Drawing in 3D

This fall, the Dover Public Library will be starting a new service for local schools and groups, a Mobile STEAM Lab. The traveling lab features some awesome gadgets and toys to help teach science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We have Snap Circuits, KEVA Planks, an Ozobot robot, and two 3D Printing Pens.

The 3D Printing Pens the Library has in the Mobile STEAM Lab are PACKGOUT 3D Doodler Drawing Printing Pens and currently run $30 on Amazon. About two years ago, I spent $100 on my first 3D Printing Pen. About five minutes later, I think I broke it… It got clogged every five minutes and was the most frustrating thing I’ve ever bought. With these new pens, I saw a second chance, and if these ones clogged, well, at least they would have been a lot cheaper. But something amazing happened. They actually worked like they were supposed to! No jams. No frustration.

It didn’t take me long before I decided I had to get myself one of those pens. So, I did, and once I started drawing, I kind of didn’t stop. I’m a little embarrassed by the amount of time I’ve spent playing with my new toy and by how much material I’ve burned through in such a short amount of time. Then again, I’ve made some really cool things and learned a lot about how to use the pen.

Generally, 3D Printing Pens work kind of like hot glue guns in that you have material that you feed through the device that gets melted and extrudes out the other end. Having a long history with glue guns, this explanation makes sense to me. Instead of glue, 3D Printing Pens use plastic filament like this.

3d butterflyProject #1: 3D Butterfly

When 3D Doodling, you usually have a stencil that you trace. One of the most common stencils is a butterfly. It’s drawn in three pieces: 2 wings, and 1 body. You always start with an outline; with this project, in black, and then fill in.

To change colors, you simply eject the first color then load the next color. You want to doodle a bit out between color changes, as remnants of the old color will remain as you get started on the new one.

When all the pieces are done, you gently pry them off of the tracing surface and “glue” them together with more melted filament. I changed back to black for this task.

The whole project probably took me half an hour to forty-five minutes. On my old pen, this same project took me a week because I had to keep putting it down.


stained glass box

Project #2: Stained Glass Inspired Box


To make this box, I found a free coloring page online that looked a little bit like a rose window. I shrunk it down and printed it off as my stencil.

With any box, first you draw the sides and the bottom, then you put them together.




The possibilities with a 3D Printing Pen are endless. Don’t believe me? Say it again to my… DRAGON!

Orange Dragon

-Liz Strauss, Teen Librarian

Favorite Summer Food

In Ohio, the summer offers many wonderful foods grown from our gardens! Some of my favorites include strawberries, corn and tomatoes.

Our locally  grown tomatoes can be flavorful, juicy and have a delightful fresh aroma. Plain slices of tomatoes, or even a slice on a grilled cheese  sandwich can be enjoyable. One of my favorite recipes  includes some Ohio tomatoes and is handy for a quick meal or a cookout.


Lindy’s Summer Salad

Cut up Romaine lettuce and place in a large bowl. Chop up those yummy Ohio tomatoes, and add to the bowl. Sprinkle in two cups of grated cheddar cheese. Stir in  one can of drained kidney beans. Just before serving, mix in one bottle of Catalina French dressing.  Finish the dish by adding small Frito corn chips,  that can be crushed if you prefer.


There are so many ways to prepare these delicious summertime foods! What’s one of your favorite recipes?

-Lindy Conley

Celebrate Pie at Dover Public Library


Apple? Pumpkin? Cherry? Yes, please! If you like pie, the Dover Public Library has some awesome events for you!

Call us at 330-343-6123 for More Information or to Register!


The Art of Pie

Tuesday, August 1 at 6:30 PM

Whether you’re a seasoned pie baker or are just learning, home economist Ruth Burky will get you up to speed on the fundamentals of making pie in no time. After taking this class, you’ll be a pro at making pie crust and fillings including a fresh strawberry, French silk chocolate, and double crust apple. You will leave with recipes and pie making tips and hints.  Yummy samples provided.


Pie in the Library – A Pie Contest

Saturday, August 5 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Calling all pie bakers and pie lovers!  Amateur bakers are encouraged to submit their best pies for judging at this fun community event.  Four categories include Apple, Fruit and Berry, Nutty, and Sweet. All are welcome to come enjoy a piece of pie while listening to the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Summer Camp Choir and the soothing acoustic guitar music of Roxanne Timberlake. Complete Rules and Registration Form


Pie Contest Rules

Pie must be entered in the name of the person who made it.

This contest is intended for Adult (18 years and older) amateur bakers only. Professional bakers or those who earn a portion of their livelihood from baking or cooking may not enter the contest.

