Thursday, May 30, 2019

Exercise Your Creativity

 Have you tried our Creativebug database yet?  It is a collection of more than 1000 video classes, free to library patrons with their borrower card number, covering a wide variety of creative topics.  Classes range from 3 minutes to more than 6 hours long. 

Just a few of the topics are drawing, painting, lettering, sewing, paper crafts, book binding, knitting, baking, canning and preserving, upholstering, furniture restoration, home d├ęcor, jewelry, and kids’ crafts.  They constantly add new projects. Prepare for summer fun by creating your own rice paper lanterns, bubble wands, or a fun teepee for the kids.
The Creativebug link can be found on the Learning and Research page of the library's website:, and DPL cardholders get unlimited access to all videos!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Meet "The Gravestone Girls" Tuesday, May 21, 7pm

     On Tuesday, May 21 at the Dover Public Library at 7pm, cemetery historians “The Gravestone Girls” will present a virtual tour of New England cemetery art, history, and symbolism. Their 90-minute presentation, called "Welcome to The Graveyard", will be centered on local cemeteries and is built on photographs recently taken in burying places, particularly in Pine Hill Cemetery which began as Dover’s first public burying ground in 1731.

    The Girls, led by Brenda Sullivan, will explain why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why the stones look the way they do, and how their styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years. Brenda has been studying gravestones for nearly twenty years.  A lifelong Massachusetts resident, she has spent many hours in graveyards all over the world.  Her education in art history and restoration led to the creation of The Gravestone Girls whose mission, "Keep Our Dead Alive!", is accomplished through educational lectures, tours, and gravestone rubbing classes. The Girls also create beautiful and unusual sculpted castings of the primitive art found on the faces of old New England gravestones. Their gravestone art pieces are shown regularly at art and craft festivals.

      Brenda works with libraries, historical societies, genealogy groups, and museums to raise awareness and teach residents what history lies buried in their own back yards. She adds, “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others.  Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one. Come see what we do!”

        If you’ve ever taken a walk through Pine Hill Cemetery and admired its beauty, you will delight in this presentation.  Visit for more information on their work. This program is free, sponsored by The Friends of the Dover Library. For more information about the program, call the library at 603-516-6050.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

2019 Reading Challenge: Nominated for an award in 2015

Do you remember 2015? I know it seems like a long time ago so let me refresh your memory:
  • Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  •  An Amtrak trail derailed in Philadelphia, killing 8 and injuring over 200 passengers.
  •  Two prisoners escaped from a jail in New York.
  •  Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's Paris headquarters was attacked by a terrorist group.
  • The Patriots were accused of under-inflating footballs in a scandal dubbed "deflategate."
But not everything was bad!
  • Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk" became the big hit of the year.
  • Pope Francis made his first visit to America.
  • The internet became divided over whether a picture of a dress was blue and black or gold and white.
  • Same-sex marriage became legal in the US.
  • William and Kate introduced Princess Charlotte to the world.
And all of these award-nominated books were released meaning our "to-be-read" piles suddenly became much longer...


A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

A novel framed as a fictional oral history that explores the events and characters surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil on Jamaica in the late 1970s.

A collection of stories that delve deeply into love, loss, the decisions we make for ourselves, and the decisions we make for others.

Marrying in a whirlwind amid predictions of future greatness, Lotto and Mathilde are shaped throughout a subsequent shared decade by complications, secrets, and powerful creative drives.

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

As ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future.

Surviving a disaster that kills everyone else in her family, June relocates West and settles into a directionless existence while other people impacted by the tragedy struggle with new circumstances.



Drawing on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker discusses the five devastating mass extinctions on earth and predicts the coming of a sixth.

Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race.

Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations for all who participated! 

Dover Public Library’s
17th Annual Poetry Contest

The Dover Public Library would like to announce the winners of our 17th Annual Poetry Contest.  We would like to thank our judges: Janice Alberghene, John Michael Albert, Maria Faskianos, Marcia Goodnow, and Marsha Pelletier.

Category 1:       1st Place: Ileana Milhauser, Grade 2, Berwick Academy
                        2nd Place: Megan Merrigan, Grade 2, Horne Street School
                        3rd Place : Lorden Trayer, Grade 2, Portsmouth Christian Academy
Honorable Mention: Sam Mezey, Grade 2, Portsmouth Christian Academy (tie)
                                          Sarah Dominic, Grade 1, Portsmouth Christian Academy (tie)
Category 2:       1st Place: Josephine Lundborn, Grade 4, Woodman Park School
                        2nd Place:  Sofia Milancovici, Grade 4, PCA
                        3rd Place : Soroush Ashoori-Mehranjani, Grade 4, Woodman Park School
                        Honorable Mention: Everly Neri, Grade 3, Garrison School
Category 3:       1st Place: Patrick Bancroft, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
                        2nd Place: Madeline Shilling, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
                        3rd Place: Tori Quintanilla, Grade 5, St. Mary Academy
                        Honorable Mention: Jocelyn Bancroft, Grade 6, St. Mary Academy
Category 4:       1st Place:  Caroline Schultz, Grade 7, Dover Middle School (tie)
    Griffin Sawyer, Grade 8, Dover Middle School (tie)           
                        2nd Place: Chelsea Thurston, Grade 7, St. Mary Academy
                        3rd Place:  Noah C. Rich, Grade 7, Berwick Academy
                        Honorable Mention: Kylia Small, Grade 7, Dover Middle School

Category 5:       1st Place: Riley Lane, Grade 9, Dover High School
                        2nd Place: Kaley Hanson, Grade 10, Dover High School
                        3rd Place: Abhay Soman, Grade 9, Portsmouth Christian Academy
                        Honorable Mention:  Saroya Kinville, Grade 10, Dover High School
Category 6:       1st Place:  Caroline Hanna, Grade 11, Dover High School
                        2nd Place: Harry J. Tarbox, Grade 12, Dover High School
                        3rd Place: Wyatt Codd, Grade 11, Dover High School
                        Honorable Mention:  Benjamin Stone, Grade 12, Dover High School

Gather Your Group for Games

Looking for a free and fun night out? Join us every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 8:30 for Games Night. All ages are welcome so bring the kids, bring your friends, or meet new friends here.We will supply the snacks and games. We have a big selection of games so you can choose an old favorite or learn a new game. See you Wednesday, May 15!

The Library's game collection includes:

Apples to Apples
Sour Apples to Apples

Candy Land
Care Bear Dominoes
Disney Princess Dominoes
Mexican Train Dominoes
Choose One!
Harry Potter Clue
Connect 4
Disney Princess Go Fish Card Game
Disney Princess Old Maid Card Game
Eco Fluxx
Forbidden Island x2
Labyrinth the Card Game
Love Letters
Monopoly x2
Munchkin Treasure Hunt
Poker Chips & Playing Cards
Scattergories the Card Game
Scrabble for Juniors
Settlers of Catan
Star Trek Catan
Sorry! Sliders
Sushi Go!
The Ark of the Covenant
Trophy Buck Dice Game
Tsuro x2

Thursday, May 09, 2019

The Lowdown on Downloadables

You probably know that you can download eBooks free through the Library's webpage. Did you know you can also download magazines, music, audiobooks, graphic novels, movies and TV shows? Here's the lowdown on downloadables.

NH OverDrive
You can borrow up to 3 eBooks and audiobooks at a time. You can check out as many magazines as you like without affecting your eBook and audiobook limits.
You choose a one week or 2 week due date.
You can read or listen on your computer, or download the app onto Apple, Android, or Kindle devices.

You can borrow books, audiobooks, comic books, movies, TV shows, or stream music.
You may borrow 8 items per month.
Most movie and TV content is available for 3 days.
Music albums are available for 7 days.
Audiobooks are available for 21 days.
eBooks are available for 21 days.
Download the app onto your Apple, Android or Kindle fire device, or connect to Hoopla’s web page on your computer.

The Library offers 28 downloadable magazines.
You can read magazines on your computer or download the app onto your Apple, Android or Kindle fire device.

You can find all these services on the Dover Public Library’s web page,