Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Programs galore in August: Gluten-free living, Local filmmakers debut, and Music!

Monday, August 10 at 7pm: Yvonne Vissing, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Salem State University in Massachusetts, and author of “Going Gluten Free : A Guide to Healthy Living, Dining and Cooking” will speak at the Dover Public Library about living a gluten free life.

People curious about gluten, those who wonder if they have gluten intolerance, folks with celiac disease, or those who live with a gluten-sensitive loved one will hear some great information about gluten and its effect on our bodies. Dr. Vissing will have copies of her book available for purchase and will gladly sign copies.

In addition, a representative from Hannaford’s will be bringing a variety of gluten free snacks and products for audience members to sample. 

Tuesday August 11 at 7pm: Local filmmakers, the Dover Independent Players, will screen their new short film “Through a Glass, Darkly” at the Dover Public Library, followed by a Q&A session with cast and crew members. Produced locally and filmed in July, mainly at Hampton Beach, the film is about Julia, a fifteen year old, who while on vacation at the beach with her older sister, sells her soul to the devil for the magic of the boardwalk. The film is appropriate for teens and adults. Updates and behind the scenes videos and photos can be found at Facebook.com/TAGDfilm or on Instagram with the hashtag #TAGDfilm
The Dover Independent Players are a group of former Dover High School students who produce art, music, films, and theater productions. Dover Independent Players’ previous production, a one-act play called “Adopt a Sailor”, written by Charles Evered, premiered at the Dover High School in Spring 2013. It starred four students who are major cast or crew members on “Through a Glass, Darkly”. The film runs about 15 minutes.  Keep in mind when considering bringing younger members of the family that the “rating” would be PG-13.
Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm: Monica Nagle is a blues, jazz, and folk singer and a songwriter, poet, and fine artist from Buffalo, New York. She now calls Dover, New Hampshire home and will perform at the Dover Public Library.  Monica writes inspirational ballads and blues and will perform a carefully crafted mix of her own material and socially conscious standards. 

As a peace and justice activist, she has performed from Canada to California, up and down the east coast, and spent three years in Brazil which influenced her heart further toward advocacy and philanthropic endeavors. Her latest endeavor is a CD/book project entitled "If You Had Heard My Voice", a collection of poetry, art, lyrics, and prose meant to inspire and heal. She will have copies of her new book available for sale and will be happy to sign them. 

Monica is designer of the award winning "Art of Living" Program, an arts-centered prevention program that has helped many youth in New Hampshire to choose a drug-free life, while giving back to their communities. She is the former Director of Arts and Humanities for the New Hampshire YMCA and was chosen to participate in the NH Charitable Foundation's "It Takes a Community" Project, sponsored by The Ford Foundation. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My First Library

"I have fond memories of being taken to my local library by my oldest sister. The Berlin Public Library is a beautiful Carnegie Library that is right on the banks of the Androscoggin River. My sister would drop me off in the Children's Room, which was on the basement- level, and head upstairs to the adult section. The Children's Librarian was very stern, and I was always too afraid to be anything but perfectly behaved. I was not allowed to go upstairs alone, so I would have to wait for my sister to come and get me. I don't know what they thought I would do if left to go upstairs on my own-run through the stacks hollering and yanking books off the shelves with abandon? Who knows, but I didn't let that dampen my enjoyment of the books. I was visiting my parents about 20 years after my last visit to my public library. I went to the grocery store and there was the Children's Librarian of my youth (long since retired). She said, "I remember you-you always had overdue fines!" I think of this comment often when I happen upon kids that I have known from the Dover Public Library who are now adults. I prefer to think fondly of how they were regular users of their wonderful public library and that makes me happy-fines or no fines!" #MyFirstLibrary #ThrowbackThursday

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Recommended Historical Mystery Trilogy!

Did you enjoy Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist”? Have you been searching for the next great NYC historical mystery ever since? Well, I have three extraordinary novels to recommend: the Timothy Wilde trilogy by Lyndsay Faye consists of “Gods of Gotham”, “Seven for a Secret”, and “The Fatal Flame”.

The three books focus on investigations in the 1840s by Tim Wilde, a member of New York City’s newly minted police force: the “copper stars”. A colorful cast of supporting characters is led by Tim’s rapscallion brother Valentine, brothel owner Silky Marsh, Tim’s love Mercy Underhill, and his protectee Bird Daly. 

