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Volunteer of the Month: Sherry

SherrySherry has been named our Volunteer of the Month for February, 2016! Congrats, Sherry!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Since 2010


Why did you want to become a volunteer at the library?

I’ve had a life-long love of reading and my first job was at the Library while I was in High School. So, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to renew my interest when I retired.


What are some of your favorite authors?

Donna Andrews, J.D. Robb, John Sandford, and Catherine CoulterSherry Among the Books


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

The great staff and the opportunity to be among the books


Thank you for all your hard work, Sherry!

Would you like to volunteer? Contact Wendy Contini for more information on how to help your library.

What I Learned From Keith Rathbun

Keith Rathbun

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”  –Rabindranath Tagore

The world lost a good man on Tuesday. Keith Rathbun, publisher of The Budget Newspaper in Sugarcreek, passed away suddenly while working at his desk. According to the obituary written by staff at The Budget, Keith “became publisher and part owner of Scene Magazine and was instrumental in the creation of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and keeping it in Cleveland.  He later moved to Sugarcreek and became publisher of The Budget Newspaper, a job he loved as he worked to serve the community.”  Here is the article published in The Times-Reporter.

I came to know Keith when he began serving with me on the board of the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition.  Keith was very passionate about literacy and it meant a lot to me to know he made some time to become involved with TCLC despite the fact that he was so busy in so many other community organizations. He said no to so many things and yes to TCLC. That commitment was something I always admired. If Keith was going to do something he did it well and he did it to the best of his ability. I have a quote taped to my desk that I found somewhere and each time I look at it I think of Keith: “It is better off doing a few things really well than a lot of things poorly.” My respect for him grew even more when Keith came to see me one day at the library to tell me he intended to resign from the TCLC board. His responsibilities with the Ohio Newspaper Association and the National Newspaper Association were growing and he felt he could not serve TCLC well by continuing to be the board’s membership chair. That impressed me so much because I often find myself over-involved with things. All good things, granted, but things that I feel deep down I am not doing well because I am spread too thin. Keith’s integrity and honesty moved me to make some changes in my own life. And for that Keith, my wife thanks you!

One day Keith and I met for lunch at Bread Head in Dover and he regaled me with tales of his days at Scene Magazine. He told me stories of interviewing Eddie Money, Paul McCartney, Angus Young, and others and how he still treasures his friendships with many of those music icons to this day. I told him he needed to write a book and I made him promise to keep the library in mind for a book signing when that time came. I asked Keith to do a talk on his Scene Magazine days at Dover Rotary and he brought down the house with his stories and unassuming style of downplaying incredible conversations and moments with American cultural icons. As a fellow Lutheran, Keith and I would talk faith now and then. I found myself sharing things with him that I have never told anyone else.

In the end, Keith will be remembered not for his stories about a life in rock and roll or his success in the newspaper business. He will be remembered for the way he treated people. He didn’t beat you over the head with religion but lived a life of humility and service and purpose that made you want to be a better person. He taught me that we impact people more by what we do than by what we say. Keith showed me that if you are going to do something, you do it full-go and that if you cannot you need to be man enough and honest enough with yourself and others to say so.

So that book idea won’t happen after all. But that’s OK when you think about it. The best thing Keith ever wrote was the way he chose to live his life. Each relationship, every commitment, and every passion he had exemplified the story of his life. That was his life story–the one he was writing the entire time. Each of us has a deadline issued by that great editor in the heavens. Do yourself a favor and make sure the story you are writing is one that is worth retelling. So long Keith and thank you for being a friend.

Keith Rathbun Obit

 Courtesy of The Budget

-Jim Gill, Director

Genealogy Lock-in and Pizza Party 5-8 p.m. on Saturday. Be there!


There is still time to register for the genealogy lock-in on Saturday! Visit Dover Public Library after hours to discover our new genealogy and local history materials, including new databases that will allow you to search for obituaries and military records from the comfort of your own home. We are offering free copying and printing, and of course…




Free Pizza!


So bring a friend, your research questions, and your appetite and come see what Dover Public Library has to offer the historians and genealogists of Tuscarawas County!

‘Tis the Season for Christmas Specials

A Claymation ChristmasAs a kid, I loved them. As an adult, I still do. Christmas specials, people. Christmas specials. A Charlie Brown Christmas, with the little tree and Linus’s speech. An animated Fred Astaire dancing around with a bunch of forest critters. Scrooge McDuck holding onto Jiminy Cricket for dear life as they fly through the air. I can’t get enough of them and have a steadily growing collection of these classic Christmas specials on DVD.

