Monday, April 29, 2013

New eBooks Available from NH Downloadable Books

Bike Snob Abroad Eben Weiss
Bite Me, Your Grace Brooklyn Ann
Brighter Than the Sun Julia Quinn
Bringing Mulligan Home Dale Maharidge
The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout
The Calling Kelley Armstrong
The Captain's Bride Lisa T. Bergren
Damien Jacquelyn Frank
Darius Grace Burrowes
Daybreak Shelley Shepard Gray
Death at the Alma Mater G. M. Malliet
Desert Heat J. A. Jance
Divergent Veronica Roth
Emblaze Jessica Shirvington
Everything and the Moon Julia Quinn
Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar Kelly Oxford
Face of Betrayal Lis Wiehl
Fear No Evil Allison Brennan
Feudlings Wendy Knight
The Gathering Kelley Armstrong
The Great Deformation David Stockman
Guardian of Lies Steve Martini
Heart of Ice Lis Wiehl
Highlander Most Wanted Maya Banks
Home Sweet Rome Marissa Moss
The House Girl Tara Conklin
If He Had Been with Me Laura Nowlin
The Informant James Grippando
Instant Mom Nia Vardalos
Josiah's Treasure Nancy Herriman
A King's Ransom James Grippando
Lady Whistledown Strikes Back Julia Quinn, Karen Hawkins, Suzanne Enoch, et. al.
Life After Life Jill McCorkle
Look Me in the Eye John Elder Robison
Love at Any Cost Julie Lessman
Mom & Me & Mom Maya Angelou
My Lord Vampire Alexandra Ivy
No Good Deeds Laura Lippman
No Way Back Andrew Gross
Nothing But Trouble Rachel Gibson
Once Burned Jeaniene Frost
Other Child Charlotte Link, Stefan Tobler
Paradise Valley Robyn Carr
Pivot Point Kasie West
A Plague of Zombies Diana Gabaldon
Presumed Guilty Tess Gerritsen
The Professor and the Madman Simon Winchester
Pulse Patrick Carman
Random Violence Jassy Mackenzie
Reconstructing Amelia Kimberly McCreight
Rise Anna Carey
The Rising Kelley Armstrong
The Rogue Hunter Lynsay Sands
Roses Are Red James Patterson
Sand Castle Bay Sherryl Woods
Saturday Night Widows Becky Aikman
See No Evil Allison Brennan
Shadow of Power Steve Martini
Shadows and Strongholds Elizabeth Chadwick
Sisters Patricia MacDonald
Stolen Innocence Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
Straight from the Hip Susan Mallery
Strands of Bronze and Gold Jane Nickerson
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (v2.0) Christopher Moore
Summer He Came Home Juliana Stone
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Edward Kelsey Moore
There Was an Old Woman Hallie Ephron
Those Angry Days Lynne Olson
Thrill Ride Julie Ann Walker
Trader of Secrets Steve Martini
Trap Door Sarah Graves
The Truth About Love and Lightning Susan McBride
Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
Vampire, Interrupted Lynsay Sands
Wait for You J. Lynn
The Wanderer Robyn Carr
The Widow Carla Neggers
The Winner David Baldacci

Thanks to Merrily for compiling the list.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Family-Friendly Classical Music
at the Dover Public Library

On Saturday morning, May 4 at 11am, the Dover Public Library will host the third in a series of free classical music concerts for families, featuring live performances of well-known musical masterpieces. This month’s concert will highlight the works of several French composers: Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Léo Delibes, Gabriel Fauré and Charles Gonoud. It will include performances of opera arias from Delibes’s "Lakme" and Gounod’s "Faust", plus famous pieces from Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and Fauré's "Sicilienne”. The concert’s length is just 40-45 minutes, so that children may attend and enjoy the music too. The performers’ goal is to encourage classical music appreciation among all ages.

Performing will be: Flutist Richard DuBois, Sopranos Melissa Manseau and Kate Kneisley, and Naho Bessho on piano.

Mr. DuBois, of South Berwick, ME, studied piano, saxophone, and clarinet from a young age. He attended Gorham State Teachers College, then continued his studies on flute at UNH, and at the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. After his Navy Service, he continued his studies on flute in Boston and performed in the Quincy Symphony. He taught in Sanford, Kennebunk, and North Berwick schools, and studied with Frances Drinker, principal flutist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He has been on the Berwick Academy music faculty since 1984 as a private woodwind instructor, and he is also teaching in the Barrington NH school system. In addition to his teaching, he also repairs woodwind instruments at his home and performs in the 16-piece “Good Mem’ries Swing Band”, and in the “Quint-Essential Winds” ensemble.

