Friday, March 30, 2012

Shout Out to the Peeps

Don't forget you have through this Saturday to get your Peeps Show Contest entries in.We still have some plush Peeps toys to give away and we have only 1 entrant in the youth division (ages 8-12) and no Teen entrants (13-18), and only one adult entry. The field is wide open; you stand a good chance of winning a $25 Target gift card, and bragging rights!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Amazing Art in the Children's Room


During the month of March, in celebration of Youth Art Month, the Children's Room has displayed the artwork of students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. If you haven't had the chance to stop in and admire their work, you really should take the time to do so before the students arrive to take it down on Monday, April 2.

The Children's Room staff has heard many positive comments from amazed patrons. They can't believe the talent these high school students have. A few patrons are even hoping that the art is for sale!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Drop Off Your Peeps Show Contest Entries this Week

You have through March 31st to drop off your Peeps Show entries. Remember, this year the theme is anything to do with books, you can create a scene from your favorite book. The first 16 entries get to pick out a free plush Peep, they are really cute. We have bunnies and chicks in all colors. The winning entries in the four divisions will receive a $25 Target gift card. For more information on the contest, click here.
Peter Pan

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

10th Annual Poetry Contest

The 10th Annual Poetry Contest is in full swing and kids in grades k-12 have until April 18th to submit their poems. I have 5 judges eagerly awaiting your entries. We are very lucky to have these 5 people that generously donate their time... to us. When I approached them about helping us out once again I received very enthusiastic agreement--one reply even said "Yes! Yes! Yes!" It is wonderful to have such community spirit in Dover.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Peeps Show Contest Has Begun!

We are so excited. We received our very first official Peeps entry this morning entitled "Charlotte's Web".



One of our very talented Librarians, our in-house Martha Stewart, whipped up a Peeps wreathe in celebration of the fourth annual Peeps Show Contest.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Extreme Book Art!







Take a look at these works by Madrid-based artist Alicia Martin entitled "Biografias". http://flavorwire.com/270701/enormous-sculptures-of-books-exploding-out-of-buildings?all=1





Thousands of books explode out the windows of three buildings in glorious cascades reminiscent of waterwalls and tornadoes. See more at her website: www.galica.it/ing/artista.asp?id=33#







Thursday, March 22, 2012

Peeps Show Contest Begins Monday the 26th!

To enter the Peeps Show contest build a diorama using peeps of any color in a standard size shoe box. The theme is anything literary; recreate a scene from your favorite book. The first 16 entries will receive a free plush Peep bunny or chick!

Anyone 19 or older is invited to compete in the Adult Division, while peeps, er, people 13- 18 may enter the Teen division. Children ages 4 – 7 are invited to enter the Kids Division, and ages 8 – 12 may enter in the Youth Division. 
 
On the back of your shoe box, please include your name, address, phone number, and title of your “Peeps Show”. All Peeps displays may be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, March 26, through Saturday, March 31st during operating hours. The Peeps will be displayed in the library for all to enjoy. Division winners will be awarded a $25 Target gift card Monday afternoon, April 9th. Peeps should be picked up Thursday, April 12th. All Peeps not picked up by the deadline will be discarded or eaten.  For more information, call 516-6082.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More New eBooks

New Hampshire Downloadable Books has added new eBooks to be downloaded. Check 'em out! 
Thanks to Merrily for compiling the list.

