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Relay Season

Dover Public Library Relay for Life Team LogoRelay for Life is 37 days away, and I couldn’t be more excited about our team this year! The theme is “The Magic of Relay,” and, because we’re a Library and we’re awesome, our personal team theme is Harry Potter.

Relay for Life is not a race, though it sounds like one. Relay for Life is a community event to raise money for the American Cancer Society and to raise cancer awareness. Participants form Teams to raise money and compete against each other. It’s all friendly, of course. The real point is to encourage teams to do their best. “Beating” the other teams is just kind of icing on the fundraising cake.

This year’s Relay for Life of Northern Tuscarawas County will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM at Franklin Park in Strasburg. There will be food, games, a silent auction, and entertainment for people of all ages. For more information, find the event online.

There will also be a lot of walking. One person from each team will be walking around the track at all times. That’s why it’s called a Relay. The team can’t give up, just like a cancer patient can’t give up the fight. We keep going throughout the event to show our support and commitment to fighting cancer as a community.

This year, the Dover Public Library Team (and it’s non-official “Auxiliary Force”) have worked hard to raise enough money to become a Sponsor and get our name on the back of the official Relay for Life T-shirt.

In December, we sold Book Page Angel Ornaments for $1. These charming dears will be back next year, in case you missed your chance. (I think we do still have some in a closet, though, if you can’t wait to see them!)

Candy Bars for Sale at the Front DeskIn January, we started selling Candy Bars at the Circulation Desk and have now sold over 800 of them! Thank you all so much for the support! Since you seem to like the candy so well, we will probably continue this fundraiser throughout the year. We also take requests for different candy, in case you have any ideas.

But we’re not done yet! The Team would still like to raise more money to support this excellent cause.

This week, we started putting up our Owls. Supporters can post an owl for $1 donation at the Circulation and Children’s Desks. Colored pencils and crayons are available in the Children’s Department for anyone who would like to color their owl before we post it on our service desks. Bake Sale Teaser Table

Tomorrow, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, we will be having a Bake Sale. All baked goods will be available for a donation. Simply give what you can to show your support of the American Cancer Society’s efforts in cancer research and awareness.

On May 23, during the Canal Dover Parade, we will have refreshments available outside the library for a goodwill donation to Relay for Life. Hot dogs, chips, and cold water, plus the aforementioned candy bars (those will still be $1). So, if you’re in the parade or watching the parade, stop by for a snack!

Owl PostThank you for your support of our Relay for Life Team thus far, and we hope to see you at these and more of our upcoming events, especially Relay for Life on May 30.

– Liz Strauss

Teen Librarian & Relay for Life Team Captain 2015

Money Smart Week 2015

Money Smart 2015I don’t think there is any denying that we can all do a little better managing our finances. From debt management to saving to investing to educating our young ones, money management can be a huge struggle for people. In an effort combat these issues, the library has partnered with the American Library Association to present a week of financial literacy programs.  Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign  that is designed to help consumers better their personal finances. Check out these programs; there’s something for everybody!

Timelord Economics, Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 PM
Teens are invited to come and learn about trade and money through the ages. Teens will craft a barter bracelet out of beads, trade resources in the Old West, and balance a modern checkbook.

Get Out of Debt, Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM
Join credit counseling expert Fred Weingarth from the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union for this informative program about the importance of getting out of debt and managing credit. Participants will pick up tools, tips, encouragement and more.

Give-Save-Spend with the Three Little Pigs, Friday, April 24 at 4:30 PM
Children ages 5-10 and parents are invited to come and learn a practical and kid-friendly approach to managing money. Each child participating will be given their very own give-save-spend bank.

Drive-Thru-Shred Event, Saturday, April 25 from 12:00-2:00 PM
Members of the community are invited to bring their unwanted personal files, old financial statements and paperwork for professional shredding and recycling. This event is free but donations to the library will be accepted. This event is not for businesses and a three box limit per person is appreciated.

For more information about any of the library’s Money Smart Week programs or to register, please contact the library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.


