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Summer Reading is Coming…

Summer Reading is Coming

Park it AND Read LogoIt’s that time of year… It’s getting hotter, school is winding down, and the library is preparing for the crazy awesome time that is Summer Reading. I’m really excited for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Oh, did I say program? I meant to say Programs. Plural. Because this year, we’re have three.

First of all, of course, is the Children’s Summer Reading Program: Park it AND Read. This summer, read to earn your chances for prizes and check out sports equipment in the Children’s room to have some fun outdoors. Come visit us at the park for fun activities, including the Summer Reading Kick-Off on Monday, June 6 from 2-4. The reading program runs through July 30. Contact the Children’s Department for more details.

Dover Public Library Teens Summer of Awesome reading program June 6 through August 21, 2016Teens get to have a Summer of Awesome this year with great weekly teen events, a Teen Lock-In, and their own Teen Reading Program. Starting June 6, Teens can start earning tickets for each hour that they read, up to four a week. Teens can earn extra tickets by participating in special activities in the teen area. This program runs through August 21. Contact Teen Librarian Liz Strauss for more information.

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Reading LogoFinally, for the first time ever, the Dover Public Library is hosting an Adult Summer Reading Program: Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Reading. Starting June 6 and going through July 30, each time you check out a book you will earn a ticket for the Summer Fun Package. So come to the library and check out all your favorite books and audio books. Magazines, DVDs and CDs do not count. Just books. It is a summer reading program, after all. Contact Paula Fawcett at the Circ Desk with any questions.

It’s going to be a very busy summer at the library! I hope you all join us! This year, there’s no excuses: there’s a reading program for everyone here.


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian

Volunteer of the Month: Aimee

AimeeCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for May: Aimee! Aimee helps our Outreach Librarian Linda with her Books on Wheels Program. Thanks for being such a terrific Book Buddy, Aimee!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Since April 2015


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

  1. Because I love to read!
  2. My grandfather spent some time in a nursing home, and during that time, I saw how great the volunteers were for various things there, and I wanted to give back. When I heard about Books on Wheels, I knew I had to be part of it!


Who are some of your favorite authors?

Judy Blume, James Patterson, Tammy Hoag, Mary Higgins Clark, Gillian Flynn, Lois Lowry, David Baldacci…. Too many to list!


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

  1. Seeing the patrons’ eyes light up when you walk in the room carrying new books
  2. Seeing their faces smile when they realize you’re there to see them. Some of these people don’t have anyone visit them, and we are it.
  3. Talking and having conversations about books!
  4. That I get to get books to people that can’t get to the library
  5. Being able to give back


Thank you for all your hard work, Aimee! Books on Wheels wouldn’t be the same without volunteers like you!

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

Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk 1

Ticket 2016

Saturday, May 7 is the 1st Annual Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk.  The idea is really simple: purchase a Chocolate Walk ticket, receive a Passport for the event, and then on the night of the Chocolate Walk make your way through downtown stopping at each participating business, or Sweet Stop, and receive a nice chocolate treat. When it is all said and done, each Passport holder will have a bag full of unique and tasty chocolate items. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Canal Dover Association, the Chocolate Walk was designed to be an affordable, family-friendly community event that helps promote downtown.  Proceeds from the event benefit efforts to construct the bronze Spirit of Dover statute on the downtown square. The  Dover Public Library is committed to being involved in the community and the Chocolate Walk is a great example of how we are doing that.  Did you miss out on purchasing a ticket this year? Stay tuned, because planning for 2017 is already underway!

$200 Contest deadline fast approaching…

To all of my fellow Tuscarawas County residents :

This is the final week Dover Public Library will be accepting entries for our soon-to-be-published living history book! If you would like to see your story in print and want a chance at the $200 prize, stop in to the library and pick up your entry form at the front desk. Or you can download and print it here: Tapestries of Tuscarawas County

Either way, make sure your entry is returned to Dover Public Library by May 1 for consideration! (Since May 1 happens to be a Sunday, we will accept any sealed envelopes placed in our outside drop box before the library opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 2. We will also accept any mail postdated before May 1.)