Melissa Manseau, of Farmington, NH, returns for an encore engagement, having performed in the Library’s first concert in December. She has a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Northern Iowa and a B.A. in music education from UNH. Melissa was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera in 2001 and was awarded the Sarasota Opera Guild Scholarship and the Kern Foundation Scholarship. She returned as a Studio Artist for Sarasota's 2002 season. Most recently, Melissa performed in the summer concert series with Cape Cod Opera. In addition, she recorded a three- song set by living composers with Parma Records, one of which was submitted for Grammy consideration. Last winter, Ms. Manseau performed with Cape Cod Opera in the First Night concert series as well as playing the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors in Dover, NH.

Kate Kneisley graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Voice Performance. Some of her favorite operas include “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “La Traviata” and “Eugene Onegin”. She is excited to perform Rosalinda in “Die Fledermaus” with Melissa Manseau's Youth Opera Workshop in June! Kate has been accepted to the Master of Music program in voice performance at the University of Northern Iowa where she has also been offered a graduate assistantship.

Naho Bessho, concert organizer, was born in Japan and is now a concert pianist in Dover. At age 19 she won the highest award at the Japan Classical Music Competition. She graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music with a Master of Music degree. She has played with Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, and in 2001 won 2nd prize at Yangtze-River-Cup International Competition in Osaka. She came to the US in 2002, graduating from Boston University with a Performance Diploma in 2006. She has given many piano recitals throughout New England. In 2010, she released her first CD, "Invitation", and this April she released her second CD “Spianato”. She gives private lessons in Dover, NH.

Please join us at the Dover Public Library for this wonderful opportunity to enjoy, listen, and learn more about classical music! For further information, call the library at 603-516-6050.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What's Up in the Night Sky

We would like to thank the NH Astronomical Society for last night's stellar presentation, "What's Up in the Night Sky" and for the Skywatch that was held outside the library after the presentation. A special thank you goes to the volunteers who made this program possible--presenter, Ted Blank, and the people who brought their telescopes for all to enjoy.  We had a great time.
Also, I wanted to mention the downloadable program, Stellarium, that Ted highly recommended for all would be astronomers.  Stellarium is a planetarium software that shows a real time, realistic sky in 3D.  It looks exactly like what you would see with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope.  It's easy to use, and free!  For more information an instructions, visit the website:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Today is "Poem in Your Pocket Day". The Academy of American Poets encourage you to select a poem you love, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. I have chosen Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou.
In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound.
We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, and comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.
We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:
Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dinosaurs in the Discovery Dome

Due to popular demand we have added another time slot at 12:30 for the Discovery Dome. Thanks to the Friends of the Library and the NH Space Grant Consortium, the Library is pleased to welcome the Discovery Dome to our Lecture Hall on Thursday, April 25. The Discovery Dome is a portable full-dome that offers a state-of-the-art visual learning experience. Join us to watch The Dinosaur Prophecy in full surround. Long before dinosaurs' massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs in The Dinosaur Prophecy. We will have 3 showings at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30. Attendees will be treated to an immersive & realistic experience! Call the Library at 516-6052 to reserve space in one of our 4 showings.

Happy April 15th

"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today."
Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of War and The Caine Mutiny.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Story Time Registration

Story Time Registration begins on Monday, April 15!
*Sign-up begins @ 9:00am (in person) and @ 9:15am (phone calls).

Times for 3-6 year-olds:
Monday l:30pm
Monday Bedtime (7:00pm) or
Tuesday 9:30am

Times for Toddlers (21 months – 36 months):
Thursday or Friday @ 9:30am

All ages (no registration required):Drop-in Story Time will continue to be held everyWednesday in April @ 9:30am.
All are welcome.

Story Times begin the week of April 29th and continue for 5 weeks. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Is Your Dance Card Full?

Anyone know how to do the Portland Fancy? The Library has a dance card from the Dover High School Reception for the class of 1888 that was held at the City Opera House. The inside of the card shows the 5 different types of dances that were on offer, and a line for someone to put their name on to claim the spot on a young ladies dance card.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Science Week Comes to the Dover Public Library!

Science Week Comes to the Dover Public Library!

Join us during April School Vacation Week, April 20 – 27, for fun-filled science activities and demonstrations.

