Dover Public Library
Expanded Hours
The Library is pleased to announce that we are expanding our hours to add back in one evening a week and Saturday mornings. Starting Monday, July 13, library hours will be:

Mondays 9am - 8:30pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am- 5pm
Saturdays 9am - 1pm

The same restrictions on the building capacity, limited time inside the building, and request that people wear a mask while inside, remain.
Curbside Pick-Up Service Continues
We are continuing the Curbside Pickup option for those patrons who would rather not come in the building. They take place on Mondays and Wednesdays 10-noon and 4-6pm. Also, on Friday mornings 10-noon. Place desired items on hold, wait for the confirmation that they are ready and then schedule a pickup time within the week online or by calling the library. Just be sure to either schedule a curbside pickup for your holds or come in during business hours to pick up your holds. PLEASE DON'T DO BOTH!
Ceiling Damage
Our lovely 1905 building is starting to show its age. We had some plaster ceiling damage due to an old leak which was scheduled to be repaired later this month. Unfortunately, the plaster couldn't wait and let go last Thursday afternoon with a loud crash. Luckily no one was injured!  As a result, the fire department has ordered us to close the stairs to the top floor for safety reasons.
DVD Collection Has Moved
The Fire Department has told us that the public cannot be allowed on the top floor of the library because of the limited egress options if there were a fire or other emergency. We moved the adult DVD collection to the top floor before reopening for social distance safety. If you would like to borrow adult DVDs, please place the ones you want on hold via the library catalog or by calling the library. Staff are able to access the top floor and will be able to get up there twice a day to retrieve DVDs on hold. It's a bit of a hassle, but one that we hope will be very temporary!
Summer Reading
Summer Reading is all online this year! For all ages. Register for ReadSquared  and start logging your reading. We have scaled back and consolidated the programs this year for obvious reasons. We hope you will still participate and write reviews for your books, adults! The prize situation will be different this year, with prizes awarded by random drawings at the end of the program which ends on July 31.
Are you unsure what to read next, in a book rut, or are you looking for books that will capture your child's imagination? Let us help.  Answer a few quick questions about your reading habits, and let us do the rest.  We will gather some books, check them out to you, and make them available through our Book Pickup Service. This is a free service for all ages of readers. To start, fill out this form:

Creative Bug Tutorials
Feeling like you wish you had a hobby to occupy your time normally spent out and about? Check out the website Creative Bug available with your library card on our website. You can teach yourself any number of crafts or improve your skills using the instructional videos on the site. From Knitting to Drawing and everything in between.
Please Return Materials in Outside Return Bins
Please remember to return all items in the outside book drops. They will go into quarantine for 3 days before they are checked in and taken off your account. There won't be fines for the quarantine period. Speaking of fines, they will start accruing for overdue items as of July 13. Be patient as we make the system contortions necessary to get it to work with all the craziness over the past few months. You may see fines on your account that you don't think should be there. They may disappear on their own, or you can certainly ask us about them when you are in. Starting on Wednesday, July 15th we will again have our cash drawers back so fine payments can be made.
Library Programs
Thank you if you responded to our survey about programming during a pandemic. We will be trying some new things in the coming months. Keep an eye on the website for information about upcoming programs.
Learn to Zoom Class
Zoom! Who hasn't at least heard of Zoom thanks to the pandemic? People are using zoom for working remotely, for attending church, for staying in touch with friends and family. Would you like to learn how to Zoom? Sign up for a class on the library's webpage to take place on Thursday, July 16 at 2pm.
Virtual Cookbook Club
Join us for a virtual exploration of Sarah Copeland's cookbook Every Day Is Saturday. Throughout the month of July, send in pictures of your dishes created with recipes from the book and a small description of your cooking process, how you felt about the recipe, 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. A copy of the book will be available at the main circulation desk to photocopy recipes, and it is also available on Hoopla Digital. For questions, please e-mail Emily at or call (603) 516-6050 for more information.

There are other virtual programs listed in the event calendar. Check them out!
Museum Passes
Museums are slowing starting to reopen, sometimes with timed entries to help with capacity and social distancing. Check our website for details. We've added a handy icon telling you at a glance whether the museum has reopened yet. Like with most things, things are changing quickly so check our site, but also be sure to look at the museum's site for the latest information relating to visits. This is most easily done through our website.

Local Artist of the Month
We have art on display again at the Library. Stop by during July and August to view the Portraits of New England's Craft Beer Makers by Michael Penney. 

Follow Us on TikTok!

Follow the library on TikTok @doverpubliclibrary! Stay tuned for fun new videos created by our library staff. Teens are encouraged to try out our weekly Teen TikTok Challenges throughout the summer and tag us or use the hashtag #doverpubliclibraryteens in their videos so we can see what they create!

The Library is Online 24/7
Remember that the library is open 24/7 when it comes to our digital offerings. Give us a call if you need any help or have questions.

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