Dover Public Library 
Dover Public Library
Children's Room

Summer Reading 2020

       Green and White, Reading Unites! will begin on Monday, June 8 and continue to Friday, July 31. In an effort to bring the community together during this challenging time, we will set one goal for readers of all ages. Can kids, teens, and adults altogether read 3,000 books during the eight-week summer reading program? Watch the progress on the book tracker on the front lawn of the library. At the end of the program when the goal is met (we know you can do it!) everyone who participated will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win one of many gift cards. All prizes will be from Dover businesses in order to support our city.

       Our summer reading program for 2020 will look different from past years, but will still include books, crafts, activities, and prizes. Each week during the program, families can take home a "Summer Fun Bag" which will include a craft, a STEM activity, and some small toys. The first bag will also include a "Writing Box" for families to use throughout the program. Each week a new "Write About It" challenge will be offered. There will be virtual storytimes, book groups, and other online activities to engage patrons of all ages.

             To join in the challenge, go to our website and register for the program. After June 8 you can start logging the books you read. Check our online calendar for all of our virtual programs. If you have any questions, please email or call 603-516-6052.

Through our partnership with Family Place Libraries, we have teamed up with Bright by Text, a national parent texting program, to put expert tips, games and child development information directly into the hands of parents and caregivers. We are proud to offer a unique resource like Bright by Text as children are learning from home and families can't access the services they need. The texting service includes topics like brain development, games and activities, health and wellness, STEM, safety and more. Bright by Text partners with experts like PBS, Vroom, Sesame Street, CDC, and others to develop content for families with children aged prenatal to age eight.
In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about information and resources specific to the Dover community, like digital library resources, food pantries, and preschool open enrollment periods. Community organizations across Dover will submit the latest information about services and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak
Bright by Text helps parents and caregivers make the most out of time at home with their children by illustrating fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, and even video content to guide a child's development. The program is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, and positively impact a child's healthy development and school readiness. Innovative services like Bright by Text will help provide equitable solutions to early education while schools remain closed.

To sign up for this service, text  "BRIGHT" to 274448.

Library open for limited access 
to computers and copiers
The Library is now open for computer and copier use only. Hours for these services will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ten library patrons at a time will be allowed into the building, with a one-hour use limit. Appointments can be made at . Computers will also available for walk-ins. Please enter through the front door of the Library and proceed to the adult circulation desk. Patrons are required to wear masks, which will be provided, if necessary. Strict social distancing rules will be in place.

Book Pick-up Service Available
The Library is still offering a Book Pick-up Service for those wishing to check out materials. The Book Pick-up Service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons who wish to pick up books on hold need to make a reservation via , through email at , or by calling 516-6050 (staff are answering phones Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The deadline for picking up books is as follows:
  • To pick up items on Monday, make your reservation by Friday at 10 a.m.
  • To pick up items on Wednesday, make your reservation by Tuesday at 10 a.m.
  • To pick up items on Friday, make your reservation by Thursday at 10 a.m.
There is a limit of 60 reservations per shift to avoid crowding. Please follow social distancing rules, and patiently wait behind the taped line if there is someone already at the table. We kindly ask that you wear a mask when picking up your books.
To pick up your books, go to the Children's Room entrance, where there are tables under the portico. Holds for each patron will be wrapped in paper with the first three letters of your last name, and first initial, written on the paper. They are arranged alphabetically, and the items will already be checked out to you. Just grab and go.
Please be patient with us as we explore how to best support our patrons during turbulent times. The Library welcomes comments and suggestions at .

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Dover Public Library 73 Locust St. Dover, NH 03820
603-516-6050  Children's Room 603-516-6052