will gather 'bout
To find your eyes and pull them out.
And when you're screaming "Oh, Oh, Oh!"
Remember, you deserved this woe!

Clara & Mr. Tiffany

Loved, loved , loved Susan Vreeland's latest novel: Clara and Mr. Tiffany. This historical novel introduces you to the relationship between Louis Comfort Tiffany and Clara Driscoll, one of his top designers. Little was known about the women designers of Tiffany & Co., known as the "Tiffany girls", until Martin Eidelberg, an Art History Professor, began doing research for a book and realized the significance of some letters that were housed at the Queens Historical Society. It had always been thought that Louis Tiffany was the designing force behind the Tiffany leaded glass lamps, such as the dragonfly and the wisteria lamps, but some believe the letters prove that Clara Driscoll was the designing force. Fascinating! The book is also an interesting look at women's roles in the workforce during the turn of 19th century.

Monday, January 24, 2011

If Bookshelves Could Talk

I think someone must have put the new politically correct version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain in the bookcase.

What caption would you give to this photo of an unusual design for a bookshelf?  Thanks to Failblog for posting it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Join us this Saturday at 2:00pm in the Library Lecture Hall for our free matinee: Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Legends of the Guardians is adapted from the Kathryn Lasky book series and is rated PG.
Young owl Soren marvels at his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, mythic winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd fall from their treetop home and into the talons of the Pure Ones, it's up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls. Together they seek the Great Tree, home of the Guardians--the only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. The stellar voice cast includes Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Think of Joy today

Remember Born Free? I may be dating myself when I say I remember seeing the movie as well as reading the book. It was the touching story of a young lioness who was raised by Joy Adamson, the wife of an African game warden. Her husband George brought three tiny lion cubs home to Joy after he was forced to kill their mother. Two of the cubs were sent to a European zoo while Elsa, the tiniest cub, remained with Joy and George. Joy was determined to raise Elsa with all the skills she would need to fend for herself in the wild.

The reason I bring this up is that today, January 20, was Joy Adamson's birthday. This would be a perfect day to check out Born Free, which is here at the library today. We also have another interesting book about a lion raised by humans then released into the wild, A Lion Called Christian. You probably saw the famous YouTube clip of the lion recognizing the two men who raised him. Both are fascinating books, both are available for you to check out!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This Day in Dover History 1810

The memorable "cold Friday" occurred, of which mention is frequently made by New England historians. The thermometer ranged all day long from 15 to 20 degrees below zero while the wind attained to the proportions of a hurricane. A family in Sanbornton, whose house was prostrated by the gale, perished before its members could reach the nearest shelter, a half mile way. A stage driver on the route from Boston to Salem, was found frozen stiff upon his box with the reins in his hands, when the horses halted before the hotel door in Lynn.

From "Notable Events in the History of Dover, N.H. by George Wadleigh, c. 1913.

Library Employment Opportunity

Morning Library Page to Start Immediately:

Energetic person wanted to re-shelve books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials in the adult, and children's room sections of the Dover Public Library. Successful applicant must possess superb attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy while maintaining a steady pace.

Successful applicant must be capable of standing and walking for long periods of time; able to carry armloads of books for considerable distances; able to bend to lowest shelves and also reach to top shelves. Must be able to work independently and manage a busy workload.

15.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday mornings.
Rate of pay: $9.94 per hour.
Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.
Open until filled.

Applications and full job description available at City Manager's Office and online at

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In the event of snow...

The Library's "History of Collectors and Collecting" program, scheduled for 7pm tonight, has been canceled. We hope to reschedule this fascinating talk by Hetty Startup in the future!

Also a reminder: when school is canceled, our Children's Room storytimes are also canceled. BUT, the library does not follow the schools' schedule. In most cases, we will be open (as we are least for the time being) when schools are closed. We always put a message on our answering machine if we close due to a snowstorm and also post on Facebook and Twitter.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dover Gage

On January 15, 1822, Dover Gage died, "a respectable black man, at a very advanced age. He, and his sister, was stolen from his parents in Africa, while playing a short distance from his home, by some of those miscreants in human shape who violate the rights of their fellow man and make slaves of those whose complexions the God of all may have tinged with a darker hue than their own. He lived in this town from his youth, useful and respected; but it seems to have been the peculiarly hard fate of  Mr. Gage to have been denied a home where his own choice or that of his friends would have fixed him: for scarcely had he been place in his grave ere his body was again stolen, and it may be by his unrelenting white persecutors."

