Dover Public Library
March eNewsletter
History of the Gundalow
The Piscataqua River Gundalow and the World in Which it Sailed 1650 - 1900 will be presented on Tuesday, March 10 at 7pm. Step back in time as you discover the rise and fall of the workhorse gundalow. Dane Drasher's presentation uses pictures, words and a five-foot working model to help you understand how the vessel came to be and evolved over the span of 250 years. Learn about the daring skippers and surprisingly varied cargos that made their way through seacoast New Hampshire's serpentine waterways.  Why was the gundalow so successful? What precipitated her downfall? Gain insight into how this humble vessel can teach traditional American values of ingenuity, tenacity and endurance.  By understanding and embracing the unique history of our gundalow you will gain a newfound sense of pride in your seacoast New Hampshire roots.
Poetry Contest
The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry contest for grades K-12.  Contest entry forms will be available in mid-March but it is not too early to start working on those poems!  Prizes will be awarded in six different categories:  Grades K-2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, and 11 &12.  Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity.  Deadline for entry is April 15th . Students may pick up information about the contest at the Dover Public Library, any Dover school library, or at our website at  All participants are invited to attend an "Evening of Poetry" on Monday, May 18th at 6:30pm; refreshments will be served.  Students are invited to read their poetry at this event, but this will be purely voluntary.
Friends of the Library Cultural Event   
The Friends will be hosting local pianist Kathy Fink and a few of her cabaret singers at the library on Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm . They will perform a cabaret style show with songs featuring the theme of "Love." If you enjoy live music performances, you will love this show!
The Friend's of the Library Cultural Event: 
History of NH Folk Art 
"Folk art" is a broad umbrella term encompassing many types of artistic expression that lie outside the academic tradition of the so-called fine arts. In his illustrated lecture on Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm , Gerald R.W. Ward will focus on folk art from public and private collections across the Granite State from the eighteenth century to the present. He will also take a look at some examples of ephemeral and privately owned folk art that enrich the Portsmouth land- and cityscape.
National Geographic
Author & Climb    
Join us for a special evening with NH author and climber Mark Synnott on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm. Mark's book "The Impossible Climb" newly released in paperback, climaxes with Alex Honnold's unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb up El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope. Mark Synnott tells the story in the context of a deeply reported account of his ten-year friendship with Honnold, multiple climbing expeditions, and the climbing ethos they share. If you saw the incredible documentary "Free Solo" about Alex's climb, you may have seen Mark in many of the scenes. We will have some copies of Mark's book available for purchase which he will be pleased to sign.
Peeps Contest
The Peeps Show contest starts in April. Dover residents, Dover students, or Dover Public Library cardholders may enter. All Peeps displays may be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, March 30 through Saturday, April 11 . The first 10 entries can pick out a free plush Peep chick. Select one of our age divisions for your entry.  See more details online or ask at the desk. What will be this year's popular theme? Little Women?
D & D

Dungeons and Dragons groups for adults and kids have been active and popular lately in the library. Adults may play every Thursday from 6 - 8pm. Kids and teens can choose every other week between a Sunday session from 2 - 4pm or a Thursday session from 3:30 - 5:30pm. Space is limited, but pre-registration is not required.
March is Movie Lovers Month
If you love good movies, you'll want to spend a lot of time at the library in March. We have 15 films to choose from in March, including 7 recently released Oscar-nominated films. The evening movies will now have a new start time at 6pm moving forward to allow us to show films that run longer than 2 hours. So check out the library's event calendar and filter by the category "movies" to see what films are showing in March or watch the bulletin board in the basement hallway.
Monthly Offerings
Adult Knitting Group
On Monday, March 9 from 6-8pm and Thursday, March 18 from 10am - 12pm 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!
Monthly Game Night  & Afternoon 
Avoid Cabin Fever and the Winter doldrums by attending the monthly Game sessions at the library and play board games with others. All ages are welcome: kids, teen and adults! Join us on Wednesday, March 18 from 1-3 pm & 6-8pm.
Creativity Corner
What are you making? Share your creations, processes and ideas with others. "Creativity Corner" meets every second Wednesday. This month they meet on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30pm.
Join a Book Group
The Morning Book Group will discuss the book "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel on Thursday, March 5 at 10am. The Afternoon/Evening Book Group will be discussing "Saint Mazie" by Jami Attenberg at 3pm and 6:30pm on Monday, March 16. "Get Lit" will meet on March 25 at 6:30pm at Blue Latitudes to discuss "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. New members to one or all groups are always welcome.
Pizza & Pages
Teen Book Group

Pizza and Pages will meet on Wednesday, March 18 at 6pm .  We encourage kids in grades 7 and up to attend.  The next book will be "5th Wave" by Rick Yancey and copies of the book are available at the Adult Circulation Desk. 
 Discussion Group 
Interested in reading classic works of literature and improving your listening, reading, and communication skills at the same time? If so, then consider participating in a  Great Books Discussion group which meets twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Fridays. Poetics is the topic on the first and Politics and Government on the 3rd. All are welcome.
 Library Hours:
Mon - Thur 9 to 8:30
Friday 9 to 5:30
Saturday 9 to 5
Sunday 1 to 5
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