Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Fates and Traitors" by Jennifer Chiaverini

A famous Dover girl is featured, (fictionalized historically that is), in Jennifer Chiaverini's new novel, "Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth" (Dutton, 2016).

As you may know, Lucy Hale (Chandler) was the daughter of the Hon. John Parker Hale, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire in the mid 1800s. The Hales lived on Central Avenue in a stately brick home that is now part of the Woodman Museum. While living with her family in Washington DC during her father's terms of office, Lucy began to covertly date a well-known actor by the name of John Wilkes Booth. They may have even been secretly engaged when Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln in March 1865.  When Booth was fatally shot, Lucy's picture was found in his pocket.

Chiaverini's story revolves, in alternating chapters, around four women who were important and influential in John Wilkes Booth's life: his mother, his sister, his landlady, and Lucy Hale. Mainly set in the nation's capital, the novel does mention trips to Dover NH quite often in the Lucy chapters. There is little known about actual relationship between John and Lucy, but Chiaverini weaves a believable and historically-based story about their courtship and its fateful demise.

Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and for those interested in Dover's history!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Job Opening @ Dover Public Library

for Circulation Desks on Sunday afternoons

Hours to include 4.5 hours on most Sunday afternoons from September through May, plus occasional, infrequent subbing at circulation desks during weekdays year-round.

We are seeking to hire a person with customer service background and familiarity with basic computer technology. Library work experience is desired, but the successful candidate must at least have a strong history of using public or academic libraries as a customer and a deep-seated love of reading.

Duties include checking library materials in and out, registering new borrowers, providing readers’ advisory service and guidance in locating library materials, assisting patrons in the use of computers, printers, the Internet and digital media, and acting as a Passport Acceptance Agent. 

Hourly rate is $13.08
Position starts mid-January 2017
Application deadline is Tuesday, January 5, 2017

City of Dover job applications and the full job vacancy announcement are available at:

Applications, job descriptions, and vacancy announcements are also available at the front entrance of City Hall. Completed applications may be dropped off at the City Manager’s office, emailed to or mailed to:

City Manager’s Office
288 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820

Happy Holidays to All!

The Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday,and Monday 12/24--12/26 for the Christmas holiday. 

Don't worry about running low on library materials, you can download books, audiobooks and magazines from NH Downloadable Books or movies, audiobooks, books, and music from Hoopla while we are closed.

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Librarians’ Choice Is Now Available

We are proud to present the 2016 Librarians’ Choice; our favorite books of the year. We hope you enjoy them!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
A Taste for Nightshade
by Martine Bailey
The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill
How To Set A Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown
Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Siracusa by Delia Ephron
Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
Paladin’s Odyssey by Bruce Fottler
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Helig
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg
The Language of Sisters by Cathy Lamb
The Children's Home by Charles Lambert
The Children by Ann Leary
Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! vol. 1 by Kate Leth
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
The Assistants by Camille Perri
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The Visitors by Simon Sylvester
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Flight Patterns by Karen White
Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


The Holistic Home by Laura Benko
National Geographic  Rarely Seen by Susan Hitchcock
They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Hold Still by Sally Mann
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Hamilton: the revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal