Yearly Archives: 2014

Inter-Library Loan


My Cargo – Items ready to travel back to their Home Libraries for the Holidays

I want to share a great service that the Dover Public Library has to offer.  If you wish to check out some something that we do not have in our collection, we CAN get it for you. It’s called an Inter – Library Loan or ILL. You just need to fill out a form, or we can do it for you. You need the author, title of the item you are requesting, your name, phone number, and library card number. We then take the paper and place the order or the HOLD from a library consortium of about two hundred different libraries from all over Ohio. Once the library gets the item, we call you. You can request DVD’s, too. You can keep a DVD for a week, a book for three weeks. There is a 50 cent a day fine and no renewals as we need to get the item back to its home in a timely manner.

You can use our website to request items, too. If you look at the menu bar at the top of our website, you can see the ADULTS menu. Hover your mouse over ADULTS, and a drop-down box will appear. Look down to ORDER MATERIALS FROM OTHER LIBRARIES and click. This page has a little more info about ILLs and a form you can fill out. This form is used if you want to request something that we at the Dover library do not have. It is just like the form we all use inside the library to request an item. Once submitted, the form is sent automatically to me, Denise, at

We can also do an ILL for teachers, book clubs, and anyone who might need more that one copy of a book with the same title. Just let us know what you need and we’ll do everything we can to get it for you!

If you need anything, we here at the Dover Library are here to help.

Thanks for reading,


Adult Services

Denise with a Form

Me & an ILL Form

100 Book Club

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As 2015 dawns, the library challenges you to make a positive change in your life. One way is to join the library’s 100 Book Club. Make it your New Year’s resolution to read more in 2015. The goal is to read or listen to 100 books between January 1 and December 31. Here’s how it works:

o Membership is open to readers 6 and up.
o Members must read or listen to the title themselves.
o You can join at any time during the year, but only titles completed before December 31 will count.
o Each title can only be counted once per calendar year.
o Paperbacks, hardbacks, large print, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, and eAudiobooks count. Magazines and comic books do not count, nor do picture books that are read by patrons over the age of 10.
o Participants who have read 100 books in the calendar year must submit their reading logs to the library for verification. Once verified, these patrons will become Club Members and receive a club t-shirt, a membership card, and an invitation to DPL’s Annual 100 Book Club recognition reception.

Stop by the library beginning December 31, 2014 to pick up your personal reading log. Take the pledge to join the coolest and most prestigious book club around!

Did you know…?

Tis the season of Christmas songs, and if you are like me, one is always playing in the back of your mind. As we slip and slide our way through another holiday season, I would like to draw your attention to a certain tune that comes with a little local history. The composer: Benjamin Hanby. The place: New Paris, Ohio. In 1864, Hanby made a bold decision to leave the ministry and set out on a new career path: he wanted to make a living in the music industry. He worked for a Cincinnati music publisher and had started a singing school in New Paris that ministered to children. That winter, he brought his “singing church” to perform at a Christmas party for a group of poor children in Richmond, Indiana. This marks the first performance of the song he called “Santa Claus,” and it is said that they received wild cheers and applause. His brother Will (whose name is used in the song) even came from his home in Westerville to hear the live performance in Indiana. The next year Hanby published “Santa Claus” with Root and Cady in Chicago. He had achieved his goal, however briefly. Hanby died in Chicago in 1867; Root and Cady was lost to the Great Chicago Fire four years later. But Hanby’s song lives on today, and all kids know it as “Up on the Housetop.” This year, as you sing it with your loved ones, remember that the man who wrote the words and melody had the courage to follow his dream. I hope this inspires all of us to reach from small town Ohio to the stars, and in 2015 may we all find what makes us truly happy.

You can visit Westerville’s Hanby House where he lived from 1853-1858.


– Claire Kandle

Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Gingerbread Challenge

Candy CaneTuesday, December 16 at 3:00 PM

Create a Gingerbread masterpiece illustrating our secret theme! Previous themes have been “Music” and “Snow Day.” Teens are asked to bring a bag of candy decorations to share and add variety to their creations. It is also a good idea to bring a can of white icing. Gingerbread and royal icing will be provided by the library. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Limited to 15 Gingerbread Houses. Teens may work in teams of two. Please call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.

