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Tis the Season…for New Christmas books.

This is one of my favorite times of the year, because the new Christmas Fiction books are starting to come in.  They are usually inspiring, feel-good stories that leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling.  If you need help getting in the Christmas mood, they will do it.  They are also great books to read before you go to sleep.  They will lull you into peaceful, sweet dreams.  If you are having a bad day, just pick-up one of Debbie Macomber’s “Angels” books with Shirley, Goodness & Mercy in it.  These Angels are always getting in trouble for some of the shenanigans they pull.

There are many popular authors with Christmas series.  Karen Kingsbury has the Red Glove series, Donna VanLiere, author of “The Christmas Shoes” has several books.  If you want to read a series based on certain Towns, Thomas Kinkade has a series on a town called “Cape Light” and Susan Mallory has one on a town called “Fools Gold”.  If you like to read about beach towns, Sherryl Woods has a series called “Chesapeake Shores” and Susan Wiggs has a series called “Lakeshore Chronicles”.  If you like to read about cowboys, Janet Dailey has a Christmas series on them and Linda Lael Miller has a Christmas series on her “McKettricks”.  Richard Paul Evans has “The Christmas Box” collection along with several other Christmas books.  Melody Carlson and Mary Higgins Clark also have quite a few Christmas books.  There are also Christmas books with an Amish storyline.  If you need something with a little suspense, Heather Graham will give you some of the “edge of your seat” feel you crave.

Hallmark Channel has made a few books into movies.  Debbie Macomber’s “Mrs. Miracle” came out a few years ago and this year, Debbie Macomber’s “Mr. Miracle” and Sheila Roberts “The Nine Lives of Christmas” will come out.  So watch to see when these will be airing.

There are many more authors that I have not listed that have Christmas books.    Just come in and check some out, even if you don’t need any help getting in the Christmas mood.  They are fun, quick, easy reads for this hectic time of year.

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season,

Mary, Technology Room Manager


What we do here

Denise in a bat hat

Me at the Overdue Open House

A Fellow came into the library the other day to send a FAX. He came up to the front desk and said, “Say, someone told me you can send a FAX from here, is the true?”

I said, “Yes, that’s true!” We discussed the price, $1.00 for the first page .50 cents for every page after that. You can receive a FAX for 25 cents a page We got to talking, and this fellow had never been in our library. So, I shared with him what we have to offer. For FREE.

For FREE, we have books of all kinds, newspapers, magazines, books on CD. We have comics and graphic novels. Books in Large Print, books for holidays, and books for children who can’t even read yet.

We have tax forms, Golden Buckeye forms, and you can register to vote here. Each month we offer a FREE magazine called THE BOOK PAGE that lists all the upcoming new books with interesting articles that will appeal to everyone.

We have laminating, for small and large items for $1.25 per foot.

We have classes to use the computers, a copy machine to print at 15 cents per page for black and white and 50 cents for color. You can copy info to a Flash Drive for free, and we will soon have them for sale. And ear buds if you want to listen to something on the computer. We have even have a notary for legal documents.

We have DVD’s and Music CD’s. When I told this fellow we have movies, he couldn’t believe we have them for FREE.  Children’s movies, and books on CD are free for them as well.

We have a Lego club, a Drama Club, and Storytimes for kids.

Lego Club

Lego Club

We have three different types of book discussion groups that meet at different times of the day and evening.

We have programs for children, teens, and adults, from ages 0-105.

We offer wellness health related meetings with the Union Hospital and the OSU Extension office.

We have an Inter Library Loan service, where we get an item that the Dover Library doesn’t have at no cost to you.

We have displays that change monthly. You can share your collection here at the library in two of our glass display cases.

We have the Friends Of The Library who help the library in so many ways, like helping to bring in authors to speak, helping to purchase items that the library needs to run smoothly. They also run THE BOOK CELLAR, open each Wednesday from 10-1 and Saturday from 9-12. You can pick up some gently used books, DVD’s, and other items for a very small charge. Don’t tell my family, but that’s where I buy my books that I give them for Christmas.


What the library does not have

We do not have an ATM machine.    We do not have a pop machine, and you can’t sleep here, sorry.   Oh wait, you can sleep here when we do our library lock-in for the kids and teens.


Group of teens at the lock in

Teen Lock In


I hope you discovered a new service you can use here at the library! See you soon!


Thanks for reading,


Adult Services


What’s Your Favorite “Scary” Movie?

We asked Dover Library Staff to pick out their favorite Halloween movies… and here they are!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (NR, 1966)

Backyardigans Monster Halloween Party

Hocus Pocus (PG, 1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG, 1993)

Corpse Bride (PG, 2005)

The Goonies (PG, 1985)

The Watcher in the WoodsGhostbusters (PG, 1984)

Beetlejuice (PG, 1988)

Watcher in the Woods (PG, 1980)


Rose Red (PG-13, TV Mini-Series, 2002)

Mama (PG-13, 2013)


Scream Trilogy (R, 1996-2000)

Creepshow (R, 1982)

Trick ‘r’ Treat (R, 2007)

The Cabin in the Woods (R, 2012)

Lady in White (R, 1988)


Find More movies (with age recommendations) at Common Sense Media 

What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

Fit for Fall 2014: The Return Journey

Let’s face it–between work, school, and all the other hectic things going on, it can be hard to commit to working out regularly. When I had free time, I’d just as soon read a book or watch a movie as exercise. So, a couple of years ago I found myself wandering around the Internet looking for new ways to motivate myself to commit to exercising. Through my wanderings, I stumbled across This website provides different challenges based on the journeys taken by the characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The distances were determined by Karen Wynn Fonstad, and published in her book, The Atlas of Middle Earth. I thought it was the coolest thing! I have to admit, I am a MAJOR Tolkien nerd: I have read all of the books several times, own every movie, and always see the movie at a midnight release. That made the EowynChallenge the perfect way for me to motivate myself to exercise, because I could measure my distance against the distances traveled in my favorite books! I even started listening to audiobooks while exercising, so I didn’t “lose” my reading time.Dover Public Library Hobbit Walking Program Logo

