Friday, May 23, 2014

National Geographic's "Adventurer of the Year" (2012) here June 2, 7pm

         On Monday, June 2 at 7pm, the Dover Public Library will host an inspiring program of adventure, hardship, pain, and triumph. Author and speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis, author, three-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will discuss her 2011 record-breaking trek, completing the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days! You’re sure to be motivated by the stories of this world class athlete and wilderness adventurer.
         In 2011, with the support of her husband and a dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the "Pit Crew," Jen hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail at an average of 47 miles per day, becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark. She's been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR's Talk of the Nation, Guideposts Magazine, and the CBS Morning Show.
         But Jen's story is not about records or numbers; it's about endurance, faith, and most of all, love. She will speak about the many challenges and lessons that presented themselves along the trail, showing slides from over 12,000 miles of long-distance hiking completed on six different continents. After her presentation, she will be signing copies of her new book, “Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph”, which Kirkus Reviews called "an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment."
       Jennifer has authored five books, including three North Carolina guidebooks and two Appalachian Trail memoirs. She has also written features for numerous hiking magazines. Her record-breaking Appalachian Trail hike won Ultrarunning Magazine’s “Female Performance of the Year”. And in 2012, National Geographic named her one of ten “Adventurers of the Year”.
      Jennifer is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, where she and her staff of dedicated guides strive “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through written and spoken word, instruction and guiding,” for novice and experienced hikers alike. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew and their one-year-old daughter Charley.
      This program is made possible with funds from the Friends of the Dover Public Library. For more information, call the Dover Library 603-516-6050.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Granite Gallows" Program May 20

On Tuesday, May 20 at 7pm, local historian and educator Christopher Benedetto will present "Granite Gallows: The Origins of New Hampshire's Debate over the Death Penalty" at the Dover Public Library.
       2014 marks the 275th anniversary of the first executions in New Hampshire's history in 1739. Benedetto will exhume the Granite State's first death penalty cases, especially the tragic saga of Elisha Thomas, a Revolutionary War veteran who was hanged in Dover for a 1788 murder. Thomas is buried at Pine Hill Cemetery.
      The early history of the death penalty in New Hampshire also exposes many of the major legal and social issues which challenged our predecessors, and how many of them remain unresolved. New Hampshire is one of the last states in New England where capital punishment is still legal and currently has its first person on death row since 1939. Understanding the state’s historical struggle with this controversial issue is more relevant than ever.
       Chris Benedetto lives in Rollinsford, and attended Wheaton College and Brown University. Mr. Benedetto has published numerous articles on New Hampshire history for the New England Historic Genealogical Society and co-authored the book, “Union Soldier of the American Civil War: A Visual Reference” in 2012. He has been a member of various living history units, including the 5th NH Volunteers, for over twenty years. Mr. Benedetto has taught history at Granite State College since 2009, and in 2013, was the recipient of a "Good Steward" Award from the Campus Compact of New Hampshire for his continuing contributions to community education and historical preservation. 
        This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Dover Public Library, and refreshments will follow. For more information, please call the Library at 603-516-6050.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New eBooks Available on the Library Kindles

Did you know the Library has 6 Kindles available for checkout? They go out for 3 weeks, just like a book. It's a great way to try a Kindle out and want to see if you like to read eBooks. You may also be able to avoid waiting for a hold if the book you want to read is on the Kindle. These are the titles already loaded on the Library Kindles:

Abel, Charlotte Enchantment
Albom, Mitch The First Phone Call From Heaven
Allende, Isabel Ripper
Andersen, Hans Christian The Ugly Duckling
Anderson, Laurie H. Impossible Knife of Memory
Atkinson, Kate Life After Life
Baldacci, David The Forgotten
The Target
Binchy, Maeve A Week in Winter
Brown, Dan Inferno
Brown, Eleanor The Weird Sisters
Bryson, Bill One Summer: America, 1927
Clancy, Tom Command Authority
Clare, Cassandra City of Heavenly Fire (May 27)
Cleary, Beverly The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Coben, Harlan Missing You
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games Trilogy
Connelly, Michael The Gods of Guilt
Doctorow, Cory Homeland
Erdrich, Louise The Round House
Evanovich, Janet Notorious Nineteen
Takedown 20
Top Secret 21 (June 17)
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Flynn, Gillian Gone Girl
Forman, Gayle Just One Day
Francona, Terry Francona: The Red Sox Years
Gilbert, Elizabeth The Signature of All Things
Grisham, John The Racketeer
Sycamore Row
Haddon, Mark The Red House
Hahn, Chanda UnEnchanted
Handler, Chelsea Uganda Be Kidding Me
Heilemann, John Game Change
(with Mark Halperin)
Hoffman, Alice The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Iles, Greg Natchez Burning
James, E. L. Fifty Shades Trilogy
Jo, Kayla Everwild
Johansen, Iris Silencing Eve
Joyce, Rachel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of
Harold Fry
Kellerman, Jonathan Guilt
Kidd, Sue Monk The Invention of Wings
King, Stephen Doctor Sleep
Kline, Christina Baker Orphan Train
Korelitz, Jean Hanff You Should Have Known
L’Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time
Lamb, Wally We Are Water
Lewis, Michael Flash Boys
Locke, John Promise You Won’t Tell
Lu, Marie Prodigy
Mathis, Ayana The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
McDermott, Alice Someone
Meacham, Jon Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Moriarty, Liane The Husband’s Secret
Morton, Kate The Distant Hours
The Secret Keeper
Moulton, Courtney Angelfire
Moyes, Jojo Me Before You
Murcer, Rick Caribbean Moon
Patterson, James Alex Cross, Run
Cross My Heart
First Love
Patterson, James Gone (with Michael Ledwidge)
Invisible (June 23)
NYPD Red 2
Private Down Under (August 26)
Private L.A.
Unlucky 13
Poe, K.A. Twin Souls
Roberts, Nora The Perfect Hope
The Collector
Rollins, James Blood Brothers
(with Rebecca Cantrell)
Roth, Veronica Divergent
Rowling, J. K. The Casual Vacancy
The Cuckoo’s Calling
Silkworm (June 19)
Russo, Richard Elsewhere: A memoir
Sandford, John Field of Prey
Saunders, George Tenth of December
Schwalbe, Will The End of Your Life Book Club
Scottoline, Lisa Keep Quiet
Semple, Maria Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Siddons, Anne Rivers Girls of August (July 8)
StVil, Lola Guardians: The Girl
Steel, Danielle The Sins of the Mother
Until the End of Time
Tartt, Donna The Goldfinch
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
Towles, Amor Rules of Civility
Trigiani, Adriana The Shoemaker’s Wife
Walter, Jess Beautiful Ruins
Woods, Stuart Standup Guy

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Cool Stuff The Catalog Can Do For You!

We’ve just added some great new features to the library’s online catalog that makes finding a book and choosing your next read a lot more fun!

When you search for a book, click on the title to view more. Then, just scroll down to the bottom of the page to Novelist Select to see the new features, including: 

·        A Summary of the book
·        Inside This Book, including author biographies and sample pages.
·        Ratings & Reviews of the book (from Goodreads).
·        Books in This Series - in order! You will never have to guess again whether "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire" comes before or after "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".
·        You Might Also Like These… suggestions for similar titles, authors, and even similar series. Just let your cursor hover over the Why?  to find out why this book is being recommended.
·        Extras including awards won by, and articles featuring, this title.
NoveList Select makes finding your next great read very easy! Ask any of our staff for assistance in using the new features of the online catalog.