September is Library Card Sign-up Month!   Recently updated !

Know someone who needs a library card? September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Dover Public Library Logo - color - small

Why get a library card? Did you know that studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. Make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Dover Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.  The library provides a variety of reading clubs and programming, plus access to the Internet and computer programs for homework.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies or just relax with their friends.  Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including books, e-books, and the online Ohio Web Library databases that can be accessed in person or online.

Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including booths at the Dover End of Summer Celebration and the Tuscarawas County Fair. As an added bonus, any who signs up for a library card between Sunday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 30 will be entered to win prizes, including a Kindle Fire and free pizza from Dominoes!

13 Reasons: A Suicide Prevention Workshop

Tuesday, September 15 at 3:00 PM

LThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asherearn about mental health issues, suicide myths, warning signs, and more at this informative session for teens. Discuss where to turn when help is needed and how to help others in crisis. This event is intended for teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register.

Inspired by 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and part of One Book, One Community at Dover Public Library.

Trivia Nights @ the Library!

Trivia Nights @ the Library: Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM and Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 PM

Think you have what it takes to be a trivia champion? Join us for a fun evening of mind tickling questions and fellowship with new and old friends. Teams of two to six players are welcome to participate at these fun and competitive community nights. Snacks and prizes will be provided Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register your team.

Bookin’ It for Fitness Walking Book Club

Need help starting a consistent fitness routine? Join the Bookin’ It for Fitness Walking Book Club and get a little support! The club will meet each Monday for a 30 minute walk (locations to be determined), then meet monthly to set goals, discuss books, and provide support. Plus, all members will receive a pedometer and a fitness journal to help keep track of goals and milestone. Members who complete the entire program could win from a number of great prizes, including a Fitbit and and Apple Watch! Space is limited, so call the library at 330-343-6123 to sign up today!

Program Information:

  • The Kickoff Party will be at 5:30 PM on September 14.
  • The October meeting (and corresponding weekly walk) will be on Wednesday, October 14 due to Columbus Day.
  • Members can complete the program by attending at least 20 walks through March 14, 2016.
  • All members who complete the program will receive a t-shirt and a book, as well as the chance to win other great prizes.

This program is made possible by grant support from the Aultman Foundation.Aultman-Foundation-Logo-with-tagline

Vera, Car 54, and Inter Library Loans

VeraI have been watching a BBC series called Vera. We don’t have this particular series at our library, but that’s where Inter Library Loan (or ILL) comes in! At the Dover Public Library, we can pull from over two hundred twenty other libraries to find, request, and send to our library. This DVD series is based on the mystery books by the author Ann Cleeves. (Check out her books!)The setting is in Scotland, and anything Scotland related, I’m interested. The scenery is beautiful. The stories are great, and they keep you guessing. The Main character is DCI Vera Stanhope, a rude, abrupt, no nonsense older woman who has her own personal issues. But, she gets the job done. I would recommend this series for all mystery lovers. both the books and the DVD’s.

Car 54 First Season
Again with the Inter Library Loan, my husband and I were talking about TV shows that we watched when we were kids. One was Car 54 Where are You? I was able to get the first season from another library. If you remember this show, and the character who made a two word phrase famous, come to the front desk and ask for me. If you correctly say the phrase, I will give you a little gift. The first one who answers correctly wins!


Thanks for reading this little blog, and remember, we are here for you and your favorite books, TV shows, and more, at Dover Public Library.


Adult Services

Art Studio

SplatterTuesday, September 8, October 13, and November 10

Learn about a different Art Movement each month at our new Teen Art Studio! Practice with different techniques, meet fellow artists, and enjoy snacks at each event. Dress accordingly: we will be getting messy! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information.

In September, we’ll be talking about Abstract Expressionism and making Splatter Paint Art. This event will be help outside, weather permitting. Teens should definitely wear old clothes for this one!

In October, we’ll be talking about Impressionism, which is all about the fleeting nature of light. We’ll be practicing some landscapes with oil pastels.

Finally, in November, we’re traveling way back in time to talk about Mesopotamian art. We’ll use clay to make small relief slabs that tell a story.

Have a favorite artist or art movement you want to see represented? Email Liz at and share it with her! If this series continues, she’ll use your suggestions in the Spring!

Calling all Genealogists…

Next Saturday Dover Public Library will host an introductory course in Genealogy. For those of you who want to learn the best ways to trace your family history, I strongly recommend it. But if you are unable to attend, I would like to draw your attention to some new circulating materials we have in The Roots Cellar that will help you as you search the past.


It’s true, most items in The Roots Cellar are for library use only. But we do have a collection of periodicals that circulate just like regular magazines: they can be checked out for 1 week with up to 2 renewals. One I would like to draw your attention to is Family Tree Magazine. The May/June 2015 issue features helpful articles such as “8 hidden clues to ID old photos,” “10 ways to connect with distant cousins,” and “Complete guide to old tax records.”


Another title available for circulation is “Ohio History,” the journal of Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society). Here history buffs can read scholarly articles on topics such as leftist activism at John Carroll University in the late 1960’s (“Peace be with you” by Michael Daniel Goodnough in the 2015 issue) or how Columbus, Ohio was a leader in implementing a water system that serves as a basis for models used today all over the world (“Water in the shaping of Columbus, Ohio, 1812-1912” by Mansel G. Blackford in the same issue).


We also have current issues of the following, all available to read in the comfort of your own home:


National Genealogical Society Quarterly

NGS Magazine

Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly

Ohio Genealogy News

Tuscarawas Pioneer Footprints (Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society newsletter)

Echoes (Ohio History Connection: this publication gives dates and descriptions of Ohio history programs throughout the state, as well as a feature story in Ohio history)


So if you want to bone up on current topics in local history and genealogy, stop into The Roots Cellar the next time you visit Dover Public Library and take a little history home with you.


The Roots Cellar is open Mondays from 12:30-4 and 5-8, Wednesdays 1-4 and 5-8, and Saturdays by appointment.