Liz’s Library Jargon Glossary

Hello, Patrons! Ever start talking to one of us here at the library and get the sense that we’re actually speaking a different language? Well, here are some commonly used Librarian phrases and their meanings.

  1. Patron: (n) A person who uses the library. AKA: You! Other libraries also use the words “Customer” or “User.” We prefer “Patron” because without your support, or patronage, we wouldn’t have a Library to begin with.
  2. Processing: (v) The task of getting items ready to be checked out. This includes adding labels, bar-codes, and stamps to the materials and putting the record in the system.
  3. Polaris: (n) Our computer system. It houses all of our records for every item we circulate and all of our patrons. (No wonder we get stressed out when “Polaris” goes down!)
  4. ILL: Inter-Library-Loan; (v) the process of borrowing a book from a different library. We contact the other library, check it out (as if we were a patron), have it sent to us, add it temporarily to Polaris, then call the Patron who requested it. (n) An item that has been obtained from another library. Learn More.
  5. Weeding: (v) The process of removing books that are outdated, no longer circulate, or are in bad shape from the library shelves. No, we are not working outside. But just as a successful garden requires weeding, so does a successful library.

What other words or phrases have you heard us use at the Library?


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian

Spa Day

Tuesday, May 2 at 3:00 PM

in the Community Room

It’s time for our annual Spa Day event! Learn nail art tricks, make bath salts, and more at this fun event. Make gifts for Mom, for your friends, or for yourself. Bring your own pair of flip flops to decorate. All other materials will be provided by the library. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. No registration is necessary. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information. Light refreshments will be served.

Tornado Alley Reception

Saturday, April 29 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tornado Alley Logo1

Newly published authors and artists are invited to come be recognized at this special reception for the latest edition of the Teen Literary Magazine, Tornado Alley. Editors and Senior Editors will also be recognized for their hard work on selecting works and designing the magazine. A voluntary reading will also take place so that any teen who wishes to share their newly published works may do so.  All are welcome to this free event to celebrate our area’s creative teens. Refreshments will be served. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

A Day in the Life…

Ever wonder what we do all day? Here’s an inside look at what being a Library Assistant here at Dover Public Library is all about. 


Syrena and Dani at the Story Walk

Syrena and Children’s Librarian Dani at the StoryWalk(r) at Dover City Park

Name: Syrena Troyer

Job Title: Library Assistant


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Cover the Desk for the morning shift’s lunch break. Check patrons out. Check returned items in. Shelve (put away) items that have been returned and checked in.


2:00 – 3:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons.  Process new DVDs. This means putting a record in the computer system and adding labels and a bar-code to the case. Check the Book Drop in the back for books that need checked in and delivered to the Adult Department.


3:00 – 4:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons. Shelve books. Check in returned items. Check the Book Drop.


4:00 – 5:00 PM



5:00 – 7:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons.  Check in returned items. Check the Book Drops. Shelve all materials that were checked in.



7:00 – 8:00 PM

Work on changing some of our Graphic Novels from Fiction to Non-fiction. Change the labels on said Graphic Novels. Check out and assist patrons. Perform Closing Procedures


Friends of the Library Poetry Night

Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 PM

in the Library’s Community Room

Are  you a poet at heart?  Join other poetry lovers at the Friends of the Library Annual Poetry Night to celebrate National Poetry month. Come read your original poetry or a few of your favorite poems from other writers. Call 330-343-6123 to register.

Seed Library Plant Sale

Plant Library illustrationSaturday, May 6 from 9 – Noon

Looking for a gift for Mother’s Day or something to spruce up your garden? Come shop our Seed Library Plant Sale!  We will have perennials, herbs, vegetables, yard art, and seeds. While you’re here, enter to win a door prize and learn more about our seed library. All proceeds from the sale will go to funding our Seed Library. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information.


What is the Seed Library?

The Seed Library is a collection of seeds that patrons can “check out” from our old card catalog. Plant the seeds, watch them grow. Enjoy your plants. Let your plants go to seed and return those new seeds to the Seed Library to keep it going! Spread the joy of gardening throughout the community! Contact Denise to learn more about this special collection or to help it grow.