Thursday, June 28, 2012

Looking for Some Good Science Fiction?

Flavorwire has written an interesting article about the Greatest Female Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors of All Time. They list some truly great authors that I highly recommend you read such as Octavia Butler, Connie Willis and Ursula LeGuin. A few I hadn't heard of, and one, Anne Rice, I would not have included. I consider her a horror author. I started thinking of all the truly tremendous, fantastic authors that weren't included; Sheri Tepper, Patricia McKillip, James Tiptree Jr. (yes, James was a woman), Mercedes Lackey, Joan Vinge, Vonda McIntyre, Kate Wilhelm, and Anne McCaffrey. All these authors are deserving of being on the list. In my humble opinion they need to lengthen or rework their list. Who would you add?
Make sure to pack some of these authors in your summer reading bag, you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Reading Party Kick-Off Celebration

The Dover Public Library Summer Reading Party Kick-off Celebration!  Please join us on Monday, July 2 @ 10:30am in the Lecture Hall to watch Robert Rivest a comic mime.  Get a sneak preview of Mr.  Rivest on this youtube video--you can hear the kids laughing in the background.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dream Big and Tumble!

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  The library has been given free access to their "StoryBooks" and "Puzzles & Games" this summer as part of the TumbleBooks Summer Reading Program.
   Just click on the picture above or look for it on the Children's Room page of the library's website ( and enjoy unlimited remote access to their entire collection of animated storybooks and educational games.  And, after July 2, when our Summer Reading Program begins, remember to record those titles or minutes spent reading/listening on your Summer Reading Program folders or logs!  Happy tumbling!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How 'bout some PDA?

I just heard a new library term...PDA. Like most of you, I'd always assumed PDA meant "Public Display of Affection" but now I know it also stands for "Patron Driven Acquisition"! Who knew? Simply explained, this is when you ask us to purchase a book (or media item) you'd like to read (or view) and we agree to buy it for the library! We've always called this process "suggestions for purchase" and asked you fill out a slip describing the item you want, but now it's a PDA! So if you'd like to show us a little PDA for fulfilling your PDA, we wouldn't be offended!

Free Legal Forms & Car Repair Info @ DPL & Your Home

I am excited to announce we have two new databases for you to use here at the Library, or at home, available 24 hours a day! The first database is Chilton Library. If you have ever had to research car problems before, you will be familiar with the Chilton's name. This database has already come in handy for me. My 9 year old car has been making a weird clunking noise that gets worse in warm weather so it was really bad yesterday. My husband climbed into the back of the car nearest the noise and we drove around the block. He was able to pinpoint what was making the noise but didn't know what it was called. We logged into Chilton Library with the super secret password (ask for it next time you are here), then plugged in the year and make of my car. We were able to find a diagram of the car which told us the bad part was a  stabilizer link and showed the steps to repair it.The Chilton Library even offers videos of some repairs!

The other new database is called Legal Forms Library. This database provides a wide selection of legal forms specific to New Hampshire, as well as multi-state forms across the most popular legal areas. It includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. You will also find an attorney directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language. If you have ever tried searching the Internet for legal forms you know what a great resource this is. Forms are easy to find and free!Just make sure to ask for the secret password the next time you are at the library.

If you want to try these databases out at the library, simply go to any catalog computer and click on ONLINE NOW tab. To use them from home, go to our webpage and click on ONLINE RESOURCES or simply bookmark this link.

Let us know how you like them.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Travel to Australia this Summer

Kate Grenville's vivid Australian historical "Colonial Trilogy"concludes with Sarah Thornhill. You don't need to have read the other books in the trilogy to understand what is going on. The first book, The Secret River was a prize winning novel and a Librarians' Choice selection, but I recommend you read it just because it was so good. The Secret River details what happens to the first generation of Australian settlers. William Thornhill is a English convict who earns his pardon and settles on the banks of a river to homestead. He transforms himself from a lowly bargeman and criminal to a prosperous land owner. Tensions build with the Aborigines who were there first. The final book, Sarah Thornhill, explores Australian life for the next generation of Australians. Sarah is William's daughter. She doesn't understand why her father is dead set against her relationship with a half Aborigine man. Her father tells her to never look back, the past doesn't matter. However they are both about to find out that the past has a way of resurfacing. A riveting read, and a must for fans of Australian fiction.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I think that many of you are familiar with the print version of Book Page that the Library receives each month--it is a crowd favorite judging by the comments we receive.  Well good news--they also have a wonderful book blog that I just discovered.  It covers a nice mix of genres and includes books for all ages.  Take a look!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time for a Pop Quiz

School is almost over but we have time to squeeze in one more little quiz. This one is for  fans of  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Think you know your Vogons from your Poghrils? Get your towel and your Guide and prepare to take this short quiz devised by the folks at the Guardian.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Don't you love what we've done with the place? The skylight replacement project is in full swing! Just so you know it may look daunting, with the scary keep out signs, but all of our materials are still available. If you are wondering how to get to something--especially newspapers and magazines--just ask a staff person.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Is the Zombie Apocalypse Upon Us?

