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Can’t wait? Go Digital!   Recently updated !

One of my favorite things about checking out library materials is the fact that I can check out new things, whether they are books, movies, TV shows, or magazines, for free. I love it! Not sure about that new movie? Check it out first to see if you like it. Want to catch up on the gossip magazines without paying $5 an issue? Check them out from the library! Don’t feel like spending $40 on the doorstopper that is The Goldfinch? That’s ok, just check it out from the library!

I only occasionally run into snags with this system. Maybe I’m on vacation already and can’t stop by the library because it’s in Ohio and I’m in North Carolina, or maybe I don’t think I can fit those 5 books into my carry-on and still manage to lift it over my head once I get on the airplane. Sometimes, it’s even simpler: my Sunday afternoon is suddenly wide open, and the library is closed for the day. Fortunately, the library has a wealth of digital resources that can be accessed from anywhere with a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker and TaylorAxis 360 is one of my favorite digital resources the library provides. It’s like a hidden treasure trove of new, popular titles, and usually there is almost no wait time. It doesn’t have hundreds of older titles, but I’m almost always able to get the newest bestsellers with long wait lists on the print editions.  It’s my go-to for these newer titles–I was able to check out and read The Girl on the Train without any wait time at all :)

Anothflipster-logo-npler one of my favorites is Flipster. It’s the library’s new eMagazine service. The best part about Flipster: you never have to wait (ever). I use it all the time to read the more popular magazines, especially the weeklies. It’s really easy to download and print pages, which is helpful when I find a new recipe or an article I don’t want to lose. Plus, I’m able to read the Sports Illustrated articles on the latest March Madness developments before the tournament ends in a couple of weeks.

Don’t get me wrong: I still love a good, physical book. It has a heft that you just can’t beat. But when I can’t wait to get my handson a new title (this happens frequently), or I’m traveling and don’t want to increase the weight of my suitcase by 30 pounds, or when the library is closed, etc., going digital provides the solution. And the bottom line is, whether it’s print or it’s digital, as long as I’m reading, I’m happy :)

-Kathryn Green, Technology Manager


Did you ever have to read _____?

The Giver by Lois LowryWhat do you mean, you never read The Giver?”

Thus began a lengthy discussion with my roommate about what we had to read in school. She shook her head at me, suddenly suspicious of my education, since I had been cheated out of Lois Lowry.

Neither had I suffered through A Brave New World or Their Eyes Were Watching God. I had not read Heart of Darkness in high school, but I had to for a college course, which I think was probably worse.

In regards to Steinbeck, I have my roommate soundly beat. She never read The Pearl or Cannery Row or The Grapes of Wrath.

We both had to read To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, and, to our mutual dismay, Wuthering Heights.

Both of us had the freedom to choose what books we read for our book reports, though my roommate had to choose from a list. I almost shivered when she said that. I had no such list to go by. I distinctly remember reading Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson (an adult romance), All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (a tween book), and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (yes, all three of them, thanks to a boxed set I got for Christmas). In other words, I used that freedom to explore all kinds of books, not just the ones that would have made it onto a teacher’s reading list. To not have had that freedom – I dread to think what I would have ended up reading.

The discussion went on to include the best stories by Edgar Allan Poe and left me with some observations about the books we have to read in school.Cannery Row by Steinbeck

First of all, my librarian brain noticed immediately that the vast majority of the books we talked about have been banned or at least challenged at one point or another.

I also wondered about the reputations that some of these authors have. In school, I never read a comedy by Shakespeare. It was all tragedy, all the time. If I hadn’t been a complete Nerd and read A Midsummer Night’s Dream on my own, I’d never have known that the Bard can be funny. Likewise, if I had only been forced to read The Pearl, I would never have picked up a Steinbeck by choice. It wasn’t until I had to read Cannery Row that I recognized Steinbeck’s entertainment value and searched out more Steinbeck at the library.

I believe that what we read in our youth, especially what we read in school, has the capacity to make or break us as readers. If we like it, we’re set for life. If we have the freedom to read what we like, not just what we have to, we’ll learn the value in all reading, not just in high literature.

Part of the fun of reading is being able to explore different worlds. There really is something for everyone. Luckily for us, we have libraries to help us find the right book, even if we missed it in school.



