Adult Services

$200 Contest deadline fast approaching…

To all of my fellow Tuscarawas County residents :

This is the final week Dover Public Library will be accepting entries for our soon-to-be-published living history book! If you would like to see your story in print and want a chance at the $200 prize, stop in to the library and pick up your entry form at the front desk. Or you can download and print it here: Tapestries of Tuscarawas County

Either way, make sure your entry is returned to Dover Public Library by May 1 for consideration! (Since May 1 happens to be a Sunday, we will accept any sealed envelopes placed in our outside drop box before the library opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 2. We will also accept any mail postdated before May 1.)

If you find it difficult to begin, you can review the prompts on the submission form for story ideas. If you find you are still having trouble, read on for clarification of some issues I have addressed throughout the contest:

  1. This is NOT a history paper. Please don’t send a report detailing the Gnadenhutten Massacre or the building of the Ohio Erie Canal – we’ve heard those stories already! We want to hear a story that is personal to you. Maybe tell us about the first time you went to see Trumpet in the Land performed, or how you remember catching and eating fish from the Tuscarawas River when you were a kid.
  2. You can incorporate a favorite family story, joke, or legend even if the teller is no longer living. If you think your grandmother had a great story about life in Tuscarawas County but she is no longer around to tell it, you can submit that as your story, as long as you give credit where credit is due.
  3. Please don’t submit genealogies. While we are always happy to accept any complied histories of local families for our genealogy collection, this is not what we are asking for in this particular case.

That’s it! Simple, right? And if you contribute, not only will you have a chance to win a $200 or $50 cash prize, but you will be contributing to the historical record, something your great-great-grandchildren will be able to appreciate!


For any further questions, please contact Claire Kandle at (330)343-6123 or email 


– Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Friends of the Library Poetry Night

Poetry Month


The Friends of the Dover Public Library will host their Annual Poetry Night in the Dover Public Library’s Community Room on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 PM. Members of the community are invited to read their original works or their personal favorites from other poets. Anyone interested in reading should call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 to register for the program. Refreshments will be served.

The Ancient Art of Flint Knapping



Join Larry Wonderley on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM for a fun and fascinating look at The Ancient Art of Flint Knapping.  Learn how the Indians crafted flint into arrowheads.  All ages welcome to attend this FREE community event.  To register, please call the Dover Public Library at 330.343.6123.

Nights at the Round Table: An Evening with Mystery Author Wendy Sand Eckel

Wendy Sand Eckel

Join mystery author and New Phila native Wendy Sand Eckel on Thursday, April 21 for this fun Nights at the Round Table author event.  Wendy Sand Eckel will discuss her mystery, Murder at Barclay Meadow, and will do a book signing following the program.  About the Book:  “After her husband confesses to an affair, Rosalie exiles herself to a farmhouse on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, Rosalie finds a body floating in her marsh grasses.  Determined to find justice and protect the new home she’s begun to build, Rosalie races to catch the killer in this deftly plotted debut.”  For more information or to register for the program, please call the Library at 330.343.6123.

Murder at Barclay Meadow

Children’s Traveling Tech Lab


No school for the kids? No problem!  The  Library will host a Children’s Traveling Tech Lab on Friday, April 15 at 2:30 PM. Presented by the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, this program will demonstrate the latest emerging technology and will teach children how to create, code and think critically through play and collaboration. The Tech Lab demonstrates inexpensive and free technology so that every child has the opportunity to innovate and learn. “Emerging tech can offer more than technical skill,” says Jim Gill, Director. “It can build soft skills like decision making, creative thinking, open-mindedness and communication. The technology in the Tech Lab is not just fun– it focuses on STEAM learning and challenges kids to innovate by working together.”  The Traveling Tech Lab includes: Ozobot, Snap Circuits, LighUp Edison Kit, Cardboard VR, OSMO, Elements 4D, Pixel Press Floors, 3Doodler, Sphero Ball and much more. This program is geared for children ages 7-14. “Students attending Dover City Schools are off on April 15th,” says Dani Gustavich, Children’s Librarian. “This program can be a fun way to get kids out of the house and can be a way to have fun and learn at the same time. ” Please call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 for more information or to register.

Dover High School Hispanic Outreach Film Night

Living on One Dollar


Join us on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 PM for a viewing and discussion of the award-winning documentary, Living On One Dollar.  This film follows four friends traveling through rural Guatemala attempting to live on only $1.00 a day. Sponsored by Dover High School.  Refreshments provided.  All welcome at this FREE community event.

Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk 2

Ticket 2016

Grab your friends & family and join local merchants for Dover’s first Chocolate Walk – a delicious trip around Dover’s quaint downtown shopping district!

The 1st Annual Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th from 5:00-8:00 PM. During that time ticket holders will walk downtown Dover, visiting the many participating businesses, or Sweet Stops, and receive a delightful chocolate treat at each stop. As ticket holders make their way through the downtown, some treats will be enjoyed on the spot and others will be taken home to savor later. Every participant’s bag will be overflowing with an amazing amount of chocolate at the end of the evening. Only 200 tickets will be sold for the event, which are available for purchase at the Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut Street. Tickets will also be sold at: Bread Head Bistro, Country Mouse, McDonald Niklaus Framing, & John’s Sweepers. Tickets are $20 each. Proceeds from this event will benefit Downtown Dover projects funded by The Canal Dover Association–specifically the the Spirit of Dover statue project. An “after party” will be held downtown from 8:00-10:00 PM with live music, refreshments, and more.

Participants are to bring their ticket(s) to the Dover Public Library on Saturday, May 7 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Participants will be given a “passport” that lists the 25-30 participating businesses/organizations and a “goody bag” to hold their chocolate treats. For more information about the 1st Annual Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk, please call 330-343-6123. Sponsored by The Canal Dover Association and The Friends of the Dover Public Library.