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YA Crew Meeting October

YA Crew LogoTuesday, October 14 at 3:00 PM

Join the YA Crew for free snacks, a fun warm-up game, and some community service. We’ll also be taking volunteers to help out at our Mystery Maze event at this time. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.


Did you know? 

Last May the Full Members of the YA Crew got to have a pizza party at the RAC sponsored by the Friends of the Library? What will we do next time? Join the YA Crew to find out! Contact Liz Strauss for info!

An Evening with Rik Swartzwelder

Old Fashioned


 Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 PM

Meet film director, actor, and author Rik Swartzwelder at this special event! Swartzwelder will discuss the upcoming movie, Old Fashioned, which was filmed in Tuscarawas County and will hit theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.  Joining Rik will be author Ginger Kolbaba, who will discuss her book The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance, which is a companion book to Old Fashioned.  A sneak peak at the new movie will also be shown.  A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to all.  Call the library 330-343-6123 to reserve your seat.

The 641’s

Let’s chat about the 641’s. I don’t like to shelve the 641’s. I don’t like to take people to the 641’s. I don’t want to look at the 641’s. See, when I see them, I take them home with me. That’s my problem. The 641’s are the cookbooks.  I love to cook, and most of all, I love to eat.

If you know Dover Public Library, then you know we have an awesome collection of cookbooks. You like to bake? We have cake books, cookie books, bread books, step-by-step how to bake cookbooks. We have pizza, pasta, pies and tarts cookbooks. Southern, Northern, Mid-western cookbooks, Irish, Greek, Italian, Mexican cookbooks. Serious Barbecue cookbooks. Home cooking, restaurant chefs, vegetarian and Amish cookbooks. Cookbooks on soup, how to make it, store it, enjoy it. Want to learn to make jam? Put your own food up for the winter? Butcher you a cow or pig? We have a book for that.

365 Slow Cooker Recipes by Stephanie O'DeaJust get a crock-pot? Well, let me help you with some great crock-pot recipes! Check out 365 SLOW COOKER SUPPERS by Stephanie O’Dea. I Like this book because the author uses fresh ingredients in the recipes. Her daughter has food sensitivities, so the mother must really watch what the family eats. The recipes are quick and very easy to pull together, and oh so good.

THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO EATING WELL ON A BUDGET by Lucy Beale and Jessica Partridge is good, too. I liked 365 WAYS TO WOK by Linda Drachman as well. If you have a picky eater, try DECEPTIVELY DELICIOUS by Jessica Sienfeld. I like quick and easy, so JUST ONE POT from the editors of Reader’s Digest, or any books with the words “One Dish Meals” are good if you don’t want to spend the time scrubbing pots and pans.

I could go on, but I think you’ve got the idea.

Check out a cookbook next time you’re in the library and mention this blog post to the librarian at the Circulation Desk. I will have a home-made treat for the first two people who mention this blog!

Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld



Adult Services & Interlibrary Loans

Make Your Own Superhero

HeroTuesday, October 7 at 3:00 PM

What makes a hero? Courage, kindness, strength, felt, fiberfill, yarn…

At this crafty event we’ll discuss all the things that make a good superhero and make our own superhero and sidekick pals out of felt. This event is inspired by this year’s One Book, One Community read, Side-Yard Superhero by Rick Niece, the story of a childhood friendship, a real hero, and a promise kept. All materials will be provided by the library and there will be free snacks. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register.

Note: Sewing experience is a plus at this program, but Liz will also have glue for those superheroes who are afraid of needles.

Hidden treasures of Tuscarawas County

As the newest addition to the Dover Public Library staff (and just as new to the field of local history), I find it necessary to seek out opportunities for continuing education. While visiting the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society in Dennison, I discovered one such opportunity promoted by flyer: The Ohio Genealogical Society conference in Sandusky, OH. As expected, I met researchers and librarians and began to understand some of the more common dilemmas faced on both sides of the desk. I became aware of general resources and how to make the most of them. What I didn’t expect was to connect with an absolute treasure trove of Tuscarawas County records. At a presentation entitled “Ohio Local Government Record Collections,” I discovered that The University of Akron holds many old Tuscarawas County records that are not available elsewhere. During the presentation, copies of old court docket records flashed across the screen with location names like “Dover Township,” “Goshen Township,” and “Newcomerstown.” What was the content of this record group? The presenter was using these records as a way to illustrate how one can track down ancestors that may not have been wealthy enough to leave wills and deeds, and/or who stepped outside the boundaries of the law. In these books one can find examples of paternity suit petitions, assault claims, still owners, and more. While trying to fill in the gaps along the branches of our family trees, these and other records in the collection at University of Akron may help us locate missing relatives who may have strayed a little off the beaten path.


I paid a visit to the archives at U of A to see these records for myself. The staff, especially Mark Bloom, was very courteous and willing to help. While the handwriting in some of the docket books requires special deciphering skill, there is plenty of fodder for local history buffs and genealogists, including some old newspapers (one written entirely in German) on microfilm that are not currently held by Dover Public Library.


Mark was kind enough to send me some images of the resources they have available, and here is the link to their website:
I highly encourage those of you with the means and the desire to make the trip to Akron and spend an afternoon rediscovering the Tuscarawas County of your ancestors. You never know what treasures you may find!

Der Deutsche Beobachter June 10 1869

Goshen twp clerk of court page 100 and 101

Snakes in the Library

Tuesday, September 30 at 3:00 PM


YA Crew member Kairi returns with more snakes and unusual pets to share at this popular event. Open to tweens and teens, ages 8 – 18.Snacks will be provided. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

The benefit of book clubs…

I have always beeB.Y.O.B.: A New Type of Book Clubn one of those readers who rereads favorite books. For those most part, every book I read is one I would consider rereading, and I have100 Book Club Logo occasionally finished a book only to immediately restart it. I find that I pick up on more the second (or third, or fourth…) time around, especially when it comes to the humor in a book. Sometimes, you just can’t appreciate all the puns and foreshadowing until you actually know what happens. Basically, I love rereading books.

That being said, rereading has led me into major reading ruts and slumps. I’ll stand there, looking at my bookshelf of usual choices and think, “Maybe I’ll read Harry Potter again. Nah…what about ‘Salem’s Lot. Eh, just not in the mood for that either. Jane Austen? Grrrr!” Frustration ensues. At times like this, I miss being in school, where at least I was told a few new books to read each semester. Even if I didn’t always like them, at least I was reading something new.


Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle LogoI’ll admit, I always considered myself someone who could pick my own books and who wasn’t interested in reading books because someone else told me to. Tuesday Night Book Club1 copyIn reality, though, a little guidance is sometimes really helpful! Enter book clubs. I’ve only started getting into book clubs this year. As I said, in theory I dislike <em>having</em> to read a book that I didn’t necessarily choose myself. Fortunately, we have a variety of different types of book groups here at the library. From our traditional CLSC and Tuesday Night book clubs to the new B.Y.O.B., where I choose a book within a specific theme, to the 100 book club where the only rule is no rereading, there really is something for every reader. Participating in a book club gives me the guidance and incentive to broaden my reading horizons, and I haven’t had a bad experience yet. Instead, I’ve had a chance to discover some new titles that I <em>never</em> would have picked up on my own, but loved just the same. I still love rereading books–now I just have more titles to pick from. :)

-Kathryn, Adult Services