-Teen Librarian


PS: After having this discussion with my roommate, I did, in fact, check out The Giver, and it is, as she said, awesome.

The View From Amish Country

Amish_Buggie_signHere in the Tuscarawas Valley it really is not a big deal when you see an Amish buggy rolling down a country road. Amish patrons use our library and Amish fiction is one of the highest circulating genres at the library. Many of us have worked with or gone to school with Amish people. Still, there is no question that Amish life and culture intrigues most of us. How do they continue to live the way they do in this modern age? What is true and what is myth about their way of life? Are they really that happy? In an attempt to answer some of these questions, the library is pleased to announce that Brenda Nixon will be speaking on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM. Her program is “Beyond Buggies & Bonnets: True Amish Tales.” Nixon is an English, or non-Amish, parent to Amish “runaways,” this intriguing program will present her intimate understanding of the Swartzentruber Amish Order. In fact, Nixon’s daughter is married to an ex-Amish man-the son of a bishop-and their home has become a safe house for young men and women making the transition out of the Amish community. Nixon will discuss Amish culture and topics such as rumspringa, ordnung, shunning, and Amish sex ed. The public is invited to bring their questions at this intriguing program. Call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 for more information or to register for this free program. For more info about Brenda Nixon, click here.

Jim Gill, Director

Winter, winter, go away 1


It’s February, the so-called shortest month of the year. But ask anyone from Ohio and they will tell you it often feels like the longest. Why? The weather. By this point I’ve complained about it so much I’m tired of my own griping. It’s cold. So cold. And the snow. Can’t it just melt already? Margaret Atwood calls February “month of despair with a skewered heart in the centre.” With spring a mere 3 weeks away, I am positively aching for warmth and the sight of tiny crocus buds poking their eager green tongues out to taste the air. Alas, we have a bit more weather to weather. To make myself feel better I thought I would research a winter before my time (okay, just barely before my time) that was much much worse:



Make mention of this to Midwestern folks who lived through it and you are sure to hear a hair-raising tale or two. My mother, a teacher, remembers waking up to the radio on the morning of January 26: “If you are within the sound of my voice there is no school today.” She peeked out the window, saw the stop sign at the end of our street flapping violently back and forth in the wind, then hopped back into bed (I was still incubating at the time, not due for another six weeks, so I was blissfully unaware of the weather conditions). She was lucky to avoid the worst of it.


Wind gusts in excess of 65 mph caused scattered power and phone outages. Visibility on I-77 was down to zero, county roads were drifted in. No mail, no buses, no deliveries. Nothing could be done about snow removal until the wind died down, and a shortage of salt compounded the problem. Schools, state offices and airports closed. Trees fell. Windows shattered. Trailers turned over and roofs collapsed or were blown off. A barn toppled in the wind, killing the livestock huddled inside. The ”killer blizzard” also took 90 human lives, including a young couple who decided to wait out the storm in their car, refusing rescue. They were found dead the next day.


But thankfully all storms pass, the damage is tallied, and then the cleanup begins. This blizzard was particularly costly to Ohio farms, causing an estimated $48.2 million in damage. Clearing the roads was an exhausting and often thankless chore; I read an article of one county worker who plowed roads in a ‘73 Ford for 15 straight hours (in drifts four feet high and 30 feet long), getting approximately 1.5 miles to the gallon, only to be stopped by a citizen “screaming invectives” about plowing in his driveway.


While this winter has had its share of inconveniences (at times my heater sounds like a volcano about to erupt), I am grateful that this year hasn’t seen a “state of emergency” blizzard with hurricane winds (knock on wood – it ain’t over yet), and that I have a warm roof over my head and a loving family with whom I can cuddle and share hot chocolate. And I hope that we will soon see a headline like this one that appeared over 100 years ago:





Until then, I’m with Ms. Atwood: Make it be spring!


“February” by Margaret Atwood, from Morning in the Burned House. Houghton Mifflin, 1996.


Looking for a way to pass the remaining cold days? Come to Dover Public Library, cozy up to our microfilm machine, and read about winters far worse than this one!

Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

March madness…for books!

