Dover: Our Story

February 12 – April 14, 2016

Do yoTaking pictures u like making videos and talking to people? Take part in Dover Public Library’s first Local History project just for teens. Dover: Our Story will feature stories from your friends, family, and members of the community and will be a great addition to the library’s Local History collection.

When you sign up for Dover: Our Story, you’ll receive everything you need to complete oral history interviews with your friends and family. You will be loaned a small video camera to capture your interviews, and you will be given a packet with an introduction to Oral History, a blank Family Tree to complete, Interview Record and Release Forms, Interview Planning Sheets, Great Questions for Anyone, and a Time Capsule sheet.

So, what do you do with all this good stuff? Go forth and collect interviews! Ask questions, collect stories, and learn about your family history. Ask family members for help filling out the family tree. Come to the library and try Ancestry Library Edition to try to fill in the blanks. Make sure you get permission to record your interviewees. When you’re all done, return your completed packet and the camera to the Library! We’ll make a copy of your completed materials for you to keep and add the information you have collected to our Local History Collection so everyone can learn more about our community.

You’re loaning me a camera?  What if I break it? Don’t worry too much about that. Just treat it like your own. Keep it in the box and try not to drop it on pavement.

But… I don’t wanna be on camera! That’s OK. If you want to just write down the interviews, that would be awesome, too.

It’s a neat idea, but I don’t have a lot of time… We’re only asking that you conduct 2 interviews in a 2 month time period. If you’re really pressed, just do the best you can and return the materials by April 14. We won’t hold your busy schedule against you.

Materials will be available starting February 12 at the Technology Desk. You must have your own Adult Library Card. Fines on your account cannot exceed $5. This project is open to teens in grades 6-12, or ages about 12 through 18. Call Liz at 330-343-6123 for more information or to reserve your materials.

Let’s make history!


Volunteer of the Month: Sherry

SherrySherry has been named our Volunteer of the Month for February, 2016! Congrats, Sherry!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Since 2010


Why did you want to become a volunteer at the library?

I’ve had a life-long love of reading and my first job was at the Library while I was in High School. So, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to renew my interest when I retired.


What are some of your favorite authors?

Donna Andrews, J.D. Robb, John Sandford, and Catherine CoulterSherry Among the Books


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

The great staff and the opportunity to be among the books


Thank you for all your hard work, Sherry!

Would you like to volunteer? Contact Wendy Contini for more information on how to help your library.

Dance Party

Tuesday, February 16 at 3:00 PM

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Get ready to Just Dance at this event planned by the YA Crew! Play dancing games on the Wii or show off your own moves in a Dance Off! Snacks – and water- will be provided. This event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration for the event is greatly encouraged. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.


What I Learned From Keith Rathbun

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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”  –Rabindranath Tagore

The world lost a good man on Tuesday. Keith Rathbun, publisher of The Budget Newspaper in Sugarcreek, passed away suddenly while working at his desk. According to the obituary written by staff at The Budget, Keith “became publisher and part owner of Scene Magazine and was instrumental in the creation of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and keeping it in Cleveland.  He later moved to Sugarcreek and became publisher of The Budget Newspaper, a job he loved as he worked to serve the community.”  Here is the article published in The Times-Reporter.

I came to know Keith when he began serving with me on the board of the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition.  Keith was very passionate about literacy and it meant a lot to me to know he made some time to become involved with TCLC despite the fact that he was so busy in so many other community organizations. He said no to so many things and yes to TCLC. That commitment was something I always admired. If Keith was going to do something he did it well and he did it to the best of his ability. I have a quote taped to my desk that I found somewhere and each time I look at it I think of Keith: “It is better off doing a few things really well than a lot of things poorly.” My respect for him grew even more when Keith came to see me one day at the library to tell me he intended to resign from the TCLC board. His responsibilities with the Ohio Newspaper Association and the National Newspaper Association were growing and he felt he could not serve TCLC well by continuing to be the board’s membership chair. That impressed me so much because I often find myself over-involved with things. All good things, granted, but things that I feel deep down I am not doing well because I am spread too thin. Keith’s integrity and honesty moved me to make some changes in my own life. And for that Keith, my wife thanks you!

One day Keith and I met for lunch at Bread Head in Dover and he regaled me with tales of his days at Scene Magazine. He told me stories of interviewing Eddie Money, Paul McCartney, Angus Young, and others and how he still treasures his friendships with many of those music icons to this day. I told him he needed to write a book and I made him promise to keep the library in mind for a book signing when that time came. I asked Keith to do a talk on his Scene Magazine days at Dover Rotary and he brought down the house with his stories and unassuming style of downplaying incredible conversations and moments with American cultural icons. As a fellow Lutheran, Keith and I would talk faith now and then. I found myself sharing things with him that I have never told anyone else.

In the end, Keith will be remembered not for his stories about a life in rock and roll or his success in the newspaper business. He will be remembered for the way he treated people. He didn’t beat you over the head with religion but lived a life of humility and service and purpose that made you want to be a better person. He taught me that we impact people more by what we do than by what we say. Keith showed me that if you are going to do something, you do it full-go and that if you cannot you need to be man enough and honest enough with yourself and others to say so.

So that book idea won’t happen after all. But that’s OK when you think about it. The best thing Keith ever wrote was the way he chose to live his life. Each relationship, every commitment, and every passion he had exemplified the story of his life. That was his life story–the one he was writing the entire time. Each of us has a deadline issued by that great editor in the heavens. Do yourself a favor and make sure the story you are writing is one that is worth retelling. So long Keith and thank you for being a friend.

Keith Rathbun Obit

 Courtesy of The Budget

-Jim Gill, Director

Picturing America Program Series

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The Library will host an art and American history appreciation program called Picturing America beginning on February 10 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room. Established in 2007 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Picturing America is an innovative program for libraries that helps citizens gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art. Over the course of ten sessions, art educator Kathleen Riley of Dover will present forty carefully selected works of art spanning several centuries–all by American painters, sculptors, photographers and architects.  Future Picturing America program dates are: February 10, February 17, February 24, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 13, April 20, April 27. All sessions begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to all. For more information or to register for the Picturing America series, please call 330-343-6123.

Genealogy Lock-in and Pizza Party 5-8 p.m. on Saturday. Be there!


There is still time to register for the genealogy lock-in on Saturday! Visit Dover Public Library after hours to discover our new genealogy and local history materials, including new databases that will allow you to search for obituaries and military records from the comfort of your own home. We are offering free copying and printing, and of course…




Free Pizza!


So bring a friend, your research questions, and your appetite and come see what Dover Public Library has to offer the historians and genealogists of Tuscarawas County!

Money Mondays

Money Mondays

Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Community Room


Take charge of your money this year with a series on important financial topics. Presented by Financial Advisor Dennis Lint of Edwards Jones. Call the library at 330.343.6123 to register for these programs:

January 25
Foundations of Investing

February 29: Leave It, Roll It, Take It: Know Your Employer Retirement Plan Options

March 28: Retirement: Making Your Money Last

April 25: Five Money Questions for Women

May 23: College: Getting There From Here

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