Creative Writing Workshop   Recently updated !

writing in a journal outside

Tuesday, January 23 at 3:00 PM

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for writing games, inspiration, and more at this fun event! Participants will also learn more about the Teen Literary Magazine Tornado Alley and how they can submit their artwork, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for publication in the 2018 edition. No registration necessary. Refreshments will be served. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

Clay Charms

clay bunny charmSaturday, January 20 at 10:00 AM

Learn how to make charms out of magic clay! Decorate key chains, make earrings, necklaces, and much more! This free program is open to tweens and teens ages 8 and Up. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information. Sponsored by the 21st Century Afterschool Learning Program Grant and Dover High School.

Art Studio   Recently updated !

January 16, February 20, March 27 and April 17 at 3:00 PM

lank easel with paint brushes

Learn about art, create something new, and get messy!

Open to Teens in Grades 6-12. No Registration Necessary. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

January: Learn how to draw Manga style to create your own comic

February: Experiment with color as we explore Pop Art

March: Take an abstract approach with Cubism

April: Use a grid to help you master Realism

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book

B.Y.O.B.: A New Type of Book ClubDo you hate book clubs? Maybe hate is not the correct word for it. Do you dislike reading what other people tell you to read? Do you despise dissecting every part of a book until you’re blue in the face? Do you loathe reading all of those intense books chosen by most book clubs? Do you have an aversion to trying something new? Is that why you haven’t joined a book club?

Well that was me 3 years ago. I didn’t join a book club because I didn’t want someone telling me what I should read. I didn’t want to give a book report. I didn’t want to read all of those heavy intense books.

Maybe like me, you just haven’t found the book club for you. B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book) was a good fit for me. This book club meets at 6 PM on the first Thursday of every month at different eating establishments. The members of the club select a theme that changes each month. You choose whatever book you want that goes with that theme. Here’s how this works, next month our theme is “weather in the title”. You choose any book that has anything weather related in the title. For example, “Black Wind” by Clive Cussler, “Summer Rain” by Barbara Freethy, “Whiter than Snow” by Paul David Tripp or “Six Inches of Partly Cloudy” by Dick Goddard. See how that works? It is so easy and fun. We get a wide variety of books from all genres. You don’t have to be a public speaker to participate, just briefly say a little something about the book you selected. You get to hear about what other people are reading. And maybe something will interest you that you may not have thought you would have liked. If doing something new was one of your New Year’s Resolutions, then I suggest trying B.Y.O.B.


Linda Toohey

Outreach Librarian


Next BYOB Meeting: Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 PM at Magoo’s. Theme: Weather in the Title

More Info on the BYOB



Write to Murder   Recently updated !

The Friends of the Dover Public Library Mystery Dinner:

“Write to Murder”

Saturday, January 27

Doors Open at 6:30 PM

Tickets: $50 Each

Friends of the Dover Public Library Murder Mystery Event Write to Murder

Join us for a fun, interactive, lighthearted comedy!

Novelist Susanne Collinwood earned her fortune and reputation with her very first novel, the crime story “Write to Kill.” But after its publication, Susanne drifted into a wildly successful career writing Romance novels exclusively. Now, making a surprise appearance at the 2018 Mystery Writers Conference, Ms. Collinwood announces that the long awaited sequel to “Write to Kill” is ready for publication, marking her first return to the Mystery genre. Her public is excited; her ghost writers are anything but!

This special dinner is being catered by Park Street Pizza. A Cash Bar will be available.  Proceeds benefit the library’s Check Out Your Future Capital Campaign.

Contact Jim, Wendy, or Paula at the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information.

mr. E productions appears courtesy of The Law Office of Dennis Traver, Dover

Choose a Job You Love… 2

… And you will never have to work a day in your life


Miss Dani with a portrait in the style of WonderIt took me almost 35 years to find a career in which my job hasn’t felt like work. I have bagged groceries, worked in the fast-food business, built theater sets, taught in public schools and in a private pre-school, worked as a gas station attendant, washed dishes, and worked in retail, among other things, but nothing has been fulfilling and as rewarding as finding my calling to be a Children’s Librarian.

I began my career in libraries in 2012 as a Children’s Specialist for the Stark County District Library and moved up to Children’s Librarian shortly before completing my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. A month after receiving my MLIS, I began working as the Children’s Services Manager for the Dover Public Library.

The past two years working and living in Dover have been wonderful for me. Library Director, Jim Gill, has given me the guidance and freedom to provide you with a permanent StoryWalk® at Dover City Park, has supported the changes I have made in the Children’s Department to make it more user-friendly, and had faith in my plan to bring internationally known, award-winning author and performer, Eric Litwin, to town for a free family concert and Interactive Early Literacy Workshop … without using any money from the Library’s budget. (Costs were covered by registration fees from over 140 librarians and educators from across Ohio who came to Dover for an Interactive Literacy Workshop, featuring Eric Litwin. Other costs were covered through the generosity of Dover First United Methodist Church, Dover Exchange Club, and Benson’s Market and Catering.)

While working for the Dover Public Library, I have had the opportunity to present for the NorthEast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS), as well as at the Ohio Library Council’s State-wide Convention. I was a finalist for the NEO-RLS Rising Star Award, and my name will appear on the 2018 Caldecott Committee Ballot for the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. Through all of this, my proudest and most memorable moments are the ones I have spent with you and your families.

I have appreciated every smile, every kind word, and every “corner-sun” pictures your children have given to me. Your kind words after my mom’s passing this year made me feel less alone and spending my 40th birthday with you during “Birthday Party Story Time,” which was intended to celebrate everyone’s birthday on one day, was made extra-memorable when one of you told the others that it was actually my birthday. I don’t have children of my own, but you have allowed me to be a part of your children’s learning and lives; for that, I am grateful.

While I have absolutely loved every moment (well, almost every moment) I have been here, I feel that I have been called to work with a larger population of under-served children and will begin as a Children’s Librarian for the Dayton Metro Library in January.

It has been my utmost pleasure and honor to have served you and to have been a part of your lives. Thank you for allowing me to do so.


Miss Dani 

Spiced Cherry Bells – a Christmas Tradition

plate of bell cookiesChristmas is a time for family and friends, for being thankful for what we have and sharing joy, and for cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

There are a couple of cookies that are Christmas staples in pretty much every family. From there, every family has their own classics, their own favorites. For us, it’s just not Christmas without Russian Tea Balls, Pecan Tarts, Raspberry Crescents, and the king of all Christmas Cookies: Bells.

A spiced sugar cookie with nut filling and half a maraschino cherry made to look like a bell, these are my very favorite Christmas cookie of all time. They are soft and delicious with just the right amount of nuts and cherry flavor. If I had to pick just one cookie to have at Christmas time, it would be Bells. If I had to pick just one cookie to have any time, it would still be Bells. I am very serious about my Bells.  And nobody makes them like my Mom.

Mom is the Martha Stewart of our family. When I was at her house last week, she had all the flour, a giant can of Crisco, and everything else she needs for her holiday baking marathon already set out on her dining room table. This year, she’s having both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, each with their own traditional menus like “Sausage Snacks” and “Pink Stuff.” If you leave Mom’s house hungry, well, that’s your fault. And if you didn’t have a good time, that’s your fault, too. Every year, Mom makes sure we have a holiday that you’d see in a magazine, complete with plates and plates of cookies.

Attached is my Mom’s recipe for Spiced Cherry Bells. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with all of your favorite holiday treats and the people who make them special.

Merry Christmas!


Teen Librarian

Spiced Cherry Bells