Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lecture and Book Signing with Julie Boardman, Author of Death in the White Mountains

Julie Boardman, author of the book Death in the White Mountains, will present a program based on her book at the Dover Public Library on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm.

Death in the White Mountains is the first book to focus on fatalities in the entire region. Boardman points out that “a great deal has been written about deaths on Mount Washington, yet in recent years, more people have died elsewhere in the White Mountains. I wanted people to realize that dangers exist in many areas.”
   Using a variety of sources, she compiled a list of 219 hikers, climbers and backcountry skiers who have died.Each of the first nine chapters of the book is devoted to a cause of death. These include falls, hypothermia, natural causes, avalanches, drowning, lightning strikes and freak accidents, lost hikers who were never found, hypothermia, and murder. 

Julia Boardman is the author of When Women and Mountains Meet, a book about the women who shaped the interesting history of the White Mountains. Her work has appeared in Appalachia (the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club), Sierra (the magazine of the Sierra Club), Connecticut Audubon and many other publications. Since moving to New London, New Hampshire in 1990, she has hiked extensively throughout New England and climbed all the peaks in the region that are over 4,000 feet high.

Copies of Death in the White Mountains will be for sale at the event for the special price of $15. She will be pleased to inscribe books also.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Musician Cormac McCarthy entertains on September 18 @ 7pm

The Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to host a performance by noted musician and poet Cormac McCarthy on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm. Hitch a ride into small town life through McCarthy’s original songs and stories from his fifth recording, “Collateral”.
     Meet the slightly odd townsfolk enjoying a Saturday night dance at “The Marigold Hal”; the homeless man who gets himself thrown in jail seeking a warm bed for the winter in “Adrift in the Mountains”; the weary millworker in “River Round the Bend”; and “The Cadillac Man” who lives in his Coupe de Ville at a campground.
     Cormac portrays a variety of characters on the edge of society, giving focus to the social fabric around them. His presentation is filled with insight, humor, and poignancy. One music critic has called McCarthy “the closest thing New England’s ever come to having our own Woody Guthrie.”
      Come join in this musical celebration of the common heart of America.  Everyone is welcome to attend in the Library’s Lecture Hall. For more information, please call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Library Will be Closed for the Labor Day Weekend

The Library will be closed Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor Day. You can still download books, audiobooks and magazines from NH Downloadable Books or movies, audiobooks, books, and music from Hoopla while we are closed.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Dover High School Yearbooks Are Online!

No doubt it has been sad for past students and teachers of Dover High School to watch the final days of the old school building. I am happy to announce that the old DHS will live on in the cyber world. The Library's Dover City Directories database now includes Dover High School year books from 1915-1916, and 1940-2013. You can search by name, by year, activity or sport. Anyone is welcome to use the database, there are no passwords or restrictions. It's so much fun to look through them, give it a try and spread the word to your old classmates!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Celebrate Harry Potter at the Library on July 28!

Eternal glory awaits you at the Dover Public Library’s third annual Harry Potter Day!
Join us and participate in the Triwizard Tournament on Saturday, July 28 from 9am to 12pm for an early celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday. The event will end with a Harry Potter trivia competition at 12pm.

Attendees will be whisked away to Hogwarts through Platform 9 ¾ where their personality traits will help to decide which house they belong to. After they are sorted, they will represent Hogwarts in the 2018 Triwizard Tournament against rival schools Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Their training will begin with picking out the perfect wand at Ollivander’s; practicing “nox”/“lumos” spells by making a light switch cover; and creating an owl companion to help them along the way.

Champions will try their hand at several “extremely dangerous” tasks. They must attempt to steal away an egg from a dragon in a Quidditch match; locate lost Hogwarts objects in a Scavenger Hunt for a chance to enter a raffle for a Harry Potter prize; navigate a maze to find the Goblet of Fire and put their name in the cup; and challenge Voldemort to a duel in the photo booth area. A Harry Potter-themed Escape Room will also be available throughout the day for those who pre-register for a spot. Attendees can then celebrate at the Yule Ball with some butterbeer and other refreshments.

Individuals dressed in their finest witch and wizard wardrobes are invited to participate in a costume contest to win a special Harry Potter prize at 10am. The contest is for all ages and a panel of judges will decide the winning costume. Another Harry Potter prize will be awarded to the winning team in the Harry Potter trivia competition.

In addition, witches and wizards can help “Feed the Muggles!” by bringing one non-perishable item with them to donate to the Harry Potter Day food drive. Each person who brings an item will receive a lightning bolt keychain while supplies last. The food drive will continue at the library until Saturday, August 11. All donations will go to the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County’s food pantry. The drive is sponsored by OWLS, a local community service group affiliated with the library, and a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance.

