Books on Wheels

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Boys Club MemberIs that something new at the Dover Public Library? No! We just revamped the Outreach program.

We have a team of dedicated individuals that we have affectionately named Book Buddies that deliver materials to our homebound patrons and residents of care facilities in Dover. But we deliver more than books. Besides the obvious, books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, we also deliver a friendly face and a smile. Some of our patrons don’t have any family or friends to visit them on a regular basis, and we get to have the privilege of being that someone to visit with. It just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling when you come around the corner and the men we call the “Boys Club” are waiting in the lobby because it’s Tuesday, and the library ladies are coming that day. Or when you knock on the door of one of our homebound patrons and they state, “it must be Wednesday!”

Not only are we making a difference in the lives of those who are not able to make it to the library on their own, but they are making a difference in our lives as well. It is very rewarding to hear how much they appreciate the service we provide. Even though they may be shut-in, the possibilities are endless of where they can go with the materials the DPL has available. So if you know of someone who could benefit from this program, please feel free to contact me at or call 330-343-6123.



– Outreach Librarian

How does your garden grow?

Checking out seeds

With Seeds from the Dover Seed Library!

We here at the Dover Public Library are always looking for great ways to help our patrons and our community.  So, with that in mind, we have started a Seed Library.

What’s a Seed Library you ask? Well, it’s just the greatest thing ever.  We have a classic card catalog (the kind I used as a kid) located just inside the front door of the library.  And since we haven’t used a card catalog like that in… well… never mind how many years, we have placed packets of seeds in it. The top half of the cabinet has flowers and the bottom half has vegetables. You come in, open up a drawer, take some seeds, fill out a form, bring it to the front desk,  and you’re done. Easy peasy.

Then you plant the seeds. Watch them grow. Bring back in the seeds from what you grew. This is a great family activity to share with those you love! And, it’s so easy, you don’t even need a passport to adventure (your library card) to check out seeds. The Seed Library is here for everyone!

Not a gardener? That’s okay. We have a variety of gardening books that can help you out if you have questions, and as always, the staff are here to help you.

Stop in and see our new collection of seeds!

Happy gardening!


– DenisePlant the seeds

Adult Services


Ice Cream Social

Thursday. May 28 at 3:00 PM

ice cream cone

Celebrate the end of the school year with us by stopping by the library for a FREE frozen snack! Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information. Open to teens in grades 6-12.

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit…







I have the utmost respect for gardeners. I do not have a green thumb. The hours I spent as a youth sweating and toiling in my mother’s garden didn’t pay off. All I retained from that experience is a reflexive shudder when I hear the phrase “pull weeds.” I can usually manage easy, hardy plants as long as I remember to leave them alone once in a while, but if I try to grow anything delicate I will kill it with too much attention – petunias be warned! If you are like me (or even if you’re not), come to Dover Public Library this summer to try a different kind of gardening: growing your family tree.


Digging Your Roots

A new summer series
presented by Dover Public Library

Roots 2

How does it work?

Digging Your Roots takes place one Saturday each month. We will begin with a program at 10a.m. that is devoted to a topic in genealogy or local history. After a break for lunch, we will return to The Roots Cellar from 1-4p.m. for our Genealogy Research Forum. The forum is open to all and requires no registration, no experience, no commitment. Genealogists and local history buffs, this is your chance to come and learn from each other! See what others are researching, share your own experiences, or learn how to finally start that genealogy project. Register in advance for the morning programs by phone: (330)343-6123, email: , or in person at the front desk. See program dates and descriptions below.

So, if the heat and weeds are getting you down, step into the shade this summer and see what you can dig up on your family history. You never know what you might find!

  • Saturday May 23 10a.m.-4p.m. Roots Cellar Open House: If you plan to attend the Canal Days Parade,  be sure to stop in. We will have the Forum and Q&A all day. Explore our collections and enter a drawing to win a fabulous prize!
  • Saturday June 20 @ 10a.m. Downtown Dover History Walk: Dover Fire Chief Russ Volkert  (winner of this year’s Zeisberger Heckewelder Award)will take you back in time to the days of Canal Dover. This popular tour begins at the replica toll house on Front Street and finishes at the library where lunch will be served ($5.00 option at program registration).
  • Saturday July 17 @ 10a.m. Kate in Fact and Fiction: Virgil Hoftiezer presents his biography of Kate King, the intriguing and trail-blazing wife of William Clarke Quantrill. A book signing will follow the program, and copies will be available for purchase.
  • Saturday August 29 @ 10a.m. Introduction to Genealogy, Part 1: Have you always wanted to document your family history but don’t know how to begin? Julie Murray, published genealogist, will teach you the basics of creating your family tree in this fun and informative class.

People of the Hills: Appalachian History and Culture

Appalachian Region Map

Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 PM

This presentation defines the Appalachian region and explores the history of those who settled there. It provides insights into the origins of Appalachian culture and beliefs; important historical events which shaped the region; and the roles absentee ownership and extractive industries continue to play in the region. Presented by Peggy Calestro and Julie Calestro-McDonald and funded in part by the Ohio Humanities Council. Call 330-343-6123 to register.

Spring is here!

Celery_seedThe grass is green, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining! This past weekend was so nice I couldn’t resist spending most of my time outside, hanging laundry on the line and getting in the garden. I’ll admit, I don’t have the greenest thumb in the world. It usually takes me a couple of tries to figure out which plants will thrive in my garden and which will never make it. Unfortunately, I’m also pretty bad about getting really excited each April and buying a ton of new seeds because this year will be the year I become a successful gardener. From flowers to herbs to fruits and vegetables, the struggle is real :)

Fortunately, this year the library has kicked off a new seed library. Instead of buying a packet with a million (ok, maybe only about 100) more seeds than I have the room for, I can pick up a couple at a time from the old card catalog by the library’s front door. It has everything, and it’s completely free! It’s a great solution, whether you’re a beginner gardener like me or someone more advanced looking to branch out. Hit the link for more information, or just stop by the library!


Kathryn Green, Technology Manager