Welcome to the Dover Town Library!
The Library greeted the New Year in hard hats. The Children’s room received a top-to-bottom makeover. The list of improvements included new ceiling tiles, lighting, paint and carpet as well as new mobile shelving and child-sized furniture. A teepee and puppet theater encourages imaginative play. The new Makerspace highlights one specific topic of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Music (STEAM) each month, providing families an opportunity to explore a new discipline while having fun. The refinished room provides a warm, engaging space to read a book, imagine a new world or explore a new topic in depth.
While the children’s room received a new look, the Head of Youth Services, Bonnie Roalsen took this opportunity to reinvent Storytime, replacing it with “Super Awesome Fun Time”. This children’s program addresses a variety of individual learning styles and personalities. It gives children a chance to experience literature, music, movement and enjoy a variety of sensory experiences. Each session includes music, stories, and play that not only help build a foundation for learning but also introduces art, literature and exploration. The staff research, plan and perform all sessions tailoring them to specific age groups.
At the end of last year, we added a toy library for children of all ages and abilities. A variety of toys including board games, puzzles, dolls, electronics and building kits may be borrowed for three weeks using your library card. Because play allows children to master complex functions in language, social interactions, physical movement, problem solving and complex strategies, they become engaged in the most fundamental way to understand the world in which they live. It is one of many facets of life-long learning at the library.
But, children mustn’t have all the fun! Unique, diverse and useful objects have been added to the adult collection as well. Many are participatory tools that fully engage people of all ages and learning abilities learn more about a specific subject. Binoculars and telescopes grace the NATURE section. A potter’s wheel and a sewing machine may be found in the ARTs. In the FOOD section, you will find an assortment of baking pans, a bread maker, rice cooker, or a yogurt maker.
In addition to our expanded collections, we have diligently focused on adding more fiction, non-fiction and speed-reads, as well. All new books stay in-house for up to 6 months before they become available for interlibrary loan giving local residents preferred access to the latest titles. We also purchase multiple copies providing access to the hottest reads and in-demand titles. Speed Reads now circulate for 14 days giving patrons longer to enjoy. All of the best books listed on Amazon, NYTs and featured titles from NPR and other Talk Shows are in our collection. We are in constant pursuit of popular titles as well as curating a better collection of materials for informational and educational purposes. We gladly accept suggestions.
Our entire library’s music collection is available for your listening pleasure while visiting our facility. In addition, all library magazine subscriptions and newspapers are also available in digital format. Ask how you may borrow a “magazine iPad” or access the music collection.
All databases are free and accessible from your home, work or while in the library and include:
• ConsumerReport.org is available to assist you with informed consumer decisions.
• IndieFlix allows you to pick from over 4,000 independent films from your favorite film festivals from around the world and stream directly to your home computer or portable device to watch on your TV.
• Ancestry.com allows you to explore your personal history and family tree. It is free. However, it is the only database for which use is limited to within the library.
• Atomic Training is available 24/7 from home or work using a library card in order to learn new skills or refreshers in Photoshop, Excel, Google Docs, Skype, iPhoto, iTunes, and more.
• OneClickdigital is a Recorded Books project that enables you to download best sellers and classic audiobooks and eBooks to your Android and Apple devices with no holds from home 24/7.
All library programs are supported and paid for through private donations and fundraising efforts. Programming is an important part of library services. Programs stimulate dialogue and introduce ideas and culture for our community to explore, learn and enjoy, such as a Robbie Burns Night, Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the Japanese Drummer event. Book Clubs provide stimulating discourse and Thursday Tea provides a chance to meet neighbors. The Civil Air Patrol Model Rocket Club, White Shark Conservatory, a Financial Series, and Pastel Painting were all made possible through creative partnerships. An imaginative opportunity of reciprocal exchange happened between Elm Bank and the Dover Town Library Staff awarding a few great gardening programs for the library and summer storytimes in Elm Bank’s garden. Our annual summer Field Day on the green is always fun for everyone.
Programs happen daily at the library. On any given day you can find something that may pique your interest or satisfy your curiosity. We have a variety of Book Clubs for all ages, Teen Homework Hour, Legos and Robotics Clubs, Chess, Dungeons and Dragons, Hour of Code and Thursday Tea. We have a new drop-in “Creative” Makerspace geared for Adults and Teens. It offers an opportunity to try scrapbooking, draw with pastels or oils, or work with clay, yarn or paint.
In January, a new adult series called “SNIPPETS” will begin introducing short 15-30 minute snippets of information on a variety of topics. You’ll be introduced to a wide range of information featuring local artisans, specialists and professionals each featuring a specific topic of information. Look for SNIPPETS events on our webpage (http://dovertownlibrary.org ), in the local papers or on our outdoor sign board.
Dover Town Library continues to be recognized nationally for achievements in library services. In November 2014, Library Journal (a nationally recognized professional journal) recognized Dover as a Star Library. Fewer than 300 of the 17,000 public libraries in the United States receive this recognition based on library circulation of materials, patron visits, program attendance and internet usage. In 2012, Dover Town Library was named finalist as a “Best Small Library in North America” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The library continues to be recognized for a number of achievements but we are most proud to be serving this community.
The Staff remains committed to our library’s mission of providing free open access to the world’s knowledge, information and culture. We are always pleased to assist with reader’s advisory, help pick out a great book, place a hold on a new title, or answer questions. We are a team of professionals dedicated to the community, as well as to our profession. To be recognized nationally for all we do makes us proud but our greatest achievement is hearing your praises, compliments and excitement when you walk through the doors. Every day we strive to build a meaningful collection of materials, to offer a variety of engaging programs and make the Dover Town Library a worthwhile destination for you and your family. You are always welcome to stop by the library for a visit or call us at 508-785-8113.