Friday, March 29, 2013


Are you interested in finding science based events, workshops, and camps for your kids in the NH area? The NH EPSCOR web site is a great place to find an extensive list of programs for kids of all ages. These kind of programs did not exist when I was younger--it almost makes me want to be a kid again! Check out the web site--the Dover Public Library has some programs listed!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Learn about UNH Family Boat-Building Program Monday, March 25 @ DPL

Ray Belles is a UNH Marine Docent and founder of the Family Boat-Building Workshops held each May at UNH’s Kingman Farm in Madbury. He will be speaking at the Dover Public Library about this popular program on Monday, March 25 at 7pm.   
     Over  the course of the past12 years, participating families have constructed nearly 75 “Oyster River Cats”, 12-foot sailboats that are also excellent rowboats.
     Ray will show slides, explain the application process, the dates and costs, the construction timeline, and the tools and supplies needed. The program is affordable because about 20 fellow docents who enjoy wood working volunteer hundreds of hours to build the kits that make the Cats’ assembly quick and sure.

     Every family has a docent dedicated to work with them the entire three days of assembly. No special skills or tools are required, only interest and enthusiasm, and at least one child (12- 20 years old) who wants to work and learn. The docents regard the boat and the years of enjoyment it provides as a side benefit to this bonding family experience.

     Participating families will experience the joy and pride of watching a pile of lumber grow into a beautiful and useful boat through their own efforts. In the process, they will develop woodworking and teamwork skills, learn about our marine heritage and the natural resources of our coastal and estuarine environment, and learn safe water practices.

    This year’s UNH Boat-Building Workshop will be May 18-20 and applications are due by April 15.  New this year is one day of sailing instruction in your boat in June at Mendums Pond in Barrington. The UNH Marine Docents number about 200 volunteers whose passion is the preservation of our marine environment, our marine heritage and marine recreation through education. Anyone with an interest in things marine is invited to join. 

     For more information, see or call the Dover Public Library at 516-6050.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Saturday Matinees

The schedule for the Dover Public Library's Saturday Matinees is posted through May.  All movies are free and open to the public. Join us this coming Saturday for Rise of the Guardians, rated PG.  "This DreamWorks' animated adventure is a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary guardians--Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman--together for the first time!"  Feel free to bring your own snacks!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Friends of the Library Program Postponed

Due to the predicted snow for tomorrow, the Friends of the Library program, Family Boat Building with Ray Belles, has been postponed until Monday, March 25 at 7:00 pm. It will be spring by the 25th so there is not way it can snow--right?

Friday, March 15, 2013

New Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees

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 has chosen the 10 nominees for 2013.  New Hampshire children, from preschool to third grade, will select the winning picture book when they vote in November.
And the 2013 nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award are:

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow

If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder and Marc Brown

Little Dog Lost by Monica Carnesi

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Start Dropping Off Your Peeps Show Contest Entries This Monday

Dover residents and Dover Public Library cardholders are invited to build a diorama using peeps of any color or shape in a standard size shoe box. Your entry must be based on a book. On the back of your shoe box, please include your name, address, phone number, age, and title of your Peeps Show. 

The Peeps displays can be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, March 18th, through Saturday, March 30th. Peeps will be displayed in the Library for all to enjoy. Judging will be held on Monday April 1st in the afternoon.  Peeps should be picked up by Thursday, April 4st. All Peeps not picked up by the deadline will be discarded or eaten.

The first 16 entries will receive a free plush Peep bunny or chick!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Art of Clean Up!

This book gets our vote for most amusing of the year! Check out some of the photography by Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli in his new book “The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy”.  Wehrli loves to re-sort  common daily situations and arrange them in a more orderly, EXTREMELY TIDY fashion. Enjoy these before and after pairings and be sure to check out the book to see them all!


Thursday, March 07, 2013

Library Rules in Rhyme

Enjoy this verse we ran across from the Dover Enquirer, 1884!
 Library Rules 

Gently, reader, gently moving,
Wipe your feet beside the door;
Hush your voice to whispers soothing,
Take your hat off, we implore.

Mark your number, plainly, rightly,
From the catalogue you see:
With the card projecting slightly,
Then your book bring unto me.

Quickly working,
Without shirking,
Soon another there will be.

If above two weeks you’ve left me,
Just two cents a day I’ll take,
And unless my mind’s bereft me,
Payment you must straightway make.

Treat your books as if to-morrow
Gabriel’s trump would surely sound,
And all scribbling, to your sorrow,
‘Gainst your credit would be found.

Therefore tear not,
Spot, and wear not,
All these books so neatly bound.

These few simple rules abiding,
We shall always on you smile;
There will be no room for chiding,
No one’s temper will you rile.

And when Heaven’s golden portals
For you, on their hinges turn,
With the books for all immortals,
There will be no rules to learn.

Therefore heed them
Often read them,
Lest your future weal you spurn.

The 11th DPL Poetry Contest has Begun!

The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the 11th 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 15th. Students may pick up information about the contest at the Dover Public Library, any Dover school library, or at our website at All participants are invited to attend an “Evening of Poetry” on Monday, May 20th 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 or visit our web site at

Monday, March 04, 2013

"100 Years of Irish Dancing" with John Grimes

(photo by Abhann Productions Ltd used with permission)

             Former “Riverdance” performer, John Grimes TCRG, and now proprietor of the McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance School, will present a most interesting program at the Dover Public Library on Monday, March 11 at 7pm.   
             Through rare film clips and video footage, John will illustrate how Irish dance evolved from a folk dance into an international entertainment phenomenon. See Michael Flatley like you've never seen him before: dancing with his arms by his sides, plus view footage of Jean Butler in her competitive days at the World Championships, and learn how Riverdance changed Irish dancing forever. A  20-minute Q&A session will follow the presentation.
         John Grimes was born in Dover, and began Irish dancing at age 11, when his sisters came home practicing their first steps. John was intrigued and began dancing at home before being registered for lessons. After watching a clip of "Riverdance - The Show" on PBS’s "Out of Ireland", dancing became his passion and led John to competing at the World Champion- ship level. He was a three-time New England Regional Champion, two-time Eastern Canadian Regional Champion, and a four-time top 10 medalist in the North American Irish Dance Championships, earning a 4th place and 5th place, in addition to a recall at the All-Ireland Championships in Killarney, Ireland. John was also a member of several top level ceili teams which won many regional titles and a 3rd place finish at the North American Championships.
        However, John's biggest dance achievement was being asked to join, "
Riverdance - The Show" in 2009 after auditioning in Dublin. After multiple tours with Riverdance, including NBC’s "Riverdance On Ice", he has begun the next chapter of his Irish dancing journey: teaching the next generation of dance champions in his home state of New Hampshire.
        In 2010 John passed his Irish dance teaching certificate, the T.C.R.G., and he is a certified teacher with The Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelecha.
        Don’t miss this exciting presentation just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! The program is free and will be held in the Library’s Lecture Hall. For more information, please call 516-6050.