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 http://library.dover.nh.gov 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.
Enjoy! https://nh.overdrive.com/

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!