5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years   Recently updated !

Snakes in the Library Poster

One of my favorite posters for one of my favorite events: Snakes in the Library!

This July, I’m celebrating 5 wonderful years working at the Dover Public Library. I feel like it was only yesterday that I did my first official teen program (Silent Library) and had fifteen people show up (five were registered). I’ve learned a lot during my time here, much more than what I learned in Library School. Since I’m celebrating 5 years, here are my top 5 things I’ve learned while working here.

  1. Microsoft Publisher is the Bomb

A few years back, Jim asked me to take over designing the library’s newsletter, Footnotes. I was excited for the challenge. I got to learn fabulous new tricks on Publisher like Master Pages and Color Schemes, tools I hadn’t needed in the past. Before I started at the library, I was all about Photoshop. Now I barely use it. Publisher is where it’s at for posters and other random library projects.

  1. Minecraft May Be the Best Game Ever Invented

    Minecraft Screenshot

    A screenshot preview of my Platform 9 3/4 for this summer’s Minecraft Lock-In

I see a lot of Minecraft in the Library. I was sceptical at first about this game that looks a lot like LEGOs and has no rules, no plot, and no guide. Then I tried it. Because there are no rules, no plot, no guide, you can make the game whatever you want it to be. It makes you think: What do I need to survive? It lets you get creative: What can I build now? It lets you fight a dragon. Beat that, LEGOs.

  1. Teaching a Tech Class is Not as Hard as Teaching Mom to Play a Video Game

I was very nervous the first time I had to teach a tech class. I obsessed about getting everything exactly perfect. Since that first class (on eBooks, by the way), I’ve chilled out a bit. I finally figured out that if I have the patience to walk my mom through playing Skylanders, I have the patience to help people learn how to make a poster in Publisher. (Love you, Mom.)

  1. When in Doubt: Google

I feel many a researcher cringing at this one. BUT: how do I start numbering pages at 1 in the middle of a Publisher document? Why is this error coming up on a patron’s Kindle? How can I unlock my iPad when it’s asking me for a passcode that I never even set up? Google knows! For tech support especially, Google is my best friend. That’s something they neglected to mention in school.

  1. Teen Volunteers at Haunted Library Program

    Awesome Teen Volunteers hanging out at the Haunted Library event last year.

    Teens are Awesome

In Library School, one of my professors said that to work with teens you have to have a thick skin. This worried me because
no one in my life would describe me as “thick-skinned.” But I’ve learned something in five years of actually working with teens: they’re not half as bad as you think they are. Yes, they like their food. Yes, they can be loud. Yes, they sometimes make incredibly awful jokes about Hitler. (Why Hitler? I… don’t know.) BUT they will also play with balloons and play dough, give you ideas for programs they want to do, and help you vacuum the Community Room. Throw in Phantom of the Opera themed Gingerbread Houses, Pac-Man themed volcanoes, and a new cosplay outfit every week, and you’ve got some idea of how awesome teens are.


So, that’s it, folks. The things only Dover Public Library could teach me. Thank you for a great five years. Here’s to many, many more!


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian


Sharpie Tie Dye


Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00 PM

On the HS Lawn

Learn a different way to make your own tie dye creations. Bring a white T-shirt to decorate and a friend! Teens may bring extra permanent markers. Event will be held outside. All supplies will be provided by the library and snacks will be served. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register for this teen-favorite event. In case of rain, a movie will be shown in the Community Room and we will do Sharpie Tie Dye on Tuesday, August 2.


YA Crew Humane Society Fundraiser

humane society logoThursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22

Stop by the library any time on these two days to browse our baked goods and crafts. The teens of the YA Crew organized this event to raise money for our local Humane Society. Baked goods for you and your furry friends will be for sale. There will also be a table of homemade dog and cat toys. All items will be available for a donation. If interested in donating items to sell, please contact Liz Strauss at the library: 330-343-6123



Volunteer of the Month: Judy

JudyCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for July! Thank you for all that you do to help the library, Judy!

How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Around three years

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

I love to read and have been coming to this library for around 25 years. The staff is great. After I retired I thought it would be a great place to volunteer.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read many authors who write books about the Amish. I also like James Patterson, Jude Deveraux, and Linda Castillo.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

Working with the staff and the feeling that I can help out.


Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication to the library, Judy. We can’t thank you and our other excellent volunteers enough for everything that you do!

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

Midsummer Nightmare

Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 PM

jack-o-lantern smile

It’s Halloween in July! Come to this fun event to make your own costume, paint a pumpkin, play some Halloween games, and lots more! Snacks will be served. Teens may come in costume. 

Open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more info.



Relay Games

Tuesday, July 12 at 2:00 PM

on the High School Lawn

Teens are invited to the High School lawn for fun relay games outside. Teens are encouraged to bring an extra set of clothes and tennis shoes. In case of rain, a movie will be shown in the Community Room and the Relay Games will be held on Tuesday, August 2 at 2:00 PM. This event is open to teens entering grades 6-12.