From "Notable Events in the History of Dover, N.H. by George Wadleigh, c. 1913.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Steampunk is Hot!

The steampunk genre of literature for teens is currently very hot! (excuse the pun) Here is the best, succinct definition I found of steampunk from Scifipedia: Steampunk is set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of HG Wells and Jules Verne. Here is a list of steampunk that we have in our Teen Loft, but would probably be enjoyed by adults as well.

  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (also in series Skybreaker & Starclimber)
  • Airman by Eoin Colfer
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Infernal Devices series)
  • Death Collector by Justin Richards
  • Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo series) by D.M. Cornish
  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (graphic novel series)
  • Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials series)
  • Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  • Larklight by Philp Reeve
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (graphic novel
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (sequel Behomoth)
  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Hungry City Chronicles series)

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Unfamiliar with the word above? It means good day in Dutch, and Dutch is one of the many languages you could be learning with Mango. Mango is an online language-learning database that Dover Public Library library cardholders have access to from their home computers. The database offers 34 foreign languages, and help with English for 15 foreign languages speakers. If you have always wanted to learn another language, or want to brush up on your Spanish from high school this really is a great way to do it. ουσ. καλοτυχία, καλή τύχη !

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stretch Your Dollars

Is your family looking for something to do on this 3 day holiday weekend? The Dover Public Library still has slots open for our reduced admission passes to the New England Aquarium and Museum of Science in Boston. The pass is available for the Aquarium on Sunday & Monday, Jan. 16th & 17th, and allows admission for 4 people at $8 each. The Museum of Science pass is still available for all 3 days, and allows admission for 4 people at $5 each. We also have other passes available, visit our web site for a complete list, and give us a call for availability--516-6050 adult circulation and 516-6052 for the children's room.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners Announced

The Newbery Medal winner for 2011 is Moon Over Manifest written by Clare Vanderpool. The Newbery is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The honor books in this category are Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

The Caldecott Medal winner for 2011 is A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead. The Caldecott is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The two honor books in this category are Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill and Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra .

Tax Help Is Coming Soon

The AARP will provide free Tax Assistance from February 1 through April 14.
The times they will be here in the Lecture Hall of the Library are as follows:
Tuesday 9am-2pm (February only)
Tuesday 9am-12 noon (March and April)
Thursday 9am-12 noon
Saturday 9am-12 noon

The AARP will take appointments this year. Please call them at 211 after January 17 to schedule a time for Tax Assistance.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Holy MFA Batman!

Did you know that there is a Museum of Fine Arts in Portsmouth? I didn't. At least not until I read about the Sugipop Exhibit in Hi-Fructose magazine. Sugipop shows "anime, manga, comics and their influence on contemporary art." It's a small exhibit (it's a small
museum) but very interesting. The Dover Public Library has several DVD's by Hayao Miyazaki who is an artist featured in the exhibit. Admission is free but hurry because it's only on until January 16. The Portsmouth Museum of Fine Arts can be found at one Harbour Place in Portsmouth. Their phone # is 603-436-0332.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Put it on Your Calendar!

The Library will be holding a series of talks in the forthcoming months called AUTHORS @ NIGHT @ DPL: Booktalks by local writers. They will be held in the Lecture Hall at 7, and as always, they are free.

