Category Archives : Adult Services

Downtown Dover History Walk & Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger HuntSaturday, November 1 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A Downtown Dover History Hunt will be held on Saturday, November 1 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. This special community event is the kickoff for Dover’s Season of Good Cheer, a fun family-friendly event that was created to foster holiday joy and encourage the community to shop locally. Scavenger hunt guides can be picked up at the Dover Public Library beginning at 10:00 AM and completed guides must be turned in at the library by 4:00 PM. Participants are asked to take “selfies” at ten downtown Dover historic sites. Participants may complete the scavenger hunt individually or in teams. Those who complete the scavenger hunt are eligible to win a large Moravian Star donated by the First Moravian Church of Dover. For more information, please contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 or click here.

Sleepy Hollow Revisited

The Legend of Sleepy HollowThursday, October 30 at 6:30 PM

It is a well-known tale, how Ichabod Crane was spirited away by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.  In this spooky Halloween program, Ichabod Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow many years later to tell, from his perspective, what exactly happened that fateful autumn night.  Presented by historian and storyteller Chris hart.  Call 330-343-6123 to register.


Sherlock Holmes: Then & Now

Hound of the Baskervilles

November 2-8, 2014

Celebrate the history & mystery of the world’s greatest detective at these fun & engaging programs inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  Sponsored by the Dover Historical Society & the Dover Public Library.

It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson…Not

Dover Public Library

Sunday, November 2 at 6:00 PM

Return to the gas-lamp lit streets of Victorian London as we explore the life and times of the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.  Learn why Holmes wore a deerstalker hat, why Dr. Watson was his faithful partner and who the only woman he admired was.  Presented by Chris Hart. Call 330-343-6123 to register.


Sherlock Holmes Trivia Night

Monday, November 3 at 6:00 PM

Carriage House of the J.E. Reeves Home & Museum

Show off your Sherlock Holmes knowledge at this fun night of trivia, prizes, food, and more! Bring your team (up to 4 members) to compete to become the Sherlock Trivia Champion! Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register.


Book Discussion Night: The Hounds of the Baskervilles

Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 PM

Carriage House of the J.E. Reeves Home & Museum

Explore the dark misty moors of Dartmoor with Sherlock Holmes as he figures out who killed Sir Charles Baskerville.  Copies of the book are available at the Dover Public Library.  eBook copies are also available through the library’s eBook catalog.  For more information, please call Jim Gill at the library: 330-343-6123.


Sherlock Holmes Movie Night
Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 PM
Dover Public Library

Join us for popcorn and a FREE screening of the 2009 Warner Brothers blockbuster featuring Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.  Rated  PG-13. Runtime: 128 minutes.


The Mystery of the Missing Prizes
Thursday, November 6 at 6:00 PM
Dover Public Library
Mortimer has lost all of the prizes for the program!  Come to the library with your family to help Miss Pat and Mortimer solve the Mystery of the Missing Prizes!  There will be clues and intrigue as well as fun and refreshments at this mystery program, part of our Sherlock Holmes week. Registration begins September 3. 

The Fashions of Sherlock

Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 PM

Carriage House of the J.E. Reeves Home & Museum

Join us as we take a look at the fashions from the 1880’s through 1914.  Clothing from the Dover Historical Society Collection will be shown along with a presentation showcasing the fashion trends from the era of Sherlock Holmes.  Call 330-343-7040 to register.


Mystery Maze

Friday, November 7 at 6:00 PM

Dover Public Library

Tween and Teens ages 9-18 are invited to celebrate our Sherlock Holmes Week at a fun, after-hours event inspired by the classic detective game Clue.  Call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information.  Registration run September 3-November 6.


Murder Mystery at the J.E. Reeves Home

Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 PM

Carriage House of the J.E. Reeves Home & Museum

An arrogant, greedy, lascivious English lord falls ill during a dinner party at his extravagant mansion.  Who is to  blame?  Solve the case alongside Sherlock Holmes while enjoying dinner in the Carriage House of the J.E. Reeves Home. Reservations are required.  Please call 330-343-7040.  The cost is $40 or $35 for members of the Dover Historical Society.  Tables of 8 can be reserved for $275.


An Evening with Rik Swartzwelder

Old Fashioned


 Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 PM

Meet film director, actor, and author Rik Swartzwelder at this special event! Swartzwelder will discuss the upcoming movie, Old Fashioned, which was filmed in Tuscarawas County and will hit theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.  Joining Rik will be author Ginger Kolbaba, who will discuss her book The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance, which is a companion book to Old Fashioned.  A sneak peak at the new movie will also be shown.  A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to all.  Call the library 330-343-6123 to reserve your seat.  Reserve your copy of the book by clicking here.

Fit for Fall 2014: The Return Journey

SepteDover Public Library Hobbit Walking Program Logomber 1 – December 13, 2014

Join Bilbo on the final stage of his quest in the 2014 Fit for Fall Walking Challenge! By walking 100 hours between September 1 and December 13, you can walk with Bilbo from Rivendell back to Bag End. Participants will walk about an hour a day, and all walkers who reach Bree (75 hours) will receive a free t-shirt! By completing the 100 hours, you will be entered to win 2 tickets plus snacks to see the premier of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at the Great Escape Massillon Stadium 12 theater. To celebrate our progress, we will meet one Saturday a month for a 30 minute walking party. Call 330-343-6123 to register and for more information.


Walking Party Schedule: September 13, October 18, November 15, and December 13.

