Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Community Share

Seed Share @ DPL!--Starting May 1! 

 Yes, it will eventually be sunny, warm, and spring-like, and your thoughts will turn to gardening. Read on for the Library's new Seed Share!

Many seed packets have way too many seeds for one garden. So the Dover Public Library is introducing a Seed Share program. Bring the seeds that you won't be using this year, and or cuttings or seedlings that need a good home, and take a few seeds you would like to plant. The seed share will begin on May 1st. For more information, stop in or call 516-6082.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Job Opening at DPL: Adult Services Librarian

LIBRARIAN II – Adult Services
(40 hrs/week; $20.68--$29.28 per hour)

The Dover Public Library is accepting applications for an “Adult Services Librarian”. We are seeking an innovative, enthusiastic, customer-oriented professional to provide vision, leadership and expertise related to collections and services for adults.  This person possesses an exemplary knowledge of literature, popular media and culture, will oversee all aspects of the library's main circulation department, will supervise a part-time staff of seven, and will lead developments to enhance the library’s programming and outreach services.  Position requires a multi-faceted self-starter, capable of handling multiple competing priorities while working in an often fast-paced, public service desk environment.

·         Supervises all circulation desk functions within an automated library system (ILS).
·         Leads customer-focused management of patron concerns, requests, suggestions, complaints, and instruction.
·         Shows proficiency with automated library systems, social media and content creation tools, Microsoft Office.
·         Provides Readers’ Advisory assistance.
·         Orders all non-juvenile DVDs and music CDs and participates  in print acquisitions for other adult collections.
·         Hires, trains, schedules, supervises, coaches, and evaluates assigned library assistants, pages and volunteers.
·         Provides library technology instruction (e.g. catalog, databases, eServices, downloadable books, Internet and PCs.)
·         Creates monthly newsletter, develops library displays, signage, patron information packets, bookmarks, etc.
·         Schedules monthly art exhibits and periodic adult programming events.
·         Recommends  policy and procedure changes. Creates circulation reports.
·         Evaluates materials for weeding, replacement, repair, or withdrawal.
·         Supervises public shelving areas and storage of basement materials.
·         Analyzes space needs; maintains diverse, fresh, and attractive collections in all adult areas through creative marketing.
·         Troubleshoots and resolves minor computer and printer issues.
·         Manages Meeting Rooms' bookings and schedules, and museum pass bookings, schedules and renewals.
·         Conducts bi-monthly circulation meetings.
·         Maintains current knowledge of relevant new technologies and library trends.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements
  • Committed experience working with the public in a library setting.
  • Experience working with an automated library system. Open Source and/or SQL experience helpful.
  • Knowledge of print, database, and online information sources.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Photoshop Elements applications.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and oral.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, analyze problems, and develop and implement creative solutions.
  • Experience working with, and instructing, customers with all ranges of technical expertise.
  • Evidence of a high degree of initiative and versatility, a committed customer-service focus, and a desire to master new technologies.
  • Working knowledge of social media and community engagement tools including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other content creation systems.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with department heads, employees, and the public and to deal with service problems courteously and tactfully.
Education Requirements
Master's Degree in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university; at least 1 year of professional library experience with a concentration in public services is preferred, but graduate students in an accredited MLS program in their final semester are also eligible to apply. Experience with an automated integrated library system (ILS) is essential.

If you are committed to collaboration and wish to join a library that believes in continual improvement and exemplary customer service, your next job may be at the Dover Public Library. To see the complete job description and download the job application, go to:  http://www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/executive/human-resources/employment/
Responses must be received by May 16, 2014.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Peeps Show Contest entries.

2014 Peeps Show Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Peeps Show contest are:
Kids Division:  If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Aubrey Armstrong

Youth Division:James and the Giant Peach by Kyla Hill

Teen Division: Don’t Let the Peep Drive the Bus by Tobey DiMambro    

Adult Division: Museum of Extraordinary Peeps by Michele Albion 

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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April is Poetry Month! Celebrate with us on April 22!

Come to the Dover Public Library on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm for an upbeat musical visit with balladeer John Perrault. Hear the poems and songs that make us laugh, cry, tell our story, and remind us who we are.

Guitar in hand, this former Portsmouth Poet Laureate will sing the story of Song & Poetry—the passion of their engagement, the bliss of their marriage, the tragedy of their divorce, and now their long process of reconciliation.  This getting back together began with the work of Wordsworth and Coleridge, who counseled merging the old ballad form with the personal lyric from the heart. Emily Dickinson took heed.  As did Frost.  As did Langston Hughes.  And it continues right through today in the poetry and songs of writers like James Wright, Mary Oliver, Bob Dylan, and Lennon & McCartney.

This free program, a salute to the romantic tradition, is sponsored by the Friends of the Dover Public Library in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

John Perrault is the author of “Jefferson’s Dream” (Hobblebush Books, 2009); “Here Comes the Old Man Now” (Oyster River Press, 2005); and “The Ballad of Louis Wagner” (Peter Randall Publisher, 2003).  His poems have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, Poet Lore, the Salmon Poetry Anthology Dogs Singing, and elsewhere. He is a New England Foundation for the Arts and NH State Council on the Arts touring artist, and a presenter for the NH Humanities Council.

John was a corecipient of the Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award, 2008, from the New England Poetry Club; a finalist in the 2007 Comstock Review Poetry Contest; and a past recipient of the Virginia Prize from The Lyric.  He was poet laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 20032005.

Selected ballads and poems may be sampled at johnperrault.com. For more information, call the Dover Library at 603-516-6050.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family-Friendly Classical Music Saturday April 19 @ 11am

                On Saturday morning, April 19 at 11am, the Dover Public Library will host the sixth in a series of free classical music concerts for families, featuring live performances of well-known musical masterpieces. This month’s concert will feature Baroque music by Bach, Handel, and Monteverdi. Performing will be soprano Heather Guilfoyle, flutist Richard DuBois and pianist Naho Bessho. 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.
   Heather Guilfoyle graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013. An avid choral singer, she has performed in many ensembles including the UNH Concert Choir, UNH Chamber Singers, and Cappella Alamire. She has performed internationally in festivals and competitions, most recently with the UNH Chamber Singers at the 13th Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition, and with the UNH Concert Choir in the 2nd Mayo Music Festival in Ireland where the choir took home the first place prize. Heather has been in a few operas: as Barbarina, in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and as Monica in Menotti’s “The Medium”. She also sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and is temporary conductor for the Community Congregational Church choir in Greenland.
           Richard DuBois, from South Berwick, studied piano, saxophone, and clarinet at a young age. He attended Gorham State Teachers College where he became interested in the flute. He continued his studies on flute at UNH, and at the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. He continued his studies on flute in Boston, and participated with the Quincy Symphony. He also started his teaching career in school systems in Sanford, Kennebunk, and North Berwick, Maine. He studied with Frances Drinker, principal flutist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra, for over 25 years. Richard has been on the Berwick Academy music faculty since 1984 as a private woodwind instructor, and he is also teaching in the Barrington school system. He also repairs woodwind instruments at his home and performs in the 16-piece “Good Mem’ries Swing Band”.   
       Naho Bessho, concert organizer, was born in Japan and is now a concert pianist inDover. 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 last April 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.