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Tapestries of Tuscarawas County 2017   Recently updated !

ttcHello T-County neighbors!  Our library is looking for submissions for the second edition of the literary magazine, Tapestries of Tuscarawas County!   We are compiling stories for publication in a book as part of an ongoing oral history project.  This project is a vibrant book that captures what it is like to live in Tuscarawas County and we hope you can help.  If you have a strong memory of your life that you can share with us in the form of a letter or email, you could be included in this book–and may even win a cash prize!  Each story provided will be a thread, and each thread will be woven together with stories from friends, family, and neighbors to contribute to a rich tapestry that expresses the varied beauty of our individual lives. This book will display a collection of stories and art of and from Tuscarawas County in its second edition!

Submission Form


How do I contribute?

You can contribute by sharing your stories with us! There are several ways to do this: You can write us a letter. You can dictate your story to a loved one. You can record it at a family gathering. It can be handwritten, typed, or emailed. All we ask is that the final submissions are kept to 2,000 words or less.


What if I’m not a very good writer?

Stories are not judged based on writing ability, but on interest and relation to our county, and our editor will help make them ready for publication. You will get a chance to review the edited version before it is published.


writer illustrationWhat should I write about?

Anything! Your best/worst memory, something embarrassing that happened, something that changed your life, something that stands out to you as a representative example of your youth or adulthood in Tuscarawas County. The stories must adhere to only two rules: they must be true, and they must not harm anyone in the telling. See the reverse side for some prompt questions to help you get started. More questions can be found at https://storycorps.org/great-questions/


How can I win the cash prize?

The editing team at the Dover Public Library will award the top prize to the most appealing story. Writing ability is NOT a factor. There is no cost to submit a story, and you are under no obligations.


When can I get the book?

Tapestries of Tuscarawas County will be released in the fall of 2017. Contributors will receive a free copy. It will also be available at Dover Public Library and other local libraries and historical societies. Write your letter today! You can be proud to be a part of this valuable addition to our local living history.  Deadline for submission is August 1, 2017.

If you have questions about this project, please contact Kellie Pleshinger at kpleshin@ashland.edu or by calling the library at 330-343-6123

A Day in the Life

Library Linda says Fabulous Dover Public Library Books on WheelsWhat are you doing in that “tiny room” by the back door?

I’m Linda Toohey the Outreach Librarian and I’m asked that a lot. Big things happen in that” tiny room”. For instance, did you know that over 100 people throughout our community get items delivered right to their door?

Being the Outreach Librarian, I am responsible for making sure our homebound patrons are still able to make use of our library. I keep records of what each of these individuals like to read and maintain a reading list for them. I then select items for them. Whether they like books, CDs, DVDs or magazines, it doesn’t matter. Whatever is available in the library is also available to our homebound patrons as well. Then I check these items out for them and put them in a bag with their name on them. Then these bags get crated up for delivery. With the help of some very reliable volunteers we deliver these bags to the patrons and pick up what they are finished with. Everything then comes back to the library where I unload and check everything back in.

In my spare time, I also do research for entertaining and educational programs that I compose and present at the area care facilities and the Senior Center. So although you might not see a lot of me, I am doing a lot for the people of our community that can’t make it to the library.

Stop by to say “hi” and see the big things that happen in that “tiny room”!   

Beautiful You

Beautiful You Pink Flower
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
at the Dover Public Library
All ages are welcome to join us for this free community event!
This Mother’s Day Weekend, the Dover Public Library is hosting a wonderful new event to celebrate all the women in our lives. This special event has taken a lot of work and dedication by Library Assistant Nayla Pica. This project has been her baby, and I’ve been lucky enough to watch it grow under her careful watch over the last several months. From contacting local businesses for support to recruiting inspirational speakers and local vendors to gathering an amazing stash of raffle prizes, Nayla has done everything in her power to make sure this event is like nothing the Dover Public Library has ever seen before.
Nayla once called me a Rock Star. I’m not the only one. Beautiful You definitely puts her in the Library Rock Star Hall of Fame.
I hope you can make it this Saturday to congratulate Nayla on her awesomeness. Come prepared to be inspired, unveil your strengths, restore your energy, make memories, and more. And don’t forget, those first 50 guests will receive a special prize.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
-Liz Strauss
Teen Librarian

Beautiful You Line-Up

Events in the Community Room
10:00 AM – Superwomen by Linda Toohey
11:00 AM – Beauty in Diversity by the Latino Cultural Connection
12:00 PM – Live Music by the Kodachrome Babies
1:00 PM – Dancing Through Life by Berlina Artzner-Gordon
2:00 PM – Healthy Cooking Demonstration by Mary Marshall
3:00 PM – Life & Forgiveness by Becki Reiser
4:00 PM – The Amazing Influential Woman that You Never Knew You Were by Cherie Bronkar
Reserve your seat by calling the Library at 330-343-6123!

