Thursday, December 26, 2013

Great Stone Face Award "Booktalk" #7

The Golden Door
by Emily Rodda

Three magic doors--Wood, Silver, and Gold. Rye has to choose one but which door is the right one?  Rye has lived his entire life behind the safe walls of Weld. Times have changed and the town is under attack from the air. Dangerous skimmers fly in at night to search for food and attack the townspeople. Night after night they come and the town is in shambles.  Why are there so many skimmers?  What is attracting them to Weld?  Is someone sending them to destroy Weld?  An answer must be found before the town is destroyed and the people scattered. Rye must choose the right door if he is to help his people.
(Booktalk by Susan McDonald-GSF Committee/Weeks Public Library, Greenland, NH)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Weekly "GSF Booktalk" #6

Members of the Great Stone Face (GSF) Committee have written "booktalks" to spark interest in reading all 20 titles on this year's list of nominees. One per week (for 20 weeks!) will be posted here. We are up to #6.  This is a a great read for Historical Fantasy fans!

Gods And Warriors
by Michelle Paver
3,500 years ago the world was a dangerous and magical place. Gods and prophecies could make a big difference in your life.  Hylas is a goat herd and considered an outsider by the villagers.  He is being hunted by powerful warriors who want him dead.  They may have already captured his sister.  Hylas is forced to flee and find refuge from the warriors.  A dying stranger gives Hylas a valuable bronze dagger to help him survive his troubles.  While on the run, Hylas is going to need all his skills and wits to survive and find his sister.  He also wants to find out why those warriors are trying to kill him.  It’s a long journey, but Hylas is ready.
(Booktalk by Susan McDonald-GSF Committee/Weeks Public Library, Greenland, NH)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Looking For Unique Dover Gifts?

You can finish your Christmas shopping at the Library. We offer an assortment of gifts unique to Dover.

Dover Public Library Bookbag. The latest design of our popular bookbags has a zippered pocket inside, handy for keys and library cards, as well as a pocket on the front of the bag. $15.00

Birds Eye View of Dover 1888, a poster sized map from the Friends of the Library.$5.00

Notepaper featuring five historic scenes of Dover. $4.00

The Port of Dover: Two Centuries of Shipping on the Cochecho by Robert Whitehouse and Cathleen Beaudoin. $25.00

The Great Blaze: A Look Back at Dover's Deadly Mill Fire DVD. 12.95

Come on in and see what else we have to offer!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 Librarians' Choice list is Now Available

We are proud to present the 2013 Librarians’ Choice; our favorite books of the year. We hope you enjoy them!
Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews
The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
Overbooked by Elizabeth Becker
Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
Speaking from Among the Bones by C. Alan Bradley
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Ten Things I’ve Learnt about Love by Sarah Butler
The Possibility Dogs by Susannah  Charleson
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
The October List by Jeffrey Deaver
The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns
Stockholm Otavo by Karen Engelmann
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Cuckoo’s Calling by John Galbraith
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Blood Money by James Grippando
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs
Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog by Jamie Ivey
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Capital by John Lanchester

Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
After Rome by Morgan Llywelyn
Life Below Stairs by Alison Maloney

The Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

The Son by Philip Meyer

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Choke Point by Ridley Pearson

The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

Airtight by David Rosenfelt

Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Senker

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

The List by Karin Tanabe

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Weekly "GSF Booktalk" #5

Here is booktalk #5 written by members of the Great Stone Face Committee to spark interest in reading all 20 titles on this year's list of nominees for the state award:

Ghost Knight
by Cornelia Funke

Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft never expected his mother to ship him off to boarding school, but she did. He had tried to get rid of his mother’s boyfriend, A.K.A. “The Beard”, but nothing worked.  Now, he’s attending his father’s old school but teachers and school mates are not the only ones at school.  Jon has been confronted by three horrible ghosts and revenge is on their minds, but why?   What has Jon done to them?  What can he do to combat these ghosts?  There is an old school legend about a ghost knight who helps those in need.  If Jon raises the specter of the ghost knight, will he help defeat the evil ghosts?  Jon is desperate, he’ll do anything to stay alive.
(Booktalk by Susan McDonald-GSF Committee/Weeks Public Library, Greenland, NH)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Find Holiday Stress Relief at the Library!

     Are the holidays causing you stress? Are you finding it difficult to cope with the pressures of family and work? The Dover Public Library can help you relax! Visit us any time during the week of December  9--14 to check out special books on stress management and relaxation, or to play with our Zen garden. Or, attend one of two lunchtime meditation workshops we’ll be hosting. Meditation is a way of encouraging and developing concentration, clarity, and emotional positivity, and studies have shown that a regular meditation practice has many positive effects on the mind and body.
     On Wednesday December 11, from 12-1pm, the library will offer “Loving Kindness Meditation”.
In this workshop, you will learn to cultivate loving kindness through a meditation in five stages. It begins with feeling this emotion for ourselves, which can be expressed with an image, such as shining light, or a phrase like “may I be well, may I be happy.” It then moves on to feeling loving kindness for a good friend, a neutral person in our lives, an enemy or person with whom we have conflict, and finally allowing loving kindness to spread and extend outward. Practicing loving kindness can transform your understanding of yourself and your relationship to the world.
      Then on Saturday December 14, from 12-1pm, you may attend the “Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation” workshop. Using breath as an object of concentration, this simple meditation brings us back to the present moment and all the richness of experience that it contains. Mindfulness of breathing is a good antidote to restlessness and anxiety, and a good way to relax: concentration on the breath has a positive effect on your entire physical and mental state.
     These free workshops will be led by Dharmachari Candradāsa, a practitioner with 20 years of meditation experience.    No pre-registration is necessary. Please call the Library, 516-6050, for more information.