What’s Up in Tonight’s Sky

The NH Astronomical Society will be offering a presentation What’s Up in Tonight’s Sky at the Dover Public Library on Monday, April 22 @ 6:30pm. This presentation is for the budding astronomer with information on basic astronomy and photography by club members. Weather permitting a Skywatch will be held outside the Library after the presentation. The NH Astronomical Society is the sponsor of the Library’s telescope, which is available for borrowing to cardholders in good standing. The Society’s goals are to help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery. See if you can see What’s Up in Tonight’s Sky!
Can You Fly a Paper Airplane in the Library?

If you sign up for The Science of Flight workshop you can! Join us for the The Science of Flight on Tuesday, April 23 @ 10:30am. Miss Karin will conduct a special craft workshop on making paper airplanes. After making your plane, test your plane’s aerodynamics and make it fly around the Children’s Room! Space is limited (for ages 7 & up). Call the Children’s Room @ 516-6052

Dinosaurs Roam the Library

Thanks to the Friends of the Library and the NH Space Grant Consortium, the Library is pleased to welcome the Discovery Dome to our Lecture Hall on Thursday, April 25. The Discovery Dome is a portable full-dome that offers a state-of-the-art visual learning experience. Join us to watch The Dinosaur Prophecy in full surround. Long before dinosaurs' massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs in The Dinosaur Prophecy. We will have 3 showings at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am. Attendees will be treated to an immersive & realistic experience! Call the Library at 516-6052 to reserve space in one of our 3 showings.

Watch Out For the Robot!

On Saturday, April 27th @ 11am the LunaCats, the UNH lunar robotics team, will be demonstrating their robot in the Lecture Hall of the Library. The LunaCats design and build robotic excavators intended to mine lunar soil for a NASA competition. They are very enthusiastic about sharing their robot, and their experiences, with the Dover Community. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the robot in action and ask question of the design team!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Peeps Show Contest

We had a terrific collection of Peeps Show Contest dioramas this year. It makes it extremely difficult to choose a winner when so many talented Peeps artists have entered. Take a look at this year's entries.

Come hear "The Quotable Henry Ford" author Michele Albion on April 16!

The Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to host Dover resident Michele Wehrwein Albion, editor of the new book, “The Quotable Henry Ford”, on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm.  Having researched Ford extensively, Michele will offer new insights into one of America’s greatest industrialists.
     Brilliant businessman, successful entrepreneur, pioneer of the low-price, mass-produced motor vehicle, and profoundly important to 20th-century American life, Henry Ford was also a character of little-known but surprising contradictions. He sported a hefty ego, yet suffered from a pathological dislike of public speaking. He pioneered 40-hour work weeks and a minimum wage, yet hated labor unions. He was a pacifist, yet admired the efficiency of Nazi Germany. Such fascinating inconsistencies stand out sharply in “The Quotable Henry Ford” (University Press of Florida, 2013), an uncompromising presentation of the automaker’s own voice.
            After the Model T made him famous, Ford began to see himself as a philosopher in the vein of Benjamin Franklin or Ralph Waldo Emerson. He kept notebooks of comments and pithy sayings, reworking them to get the wording just right—even if the spelling or grammar were not. As Ford became even more renowned, an eager public hung on his every syllable.
            Michele Albion’s selection of quotes ranges from logical statements to amusing witticisms. “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” said Ford, who knew that black paint dried faster, allowing for increased production of vehicles. He also told women to go easy on cheating husbands, explaining “they are simply trying to hold on to their youth”.
          Ford also commented on war, literature, dancing, obesity, and his assertion that overalls were not appropriate attire for women. Sometimes charming and witty, his words were often brilliant. But he could also be his own worst enemy, and some offensive comments were infamously quotable.
            Historians, teachers, car experts, Ford enthusiasts, and anyone interested in early 20th-century America will discover that Henry Ford was very complicated, and very human.
 Michele Wehrwein Albion was the first professional curator of the Edison and Ford Winter
Estates in Fort Myers. She is the author of The Florida Life of Thomas Edison and editor of The Quotable Edison. Signed copies of “The Quotable Henry Ford” will be available for purchase. 
This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.  

Monday, April 01, 2013

Peeps Show Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 2013 Peeps Show contest are:

Kids Division: The New Way Things Work by Ian Gilbertson
Youth Division: Harry Peeper and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Quidditch Final
 by Anilise Brooks

Teen Division: The Diary of Anne Peep Frank by Kyra Bezanker

Adult Division: The Red Hat Society's Domestic Goddess 
by the Red Hat Society of the Riverside Rest Home

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated.
Special thanks to the Friends of the Dover Public Library who generously donated the prizes.