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Liz’s Library Jargon Glossary

Hello, Patrons! Ever start talking to one of us here at the library and get the sense that we’re actually speaking a different language? Well, here are some commonly used Librarian phrases and their meanings.

  1. Patron: (n) A person who uses the library. AKA: You! Other libraries also use the words “Customer” or “User.” We prefer “Patron” because without your support, or patronage, we wouldn’t have a Library to begin with.
  2. Processing: (v) The task of getting items ready to be checked out. This includes adding labels, bar-codes, and stamps to the materials and putting the record in the system.
  3. Polaris: (n) Our computer system. It houses all of our records for every item we circulate and all of our patrons. (No wonder we get stressed out when “Polaris” goes down!)
  4. ILL: Inter-Library-Loan; (v) the process of borrowing a book from a different library. We contact the other library, check it out (as if we were a patron), have it sent to us, add it temporarily to Polaris, then call the Patron who requested it. (n) An item that has been obtained from another library. Learn More.
  5. Weeding: (v) The process of removing books that are outdated, no longer circulate, or are in bad shape from the library shelves. No, we are not working outside. But just as a successful garden requires weeding, so does a successful library.

What other words or phrases have you heard us use at the Library?


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian

A Day in the Life…

Ever wonder what we do all day? Here’s an inside look at what being a Library Assistant here at Dover Public Library is all about. 


Syrena and Dani at the Story Walk

Syrena and Children’s Librarian Dani at the StoryWalk(r) at Dover City Park

Name: Syrena Troyer

Job Title: Library Assistant


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Cover the Desk for the morning shift’s lunch break. Check patrons out. Check returned items in. Shelve (put away) items that have been returned and checked in.


2:00 – 3:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons.  Process new DVDs. This means putting a record in the computer system and adding labels and a bar-code to the case. Check the Book Drop in the back for books that need checked in and delivered to the Adult Department.


3:00 – 4:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons. Shelve books. Check in returned items. Check the Book Drop.


4:00 – 5:00 PM



5:00 – 7:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons.  Check in returned items. Check the Book Drops. Shelve all materials that were checked in.



7:00 – 8:00 PM

Work on changing some of our Graphic Novels from Fiction to Non-fiction. Change the labels on said Graphic Novels. Check out and assist patrons. Perform Closing Procedures


What is the best thing about Science Fiction?

Time is wibbly wobbly, space is the final frontier, and the force will be with you, alwaysScience Fiction is one of my favorite genres. I am a Huge fan of H.G. Wells, Orson Scott Card and Star Trek. The crazy thing about Science Fiction is that many of the ideas imagined in science fiction novels and shows exist now in our time and it makes me wonder what new things the science fiction authors of our time will imagine that may one day become a reality.

Here are a few epic things that were imagined by Science Fiction creators before they were invented.

Edward Bellamy predicted Credit Cards in his 1888 novel Looking Backward. The first “universal” credit card was created in 1950 by the Diner’s Club. Jules Verne predicted the electric submarine in his 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He also predicted a manned capsule to the moon in his novel From the Earth to the Moon.

Or how about the internet of today where you can buy, sell, create, play and learn online? There are several writers who described how the internet could work before it became the internet we recognize, including Mark Twain, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams and Orson Scott Card. Do you remember when the internet was mostly message boards and had no pictures? What was the internet like when you first started using it?

If you want to take a smaller step back in history watch The Jetsons and Star Trek. The Jetsons had video calls, tanning lamps, flat screen tvs, and a robot vacuum to name a few. We still haven’t gotten the flying cars we were promised, though. Star Trek had its PADD computer tablets and though we haven’t quite mastered the replicator, we do have 3D printers.

It makes me admire how inventive people are – both those with the imagination and those with skill to make fiction a reality. I am looking forward to the future and keeping my fingers crossed for a teleporter!

-Mallory – Library Assistant

Think Spring…

Plant Library illustration“With the good sunny days we have been having, it’s great to get outside and enjoy just being outside.  I love when winter gets out of the way and warm spring comes and takes it’s place. Now watch, I will have cursed us, and we’ll have snow and cold weather.” – Me about a month ago


Well, we can still plan ahead, right? For when Spring is here for real?

 I, for one, have been planing on just what flowers, vegetables, and new seed items I want to plant. We have a seed library for those who like to garden. It’s open to anyone in the community,  and the seeds are free. Everything is located in the old library card catalog. If you aren’t sure what a card catalog is, come to the front desk, and we’ll show you. You can take any seed packets, plant the seeds, watch them grow and bring back some seeds from the plant if you can. We take seed donations, too.

 We have our annual Seed Library Plant Sale on Saturday,  May 6th from 9 to 12. You can find plants for your yard , some yard art, crafts, and other garden items. All for a donation. If you wish, you can donate plants that you need out of your yard. Yes, we will take hostas. All proceeds will help the Seed Library keep planting. 

