Adult Services

Celebrate Pie at Dover Public Library


Apple? Pumpkin? Cherry? Yes, please! If you like pie, the Dover Public Library has some awesome events for you!

Call us at 330-343-6123 for More Information or to Register!


The Art of Pie

Tuesday, August 1 at 6:30 PM

Whether you’re a seasoned pie baker or are just learning, home economist Ruth Burky will get you up to speed on the fundamentals of making pie in no time. After taking this class, you’ll be a pro at making pie crust and fillings including a fresh strawberry, French silk chocolate, and double crust apple. You will leave with recipes and pie making tips and hints.  Yummy samples provided.


Pie in the Library – A Pie Contest

Saturday, August 5 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Calling all pie bakers and pie lovers!  Amateur bakers are encouraged to submit their best pies for judging at this fun community event.  Four categories include Apple, Fruit and Berry, Nutty, and Sweet. All are welcome to come enjoy a piece of pie while listening to the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Summer Camp Choir and the soothing acoustic guitar music of Roxanne Timberlake. Complete Rules and Registration Form


Pie Contest Rules

Pie must be entered in the name of the person who made it.

This contest is intended for Adult (18 years and older) amateur bakers only. Professional bakers or those who earn a portion of their livelihood from baking or cooking may not enter the contest.

Each dessert pie must be made from scratch and based in a 9” pie plate/pan. Each pie must include a serving utensil and a cover. You may not use pie filling or a pre-made store-bought crust.


  • Apple
  • Fruit & Berry
  • Nutty
  • Sweet

To Enter Your Pie

  • Bring your pie to the library between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. on the day of the Pie Contest. The staff running the Pie-Baking Contest will have the final say on acceptability of pies. Pies must be in an appropriate covered container until judging.
  • The Health Department says: NO PIES THAT REQUIRE REFRIGERATION (i.e. dairy or cream pies).
  • Only one entry per person per category.
  • Fill out the registration form.
  • If you are a winner, you give your permission to have your photo taken during the announcement ceremony and have it used for Pie Contest promotional materials, including social media & the library website.



Judging will take place between 1:00-1:30 PM

There will be a minimum of three judges.


  1. Overall appearance
  2. Crust color, texture, doneness and flavor
  3.  Filling consistency, doneness and flavor
  4.  Overall taste


Each judge assigns a numerical value (1-5) in each criteria category, without consultation with the other judges. The pie receiving the highest total numerical value is the winner in that category.  In the case of a tie, the judges will judge those pies again. The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not know contestant names.  Winners will be announced after judging.  Participants must be present during contest and judging.

Participants must be present during contest and judging.


Leftover Pie:

Following the judging, all pies will be available for the community to enjoy. Pies will be eaten that day.



Pie Eating Contest

Saturday, August 5 at 3:00 PM

Grades K – 5

Make a pie-themed craft and a small pudding and whipped topping pie to eat without using your hands! The contest winner will get to smash a pie in Miss Syrena’s face! Please call 330-343-6123 to register.




Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

Big Book Sale

Friday, August 18

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday August 19

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Shop thousands of books and other materials! All available for a donation to the Dover Public Library’s Check Out Your Future Capital Campaign. Help us raise $5000 towards updating our Adult and Teen Departments! Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information or visit the Check Out Your Future Capital Campaign Page to see how you can help bring the library into the future.

Bestselling Author Linda Castillo

Friday, July 14 at Dover Public Library

 Join us as we welcome back our friend Linda Castillo. This year, Linda is presenting TWO programs for us! 

Linda CastilloWriters Workshop

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Are you an aspiring storyteller who would love to get advice from an author of numerous best selling novels?  Do you have a vivid imagination or life experiences you would like to share with others through writing?  Whatever form of writing is your specialty, Linda Castillo will be here to conduct a writer’s workshop.  She’ll discuss the skills and tools she uses to bring her stories to life in the hope that she’ll be able to help you with your own writing journey.  From how to organize your work during the writing process to discussing what hooks readers, Linda will provide valuable advice and insight.


An Evening with Linda Castillo

6:30 PM

Linda Castillo will be in house to discuss her latest Kate Burkholder novel Down a Dark Road and will have copies of her books available for purchase and signing.  She looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!


The Kate Burkholder Series:

1. Sworn to Silence
2. Pray for Silence
3. Breaking Silence
4. Gone Missing
4.5. Long Lost  (eBook)
5. Her Last Breath
6. The Dead Will Tell
6.5. A Hidden Secret  (eBook)
7. After the Storm
7.5. Seeds of Deception  (eBook)
8. Among the Wicked
9. Down a Dark Road

Grandma Gatewood: Ohio’s Legendary Hiker

Grandma Gatewood photoThursday, July 13 at 6:30 PM

Bette Lou Higgins, Artistic Director of Eden Valley Enterprises, will share the amazing story of the life of Ohioan “Grandma” Emma Gatewood – the first woman to solo thru-hike the entire 2,050 mile Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising eleven children and suffering domestic abuse.  She was also one of the founders of the Buckeye Trail, which circles the state and passes through Tuscarawas County. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to register.

