Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A New Perspective on the Olympics

I have to admit that while I watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics I was reminded of the parade of tributes from the Districts in The Hunger Games. Apparently I wasn't the only one who made that uneasy connection. I found this today.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Best-Ever Teen Novel

NPR has been asking for nominations for the Best-Ever Teen Novel.  They have now whittled the nominations down to a list of 235 titles.  It is really fun to take a look at what is on the long list.  Readers can vote for up to 10 titles to be included in the Top 100.  I am still trying to decide on my 10--it is really hard.  Here are a few of the ones I am thinking about: 
  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  • Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Which John Green novel do I pick?  What about Libba Bray?  I can see this is going to take me awhile.  Any thoughts?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Story Time Moved Outside Today

The weather was so perfect today that Miss Kimberly decided to move Story Time outside. It's the perfect place to enjoy beach balls and balloons with a story and many friends.

Long ago in the library history Miss Bessie Parker held a Story Time outside. I don't think she had any bubbles with her but she did have a splendid hat.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Castle in the Clouds

This past Sunday I took advantage of the DPL's free pass to Castle in the Clouds, to visit the historic Ludnow Estate and its grounds, in Moultonborough, NH.  The pass provides free access for 2 adults and 2 children--which is a wonderful value considering adult admission is $16 per person.  The whole day was such a pleasure--the access road up to the parking lot is absolutely beautiful--filled with mountain waterfalls and scenic vistas of the moutains and lakes.  Parking is near the Carriage House and you can choose to walk up to the Estate or take the trolley.  The Ludnow Estate was built in 1913-1914 by Tom and Olive Plant and boasted many modern conveniences previously unheard of in private homes.  After touring the house (especially the library with its leather bound classics) and grounds don't forget to have lunch at the Carriage House Cafe, which has a patio overlooking the mountains and lakes.  The grounds of the Estate also offer hiking trails (which give you amazing views of the Castle from above), horse back riding, and a trout pond where you can feed the ducks and the absolutely enormous trout.  If you haven't visited I would make room on the calendar and call today to book the free pass!

Monday, July 23, 2012

No Fret Cooking with Marilynn Carter Tonight

The No Fret Cooking program by Marilynn and Steve Carter starts at 7pm tonight in the Library Lecture Hall. Meet Dover's newest author and listen to companion music at the same time. Marilynn Carter will talk about publishing her first book: a cookbook entitled “No Fret Cooking”  and share some recipes. Marilyn has been cooking since the age of 15 and works in the area as a holistic health practitioner. With her belief that the food we eat is another path for health, “No Fret Cooking” evolved with simple, healthy, delicious recipes for everyone, and no fret, with room for a cook’s own creativity and personalization.  Cookbooks will be available for purchase too.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Get Jiro!

Coming soon to the DPL--Get Jiro! a graphic novel by none other than Anthony Bourdain & Joel Rose with illustrations by Langdon Foss. FYI-- I think Get Jiro! is pretty violent. Here is the description:

In a not-too-distant future L.A. where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants, a bloody culinary war is raging. On one side, the Internationalists, who blend foods from all over the world into exotic delights. On the other, the "Vertical Farm," who prepare nothing but organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic dishes. Into this maelstrom steps Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate patrons who dare request a California Roll, or who stir wasabi into their soy sauce. Both sides want Jiro to join their factions. Jiro, however has bigger ideas, and in the end, no chef may be left alive!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night at the Library last night. Lightning lit up the sky and even shut down some computers at one point. The stuffed animals who attended the Teddy Bears' Sleepover were not deterred from having a fabulous time. These are just some of a few of the things we caught them doing. Who know what high jinks went on after hours.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More New eBooks Are Available!

The following are eBooks purchased on July 13th and available through NH Downloadable Books. Thanks to Merrily for compiling the list.

