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Make Your Own Superhero

HeroTuesday, October 7 at 3:00 PM

What makes a hero? Courage, kindness, strength, felt, fiberfill, yarn…

At this crafty event we’ll discuss all the things that make a good superhero and make our own superhero and sidekick pals out of felt. This event is inspired by this year’s One Book, One Community read, Side-Yard Superhero by Rick Niece, the story of a childhood friendship, a real hero, and a promise kept. All materials will be provided by the library and there will be free snacks. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register.

Note: Sewing experience is a plus at this program, but Liz will also have glue for those superheroes who are afraid of needles.

Hidden treasures of Tuscarawas County

As the newest addition to the Dover Public Library staff (and just as new to the field of local history), I find it necessary to seek out opportunities for continuing education. While visiting the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society in Dennison, I discovered one such opportunity promoted by flyer: The Ohio Genealogical Society conference in Sandusky, OH. As expected, I met researchers and librarians and began to understand some of the more common dilemmas faced on both sides of the desk. I became aware of general resources and how to make the most of them. What I didn’t expect was to connect with an absolute treasure trove of Tuscarawas County records. At a presentation entitled “Ohio Local Government Record Collections,” I discovered that The University of Akron holds many old Tuscarawas County records that are not available elsewhere. During the presentation, copies of old court docket records flashed across the screen with location names like “Dover Township,” “Goshen Township,” and “Newcomerstown.” What was the content of this record group? The presenter was using these records as a way to illustrate how one can track down ancestors that may not have been wealthy enough to leave wills and deeds, and/or who stepped outside the boundaries of the law. In these books one can find examples of paternity suit petitions, assault claims, still owners, and more. While trying to fill in the gaps along the branches of our family trees, these and other records in the collection at University of Akron may help us locate missing relatives who may have strayed a little off the beaten path.


I paid a visit to the archives at U of A to see these records for myself. The staff, especially Mark Bloom, was very courteous and willing to help. While the handwriting in some of the docket books requires special deciphering skill, there is plenty of fodder for local history buffs and genealogists, including some old newspapers (one written entirely in German) on microfilm that are not currently held by Dover Public Library.


Mark was kind enough to send me some images of the resources they have available, and here is the link to their website:
I highly encourage those of you with the means and the desire to make the trip to Akron and spend an afternoon rediscovering the Tuscarawas County of your ancestors. You never know what treasures you may find!

Der Deutsche Beobachter June 10 1869

Goshen twp clerk of court page 100 and 101

Snakes in the Library

Tuesday, September 30 at 3:00 PM


YA Crew member Kairi returns with more snakes and unusual pets to share at this popular event. Open to tweens and teens, ages 8 – 18.Snacks will be provided. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

The benefit of book clubs…

I have always beeB.Y.O.B.: A New Type of Book Clubn one of those readers who rereads favorite books. For those most part, every book I read is one I would consider rereading, and I have100 Book Club Logo occasionally finished a book only to immediately restart it. I find that I pick up on more the second (or third, or fourth…) time around, especially when it comes to the humor in a book. Sometimes, you just can’t appreciate all the puns and foreshadowing until you actually know what happens. Basically, I love rereading books.

That being said, rereading has led me into major reading ruts and slumps. I’ll stand there, looking at my bookshelf of usual choices and think, “Maybe I’ll read Harry Potter again. Nah…what about ‘Salem’s Lot. Eh, just not in the mood for that either. Jane Austen? Grrrr!” Frustration ensues. At times like this, I miss being in school, where at least I was told a few new books to read each semester. Even if I didn’t always like them, at least I was reading something new.


Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle LogoI’ll admit, I always considered myself someone who could pick my own books and who wasn’t interested in reading books because someone else told me to. Tuesday Night Book Club1 copyIn reality, though, a little guidance is sometimes really helpful! Enter book clubs. I’ve only started getting into book clubs this year. As I said, in theory I dislike <em>having</em> to read a book that I didn’t necessarily choose myself. Fortunately, we have a variety of different types of book groups here at the library. From our traditional CLSC and Tuesday Night book clubs to the new B.Y.O.B., where I choose a book within a specific theme, to the 100 book club where the only rule is no rereading, there really is something for every reader. Participating in a book club gives me the guidance and incentive to broaden my reading horizons, and I haven’t had a bad experience yet. Instead, I’ve had a chance to discover some new titles that I <em>never</em> would have picked up on my own, but loved just the same. I still love rereading books–now I just have more titles to pick from. :)

-Kathryn, Adult Services



Fit for Fall 2014: The Return Journey

SepteDover Public Library Hobbit Walking Program Logomber 1 – December 13, 2014

Join Bilbo on the final stage of his quest in the 2014 Fit for Fall Walking Challenge! By walking 100 hours between September 1 and December 13, you can walk with Bilbo from Rivendell back to Bag End. Participants will walk about an hour a day, and all walkers who reach Bree (75 hours) will receive a free t-shirt! By completing the 100 hours, you will be entered to win 2 tickets plus snacks to see the premier of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at the Great Escape Massillon Stadium 12 theater. To celebrate our progress, we will meet one Saturday a month for a 30 minute walking party. Call 330-343-6123 to register and for more information.


Walking Party Schedule: September 13, October 18, November 15, and December 13.

