Dover Public Library
December eNewsletter
Learn to Code  
Patrons of all ages are invited to explore coding on Monday, December 4 from 5:00-6:00 pm or 6:00-7:00 pm. Bring your own laptop or register to use a library computer by calling 516-6050 or at

Free Self-Defense Class for Women

The library, in conjunction with Great Bay Karate, will offer a free self defense class for women on Wednesday, December 6 at 7pm . Learn the basic skills necessary to empower and protect yourself. Ages 14 years and older are invited to attend. Sign up is not necessary. Those attending should wear comfortable clothing.
Library Closed December 8
The Library will be closed all day on Friday, December 8 for a day long staff development and planning day.
Local Author Warren Watson

Dover native Warren Watson will speak about his debut book at the Library on Monday, December 11 at 7pm.  The book takes on immigration , world w ar, and the erosion of French Canadian culture in New England, telling a tale through the intimate love story of his parents, both offspring of immigrants.  In "Claire and Charlie: an Unlikely 
Wartime Love Story " Watson, retells the unlikely meeting of GI Charlie Watson, a New York wisecrack, and Dover farm girl Claire St. Cyr. Their attraction grew through love letters for three years before they even met back in the closing days of World War II. Copies will be available for sale at the event.
Local Author Stephen MacKenzie 
Adam Routhier was a handsome young man, a good athlete, and smarter than he appeared. He was charming, sensitive and funny. Adam died in September 2004, three months after graduation from high school. Learn about this special teen from his teacher Stephen MacKenzie, author of " Adam : a story of Life and Death and Love " on Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm. Copies of the book will be for sale.
Christmas Craft

Learn how to make a 3D paper snowflake to decorate your house or use as a hostess gift. It's simple, once you know what you're doing. Please preregister on our event calendar for either 3pm or 7pm on Dec. 13. All materials will be provided!
Holiday Music at the Library

The library's recently donated grand piano will be getting a lot of use in December. On Sunday, December 17 from 2-3pm, pianist Deborrah Wyndham of western New Hampshire, will be playing a selection of her most elaborate arrangements of familiar holiday songs both popular and traditional. She will also demonstrate rare holiday pieces, and give some background and history. Deborrah also plays ragtime, stride and boogie woogie plus a more refined contemporary classical style for an exciting mix of original arrangements of songs such as "Greensleeves", Sleigh Ride", "White Christmas", "Winter Wonderland", etc.   Also tickling the ivories in a festive way, will be local resident Tony McManus on two Saturday mornings in December (16th and 23rd ) from 10-11am.   Take a bre ak from shopping to visit the library on those days for some beautiful music.
Factory on Fire
Local Dover historians and former Woodman Museum trustees, Mark Leno Jr. and Thom Hindle have recently published a new book about Dover's deadliest mill fire. "Factory on Fire" is the true story of the Cocheco Mill No. 1 blaze (now the One Washington Center mill) in January 1907. Mark and Thom will talk about the fire at the Dover Public Library on Monday, December 18 at 7pm . Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
Teen Escape Rooms 
We are going to kick it like it's 1986! Join us for a Totally Radical 80's Escape Room on Thursday, December 28 at 2pm for Middle School ages and 3pm for High School.   Welcome back to 1986! Here you will find all of our cutting edge technology from the 1980's which you will need to use along with your knowledge of all that was Rad in the 80's to get yourself back to present day. You only have 45 minutes before you are stuck in the past forever!
Game Night

Monthly Game Night continues on the 3rd Wednesday of the month which is Wednesday, December 20th at 6pm. Board game fun for all ages!

Knitting Group
On Monday, December 11th from 6-8pm the  knitting group will meet in the Trustees Room. This group is open to anyone who has a love for knitting and crocheting.  All levels are welcome! Please bring your precious works-in-progress and any finished objects you would like to show off to the group.
3D Printer Returns
The 3D printer, that we share with other libraries in the area, will return for 2 weeks on December 11. Start thinking about stocking stuffers you'd like us to print for a small fee. See our website for more info or contact  Peggy Thrasher at 
Holiday Closings

Closed Sunday, Dec. 24
Closed Monday, Dec. 25
Closed on Sunday, Dec. 31
Closed on Monday, Jan. 1
Morning Book Group

Th e Morning Book Group   will discuss the book The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant  on Thursday, December 7 at 10am. Get a preview of what each group will be reading on Pinterest: /doverpl. Copies of each books are available at the Circulation Desk
Evening Book Group

The Evening Book Group's next book "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd on December 18 at 6:30pm.
Get a preview of what each group will be reading on Pinterest: /doverpl. Copies of each books are available at the Circulation Desk.
Saturday Matinees

December 2 
Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature 
Rated PG
December 9 
Despicable Me 3  
Rated PG
December 16 
Rated PG
December 23 
Rated PG
Second Wednesday Movie

The Second Wednesday Movie for December will be "Home Again" on December 13 at 6:30.
It stars Reese Witherspoon and Michael Sheen. It is rated PG-13.  
Classic Cinema
Catch a classic movie on most Sunday afternoons at the library. This month we'll be showing:
December 3
Meet Me in St. Louis
December 10
It's a Wonderful Life
Artist of the Month

Iris Woodworth-Watson, photographer of nature, landscapes, interesting shapes and designs, was born in Newfoundland, Canada. Her first camera was a Brownie Instamatic, progressing to a Pentax film camera, then a digital "point and shoot", and now a digital SLR. Photos are from the Northeast US and Canada. Iris has lived in Portsmouth since the mid-1970s
Ever Borrowed Something You Have Already Read?
You may be doing it on purpose, but more often it happens by accident. There is a new feature in our system which will prompt staff at checkout that a certain item has been borrowed previously. But it means patrons have to go into their account and set their "Privacy" aka Reading History to Forever (from Never). It will start saving your history from that point on. See a staff member for more information or help if needed.
Library Hours:
Mon - Wed 9 to 8:30
Thur & Fri 9 to 5:30
Saturday 9 to 5
Sunday 1 to 5
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