Title Author(s)
Ali in Wonderland Ali Wentworth
American Sniper Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen
The Anatomist's Apprentice Tessa Harris
And She Was Alison Gaylin
Arcadia Falls Carol Goodman
Assassins in Love Kris DeLake
At Grave's End Jeaniene Frost
Back to the Bedroom Janet Evanovich
Bloody Valentine Melissa de la Cruz
Blueberry Muffin Murder Joanne Fluke
Brown-Eyed Girl Virginia Swift
Cinnamon Roll Murder Joanne Fluke
Cold Cereal Adam Rex
The Countess Lynsay Sands
Cruising Attitude Heather Poole
Dead Men's Dust Matt Hilton
Death of Kings Bernard Cornwell
Deep Sky Patrick Lee
Devil in the Grove Gilbert King
The Devil's Star Jo Nesbo
Dreaming of Mr. Darcy Victoria Connelly
A Drink Before the War Dennis Lehane
Eisenhower in War and Peace Jean Edward Smith
Embrace Jessica Shirvington
The Expats Chris Pavone
The Flight of Gemma Hardy Margot Livesey
Fudge Cupcake Murder Joanne Fluke
The Games Ted Kosmatka
Ghost Country Patrick Lee
Ghosts by Gaslight Jack Dann, Nick Gevers
Gillespie and I Jane Harris
The Heiress Lynsay Sands
Horrid Henry's Joke Book Francesca Simon
How the Marquess Was Won Julie Anne Long
Island of Vice Richard Zacks
The Lemonade Crime Jacqueline Davies
A Lesson in Secrets Jacqueline Winspear
Midnight Sons Volume 2 Debbie Macomber
Murder in Belleville Cara Black
Murder in the Marais Cara Black
Need You Now James Grippando
Outlaw Platoon Sean Parnell, John Bruning
Partials Dan Wells
A Perfect Blood Kim Harrison
A Poisoned Season Tasha Alexander
The Power of Six Pittacus Lore
President Lincoln's Spy Steven Wilson
Question of Trust Laura Caldwell
Raylan Elmore Leonard
Raylan Givens 3 Book Collection Elmore Leonard
The Redbreast Jo Nesbo
Revenge Mark A. Cooper
Revenge of the Witch Joseph Delaney
Rodeo Rocky Jenny Oldfield
A Rogue By Any Other Name Sarah Maclean
Sandman Slim Richard Kadrey
The Savage Grace Bree Despain
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms Cindy Woodsmall
Shades of Grey Clea Simon
The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller
Starters Lissa Price
Under the Never Sky Veronica Rossi
Victims Jonathan Kellerman
Voyagers of the Titanic Richard Davenport-Hines
Wild Horses Jenny Oldfield
Wild Man Creek Robyn Carr
Winter Rod Rees
The Wolf Gift Anne Rice

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Piano Notes on Pavement


Dover has a new author and poet! Her name is Hannah Wirth and she is a middle school student. Look for her collection of poems Piano Notes on Pavement in our collection soon. The book is a beautiful collection of poems on summer--subjects such as flowers, sunscreen, birds, and bikes will have you yearning for the coming season. You can visit Hannah's web site to find out more about this young author, and don't forget to look for her book at the library.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Free Blues Concert at the Library Tuesday Night

Come hear a rollicking blues concert, "A Walk Through the Delta", with Howard Stith and Mike Rogers performing at the library at 7pm on Tuesday, March 20. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, it's FREE and fabulous!

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's Another Foodie Friday

In honor of the forthcoming Peeps Show Contest (bring in your entries March 26!) today's post will be Peep inspired.

Start your evening off with a Peeptini or a Peepberry A├žai Pink & Purple.
How about a Sweet Potato aux Peeps casserole for a side dish?
If you prefer your Peeps as dessert try a Crispy Bunny Treat or a Peeps Sunflower Cake.
 Need something a little simpler? Try a Peeps S'More or Peeps Cocoa.

If you prefer things very complicated, you could make your own Peeps from scratch!
Let us know about your own Peepilicious recipes.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Listen to This

I was so pleased to see that Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison had been made into an audiobook. I really enjoyed this funny, interesting book. I hope more of you will listen to it.
 
Peter Allison has been charged by elephants, threatened by badgers, squeezed by pythons, and gone swimming with elephants. As a safari guide in remote Africa he rarely has a boring day. His stories are short and often humorous. After being tormented for days by a group of monkeys who used his tent roof as a trampoline, Peter had the brilliant idea of scaring them off with a toy leopard, the monkey’s natural enemy.
I ran back to my tent, where the monkeys were in full swing. They scampered into the branches at my approach, but didn’t move to far from their game. They just sat bobbing and swaying, adding an occasional “Kwo!” which I was convinced was laughter.
“Kwo yourself,” I said, and from under the scarf whipped out the toy—a rather poor representation of a leopard, but it was enough to put the heebie-jeebies into the monkeys. They went berserk. “Kwe! Kwe, kwe, kwe, kwe, kwe! Kwe! The whole troop now moved away a few trees, but still watched the predator I held in my hand. I tossed it from side to side, and the pitch of their calls went up an octave. I was amazed at their gullibility, but took great pleasure in it and derived even more at their reaction when I threw the toy into the air. The whole troop called “Kwe!” in unison; one even fell off his branch. Then they fled, yelling a chorus of “Kwekwekwekwe!,” as they went, and I imagined they were saying, “Holy crap! Did you see that? A flying leopard!”

