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End of Summer Reading — Beginning of Little Tornadoes Reading Club

Mortimer Moose here again!  Did you miss me?  I have some very bad news today – I did not win any summer reading prizes.  Bummer.  Good news – I read a lot of great books and got a FREE book to keep!  Yay for free books!  Did you get a free book?  Can I read yours?  Please?  I think I will win lots of prizes next year, since moose are usually very lucky.

I am excited about the fall Footnotes that will come out in the fall, I believe.  There are lots of new programs to get me by until the next summer reading.  I wonder when fall reading starts.  And winter reading and spring reading? WHAT?!  There is only SUMMER reading?!  I’m going to go into prize withdraw!  Medic!  Medic!

Little Tornadoes Reading Club LogoOh, wait! I almost forgot about the Little Tornadoes Reading Club! That’s just as good as a fall reading program. Not only do we get to read sports books, everyone who finishes the drills will get football game tickets, a club t-shirt, and a membership card! There’s also some great events for club members like a Gridiron story time with the Dover Tornadoes! So awesome! I’ll let the other events be a surprise. *Moose Wink*

Come visit the Children’s Department and tell Miss Jen you want to sign up for the Little Tornadoes Reading Club! Then we’ll be in a club together! How fun will that be?

Your Pal,

Mortimer Moose

Volunteer of the Month: Carl

volunteer Carl with boxCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for August: Carl!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

3 Years


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

A way to give back to the community


Who are some of your favorite authors?


Box, Baldacci, Patterson, Gavis, Deaver, Sanford, Castillo


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

Just being around the library and talking with the staff


Thank you for all your help, Carl!


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

5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years

Snakes in the Library Poster

One of my favorite posters for one of my favorite events: Snakes in the Library!

This July, I’m celebrating 5 wonderful years working at the Dover Public Library. I feel like it was only yesterday that I did my first official teen program (Silent Library) and had fifteen people show up (five were registered). I’ve learned a lot during my time here, much more than what I learned in Library School. Since I’m celebrating 5 years, here are my top 5 things I’ve learned while working here.

  1. Microsoft Publisher is the Bomb

A few years back, Jim asked me to take over designing the library’s newsletter, Footnotes. I was excited for the challenge. I got to learn fabulous new tricks on Publisher like Master Pages and Color Schemes, tools I hadn’t needed in the past. Before I started at the library, I was all about Photoshop. Now I barely use it. Publisher is where it’s at for posters and other random library projects.

  1. Minecraft May Be the Best Game Ever Invented

    Minecraft Screenshot

    A screenshot preview of my Platform 9 3/4 for this summer’s Minecraft Lock-In

I see a lot of Minecraft in the Library. I was sceptical at first about this game that looks a lot like LEGOs and has no rules, no plot, and no guide. Then I tried it. Because there are no rules, no plot, no guide, you can make the game whatever you want it to be. It makes you think: What do I need to survive? It lets you get creative: What can I build now? It lets you fight a dragon. Beat that, LEGOs.

  1. Teaching a Tech Class is Not as Hard as Teaching Mom to Play a Video Game

I was very nervous the first time I had to teach a tech class. I obsessed about getting everything exactly perfect. Since that first class (on eBooks, by the way), I’ve chilled out a bit. I finally figured out that if I have the patience to walk my mom through playing Skylanders, I have the patience to help people learn how to make a poster in Publisher. (Love you, Mom.)

  1. When in Doubt: Google

I feel many a researcher cringing at this one. BUT: how do I start numbering pages at 1 in the middle of a Publisher document? Why is this error coming up on a patron’s Kindle? How can I unlock my iPad when it’s asking me for a passcode that I never even set up? Google knows! For tech support especially, Google is my best friend. That’s something they neglected to mention in school.

  1. Teen Volunteers at Haunted Library Program

    Awesome Teen Volunteers hanging out at the Haunted Library event last year.