Please call us here at the Library at 330-343-6123 if you have any questions!

NOW, let’s all think good, warm thoughts, and maybe, just maybe, this cold wind will go away.


-Denise Campbell-Johnson, Library Assistant & Plant Enthusiast

So let’s talk about book clubs…

Keep Calm and Join a Book ClubWhen it gets down to it, books, reading, and the culture of books and reading have always been the public library’s “bread & butter.” A great way to celebrate that culture is to get involved in a book club. Book clubs are everywhere and not just at the public library. Churches sponsor and promote book clubs, as do private groups of friends and families. Even sports teams have discussion on a common book. Coaches often see reading and experiencing a common book as a great team building experience. At its most basic level, book clubs bring people together and creates community through the shared experience of reading the same book.

Each year the county Literacy Coalition sponsors One Book, One Community on that same concept: let’s get one book in the hands of thousands of people and discuss it. Let’s put aside our differences and our backgrounds and our economic and educational differences and find common ground.

At the Dover Public Library, we offer several book club options at various times on different days of the week. The Tuesday Night Book Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. The focus of this group is variety and popular fiction and non-fiction. B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book Club) meets offsite at restaurants and pubs on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Each month the group uses a different theme. For example, one month it may be Ohio authors or British mysteries. The next it could be plays or Civil War non-fiction. Another library book club is called the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle, or CLSC, which meets on the last Thursday of each month at noon. This book club reads books on the Chautauqua Institution’s book list. Participants are given the opportunity to apply for “graduation” through CLSC, which is the oldest continuous book club in America.

In the end, book clubs are not only challenging and inspiring but great social opportunities as well. Let’s face it: we were not put on this planet to walk alone. If you love reading, we encourage you to connect with other bibliophiles at the Dover Public Library. Who knows, it may just change your life!

-Jim Gill, Director

Time to Check Out Your Future!

The Dover Public Library has been proudly serving the community of Dover, OH, since 1902. Our current building, started in 1954 and opened in 1955, is in need of some very important updates such as modern wiring, more accessible shelving, and dedicated Teen and Local History rooms. Check out this video for our 2016 report and the highlights of our renovation plan.

While putting together this video, I had the opportunity to look back at all the great events we have had here at the Dover Public Library over the years. We’ve learned so many things about animals – snakes and lizards and turtles, oh my! – about science, about writing and publishing, even about yoga. We are so much more than books – or our building.

But when you look around the library, really look, you start to see the pieces of furniture that have been here since we opened in 1955. Tables and chairs photographed in our grand opening are still here in the Lounge and the Teen Zone. We still use a few of the same book carts; the basement shelves are exactly the same; we haven’t even gotten a new circulation desk. And these are just the things that we can see. What we can’t see is the wiring that was not designed to handle all the technology a modern Public Library uses. Without an update to the wiring, keeping up with our technology needs is going to be a real struggle.

Some would say it already is.

What most patrons don’t see is the Processing Room downstairs. Yesterday afternoon, there were five of us trying to work on our various projects at once. There were only two computers we could use to input new materials into our system to get them ready for check-out.

I look forward to the day when adding a new computer doesn’t come with added worry about where to put it or how to hook it up. Better accessibility, more space for teens, and easier access to Local History Materials will make me even prouder than I already am of our Library and of our Community.

We are more than our building, but having a building that fulfills our community’s needs definitely helps us provide the very best for our patrons.

-Liz Strauss, Teen Librarian

To learn more, or to help, please visit: http://www.doverlibrary.org/capitalcampaign/

Favorite Movies

Ugly Dachshund and Sabrina You might think that people have one particular favorite movie, but that is not the case for me! I have several that I would call my favorites, ranging from old classics to Dirty Dancing and Star Warscurrent movies. Some of my favorite titles are The Ugly Dachshund, Sabrina, Charade, To Catch a Thief, Move Over Darling, Dirty Dancing, and any Star Wars or Star Trek movie. Believe me, that list could go on! I often check out an old movie for the weekend, and if I get time, I will burrow into my sewing room with a project, pop in a movie, and relax for a couple of hours.

I am fortunate enough that I get to order our movie selection for the library, so I see a variety of genres come in. With some of the selections, it’s hard to tell if they will be good or not by their descriptions, but it is fun to read about them and develop the library’s collection. We have a wide variety of movies and TV series, and we are always up for any title suggestions you may have.

Hope to see you soon checking out our large movie collection!

Wendy Contini

Technical Services Manager



PS: If you like Classic Movies, too, be sure to join us every Monday at 2:00 PM for our Classic Movie Mondays! This week, I hear we’re watching the fabulous Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in a classic musical set in Paris. 😉