Dover Public Library | 73 Locust Street, Dover, NH 03820 | (603) 516-6050
Dover Public Library
September Newsletter
Summer Library Hours
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Fall Library Hours (beginning September 7)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

CLOSED September 4, 5, and 6
Curbside Pick-up Hours
Tuesday: 10:00am - noon and 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - noon
Upcoming Programs
Surviving September 11th
Dan Holdridge knows he is lucky to be alive. On September 11, 2001 he was standing only ten feet away from the blast of a commercial airliner crashing into the Pentagon. Everyone on the other side of the wall next to him was killed, while he survived. Now Holdridge has a personal mission to honor the 184 heroes who died at the Pentagon that day. On Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30pm Holdridge will speak virtually about Surviving September 11th: Lessons Learned on the 20th Anniversary. In the presentation, Holdridge shares a message that challenges audiences to understand the value of life through gratitude, respect, appreciation of others, and hope for a better world. He believes the way to end terrorism in our world is to understand differences between cultures and to respect them, eliminate feelings of entitlement, and honor the heroes that serve.

Reed Basket Class
Make a basket with master basket maker, and former librarian, Peggy Thrasher on Saturday, September 11th from 1-4pm. Peggy is a juried member of the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen and president of the Northeast Basketmakers Guild. This class is for adults only, and registration is required. We only have spots for 12 people. All supplies will be provided. We are asking that those who sign up for this free class be a Dover library patron.

Bessie's Story
Come meet Bessie and her owner Thomas Farmen, author of “Bessie’s Story” on Thursday, September 30 at 6:30pm in person in the library. “Bessie's Story: Watching the Lights Go Out” is an inspiring story about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight. The author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly become an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
September is National Library Card Sign-Up month and we are aiming to bring the state trophy home to Dover for a year! We need your help to get the word out about what a great item a library card is to have in your wallet. You get free access to thousands of materials in the building, plus thousands more in the form of digital loans of books, movies, music and audiobooks. Plus you can borrow museum passes, maker tools, a telescope, metal detector and SO MUCH MORE!

Anyone who lives in Dover, works in Dover, or goes to school in Dover is eligible for a FREE card. Bring in a friend or neighbor who doesn’t already have a card during the month of September, and each of you will receive a coupon for a free item from our on-going book sale or the fall book sale to be held Oct. 30 & 31 and Nov. 1 in the Library’s Lecture Hall. Help us win the trophy!
Book Groups
New members to one or all groups are always welcome!
Cover 2 Cover (morning book group) will discuss the book “Saints for All Occasions” by J. Courtney Sullivan in person on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 10am. 
The Afternoon/Evening Book Group will be discussing “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance virtually and in-person at 3pm and 6:30pm on Monday, Sept. 20.
Get Lit will meet in person on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30pm to discuss “Creatures” by Crissy Van Meter. 
Virtual Cookbook Club will be trying recipes from "Now & Again" by Julia Turshen. 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, Sept. 8 at 10am in the Lecture Hall to discuss “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein.
Pizza and Pages will meet in-person on Wednesday, September 15 at 6pm. We encourage kids in grades 7 and up to attend. The next book will be “Bloom” by Kenneth Oppel and copies of the book are available at the adult circulation desk. 
Knitting Group
The Knitting Group is meeting the first and third Wednesday morning on the library’s front lawn 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, September 8 at 6pm in the Lecture Hall for any teens interested in offering input on teen programming in the library. Any teen is welcome to attend! For questions or more information, please reach out to Emily at
Teen D&D
Drop in and play Dungeons & Dragons LIVE online through Roll20 with Dungeon Master Aidan! There is no commitment to attend all sessions. No experience or materials are required and all skill levels are welcome to play. If you are new to Dungeons and Dragons or using Roll20, please come 15 minutes early to learn the basics, set up a character, and get familiar with the website.

Friends of the Library
The Friends organization is looking for a Program Chair. The Program Chair selects, schedules, and assists with PR for all types of programs for 10 out of 12 months each year. Please contact Friends President Erin Pender at if you are interested in helping out. The next Friends meeting will be on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Now Accepting Passport Applications
We have resumed our Passport Acceptance Program. Give us a call to schedule an appointment and keep in mind the long processing times for routine processing, which is currently running 12-18 weeks.
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.

Dover 400th Lecture Series
The Dover 400th Committee has scheduled a year-long lecture series based on Dover’s history. Register on the library’s website under events to receive the link to attend. This month’s program is “Treasures of the Woodman Museum” to be held virtually on Tuesday, September 14 at 7pm.