-Jim Gill, Director

Take Me To Your Reader

HSmartphoneey, Guess What?! You can read a book on your phone! And, you can listen to a book on your phone.

I may be a little behind on the times, but I just discovered this wonderful feature when I got rid of my dummy phone in favor of a smartphone.

Your library card is your passport to adventure, and with a smartphone, you can go anywhere, anytime.

With the Dover Public Library’s two, count ‘em, TWO, ebook collections, The Ohio Digital Library and Axis 360, the sky’s the limit to the books you can access. (Actually, the sky is not the limit, as you can download the books on the ground then take them on the plane with you.) These collections, listed under “Downloadables” and “eBooks” on our website are your ticket to books for your computer, iPad, MP3 player, Kindle, and your smartphone.

This is such a great way to continue the reading experience anywhere and everywhere you go.axis icon

If you need help with our ebook collections, we can get you started. We here at the Dover Public Library are ready to take you your reader.

Check out all our links under Downloadables to see what audiobooks, movies, TV shows, magazines, and more wait for you in our collections.

Happy eReading!

Adult Services


Monday, Monday…

Bah dah, bah dah dah dah. So many songs have been written about this most hated day of the week that you can find one to suit practically any musical taste. The first one to pop into my head when I hear the word “Monday” is the one written by John Phillips for The Mamas and the Papas. Don’t ask me why, it’s not even from my generation. I am also a fan of Wilco and John Prine; here is a link if you want to explore the variety of artists caught with “a case of the Mondays:”



Why am I talking about Monday? Because it is now my favorite day of the week. I get to spend my Mondays at Dover Public Library in our fabulous new local history room, The Roots Cellar, and I invite you to come to the library and check it out! We are located in the basement right next to the Book Cellar, in the old community room area. Here you will find Dover High School Yearbooks and City Directories, books on the history of Tuscarawas County, including notable places and people, genealogy books, general Ohio reference books, war rosters, and archival collections. Unfortunately these materials do not circulate, but you are welcome to come and browse the collection during The Roots Cellar’s hours:


Monday: 12:30-4, 5-8

Tuesday: 5-8


If you would like to look at something from the collection when the room is closed, no problem! Ask at the front desk and staff will be happy to retrieve a title for you to enjoy upstairs in the main reading room.

So, if you are stuck in the middle of John Prine’s loooooong Monday and want to break up the monotony, come visit me in The Roots Cellar and see what there is to learn about your hometown.


Claire Kandle

Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Can’t wait? Go Digital!

One of my favorite things about checking out library materials is the fact that I can check out new things, whether they are books, movies, TV shows, or magazines, for free. I love it! Not sure about that new movie? Check it out first to see if you like it. Want to catch up on the gossip magazines without paying $5 an issue? Check them out from the library! Don’t feel like spending $40 on the doorstopper that is The Goldfinch? That’s ok, just check it out from the library!

I only occasionally run into snags with this system. Maybe I’m on vacation already and can’t stop by the library because it’s in Ohio and I’m in North Carolina, or maybe I don’t think I can fit those 5 books into my carry-on and still manage to lift it over my head once I get on the airplane. Sometimes, it’s even simpler: my Sunday afternoon is suddenly wide open, and the library is closed for the day. Fortunately, the library has a wealth of digital resources that can be accessed from anywhere with a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker and TaylorAxis 360 is one of my favorite digital resources the library provides. It’s like a hidden treasure trove of new, popular titles, and usually there is almost no wait time. It doesn’t have hundreds of older titles, but I’m almost always able to get the newest bestsellers with long wait lists on the print editions.  It’s my go-to for these newer titles–I was able to check out and read The Girl on the Train without any wait time at all :)

Anothflipster-logo-npler one of my favorites is Flipster. It’s the library’s new eMagazine service. The best part about Flipster: you never have to wait (ever). I use it all the time to read the more popular magazines, especially the weeklies. It’s really easy to download and print pages, which is helpful when I find a new recipe or an article I don’t want to lose. Plus, I’m able to read the Sports Illustrated articles on the latest March Madness developments before the tournament ends in a couple of weeks.

