Nevermore: A Broken Timeline Mystery

Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00 PM

Madmen know nothing

Once upon a midnight dreary,

The thousand injuries of Fortunato

We loved with a love that was more than love.


Somehow… that doesn’t seem quite right.


The timeline is broken, and the poems, stories, and life events of Edgar Allan Poe make no sense! Unravel the mystery and help save the timeline at this fun event. Discover something new about the original master of horror! Snacks will be provided. This event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register for this fun program, part of the Edgar Allan Poe series at Dover Public Library.

Graphic Novels in Hollywood

The Walking DeadA patron asked me for season two of The Walking Dead last week. As I placed the hold, I read the info on the DVD and realized something I didn’t know before. The Walking Dead was a graphic novel before it was a hit TV show! That got me thinking… what other graphic novels are on the big screen? Some I remember from when I was a kid; Batman, Superman… I remember watching some of these when I was in Junior High. So then I started thinking, okay, Batman, Superman, Hulk, Wonder Woman. Comic books are everywhere! We still have these in the Young Adult area of the library, and they were around when I was young.  Now we have the graphic novel, and more and more authors are releasing their series in graphic novel form. The author Janet Evanovich has some, and Game of Thrones has an epic series of graphic novel adaptations as well.  Not to mention all the great graphic novels in the YA section! 

(Our Teen Librarian wants me to mention that, for the record, the Evanovich and George R.R. Martin graphic novels are NOT in the Young Adult section… if you’ve seen Game of Thrones on HBO, you know why)

So, let’s do another contest. How many movies on the big screen are from comic books or graphic novels? Bring in the list to me in the month of October, and the person who has the most will win a prize. Good Luck, and thanks for reading and playing along!



Adult Department

Jason Wright’s “Help Refill a Stolen Christmas Jar!” Campaign   Recently updated !

Christmas Jars Book Cover

Click to Visit Jason Wright’s official Facebook

And An Evening with Jason Wright 

Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 PM

By now, you’ve probably heard that the Dover Public Library’s Christmas Jar was stolen Tuesday night. We estimate the jar had over $1000 in donations when it was taken from its place on the Circulation Desk. For nine months, members of the community had been donating to the jar to help a family in need this Christmas season, an idea based on the book Christmas Jars by Jason Wright. While the theft is a blow, what happened next is amazing. Through social and traditional media, the story has been spreading since Tuesday night. The support from our community has been incredibly heartwarming, and yesterday, we got a very unexpected call. It was Jason Wright himself, wanting to help. He set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help refill our jar… and then some. The goal is $5000, and the money will go to help not just one Dover family, but several.

Jason Wright plans to deliver the money to the library himself when he comes to visit on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 PM. At this special event, Wright will talk about the Christmas Jars movement and the importance of charity, giving, and forgiveness. A book signing will follow the event. Books will be $8, and a portion of the proceeds will come back to the library’s Christmas Jar. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.

Thank you all for everything you’ve done to help the library in this strange time, from spreading the word on Facebook to helping us refill the jar. We greatly appreciate and admire this amazing community. Thank you.

Folklore Around the World: A Multicultural Story Hour!

Folklore Around the World BannerThursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM

For Children Pre-K through 5th Grade and Parents

Hear stories from Native American, African, and Hispanic Cultures performed by the Teen Department! Each child will receive a free book and a special gift. Refreshments will also be served. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to Register or for more information.

All September, teens have been working on performances based on folklore from different cultures. Snakes, bullies, talking rocks, and more are featured in these special stories that teach us where stories came from, how to treat those who are different, and to be careful about the choices we make in life. Don’t miss these exciting stories!

This event is funded by a Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant.

Our library has a history worth celebrating!

balloonJoin us in front of the library tomorrow at 2:00 as we unveil Dover Public Library’s brand new historical marker from Ohio History Connection (To learn more about Ohio’s historical marker program, visit The marker will commemorate the fact that we have been a part of the community of Dover for over 100 years. I will present a brief history of the library at the ceremony, which is taking place on the 61st anniversary of the dedication of the building cornerstone. Color slides of the cornerstone ceremony from September 26, 1954 will be on display in the community room during the reception.


balloonHistory buffs: if you are interested in the finer details of the library’s history, come explore our archival collection, “Dover Public Library: A History.” You can see the original color slides, a collection of prints drawn by cartoonist James Harrison Donahey for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1931, a recipe file created by librarian Eliza J. Justice,  and copies of a library history, draft and final, written by Corita Syler and placed in the library cornerstone. There is also a chronological collection of newspaper articles about Dover Public Library, and a special library issue of The Daily Reporter published September 17, 1955. The finding aid for this collection is online, and the materials are located in The Roots Cellar.




A final note: This library wouldn’t have survived without the support of the people of Dover, and it stands today as a symbol of Dover’s love for its community. So come out and show your support as we celebrate the Dover Public Library and look forward to the next 100 years!                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

– Claire Kandle, local history & genealogy librarian





Ghosts of the Civil War

Civil War guy


From the bloody lane at Antietam and the ghost of John Brown at Harpers Ferry to the ghosts of Devil’s Den at Gettysburg, view photos from Civil War battlefields far and wide.  Hear about history and unexplained sightings of ghost lights, apparitions, alleged ghosts at the White House and more.  Join author, Civil War re-enactor, and ghost hunter, Sherri Brake as she presents this historical and paranormal program. Call the library at 333.343.6123 to register for this free program.

All About those Apes

Tuesday, October 6 at 3:00 PM

What do you know about apes?Funky monkey

Join us for a fun program  featuring crafts and trivia all about apes! Come learn more about these animals while enjoying snacks and earning chances to win door prizes. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to Register.

Special thanks to Frankie for this event idea. (I know you’d rather watch Planet of the Apes, but I promise this will be just as geeky and fun!) Do you have an idea for a teen program at the library? Email me! I love hearing teen suggestions and turning them into great events for everyone.