Friday, February 15, 2019

The Library Will Be Closed Monday

The Library will be closed on Monday, February 18th in celebration of President's Day.We will be open Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 1-5 as usual.

2019 Reading Challenge: Has a cover you like

They say never judge a book by its cover, but how can you not ogle at these beautiful designs? For this part of the 2019 Reading Challenge we are actually asking you to judge your book by its cover. (I know, it's hard to believe!) Book covers have become an art form all in itself and with only a few seconds to grab someone's attention, it's not hard to understand why! There are so many options out there, but here are just a few eye-catching covers that we have come across:

Deciding to renounce eating meat in the wake of violent dreams, Yeong-hye, a woman from a culture of strict societal mores, is denounced as a subversive as she spirals into extreme rebelliousness that causes her to splinter from her true nature and risk her life. 

When her latent supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

Jake Whyte lives on her own with a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep. Every few nights something--or someone--picks off one of the sheep. There are foxes in the woods, a strange man wandering the island, and rumors of a mysterious beast prowling at night. And there is Jake’s relentless past—one she tried to escape thousands of miles away and years ago, concealed in stubborn silence and isolation and the scars that stripe her back.

Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them.

A heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms gradually reveals a fallout between two longtime friends and Oxford students over the course of a decade marked by the marriage of one and the disappearance of the other.

A teacher, still furious over the injustice of being suspended over a so-called outburst, must deal with her town’s relentless scrutiny and judgement after she is erroneously named as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works.

A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own. 

Bottoming out after a dramatic breakup, doctoral student Lucy accepts her sister's invitation to dog-sit at her home on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like.

Binti is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, an alien race, and Binti's stellar travel to the university will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.

Want to participate in Dover Public Library's 2019 Reading Challenge? Download the form here

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Library will be closed Tuesday Night

The Library will be closing at 5:30 tonight due to hazardous weather conditions.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Laugh a lot at this Granite State Giggles program on February 19!

This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
       On Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm, the Friends of the Dover Public Library will present an entertaining program led by Saundra Maisey, a Certified Laughter Leader with the World Laughter Tour. This organization promotes a worldwide movement for health, happiness and peace by encouraging everyone to tap into the positive benefits of laughter and humor.
        Studies have shown that children laugh over 300 times a day, while adults manage an average of just 15 times daily. What happened? How did we lose our ability to laugh? Can we find that laughter again—true mirthful laughter? Absolutely, YES!! 
        Saundra’s program will help you find that inner laughter again. Attendees will partake in exercises that encourage playfulness and balance of mind, body and spirit. This may include gentle stretching and deep breathing, along with laughter exercises that combine laughing and physical movement.  She will talk about the physical and psychological benefits of laughter then she will get the audience laughing to prove it. Give yourself permission to surrender your seriousness.   This program is an invitation to breathe, laugh and play for your well-being. No experience required. You don’t have to tell jokes or be funny or flexible to join us!

       Saundra Maisey has been a Certified Laughter leader since August 2005. Upon completion of her training, she established “Granite State Giggles!” and leads laughter workshops for libraries, businesses, and other organizations. She makes laughter a daily activity in her life and is a catalyst for laughter with family and friends. Saundra is not a humorist or comedian; she merely loves to laugh, and to share the benefits of laughter with others. Prior to becoming a CLL, Saundra was a public school music teacher, retailer, and system design developer for a Fortune 500 company for over thirty years.
      Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation and have an enjoyable evening with us! For more information, call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

Friday, February 01, 2019

2019 Reading Challenge: Written by a local author or about Dover

If you're like me, then you love being part of the Dover community! ...But if you're also like me then maybe you don't know as much about the history of this fair city as you'd like or the wonderful talent coming out of New Hampshire. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of books about Dover or written by local authors. Whether you're reading this to learn more about the city you live or to knock off another category on our 2019 Reading Challenge, this list is here to help! 

About Dover

Factory on Fire: Cocheco Mill Blaze of 1907 by Mark A. Leno, Jr.

The true story of the Cocheco Mill No. 1 blaze of 1907 that resulted in the deaths of seven and injured many more in a 58 hour fire which began on an extremely cold, twenty below zero morning on January 26.

Port of Dover: Two Centuries of Shipping on the Cochecho by Cathleen Beaudoin and Robert Whitehouse

One hundred years ago Dover was an important port of call rivaling the success of Portsmouth. This major historical study covers Dover's settlement in the early 1600's through the late 1700's when the Cocheco River was the focus of Dover's economic livelihood, as well as throughout the 19th century when Dover became the trading center for inland communities. Co-written by Dover's Library Director, Cathy Beaudoin!

Dover: A Family Portrait by Adam Bates, Peggy Brown, Nicholas Jaime, Elene Lampros, and Tracy Saucier

A photo-collection history of Dover collected and put together by 5 Dover Junior High School students with their advisors in 1995 as part of ACE Program.


The Best of Intentions: Unforeseen Circumstances by Laurence P. Keenan

The story of a Dover family from humble beginnings to success and heartbreak.It is a tale of bittersweet family differences and a newfound admiration for the remarkable oil paintings that have been handed down generations.

Rambles About the Dover Area 1623-1973 by Daniel J. Smith

A collection of stories told by Daniel J. Smith, a life-long Dover resident and local expert on Dover and Dover Point. Rambles is a collection of short stories he wrote about the people and places of Dover that were published in Chimes, the First Parish Church, Congregational's Newsletter. 

Written by a Local Author

Stitches by Samantha Simard

When a string of grisly murders centering on college students grab the city of Boston by the throat, Jim Wolfe finds himself entangled in more than one mystery. While Wolfe and his partner attempt to unravel the threads connecting the killings to their missing rock n’ roll heiress, Sebastian Codreanu discovers how deeply his father is tied to the recent crime spree, and the Mass Art Murderer plots his masterpiece.

Loonies by Gregory Bastianelli

Smokey Hollow is a quiet town, but all that changes when Brian Keays moves in and discovers a locked steamer trunk in the attic of his home. A suspicious fire destroys a mental asylum.Victims are found dead with a pillowcase over their heads, the same method used in an unsolved series of murders, committed over fifty years ago. Brian tries to piece together the connection to the trunk and its grisly contents.

Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman

Scottish expatriate Jana Bibi helps to save the small town in India she has grown to call home and the oddball characters she considers family.

Lake People by Abi Maxwell

Abandoned as an infant and raised by a young couple, Alice Thornton grows up aching for acceptance and wholly unaware of the women who came before her, a situation that compels her pursuit of a man who cannot love her.
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Everyone wants Ginny Moon to feel like she belong, but she has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right.

Want to participate in Dover Public Library's 2019 Reading Challenge? Download the form here!