Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Feasting with Recipes Then & Now" with Liz Barbour

      The Friends of the Dover Public Library are delighted to host a cooking performance by Liz Barbour, owner of The Creative Feast in Hollis, NH. On Tuesday evening November 19 at 7pm, Liz will present “Feasting with Recipes Then and Now: An Exploration of Recipes from 1910 to the Present” for pre-registered attendees.
     Explore the modern journey back to the local farm and your great-grandmother’s kitchen. The trend to eat locally-grown and raised seasonal fare has its roots deeply planted in our historic kitchens. Learn why we’ve moved our food preparation so far from home. As with most things, food trends change, and the historical effects of large scale farming and manufacturing on our recipes and food preparation is well worth investigating.
     Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally since 1992 and started her own business, Creative Feast, in 2004 She shares her culinary experiences and knowledge with students, groups, and clients through cooking demonstration classes, in-home cooking parties, and boutique-style private catering. Her recipes are designed to demystify the cooking process while focusing on basic cooking techniques, knife skills, healthy ingredient combinations, and the use of herbs and spices to enhance flavors. Her passion for delicious food combinations and eye catching presentations are the basis for every customized menu she creates for her clients.
      Liz's cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, and she appears regularly on WMUR Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner”. Her recipes are featured in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine, the Nashua Telegraph, and The Hippo.
       Guests at the program will enjoy Liz’s cooking demonstration of some historic recipes and learn how to alter them for today’s shopping and palate. Two tasty recipes will be prepared, with samples and recipes provided to all.
     This program is free but, in order to plan correct food quantities, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, BEGINNING ON NOVEMBER 1. Those wishing to attend should call the Dover Public Library at 516-6050 to register for this entertaining and delicious program. 


I know that Thanksgiving hasn't even gone by yet, and I am definitely not one of those people who have their holiday shopping done in October, but.... I can't help but recommend a wonderful book for kids in the age range of 4-7. The book is Train by Elisha Cooper. It is not your regular choo-choo train book because it is for a slightly older audience (though I think little kids would enjoy it as well). The story follows several different types of trains--commuter, bullet train, freight, overnighter--as they wend their way through cities, forests, and mountains. The illustrations are perfect, and the book has an amazing soothing quality that is ideal for bedtime reading. The Library has a copy so I recommend taking a look.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Confused about the Affordable Care Act?

The Dover Public Library will host a “Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Session” on Tuesday, November 12 at 7pm in the library’s Lecture Hall. This informational program, provided by the AARP, will explain the implications of the new Affordable Care Act Marketplace for individuals and families.

     Open enrollment is underway for the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Just about everyone has questions about how the changes will affect them personally, whether they have health insurance, don’t have health insurance, or are covered by Medicare.  This one-hour educational program will provide an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace:  who is eligible, how to enroll, tax credits, and options for those with limited incomes.

     There’s a lot to learn about the newly opened Health Insurance Marketplace and it can be difficult to figure out what it means for you and your family.  Come and learn about the various coverages that are available from the new Health Insurance Marketplace and find out whether you qualify for tax credits.

     This AARP-sponsored event is free and open to all.  For additional information on the Affordable Care Act, visit and

Love Infographics?

The Best American Infographics 2013 is a highly-recommended new compilation of some of the year's best graphically- and visually-introduced information, trends, and moments in time. Edited by Gareth Cook, the charts presented cover the environment, politics, social issues, health, sports, arts, culture and lots more! You will very much enjoy browsing this book! Here are some of them: funny, fascinating, and inventive:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No Movie But Lots of Books

We will not be showing a movie this week because the Lecture Hall is filled with books! The Friends' booksale starts on Friday for cardholders (& on Saturday for all others). There are some amazing bargains to be had--don't miss it.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Friends Booksale begins Friday, Oct. 25 for cardholders

Doors open at 9am on Friday, October 25 for the Friends of the Library’s annual, two-week-long, gigantic fall booksale. Only library cardholders will be able to purchase items on the first day of the sale so be sure to bring your card with you on the 25th! The sale opens to non-cardholders and the general public on Saturday, October 26.
Thousands of paperbacks, hardcover books, and media items for all ages will be available at prices from $.50 to $3.00. Many of the sale items are books donated to the library while others are items discarded from the library’s collections. Booksale prices will be further reduced on Wednesday, October 30, and during Week #2 of the booksale, November 4-9, the remainder of the items will be sold for the bargain price of just $1.00 per bag or boxful. Any leftover books will be given away for free beginning Tuesday, November 12.
All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which last year donated over $15,000 to the library for museum passes, children’s and adult programs, furnishings and equipment. Applications to join the Friends of the Library are available at the library’s circulation desk.
Membership is $10 annually or $7 for seniors. Friends who work at the booksale receive a 50% discount on purchases. Call 516-6050 for more information.
 Library hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am to 8:30pm; Wednesday---Friday 9am to 5:30pm; and Saturday 9am to 5pm. The Library will be closed on Monday, November 11 for the Veterans Day holiday.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Free Autumnal Concert Saturday, October 19 at 11am

