After the Storm Launch Party with Linda Castillo   Recently updated !

Linda CastilloAfter the Storm Launch Party

with Linda Castillo

Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 PM

Join us for an evening with our friend, New York Times Bestselling author Linda Castillo, as she discusses her writing life and launches the latest novel in her Kate Burkholder series, After the Storm.

When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident, and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. After the Storm

Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer—and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen.  She’s published thirty books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita.

A book signing will follow this free event. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.

Books in the Kate Burkholder Series: Sworn to Silence, Pray for Silence, Breaking Silence, Gone Missing, Long Lost (Kindle only), Her Last Breath, The Dead Will Tell, and After the Storm.

Linda’s books at Dover Public Library


Teen Lock-In

Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8

6:00 PM – 7:00 AM 

It’s that time of year again! Registration starts today for the Teen Lock-In! Stay in the library all night with us as we play games, enjoy pizza, make crafts, and more at this teen favorite event! Registration is limited to 12 teens going into grades 6-12. A complete agenda and packing list is available at the Circulation Desk. Teens must have permission forms returned to the library to have their spot reserved.

Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information!

Group of teens at the lock in

Save the Date: Local History Author Program and Research Forum

On Saturday July 18 at 10 am, Virgil D. Hoftiezer will present on his co-authored book, KATE: In Fact and Fiction, documenting the story of Kate-Quantrill-Evans-Baston-Head.

Since the beginning of the Civil War, Kate King and William Clarke Quantrill were the ultimate star-crossed lovers. Come hear their story, uncover some interesting Dover history, and discover a woman who lived life to the fullest and blazed an incredible path. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.kate

Join us after the program for our “Digging Your Roots” research forum in The Roots Cellar from 1-4. All experience levels are welcome!roots

The Great American Novel   Recently updated !

You may have heard of authors attempting to write “The Great American Novel,” or TGAN.  My question is this: what exactly does that mean? I assume it refers to an author’s ability to capture the quintessential characteristics of the American story: capturing the American Dream; overcoming adversity; redemption; success.  If you ask many critics, The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitgzerald typically tops the list as the top candidate for TGAN. But not so fast…

Great American NovelLet me say that thirteen days ago I was playing basketball with our boys and I tore my Achilles tendon (wearing black, leather dress shoes no less).  Tomorrow I have surgery to repair the tear and Dr. Teater has estimated a few weeks off of work and months of recovery.  Let me say this is not an easy thing for me. I always have somewhere to go and I am involved in so much.  Perhaps this is God’s way of telling me to take it down a notch.  At any rate, I will have lots of time to discover TGAN.  Here is my list of candidates:

  • The Great American Novel, by Philip Roth
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
  • Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
  • The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara

Here is why these titles made my list.  Has it stood the test of time and does it capture the essence of what being an American is all bout?  Time will tell.  Let the reading begin!

-Jim Gill, Director

Civil War Ball

FanTuesday, July 14 at 2:00 PM

Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War by learning era etiquette from a reenactor, including the secret language of the fan. Make a craft, enjoy refreshments, and dance! Open to teens in grade 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6213 to register.

The Man Behind the Private Eye   Recently updated !




Join us on Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 PM for an afternoon with mystery writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins. He’ll discuss his latest book, Slow Burn, his Andy Hayes mystery series, and take a fun look at the writing life. Welsh-Huggins is a graduate of Kenyon College and is a legal affairs reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus. A book signing will follow this program. Call 330-343-6123 to register.



Historical Walk Rain Date



Our walking tour of downtown Dover has been rescheduled! We will meet at the replica toll house on Front Street on Saturday, August 8 at 10 am. We will still serve lunch afterwards at the library, so don’t forget to sign up for your choice (cost $5) when registering for this fun and informative program. See previous post for details, and call (330)343-6123 to register.