YA Biographies: A Love Story

Nonfiction isn’t really  my go-to reading material. Give me Hogwarts, give me Narnia. Give me John Green or Sarah Dessen when I’m feeling less fantastical. I like the escape. As my one of my closest friends says, “Realistic is boring. Why would I want to read that?” But while reading reviews and selecting nonfiction for the Young Adult section, I’ve discovered a love for true stories, specifically the true stories of young people coping with things that I could not have imagined. .

This Star Won't Go Out by Esther EarlHeard of The Fault in Our Stars? Who hasn’t? This Star Won’t Go Out is the story of Esther Earl, the inspiration for Hazel Grace. This collection of stories, journal entries, and letters was assembled by Esther’s parents, Wayne and Lori Earl, after Esther’s death in 2010. She was sixteen years old. Esther was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as a young teen, and spent years in a battle with the disease. That didn’t stop her from living her life, making friends in online communities, and making a difference. She became good friends with John Green and a well-known Nerdfighter.  Reading her story was at once inspiring and heartbreaking. I definitely recommend having some tissues handy. Lori and Wayne Earl created a nonprofit organization in Esther’s honor called This Star Won’t Go Out to help families battling cancer. You can read more about it on their website.


Positive by Raige Rawls

Tissues might also be useful for Paige Rawl’s memoir, Positive. Paige was born HIV-positive. In Middle School, she trusted her best friend with the secret of her HIV status, and the result was catastrophic. Within hours, the bullying started. Other kids made up cruel nicknames for her, left nasty notes in her locker, and even framed her for writing a hate-filled letter to her former friend. When she tried to report the problems to administration, the adults told her to stop creating drama and to just deny having HIV. Finally, she left the school and began to heal. Having heard of so many students who completed suicide after being relentlessly bullied, Paige made it one of her missions to speak out against bullying and to try to get stricter anti-bullying laws passed to protect students from the harassment she faced. Paige is also very active in HIV/AIDS awareness, attends Ball State University, and is a youth speaker. Find out more on her website


Laughing at my nightmare by Shane BurcawFinally, toss out the tissues. Shane Burcaw will have none of that crap. In his book, Laughing at My Nightmare, Shane shares his method of dealing with his spinal muscular atrophy: humor. Shane has been in a wheelchair since he was two and depends on others to help him with everyday tasks, but he loves to laugh and won’t let his disease stop him from living a full life. While in college, Shane started a blog on Tumblr to share funny stories about his absurd life. He was amazed by how many people started following him and by the amount of supportive fan-mail he received from people thanking him for sharing his story and his positive attitude. Since then he has started a nonprofit organization (a popular thing to do, apparently) to “spread positivity and raise money for families affected by muscular dystrophy.” You can learn more about that at Shane is (sometimes uncomfortably) honest, witty, and absolutely hilarious. I highly recommend his book and his blog. Seriously, go there now.


Check out one or all of these amazing stories at Dover Public Library!

(Tissues not included)

– Liz

Teen Librarian

A Thankful Heart

DPL Staff Photo 2014As I write this on Thanksgiving Eve, I can’t help but ponder the blessings in my own life. My mother always said Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday because it is about being grateful for what we have: family, faith, friends, community. There is no gift-giving nor any retail bonanza; it is simply about breaking bread with family and being grateful. We have all noticed the Christmas displays at retail stores since before Halloween. It has always saddened me that such a humble and meaningful holiday such as Thanksgiving is lost year in and year out because of the spectacle of the modern Christmas. In protest, I challenge you to pause and to take stock of the blessings in your life. I mentioned family, faith, friends, and community but would like to add my library family–those men and women who I am blessed to work with nearly every day of the week. I am grateful to share their passion for the library and its meaning in the community. The library is not just a job but a passion for us. So when we say grace tomorrow at the supper table I will pray with a full and content heart to bless my library family in all that they do. I will thank God for blessing me with a group of complete strangers who over the last 5 years have become family.

-Jim Gill, Director