Children’s Activities in the Story Room
10:00 AM – Learning Sign Language
3:00 PM – Mother’s Day Craft
4:00 PM – Mother’s Day Craft

It’s National Children’s Book Week!




How you can Celebrate:

  • Create a love of books as early as possible! Bring in your child (birth – prekindergarten) and register them for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program: they earn incentive prizes along the way, and we track their progress at the library and on Facebook. Visit Miss Claire in the Children’s Department for questions about this fabulous reading program!
  • Bring in your child dressed as his or her favorite book character this week, and he or she will receive a prize!
  • Explore and discover: Challenge your child to read a new book this week, something they’ve never read before and know very little about.
  • Vote for your favorite book of the year in the Children’s Department this week! More information about the program and finalists can be found here.



Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.

Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly who believed that “a great nation is a reading nation,” and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children’s Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1944, the newly-established Children’s Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children’s Book Week. In 2008, Children’s Book Week moved from November to May. At that time, the administration of Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creating original materials, was transferred to Every Child a Reader, CBC’s charitable arm.


Join me in becoming a @CBCBook Children’s Book Week Champion, celebrating children’s books and the joy of reading!





Liz’s Library Jargon Glossary

Hello, Patrons! Ever start talking to one of us here at the library and get the sense that we’re actually speaking a different language? Well, here are some commonly used Librarian phrases and their meanings.

  1. Patron: (n) A person who uses the library. AKA: You! Other libraries also use the words “Customer” or “User.” We prefer “Patron” because without your support, or patronage, we wouldn’t have a Library to begin with.
  2. Processing: (v) The task of getting items ready to be checked out. This includes adding labels, bar-codes, and stamps to the materials and putting the record in the system.
  3. Polaris: (n) Our computer system. It houses all of our records for every item we circulate and all of our patrons. (No wonder we get stressed out when “Polaris” goes down!)
  4. ILL: Inter-Library-Loan; (v) the process of borrowing a book from a different library. We contact the other library, check it out (as if we were a patron), have it sent to us, add it temporarily to Polaris, then call the Patron who requested it. (n) An item that has been obtained from another library. Learn More.
  5. Weeding: (v) The process of removing books that are outdated, no longer circulate, or are in bad shape from the library shelves. No, we are not working outside. But just as a successful garden requires weeding, so does a successful library.

What other words or phrases have you heard us use at the Library?


-Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian

A Day in the Life…

Ever wonder what we do all day? Here’s an inside look at what being a Library Assistant here at Dover Public Library is all about. 


Syrena and Dani at the Story Walk

Syrena and Children’s Librarian Dani at the StoryWalk(r) at Dover City Park

Name: Syrena Troyer

Job Title: Library Assistant


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Cover the Desk for the morning shift’s lunch break. Check patrons out. Check returned items in. Shelve (put away) items that have been returned and checked in.


2:00 – 3:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons.  Process new DVDs. This means putting a record in the computer system and adding labels and a bar-code to the case. Check the Book Drop in the back for books that need checked in and delivered to the Adult Department.


3:00 – 4:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons. Shelve books. Check in returned items. Check the Book Drop.


4:00 – 5:00 PM



5:00 – 7:00 PM

Cover the Desk. Help patrons.  Check in returned items. Check the Book Drops. Shelve all materials that were checked in.



7:00 – 8:00 PM

Work on changing some of our Graphic Novels from Fiction to Non-fiction. Change the labels on said Graphic Novels. Check out and assist patrons. Perform Closing Procedures


What is the best thing about Science Fiction?

Time is wibbly wobbly, space is the final frontier, and the force will be with you, alwaysScience Fiction is one of my favorite genres. I am a Huge fan of H.G. Wells, Orson Scott Card and Star Trek. The crazy thing about Science Fiction is that many of the ideas imagined in science fiction novels and shows exist now in our time and it makes me wonder what new things the science fiction authors of our time will imagine that may one day become a reality.

Here are a few epic things that were imagined by Science Fiction creators before they were invented.

Edward Bellamy predicted Credit Cards in his 1888 novel Looking Backward. The first “universal” credit card was created in 1950 by the Diner’s Club. Jules Verne predicted the electric submarine in his 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He also predicted a manned capsule to the moon in his novel From the Earth to the Moon.

Or how about the internet of today where you can buy, sell, create, play and learn online? There are several writers who described how the internet could work before it became the internet we recognize, including Mark Twain, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams and Orson Scott Card. Do you remember when the internet was mostly message boards and had no pictures? What was the internet like when you first started using it?

If you want to take a smaller step back in history watch The Jetsons and Star Trek. The Jetsons had video calls, tanning lamps, flat screen tvs, and a robot vacuum to name a few. We still haven’t gotten the flying cars we were promised, though. Star Trek had its PADD computer tablets and though we haven’t quite mastered the replicator, we do have 3D printers.

It makes me admire how inventive people are – both those with the imagination and those with skill to make fiction a reality. I am looking forward to the future and keeping my fingers crossed for a teleporter!

-Mallory – Library Assistant