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Can It Really Be Ten Years?


10th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry Contest


The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry contest for grades K-12. Prizes will be awarded in six different categories: Grades K-2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, and 11 &12. Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity. Deadline for entry is April 18th. Students may pick up information about the contest at the Dover Public Library, any Dover school library, or at our website at http://library.dover.nh.gov. All participants are invited to attend an “Evening of Poetry” on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30pm; refreshments will be served. Students are invited to read their poetry at this event, but this will be purely voluntary. For more information about the contest please contact Denise LaFrance at 516-6082.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees 2012

The Ladybug Picture Book Award, a project of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. This year's committee (children's librarians from around New Hampshire) has chosen the 10 nominees for 2012. During Children's Book Week in November, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to those in third grade will vote to select the award winner. Which one is your favorite?
And the nominees are...
Blackout by John Rocco
Calvin Can't Fly: the Story of a Bookworn Birdie by Jennifer Berne (on order)
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Me--Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Neville by Norton Juster
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin (on order)
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray & Marla Frazee
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

What Is Your Most Unusual Bookmark?

We see many things used as bookmarks when people return their library books; photos, mail, religious cards, even a check or two. We have heard for years about the legend of the bacon bookmark but fortunately we have never had a library book come back with a slab of bacon in it. I was amused to see that a "battle of bad bookmarks" was actually held. I am happy to see tissues on the list, I would also add its close cousin, toilet paper. Very disturbing to see those used as bookmarks, even though they have been clean ones. What is the worst bookmark you have seen?
By the way, the Library has many free bookmarks so you do not need to use more unusual items to mark your page.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Read All About It

The Dover Public Library's March eNewsletters are now available--read all about Peeps, Poetry, Paws & Poor Howard Stith!


Monday, March 05, 2012

Calling All Peeps!

The Dover Public Library is looking for some creative peeps from Dover, Dover students, or Dover Public Library cardholders to enter our fourth annual “Peeps Show” contest this April.

Here’s how it works: Build a diorama using peeps of any color in a standard size shoe box. The theme is literary; recreate a scene from your favorite book. The first 16 entries will receive a free plush Peep bunny or chick!

Anyone 19 or older is invited to compete in the Adult Division, while peeps, er, people 13- 18 may enter the Teen division. Children ages 4 – 7 are invited to enter the Kids Division, and ages 8 – 12 may enter in the Youth Division. 

On the back of your shoe box, please include your name, address, phone number, and title of your “Peeps Show”. All Peeps displays may be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, March 26, through Saturday, March 31st during operating hours. The Peeps will be displayed in the library for all to enjoy. Prizes will be awarded Monday afternoon, April 9th. Winning entries will receive a $25 Target gift card. Peeps should be picked up Thursday, April 12th. All Peeps not picked up by the deadline will be discarded or eaten.  For more information, call 516-6082.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Foodie Friday

Ready for another Foodie Friday? It's sort of random this week.

Think this is a beautiful cake? It's not, it's spam sushi, I'm not quite sure what to call it since it consists of egg, Spam, rice, seaweed, and an apple. Want some?
Not up for that? How about this delectable Zombie Head cheese? It would make a lovely centerpiece at your book club meeting to discuss Rise Again by Ben Tripp.
If you are not into the Zombie genre perhaps you enjoy Science Fiction/Fantasy. A Game of Thrones is tremendously popular, even more so after the HBO series debuted. If so, you might enjoy one of these cupcakes.
The cutest of all are these Lorax cake pops. Who could resist Dr. Seuss?
Please let us know if you enjoy Foodie Fridays.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Do You Pinterest?

The Dover Public Library is venturing into the world of Pinterest. What is Pinterest you may ask? Here is how they describe themselves: "Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes." If you are a visual learner you are especially going to love Pinterest. So far the DPL has five pinboards: Books Worth Reading, DVDs Worth Watching, Events & Exhibits at the DPL, Vintage Dover, and Fav Books Blogs & Book Sites. Please take a look and if you have any suggestions for interesting pinboards we would love to hear them!