Don’t get me wrong: I still love a good, physical book. It has a heft that you just can’t beat. But when I can’t wait to get my handson a new title (this happens frequently), or I’m traveling and don’t want to increase the weight of my suitcase by 30 pounds, or when the library is closed, etc., going digital provides the solution. And the bottom line is, whether it’s print or it’s digital, as long as I’m reading, I’m happy :)

-Kathryn Green, Technology Manager


Did you ever have to read _____?

The Giver by Lois LowryWhat do you mean, you never read The Giver?”

Thus began a lengthy discussion with my roommate about what we had to read in school. She shook her head at me, suddenly suspicious of my education, since I had been cheated out of Lois Lowry.

Neither had I suffered through A Brave New World or Their Eyes Were Watching God. I had not read Heart of Darkness in high school, but I had to for a college course, which I think was probably worse.

In regards to Steinbeck, I have my roommate soundly beat. She never read The Pearl or Cannery Row or The Grapes of Wrath.

We both had to read To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, and, to our mutual dismay, Wuthering Heights.

Both of us had the freedom to choose what books we read for our book reports, though my roommate had to choose from a list. I almost shivered when she said that. I had no such list to go by. I distinctly remember reading Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson (an adult romance), All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (a tween book), and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (yes, all three of them, thanks to a boxed set I got for Christmas). In other words, I used that freedom to explore all kinds of books, not just the ones that would have made it onto a teacher’s reading list. To not have had that freedom – I dread to think what I would have ended up reading.

The discussion went on to include the best stories by Edgar Allan Poe and left me with some observations about the books we have to read in school.Cannery Row by Steinbeck

First of all, my librarian brain noticed immediately that the vast majority of the books we talked about have been banned or at least challenged at one point or another.

I also wondered about the reputations that some of these authors have. In school, I never read a comedy by Shakespeare. It was all tragedy, all the time. If I hadn’t been a complete Nerd and read A Midsummer Night’s Dream on my own, I’d never have known that the Bard can be funny. Likewise, if I had only been forced to read The Pearl, I would never have picked up a Steinbeck by choice. It wasn’t until I had to read Cannery Row that I recognized Steinbeck’s entertainment value and searched out more Steinbeck at the library.

I believe that what we read in our youth, especially what we read in school, has the capacity to make or break us as readers. If we like it, we’re set for life. If we have the freedom to read what we like, not just what we have to, we’ll learn the value in all reading, not just in high literature.

Part of the fun of reading is being able to explore different worlds. There really is something for everyone. Luckily for us, we have libraries to help us find the right book, even if we missed it in school.



-Teen Librarian


PS: After having this discussion with my roommate, I did, in fact, check out The Giver, and it is, as she said, awesome.

The View From Amish Country

Amish_Buggie_signHere in the Tuscarawas Valley it really is not a big deal when you see an Amish buggy rolling down a country road. Amish patrons use our library and Amish fiction is one of the highest circulating genres at the library. Many of us have worked with or gone to school with Amish people. Still, there is no question that Amish life and culture intrigues most of us. How do they continue to live the way they do in this modern age? What is true and what is myth about their way of life? Are they really that happy? In an attempt to answer some of these questions, the library is pleased to announce that Brenda Nixon will be speaking on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM. Her program is “Beyond Buggies & Bonnets: True Amish Tales.” Nixon is an English, or non-Amish, parent to Amish “runaways,” this intriguing program will present her intimate understanding of the Swartzentruber Amish Order. In fact, Nixon’s daughter is married to an ex-Amish man-the son of a bishop-and their home has become a safe house for young men and women making the transition out of the Amish community. Nixon will discuss Amish culture and topics such as rumspringa, ordnung, shunning, and Amish sex ed. The public is invited to bring their questions at this intriguing program. Call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 for more information or to register for this free program. For more info about Brenda Nixon, click here.

Jim Gill, Director