Dover Public Library
Your Library visit will be very different in June
We don't have an opening date yet , but keep an eye on our website for details. Know that the safety of patrons and staff is foremost on our minds as we make plans for reopening. That means limiting the number of people who can be in the building at a time, and limiting the amount of time patrons spend in the building, in an effort to keep everyone healthy. The last thing we want is for the library to become an outbreak site. We like the library to be a safe space. Bear with us and be flexible as we make changes, and more changes, to keep everyone safe. Even when the building opens to the public in limited amounts, we will continue to offer curb-side pickups for those who would rather not risk coming into the library. We look forward to the time in the future when the library can be a place for people to hang out at again.

The book drops are open and ready to receive!
All items must go into the book drops, even after we reopen. Many people have been asking about returning audiobooks and music CDs. Last year we purchased a new  media book drop just for audiobooks and CDs. It is located at the children's room entrance off the parking lot. Items are quarantined for 3 full days once they are removed from the book drops, so don't panic if an item or items don't come off your account right away. They will be checked in eventually. There are no fines while we are closed, so don't worry about fines either.

Computer access available
The library has computers and copiers and fax available during the hours of 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. These are the only services in the building available to the public. Access is through the front door. Please plan on wearing a mask and check in at the main desk. Only 10 patrons will be allowed in the building at a time, so we are ask that you limit your time in the building to no more than an hour. If you plan to use the copier or fax, plan on bringing your own dollar bills or change (not pennies) because we don't have the ability to make change at this time. The cost for printing is .15/page for black and white copies, and .50/page for color copies. Faxing is $1 per page. Again, this is the only access to the building for the public at this time.

Curbside Pickup: Tips and Tricks

To take advantage of borrowing items during our closure we started Curbside pickups in mid-May. There are 6 pickup times to choose from weekly. The best practice is to place items on hold in our catalog and wait for the notice that they are ready to be picked up before scheduling a pickup time. That way you won't signup for a pickup and not actually have anything here ready for pickup. Also, if you have multiple items on hold, you only need to sign up for one pickup slot. 

All of your items will be ready for you during your scheduled pickup time. We aren't able to offer a confirmation email for pickup times, so just have faith. If you arrive during your scheduled pickup time and don't see your items on the table, please give us a call at 603-516-6050 so we can help you. The system sometimes has cracks and you may have fallen into one, so give us a call and we'll do the best we can to help you. 

If you miss your scheduled pickup time, your items will be brought inside and placed out on the table for the next two pickup times. After the third missed pickup, those items will be checked in and made available for others use. 

Please remember to keep social distance at the pickup table and respect others by wearing a mask. We appreciate your flexibility and patience during these difficult times for us all!

School Card Holders
Students and staff at the Dover schools need to have a Dover Public Library card and use that card number to place holds. Holds placed on school accounts aren't seen by the Public Library. If you don't have a DPL card you can apply for one online on the website.

Virtual Programming Continues

Book groups are meeting online. To receive the link, you must register for the event on our event calendar
Morning Book Group
The morning book group will meet on Thursday June 4 at 10 AM via Zoom to discuss the book "The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper" by Hallie Rubenhold. The library's copy is available at this moment in time, but the next available curbside pickup at the library is Wednesday. The book is available to borrow with your library card from one of our digital services, Hoopla.

Afternoon/Evening Book Group
The Afternoon/Evening Book group will be discussing "Keeper of Lost Things" by Ruth Hogan on June 15 at 3 and 6:30 PM . This title is available through Hoopla.

Get Lit!
Get Lit will meet virtually on June 24 at 6:30 PM. They will discuss "Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts" by Kate Racculia. This title is available to borrow through Hoopla. Be sure to register online!

Virtual Dungeons and Dragons is available for all ages. We especially want to promote the group on Thursdays at 6pm for ages 16+. Registration is required. See the event calendar on the website for more details and to register.

"17th Century Handwriting: Reading Bradford's Journal" (aka reading archaic handwriting) will be offered virtually on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm. Registration is required in order to receive the program link. Local genealogist Rob Weir will be giving tips and tricks for deciphering archaic handwriting in old records.

As New England marks this year the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower, join us for a workshop on William Bradford's journal, "Of Plimoth Plantation." Bradford was a Mayflower passenger and the longest-serving governor of Plymouth Colony. He maintained a journal that documented events in the colony from 1608 to 1647.

You'll hear the story of Plymouth Colony and the surprising story of the manuscript itself, and then receive a tutorial on how to read early 17th century handwriting. It is easier than you might think!

Finally, we'll work through selected passages from Bradford's journal, and together experience the satisfaction of reading and understanding a 400-year-old handwritten manuscript.  Passages include: the first encounters with the natives, the origins of the the Mayflower Compact, the sickness and death of the first winter, and the first bountiful harvest the following year.

Prerequisites:  Though no previous experience with 17th century handwriting is required; this workshop will be difficult unless you are familiar with modern cursive handwriting as taught in schools until recently.
Materials: A PDF file of readings will be made available at the following URL:  It is recommended that participants print out and have these pages available during the workshop.

Bio blurb: Robert Cameron Weir is a professional genealogist who specializes in early New England research. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists.

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