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Checking out seeds

With Seeds from the Dover Seed Library!

We here at the Dover Public Library are always looking for great ways to help our patrons and our community.  So, with that in mind, we have started a Seed Library.

What’s a Seed Library you ask? Well, it’s just the greatest thing ever.  We have a classic card catalog (the kind I used as a kid) located just inside the front door of the library.  And since we haven’t used a card catalog like that in… well… never mind how many years, we have placed packets of seeds in it. The top half of the cabinet has flowers and the bottom half has vegetables. You come in, open up a drawer, take some seeds, fill out a form, bring it to the front desk,  and you’re done. Easy peasy.

Then you plant the seeds. Watch them grow. Bring back in the seeds from what you grew. This is a great family activity to share with those you love! And, it’s so easy, you don’t even need a passport to adventure (your library card) to check out seeds. The Seed Library is here for everyone!

Not a gardener? That’s okay. We have a variety of gardening books that can help you out if you have questions, and as always, the staff are here to help you.

Stop in and see our new collection of seeds!

Happy gardening!


– DenisePlant the seeds

Adult Services


Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit…







I have the utmost respect for gardeners. I do not have a green thumb. The hours I spent as a youth sweating and toiling in my mother’s garden didn’t pay off. All I retained from that experience is a reflexive shudder when I hear the phrase “pull weeds.” I can usually manage easy, hardy plants as long as I remember to leave them alone once in a while, but if I try to grow anything delicate I will kill it with too much attention – petunias be warned! If you are like me (or even if you’re not), come to Dover Public Library this summer to try a different kind of gardening: growing your family tree.


Digging Your Roots

A new summer series
presented by Dover Public Library

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How does it work?

Digging Your Roots takes place one Saturday each month. We will begin with a program at 10a.m. that is devoted to a topic in genealogy or local history. After a break for lunch, we will return to The Roots Cellar from 1-4p.m. for our Genealogy Research Forum. The forum is open to all and requires no registration, no experience, no commitment. Genealogists and local history buffs, this is your chance to come and learn from each other! See what others are researching, share your own experiences, or learn how to finally start that genealogy project. Register in advance for the morning programs by phone: (330)343-6123, email: localhistory@doverlibrary.org , or in person at the front desk. See program dates and descriptions below.

So, if the heat and weeds are getting you down, step into the shade this summer and see what you can dig up on your family history. You never know what you might find!

  • Saturday May 23 10a.m.-4p.m. Roots Cellar Open House: If you plan to attend the Canal Days Parade,  be sure to stop in. We will have the Forum and Q&A all day. Explore our collections and enter a drawing to win a fabulous prize!
  • Saturday June 20 @ 10a.m. Downtown Dover History Walk: Dover Fire Chief Russ Volkert  (winner of this year’s Zeisberger Heckewelder Award)will take you back in time to the days of Canal Dover. This popular tour begins at the replica toll house on Front Street and finishes at the library where lunch will be served ($5.00 option at program registration).
  • Saturday July 17 @ 10a.m. Kate in Fact and Fiction: Virgil Hoftiezer presents his biography of Kate King, the intriguing and trail-blazing wife of William Clarke Quantrill. A book signing will follow the program, and copies will be available for purchase.
  • Saturday August 29 @ 10a.m. Introduction to Genealogy, Part 1: Have you always wanted to document your family history but don’t know how to begin? Julie Murray, published genealogist, will teach you the basics of creating your family tree in this fun and informative class.

Spring is here!

Celery_seedThe grass is green, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining! This past weekend was so nice I couldn’t resist spending most of my time outside, hanging laundry on the line and getting in the garden. I’ll admit, I don’t have the greenest thumb in the world. It usually takes me a couple of tries to figure out which plants will thrive in my garden and which will never make it. Unfortunately, I’m also pretty bad about getting really excited each April and buying a ton of new seeds because this year will be the year I become a successful gardener. From flowers to herbs to fruits and vegetables, the struggle is real :)

Fortunately, this year the library has kicked off a new seed library. Instead of buying a packet with a million (ok, maybe only about 100) more seeds than I have the room for, I can pick up a couple at a time from the old card catalog by the library’s front door. It has everything, and it’s completely free! It’s a great solution, whether you’re a beginner gardener like me or someone more advanced looking to branch out. Hit the link for more information, or just stop by the library!



Kathryn Green, Technology Manager


Relay Season

Dover Public Library Relay for Life Team LogoRelay for Life is 37 days away, and I couldn’t be more excited about our team this year! The theme is “The Magic of Relay,” and, because we’re a Library and we’re awesome, our personal team theme is Harry Potter.

Relay for Life is not a race, though it sounds like one. Relay for Life is a community event to raise money for the American Cancer Society and to raise cancer awareness. Participants form Teams to raise money and compete against each other. It’s all friendly, of course. The real point is to encourage teams to do their best. “Beating” the other teams is just kind of icing on the fundraising cake.

This year’s Relay for Life of Northern Tuscarawas County will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM at Franklin Park in Strasburg. There will be food, games, a silent auction, and entertainment for people of all ages. For more information, find the event online.

There will also be a lot of walking. One person from each team will be walking around the track at all times. That’s why it’s called a Relay. The team can’t give up, just like a cancer patient can’t give up the fight. We keep going throughout the event to show our support and commitment to fighting cancer as a community.

