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2015: Your Next Chapter   Recently updated !

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

― Dr. SeussHolding hands around the worl

You may have noticed a change in our Technology Department. Longtime fixture Mary Prysi has retired  after 30 years working for the library. It’s amazing to think about all the lives she must have touched over the course of her career. You never know how many people you can help just by being you, doing your job, being a helpful friend.

I had an interesting call at the library the other day. A woman had been on the computer and came across our website. She asked me about donating books to the library, and at first I told her that she could pull her car around the back of the library and we’d help her carry her books in. Then she said she was calling from London, England! She wanted to know about putting bookplates in donated books.

Librarian’s Dictionary

Bookplate: a sticker in the front of a book that relays a special message about it; donated by someone, in memory of someone, etc.

From across the pond, I was able to help her get the information she needed. How cool is that?

And how many more cool stories must Mary, along with anyone who takes the time to help someone, even a complete stranger, have?

In the new year, Mary is moving on. Here at the library, we all miss her, but we know this next chapter of her life will be amazing.

My challenge for all of you in the new year is to think about the way you can positively touch other people’s lives. This is your new chapter, too. How will you write it?

Adult Services

Cinema Saturdays



What’s this? Another FREE movie showing? Come to the library for awesome movies and free snacks the first Saturday of the month!

Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information, including movie titles.

No Registration Necessary.

Open to All Patrons.


TuesYA Crew Logoday, February 10 at 3:00 PM

Join the YA Crew for the first meeting of 2015 and learn make your very own Smash book! These art journals are made out of anything you can find, decorated any way you want, and completed with your writing, your art, and your personality. All materials will be provided by the library. Members and non-members are welcome! Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register for this fun, creative event. Snacks will be provided.

Special perk for YA Crew Members: we’ve been doing some weeding in the Teen Zone. You know what that means! Don’t miss the first meeting to pick up a free book.

Book Review: Ninety-nine rats on a string : legends, facts and folklore of Walnut Creek, Ohio.   Recently updated !

Catchy title, right? And the bizarre cover photo further piqued my interest. I decided I had to read this book, just to hear the rest of the story. It turns out, back in the Depression era unemployed adults couldn’t just sit around and surf the internet or play their Wii. They had to invent their entertainment. And this group of local men decided to create a game that would also serve their community: a two-week-long rat hunt. For fourteen days these gents captured as many rats as they could and posed for the photo at the hunt’s conclusion. This is just one of the tales, some true, others not so much, that underscore the deep value of community held by the residents of Walnut Creek. The book reads like your favorite uncle is sitting at the kitchen table telling you stories; the tongue-in-cheek prose suits the material of rumor and legend, and one can imagine whispered secrets and playful pranks happening among friends. Especially the story of the drunken cows. Or the banty cheese (it involves a rooster’s demise – you have to read it to believe it). My favorite was a story about a tramp: a man named “Trilby” earned so many friends that although he was originally buried outside the cemetery when he expired, people of Walnut Creek later included him into the community by moving the boundary fence. Another tramp, a beloved Holmes County regular with an intellectual disability, evoked  Steinbeck :  “On seeing fog rise from the woods one morning, he said, ‘the rabbits in the woods are cooking their soup.’”

The author’s description plunges you into an idyllic, pastoral setting of rolling hills and babbling brooks; through it you can reimagine the evolution of society from a need for roads and post offices to a need for bed & breakfasts. The comparative photographs placed throughout the book show the impact the tourism industry has had on the town’s structure and style.

I found this book very entertaining and informative, although sometimes the line between fact and fiction gets a little hazy. But that’s how it is with the best stories, isn’t it? At least I learned where Trail bologna comes from, and how they make the holes in Swiss cheese.

Claire Kandle

Local history

CD Scratch Art

CD Clip artTuesday, February 3 at 3:00 PM

Have old, scratched up CDs that just won’t play anymore? Before you throw them away, come to this fun even and learn how to make them into art! All supplies will be provided by the library. Donations of old CDs will gladly be accepted through January 31st. Snacks will be served. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Please call the library at 330-343-6123 to register.

How exactly do you turn a CD into a piece of scratch art? All you need is some old CDs, some acrylic paint, something sharp to scratch with and a little patience. Find out more by visiting the CD Art Instructables Page. Just make sure no one wants those CDs before you go painting them…

I <3 audiobooks

Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker and Taylor


I have always loved reading. When I was growing up, I read as often as possible–and then some. My mom frequently had to tell me to stop reading and clean my room. The only problem: as I was cleaning, I’d come across some book that had slipped under my bed, or behind my desk, and I’d quickly become immersed in the pages. At school, I’d try to finish my work as quickly as possible so that I could get back to reading whatever book I’d brought for the day.

As I got older and gained new responsibilities and commitments, from sports teams in high school to challenging courses in college to driving to work, my time for reading got smaller and smaller. Fortunately, a couple of years ago I discovered audiobooks! These became my solution to my lack of time to read. When I’m driving, exercising, cooking, or cleaning, I’m almost always listening to an audiobook. From Stephen King to Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling, I’ll read just about anything on audio. It’s perfect! In fact, I often find that I catch more details of the book because I’m not skimming over pages when a story gets intense.

Hoopla LogoThe library has always been the perfect place to feed my book addiction, and the same is true of audiobooks. At Dover, we have a wall full of books on CD, including nonfiction. We also have three different ways to check out audiobooks digitally, each with a slightly different collection. The Acoustik app by Axis 360 has some awesome titles available only to Dover Library patrons, from the latest Janet Evanovich to Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. The Ohio Digital Library has a ton of titles to choose from, and you can listen right from your Overdrive app. Hoopla also has a lot of titles, and the best part is that you never have to wait! Everything is free and easily accessible with your Dover Library card.

Next time you’re dying to read a book but can’t seem to find the time, I encourage you to try checking out an audiobook. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be hooked :)


Ohio Digital Library Logo-Kathryn,Technology Manager


5th Annual Overdue Open House   Recently updated !

Overdue Open House 2015


Explore the library at this fun, family-friendly community event. Activities and events include live music, a magician, prizes and more! Return your overdue library materials at the event and your overdue fines will be waived. Win a Kindle Fire, a Kindle Fire HD, or a Nintendo 3DS. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Call the library at 330-343-6123.