    Teens are Awesome

In Library School, one of my professors said that to work with teens you have to have a thick skin. This worried me because
no one in my life would describe me as “thick-skinned.” But I’ve learned something in five years of actually working with teens: they’re not half as bad as you think they are. Yes, they like their food. Yes, they can be loud. Yes, they sometimes make incredibly awful jokes about Hitler. (Why Hitler? I… don’t know.) BUT they will also play with balloons and play dough, give you ideas for programs they want to do, and help you vacuum the Community Room. Throw in Phantom of the Opera themed Gingerbread Houses, Pac-Man themed volcanoes, and a new cosplay outfit every week, and you’ve got some idea of how awesome teens are.


So, that’s it, folks. The things only Dover Public Library could teach me. Thank you for a great five years. Here’s to many, many more!


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian


Volunteer of the Month: Judy

JudyCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for July! Thank you for all that you do to help the library, Judy!

How long have you been volunteering at the library?

Around three years

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

I love to read and have been coming to this library for around 25 years. The staff is great. After I retired I thought it would be a great place to volunteer.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read many authors who write books about the Amish. I also like James Patterson, Jude Deveraux, and Linda Castillo.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

Working with the staff and the feeling that I can help out.


Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication to the library, Judy. We can’t thank you and our other excellent volunteers enough for everything that you do!

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

Confessions of a Bibliomaniac

Reading book

I admit it.  I am a borderline bibliomaniac. I not only love to read, but I love to be around books and around people who love books. I love the culture surrounding books, and bookshops, and libraries.  When I go into someone’s house I scan the shelves to see what books they have. When I walk downtown to get something for lunch I walk with one eye on the cracks on the sidewalk and one eye on the book I am reading.  I am sure people drive by and see me with my nose in a book and think, “There goes that crackpot library guy.”  But that’s OK because I know that my life is much, much richer because of reading.  I can honestly say that I have never been bored a day in my life. If I have some free time with nothing to do I am usually reading, going to a library, or to a bookshop.  To be honest, I don’t understand people that don’t read.  When I think of the time people spend watching television or playing video games I can’t help but think that each and every one us has a limited amount of time on this earth and the last thing I would be doing when the clock is ticking is spending that time staring at the one-eyed monster in the living room.  Books inspire me. The Bible, for example, challenges me to live a life of value, loving and serving others.  Books can help you get out of a rut in your life. They can help create opportunity and sometimes they serve as pure entertainment. Is there anything better than a good page-turner on a rainy night, coffee or tea on hand?  I can’t think of much.  As the saying goes…never trust anyone who’s TV is bigger than their bookshelf.”  Read on, my friends!

-Jim Gill, Director

New resource for genealogists

I would like to draw your attention to a new donation that I recently processed that has some great information for people searching for their ancestors. The collection is titled “Archinal Papers,” and it is available for viewing in The Roots Cellar, currently open Thursdays from 9-5.

People who are members of St. John’s German Evangelical Church will possibly find photos of their parents and grandparents in the church registers that were donated with the collection. Anyone researching the names Archinal, Scarr, Thomas, Kirschner, Olinger, and Umberger will find a wealth of research notes and family trees, some which have been published in family histories, also located with the collection materials.

You can view the finding aid for this collection (including a folder list) here: ArchinalPapersFindingAid

Or visit the Local History & Genealogy collections page of our website: http://www.doverlibrary.org/local-history-genealogy/local-history-collections/

Stop in on Thursdays to view this most recent addition to our growing collection!


Happy Hunting,

-Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Volunteer of the Month: Erica

EricaCongrats to our Volunteer of the Month for June, Erica! Thank you for your dedication and support of the library!


How long have you been volunteering at the library?

A little over a year


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

I was a nurse for many years and the past few years I was a home health nurse. I quit working and really missed seeing patients. This volunteer position lets me visit people in their homes, and I get to share my love of reading!


Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jodi Picoult, Mauve Binchy, Lisa Genova, Dorothy Koomson, Jame Patterson, Jojo Moyes, Mary Lawson, Brett Lott, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, etc. ^^ I also like many biographies and autobiographies and nonfiction including authors Lysa Terkewist, Beth Moore, and Joyce Meyers. And, of course, the Bible.


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

It is so fun to bring books to people who are unable to get to the library. They can’t wait to see what’s packed in the bag. Patrons and their families are so appreciative. I am so thankful to be a part of this program.


Thank you for all your hard work, Erica! We’re so very grateful to you and all our other wonderful volunteers who make our Books on Wheels program and our library run more smoothly.


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