Dover Public Library | 73 Locust Street, Dover, NH 03820 | (603) 516-6050
Dover Public Library
May Newsletter
Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Curbside Pick-up Hours
Tuesday: 10:00am - noon and 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - noon

CLOSED May 28, 29, & 30
Upcoming Events
Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption
Join us on Monday, May 9 at 6:30pm for an in-person and virtual program with UNH professor Kate Gaudet. This program explores narratives of addiction and recovery and what they say about our society. This program is generously funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. If watching virtually, please sign up to receive a link.

An Evening of Poetry
All poets who participated in the library’s 20th Annual Poetry Contest are invited to read their poetry on Monday, May 23 at 6:30pm. The general public is encouraged to come and enjoy the readings. This event will take place on the library lawn (rain location will be the library's Lecture Hall). 
Exemplary Country Estates of NH
Join us on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm for a presentation with art historian Cristina Ashjian. Christina will discuss some of the great country estates featured in the NH Board of Agriculture’s program between 1902 and 1913, designed to help boost the economy and promote tourism. This program is funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. If watching virtually, please sign up to receive a link.
Imagining Little Indonesia
Join us on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30pm to learn more about Indonesian culture and the creation of the world’s first Little Indonesia, located in downtown Somersworth. A long-term vision of Indonesian Community Connect, Little Indonesia hopes to bring together Indonesian communities in New Hampshire and beyond through expressions of art, culture, and economic opportunities.

This program will be in-person at the library, but if you'd prefer to watch from home we will be streaming it live. If watching virtually, please sign up to receive a link.

Book Groups
New members to one or all groups are always welcome!
Cover 2 Cover (morning book group) will discuss the book The Dutch House by Ann Patchett in person on Thursday, May 5 at 10am. 
The Afternoon/Evening Book Group will be discussing The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune in-person and virtually at 3pm and 6:30pm on Monday, May 16.
Get Lit will meet in person on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm to discuss I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart. 
Virtual Cookbook Club will be trying recipes from The Lost Kitchen by Erin French. 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, May 11 at 10am in the Lecture Hall to discuss The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal.
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.
Creativity Corner
Creativity Corner will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. This is a gathering for creative people who are interested in sharing their creative pursuits with others; sharing tips and showing off! The group is facilitated by former Tech Librarian, Peggy Thrasher who is a juried member of the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen. 
Teen Programs
Star Wars Perler Bead Magnets
Join us on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30pm for a teen crafternoon! Celebrate Star Wars Day with us as we make Star Wars characters out of perler beads. This program is open to teens in grades 6-12.

For questions about this program, please contact Emily at
Teen Advisory Board
The library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm in the Trustees 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 special guest Cory Chambers, owner of Dover's new game store Game Chamber, showing us how to play some new board games!

For questions or more information, please reach out to Emily at
Teen LARP: Summer's Scourge
Join us on Sunday, May 22 at 2pm for the library's first Live-Action Role Playing game! Dark forces are gathering in our halls, ghastly creatures trying to hold back the coming summer, and we need heroes to outwit them before it's too late! Players age 13 to 18 can join the library for two hours of fantasy and adventure as they scour the library for puzzles to solve, magical creatures to ally with, and spells to protect them from the wandering ghouls.

For questions or accessibility concerns, please reach out to Aidan 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.

Friends of the Library
Become a Friend of the Library! Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30pm. Members meet to discuss upcoming fundraisers and requests for funds by the library. Anyone is welcome to join! The group is currently looking for a Membership Chair to maintain the members database and a Programming Chair to schedule monthly library lectures.