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BYOB: Bring Your Own Book

B.Y.O.B.: A New Type of Book ClubDo you hate book clubs? Maybe hate is not the correct word for it. Do you dislike reading what other people tell you to read? Do you despise dissecting every part of a book until you’re blue in the face? Do you loathe reading all of those intense books chosen by most book clubs? Do you have an aversion to trying something new? Is that why you haven’t joined a book club?

Well that was me 3 years ago. I didn’t join a book club because I didn’t want someone telling me what I should read. I didn’t want to give a book report. I didn’t want to read all of those heavy intense books.

Maybe like me, you just haven’t found the book club for you. B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book) was a good fit for me. This book club meets at 6 PM on the first Thursday of every month at different eating establishments. The members of the club select a theme that changes each month. You choose whatever book you want that goes with that theme. Here’s how this works, next month our theme is “weather in the title”. You choose any book that has anything weather related in the title. For example, “Black Wind” by Clive Cussler, “Summer Rain” by Barbara Freethy, “Whiter than Snow” by Paul David Tripp or “Six Inches of Partly Cloudy” by Dick Goddard. See how that works? It is so easy and fun. We get a wide variety of books from all genres. You don’t have to be a public speaker to participate, just briefly say a little something about the book you selected. You get to hear about what other people are reading. And maybe something will interest you that you may not have thought you would have liked. If doing something new was one of your New Year’s Resolutions, then I suggest trying B.Y.O.B.


Linda Toohey

Outreach Librarian


Next BYOB Meeting: Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 PM at Magoo’s. Theme: Weather in the Title

More Info on the BYOB



Choose a Job You Love… 2

… And you will never have to work a day in your life


Miss Dani with a portrait in the style of WonderIt took me almost 35 years to find a career in which my job hasn’t felt like work. I have bagged groceries, worked in the fast-food business, built theater sets, taught in public schools and in a private pre-school, worked as a gas station attendant, washed dishes, and worked in retail, among other things, but nothing has been fulfilling and as rewarding as finding my calling to be a Children’s Librarian.

I began my career in libraries in 2012 as a Children’s Specialist for the Stark County District Library and moved up to Children’s Librarian shortly before completing my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. A month after receiving my MLIS, I began working as the Children’s Services Manager for the Dover Public Library.

The past two years working and living in Dover have been wonderful for me. Library Director, Jim Gill, has given me the guidance and freedom to provide you with a permanent StoryWalk® at Dover City Park, has supported the changes I have made in the Children’s Department to make it more user-friendly, and had faith in my plan to bring internationally known, award-winning author and performer, Eric Litwin, to town for a free family concert and Interactive Early Literacy Workshop … without using any money from the Library’s budget. (Costs were covered by registration fees from over 140 librarians and educators from across Ohio who came to Dover for an Interactive Literacy Workshop, featuring Eric Litwin. Other costs were covered through the generosity of Dover First United Methodist Church, Dover Exchange Club, and Benson’s Market and Catering.)

While working for the Dover Public Library, I have had the opportunity to present for the NorthEast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS), as well as at the Ohio Library Council’s State-wide Convention. I was a finalist for the NEO-RLS Rising Star Award, and my name will appear on the 2018 Caldecott Committee Ballot for the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. Through all of this, my proudest and most memorable moments are the ones I have spent with you and your families.

I have appreciated every smile, every kind word, and every “corner-sun” pictures your children have given to me. Your kind words after my mom’s passing this year made me feel less alone and spending my 40th birthday with you during “Birthday Party Story Time,” which was intended to celebrate everyone’s birthday on one day, was made extra-memorable when one of you told the others that it was actually my birthday. I don’t have children of my own, but you have allowed me to be a part of your children’s learning and lives; for that, I am grateful.

While I have absolutely loved every moment (well, almost every moment) I have been here, I feel that I have been called to work with a larger population of under-served children and will begin as a Children’s Librarian for the Dayton Metro Library in January.

It has been my utmost pleasure and honor to have served you and to have been a part of your lives. Thank you for allowing me to do so.


Miss Dani 

Spiced Cherry Bells – a Christmas Tradition

plate of bell cookiesChristmas is a time for family and friends, for being thankful for what we have and sharing joy, and for cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

There are a couple of cookies that are Christmas staples in pretty much every family. From there, every family has their own classics, their own favorites. For us, it’s just not Christmas without Russian Tea Balls, Pecan Tarts, Raspberry Crescents, and the king of all Christmas Cookies: Bells.

A spiced sugar cookie with nut filling and half a maraschino cherry made to look like a bell, these are my very favorite Christmas cookie of all time. They are soft and delicious with just the right amount of nuts and cherry flavor. If I had to pick just one cookie to have at Christmas time, it would be Bells. If I had to pick just one cookie to have any time, it would still be Bells. I am very serious about my Bells.  And nobody makes them like my Mom.

Mom is the Martha Stewart of our family. When I was at her house last week, she had all the flour, a giant can of Crisco, and everything else she needs for her holiday baking marathon already set out on her dining room table. This year, she’s having both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, each with their own traditional menus like “Sausage Snacks” and “Pink Stuff.” If you leave Mom’s house hungry, well, that’s your fault. And if you didn’t have a good time, that’s your fault, too. Every year, Mom makes sure we have a holiday that you’d see in a magazine, complete with plates and plates of cookies.