All parties begin at 10:00 AM


An Evening with Mystery Author P.L. Gaus

Paul Gaus 2012 Photo


Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 PM

Join us Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 PM for an evening with Ohio author P.L. Gaus, author of the popular Amish-Country Mysteries. In this series of books, Mr. Gaus explores the Amish culture in the context of murder investigations. Set in Holmes County, the nine-book series follows three life-long friends from Millersburg. Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Caleb Troyer work together, and occasionally at crossed purposes, to solve mysteries involving the often inscrutable Amish sects of Holmes County. Included in the rich cast of English characters are the professor’s insightful wife Caroline, Holmes County Medical Examiner Melissa Taggert, and sheriff’s dispatcher Ellie Troyer. A book signing will follow the program. To register, call 330-343-6123.

One Book, One Community 2014

One Book, One Community


Join the conversation!  We invite you to get involved with the 2014 One Book, One Community project featuring the book Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher, by Rick Niece.  Trust and friendship can go no deeper when a small-town newspaper boy befriends a young man with cerebral palsy, and a lifetime of adventure unfolds.



Side Yard Super Hero

Complete One Book, One Community Information

The Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition will once again be sponsoring its annual One Book, One Community project featuring the book, Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher, by Rick Niece.  One Book, One Community is a grassroots reading movement that aims to bring people together by giving them a shared experience.  “When we all read the same book, we all have something to talk about,” says planning committee chair, Cherie Bronkar.   “One Book, One Community’s goal is to break down the barriers between different groups of people and  to strengthen Tuscarawas County.”

Although life’s journey takes him far from his childhood home, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., never forgets the people he meets and the lessons he learns as a young man growing up in picturesque DeGraff, Ohio, population 900. A small-town newspaper boy who becomes a lifelong educator himself, Dr. Niece is deeply touched by the endearing residents of DeGraff who shaped his youth, especially Bernie Jones. Confined to a wheelchair with severe cerebral palsy, Bernie becomes Rickie’s friend, inspiration and superhero, opening a world of compassion, trust and adventure to them both. When he leaves DeGraff to attend The Ohio State University, Rick promises Bernie that he will visit him again. Unfortunately, when Bernie’s parents pass away, Bernie disappears, too, taken in by a distant relative. Forty years later, Rick learns that his boyhood friend is living in a nursing home. Returning to Ohio, he visits the never-to-be-forgotten Bernie Jones of a childhood long past and a promise finally kept.

“We are challenging the community to read Side-Yard Superhero, to participate in a book discussion group, and to come to one of this year’s events,” says Jim Gill, TCLC President.  “Books are very powerful tools and are a way to create community.  We feel Rick Niece’s book will be appeal to many because of its nostalgic look at 1950’s Ohio and because of the book’s theme of compassion and life-long friendship.”

Following in his father‘s footsteps, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is a lifelong educator who has served as a classroom teacher, a public school administrator and a university professor, provost and president. In 1997, he was named President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and remains steadfast in his devotion to the University’s success. After his retirement on July 1, 2013, he was named President Emeritus of the University of the Ozarks. A small-town boy who has maintained his small-town values, Dr. Niece remembers his childhood with fond nostalgia.   Dr. Niece is the recipient of multiple awards, both as an author and an educator. He and his wife, Sheree, are now retired and living in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

2014 One Book, One Community Events

Community Book Discussions

Tuesday, September 16 at 1:30 PM at TCPL in New Philadelphia

Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM at TCPL in Bolivar

Tuesday, September 16 at 1:30 PM at TCPL in Tuscarawas

Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00 AM at Gnadenhutten Public Library

Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 PM at TCPL in Strasburg

Friday, September 26 at 12 Noon at Chef Ernie’s in Uhrichsville (sponsored by Claymont Public Library)

Friday, September 26 at 4:30 PM, Kids Event: Lending a a Paw at TCPL in New Philadelphia

Monday, October 6 at 6:00 PM at Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop in Dover (sponsored by Dover Public Library)

“Small Towns, Big Stories” Art Show

Featured works courtesy of Tuscaraswas County Board  of Developmental Disabilities & Starlight Enterprises, Inc., and Avenues of Adventure, a Horizons, Inc. program.  Works by local artists will be on display from September 15 through October 15 at Dover Public Library, Tuscarawas County Public Library, Claymont Public Library, Gnadenhutten Public Library.  Works will be comprised of a small town theme and feature local attractions.

The Great Hamburger Eating Contest

Sponsored by the Cattle Association and held at the Tuscarawas Farmer’s Market. A wondrous event in any small town is a hamburger eating contest and to commemorate Frank Tully’s amazing triumph at Taylor’s Restaurant, featured in the book, we will hold our hamburger eating contest on Wednesday Sept 24th at 6:30pm at the Farmer’s Market located at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Join us for the fun and prizes to the winners.


“Small Towns, Big Stories” Photo & Essay Contest

To commemorate small town life in Tuscarawas County we are asking for entries that that bring our county’s history to life and share fond memories of the past and/or present.  Writers and photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit their views of small town life. Essays should be approximately 500 words and photos can be present day or historical. Submissions should be sent to Cherie Bronkar via e-mail at and photos will be on display during the cumulating event at the Kent State Tuscarawas Academic Learning Commons located across from the Auditorium in Founders Hall.

Rick Niece


An Evening with Author Rick Niece

Monday, October  13 at 7:00 PM

Kent State Tuscarawas, Founders Hall



Join us as we welcome author Rick Niece to the Tuscarawas Valley!  Niece will discuss Side-Yard Superhero and will answer questions from the public.  A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to all.


The 2014 One Book, One Community project is sponsored by the following: Kent State Tuscarawas, United Way of Tuscarawas County, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, Barbour Publishing, Barnett Realtors, Pissocra-Mathias Realty, and the Friends of the Library.  For more information about this year’s project, please contact Cherie Bronkar at or 330-339-3391.