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Check out our new Playaway Launchpad Tablets!

I have just begun a major shift in my career. Not a change of libraries, but a change of departments:  instead of working in local history, I now work in the children’s department. I consider myself truly lucky to have this opportunity to work with Miss Dani and Miss Syrena. And since I have 2 little girls of my own, I am grateful for the greater exposure I now have to materials that I can try out on my willing guinea pigs at home.




A recent success at my house was the new educational tablets, Playaway Launchpads, recently added to the children’s department. These are hand held screens about the size of a kindle (but thicker) that come pre-loaded with a bunch of educational games and apps that the kids can explore. My four-year-old quickly became enamored with her tablet, and we spent hours together popping number balloons and sorting colors – the tablets will even read you a story!  The best part is that we have tablets for all ages, so as she grows she can keep checking them out and finding new games to challenge her intellect.



One of the dangers of working in a library is that your house can quickly become buried in books. Especially children’s books in my case. With one tablet I can have the benefit of many books, along with stimulating games. So maybe I don’t need to check out so many books, right? Ha! Well anyway, these Playaway Launchpads are worth a look, so take one home the next time you visit us in the children’s department. You and your child will not be disappointed!

Mortimer the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red nosed reinderRudolph the red-nosed reindeer here!  I am so important because I lead Santa’s sleigh!  Yeah, LEAD the sleigh!  That’s right, I’m a VERY important Moose…errr, I mean reindeer.  And I fly!  How cool is that?!  My mom was just telling me the other day, “Mortimer, you are a very important moose!”  Oh, I meant “Rudolph” instead of Mortimer.  Oh, and “reindeer” instead of moose.  Flying so much makes me forgetful.

Anyway, I want to tell you that my best bud Santa will be here at the library Thursday, December 15th for pictures and stories and ho ho ho’s!  Yea Santa!  I’m sure he will ask me to light up the whole room with my bright nose, which might be too bright for inside, so maybe not.  Still, it will be an awesome evening!  I’ll see you here at 5:45!  Oh, and don’t forget to call and sign up!  Just tell them you heard it from Mortimer the red-nosed reindeer!  No, I mean Rudolph the red-nosed moose.  No, wait…

Just come, and we’ll work out the details later…

Black Friday Sale!


red bow with ribbon50% Off Fines!

Friday, November 25th

from 9:00 AM – Noon

Get a Clean Slate from the Library for Half the Cost. Pay Half of your Overdue Fines, Lost, or Damaged Fees and Clear your Account! Pay any amount with Cash or Check. Pay fines over $5 with Debit or Credit Cards. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for Details. 

Come Write In!

cat writing at a deskIt’s almost November! And that means it’s almost NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo? What’s that? How do you say it?

It’s National Novel Writing Month, the month when writers everywhere try to write a whole 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I’ll save you the math: that’s about 1,667 words a day, for 30 days. For a normal typist (40 words per minute), that’s about 42 minutes of straight typing per day. And it’s pronounced “Nan – Oh – Wry – Mo.” As the organization says on their website, “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

This year, the Dover Public Library is offering up our Lounge as a Come Write In location. That means you can stop in and use our Lounge as a quiet space to write any time during NaNoWriMo. As always, the Lounge will remain available to the public unless it has been reserved by an organization.

In addition to the Lounge being available the whole month, we’re also hosting several scheduled events for writers to meet, get inspiration, and write.

  • Tuesday, November 1, 6pm – 8pm in the Lounge: Come write your first 1,667 words
  • Saturday, November 5, 2pm – 5pm in the Community Room: Come double your daily word count with us
  • Friday, November 11, 2pm – 5pm in the Community Room: Keep up the great work and log your progress
  • Friday, November 18 from 2pm – 5pm in the Lounge: Come Write In and get inspired by other participants
  • Monday, November 28, 6pm – 8pm  in the Community Room: Sprint to the finish this week to WIN
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6pm – 8pm in the Community Room: Meet your 50,000 word goal tonight



Happy NaNoWriMo!


