Food for Thought

This fall, check out delicious teen events for all the young foodies out there!

While neither event requires registration this year, please inform the library of any food allergies at least a week before the event by calling Liz at 330-343-6123.


cooking utensils and a chef's hatChopped: Tuesday November 21 at 3:00 PM

Calling all young chefs! Test your culinary skills at our annual Chopped Competition! We’ll give you three random ingredients, and you and your team will come up with three delicious dishes. What ingredients will we pick this year? Will another spoon be melted? Who will win the honor of First Place? You have to come to Chopped to find out! Open to teens in grades 6-12.


Gingerbread manGingerbread Challenge: Tuesday, December 5 at 3:00 PM

Get a team together and make a sweet masterpiece at this annual competition! Participants are asked to bring a bag of candy decorations to share and a can of white icing. We’ll be using the same kind of kits we used last year to make construction easier. The number of houses will be limited. Please keep this in mind and come willing to work together to create something awesome. Open to teens in grades 6-12.


Special Teen Programs this Fall

Tuesdays aren’t the only days teens can visit the library! Check out two great programs happening for teens and adults this Fall!


Origami SealLearn Origami with the Ohio Paper Folders: Saturday, November 11 at 3:30 PM

Join an Ohio Paper Folder to learn techniques to create something fun! Please call 330-343-6123 to register. Open to Teens and Adults.


Drawing HandCartooning for Everyone!: Monday, December 4 at 6:30 PM

Back by popular demand, Douglas Laubacher will present a new lesson on cartooning for teens and adults! Please register by calling 330-343-6123.




Mockingjay in yellowTuesday, November 7

Draw something with a 3D Printing Pen, build an arcade game, program a robot, and more at this fun event showcasing the Library’s Mobile STEAM Lab. This traveling lab encourages teens to experiment with science, technology, engineering, art, and math with games and fun activities. Teens are reminded that those misusing lab equipment will be asked to leave the Library. No registration necessary. Light snacks will be provided.

Know a group who would love a visit from our Mobile STEAM Lab? Check out this page for more information, including an inventory of items and guidelines for groups.

Halloween Mystery

Tuesday, October 31 at 3:00 PM

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Get ready to solve a monstrous mystery at this Halloween celebration! Enjoy snacks and music while working together to solve an original mystery. Costumes not necessary but welcome. No registration necessary.

The Masks We Wear

orange mask with string

Tuesday, October 17, at 3:00
Grades 6 – 12

Do you ever put on a brave when faced with something stressful? Do you ever keep a straight face when you want to laugh? Or cry? Do act differently around a group of friends than you do around your family? These are some of the masks we wear to hide how we are truly feeling. In this year’s One Book One Community title, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Auggie covers how he truly feels with his helmet as well as his long hair. How do you hide behind a “mask”?

At this creative and thought-provoking event, ‘tweens and teens will make plaster masks of each other and talk about the different masks we wear in different situations to hide how we truly feel and to fit in.

This project is sponsored by an LSTA Grant through the State Library of Ohio. No registration is necessary for this Teen Tuesday event.

Unleash Your Story

Teen Read Week: Unleash Your Story


 Unleash Your Story typing screenshotThis year, the Dover Public Library is one of the lucky and grateful recipients of the 2017 YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week™ Program Grant. This grant allows us to host a series of five exciting programs to celebrate Teen Read Week™.

Grant funds will be used for all art supplies, software, and giveaways for this series as well as a collection of books on famous YouTubers, writing, creating videos, and more.

For more information about Dover Public Library’s Teen Read Week Program, please contact Teen Librarian Liz Strauss at 330-343-6123.

Dover Public Library’s Teen Read Week Program is supported by a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  YALSA’s mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. Learn more about YALSA at www.ala.org/yalsa. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides assistance to organizations in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth.  Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.


Unleash Your Story Series: Tuesdays at 3:00 PM

Explore creative ways to tell your story this Fall with a special series sponsored by the 2017 YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week™ Program Grant. All materials will be supplied by the Library.


 I heart Art with watercolor backgroundArt Studio: September 12

Take your art to the next level and use it to tell a story. Each participant will receive a free sketchbook to keep their art going!


Creative Writing: September 19

Meet other young writers, play writing games, and more. Each participant will receive a free notebook and a list of writing challenges!


play button Video Club: September 26

Plan and film a video in the Library, then learn how to use video editing software to turn it into a finished product.


Stop Motion Animation Studio: October 3

Learn how to use clay, construction paper, and toys as well as special apps and equipment to make your own stop motion animation video.


Unleash Your Story Screening: October 10

See all the projects over the last month come together as we gather our teen storytellers for this screening event. At the event, teens will have the opportunity to share their work with their peers and enjoy free refreshments. Teen favorite activities from the workshops will also be available for teens to try again or for the first time.


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Teen Tuesdays Fall 2017

Teen Tuesdays with art background

Every Tuesday at 3:00 PM @ Dover Public Library

September 12 – December 5

Join us for awesome programs just for Teens! No registration necessary. Open to Teens in grades 6-12. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 for more information. 


  • 12 – Art Studio*
  • 19 – Creative Writing*
  • 26 – Video Club*



  • 3 – Stop Motion Animation Studio*
  • 10 – Unleash Your Story Screening*
  • 17 – The Masks We Wear
  • 24 – Movie & Pumpkin Carving
  • 31 – Halloween Mystery



  • 7 – STEAM Lab
  • 14 – Art Studio
  • 21 – Chopped
  • 28 – After-School Movie



  • 5 – Gingerbread Challenge



*Unleash Your Story Series sponsored by a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.