Monday, January 10:   Louis Salome   “Violence, Veils & Bloodlines”
This memoir by an American journalist explores how entrenched notions of self, family, and tribalism dictate human behavior in our modern world. Salome's work as a foreign correspondent, reporting from such places as Belfast, Kabul, Bosnia, and Somalia, provided him with a unique perspective on the role nationalism and tribalism play in global conflicts. 
Monday, January 31:   Harrison Thorp   “Freak the News”
Fiction. Chris' is a 50-something seasoned journalist who enjoys a good drink. After years away from the field, he returns to his first love, the copy desk, at a small newspaper in Maine. Shawn, a talented writer fresh out of journalism school, winds up at the same paper. He wants to hang around long enough to make a name for himself, get some clips and move on to a big-city paper. When a surgical deaths story at the local hospital is killed by newspaper executives, Chris and Shawn become suspicious and discover a scheme that involves the blackmail of an alcoholic physician into naming a cardiac care center after the paper. Against the backdrop of a frantic, fractious and bawdy newsroom, Chris and Shawn, each at times fearful and uncertain about their commitment to the cause, find themselves driven on to a climax that exposes the bad guys and gives the paper's readers a front page they'll never forget. It is a profession proudly steeped in the virtues of truth and integrity. But what most don't realize is that those virtuous journalistic endeavors are often no more than a means to an end. The only reason to "get it right" on most stories is so they can successfully manipulate readers on a precious few. 
Monday, March 7:        Michele Albion   “The Quotable Thomas Edison”
Thomas Edison was the "Wizard of Menlo Park." A prolific inventor and holder of numerous patents, he was also called a "magician," "the Napoleon of Science," and the "Inventor of the Age." But he was also a practical joker, a self-made man with a certain disdain for polite society, an ambitious explorer, and a public intellectual.
 The Quotable Edison offers a wealth of his insightful, enlightening, and sometimes humorous comments and witticisms on a wide range of subjects, from business to politics, from religion to nutrition, from advice to boys to opinions on women’s clothing.
 Famous for his dictum that "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration," Edison offered many other gems.
- On religion, "Satan is the scarecrow of the religious cornfield."
- On the English, "The English are not an inventive people; they don’t eat enough pie."
- On the law, "A lawsuit is the suicide of time."
Tuesday, February 8:   Stephanie Harzewski   “Chick Lit and Postfeminism
Originally a euphemism for Princeton University's Female Literary Tradition course in the 1980s, "chick lit" mutated from a movement in American women's avant-garde fiction in the 1990s to become, by the turn of the century, a humorous subset of women's literature, journalism, and advice manuals. Stephanie Harzewski examines such bestsellers as Bridget Jones's Diary, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex and the City as urban appropriations of and departures from the narrative traditions of the novel of manners, the popular romance, and the bildungsroman. Further, Harzewski uses chick lit as a lens through which to view gender relations in U.S. and British society in the 1990s.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Dirty Life

I just finished reading The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball. This is a non-fiction book about a Manhattan travel writer who gets sent to interview an organic farmer and falls in love. The book details her transition from city girl to farmer. This is a very interesting look at the back-breaking life of a small scale farmer, and what we take for granted when we purchase our food. I was very amused when Ms. Kimball talks about receiving seed catalogs during the cold winter months:

"Mark and I had spent evenings poring over the seed catalogs that had arrived during the darkest week of winter, piling up next to the bed like farmer porn. I decided the glossy Johnny's catalog, with its four-color spreads of air-brushed produce, was aimed at farmers who are visually stimulated, while the scrappy Fedco catalog, just newsprint and line drawings but with gorgeous descriptions, was aimed at people like me, who get off on words."
I read this at the perfect time because I also have just received my stash of seed catalogs and the Fedco catalog definitely rules!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Due to very late tax law changes enacted by Congress, the tax season will start late for some people. Visit this IRS web site to find out if you are affected. The late changes also mean that the IRS will be late in getting the forms out to us. This all means we need to be patient, take deep breaths and smile!

Monday, January 03, 2011

"Violence, Veils & Bloodlines" author here Jan. 10

Portsmouth resident and former 35-year foreign correspondent Lou Salome's memoir, "Violence, Veils and Bloodlines: Reporting from the War Zones" (McFarland & Co., 2010), is a sweeping tour of the world's most contentious corners, reported from such war-torn locations as Belfast. Kabul, Bosnia and Somalia.

Salome's book is also interspersed with amusing and wrenching anecdotes and is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the world we live in today. Mr. Salome will speak about his experiences and his travels on Monday evening, January 10, 2011, at 7pm at the library.

In his book, the role of nationalism and deeply-rooted tribalism are explored. Loyalities may be forged with outsiders, but only as they benefit the tribe, which begins with family and widens to include religion and ethnicity. "Tribes usually resist shedding their views of history," says Salome, and use ancient grudges to fuel new wars. He has a unique perspective on his own familial roots and invites readers to follow the evolution of his own thinking as he dodges bullets, shares meals, parries bureaucracies, and talks to everyone, from rubble-dwelling survivors in Lebanon to the beaten, but unbowed, Bernadette Devlin in northern Ireland.

Louis Salome's astute observations about tribal loyalities and rivalries are essential to understanding the challenges faced by America and The West in today's world. This program is free and all are welcome. For further information, call us at 516-6050.