Category Archives : Adult Services

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


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.

Dover Public Library Patron Survey

Dover Public Library LogoTell us what you think! 

The Library is conducting an online survey to find out more about our library patrons and what we can do for you to improve your library experience. Tell us your ideas, share your past experiences at the library, and more. This survey is completely confidential and will only be used within the library. Thank you in advance for your help in making Dover Public Library even better.

Maurice Clarett: Tackling Life’s Playbook

Maurice ClarettThursday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 PM

at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas

Everyone has the ability to change! Come hear this deeply personal account of the triumphs and tragedies Maurice has endured, and how he came out of prison a changed man. There will also be a Silent Auction of OSU memorabilia at the event. This event is free, but tickets are required. Call 330-308-6400 to reserve your seats today! Presented by Community Mental Healthcare with the help of these sponsors: Dover Public Library, the Tim and Karen Stokey Family, the Ohio State University Alumni Club, the Richard Stephenson Family, and Solid Rock Photos.


Morgan’s Raid: An Evening with Civil War Historian Lester Horwitz

Longest Raid Book CoverThursday, July 31 at 6:30 PM

John Hunt Morgan

John Hunt Morgan

Join Lester Horwitz, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, The Longest Raid of the Civil War, as he discusses Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s race across the Ohio River and subsequent invasion into the heart of Ohio.  In July of 1863, Morgan led 2,500 cavalrymen into Union territory only to be defeated in Columbiana County with only 350 men remaining.  The Raid was the northernmost penetration of the Confederacy in the Union as well as the most significant military action in the Buckeye State.  Historian Lester Horwitz is also a  lecturer and playwright and lives in Cincinnati. A book signing will follow the program. Call 330-343-6123 to register for this free program.

For more information on Lester Horwitz, visit his website.

An Evening with Baseball Legend Cy Young

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Cy YoungTuesday, July 1 at 6:30 PM

The Dover Public Library will host a special program featuring baseball legend and Tuscarawas County native Cy Young on Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30 PM.  Presented by living historian Chris Hart, “An Evening With Cy Young” will be a fun and informative look at the life and legacy of baseball’s all-time career wins leader.  Hart will take participants back to 1947 where Cy Young has just returned from “Cy Young Day” at Cleveland Stadium in honor of this 80th birthday.  Portraying Cy, Hart will reminisce about life in major league baseball, his love of Tuscarawas County, and his many achievements on the way to becoming a Hall of Fame pitcher.  For more information or to register for the free program, please call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.