Dover Public Library | 73 Locust Street, Dover, NH 03820 | (603) 516-6050
Dover Public Library
June Newsletter
Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 8:30pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Curbside Pick-up Hours
Tuesday: 10:00am - noon and 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - noon
Upcoming Events
Summer Reading Program
Summer reading begins on Monday, June 20! Dive into summer reading this year with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.” Programs for kids, teens, and adults—with prizes for each! If you have a library card, be sure to sign up. If you live, work or go to school in Dover and don’t have a card, now is your time to get one and join in on the fun!
Dover Author Gregory Bastianelli
Join us to hear from local horror writer Gregory Bastianelli on Monday, June 6 at 6:30pm. Greg's latest book is called "Shadow Flicker." It was released this year. His 3 previous novels are "Snowball", "Loonies", and "Jokers Club." If you love a good scare or are interested in publishing your own work, you won't want to miss this opportunity to meet a local author! He will have copies of all of his books available for purchase and signing at the event.

This program is available as a hybrid option. If you'd prefer to attend virtually, you must register using this link to receive webinar link on the night of the event.

Gender 101
Growing up, many of us were taught that there are only two genders: male and female. But gender is more than the body parts someone is born with and language regarding gender is evolving.

Join us on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30pm for Gender 101. In this program, we’ll explore some common terms as well as the gender binary, gender norms, and how language related to gender continues to change. 

This event will be presented by Q (they, them, theirs), co-founder of the Affirming Spaces Project (ASP). The New Hampshire-based organization is dedicated to improving local communities through the development and maintenance of welcoming and affirming environments for patrons, visitors and employees of all genders. This is done through trainings with local businesses and providing an online database of businesses that are trans and gender non-conforming friendly.

This program will be presented live and in-person, but will have a virtual option for those who would prefer to watch from home. Sign up is needed to watch virtually in order to receive a link to the live stream.

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Knitters and crocheters are welcome to join us on the Library's front lawn with their projects for an in-person crafting circle on Saturday, June 11 from 10am-noon in honor of World Wide Knit in Public Day! Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. All levels are welcome! Rain location will be the Library's Lecture Hall.
Local Author John Christie
John Christie will read from his memoir, “The Prince of Wentworth Street,” about growing up in Dover in the 1950s and 1960s.
“I’ll be reading sections about my days at St. Mary Academy, about my parent’s work at in the mills of Dover and Somersworth, about life with my extended family in our tenement on Wentworth Street (now Boyle Street) and about my gang of rebellious pals on Henry Law Avenue,” Christie said.

John is an award-winning veteran journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor and publisher for newspapers in Massachusetts, Florida and Maine. He attended St. Mary Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and UNH. He is the editor of the best-seller, “Andrew: Savagery from the Sea.” His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Yankee magazine, the Boston Phoenix, NPR-affiliate WBUR and elsewhere. With his wife, Naomi Schalit, he founded the investigative news service, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

10 Genealogical Brick Walls You Will Face (and How to Demolish Them)
In genealogy, a brick wall is an ancestor who seemingly refuses, despite repeated attempts, to reveal their origins. No matter how hard you try, you are unable to connect them to your family tree. They remain the stubborn puzzle piece who refuses to fit in. In this presentation we will survey the most common kinds of brick walls and learn some tricks for demolishing them. From immigrants to paupers, sojourners to pioneers, name shifters to hushed up family secrets, nearly every genealogist will come across these types.

This program is presented by Robert Cameron Weir, a genealogical researcher based in Dover, N.H. He specializes in hard problems related to New England genealogy, from 1620 to the present. He is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogy and chairs the Publication Committee of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists.

This program will be presented live and in-person, but will have a virtual option for those who would prefer to watch from home. Sign up is needed to watch virtually in order to receive a link to the live stream.

Book Groups
New members to one or all groups are always welcome!
Cover 2 Cover (morning book group) will discuss the book Inheritance by Dani Shapiro in person on Thursday, June 2 at 10am. 
The Afternoon/Evening Book Group will be discussing Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney in-person and virtually at 3pm and 6:30pm on Monday, June 20.
Get Lit will meet in person on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30pm to discuss Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 
Virtual Cookbook Club will be trying recipes from Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden. 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 at the main circulation desk.
A Matter of Fact, a non-fiction book group, will meet in person on Wednesday, June 8 at 10am in the Lecture Hall to discuss The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez.
Knitting Group
The Knitting Group is meeting the first and third Wednesday morning in the library’s Makerspace from 9:30-11:30. Be sure to check the event calendar for dates.
Teen Programs
Teen Advisory Board
The library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, June 8 at 6pm in the Activity Room for any teens in grades 7-12 interested in offering input on teen programming in the library. Any teen is welcome to attend!

This month we will have a pizza party to celebrate our last meeting of the year.

For questions or more information, please reach out to Emily at
Tie Dye Party
Join us on Thursday, June 30 at 2pm for an afternoon of tie-dying on the library's front lawn! Please bring any white article of clothing or fabric accessory that you'd like to transform into a tie-dyed piece.

For questions, please e-mail Emily at
Passport Appointments
Thinking about traveling abroad, but don't have a passport? Give us a call at (603) 516-6050 to schedule an appointment. Passport application and renewal forms are available at the main circulation desk.
Notary Service
The library now has notaries on staff. Please call the library to see if the notaries are available. The cost is $5 per document payable in cash or by check. Notaries are also available at the City Clerk’s Office.
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.