If you are a reader of Zombie Literature like me, you will have been watching the news with interest, perhaps even concern. There have been numerous incidents of cannibalistic attacks around the nation recently. Anyone with any sense would realize that these may be the first cases in what will turn out to be the much discussed Zombie Apocalypse. Even the Center for Disease Control, a government agency, has put up information on how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse, as well as other disasters. If you have somehow missed the startling news stories about a contractor attempting to chew off the arms of Lowes employees, or the Maryland man who ate another man's heart and brains, you need to check the Daily Beast's map of Signs of the Zombie Apocalypse around the nation. Be warned that they cheated by including flesh eating bacteria news cases, which is a whole different kettle of brains.

My advice to you would be to make sure to read as much as possible so your brain will be lean and muscular, no where near as appealing to Zombies as a flabby non-reader's brain. Better stock up on books. You may also want to pick up the Dover Public Library's bookmark on recommended Zombie Literature. Remember, when the walking dead are too numerous out on the streets, you can still download books through our website from the safety of your home. 
Be careful out there.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Skylight Replacement Project Has Begun!

The Library is finally getting the leaky skylight replaced--yeah! We have had to move a few things around, block some doorways, and generally cause some havoc in order to get this done. So though it may be noisy and messy for a few weeks-- bear with us and think of the lovely new windows that await.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Long Live the Western!

Yee-hah! I adore a good Western! Does anyone read them anymore? Several classic westerns are among my favorite-books-of-all-time, including Shane, The Ox-Bow Incident, Lonesome Dove, and Little Big Man. And last year, Patrick deWitt’s fabulous The Sisters Brothers was a most superb tale of “cowboy noir” (plus had one of the best book covers I’ve ever seen!).
And just this month, there are two just-published, fabulously-reviewed new westerns that are going on my list as well:
Magic Words: The tale of a Jewish boy-interpreter, the world's most estimable magician, a murderous harlot, and America's greatest Indian chief by Gerald Kolpan
Arriving in America in the wake of the Civil War, young immigrant Julius Meyer can speak anyone’s language. In the wilds of 1867 Omaha, he befriends the mysterious Prophet John, who saves his life when the two are captured by Indians. Living as a slave, Julius meets Chief Standing Bear and his daughter, Prairie Flower, with whom he falls in love. Using his astounding facility with languages, Julius becomes the tribe’s interpreter and a champion of its rights.
His life seems safe and settled until the arrival of his older cousin, Alexander—who, as the Great Herrmann, will soon become the most famous magician in the world. Young magician Alexander Herrmann can deceive anyone’s eyes. Nor does Julius suspect the danger posed by Alex’s treacherous brother, Compars; or the ultimate consequences of the magician’s affair with Lady-Jane Little Feather, a glamorous— and murderous—prostitute destined to become the most scandalous woman on two continents.
Based on historical events (Julius and Alexander really existed), Magic Words is filled with colorful characters, rollicking humor and the danger of the frontier. It is also a gripping adventure about the nature of prejudice, the horror of genocide, and two amazing men: one fighting for love and freedom, the other living for mystery and magic. This is a bewitching work of compassionate historical fiction. 

Little Century by Anna Keesey
Eighteen-year-old orphan Esther Chambers heads west in search of her only living relative. In the lawless town of Century, Oregon, her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett leads her to a tiny cabin by a small lake and there she begins her new life as a homesteader. If she can hold out for five years, the land will join Pick’s already impressive spread.
But Esther discovers that the town is in the midst of a range war—it’s cattle against sheep, with water at a premium. In this charged climate, small incidents of violence escalate, and the bloodshed gets noticed by the railroad planners. Century will die without a railroad, a fate Pick and his men will go to any lengths to prevent. Meanwhile Esther finds her sympathies divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben Cruff, a sworn enemy of the cattle ranchers. As her passion for Ben and her land grows, she begins to see she can’t be loyal to both. Little Century is a novel in the tradition My Antonia: a briskly romantic, nontraditional western. It's Willa Cather with a sense of humor, offering a variety of characters with intriguing stories in the richly depicted setting—from desert to dry goods store.

And here the description of my last year’s favorite, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt:
This darkly comic novel follows the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers (Eli and Charlie), set against the backdrop of the great California Gold Rush. They are traveling to San Francisco to kill a prospector. It is 1851, and some 200 pages pass in roguish adventures of the pair before they arrive at their destination. The heart of the book is the relationship between Eli and Charlie, their sibling rivalry and private judgments. And except for the slaughter and thievery, they seem like good guys–--dogged in their pursuits, tough on a bottle. Their story is weirdly funny, startlingly violent and steeped in sadness. One reviewer said, “in spite of its evocative poetic cadence, lifting the novel into the realm of serious literary fiction – this is a nearly pitch-perfect read, one that you will get swept away by, flipping the pages relentlessly towards its satisfying conclusion.”

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Oils and Watercolors by Judith Custer

It may be cold outside but artist Judith Custer has filled the Library with stunning watercolors and oils of beautiful flowers and gardens. Make sure to come in and see them all.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Are You Ready to Hit the Beach?

Now that it is June I am starting to see the "beach read" lists that are ever so popular.  NPR has come out with an interesting list titled "Heady, Not Heavy: 5 Smart, Playful Summer Books."  They describe it as : "For readers who like to fire up not just the barbecue but also their brains — and have fun in the bargain — there are some good options this summer."  Interesting list and you can get all the titles mentioned here at the Dover Public Library!