NY Times Bestselling Author Linda Castillo Comes Back to Dover


New York Times Bestselling author Linda Castillo is coming back to Dover!  On Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 PM, Castillo will discuss her latest edition in the Kate Burkholder series, Among the Wicked.  In the book, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing case that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl.  Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between Amish and English communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.  In the coming days, Kate unearths a world built on secrets and finds herself, alone…trapped in a fight for her life.

As special audience Q&A session will also be a part of the evening.  A book signing will follow the program. Please call the Library at 330.343.6123 to reserve your seat for this free community event!


Confessions of a Bibliomaniac

Reading book

I admit it.  I am a borderline bibliomaniac. I not only love to read, but I love to be around books and around people who love books. I love the culture surrounding books, and bookshops, and libraries.  When I go into someone’s house I scan the shelves to see what books they have. When I walk downtown to get something for lunch I walk with one eye on the cracks on the sidewalk and one eye on the book I am reading.  I am sure people drive by and see me with my nose in a book and think, “There goes that crackpot library guy.”  But that’s OK because I know that my life is much, much richer because of reading.  I can honestly say that I have never been bored a day in my life. If I have some free time with nothing to do I am usually reading, going to a library, or to a bookshop.  To be honest, I don’t understand people that don’t read.  When I think of the time people spend watching television or playing video games I can’t help but think that each and every one us has a limited amount of time on this earth and the last thing I would be doing when the clock is ticking is spending that time staring at the one-eyed monster in the living room.  Books inspire me. The Bible, for example, challenges me to live a life of value, loving and serving others.  Books can help you get out of a rut in your life. They can help create opportunity and sometimes they serve as pure entertainment. Is there anything better than a good page-turner on a rainy night, coffee or tea on hand?  I can’t think of much.  As the saying goes…never trust anyone who’s TV is bigger than their bookshelf.”  Read on, my friends!

-Jim Gill, Director

Summer of Awesome Teen Lock In

MoonFriday, August 5 to Saturday August 6

6:00 PM – 7:00 AM

Lock the doors and stay in the library all night! This event is open to teens entering grades 6 through 12. Registration begins July 1st and is limited to 12 teens. We will be playing group and board games, going on a scavenger hunt, enjoying pizza, making crafts, and much, much more!

A complete agenda and packing list will be provided with each teen’s permission slip. Don’t miss out on our most popular event of the year!

Call 330-343-6123 for more information


New resource for genealogists

I would like to draw your attention to a new donation that I recently processed that has some great information for people searching for their ancestors. The collection is titled “Archinal Papers,” and it is available for viewing in The Roots Cellar, currently open Thursdays from 9-5.

People who are members of St. John’s German Evangelical Church will possibly find photos of their parents and grandparents in the church registers that were donated with the collection. Anyone researching the names Archinal, Scarr, Thomas, Kirschner, Olinger, and Umberger will find a wealth of research notes and family trees, some which have been published in family histories, also located with the collection materials.

You can view the finding aid for this collection (including a folder list) here: ArchinalPapersFindingAid

Or visit the Local History & Genealogy collections page of our website:

Stop in on Thursdays to view this most recent addition to our growing collection!


Happy Hunting,

-Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Be #: Make Your Own Music


Tuesday, July 5 at 2:00 PM

Be sharp at this fun event and make your own music. The library will have a collection of musical instruments on hand for you to experiment with. Try out an acoustic guitar, an electronic keyboard, various rhythm instruments, and a bowed psaltery. Technology will also be available to experiment with music mixing apps and other instruments. Is this the start of the a new rock band? Come find out! Open to teens entering grades 6-12.

Teens may bring their own musical instruments to show. Teens are asked to keep in mind that all instruments are on loan. Those not treating the instruments with care and respect will be asked to leave.


Hetalia World Meeting

Hetalia World Meeting Tuesday June 28 at 2:00 PM
It’s a celebration of the anime Hetalia, where countries are people and history is retold. There will be games, crafts, and pasta!

Cosplayers welcome. Open to Teens in Grades 6-12.

Hetalia country characters



Volunteer of the Month: Erica

EricaCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for June, Erica! Thank you for your dedication and support of the library!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

A little over a year


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

I was a nurse for many years and the past few years I was a home health nurse. I quit working and really missed seeing patients. This volunteer position lets me visit people in their homes, and I get to share my love of reading!


Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jodi Picoult, Mauve Binchy, Lisa Genova, Dorothy Koomson, Jame Patterson, Jojo Moyes, Mary Lawson, Brett Lott, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, etc. ^^ I also like many biographies and autobiographies and nonfiction including authors Lysa Terkewist, Beth Moore, and Joyce Meyers. And, of course, the Bible.


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

It is so fun to bring books to people who are unable to get to the library. They can’t wait to see what’s packed in the bag. Patrons and their families are so appreciative. I am so thankful to be a part of this program.


Thank you for all your hard work, Erica! We’re so very grateful to you and all our other wonderful volunteers who make our Books on Wheels program and our library run more smoothly.


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