Harry Potter Day festivities continue on Tuesday, July 31 at 6pm when the library will be showing a special Interactive Movie version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in the Lecture Hall. Those registered to attend will receive a gift bag filled with props, and a script to help act out the scenes in the movie. Costumes are encouraged and registration is required. To sign up, call or visit the library’s website.

Harry Potter Day is free and open to the public. For more information about the celebration activities, visit or call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050. Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 9am-8:30pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-5:30pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Attention All Cooks!

In conjunction with “Dover Dines Restaurant Week”, the Friends of the Dover Public Library will hold a special “Cookbooks Only” booksale for one week at the library’s main desk from Monday, July 16 through Saturday, July 21.  Prices will range from $1.00 to $3.00 and the stock will include a very large selection of softcovers and hardcovers, local community cookbooks, exotic foreign cuisines, and everything in between.
The sale will take place during regular library hours: Monday---Wednesday 9am to 8:30pm; Thursday---Friday 9am to 5:30pm; and Saturday 9am to 1pm.  Proceeds from the sale will help the Friends of the Library continue to fund special library programs, museum passes, equipment, and furnishings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Join the Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, July 18 from 10am to 7:30pm
Grab some friends and join us for a Scavenger Hunt through the city of Dover.  Teams of 2 or more will be asked to find landmarks, take pictures in certain locations, and be tested on their knowledge of their home town.  This is an all-ages event, but we will have prize winners in 3 categories:  preschool to 5th grade, 6th grade to 12th grade, and adults. Fastest team in each category wins a $25 Cowlicks Dairy Bar gift card!  Your team will register at the library any time after 10am but you must be back at the Library before we close at 8:30pm.  I would suggest leaving at least 1 ½ hours to complete the course.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

New Hampshire Downloadable Books offers magazines again!

 The 25 digital magazines in the New Hampshire Downloadable Books collection can be checked out without affecting how many eBooks or audiobooks you can borrow at once. They can be read on a computer browser or within the Libby app on a mobile device.

Monday, July 02, 2018

The Library will be closed July 4

The Library will close at 5:30pm on Tuesday, July 3 and be closed all day July 4. Happy 4th of July to all!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Volunteer with OWLS to Help Grow Vegetables for Cocheco Valley Humane Society’s Small Animals on Sunday, July 1 at 9 AM

This summer, you can help animals in need by volunteering with OWLS, a community service group affiliated with the Dover Public Library.

On Sunday, July 1 from 9am to 11:30am OWLS will be working to revitalize Cocheco Valley Humane Society’s vegetable garden. Many of the small animals at the shelter require a daily diet of vegetables to stay healthy. The vegetable garden will not only help to feed these animals, but will also offer CVHS a cost-effective way to take care of them. Some of the vegetables grown will include cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, and carrots.

The garden will be an on-going project throughout the summer, starting with weeding and tilling the soil, then planting and maintaining the garden. The first meeting will include an orientation from CVHS at 9am that will last approximately half an hour followed by work in the garden. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes that they are not afraid to get dirty and are welcome to bring shovels, gloves, or any other garden tools they may need.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should sign up at or by calling the library at (603) 516-6050. Participants will meet at the animal shelter, located at 262 County Farm Road in Dover.

Further group meet-ups for the CVHS garden will be posted on Dover Public Library’s website ( and Facebook page (@DoverPLNH) and OWLS’ Facebook page (@OwlsNH) and website ( as well as in the newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter visit:

Please be advised that animals are on the premises, and there is a dog pen located near the garden so this may not be a good fit for someone with animal allergies or fear of any animals at the shelter.

OWLS programs are open to all ages (unless otherwise noted) and volunteers do not have to live in Dover or be a Dover Public Library cardholder to participate. OWLS is a member of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a worldwide non-profit organization that uses the power of volunteering to turn fans into heroes.

This program and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the OWLS website at or call the Library at 603-516-6050. Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 9am-8:30pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-5:30pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Summer Reading Programs



Are you ready to rock and read?  Join us this summer at the Dover Public Library to see how “Libraries Rock!” Readers of all ages can register for the reading program beginning on Monday, June 25 starting at 9:00 am. The more you read, the more chances you have to win prizes. If you sign-up for the program between June 25 and June 30, your name will be entered in a raffle to win a ukulele donated by Guitar Center of Portsmouth. Stop in the children’s room anytime to sit and read in our rocking chair donated by Ross Furniture.         
Monday, June 25 @ 3pm:  Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley “Let’s Rock & Roll & Read”
We will kick-off a summer of fun with Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley as they present “Let’s Rock & Roll & Read”. Together, this award-winning children’s musician and best-selling author/illustrator keep everyone singing, reading and laughing with plenty of humor and audience participation.

