A Dozen Ways to be Healthy: the 2016 Community Walking Challenge

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May  1 – August 1, 2016

Challenge yourself to create a healthy walking habit this year by participating in the annual Community Walking Challenge organized by the Fit Youth Initiative and the OSU Extension office. Stop by the library to register and receive your tracker, a chain, and your first foot token. Check off a block in the tracker for each 15 minutes of walking (above your regular daily activity). Every three hours of walking (one line on the tracker), earns you another colorful foot token! Before you know it, you’ll fill up 10 lines. That’s 30 hours of walking! After completing line 10 of the tracker, you will be eligible for a free t-shirt. Turn in your tracker at the library no later than August 3 to receive your T-shirt. Call us at 330-343-6123 for more information or stop by the library to sign up!

In addition to the walking challenge, the Fit Youth Initiative has also organized several hikes and other events throughout the summer to help you have fun, stay fit, and reach your walking goal. Activities include 5 adventure hikes. Participating in these special events will earn you special foot tokens only available at these hikes. If you participate in 3 of the adventure hikes, you will also receive a free walking stick. All activities are listed on the tracker.

Happy walking!

Raffle Fundraiser

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May 2016

Win 4 Tickets to Kings Island!

Raffle Tickets are $1 Each or 6 for $5 and on sale in the Children’s Department. Drawing will be held on June 1. Tickets are Valid through Labor Day 2016 and are valued at $65 each. Funds from the raffle sales will be used to purchase Duplo blocks and other special equipment for the department. See the Children’s Department for More Details



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

Children’s Traveling Tech Lab


No school for the kids? No problem!  The  Library will host a Children’s Traveling Tech Lab on Friday, April 15 at 2:30 PM. Presented by the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, this program will demonstrate the latest emerging technology and will teach children how to create, code and think critically through play and collaboration. The Tech Lab demonstrates inexpensive and free technology so that every child has the opportunity to innovate and learn. “Emerging tech can offer more than technical skill,” says Jim Gill, Director. “It can build soft skills like decision making, creative thinking, open-mindedness and communication. The technology in the Tech Lab is not just fun– it focuses on STEAM learning and challenges kids to innovate by working together.”  The Traveling Tech Lab includes: Ozobot, Snap Circuits, LighUp Edison Kit, Cardboard VR, OSMO, Elements 4D, Pixel Press Floors, 3Doodler, Sphero Ball and much more. This program is geared for children ages 7-14. “Students attending Dover City Schools are off on April 15th,” says Dani Gustavich, Children’s Librarian. “This program can be a fun way to get kids out of the house and can be a way to have fun and learn at the same time. ” Please call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 for more information or to register.

Introducing Dani Gustavich, new Children’s Librarian

As you probably know, Miss Pat retired on February 29th of this year. As the new Children’s Librarian, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to fill you in on some of the changes which will be taking place in the Children’s Department over the next few months.


I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilmington College, where I majored in Communication Arts. Since graduating, I have been a substitute teacher for Canton City Schools, a lead teacher at a family care center, and a co-director of an after-school program. My most recent position was as the Children’s Librarian for the Stark County District Library’s Main location. I recently earned my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State and now, here I am, working for the wonderful community of Dover.Peanuts_gang


My goal is to make the Children’s Department more user-friendly for all of our patrons. In order to do this, we are weeding the entire collection. This means that we will be discarding the non-fiction books which are out-of-date and replacing them with more current information. The remainder of the collection is also being gone through to discard/replace popular books which are in poor condition and those books which have not been circulating very well. Some of our older collections, such as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, have been moved to our basement collection (ask any employee for access to this collection) in order to make room for new materials. Rest assured that we are not discarding every book which meets this criteria. We don’t like getting rid of books any more than you do, but it has to be done to make room for new material. These decisions are not made lightly.confused squirrel


Refreshing our collection is a time-consuming project, so please bear with us as changes are being made. The first major change we are working on is turning the “Tween” shelving area into a popular series and graphic novel section, which will allow you to easily find the books you are looking for without having to look in the paperback and hardback sections. The remainder of the paperbacks will be shelved with the hardback fiction.


Another thing we will be trying out is adding the paperback beginning readers to the hardback beginning reader collection and using the “box” shelving for popular character books. For example, super hero books will be housed in one of the “boxes,” whether they are paperback, hardback, beginning reader, or easy readers so that you can see them all in one location.


As new books come in, they are being labelled with the A.R. level on the spine, which will help our Accelerated Reader students to quickly and easily find books in his or her level. We will work towards labelling the rest of the collection as time permits. In addition to labelling the books, the A.R. and Lexile levels are being added to the catalog so that you will be able to search by A.R. or Lexile level. At this time, there are not enough items entered in the system to make this a worthwhile search, but I will keep you posted.


I am very lucky to have a job that I love and am here to listen to and to answer and questions, concerns, and/or comments you may have. Thank you for welcoming me to the Dover Community.


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Dani Gustavich

Children’s Librarian

3rd Annual St. Patty’s Celebration

St. Patrick's DayJoin us for a wee bit of Ireland at this fun, family-friendly annual event.  Enter to win a Luck-of-the-Irish gift basket and don’t forget to wear green!  Call the library to register or for more info: 330.343.6123.

10:00 AM: ‘Tis a Wee Folk Family Party!
Calling all kids! The library is throwing a party for the “wee folk,” or leprechauns. Join us for music, stories, games, crafts, and refreshments.

10:00 AM: Irish Folklore & Traditions
Presented by the Library’s very own Linda Toohey, this fun program for teens and adults explores the rich tradition of Irish legend and folklore.

12:00 PM:  Irish Movie Time, starring Sean Connery. Popcorn, pizza, and more provided.
Join us for free popcorn, pizza, and a showing of a classic Disney film starring Sean Connery.

2:00 PM: Haunted Ireland, presented by Sherri Brake
Ireland’s centuries-old castles, creepy cemeteries, and battle sites hold plenty of secrets…and maybe a few ghosts. Join acclaimed ghosthunter Sherri Brake on a journey across the magical and mysterious country of Ireland.

4:00 PM: Celtic Rush performs LIVE till 5:30 PM
Enjoy the unique & lively sound from this popular Irish pub band. The group performs with a variety of instruments including fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, bass, mandolin, and Irish drum.