All parties begin at 10:00 AM


An Evening with Mystery Author P.L. Gaus

Paul Gaus 2012 Photo


Join us Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 PM for an evening with Ohio author P.L. Gaus, author of the popular Amish-Country Mysteries. In this series of books, Mr. Gaus explores the Amish culture in the context of murder investigations. Set in Holmes County, the nine-book series follows three life-long friends from Millersburg. Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Caleb Troyer work together, and occasionally at crossed purposes, to solve mysteries involving the often inscrutable Amish sects of Holmes County. Included in the rich cast of English characters are the professor’s insightful wife Caroline, Holmes County Medical Examiner Melissa Taggert, and sheriff’s dispatcher Ellie Troyer. A book signing will follow the program. To register, call 330-343-6123.

One Book, One Community 2014

One Book, One Community


Join the conversation!  We invite you to get involved with the 2014 One Book, One Community project featuring the book Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher, by Rick Niece.  Trust and friendship can go no deeper when a small-town newspaper boy befriends a young man with cerebral palsy, and a lifetime of adventure unfolds.



Side Yard Super Hero

Complete One Book, One Community Information

The Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition will once again be sponsoring its annual One Book, One Community project featuring the book, Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher, by Rick Niece.  One Book, One Community is a grassroots reading movement that aims to bring people together by giving them a shared experience.  “When we all read the same book, we all have something to talk about,” says planning committee chair, Cherie Bronkar.   “One Book, One Community’s goal is to break down the barriers between different groups of people and  to strengthen Tuscarawas County.”

Although life’s journey takes him far from his childhood home, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., never forgets the people he meets and the lessons he learns as a young man growing up in picturesque DeGraff, Ohio, population 900. A small-town newspaper boy who becomes a lifelong educator himself, Dr. Niece is deeply touched by the endearing residents of DeGraff who shaped his youth, especially Bernie Jones. Confined to a wheelchair with severe cerebral palsy, Bernie becomes Rickie’s friend, inspiration and superhero, opening a world of compassion, trust and adventure to them both. When he leaves DeGraff to attend The Ohio State University, Rick promises Bernie that he will visit him again. Unfortunately, when Bernie’s parents pass away, Bernie disappears, too, taken in by a distant relative. Forty years later, Rick learns that his boyhood friend is living in a nursing home. Returning to Ohio, he visits the never-to-be-forgotten Bernie Jones of a childhood long past and a promise finally kept.

“We are challenging the community to read Side-Yard Superhero, to participate in a book discussion group, and to come to one of this year’s events,” says Jim Gill, TCLC President.  “Books are very powerful tools and are a way to create community.  We feel Rick Niece’s book will be appeal to many because of its nostalgic look at 1950′s Ohio and because of the book’s theme of compassion and life-long friendship.”

Following in his father‘s footsteps, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is a lifelong educator who has served as a classroom teacher, a public school administrator and a university professor, provost and president. In 1997, he was named President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and remains steadfast in his devotion to the University’s success. After his retirement on July 1, 2013, he was named President Emeritus of the University of the Ozarks. A small-town boy who has maintained his small-town values, Dr. Niece remembers his childhood with fond nostalgia.   Dr. Niece is the recipient of multiple awards, both as an author and an educator. He and his wife, Sheree, are now retired and living in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

2014 One Book, One Community Events

Community Book Discussions

Tuesday, September 16 at 1:30 PM at TCPL in New Philadelphia

Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM at TCPL in Bolivar

Tuesday, September 16 at 1:30 PM at TCPL in Tuscarawas

Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00 AM at Gnadenhutten Public Library

Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 PM at TCPL in Strasburg

Friday, September 26 at 12 Noon at Chef Ernie’s in Uhrichsville (sponsored by Claymont Public Library)

Friday, September 26 at 4:30 PM, Kids Event: Lending a a Paw at TCPL in New Philadelphia

Monday, October 6 at 6:00 PM at Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop in Dover (sponsored by Dover Public Library)

“Small Towns, Big Stories” Art Show

Featured works courtesy of Tuscaraswas County Board  of Developmental Disabilities & Starlight Enterprises, Inc., and Avenues of Adventure, a Horizons, Inc. program.  Works by local artists will be on display from September 15 through October 15 at Dover Public Library, Tuscarawas County Public Library, Claymont Public Library, Gnadenhutten Public Library.  Works will be comprised of a small town theme and feature local attractions.

The Great Hamburger Eating Contest

Sponsored by the Cattle Association and held at the Tuscarawas Farmer’s Market. A wondrous event in any small town is a hamburger eating contest and to commemorate Frank Tully’s amazing triumph at Taylor’s Restaurant, featured in the book, we will hold our hamburger eating contest on Wednesday Sept 24th at 6:30pm at the Farmer’s Market located at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Join us for the fun and prizes to the winners.


“Small Towns, Big Stories” Photo & Essay Contest

To commemorate small town life in Tuscarawas County we are asking for entries that that bring our county’s history to life and share fond memories of the past and/or present.  Writers and photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit their views of small town life. Essays should be approximately 500 words and photos can be present day or historical. Submissions should be sent to Cherie Bronkar via e-mail at and photos will be on display during the cumulating event at the Kent State Tuscarawas Academic Learning Commons located across from the Auditorium in Founders Hall.

Rick Niece


An Evening with Author Rick Niece

Monday, October  13 at 7:00 PM

Kent State Tuscarawas, Founders Hall



Join us as we welcome author Rick Niece to the Tuscarawas Valley!  Niece will discuss Side-Yard Superhero and will answer questions from the public.  A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to all.


The 2014 One Book, One Community project is sponsored by the following: Kent State Tuscarawas, United Way of Tuscarawas County, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, Barbour Publishing, Barnett Realtors, Pissocra-Mathias Realty, and the Friends of the Library.  For more information about this year’s project, please contact Cherie Bronkar at or 330-339-3391.