One Smile at a Time   Recently updated !

smiling daisyThe Dover Public Library and Daisy Girl Scout Troup #60143 are excited to announce a new collaboration to help bring hope to the community. Led by Library Assistant and Girl Scout Mom Nayla Pica, the Library and Daisies are collecting small donated items to make a BIG difference for community members in hardship this Holiday Season! Help us share One Smile at a Time by donating travel size toiletries, first aid items, baby wipes, and more. Our goal is to fill 200 bags – that’s 200 smiles – for our community members in hardship. Couponers and bargain shoppers, we need your expertise to help us get there! Contact Nayla at or at 330-343-6123 for more information.


Donations may be dropped off at Dover Public Library through Friday, December 16, 2016. 


Help us share One Smile at a Time by collecting the following Travel Size items:


  • Hand Warmers
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Band-Aids
  • First-Aid Items
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Matches
  • Candles



  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush Covers
  • Hair combs
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Razors
  • Feminine Products
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tissue Packs


Personal Items (all sizes)

  • New underwear
  • New socks
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Wash cloths



  • Children’s books
  • Small puzzles
  • Characters/figurines
  • Stickers
  • Crayons
  • Coloring book
  • Small pad of paper
  • Craft kit
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Playing cards
  • Hair accessories



  • Postage stamps
  • Pens
  • Memo Pads
  • Day Planners
  • Journals
  • Self-help/inspirational books
  • Bookmarks
  • Notes of encouragement





Lip Sync Battle!

Lip Sync Battle

Tuesday, November 1 at 3:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to be the DPL Lip Sync champion? Come find out! Contestants are permitted to bring their own tunes, as long as lyrics are appropriate. Are the lyrics appropriate? If you have to ask… find a different song. If you don’t want to compete, you can still be part of the event by helping judge the performances as part of the audience. Costumes permitted. No registration necessary. Light snacks will be served. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Questions? Call Liz at 330-343-6123.


Round 1: All teen participants will be given a number and take turns performing songs of their choice on stage. Everyone in the audience will rate each performance. Contestants will not rate themselves.

Round 2: All participants will perform a random song. Everyone in the audience will rate each performance. Contestants will not rate themselves.

Scores will be added together. If there is a tie, a 3rd Round will occur.

Round 3: The top contestants will take turns performing the SAME song. Whoever does it the best will be named Champion. Contestants will wait outside for their turn. The audience will rate their performances as they did in the first two rounds.





Travel Talk: Yugoslavia

Monday, October 24 at 6:30 PM

airplane flyingTravel the world with Dover Public Library! Whether you are a world traveler yourself, like to learn about far-off places, or simply like to look at pretty pictures, our travel series is for you. This month, join world traveler Fred Wyman for a presentation on his recent trip to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants will learn about the breakup of Yugoslavia and the War of Independence and will view a slideshow. Register online or call the library at 330-343-6123.

Little Tornadoes Club: Leaf-Raking and Skills Camp!

fall leafSunday, October 30 at 1:00 PM

Come serve your community with the Dover football players and cheerleaders as we all rake leaves together, followed by a skills camp.  Here, you will prefect your football or cheerleading skills with some of the best! Lunch will also be provided. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.


Mothman 101

Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 PM
Mothman IllustrationJoin us for a FREE community program presented by Jeff Wamsley from the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The presentation will cover the Silver Bridge disaster of 1967, Mothman sightings, UFOs & more. Born and raised in Point Pleasant, Wamsley is the creator and owner of the world’s only Mothman museum. Wamsley is also the author of Mothman: Facts Behind the Legend and Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes. Wamsley is also the founder of the Mothman Festival, an annual gathering commemorating the visit of the mysterious entity known as The Mothman.

“In November of 1966, it was reported that eerie things began to occur in the small town of Point Pleasant,” says Wamley. “Strange lights in the sky, mysterious men in black, and a flying red-eyed creature called the Mothman changed this small West Virginia town forever.” On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge spanning the Ohio River collapsed resulting in the death of 46 people. This incident along with various other supernatural incidents and sightings were picked up by the national press and soon the Mothman legend became mainstream. John Keel’s 1975 book, The Mothman Prophecies, and the 2002 film of the same name starring Richard Gere introduced the Mothman Legend to a wider audience.

A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to all. For more information or to register, please contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.

Staff Retreat 2016

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  –Winston Churchill

Dover Public Library Staff Photo October 10 2016Last Monday, Columbus Day, the library was closed for its annual Fall Retreat. This day is so important for the library and for the library staff because it gives us all a chance to go off-site and to come together as a staff through fellowship and training. All jobs have their “moments,” of course, and the public library world is no exception. Working with the public can be difficult and keeping up in an ever-changing library landscape is and always will be challenging. But at the annual Fall Retreat, we have the chance to learn and share and grow and be inspired. This year, we visited the Schiappa Branch of the Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. It was fun to explore their library-which seemed like a new building, despite being constructed in the 1980’s. Their staff was amazing and it was incredible and eye-opening to see how they do things. After a great lunch (you must have Scaffidi’s in Steubenville) we talked about the changes facing our library: new staff, a fundraising campaign for a big building remodel, and that ever-present thing called change. We laughed, we shared, and yes–we even cried a little. In the end, as we drove back home on State Route 250 past beautiful Tappan Lake, we felt renewed in a way that was long overdue. It is such a blessing to work with men and women at the Dover Public Library and it is moments like the Fall Retreat that make it undeniable that I am where I am supposed to be. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Dover Public Library. I truly have the best staff a library director could ask for.

ghostI Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!

Friday, November 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Ages 7 – 18

 Join us for a fun, spooky scavenger hunt in the library. Follow the clues and find the ghosts! Registration with a permission slip is required for this event. Any teen who would like to help at this fun after-hours program should contact Teen Librarian Liz Strauss by November 1 for details. Please call the library at 330-343-6213 for more information.


Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

  • Set Up – Friday November 4 from about 4 – 6 PM
  • Leading Groups During Event – Must be very familiar with the library
  • Manning the Snack Table
  • Helping with Crafts & Games after Scavenger Hunt
  • Clean Up