William Clarke Quantrill Symposium

Ohio Humanities Sharing the Human StoryFriday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29

A public symposium on Dover native William Clarke Quantrill will be held July 28-29 in Dover, Ohio. Quantrill was born and raised in Dover before moving to the western frontier of Kansas in the 1850’s and joining the Confederate Army during the Civil War. On August 21, 1863, Quantrill and his band of guerilla fighters attacked and burned Lawrence, Kansas, cementing his place in the lore of the American Civil War. This program is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Symposium events are as follows:



An Evening with Mr. Ed Leslie, author of The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders. Reeves Carriage House, Friday, July 28 at 7:00 PM.

A book signing will follow the program and attendees will have the opportunity to examine Quantrill artifacts, including his powder horn, photographs and paintings, rare books and a wax mode of Quantrill’s skull as preserved by the Kent State University Anthropology Department.


William Clarke QuantrillHistoric Quantrill Walking Tour of Dover: Presented by Russ Volkert, Dover Public Library, Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 AM.

Participants will learn what Canal Dover was like during Quantrill’s time in Dover and will visit the grave where his skull is buried and his childhood home.


Quantrill Panel Discussion, Dover Public Library, Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 PM

  • “Letters to Mother: A Discussion of Transcribed Letters from Quantrill to his Mother,” presented by Dr. Kelly Mezurek of Walsh University.
  •  “Legends and Burials of William Clarke Quantrill,” presented by Kim Jurkovic, curator, Tuscarawas County Historical Society.
  •  “The Dover Community Reponse to Quantrill, the Confederate Guerilla,” presented by Jon Baker of the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society.
  •  “The Rise and Fall of Quantrill the Killer: Understanding William Clarke Quantrill in the Context of Nineteenth Century Violence and Manhood,” presented by Dr. Joseph Beilein of Penn State University.


“Although Quantrill is most remembered for his actions as a Confederate guerilla during the Civil War, he was born and spent his early life in Ohio, where his mother lived until her death,” says Dr. Kelly Mezurek. “Quantrill’s life and death provides the opportunity to explore the complexities of history, from local, state and national viewpoints. Ohio has a rich and well-recognized level of Civil War experiences and contributions, militarily, politically, economically and socially. Quantrill does not fit within this narrative, and as a result is often placed within the context of the Confederate and Southern story of the national conflict that tore apart the United States. This program aims to bring Quantrill back into Dover, Tuscarawas County, and Ohio story of the Civil War, as well as to offer a complete look at his life, instead of the more common practice of analyzing and focusing only on his deeds as the leader of Quantrill’s Raiders.

For more information or to register for any Quantrill Symposium events, please contact the Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum at 330-343-7040 or the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Quantrill Symposium is sponsored by Ohio Humanities, the Dover Historical Society, the Dover Public Library, and the Tuscarawas County Historical Society.



Can’t wait for the symposium? Search William Clarke Quantrill on our catalog!


This program is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Living Tiny Series

Living Tiny Series

From the freedom to roam, to the bliss of a simpler life, people are attracted to living smaller for a variety of reasons. Learn more about the Tiny Home trend with this series. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to register for one or all of these programs.

 Tiny House


Living Simple by Decluttering

Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 PM

If you’re looking for ideas on how to organize your household clutter, join Christine Kendle, Ohio State University Extension Educator, as she offers tips and tricks to organize all areas of your home.


Cooking Tiny

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 PM

Ohio State University Extension Educator, Christine Kendle, will address some of the issues faced when cooking in a tiny space such as how to best utilize space, food storage considerations, and which appliances and utensils are best.  Christine will demonstrate how to prepare a few simple recipes with no large appliances needed.


Living Little

Thursday, June 22 at 6:30PM

Jamie Lynn Neal was intrigued by the possibility of “living tiny,” so she refurbished a 1988 Terry Taurus camper and transformed it into her cozy home.  Hear about Jamie’s challenges in creating her “Scooby Shack” and ask her questions about what it’s like to live in a small space. Next, tour a Tiny Home with Norman Yoder, owner of Tiny Homes of Ohio, as he discusses his self-contained and environment friendly all season homes. The evening will start in our Community Room where Mr. Yoder will talk about his unique products before moving outside where he will answer questions as we tour one of his homes.


Serving, At Home and Abroad

peace corps logoWednesday, June 14 at 6:30 PM

 The Republic of Moldova: land of green fields, house wine, and nutria barbecue.  What’s nutria? Where is Moldova? Come spend some time with Tuscarawas County native and freshly returned Peace Corps Volunteer Gabriel Riggle to learn all you ever wanted to know about Moldova, the Peace Corps, and domestic AmeriCorps programs. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to register.