Attached is my Mom’s recipe for Spiced Cherry Bells. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with all of your favorite holiday treats and the people who make them special.

Merry Christmas!


Teen Librarian

Spiced Cherry Bells




A One-Sided Conversation About Axis 360

Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker and TaylorAxis 360. What in the world is Axis 360? That doesn’t even sound like a real thing. Are you making it up?

Oh? A library service? Well, I do like libraries…I guess you can keep talking…

eBooks? AND Audiobooks? Wow! I love eBooks and Audiobooks! I listen to Audiobooks in my car. I download them from Amazon and they play through my car’s radio, since it has Bluetooth. Well, I did until I spent all my money. So how much does your Axis 360 cost? Let me guess, $360? Or just $3.60? $3.60 is doable, I guess.

WHAT?! FREE??????? I am making angry eyes at you if you are pulling my leg…No? Okay, well they are probably all those really old titles like Catcher in Axis 360's Magic Wall of books to check outthe Rye, which isn’t even about Baseball…

New titles? Brand new titles? Like James Patterson and Stuart Woods? Okay, how complicated is this thing to use?

Okay, wait…slow down…I need to write down this complicated procedure…download free app from app store…go to www.doverlibrary.org…click on downloadables…click on Axis 360…choose book…and I’m done? Great! That’s not hard at all!

This is awesome! I’ll just have to make sure to return it on time, since I can’t afford the fines!

NO FINES?!?!?!



-Jen Miller

Technology Manager

Food For Fines 2017

Dover Public Library Food For Fines Soup Label

I think we can all agree that we have so much to be thankful for!  As Thanksgiving nears and our hearts and our heads turn toward family and the blessings we have, we can’t help but begin to think of the need out there in the world.  Each and every one of us have had a time or two in our lives where we needed a little help.  One way you can make a difference this November is by donating non-perishable food items to the library for Food for Fines Week (November 20-25).  During this week, the library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit T-4-C’s “Share-A-Christmas” program.  During the food drive, library patrons who bring in food items will receive a waiver on overdue fines.  One food item will waive up to $1.00 in overdue fines (up to $5/day).  All food items must be unopened and must carry their original packaging and labels.  The library cannot accept home-canned or home-prepared food, nor items that have reached their expiration dates.  Also, this program will not waive fees for lost or damaged materials.  For more information, call the library at 330-343-6123.  If you don’t have any overdue fines, then bring an item in to donate anyway.  It all helps!

Jim Gill – Director

Stop Motion Animation with Liz

This Fall, thanks to the 2017 YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read WeekTM Program Grant, I was able to host a series of workshops with the teens at the Library and at Dover Middle School to promote all the creative ways we can tell stories. We covered Narrative Art, Creative Writing, Video Making, and Stop Motion Animation.

It’s never been easier to make your own stop motion animation video. With the grant, we were able to get kits with cameras and software. At home, I use a free app on my smartphone: Zing StikBot Studio. You can also use the animation feature on Google Photos to turn any of your pictures into a stop motion video.

First, you’ll need to find or make a background. I’ve used construction paper, a wall, and a desk in various projects.

Second, you’ll need something to animate, so find or make a character. You can use paper, clay, toys… whatever you’d like!

Next, you get to start taking your pictures. Take one photo, move your character a little bit, then take another photo. Repeat. Keep the camera steady. Use a tripod if necessary. The more you move the objects, the faster they will appear to move.

When you’re finished, you can export your video and use an editor like Shotcut to add effects.

I really enjoyed learning more about stop motion animation this fall and seeing what the teens created. Experiment with your own creations and see what you can create! Maybe your animation will be a YouTube hit!


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian



Remembering 9-11

9-11-01 Remember IconThere are only a couple dates in history that will forever remain etched in the hearts and minds of Americans, date that will never be forgotten. Where were you on December 7, 1941? What were you doing on November 22, 1963? Do you remember September 11, 2011?

That’s one date I’ll never forget.

It was a Tuesday, and I was working in a grocery store in Massillon when a co-worker’s mother called and told us about  a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. Shortly after that, we got news of a second plane hitting the New York City landmark. We knew then that this was something huge and no coincidence. A third plane hit the Pentagon, and a fourth hijacked plane was coming our way.

I felt so many emotions as I later drove home. I was confused, angry, and scared. I remember wondering how I was going to explain all of this to our six-year-old daughter. If I couldn’t understand why America was being attacked and what was going to happen next, how was I supposed to answer the questions I was certain she was going to ask?

Now, here we are, sixteen years later, and we still can’t explain why terrorist hijacked and crashed four planes loaded with innocent people. But whatever the terrorist cowards hoped to accomplish that day, whatever victories they claimed to have gained, they did not win. Remember that fourth plane that was coming our way? The first battle in our fight against terrorism was won in the air over rural Pennsylvania when a small community of passengers on Flight 93 decided to do something and not let evil have its way.

It seems like every other day another group comes along and tries to take away the blessings our country enjoys.

Let us never forget those that perished on September 11, 2001. Let’s not take for granted the brave men and women who fight for our country everyday, sixteen years after that terrifying attack on our country. Always remember where you were that day and how far we’ve come.

Thank the first responders in your community and support our military. Let’s not allow evil to win and destroy what makes us a great nation.


-Rick Slayman