If you find it difficult to begin, you can review the prompts on the submission form for story ideas. If you find you are still having trouble, read on for clarification of some issues I have addressed throughout the contest:

  1. This is NOT a history paper. Please don’t send a report detailing the Gnadenhutten Massacre or the building of the Ohio Erie Canal – we’ve heard those stories already! We want to hear a story that is personal to you. Maybe tell us about the first time you went to see Trumpet in the Land performed, or how you remember catching and eating fish from the Tuscarawas River when you were a kid.
  2. You can incorporate a favorite family story, joke, or legend even if the teller is no longer living. If you think your grandmother had a great story about life in Tuscarawas County but she is no longer around to tell it, you can submit that as your story, as long as you give credit where credit is due.
  3. Please don’t submit genealogies. While we are always happy to accept any complied histories of local families for our genealogy collection, this is not what we are asking for in this particular case.

That’s it! Simple, right? And if you contribute, not only will you have a chance to win a $200 or $50 cash prize, but you will be contributing to the historical record, something your great-great-grandchildren will be able to appreciate!


For any further questions, please contact Claire Kandle at (330)343-6123 or email localhistory@doverlibrary.org 


– Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Move with Mortimer this Summer

Coach MortimerWell, Mortimer here again.  I wanted to come here on this computer to tell you about my summer reading program.  It is called “Park it AND Read” because we are teaming up with Dover Park.

But we all know summer reading is all about the Moose. That’s me. Mortimer.

I’m all over this summer reading thing, and I’ve got the scoop. We’re going to have all my favorite programs like LEGO Club (Moose are the best at building, you know), Treats & Treasures (Miss Jen always lets me have a leftover treat ^^), and Art Club (I am the Van Gogh of Moose kind). We’re also going to start checking out sports equipment like bocce ball sets and flag football sets. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure it’s all working properly before we let it circulate. And we’re going to have lots of visitors this summer to talk to us about bike safety, Ohio animals and butterflies, tell stories, and much more!

I’m super excited for  will be the exercise programs called “Movin’ with Mortimer.”  Yes.  That’s me. Did you know that the YMCA is coming HERE to the LIBRARY?!  Well, not the YMCA the building, but YMCA the staff…you know what I mean!  They will teach Zumba and Yoga.  Moose are VERY good at exercise!  But I don’t know much Zumba or Yoga.  You’ll come and help me, right?

Details on all our fun summer programs are coming in the next edition of Footnotes. But you can stop by and ask a non-moose library human for more information any time.  They are pretty nice, even if they don’t have much in the way of fur or antlers!


– Mortimer the Moose

Volunteer of the Month: Paula

Paula HCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for April: Paula! Paula helps us shelve and keep caught up on those busy Mondays here at the library. Thank you, Paula, for everything you do to help our library!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Since last Fall


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

I have always loved books! I always thought that if I won the lottery I would buy a library and live in it!


Who are some of your favorite authors?“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

I like several genres. I’m always trying to expand my horizons, but my favorites are:

  • Classic Fiction: Thomas Hardy
  • Historical Fiction: Michael & Jeff Shaara and Philippa Gregory
  • Faith & Inspiration: Max Lucado and Wayne Dryer
  • And for some good stories: John Grisham, Daniel Silva, and Kurt Vonnegut


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

Working with the staff. Everyone is friendly and greets me with a smile. They are always so appreciative of my time and efforts. It’s a very happy work environment for me. I very much look forward to coming in each week.


And we look forward to seeing your smiling face every week, Paula! Thank you for all your hard work!

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

Keeping your computer safe

CABS-Social-MediaLast night, we had Jeremy Bailey from Kent State Tuscarawas in to discuss ways of keeping your computer and your information safe in the digital environment. In case you missed it, here are some resources with best practices for computer security.

This article has simple, easy-to-follow instructions on a variety of aspects of computer security: http://www.howtogeek.com/173478/10-important-computer-security-practices-you-should-follow/

Phishing attacks are used to try to trick individuals into giving out valuable personal or financial information. The tricky thing is, they often appear to be legitimate requests from people or organizations you recognize. Here’s a link describing how to spot and protect yourself from these common scams: https://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/phishing.htm

GCF Learn Free has some great tutorials on Internet Safety for both adults and kids!



Keeping your computer and your personal information safe can seem like a daunting task. Taking a little time to make yourself more knowledgeable can go a long way in protecting you from common digital threats.

Kathryn Green, Technology Manager