Family-Friendly Classical Music at the Dover Library on October 19

     On Saturday morning, October 19 at 11am, the Dover Public Library will host the fifth in a series of free classical music concerts for families, featuring live performances of well-known musical masterpieces. This month’s concert will feature seasonal music, evoking both autumn and Halloween themes, by French and Japanese composers such as Ravel, Dukas, Satie, Taki, and Okano. Performing will be Sally Wituszynski on viola, Jeff Wituszynski on bassoon,  Naho Bessho on piano, and vocalist Yuka Cass.  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.
Sally Wituszynski earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the New England  Conservatory of Music. She has also completed a Master’s degree in Music Education from UNH. Sally has played in many ensembles, including the Vermont Symphony, the Hanover Handel Society, the Granite State Symphony, and the New Hampshire Philharmonic, and she is an active freelance performer throughout New England. Next season she will be the principal violist for the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. She recently completed her twentieth year as Berwick Academy’s Orchestra Director. Sally currently teaches strings at Berwick Academy, Tri-City Christian Academy, and at her home studio, and she is the Master Teacher for the UNH String Project.
Jeff Wituszynski began playing the bassoon at age thirteen. Although he majored in mechanicalengineering, he continued to play in the University of Rochester’s Symphony Orchestra and took bassoon lessons at the Eastman School of Music. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Jeff has played tenor sax in the Good Mem’ries Swing band for the past four years. He often plays electric bass in church, various woodwinds in the pit orchestra for musicals at Berwick Academy, and bassoon in the orchestra accompanying the Granite State Choral Society.
     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.
Yuka Cass was born in Japan and joined the Wakayama Children's Choir in 1985 at the age of seven.  She
performed as a soloist with them on tours of Europe in 1990 and America in 1993, as well as singing at various events and festivals throughout western Japan. She majored in Vocal Performance at Osaka Music College and was ranked among top 10 performers in her graduating class.  After college she headed her own vocal group, and performed throughout the Osaka region. 
       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.

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Hampshire Writers' Project

I know that we have many aspiring writers in the area and I wanted to let you know about "Writers' Night Out", which is part of the New Hampshire Writers' Project. Writers' Night Out is your chance to meet and mingle with writers in your area. They meet on the FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH in locations across the state.

Join them for warm gatherings where you can informally discuss what you are working on, what you are reading, where you are submitting your work, and more. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Closed for Columbus Day Holdiay

The Library will be closed on Monday, October 14 for the Columbus Day holiday.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Don't Miss Michele Albion and "The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt" October 8

The Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to host Dover resident Michele Wehrwein Albion, editor of the new book, “The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt”, on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm.  Having researched Mrs. Roosevelt extensively, Michele will offer new insights into one of America’s most misunderstood First Ladies.
     Born in the late 1800s to one of the wealthiest families in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a traditional woman’s role within a sedate Victorian life. Instead, she married her fifth cousin and was flung into the highest levels of American politics, culminating in Franklin’s unprecedented four-term presidency. Eleanor’s bold opinions on political, social, and racial issues took many by surprise. She held press conferences and wrote a syndicated column. She spoke at national conventions, granted interviews, and often made appearances on her husband’s behalf. Her own influence lasted years beyond his death. She advocated for human rights, worked with the United Nations, and supported what later became the civil rights movement.The fascinating quotes collected by Michele Albion reveal an articulate, honest, and thoughtful woman.
 Michele Wehrwein Albion grew up in Maine with a great respect for the past. She has
 degrees from the University of Maine and George Washington University. Before becoming a writer, Albion worked at the Fort Western Museum, The Maine State Museum, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Edison and Ford Winter Estates. She is the author of “The Florida Life of Thomas Edison” and editor of “The Quotable Edison” and “The Quotable Henry Ford”. Signed copies of “The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt” 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. 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Sousa and His Band

Did you know that John Philip Sousa and his band played right here in Dover? The year was 1928, and they played at the City Opera House (City Hall). Take a look at the brochure that was recently donated to us.