Friday, February 28, 2014

The Lorax Will Be Shown Tomorrow at 2

The Lorax will replace Alpha & Omega 2 as this Saturday's matinee since the DVD we ordered never arrived. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will enjoy The Lorax instead.  The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Betty White. The Lorax is rated PG. The matinee starts at 2:00 in the Lecture Hall, Saturday March 1st.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Updated! Scandinavian Crime Fiction Authors

Dover Public Library mystery fans love Scandinavian crime fiction! Fortunately, many Nordic authors are now being translated and published in English in the U.S. Here's our latest list of authors, updated in February 2014.


Adler-olsen, Jussi

Blaedel, Sara

Gazan, Sissel-Jo

Hammer, Lotte & Soren

Hewson, David

Hoeg, Peter

Kaaberbøl, Lene and Agnete Friis


Nykanen, Harri

Thompson, James

Tuomainen, Antti

Wagner, Jan Costin


Bates, Quentin

Indridason, Arnaldur

Ingolfsson, Victor Arnar

Ridpath, Michael

Sigurdardóttir, Yrsa


Brekke, Jorgen

Dahl, Kjell Ola

Enger, Thomas

Fossum, Karin

Holt, Anne

Miller, Derek B.

Nesbø, Jo

Staalesen, Gunnar

Sundstol, Vidar


Alvtegen, Karin

Ceder, Camilla

Dahl, Arne

Edwardson, Åke

Ekman, Kerstin

Eriksson, Kjell

Grebe, Camilla & Asa Traff

Hermanson, Marie

Jansson, Anna

Jungstedt, Mari

Kallentoft, Mons

Kepler, Lars

Koppel, Hans

Läckberg, Camilla

Lapidus, Jens

Larsson, Åsa

Larsson, Steig

Lindqvist, John Ajvide

Mankell, Henning

Marklund, Liza

Nesser, Håkan

Ohlsson, Kristina

Persson, Leif G.W.

Roslund, Ander and Börge Hellström

Segerberg, Ebba

Sjöwall, Maj and Per Wahlöö

Soderberg, Alexander

Theorin, Johan

Tursten, Helene

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Organic Gardening Course offered in March (3 nights)

The Dover Public Library is pleased to offer a free, comprehensive 3-part organic gardening course on consecutive Monday nights, March 10, 17 and 24, from 6-8pm in the Library’s Lecture Hall.  The course, totaling six hours over the three nights, will included practical tips on how to create a new garden, soil preparation, seed starting, planting techniques, cultural techniques during the growing season (such as watering, fertilizing, and pest and weed control), how plants and soil interact, succession planting, planting multiple crops in the same space at the same time, how to compost, crop rotation, cover cropping, and mycorrhizobials. 

    The sessions will also include discussions about our existing industrial food production system, including globalization and famine, organic alternatives of urban gardens, small scale farming, and backyard gardening. (The full-course syllabus is available for viewing at the Circulation desk.)
    The instructor is Vincent Cirasole, an experienced teacher and commercial vegetable grower from Rochester. He taught physical education and organic gardening in New York before relocating to NH in 2013.  He is a Master Gardener and organic growing enthusiast who owned a landscape gardening business for 18 years and a 12,000 square foot commercial organic garden for 11 years. For seven years, he was on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
      Over a period of years, Cirasole devised this popular tri-part course which has garnered great enthusiasm from participants who’ve praised its usefulness.  Reference material and sources of additional information will be distributed to all at no charge, but pre-registration is required.  Interested gardeners should call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050 before March 7 to sign up for Mr. Cirasole’s course.


Monday, February 24, 2014

“100 Years of Irish Dancing” at the Dover Public Library March 4

          Former “Riverdance” performer, John Grimes TCRG, and proprietor of the McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance School, will present an encore  performance of his “100 Years of Irish Dancing” program at the Dover Public Library on Tuesday, March 4 at 7pm.   
          Through rare film clips and video footage, John illustrates 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 Championship 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.
    The program is free and will be held in the Library’s Lecture Hall. For more information, please call 516-6050.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Get Wild!

We just received a new book by Donalyn Miller called Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits. She has found that wild readers (lifelong readers):
1. Dedicate time to read.
2. Self-select reading material.
3. Share books and reading with other readers.
4. Have reading plans.
5. Show preferences for genres, authors, and topics.

Most people reading this post are probably "wild readers", but it is also so important to encourage any young readers in your life--neighbors, friends, random kids on the street! Let them know that their local Library has Story Times, opportunities to read to our non-judgmental dog friend Bozzie, suggested reading lists, and friendly librarians willing to make suggestions!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Great Stone Face Booktalk #13

 One for the Murphys
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Carly Connors is a foster child who has been placed in a family of three boys, one of whom, Daniel, closest to her in age (12), is resentful of the attention she will take from his mother. The Murphys seem to be one of those “perfect” families.  Mrs. Murphy is a very tuned-in mother with boundless love to give. What’s not to like about this placement?

Although welcomed by the younger brothers Adam and Michael Eric especially, Carley knows she could never belong in their world.  It is too happy family perfect.  Having been blindsided by a placement in a foster home, one in CT and not LA where she was used to living, Carly uses her street smart sense and puts up a fortress of protection for her emotional self. “Be Someone’s Hero” is the engraved sign hanging over the bed in her room at the Murphy’s.  There are several quiet heroes and even superheroes in this debut novel and the ending will leave the reader twisting in two directions, just like Carley.  Don’t miss the significance of the endpapers after you finish this read--I want to go, I want to go, I want to go, I want to go, I want to ….
(Booktalk written by Kathleen Fencil, GSF Committee/Bedford Middle School)

Friday, February 14, 2014

February School Vacation Week programs!

Take a break from the snowy, cold weather and stop by the Dover Public Library during school vacation week, February 24-March 1, for free activities and entertainment.
     Children of all ages are invited to make a “Rainbow Windsock” to hang outside in the March winds at the “Make-it, Take-it” craft table in the Children’s Room anytime during the week.  All materials will be provided.
      Saturday, February 22, is LEGO® Day!  Use our blocks or bring your own to build and create. Meet new friends, share your building tips, get new ideas, and have fun!
      Bozzie, a Certified Therapy Dog, and her handler, Lori, will be in the Children’s Room for the “Paws for Reading” program on Tuesday, February 25 from 4-5pm.  Sign up ahead of time (call 603-516-6052) to read to Bozzie or drop by to say hello.
       On Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30am, Miss Tina will present a special drop-in story time with a weather-related theme.  All children and caregivers are welcome to attend in the Lecture Hall. No registration is necessary.
       On Thursday, February 27 at 10:30am, award-winning musician Steve Blunt will entertain with his interactive musical show for all ages.  Steve is a part-time music teacher, part-time singer/storyteller. He started creating songs for children back in the mid 90’s while working as a middle school English teacher and raising a young daughter. Critics have called his original performances “funny”, heartfelt” and “engaging”. All are welcome to this free performance.
        Two Saturday movie matinees will bookend the school vacation week. On Saturday, February 22, the library will be showing “Ender’s Game” (PG 13), and on Saturday, March1, the feature film will be “Alpha & Omega 2” (PG).  All Saturday matinees start at 2pm in the Lecture Hall and viewers may bring their own popcorn and snacks!