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!

Taco Tuesday

taco tuesday

Tuesday, May 3 at 3:00 PM

in the Community Room

You asked for it! It’s the Library’s first ever Taco Tuesday event! Come build your own taco, hang out, and play some games. This event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is pretty important for this one. If you don’t register, you might not get a taco. Make sure you get a taco. REGISTER! Call the library at 330-343-6123 to get your name on the list. Please inform the library if you have any special dietary needs. For instance, if you’re a vegetarian, if you’re allergic to anything, or if you don’t eat anything green, let us know when you register. Then we can make sure we have something for you to put on your taco.


Playing with Money

Tuesday, April 26 at 3:00 PM

in the Community Room

money bag

Spend an afternoon playing games like Monopoly, Go For Broke*, and the Game of Life with us! Play with money and have some fun. Snacks will be provided. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register or for more information on this fun, new event inspired by Money Smart Week.


*What’s Go For Broke? A very old game that they don’t make anymore. :( It’s awesome, though. Basically, it is the opposite of Monopoly: you try to get rid of all your money. Sounds easy, right? Hah! Come to the library to try your luck!

The Sun, Skin Cancer & You

Sun clipartThursday, March 31 at 6:30 PM 
Presented by Dover High School teens Katy Duncan and Gracen Gerbig
This presentation will detail the research Katy and Gracen performed studying the effects of ultraviolet radiation on skin. Both teens are members of Dover High School’s Health Professionals Affinity Community Group, or HPAC.

“This organization encourages students to initiate the improvement of community health issues,” says Nikki Antonucci, HPAC advisor. “With prom season on the way, both Katy and Gracen want to educate our teens about the hazards of tanning and the dangerous effects of ultraviolet radiation. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend.”

During this presentation, Duncan and Gerbig will also be discussing what causes skin cancer, how to identify skin cancer, how to prevent damage from UV rays, and how UV rays lead to early aging. “Our library staff have been so impressed with Katy and Gracen’s research,” says Jim Gill, library director. “Because skin cancer is so common and so devastating, any opportunity to educate and inform the community–especially teens–is very valuable.” sunglasses

Teens attending the program will be eligible to win a variety of door prizes, including an iTunes gift card. For more information about this program or to register, please contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.

Spa Day

flourishTuesday, April 5 at 3:00 PM

in the Community Room

It’s time for our annual Spa Day event! Learn nail art tricks, make bath salts, and more at this fun event. Make gifts for Mom, for your friends, or for yourself. All materials will be provided. Event is open to teens in grades 6-12. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register. Snacks will be served.

PS: Let’s try not to spill any bright pink nail polish on the floor this year…

Cupcake Decorating

Tuesday, March 22 at 3:00 PM


Learn decorating tricks and tips at this yummy event, then use them to create a cupcake masterpiece! All supplies will be provided by the library. Non-cupcake snacks will be served. This event is open to teens in grades 6-12.

Registration for this event is IMPORTANT! Registering lets Liz know how many cupcakes she needs to bake! Don’t let anyone get stuck without cupcakes to decorate. Call the Library at 330-343-6123 to register!

Also inform the library of any food allergies when registering. A variety of different decorations and flavors may be used at this event. Cupcakes will be made with boxed cake mix. Icing will be vanilla buttercream.