YA Crew Meetings this Summer

YA Crew Logo


June 9 and July 14

The YA Crew is a group of teens in grades 6-12 who are committed to helping the library and the community at large. The club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month to help the library plan programs, do community service projects, and more. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

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Summer Reading is Coming…

Summer Reading is Coming

Park it AND Read LogoIt’s that time of year… It’s getting hotter, school is winding down, and the library is preparing for the crazy awesome time that is Summer Reading. I’m really excited for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Oh, did I say program? I meant to say Programs. Plural. Because this year, we’re have three.

First of all, of course, is the Children’s Summer Reading Program: Park it AND Read. This summer, read to earn your chances for prizes and check out sports equipment in the Children’s room to have some fun outdoors. Come visit us at the park for fun activities, including the Summer Reading Kick-Off on Monday, June 6 from 2-4. The reading program runs through July 30. Contact the Children’s Department for more details.

Dover Public Library Teens Summer of Awesome reading program June 6 through August 21, 2016Teens get to have a Summer of Awesome this year with great weekly teen events, a Teen Lock-In, and their own Teen Reading Program. Starting June 6, Teens can start earning tickets for each hour that they read, up to four a week. Teens can earn extra tickets by participating in special activities in the teen area. This program runs through August 21. Contact Teen Librarian Liz Strauss for more information.

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Reading LogoFinally, for the first time ever, the Dover Public Library is hosting an Adult Summer Reading Program: Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Reading. Starting June 6 and going through July 30, each time you check out a book you will earn a ticket for the Summer Fun Package. So come to the library and check out all your favorite books and audio books. Magazines, DVDs and CDs do not count. Just books. It is a summer reading program, after all. Contact Paula Fawcett at the Circ Desk with any questions.

It’s going to be a very busy summer at the library! I hope you all join us! This year, there’s no excuses: there’s a reading program for everyone here.


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian

Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 2 at 2:30 PM

in front of the Library

ice cream cone

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us out front for our annual end of the school year celebration featuring ice cream and frozen treats! No registration necessary! Just stop by for free goodies.

A Dozen Ways to be Healthy: the 2016 Community Walking Challenge

Community Walking Challenge 2016 cover image

May  1 – August 1, 2016

Challenge yourself to create a healthy walking habit this year by participating in the annual Community Walking Challenge organized by the Fit Youth Initiative and the OSU Extension office. Stop by the library to register and receive your tracker, a chain, and your first foot token. Check off a block in the tracker for each 15 minutes of walking (above your regular daily activity). Every three hours of walking (one line on the tracker), earns you another colorful foot token! Before you know it, you’ll fill up 10 lines. That’s 30 hours of walking! After completing line 10 of the tracker, you will be eligible for a free t-shirt. Turn in your tracker at the library no later than August 3 to receive your T-shirt. Call us at 330-343-6123 for more information or stop by the library to sign up!

In addition to the walking challenge, the Fit Youth Initiative has also organized several hikes and other events throughout the summer to help you have fun, stay fit, and reach your walking goal. Activities include 5 adventure hikes. Participating in these special events will earn you special foot tokens only available at these hikes. If you participate in 3 of the adventure hikes, you will also receive a free walking stick. All activities are listed on the tracker.

Happy walking!

Volunteer of the Month: Aimee

AimeeCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for May: Aimee! Aimee helps our Outreach Librarian Linda with her Books on Wheels Program. Thanks for being such a terrific Book Buddy, Aimee!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Since April 2015


Why did you want to become a volunteer at the library?

  1. Because I love to read!
  2. My grandfather spent some time in a nursing home, and during that time, I saw how great the volunteers were for various things there, and I wanted to give back. When I heard about Books on Wheels, I knew I had to be part of it!


Who are some of your favorite authors?

Judy Blume, James Patterson, Tammy Hoag, Mary Higgins Clark, Gillian Flynn, Lois Lowry, David Baldacci…. Too many to list!


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

  1. Seeing the patrons’ eyes light up when you walk in the room carrying new books
  2. Seeing their faces smile when they realize you’re there to see them. Some of these people don’t have anyone visit them, and we are it.
  3. Talking and having conversations about books!
  4. That I get to get books to people that can’t get to the library
  5. Being able to give back


Thank you for all your hard work, Aimee! Books on Wheels wouldn’t be the same without volunteers like you!

Would you like to volunteer? Contact Wendy Contini for more information on how to help your library.

Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk 1

Ticket 2016

Saturday, May 7 is the 1st Annual Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk.  The idea is really simple: purchase a Chocolate Walk ticket, receive a Passport for the event, and then on the night of the Chocolate Walk make your way through downtown stopping at each participating business, or Sweet Stop, and receive a nice chocolate treat. When it is all said and done, each Passport holder will have a bag full of unique and tasty chocolate items. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Canal Dover Association, the Chocolate Walk was designed to be an affordable, family-friendly community event that helps promote downtown.  Proceeds from the event benefit efforts to construct the bronze Spirit of Dover statute on the downtown square. The  Dover Public Library is committed to being involved in the community and the Chocolate Walk is a great example of how we are doing that.  Did you miss out on purchasing a ticket this year? Stay tuned, because planning for 2017 is already underway!