Monday, May 15, 2017

Help us take apart our old piano! ---Saturday, May 27



          The Dover Public Library is very pleased to present one of the most unique programs we’ve ever offered! After the donation of a new Steinway baby grand piano to the library, we pondered what to do with the old, battered piano which was slated for the dumpster.

           The library had hosted several STEM-related “Take Apart” programs in the past, where kids worked with hand tools to disassemble small appliances and electronics, to see what made them tick. So, we thought, why not take apart a large musical instrument? We enlisted the help of our expert piano tuner, Peter Poole, who will lead the deconstruction of the old piano on Saturday, May 27 at 10am in the Lecture Hall.

         Children in grades 3 and up may register to be part of Mr. Poole’s “Take-Apart” crew. Space is limited, so please register (children only, please) on the library’s website http://library.dover.nh.gov  or call the library at 603-516-6050. Peter will teach the participants about the complex inner workings of a piano as it’s slowly dissected. Adults are welcome to attend as observers and don’t need to register. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about the parts of a piano first hand! 
            This one-of-a-kind program is free and will probably never be repeated! For more information, call Denise LaFrance at the Reference Desk, 603-516-6082.
          

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Come "Walk Through the Delta" with blues duo Howard Stith and Mike Rogers, Tuesday, May 16 @ 7pm



     
The Friends of the Dover Library are pleased to welcome back one of our favorite musical duos for a return engagement on Tuesday evening, May 16 at 7pm.
      “Poor Howard” Stith and Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers bring alive the blues tradition that originated in the Mississippi delta region in the early 20th century. Howard is a scholar of early blues and has been performing for over forty years. Exposed to the music of Leadbelly, at an early age, He carries on the 12-string guitar style that emerged in the 1930╩╝s, and also plays steel guitar in the “bottleneck” style made popular by Son House and Robert Johnson. In 2012, Howard represented New Hampshire at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
      Mike Rogers draws his harmonica style from the playing of Sonny Terry and John Sebastian, and although he has mastered many styles from folk to country, he captures perfectly the southern country blues of the depression. Mike brings the harmonica alive with such songs as “Run, Bead, Run” about a chicken-chasing dog and “Shortenin╩╝ Bread”, a classic to get everyone dancing. Mike has also competed in the International Blues Challenge, representing Maine in 2006.
     Together, this duo brings alive this important era of music.  “A Walk Through the Delta” is both educational and entertaining, mixing music and folk humor, and showing how this distinctly American music has gained international popularity. This lively, foot-tapping program is free and open to all in the Lecture Hall at the Dover Public Library. Join us! Call the library at 603-516-6050 for more information.