Author Lyndsay Faye has clearly done extensive research, not only into the history of mid-19th century New York, but also on the issues of Irish immigration, slum landlords, child exploitation, working conditions in factories, the plight of free Blacks in the North, and Tammany Hall politics. Her creative use of imagery, and the slang language of the day (“flash patter”, the Irish called it), lend a genuine sense of authenticity to these atmospherically rich novels. The dialog can be colorful and witty at times and certainly heart-breaking at others.

Readers will enjoy each engaging and complex mystery while also absorbing some of New York’s often sordid history.  I would advise reading them in order, but do read them if you enjoy history and mystery combined in a captivating manner!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My First Library

"My first library was the Haverhill Public Library in Haverhill, MA. My mother would take me there every Thursday and while she looked for her own books I strolled through the children’s section trying really hard to find the 6 best books I could. (At that time there was a 6 book limit…imagine!!) The most vivid memory of these library trips is that I would almost always get a little carsick on the ride home because, unfortunately for me, I can’t read in the car without getting queasy. I could NEVER not look at my books in my lap on that short ride home but it was totally worth any stomach discomfort I felt. The library still stands in the same place but has undergone many renovations making it even larger than it was back then. A truly awesome place." ‪#‎MyFirstLibrary‬ ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MarioKart Tournament

We have 7 spaces still available for the MarioKart Wii Tournament next Wednesday, July 22 from 3 to 5. Ages 10 and up welcome! Register here or call the library at 516-6050. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Wii remote controllers provided. Questions? Give us a call at 516-6050.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

My First Library

"My first library was actually a bookmobile. My elementary school did not have its own library so each week the bookmobile would show up next to the playground. My favorite day of the week! I couldn’t wait to get inside to check for new books on horses, books about how to draw horses, and stories about horses. Marguerite Henry was my favorite author (Misty of Chincoteague! King of the Wind!). Sam Savitt wrote the best books on how to draw horses. Eventually, I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott and The Chronicles of Narnia, and there was no stopping me. The Bookmobile was cramped and crowded, but it held a world of books within it." ‪#‎MyFirstLibrary‬ ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬

My First Library

"My first library experience was in MI at the Coloma Public Library. Mrs. Viscuso was the children's librarian there and she organized 'library school' for preschool age children. I mostly remember reading books by Leo Lionni and doing some letter recognition activities. My mom is still great friends with Mrs. Viscuso and she still volunteers regularly at the library. Sidenote: my mom called her last week to tell her that I was working in the children's room!" ‪#‎MyFirstLibrary‬ ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬

Monday, July 06, 2015

"Hoopla" media streaming for DVDs, music, ebooks and more starts today, July 6! Register now!! It's free!!

       The Dover Public Library is excited to announce a new digital media download service, called “Hoopla”, for library cardholders. Thousands of movies, television shows, comics, music albums, eBooks and audiobooks are now available to download or stream, for free, through the library’s new partnership with “hoopla digital” – all you need is a valid library card!

       Beginning July 6, 2015, Dover Public Library cardholders can download the free “hoopla digital” mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit https://www.hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying over 300,000 titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. “hoopla digital” has a simple sign-up process and an attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or digital books.  And the service’s automatic return feature eliminates any late fees.

       To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to first download the free “hoopla digital” app from the App Store on your Android or IOS device.  (There is no need to download an app if you’ll be using a computer.) Once you have downloaded the app to your device(s), and/or clicked on the “hoopla digital”link on our website http://library.dover.nh.gov, you will be prompted to enter your email address, a password, your library card barcode number, and your library card PIN number.  The system will validate that you are in good standing with the library, so that you may begin to browse, borrow, and enjoy the content.  You will be able to begin streaming content immediately. You can also download content to view       at a later date (in case you won’t have Wi-Fi on that camping trip).

        Once you borrow a title on one device, it is automatically available on all devices with the “hoopla digital”  app and via your PC web browser (IE 8+, Firefox 12+, Safari 5+, Chrome 19+). You will be allowed to borrow a maximum of eight (8) titles each month. Video lends for 72 hours, music lends for 7 days, and audiobooks and eBooks lend for 21 days. You may access/view/listen to borrowed content as often as you want during the checkout period and you can return any borrowed title whenever you want.

       To learn more about this exciting new offering, call our librarians at 603-516-6050. We hope library patrons will enjoy this new service and take advantage of all the new content now available to you through the Dover Public Library!