One of my very favorite specials is Will Vinton’s A Claymation Christmas Celebration. For those of you who aren’t in the know, this special is from 1987. It’s about an hour long and features two bickering dinosaurs as masters of ceremony for a variety show of Christmas carols. Think Fantasia. With clay and Christmas. The California Raisins perform “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Quasimodo directs an orchestra of bells in “The Carol of the Bells,” and three camels steal the show in “We Three Kings.” Each segment is animated using stop-motion animation and clay figures, sets, and props. Everything is made of clay.


Screencap from “Joy to the World” Animated by Joan Gratz

For years, one segment of A Claymation Christmas Celebration has confused me. “Joy to the World” always looked hand-drawn or painted to me. What was it doing in a claymation movie, anyway? This year, I finally learned Will Vinton’s secret. Her name is Joan Gratz, and she animated “Joy to the World” using clay painting. That’s right. It’s still clay. Watch the segment for yourself on YouTube. As a child, I loved the music and the colors of this segment. As an adult, I am blown away by the amount of time, energy, and talent that went into this two and a half minute song. It’s some of the most beautiful art that I’ve ever seen, and this year I got to see it with new eyes.

This Christmas, I hope you get to look at your own traditions with new eyes and see the time, energy, and talents that go into making Christmas the best time of the year.


Merry Christmas!


Teen Librarian



Don’t miss our free trial of history and genealogy resources!

From December 7 – February 1, Dover Public Library will have access to four major databases for history and genealogy research:


Fold3™ Library Edition
Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. Fold3 is invaluable for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle reenactors. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans.
Heritage Quest Online
Digitized from the popular UMI; Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, this online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.
NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.
Newspapers.com – World Collection
Newspapers.com Library Edition offers full page newspaper images with searchable full-text for millions of pages of newspapers. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to both full runs and portions of runs for thousands of newspapers.




Try them out, and tell us what you think! Are any of these worth keeping? Let us know your thoughts in the post comments. Happy hunting!


– Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

From the Cellar

This month I would like to draw your attention to a collection that I recently processed and made available in The Roots Cellar: Subject Files. These are articles, pamphlets, and booklets that contain information relevant to the history of Tuscarawas County. Some of these came to me from an old vertical file maintained for years in a filing cabinet in the director’s office, others I added while searching for obituary requests or old photos in our microfilm collection. I found one such treasure in the February 25, 1965 issue of The Daily Reporter while looking for information on St. Joseph’s football team for a patron. This issue contains a plethora of Dover history. In the 27 pages of this file (searchable in our catalog by the title: “Take a good look: and see the wonderful community in which you live – Dover”) one can find things like a list of Dover Mayors, what Christian Deardorff and Jesse Slingluff paid for the 2+ acres in 1806 ($4622.00), information on the Tuscarawas County Children’s Home, pictures of our library (current building and the previous house), an article on Jeremiah Reeves, a photo of the plane that crashed in the middle of Walnut Street in 1943 (killing Addie Wendling, Edward Early, and Edward Early, Jr., his 12-year-old son), The Little Theatre, Dover Historical Society, the Basketeers, and yes, there is a picture of the 1946 St. Joseph football team. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of topics found in this issue of The Daily Reporter; let me just say that if you are conducting research on any aspect of Dover history, there is a good chance this file holds some valuable information.

subject files


Check the local history section of our website for a complete list of subject files, and drop by The Roots Cellar on Thursdays to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of Dover.


Happy Holiday Shopping!

8091234505_e1879eba36_bIt’s the official start of the holiday shopping season! At least, that’s how I’ve always thought of Black Friday. This year, it seems like I’ve seen more commercials and read more articles about gifting technology than ever. From tablets to smartphones…I even saw something about a smart trashcan that sends a text to remind you to take out the trash! Personally, I find all this technology fun and exciting. I enjoy using it myself, and I love helping my friends and family figure out their new tech toys. Fortunately for me, I get to do the latter everyday at work :) Whether it’s setting up a new device or just learning how to check out ebooks on your new phone, the library’s Technology Librarians can’t wait to help you (or someone you know) get started. Need help getting that Kindle ready to go before Christmas? Can’t figure out how to order that vintage Star Wars toy on eBay? Make an appointment with Liz or myself for some free one-on-one assistance! Know someone who’ll be completely baffled by that tablet you’re giving them this year? Have them stop by our Tech Setup Fair on January 9 from 10 AM to noon! We’ll look forward to seeing you :)


Kathryn Green, Technology Manager