DPL Blog

Graphic Novels in Hollywood

The Walking DeadA patron asked me for season two of The Walking Dead last week. As I placed the hold, I read the info on the DVD and realized something I didn’t know before. The Walking Dead was a graphic novel before it was a hit TV show! That got me thinking… what other graphic novels are on the big screen? Some I remember from when I was a kid; Batman, Superman… I remember watching some of these when I was in Junior High. So then I started thinking, okay, Batman, Superman, Hulk, Wonder Woman. Comic books are everywhere! We still have these in the Young Adult area of the library, and they were around when I was young.  Now we have the graphic novel, and more and more authors are releasing their series in graphic novel form. The author Janet Evanovich has some, and Game of Thrones has an epic series of graphic novel adaptations as well.  Not to mention all the great graphic novels in the YA section! 

(Our Teen Librarian wants me to mention that, for the record, the Evanovich and George R.R. Martin graphic novels are NOT in the Young Adult section… if you’ve seen Game of Thrones on HBO, you know why)

So, let’s do another contest. How many movies on the big screen are from comic books or graphic novels? Bring in the list to me in the month of October, and the person who has the most will win a prize. Good Luck, and thanks for reading and playing along!



Adult Department

Our library has a history worth celebrating!

balloonJoin us in front of the library tomorrow at 2:00 as we unveil Dover Public Library’s brand new historical marker from Ohio History Connection (To learn more about Ohio’s historical marker program, visit www.remarkableohio.org). The marker will commemorate the fact that we have been a part of the community of Dover for over 100 years. I will present a brief history of the library at the ceremony, which is taking place on the 61st anniversary of the dedication of the building cornerstone. Color slides of the cornerstone ceremony from September 26, 1954 will be on display in the community room during the reception.


balloonHistory buffs: if you are interested in the finer details of the library’s history, come explore our archival collection, “Dover Public Library: A History.” You can see the original color slides, a collection of prints drawn by cartoonist James Harrison Donahey for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1931, a recipe file created by librarian Eliza J. Justice,  and copies of a library history, draft and final, written by Corita Syler and placed in the library cornerstone. There is also a chronological collection of newspaper articles about Dover Public Library, and a special library issue of The Daily Reporter published September 17, 1955. The finding aid for this collection is online, and the materials are located in The Roots Cellar.




A final note: This library wouldn’t have survived without the support of the people of Dover, and it stands today as a symbol of Dover’s love for its community. So come out and show your support as we celebrate the Dover Public Library and look forward to the next 100 years!                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

– Claire Kandle, local history & genealogy librarian





Rereading a new favorite: The Golem and the Jinni

I don’t know about you, but I love rereading books. It’s kind of like hanging out with an old friend you haven’t seen in awhile: you know them so well, but forget just how much you enjoy spending time with them until you’re back together again. Every time I reread a book, I find something new in it. It took me years of reading Harry Potter to fully appreciate all of the hilarious puns and wordplays, and I still find a new one (or an old one I’d forgotten) every time I read it again.

My most recent reread is a book that I only discovered about a year ago. Unlike my old favorites, no copies of this book have been worn out and replaced from repeated readings. In fact, I’m reading it for only the second time. The book, entitled The Golem and the Jinni, is (sadly) the only novel by author Helene Wecker. After only two readings, I can say with confidence that it is one of my favorites. The characters are believable, the writing lyrical, and the story is absolutely beautiful. This is the sort of book that makes me sit in my car for an extra half hour before heading in for dinner to finish up a few extra pages.

Golem-the-JinniThe Golem and the Jinni follows the lives of two creatures living as humans immigrants in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The Golem, a clay woman brought to life on the crossing from Danzig, must deal with the constant clamor of the unspoken fears and desires of all those around her after the untimely death of her master. Her unique makeup constantly illustrates the importance of tempering one’s own desires so as to avoid hurting others. The Jinni, a creature of fire and impulse who inhabited the deserts of Syria over a 1000 years earlier, awakens in the shop of the tinsmith who unwittingly freed him from imprisonment in a flask. Bound to human form by an iron cuff on one wrist, the Jinni chafes at the restraints of society and at the idea that his actions should reflect anything other than his own selfish desires. The two creatures, one immensely old and the other incredibly young, meet one evening on the streets of the city and immediately recognize each other as Other.  “You’re made of earth,” he says. “And you’re made of fire,” she replies. They begin a tentative friendship, spending the long evenings (neither sleeps) exploring the wonders of the city around them. With each other, they can finally be honest about their very natures and the daily struggles that arise from them.

This novel starts slow and builds gradually as it goes on. Several storylines are woven together, including the last weeks of the Jinni’s life before imprisonment at the hands of a Syrian wizard, the Jinni’s modern-day seduction of a young socialite, and the pair’s increasingly intertwined lives in New York. The ending, which manages to be heart-pounding without ever feeling rushed, is satisfying and fits well with the novel as a whole.

As I reread The Golem and the Jinni, I am struck again at the beauty of the language. I remembered the story from my first reading, but somehow forgot that the way this story is told is nearly as lovely as the story itself. If you enjoy listening to audiobooks (or are looking for one to try), this is a fantastic find. The narrator completely embodies each character, while capturing the lyrical nature of the writing itself. This is a fabulous book, and I look forward to rereading it again in the future.