Title Author(s)
15 Seconds Andrew Gross
Abraham Lincoln Seth Grahame-Smith
The Absolutist John Boyne
Against the Law Kat Martin
Against the Storm Kat Martin
The Age of Miracles Karen Thompson Walker
The Alexander Cipher Will Adams
All Souls Michael Patrick MacDonald
Amy, My Daughter Mitch Winehouse
Best Staged Plans Claire Cook
The Birth House Ami McKay
Blackjack Andrew Vachss
Bloodline James Rollins
Brenner and God Wolf Haas, Annie Janusch
Bronx Jocelynn Drake
Bruno, Chief of Police Martin Walker
Cannibal Reign Thomas Koloniar
Columbine Dave Cullen
A Coven of Witches Joseph Delaney
Criminal Karin Slaughter
Dark Water Tricia Rayburn
Dark Woods, Chill Waters Marcus LiBrizzi
Dead and Berried Karen MacInerney
Divergent Veronica Roth
Eat the City Robin Shulman
Endurance Alfred Lansing
Ethical Chic Fran Hawthorne
The Evil Inside Heather Graham
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Finding Magic Stacia Kane
Flight from Berlin David John
Forty Signs of Rain Kim Stanley Robinson
Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini Sue Ann Jaffarian
Gone Michael Grant
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The Great Escape Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Guys Read: The Sports Pages Jon Scieszka, Jacqueline Woodson
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye Barry Fantoni
The Hiding Place Karen Harper
How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun Josh Chetwynd, David Cole Wheeler
How to Be a Proper Lady Katharine Ashe
Hunger Michael Grant
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln Stephen L. Carter
Insignia S. J. Kincaid
The Japanese Ninja Surprise Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan
Keepsake Kristina Riggle
The Last Policeman Ben H. Winters
The Long Walk Brian Castner
Monsters on the March Derek the Ghost
A Most Naked Solution Anna Randol
The Mount Rushmore Calamity Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan
Murder on the Rocks Karen MacInerney
Never Tell Alafair Burke
Nightwalker Jocelynn Drake
Nowhere Near Respectable Mary Jo Putney
Odd Interlude #1 Dean Koontz
One Moment Kristina McBride
Only Mine Susan Mallery
Patricide Joyce Carol Oates
Port City Black and White Gerry Boyle
The Prisoner of Heaven Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Quarantine Lex Thomas
The Receptionist Janet Groth
The Red House Mark Haddon
Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
Scary School Derek the Ghost, Scott M. Fischer
Seating Arrangements Maggie Shipstead
A Single Thread Marie Bostwick
Size 12 and Ready to Rock Meg Cabot
So Close to You Rachel Carter
Some Kind of Fairy Tale Graham Joyce
The Spook's Tale Joseph Delaney
Summer Blowout Claire Cook
Tell the Wolves I'm Home Carol Rifka Brunt
The Thread Victoria Hislop
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
Waiting for Sunrise Eva Marie Everson
What You Wish For Kerry Reichs
When a Scot Loves a Lady Katharine Ashe
Whiplash River Lou Berney
Wicked Nights Gena Showalter
The Wildwater Walking Club Claire Cook
Year Zero Rob Reid
Yes, Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Monday, July 16, 2012

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Calling all Teddy Bears & Stuffed Friends...
There will be a special Teddy Bear Sleepover drop-in story time on Tuesday, July 17 @ 6:30p.m.
Bring your stuffed animals to story time & let them sleep at the library! Come back in the morning (after 10a.m.) to pick them up. Hopefully, we will get pictures of what goes on when teddy bears sleep over at the library! (for ages 3-6)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fictional Friends

I just read an interesting article titled "Bad Book Review Sparks Fictional Friendship."  When writing his novel, The Bright River, Patrick Somerville decided to open an email account for one of his characters, and the character actually received real email (not just spam).  A reader was confused about something in the story and decided to ask the person they thought would know best--the character in question.  A friendship of sorts ensued.  This started me thinking about questions I would ask book characters if I were able.  I have many questions for Mrs. Rochester in Jane Eyre, and for both Rose and Joseph in the Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.  Who would you have questions for?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

London Summer Olympics

The last time the Olympics were held in London it was 1948 and Ted Vogel, a longtime Dover resident, was representing the US as a marathon runner. Mr. Vogel was the top American finisher, coming in 14th. He was just finishing the 26 mile race when the Star Spangled Banner began to play for the winner of the decathlon. Instead of collapsing like the other marathon racers, Ted Vogel gained fame by standing erect at attention until the band finished. 
This July, to celebrate the return of the Olympics to London, the library is honored to display Mr. Vogel’s collection of memorabilia from his Olympic Games. The collection will be in our glass display cases from July 10 through the end of the Games.

Monday, July 09, 2012


We saw this idea on a Twitter hashtag and thought it was very clever! Create a poem by collecting appropriately-titled books, stack them up, then recite your amazing verse (otherwise known as doggerel!)
We had some laughs with this at the library over the weekend. Feel free in join in the fun and create your own crafty book stanzas! Send us a picture at: libraryquestions@dover.nh.gov. Here's a few of ours:

"See Isabelle run when the wind blows! Never fear learning to fly!"

For romance fans: "Midnight caller, acquainted with the night: enraptured! Temptation rising when passion rules. Welcome to Last Chance."

 For our horror readers: "At the mountains of madness, under the overtree, Mr. Shivers whispers, 'You come when I call you.'"

   "Look at me walk through darkness in the deep woods where you are among the missing."

"The lady of the sea, touched by venom; Venus on the half-shell and others. The darkness that comes before total oblivion, more or less."

Friday, July 06, 2012

Monday Matinees Start Next Week

Monday, July 9 at 2PM we will be showing The Secret World of Arrietty, rated G, in the Lecture Hall. The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Join us for free matinees every Monday throughout the summer. Click here to see a listing of the movies and dates. BYOP!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Let's Celebrate!

Don't forget we will be closed tomorrow, Wed., July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday, but will be here on the 5th at 9am! Enjoy.