A few weeks after I started the first challenge of walking from Bag End to Rivendell, I realized that it would make a great library program because it merges exercising and literature. Last year, we held our first Fit for Fall challenge, with about 30 participants walking nearly 350 miles in just over 3 months. Our version has a few tweaks–we base the distance on time so that people who prefer other types of exercise (running, swimming, raking leaves even!) would easily know how to count their efforts. Participants who completed at least 75% of the challenge received a t-shirt, and those who completed the entire thing (100 hours of walking or equivalent exercise!) were entered to win tickets to see the movie. Once a month, a group of walkers gathered at the library and took a walk through Dover, which turned out to be a great way to enjoy the fall foliage while also making some progress towards completing the challenge.

This year, we are hosting Fit for Fall 2014: The Return Journey. Like last year, participants are challenged to complete 100 hours of walking or equivalent exercise. This year, those who complete the challenge will have “traveled” with Bilbo Baggins on his way home from Rivendell to Bag End. Also like last year, we are hosting monthly “walking parties.” We just enjoyed our second walk through Dover last Saturday, and we have two more walks this fall on November 15 and December 13 at 10 AM. Whether or not you are participating in the challenge, I hope you will come out and join us one Saturday for a nice walk through Dover followed by a light snack. Like I said, it’s a great way to get out, see the fall foliage, and enjoy some great conversation. Hope to see you soon!


-Kathryn, Adult  Services

I <3 eBooks


Recommended eBook


I have 2 Nooks, a tablet, a smartphone, an MP3 player, and a desktop computer, all of which, at one point or another, I have used to download and read an ebook or audiobook from the library.

I hear you. You love the feel of a real book. That new book smell is to die for. You don’t have to charge a print book, its software won’t malfunction, and you don’t need wifi to check it out. I understand.

But, ebooks can’t be stolen. They can’t be eaten by pests, damaged by spilled Kool-aid, torn apart by a two-year-old. You can’t get fined for a late ebook; they return themselves. And if you finish book one in a series at two in the morning, you don’t have to wait for the library to open to check out the next one. You can check out from anywhere, any time. Even in your pajamas at three in the morning.

Not that I’ve done that…

The-Princess-Diaries-277654Take ten library books with you on vacation, and fit them all comfortably in your purse. Read always-available classics for school or just for fun. Highlight and take notes directly in the book and erase them when you’re done. Change your font size to whatever you want, no waiting for a special edition. Adjust the brightness of the screen to read in bed without the hassle of a book light. Save your spot without bending pages. Keep track of books you’ve read, share your reviews, and save a wish list of books you want to read.

Now, because of two new additions to our ebook resources, we’re saying goodbye to long waiting lists on popular titles. One is Axis 360, a completely new collection just for Dover Public Library patrons.  The other is our special Advantage collection through the Ohio Digital Library. These titles are also only available to Dover Public Library patrons. Can’t find The Fault in Our Stars on the shelf? Want to read Linda Castillo’s books on your Kindle? Try the Ohio Digital Library and Axis 360!

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenDon’t get me wrong, I still have print books. I still love print books. I still love going into bookstores. After all, it’s harder for an author to sign a digital book. It’s harder to loan a friend your digital book. And a tablet sitting on the table is less impressive than a complete set of hardcover Harry Potter books on a bookshelf. There’s just more than one way to read a good book.

Need ebook help? Check out our ebook page on this website, email me, Liz, at, or call us at 330-343-6123. We’ll be happy to help you get the most of our ebook collections!

Happy e-reading!


Teen Librarian


One Book, One Community & Grassroots Literacy

Rick & Sheree Niece


Last evening Dr. Rick Niece spoke at Kent State Tuscarawas about his book, “Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher.” In the book, “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.” Niece and his wife Sheree, a Strasburg High graduate, spent the week visiting book discussion groups, schools, and libraries discussing the book with members of the community. One student at Claymont told Niece: “I never read a book before but I read yours. It made me want to read more!” Can it get any better than that? One Book, One Community is about bringing people together. We hope that you can join in the conversation in 2015! In case you are interested, “Side-Yard” is the first volume of the Hometown Series. If you liked “Side-Yard” then you won’t want to miss “The Band Plays On” and “As We Gathered Around Her.”

Free Apps Recommended by DPL Staff

In preparation for our Awesome Apps Tech Class, I’ve compiled the following list of freebies from staff suggestions. You can find them in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play. Have fun exploring all the awesome apps!


Wall Street Journal
ESPN Sportscenter

Duolingo – Language learning
Luminosity – memory, brain games
You Version Bible
Local School Districts – Dover, New Phila, etc

My Fitness Pal
Weight Watchers

Dropbox – stores pictures on the cloud to access anywhere
Flipagram – create short videos
Color Splash Photo

Email apps – Gmail, Yahoo
Photo Collage Editor

Overdrive – eBooks
axisReader – eBooks
Gas Buddy – Local gas prices
Super Bright LED Flashlight
Rain Rain – Relaxing sounds
Banking Apps
Lookout – If you lose device, helps you locate it from another computer. (screams, locks, GPS)
Keyring – So you don’t have to carry all your cards.
Pandora – Music – Cooking

Where’s My Water?
Subway Surfer
Despicable Me
Flow Free
Fruit Ninja
Candy Crush
Sand Slides


Our Awesome Apps class will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 PM in the Technology Room. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information on our Tech Classes.

– Mary, Technology Room Manager