-Kathryn Green, Technology Manager.


Every week, I hold a library program for teens in grades 6-12. Most of them are on the younger end of the spectrum, which means most of them weren’t even alive fourteen years ago for the terrorist attacks of 9/11. For someone who experienced the event, felt the ripples and the heartache from afar, that’s hard for me to fathom.

Fourteen years ago, I was sitting in my Freshman English class when the announcement came on that there had been an attack on the World Trade Center. A few of my classmates didn’t even know what the World Trade Center was.

It’s still hard for me to talk about 9/11. Thinking about that day still brings tears to my eyes, which, since I’m sitting here watching some teens play Minecraft while trying to write this, makes things a little awkward here in the Tech Room. I remember hearing stories about people stuck in the towers, some huddled together in prayer, others choosing to jump. I remember hearing the incredible story of United Airlines Flight 93 and wondering what I would do were I a passenger on a hijacked plane. It was the first time I recognized what true hatred looked like, and what true bravery in the face of that hatred could do. 

The teens I talk to every Tuesday may not remember when 9/11 happened, but they’ll learn about it. They’ll learn in the classroom, from their families, and from sites like Newseum.org. Newseum.org’s Archive from the 9/11 attacks documents front pages from across the country and around the globe in the aftermath of the attacks. The unforgettable images of the towers burning below headlines in a variety of languages illustrate the way the attacks shook the entire world. And the world will never forget.


Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian



One Book, One Community 2015

One Book, One CommunityWhen the kids head back to school and the late summer days get a tad bit shorter and the nights a bit colder you know that it is that time again.  One Book, One Community, our county’s community-wide reading initiative, kicks off each September and runs through Columbus Day, October 12. One Book, One Community is a grass-roots reading initiative that strives to create conversation and bridge differences through the share experience  of reading the same book. This year, schools, libraries, book clubs, community agencies and more are joining together to read and discuss Jay Asher’s bestselling novel, Thirteen Reasons Why.  The book is controversial because it tells the story surrounding an incident where a teen girl takes her own life. Mental health is a huge angle of this year’s project so the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition, the primary organization planning the project, is excited to partner with area mental health agencies, namely Community Mental Healtchare and the ADAHMS Board. For complete information about this year’s project, click here.  Join the conversation!

-Jim Gill, Director

Vera, Car 54, and Inter Library Loans

VeraI have been watching a BBC series called Vera. We don’t have this particular series at our library, but that’s where Inter Library Loan (or ILL) comes in! At the Dover Public Library, we can pull from over two hundred twenty other libraries to find, request, and send to our library. This DVD series is based on the mystery books by the author Ann Cleeves. (Check out her books!)The setting is in Scotland, and anything Scotland related, I’m interested. The scenery is beautiful. The stories are great, and they keep you guessing. The Main character is DCI Vera Stanhope, a rude, abrupt, no nonsense older woman who has her own personal issues. But, she gets the job done. I would recommend this series for all mystery lovers. both the books and the DVD’s.

Car 54 First Season
Again with the Inter Library Loan, my husband and I were talking about TV shows that we watched when we were kids. One was Car 54 Where are You? I was able to get the first season from another library. If you remember this show, and the character who made a two word phrase famous, come to the front desk and ask for me. If you correctly say the phrase, I will give you a little gift. The first one who answers correctly wins!


Thanks for reading this little blog, and remember, we are here for you and your favorite books, TV shows, and more, at Dover Public Library.


Adult Services

Calling all Genealogists…

Next Saturday Dover Public Library will host an introductory course in Genealogy. For those of you who want to learn the best ways to trace your family history, I strongly recommend it. But if you are unable to attend, I would like to draw your attention to some new circulating materials we have in The Roots Cellar that will help you as you search the past.


It’s true, most items in The Roots Cellar are for library use only. But we do have a collection of periodicals that circulate just like regular magazines: they can be checked out for 1 week with up to 2 renewals. One I would like to draw your attention to is Family Tree Magazine. The May/June 2015 issue features helpful articles such as “8 hidden clues to ID old photos,” “10 ways to connect with distant cousins,” and “Complete guide to old tax records.”


Another title available for circulation is “Ohio History,” the journal of Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society). Here history buffs can read scholarly articles on topics such as leftist activism at John Carroll University in the late 1960’s (“Peace be with you” by Michael Daniel Goodnough in the 2015 issue) or how Columbus, Ohio was a leader in implementing a water system that serves as a basis for models used today all over the world (“Water in the shaping of Columbus, Ohio, 1812-1912” by Mansel G. Blackford in the same issue).


We also have current issues of the following, all available to read in the comfort of your own home:


National Genealogical Society Quarterly

NGS Magazine

Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly

Ohio Genealogy News

Tuscarawas Pioneer Footprints (Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society newsletter)

Echoes (Ohio History Connection: this publication gives dates and descriptions of Ohio history programs throughout the state, as well as a feature story in Ohio history)


So if you want to bone up on current topics in local history and genealogy, stop into The Roots Cellar the next time you visit Dover Public Library and take a little history home with you.


The Roots Cellar is open Mondays from 12:30-4 and 5-8, Wednesdays 1-4 and 5-8, and Saturdays by appointment.