This year, the Dover Public Library Team (and it’s non-official “Auxiliary Force”) have worked hard to raise enough money to become a Sponsor and get our name on the back of the official Relay for Life T-shirt.

In December, we sold Book Page Angel Ornaments for $1. These charming dears will be back next year, in case you missed your chance. (I think we do still have some in a closet, though, if you can’t wait to see them!)

Candy Bars for Sale at the Front DeskIn January, we started selling Candy Bars at the Circulation Desk and have now sold over 800 of them! Thank you all so much for the support! Since you seem to like the candy so well, we will probably continue this fundraiser throughout the year. We also take requests for different candy, in case you have any ideas.

But we’re not done yet! The Team would still like to raise more money to support this excellent cause.

This week, we started putting up our Owls. Supporters can post an owl for $1 donation at the Circulation and Children’s Desks. Colored pencils and crayons are available in the Children’s Department for anyone who would like to color their owl before we post it on our service desks. Bake Sale Teaser Table

Tomorrow, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, we will be having a Bake Sale. All baked goods will be available for a donation. Simply give what you can to show your support of the American Cancer Society’s efforts in cancer research and awareness.

On May 23, during the Canal Dover Parade, we will have refreshments available outside the library for a goodwill donation to Relay for Life. Hot dogs, chips, and cold water, plus the aforementioned candy bars (those will still be $1). So, if you’re in the parade or watching the parade, stop by for a snack!

Owl PostThank you for your support of our Relay for Life Team thus far, and we hope to see you at these and more of our upcoming events, especially Relay for Life on May 30.

– Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian & Relay for Life Team Captain 2015

Money Smart Week 2015

Money Smart 2015I don’t think there is any denying that we can all do a little better managing our finances. From debt management to saving to investing to educating our young ones, money management can be a huge struggle for people. In an effort combat these issues, the library has partnered with the American Library Association to present a week of financial literacy programs.  Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign  that is designed to help consumers better their personal finances. Check out these programs; there’s something for everybody!

Timelord Economics, Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 PM
Teens are invited to come and learn about trade and money through the ages. Teens will craft a barter bracelet out of beads, trade resources in the Old West, and balance a modern checkbook.

Get Out of Debt, Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM
Join credit counseling expert Fred Weingarth from the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union for this informative program about the importance of getting out of debt and managing credit. Participants will pick up tools, tips, encouragement and more.

Give-Save-Spend with the Three Little Pigs, Friday, April 24 at 4:30 PM
Children ages 5-10 and parents are invited to come and learn a practical and kid-friendly approach to managing money. Each child participating will be given their very own give-save-spend bank.

Drive-Thru-Shred Event, Saturday, April 25 from 12:00-2:00 PM
Members of the community are invited to bring their unwanted personal files, old financial statements and paperwork for professional shredding and recycling. This event is free but donations to the library will be accepted. This event is not for businesses and a three box limit per person is appreciated.

For more information about any of the library’s Money Smart Week programs or to register, please contact the library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.


-Jim Gill, Director

Take Me To Your Reader

HSmartphoneey, Guess What?! You can read a book on your phone! And, you can listen to a book on your phone.

I may be a little behind on the times, but I just discovered this wonderful feature when I got rid of my dummy phone in favor of a smartphone.

Your library card is your passport to adventure, and with a smartphone, you can go anywhere, anytime.

With the Dover Public Library’s two, count ‘em, TWO, ebook collections, The Ohio Digital Library and Axis 360, the sky’s the limit to the books you can access. (Actually, the sky is not the limit, as you can download the books on the ground then take them on the plane with you.) These collections, listed under “Downloadables” and “eBooks” on our website are your ticket to books for your computer, iPad, MP3 player, Kindle, and your smartphone.

This is such a great way to continue the reading experience anywhere and everywhere you go.axis icon

If you need help with our ebook collections, we can get you started. We here at the Dover Public Library are ready to take you your reader.

Check out all our links under Downloadables to see what audiobooks, movies, TV shows, magazines, and more wait for you in our collections.

Happy eReading!

Adult Services


Monday, Monday…

Bah dah, bah dah dah dah. So many songs have been written about this most hated day of the week that you can find one to suit practically any musical taste. The first one to pop into my head when I hear the word “Monday” is the one written by John Phillips for The Mamas and the Papas. Don’t ask me why, it’s not even from my generation. I am also a fan of Wilco and John Prine; here is a link if you want to explore the variety of artists caught with “a case of the Mondays:” http://antonk.com/music/songs-about-monday/



Why am I talking about Monday? Because it is now my favorite day of the week. I get to spend my Mondays at Dover Public Library in our fabulous new local history room, The Roots Cellar, and I invite you to come to the library and check it out! We are located in the basement right next to the Book Cellar, in the old community room area. Here you will find Dover High School Yearbooks and City Directories, books on the history of Tuscarawas County, including notable places and people, genealogy books, general Ohio reference books, war rosters, and archival collections. Unfortunately these materials do not circulate, but you are welcome to come and browse the collection during The Roots Cellar’s hours:


Monday: 12:30-4, 5-8

Tuesday: 5-8


If you would like to look at something from the collection when the room is closed, no problem! Ask at the front desk and staff will be happy to retrieve a title for you to enjoy upstairs in the main reading room.

So, if you are stuck in the middle of John Prine’s loooooong Monday and want to break up the monotony, come visit me in The Roots Cellar and see what there is to learn about your hometown.


Claire Kandle

Local History & Genealogy Librarian