Check out our new Playaway Launchpad Tablets!

I have just begun a major shift in my career. Not a change of libraries, but a change of departments:  instead of working in local history, I now work in the children’s department. I consider myself truly lucky to have this opportunity to work with Miss Dani and Miss Syrena. And since I have 2 little girls of my own, I am grateful for the greater exposure I now have to materials that I can try out on my willing guinea pigs at home.




A recent success at my house was the new educational tablets, Playaway Launchpads, recently added to the children’s department. These are hand held screens about the size of a kindle (but thicker) that come pre-loaded with a bunch of educational games and apps that the kids can explore. My four-year-old quickly became enamored with her tablet, and we spent hours together popping number balloons and sorting colors – the tablets will even read you a story!  The best part is that we have tablets for all ages, so as she grows she can keep checking them out and finding new games to challenge her intellect.



One of the dangers of working in a library is that your house can quickly become buried in books. Especially children’s books in my case. With one tablet I can have the benefit of many books, along with stimulating games. So maybe I don’t need to check out so many books, right? Ha! Well anyway, these Playaway Launchpads are worth a look, so take one home the next time you visit us in the children’s department. You and your child will not be disappointed!

Gingerbread Challenge 2016

Gingerbread manTUESDAY DECEMBER 6 

at 3:00 PM

Create a gingerbread masterpiece at our annual event! We’ll be making a village of gingerbread houses out of real gingerbread and royal icing. Bring a bag of candy to share to add variety to your creations and a can of white icing to use to decorate! Worried you’re creation will fall flat? Bring your friends and compete as a team. Event is limited to 12 teams, so register early! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.

Mortimer the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red nosed reinderRudolph the red-nosed reindeer here!  I am so important because I lead Santa’s sleigh!  Yeah, LEAD the sleigh!  That’s right, I’m a VERY important Moose…errr, I mean reindeer.  And I fly!  How cool is that?!  My mom was just telling me the other day, “Mortimer, you are a very important moose!”  Oh, I meant “Rudolph” instead of Mortimer.  Oh, and “reindeer” instead of moose.  Flying so much makes me forgetful.

Anyway, I want to tell you that my best bud Santa will be here at the library Thursday, December 15th for pictures and stories and ho ho ho’s!  Yea Santa!  I’m sure he will ask me to light up the whole room with my bright nose, which might be too bright for inside, so maybe not.  Still, it will be an awesome evening!  I’ll see you here at 5:45!  Oh, and don’t forget to call and sign up!  Just tell them you heard it from Mortimer the red-nosed reindeer!  No, I mean Rudolph the red-nosed moose.  No, wait…

Just come, and we’ll work out the details later…

Black Friday Sale!


red bow with ribbon50% Off Fines!

Friday, November 25th

from 9:00 AM – Noon

Get a Clean Slate from the Library for Half the Cost. Pay Half of your Overdue Fines, Lost, or Damaged Fees and Clear your Account! Pay any amount with Cash or Check. Pay fines over $5 with Debit or Credit Cards. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for Details. 

Chopped Competition

cooking utensils and a chef's hatTuesday, November 22 at 3:00 PM

Compete in teams to create the tastiest dishes out of the library’s three super-secret ingredients! Inspired by the Food Network show, this event is open to teens in grades 6-12. This year, no registration is necessary. However, if you have food allergies or a special, please let the library know in advance.  Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

At the event, teens will be divided into teams and asked to make an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert using the library’s three secret ingredients and miscellaneous items from the library’s “Pantry.” Each dish must contain at least one of the three ingredients. Each of the three ingredients must be used at least once. There must be enough of each dish to serve a taste to everyone at the event. Judging will be based on the use of the three ingredients, creativity, presentation, and, of course, taste. After the allotted time is up, everyone will get a chance to sample everyone else’s dishes and vote for the team that they think should win. Teens cannot vote for their own teams.

No ingredients will need to be cooked. A microwave will be available for heating ingredients. All teens will be expected to clean up their own messes and do their own dishes before leaving the event.

What will you try to melt this year? Hershey kisses, marshmallows, candy corn… Every year, something gets melted.

Nights at the Round Table Presents: Robin Yocum

Robin Yocum
Robin Yocum:
A Brilliant Death: A Novel

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 PM

Amanda Baron died in a boating accident on the Ohio River in 1953. Or, did she? Travis Baron was an infant when his mother disappeared.  Now in high school, Travis yearns to know more about his mother. With the help of his best friend, Mitch Malone, Travis begins a search for the truth. With the help of an unlikely ally, the two boys start to put the pieces together. What will they do with the information they find?


Our Nights at the Round Table author series gives you the opportunity to connect with writers in a way that is fun, inspiring, and often life-changing.  We hope to see you around the Round Table!  A book signing will follow this free event.  Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.



Come Write In!

cat writing at a deskIt’s almost November! And that means it’s almost NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo? What’s that? How do you say it?

It’s National Novel Writing Month, the month when writers everywhere try to write a whole 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I’ll save you the math: that’s about 1,667 words a day, for 30 days. For a normal typist (40 words per minute), that’s about 42 minutes of straight typing per day. And it’s pronounced “Nan – Oh – Wry – Mo.” As the organization says on their website, “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

This year, the Dover Public Library is offering up our Lounge as a Come Write In location. That means you can stop in and use our Lounge as a quiet space to write any time during NaNoWriMo. As always, the Lounge will remain available to the public unless it has been reserved by an organization.

In addition to the Lounge being available the whole month, we’re also hosting several scheduled events for writers to meet, get inspiration, and write.

  • Tuesday, November 1, 6pm – 8pm in the Lounge: Come write your first 1,667 words
  • Saturday, November 5, 2pm – 5pm in the Community Room: Come double your daily word count with us
  • Friday, November 11, 2pm – 5pm in the Community Room: Keep up the great work and log your progress
  • Friday, November 18 from 2pm – 5pm in the Lounge: Come Write In and get inspired by other participants
  • Monday, November 28, 6pm – 8pm  in the Community Room: Sprint to the finish this week to WIN
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6pm – 8pm in the Community Room: Meet your 50,000 word goal tonight



Happy NaNoWriMo!


Teen Librarian