Teen Librarian


Staff Retreat 2016

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  –Winston Churchill

Dover Public Library Staff Photo October 10 2016Last Monday, Columbus Day, the library was closed for its annual Fall Retreat. This day is so important for the library and for the library staff because it gives us all a chance to go off-site and to come together as a staff through fellowship and training. All jobs have their “moments,” of course, and the public library world is no exception. Working with the public can be difficult and keeping up in an ever-changing library landscape is and always will be challenging. But at the annual Fall Retreat, we have the chance to learn and share and grow and be inspired. This year, we visited the Schiappa Branch of the Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. It was fun to explore their library-which seemed like a new building, despite being constructed in the 1980’s. Their staff was amazing and it was incredible and eye-opening to see how they do things. After a great lunch (you must have Scaffidi’s in Steubenville) we talked about the changes facing our library: new staff, a fundraising campaign for a big building remodel, and that ever-present thing called change. We laughed, we shared, and yes–we even cried a little. In the end, as we drove back home on State Route 250 past beautiful Tappan Lake, we felt renewed in a way that was long overdue. It is such a blessing to work with men and women at the Dover Public Library and it is moments like the Fall Retreat that make it undeniable that I am where I am supposed to be. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Dover Public Library. I truly have the best staff a library director could ask for.

A vision becomes reality.

It’s not often that what you dream keeps its shape when the dream takes physical form. The real world plays havoc with your visions, and what you get at the end, while it may be satisfying, usually looks quite a bit different.


I am pleased to say that our first edition of Tapestries of Tuscarawas County, a book of living memories, has taken shape and finally come to fruition. The best part? I couldn’t have dreamed it any better.

ttcThe stories in the book are from Tuscarawas County locals, sharing memories of childhood, adulthood, and old age. Those of us who live here will recognize descriptions of Tuscora Park, the county fair, and the homey, small-town feel of most of the stories. There are descriptions of growing up in town versus growing up in the country, people who made a difference in someone’s life, and sometimes even crazy surprises that can shock and amaze. “Only in T County,” I was tempted to say a few times.


What impresses me most about this book written by my neighbors is that so many of the stories dig down deep to the heart of what it means to me to live in Tuscarawas County, and I am a person whose love for my hometown came late. I was raised here, and as soon as I could, I fled. I lived all around Ohio, Arizona, and California, but eventually something brought me back home. And a bit of what drew me back like a magnet can be read in between the lines of this book. We all have our struggles and our bad days we long to escape, but home is something that grows up around you when you’re not looking. It steadies you, calms you, and gives you courage. It can be hard to search for and hard to define, but you know it when you’re there. That’s what reading this book does for me. It tells me I’m home.


Look for copies to be available this fall at Dover Public Library – for only $8 you can share the experience of the place that you call home through the eyes of others who feel the same way. Join us at the book reception, Saturday November 5 at 6:00 p.m. to get your copy before they are gone!


– Claire Kandle

Local History Librarian

Super Mortimer to the Rescue! With Candy!

Super Mortimer CertifiedHello!  Mortimer here again!  Maybe you didn’t recognize me because I am in costume!  I am SUPER MORTIMER, to the rescue!  Why?  Well, because Halloween is next month and I have to get ready!

Ok, so Halloween is when you dress up in a disguise and go trick-or-treating to get candy!  Yay!  I thought about dressing up like a moose again this year, because moose are my favorite animal, but then I know you wouldn’t recognize me at all and I might miss you.  So I will be Super Mortimer instead!

I want to walk in Dover’s Halloween Parade with the Dover Public Library’s little Tornadoes Reading Club on October 26 at 6:00 if my mom says it is ok!  If we walk in the parade, we will get our very own bag of candy!   Will you be there?  YOU could dress up like a moose!  How cool would that be?

If you didn’t do the Little Tornadoes Reading Club, (why not???) you could still come watch me walk in the parade!  I will give you extra candy if you yell something awesome like, “long live the moose!”  Yes, that will be our secret candy code!  When I hear you yell that, I will rush over with extra candy and next year you’ll walk in the parade with me!  Yay!

-Mortimer the Moose