Wednesday, June 27 @ 3pm:   Flying High Dogs
Don’t miss the Flying High Dogs at Henry Law Park. Mike Piazza and his athletic border collies are guaranteed to thrill people of all ages with their amazing Frisbee tricks. This show will take place at the Henry Law Park. (Sponsored by Kennebunk Bank)

Friday, July 6 from 9 to 11am:  Nature Walk on the Dover Community Trail
Another fun off-site event will be a nature walk on the Dover Community Trail. An educator from Coyote Club Wildlife Education will lead us on an exploration of our community trail. We will meet at the Watson Road entrance of the trail. Please come prepared for an outdoor adventure.

Tuesday, July 10 @ 2pm:    Rocks and Fossils with the Woodman Museum
Mike Day of the Woodman Museum will be bringing some of their amazing rock and fossil collection to the library.  Mr. Day will talk about the examples he brings from their exhibits. Afterwards, kids will have a chance to make their own fossils.

Wednesday, July 11 from 6 to 7:30: Mario Kart Tournament
re you a Mario Kart fan?  Come and test your skills against other kids at our Mario Kart Tournament.  Prizes for top 3 places. Ages 10 to 18.  Sign-up required so visit our website or call 516-6050.  Pizza and refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, July 18 from 10am to 7:30pm:  Scavenger Hunt
Grab some friends and join us for a Scavenger Hunt through the city of Dover.  Teams of 2 or more will be asked to find landmarks, take pictures in certain locations, and be tested on their knowledge of their home town.  This is an all-ages event, but we will have prize winners in 3 categories:  preschool to 5th grade, 6th grade to 12th grade, and adults. Fastest team in each category wins a $25 Cowlicks Dairy Bar gift card!  Your team will register at the library any time after 10am but you must be back at the Library before we close at 8:30pm.  I would suggest leaving at least 1 ½ hours to complete the course.

Wednesday, July 18 from 2:15 to 6pm:  Dover Farmer’s Market
Once again, we will set up our branch library at the Dover Farmer’s Market.  A StoryWalk of the children’s picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen will also be set up at the market. We will offer an activity based on the book at our booth.

Thursday, July 19 @ 2pm:  Mad Science will present “Sounds Like Science”.
This family show will explore the concepts of pitch, frequency, and vibration in a fun and interactive way. (Sponsored by Dover Rotary Club)

Monday, July 23 @ 6pm:  Teen Trivia Night
Teen Trivia Night for kids in grades 7 – 12 at the Dover Public Library on July 23 @ 6:30pm!  Come as a team or come solo and be added to a team.  We will be using the Kahoot! software so you may bring a device of your own or borrow one of our devices.  Prize awarded to the winning team!  For more contact Denise LaFrance at 516-6050 or

Wednesday, July 25 from 1 to 4:  Studios2Go Mobile Gaming Unit
Studios2Go is a state of the art mobile video game unit housed in a 30 foot long enclosed trailer. Stadium seating for 20+ players inside and 8 more players outside!  Registration is required.  Kids in K-5th grade can sign up for either 1pm to 2pm or 2pm to 3pm, and kids in grades 5 to 12 can sign up for the 3pm to 4pm time slot. 

Monday, July 30 @ 6pm:  Book Discussion with author Paul Durham
Local children’s author Paul Durham will lead a book discuss of his novel Luck Uglies. His book will be available to check out from the Children’s Room at the end of June. (Sponsored by Higgins Wood Floors)

Tuesday, July 31@ 6pm:  Interactive Harry Potter Movie for all ages
Join us in celebrating Harry Potter's birthday with an interactive movie featuring "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" on Tuesday, July 31st at 6pm. Everyone will receive a gift bag filled with props and a script to help act out the scenes in the movie. Costumes are encouraged!

Wednesday, August 1 from 2 to 4pm: Free Climbing Wall
Vertical Dreams will be setting up their 24 foot rock wall on the front lawn of the McConnell Center.  Kids 5 and up are encouraged to come and challenge themselves to reach the top.  The wall accommodates 4 kids at once, and kids are encouraged to take as many tries as they can fit in.  
Monday, August 6 @ 6:30pm:  Dover’s Got Talent at the Dover Rotary Arts Pavilion
Our final program will feature you as we present “Dover’s Got Talent”--this is your chance to perform on the big stage at the Dover Rotary Arts Pavilion. Do you sing, play an instrument, juggle, read poetry? Whatever, your talent is, we want you to share it with your friends and neighbors in our end of the summer reading program celebration!