Each dessert pie must be made from scratch and based in a 9” pie plate/pan. Each pie must include a serving utensil and a cover. You may not use pie filling or a pre-made store-bought crust.


  • Apple
  • Fruit & Berry
  • Nutty
  • Sweet

To Enter Your Pie

  • Bring your pie to the library between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. on the day of the Pie Contest. The staff running the Pie-Baking Contest will have the final say on acceptability of pies. Pies must be in an appropriate covered container until judging.
  • The Health Department says: NO PIES THAT REQUIRE REFRIGERATION (i.e. dairy or cream pies).
  • Only one entry per person per category.
  • Fill out the registration form.
  • If you are a winner, you give your permission to have your photo taken during the announcement ceremony and have it used for Pie Contest promotional materials, including social media & the library website.



Judging will take place between 1:00-1:30 PM

There will be a minimum of three judges.


  1. Overall appearance
  2. Crust color, texture, doneness and flavor
  3.  Filling consistency, doneness and flavor
  4.  Overall taste


Each judge assigns a numerical value (1-5) in each criteria category, without consultation with the other judges. The pie receiving the highest total numerical value is the winner in that category.  In the case of a tie, the judges will judge those pies again. The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not know contestant names.  Winners will be announced after judging.  Participants must be present during contest and judging.

Participants must be present during contest and judging.


Leftover Pie:

Following the judging, all pies will be available for the community to enjoy. Pies will be eaten that day.



Pie Eating Contest

Saturday, August 5 at 3:00 PM

Grades K – 5

Make a pie-themed craft and a small pudding and whipped topping pie to eat without using your hands! The contest winner will get to smash a pie in Miss Syrena’s face! Please call 330-343-6123 to register.




Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

Big Book Sale

Friday, August 18

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday August 19

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Shop thousands of books and other materials! All available for a donation to the Dover Public Library’s Check Out Your Future Capital Campaign. Help us raise $5000 towards updating our Adult and Teen Departments! Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information or visit the Check Out Your Future Capital Campaign Page to see how you can help bring the library into the future.

Vacation in a Fictional World

wonderful wizard of oz book coverI’ve visited over a dozen states over the course of my life, and I’ve had the opportunity to travel to more than six other countries around the world. I’ve seen some great places and done some things that many people haven’t. I’ve hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, explored caves in Kentucky and Guatemala, and ridden on the back of an elephant in Thailand. I’ve been blessed with great vacations and awesome mission trips. There are so many cool things for us to see on this planet.

But what if you could vacation, for a week or so, in some fictional land, any fictional land. Where would you choose to go?

L. Frank Baum has been one of my favorite authors for many years. He created a world of characters, creatures, and settings that most minds could never imagine. He created a realm of mystery and excitement, innocence and danger, vivid color and deep darkness. Baum fabricated a place that we’d love to visit, but probably not want to live in. So, if I could vacation in any fictional land of my choosing, I’d choose Oz.

Who wouldn’t want to go “somewhere over the rainbow” to Oz, where we can all “laugh the day away”?

I’d love to follow that Yellow Brick Road through extraordinary villages and counties, forests and fields. It would be quite exciting to visit the Emerald City and chat with the friendly folks of Munchkinland. I’d like to meet a margaret hamilton and judy garland in the wizard of oztalking lion, discuss politics with a scarecrow, and do some mission work with a kind-hearted man of tin.

Oh, Oz has its fair share of dangers. That’s for sure. It’s not every day that we encounter green-skinned witches, flying monkeys, humbug wizards, or apple-wielding trees. But how do those perils compare to the terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, and natural disasters we face here?

Oz, “where troubles melt like lemon-drops” would be a fun place to spend some vacation time, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Folks in Oz are constantly watching the weather for fear of falling houses. Witches, good and bad, come and go so quickly on broomsticks and in bubbles. And wouldn’t it get tiring breaking into song for every move you make – following a road, leaving the woods, getting a make-over?

Like I said, Oz would make a great vacation destination, but “there’s no place like home.”


Rick Slayman




Art Journaling

Tuesday, July 25 at 2:00 PM


 Learn how to build your own art journal at this fun, new event! Pick out your pages and your cover, then learn how to bind your book. Then have time to sketch with other young artists. All materials will be supplied by the library. Registration is not necessary.


Sharpie Tie Dye

tie dye heart t-shirtTuesday July 18 at 2:00 PM

Get creative at this fun, teen-favorite event! Bring your own white t-shirt and learn a new way to tie dye. Event will be held outside. In case of rain, a movie will be shown in the Story Room. Registration is not necessary.