Monday, April 22, 2019

2019 Peeps Show Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Tenth Annual Peeps Show contest are:  
Kids Division:  
Chickens Everywhere at Caterina and Gabe’s Wedding by Isabel Ackerson             

Youth Division:
Little Peep in the Big Woods  by
Kate Winn        

Teen Division:

The Peeper Games by Kyla Hill

Adult Division:
Charlie and the Peep Factory by Joanne Maher and Mary Kay Linscott

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated.
Special thanks to the Friends of the Dover Public Library who generously donated the prizes.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Online Tutorials and Practice Tests for over 300 Examinations

LearningExpress Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. 
Simply log onto the Library’s web page and click on Online Resources. Next, choose Learning Express and you will be prompted to enter your 14 digit library card number and to choose a password.

Adult Core Skills
The Adult Core Skills center helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.
School Center
The resources in the School Center provide skill-building for classroom and homework success. The school center helps students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.
College Admissions Test Preparation
Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.
College Center
The College Center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams.
Career Preparation Center
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future.
High School Equivalency Center
Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC exams, the High School Equivalency Center's practice tests, interactive tutorials, and e-books will help you reach your goal.

Friday, April 05, 2019

We're Going Off the Peep End!

We start accepting Peeps Show contest entries this Monday, April 8.
Build a diorama using Peeps of any color or species in a standard size shoe box, no larger than 16” x 16” please. Create your diorama based on a scene from a book. The first ten entries will receive a free plush Peep chick! 

Children ages 2 – 6 are invited to enter the Kids Division, and ages 7 – 10 may enter in the Youth Division. Peep Artists 11- 16 years old may enter the Teen Division, while those 17 or older are invited to compete in the Adult Division. On the back of your shoe box, please include your name, address, phone number, and title of your “Peeps Show”. All Peeps displays may be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, April 8 through Sunday, April 21. The winner of each division will receive a $25 Target gift card, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded on Monday afternoon, April 22. Peeps should be picked up by 5pm on Saturday, April 27. All Peeps not picked up by the deadline will be discarded or eaten!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

2019 Reading Challenge: Was made into a movie

As we start heading towards warmer weather, the blockbusters begin hitting movie screens. More and more, the movies are looking to books for inspiration for their next biggest hit. This leads to the ultimate question: is the book or movie better? As a librarian, I may be a little biased when I say almost always the book is better (I can only think of two instances where I would tell someone to skip the book and watch the movie!) Here are ten books that you may or may not know inspired a movie. We'll let you be the judge as to which medium is better.


An American bioengineering research firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island, complete with living dinosaurs, and invites a group of scientists to be its first terrified guests.

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts.

In 1962 Jackson, Mississippi there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall.

Ram is being held in a jail cell after winning India's biggest quiz show. It is hard to believe that a poor orphan with no education could win such a contest, but Ram explains how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question. Originally titled Q&A.

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed.


Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city.

The most devastating political detective story of the century: two Washington Post reporters, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation smashed the Watergate scandal wide open, tell the behind-the-scenes drama.

The biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a mathematical genius whose brilliant career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize.  

A biographical portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

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

You Can Watch BBC Programs Free on Hoopla!

Now you can watch BBC programs on Hoopla! Just look for the Hoopla icon on the left side of the Library web page

Monday, April 01, 2019

NH's Composer Amy Cheney Beach---a memoir in words & music

NH composer Amy Beach in Words and Music at Dover Library April 16

       On Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm, the Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to present a tribute, called “Words and Music”, to NH composer Amy Cheney Beach (1867—1944). Hear the story of America’s first female composer of large-scale classical music – brought to life by performers Marie Harris and Adi Rule.
       Amy Beach’s "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. An acclaimed pianist and New Hampshire native, Beach was a child prodigy and is often referred to as ‘the Dean of American Women Composers.’ In this moving memoir, Marie Harris plays the part of Amy Beach while Adi Rule provides musical accompaniment.
       Marie Harris is a former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and author of several volumes of poetry and children's books, including “G is for Granite” and “The Girl Who Heard Colors”. She has done extensive research on the life and works of Amy Beach, and created this presentation.  
       Adi Rule is a soprano who grew up singing and doing theater in New Hampshire. She was a member of, and a soloist for, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which is the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops. Adi is also a writer. Her next book, “Hearts of Ice”, comes out in September 2019 from Scholastic. Visit her online at
        This program is free. For more information, call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.