Dover Public Library | 73 Locust Street, Dover, NH 03820 | (603) 516-6050
Dover Public Library
April Newsletter
Library Hours
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Curbside Pick-up Hours
Tuesday: 10:00am - noon and 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - noon
Upcoming Programs
Downsize & Declutter
Look around you. Has the past year made you realize that maybe you have too much stuff? Are you looking to tidy up, but don’t know where to start? Register on the event calendar to attend this virtual program hosted by AARP on Tuesday April 6 at 6:30pm. This program provides information for all ages and is not strictly geared towards seniors.

Seaweed Mania! with Chef Evan Hennessey
On Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm, the Dover Public Library and New Hampshire Sea Grant will be hosting “Seaweed Mania! Virtually Delicious Edition with Evan Hennessey.” Did you know that seaweed is edible? Join 3-time Food Network Chopped Champion, Chef Evan Hennessey, in his kitchen for a virtual culinary challenge featuring seaweed ingredients! Marine scientist, Dr. Gabriela Bradt, will answer all of your questions about seaweed along our coast.  Grab bag "Seaweed Kits" will be available in the Children's Room to participants while they last--we will notify attendees once they are ready. These free Seaweed Kits include ingredients from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, recipes and a seaweed identification guide. If you have questions, please email or call 516-6050.

NH Author Ty Gagne
Join us virtually for an online presentation by NH author Ty Gagne on Monday, April 19 at 6:30pm by registering on our event calendar or with the QR code on the poster. Ty has written two books on winter hiking in New Hampshire. His first book “Where You’ll Find Me” focused on the tragic death of hiker Kate Matrosova in the White Mountains. His second book “The Last Traverse” focuses on a rescue attempt, also in the Whites, made during brutal winter weather.

Dover 400th Lecture Series
The Dover 400th Committee has scheduled a year-long lecture series based on Dover’s history. The lectures will take place virtually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Register on the library’s website under events to receive the link to attend. April’s program is “A Historian Lives the Revolution: Rev. Jeremy Belknap in the Crossroads of the 18th century” to be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm. 

19th Annual Poetry Contest
The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry contest for seacoast area residents ages 5 and up. Prizes will be awarded in seven different categories: Grades K-2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 &12, and adults ages 18 & older. Poems will be judged on originality, style, and creativity. Deadline for entry is April 21st. Information about the contest is available at the Dover Public Library or on the library’s website.
Vaccine Scheduling Help
If you need help navigating the online Covid-19 vaccination scheduling system we can help. Staff are available to assist people in person at the library. Call (603) 516-6050 to inquire.
Tax Help
Tax Help is available by appointment only this year. Call (978) 494-6080 and leave your name, phone number and an email (if you have one) and someone will return your call within a week to schedule an appointment. There will be no options for walk-in tax help this year. IRS 1040 tax forms and booklets are here for those who need them.
Book Groups
New members to one or all groups are always welcome!
The Morning Book Group will discuss the book “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving on Thursday, April 1 at 10am in the library's Lecture Hall.
The Afternoon/Evening Book Group will be meeting in person and virtually to discuss “The Book of Essie” by Meghan Maclean Weir at 3pm and 6:30pm on Monday, April 19 in the library's Lecture Hall.
“A Matter of Fact,” a non-fiction book group, will meet on Wednesday, April 12 at 10am in the Lecture Hall to discuss “Honeybee Democracy” by Thomas Seeley. 
Pizza and Pages will meet in person on Wednesday, April 21 at 6pm in the library's Lecture Hall. We encourage kids in grades 7 and up to attend. The next book will be “Love Is a Revolution” by Renee Watson, and copies of the book are available for borrowing at the main circulation desk. 
“Get Lit!” will meet in person on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30pm in the Lecture Hall to discuss our next book choice. Please visit our event calendar for an update on our next pick. The book will be available to borrow on Hoopla Digital.
Virtual Cookbook Club will be trying recipes from "Modern Flexitarian" by DK Publishing. Throughout the month, send in pictures of your dishes created with recipes from the book and a small description of your cooking process and/or your thoughts on the book. We will share your creations on our social media pages throughout the month. Photos can be sent to Emily at, or tag us on Instagram @doverpubliclibrary. The book is available to borrow at the main circulation desk.
Poetry Group
Join volunteer Shane Morin as we learn about great poets beyond the European and American classics we all read in high school. Meetings this month will be on Friday, April 9 and April 23 at 4pm and will feature works of classical and modern Chinese poets, with explorations of other works from around the world coming in future weeks. Meetings will be held every other Friday morning. Registration is recommended so we can email poems to people ahead of the next meeting.​
Knitting Group
The Knitting Group is meeting the first and third Wednesday morning in the library’s Lecture Hall from 9:30-11:30. Be sure to check the event calendar for dates.
Teen Programs
Teen Advisory Board
Teens are invited to join us in the Library Lecture Hall on Wednesday, April 14 at 6pm for our next TAB meeting. Help us plan upcoming programs and services for teens. Your voice matters! Please register if you would like to attend virtually. For questions about TAB, please reach out to Emily at All are welcome!
Retro Movie Trivia
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to test their knowledge of movies from the 1980s and earlier with a round of virtual Kahoot Trivia on Thursday, April 1 at 6pm! Participants will need two devices to participate. Prizes will be awarded!
Registration is required. RingCentral meeting links will be sent 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Celebrate National Library Week!
Celebrate Libraries during National Library Week April 4-10. We are throwing a library spirit week to get excited. We’ll have special events, crafts, themed days and fine amnesty of up to $10 with the donation of non-perishable food or by participating in our “spirit activities.”

On Thursday, April 8 from 6-7pm we will host a literary trivia event online. So many fun ways to celebrate one of everyone’s favorite places! Check out all the details on the library’s website!
DVD & Blu-Ray Sale
During National Library Week (April 4-10) we will hold a special sale of DVDs and Blu-rays near the Adult Circulation Desk during regular library hours. Due to limited space we will restock daily, so check back often. Single movies are $3 each and sets of 3 or more discs are $5 each.                

We are accepting donations of materials again. See the website under How Do I? Donate Materials for details of what we can accept and how to drop off items.
Do you need help picking out some good books? Did you know the library can help by using our Handpicked Book service? We ask a few simple questions and then put together some books we think you’d like based on your answers. Then you can come in to pick up, save the suggestions for later, or pick up via curbside pickup.