Saturday, December 29, 2018

Library Hours for New Year's Eve and Day

The Library will close at 4 pm on Monday, New Year's Eve, and be closed all Tuesday, January 1, in celebration of New Year's Day.

Happy New Year to you all!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Most Popular DPL Books of 2018

These are the top 25 books with the most checkouts from the DPL in 2018! How many have you read?

The president is missing by Bill Clinton & J. Patterson 85
Cottage by the sea by Debbie Macomber 52
Clock dance by Anne Tyler 50
The perfect couple by Elin Hilderbrand 49
The great alone by Kristin Hannah 43
A gathering of secrets by Linda Castillo 42
Before we were yours by Lisa Wingate 40
The rooster bar by John Grisham 38
The death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware 37
All we ever wanted by Emily Giffin 36
Fear by Bob Woodward 35
Fifty fifty by James Patterson 35
Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng 35
An American marriage by Tayari Jones 34
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 32
The outsider by Stephen King 31
Saints for all occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan 30
The Alice network by Kate Quinn 30
The 17th suspect by James Patterson 29
Hardcore twenty-four by Janet Evanovich 28
The money shot by Stuart Woods 28
Twisted prey by John Sandford 27
The high tide club by Mary Kay Andrews 27
The perfect mother by Aimee Molloy 27
Night moves by Jonathan Kellerman 26

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Take the DPL Reading Challenge!

Dover Public Library’s 2019 Reading Challenge

Starting in January, we challenge you to read one book for each theme provided. Use our check list to keep track and see if you can get through all 20 books by the end of the year (not necessarily in the order provided). There are no prizes – just a fun, personal challenge for you! If you have any questions or need help picking out books to read, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian. We love giving recommendations! Good luck!

     Has an orange cover
     Set in another time period
     Nominated for an award in 2015
     Was made into a movie
     On your to-read list
     By an author you’ve never heard of
     A novella
     Main character is not human
     Title begins with P
     Set in Russia
     Fairy tale retelling
     About the paranormal
     Middle-grade book
     About siblings
     Written by a local author or about Dover
     Will (maybe) make you cry
     A play
     Has a cover you like
     Nonfiction food book

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Free Dover Movie Premiere of Christmas Incorporated

Tuesday, December 18,  at 6:30pm, the library will be screening the Hallmark Channel movie, “Christmas Incorporated” which is set in Dover, New Hampshire! Have you ever flown out of the “Dover Regional Airport”? It does exist in this holiday story of Dover’s fight to save its struggling toy factory, housed in the gigantic downtown mills.
Yes, it’s fiction, but you can delight in Hollywood’s interpretation of the Garrison City at this free Dover movie premiere. “Christmas Incorporated” involves a young woman, Riley Vance, who lands a job with wealthy entrepreneur William Young. He is poised to close Dover’s toy factory just before Christmas, which would devastate the entire town. Riley must convince him otherwise! 

           Do Riley and William find love in Dover, NH? It was filmed in California so there are no real Dover scenes, but it’s a lot of fun to watch this sentimental interpretation of our fair city.  Scriptwriter Brook Durham grew up in the Seacoast area and says that the old mills in downtown Dover inspired the story. 

Thursday, December 06, 2018

We will be closed Friday, December 7

The Library will be closed on Friday, December 7 for our annual Staff Development & Training Day. We will be open Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 1-5 as usual.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

2018 Librarians’ Choice Is Now Available

We are proud to present the 2018 Librarians’ Choice; our favorite books of the year. We hope you enjoy them!

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

Dreadful Young Ladies
by Kelly Barnhill
White Houses by Amy Bloom
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place
by C. Alan Bradley
Our House by Louise Candlish
The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale
Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd
Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen
The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
Vox by Christina Dalcher

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos
French Exit by Patrick deWitt
The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
The Other Mother by Carol Goodman
Less by Andrew Greer
The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill
Southernmost by Silas House
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
Elevation by Stephen King
April in Paris, 1921 by Tessa Lunney
Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine
The Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason Matthews
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
The Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanagan
Hotel Silence by Audur Ava Olafsdottir
There, There by Tommy Orange
Where the Crawdads Sing
 by Delia Owens
Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Runaways: Find your way home by Rainbow Rowell
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Sheets by Brenna Thummler

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Summer on the River by Marcia Willett
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas


Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country by Steve Almond
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
by Penelope Bagieu
The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes by Rick Bass
The Best Cook in the World
by Rick Bragg
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
An Unexplained Death by Mikita Brottman

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
Look alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
The librarian's guide to homelessness: an empathy-driven approach to solving problems, preventing conflict, and serving everyone by Ryan Dowd
In Pieces by Sally Field
Beautiful Country Burn Again by Ben Fountain
Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy
The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King
My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle
The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
How To Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery
Open Mic Night in Moscow by Audrey Murray
Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don't by Sukey Novogratz
I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell
The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpoint
Sting-Ray Afternoons by Steve Rushin
Calypso by David Sedaris
Educated by Tara Westover

Monday, December 03, 2018

Hear Seth Ulinksi talk about his book "Amazing Heights" on Dec. 11, 6:30pm

Local author Seth Ulinski will be speaking at the library on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm about his recently published book “Amazing Heights: How Short Men Stand Tall”. The library enjoys helping authors promote their works to the wider public. A copy of Seth’s book is located in the library’s collection.

Seth notes that the personal development industry will surpass $10 billion in 2018 but you would be hard-pressed to find anything that addresses the unique challenges of one particular group: short guys. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 60 million adult males below average height, which is 5’10’’. Only a select few in the men’s clothing industry have recognized that one size does not fit everyone under 5’10’’. With this in mind, “Amazing Heights” is the first personal development book dedicated to the short guy fraternity. 

Since he was a kid, Seth has been fascinated with sports. He played basketball, baseball, and
football until a car accident in his sophomore year of high school. Multiple surgeries and a long 
recovery process gave him a stronger appreciation for seatbelts and good health. As an adult, Seth was diagnosed with rare autoimmune disorders, requiring thyroid and eye surgery. While educating himself on how to manage these life-altering events, Seth realized the value of self-care. Today, he’s grateful for these setbacks, drawing strength, courage, and wisdom from them as part of his wider self-improvement work. Read more on Seth’s blog at
Seth Ulinski is a Dover NH resident and a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina. While attending Clemson, Seth was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. At 5’7”, he is also a member of the short guy fraternity.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 603-516-6050.