It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on March already, but it will be here before you know it! One of the things I enjoy about March each year is filling out a bracket during NCAA March Madness. I love keeping track of whose winning and how I’m doing in my bracket overall. Bracketology is fun because it’s like a game, and during March almost everyone is playing. The only problem is that I don’t keep up enough with basketball to more than guess at most of the match-ups. That’s why I’m so excited about the new program the library is hosting this March. It’s called Book Madness: Tournament of Authors 2015. Instead of only knowing about 3 of the “teams” involved, I have read almost all of the authors in the tournament! Plus, the rules are pretty simple:

1.) Pick up and fill out your bracket in pen. Brackets will be available Monday, February 23.

2.) Bring it in to the library to be initialed by a staff member before March 4, when Round 1 will be announced.

3.) Vote each round for your favorite authors! You can vote in the library (once per day), plus there will be additional ways to sneak in extra votes on Facebook!

At the end of each week, prizes will be given for those with the best bracket score so far. At the end of the tournament, the person with the highest score will win a new Kindle Fire HD!

Get into a new kind of bracketology this year, and help us determine the library’s favorite author for 2015!

Kathryn Green, Technology Managerbracket

3 Things to Do with Old Paperbacks

From purses to vases to wreaths, old books are being turned into new treasures all over the place. Here are a few of my favorite things to do with discarded paperbacks.

A side note before I start talking about destroying books to make arts and crafts: No one wants the books I use. First, the books are discarded library books, meaning they haven’t been checked out in years or are too damaged to circulate. The books are also leftovers from the annual book sale and were bound for the recycling bin before I rescued them to give them new lives as hedgehogs, angels,or poetry

Paperback Hedgehogs1. Paperback Hedgehogs:

Paperback hedgehogs are adorable, easy, and time consuming. You can decorate them any way you want. So, make the Avengers, or just make a Hedgehog army. Make them cute or make them scary. Let your creativity run wild! Smaller paperbacks of about 100 pages work best for this, but since I mainly had thick romance novels, I just split each book into two sections, thereby making two hedgehogs from one book. The hedgehog shape is made by folding the pages in half, then folding the corners down. More detailed instructions can be found here. 


2. Book Page Angels:

Unfortunately, I have no photos of my version of this angel I found on Pinterest. These cute ornaments consist of two book pages, accordion folded, sliced a little with some scissors, and wedged together to make an angel. Then, using hot glue, I stick a decoration on the part where the two pages come together. Small wooden hearts and stars are great for this. Then I glue a ribbon or piece of yarn in the top back so it can hang on a tree. These are great for Christmas, and actually proved to be a perfect Relay for Life Fundraiser here at the library.

3. Black Out Poetry:

This is a fun activity to do with books or with newspapers. Start with a page out of a book or from the newspaper. Underline or circle words to make a poem, then color over all the other words with a black marker. You can get creative with doodles or shapes, anything that will make your words pop. You can even use white paint to go over the words you want to get rid of, then create an illustration to go along with your poem when it’s dry. For more ideas, check out this awesome Slideshare from a school in California.


The Repurposed Library Book CoverFor more ideas, search “Book crafts” on Pinterest. Or, if Pinterest isn’t your thing, visit the library and browse the 745.5 area. Here, among other great books on paper crafting, you’ll find The Repurposed Library by Lisa Occhipinti. What will you make with an old paperback?


Liz Strauss

Crafty Teen Librarian


Celebrating Community: The 5th Annual Overdue Open House

Fun at the Overdue Open HouseThis past Sunday the Friends of the Library sponsored the 5th Annual Overdue Open House. Over 1,000 people came to the library to enjoy live music, prizes, food, storytelling, and more. Patrons that had overdue books were able to bring back the materials on Sunday and their overdue fines for those materials were waived. The Open House has became a way for the Library and the Friends of the Library to give back to the community. It was interesting to observe from a distance the activities that were going on. Valleytown and The Kodachrome Babies were performing in the Adult Department and the place was packed! In the Children’s Room Mr. Jeff the Magician was like the Pied Piper with dozens of kids following him around doing magic tricks. Volunteers were bustling around doing their jobs and library staff were working the public service desks. For those few short hours on Sunday the library truly was the center of the community. That is a thing that we are always trying to strive for here at DPL. We want the library and the events, programs, and services to matter to people. A huge thank you to the community for supporting what we do. Have a great week!

For photos from Sunday’s event, click here.

-Jim Gill, Director