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Book Madness: Tournament of Authors

BracketThe library’s first Tournament of Authors is on! Pick up a bracket at the library or print your own Bracket (on 8.5 x 14 paper) to get in on the action. See if you can guess who the library’s favorite author will be. At the end of each week, prizes will be given for those with the most correct guesses.

The rules are pretty simple:

1.) Pick up and fill out your bracket in pen. Brackets will be available Monday, February 23.

2.) Bring it in to the library to be initialed by a staff member before March 4, when Round 1 will be announced.

3.) Vote each round for your favorite authors! You can vote in the library (once per day), plus there will be additional ways to sneak in extra votes on Facebook!

 

Don’t miss out! Join us for Book Madness! Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information. Program is open to teens and adults!

 


Winter, winter, go away   Recently updated !

 

It’s February, the so-called shortest month of the year. But ask anyone from Ohio and they will tell you it often feels like the longest. Why? The weather. By this point I’ve complained about it so much I’m tired of my own griping. It’s cold. So cold. And the snow. Can’t it just melt already? Margaret Atwood calls February “month of despair with a skewered heart in the centre.” With spring a mere 3 weeks away, I am positively aching for warmth and the sight of tiny crocus buds poking their eager green tongues out to taste the air. Alas, we have a bit more weather to weather. To make myself feel better I thought I would research a winter before my time (okay, just barely before my time) that was much much worse:

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Make mention of this to Midwestern folks who lived through it and you are sure to hear a hair-raising tale or two. My mother, a teacher, remembers waking up to the radio on the morning of January 26: “If you are within the sound of my voice there is no school today.” She peeked out the window, saw the stop sign at the end of our street flapping violently back and forth in the wind, then hopped back into bed (I was still incubating at the time, not due for another six weeks, so I was blissfully unaware of the weather conditions). She was lucky to avoid the worst of it.

 

Wind gusts in excess of 65 mph caused scattered power and phone outages. Visibility on I-77 was down to zero, county roads were drifted in. No mail, no buses, no deliveries. Nothing could be done about snow removal until the wind died down, and a shortage of salt compounded the problem. Schools, state offices and airports closed. Trees fell. Windows shattered. Trailers turned over and roofs collapsed or were blown off. A barn toppled in the wind, killing the livestock huddled inside. The ”killer blizzard” also took 90 human lives, including a young couple who decided to wait out the storm in their car, refusing rescue. They were found dead the next day.

 

But thankfully all storms pass, the damage is tallied, and then the cleanup begins. This blizzard was particularly costly to Ohio farms, causing an estimated $48.2 million in damage. Clearing the roads was an exhausting and often thankless chore; I read an article of one county worker who plowed roads in a ‘73 Ford for 15 straight hours (in drifts four feet high and 30 feet long), getting approximately 1.5 miles to the gallon, only to be stopped by a citizen “screaming invectives” about plowing in his driveway.

 

While this winter has had its share of inconveniences (at times my heater sounds like a volcano about to erupt), I am grateful that this year hasn’t seen a “state of emergency” blizzard with hurricane winds (knock on wood – it ain’t over yet), and that I have a warm roof over my head and a loving family with whom I can cuddle and share hot chocolate. And I hope that we will soon see a headline like this one that appeared over 100 years ago:

 

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Until then, I’m with Ms. Atwood: Make it be spring!

 

“February” by Margaret Atwood, from Morning in the Burned House. Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

 

Looking for a way to pass the remaining cold days? Come to Dover Public Library, cozy up to our microfilm machine, and read about winters far worse than this one!

Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian


Tornado Alley Submission Deadline is March 7

Don’t forget to turn in your submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to the library by March 7!

Your work could be selected to be published in the very first edition of Tornado Alley, the Teen Literary Magazine of Dover High School and Dover Public Library! See the Tornado Alley page for details or call the library at 330-343-6123.


YA Crew March

TYA Crew Logouesday, March 10 at 3:00 PM

Join the YA Crew for book, movie, and music discussion, free snacks, and more! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

At the March Meeting, we will have an informal Tech Show and Tell to prepare for the Teen Tech Fair on Saturday, March 21 from 2:00-4:00 PM. Bring your newest phones, tablets, and  other fun gadgets to the meeting and show off your techy knowledge. Sign up to participate in the Tech Fair and you could win a $15 Gift Card to Amazon, iTunes, or Google Play for helping out. Contact Liz with any questions about this new event, inspired by Teen Tech Week.


March madness…for books!   Recently updated !

It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on March already, but it will be here before you know it! One of the things I enjoy about March each year is filling out a bracket during NCAA March Madness. I love keeping track of whose winning and how I’m doing in my bracket overall. Bracketology is fun because it’s like a game, and during March almost everyone is playing. The only problem is that I don’t keep up enough with basketball to more than guess at most of the match-ups. That’s why I’m so excited about the new program the library is hosting this March. It’s called Book Madness: Tournament of Authors 2015. Instead of only knowing about 3 of the “teams” involved, I have read almost all of the authors in the tournament! Plus, the rules are pretty simple:

1.) Pick up and fill out your bracket in pen. Brackets will be available Monday, February 23.

2.) Bring it in to the library to be initialed by a staff member before March 4, when Round 1 will be announced.

3.) Vote each round for your favorite authors! You can vote in the library (once per day), plus there will be additional ways to sneak in extra votes on Facebook!

At the end of each week, prizes will be given for those with the best bracket score so far. At the end of the tournament, the person with the highest score will win a new Kindle Fire HD!

Get into a new kind of bracketology this year, and help us determine the library’s favorite author for 2015!

Kathryn Green, Technology Managerbracket


League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball   Recently updated !

League Park

 

Monday, March 2 at 6:30 PM

Join authors Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz as they present on the life of League Park, the legendary former home of the Cleveland Indians. Baseball fans will be fascinated by stories of players and people associated with the classic ballpark. A book signing will follow the program. Call 330-343-6123 to register. For more information on League Park click here.

 

 


Cupcake Wars

cupcake clipartTuesday, March 3 at 3:00 PM

If you liked Chopped, you’ll love this yummy event! Compete in teams to create the most delicious cupcakes! All materials will be provided by the library. Please leave your decorations at  home unless you have enough to share with everyone, even those on different teams. Cupcakes will be judged on taste, creativity, and decoration. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is Required for this event. Please call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.