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Schedule of Programs 2014

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Continuous Book Sale:

We now have books for sale year round in the Internet Room of the library.  Hardcover books are $3, soft cover books are $2, paperbacks and media are $1.  We are always adding new items to the shelves so check back often.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Dover Public Library.


The Friends of the Dover Public Library meet at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of September, November, January, March, and May. It’s just five meetings a year (so the time commitment is not burdensome), yet much is accomplished at each meeting: plans are laid, goals and directions are set, and events are scheduled.  The Friends next meeting will be Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30pm in the Library Lecture Hall. We’d love to see you there! Please call Cathy Beaudoin, Library Director, 516-6050, or email if you have any questions about joining the Friends. The Friends need you! The Dover Public Library needs you! 

The Friends of the Dover Public Library present:

Granite Gallows:  The Origins of New Hampshire's Debate over the Death Penalty with
Historian Chris Benedetto on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00pm.


2014 marks the 275th anniversary of the first executions in New Hampshire's history in 1739. On Tuesday, May 20 at 7 PM, local historian and educator Christopher Benedetto will exhume the Granite State's first death penalty cases, especially the tragic saga of Elisha Thomas, who was executed in Dover in 1788 and buried at Pine Hill Cemetery. The early history of the death penalty in New Hampshire also exposes many of the major legal and social issues which challenged our predecessors, and how many of them remain unresolved. As one of the last states in New England with capital punishment still legal and currently the first person on death row since 1939, understanding New Hampshire's historical struggle with this controversial issue is more relevant than ever.

Chris Benedetto lives in Rollinsford, and attended Wheaton College and Brown University. Mr. Benedetto has published numerous articles on New Hampshire history for various publications including the New England Historic Genealogical Society and co-authored the book, Union Soldier of the American Civil War: A Visual Reference in 2012. He has been a member of various living history units, including the 5th NH Volunteers for over twenty years. Mr. Benedetto has taught various history courses at Granite State College since 2009, and in 2013, he was presented with a "Good Steward" Award from the Campus Compact of New Hampshire for his continuing contributions to community education and historical preservation. 

The Friends of the Dover Public Library present:

An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis:  2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
Monday June 2, 7:00 PM

Jennifer Pharr Davis is an author, speaker, and three-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Her latest book, Called Again, chronicles her 2011 record-breaking trek, completing the Appalachian Trail in 46 days. Join us at the Dover Public Library for this world-class athlete’s inspiring story of adventure, hardship, pain, and triumph.

This program is made possible with funds from the Friends of the Dover Public Library. It’s FREE and open to the general public!

The Friends of the Library's annual Cookbook Booksale will take place Monday, June 9 to Saturday, June 14.  Great prices with $3 hardcovers, $2 large format paperbacks, and $1 for small paperbacks.  Join us and stock up!


A Few Seconds with Our Fathers: Songs and Stories of WWII on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

A Few Seconds with our Fathers: Songs and Stories of WWII is a free acoustic concert performed by Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz. Some of Bessette’s original compositions about World War II will highlight Pearl Harbor, the war in Europe, life on the Home Front and many historical facts surrounding these songs and stories. The duo will also perform other familiar songs from the war-time years.

Singer-songwriter Curt Bessette has performed all over the country and has recorded four CDs of his original songs. He teaches guitar, bass and mandolin. He will be accompanied by talented vocalist, and longtime friend, Jenn Kurtz.

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The Friends of the Dover Public Library  present “Two Old Friends: Songs, Tunes and Stories from Ireland and America” on Tuesday evening, September 17, 2013 at 7pm in the library’s Lecture Hall.

This performance will showcase plaintive ballads and foot-stomping shout tunes, soaring instrumental solos, traditional Irish tunes, and story-telling. There is truly something for everyone.

The “Two Old Friends” are Jim Prendergast and Emery Hutchins, musicians who play and sing a unique combination of Celtic and American country music. They will show the connection between the two genres. Emery is a well-known performer of a variety of different styles of acoustic music ranging from traditional Irish tunes to vintage American country music. Jim worked for thirty years in the recording studios and orchestra pits of Nashville. He now resides in NH and is an active participant in New England’s thriving Celtic/Folk music scene. 


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The Friends of the Dover Public Library present Michele Wehrwein Albion discussing her new book
"The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt" on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 7:00pm. 
Having researched Mrs. Roosevelt extensively, Michele will offer new insights into one of America’s most misunderstood First Ladies.

Born in the late 1800s to one of the wealthiest families in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a traditional woman’s role within a sedate Victorian life. Instead, she married her fifth cousin and was flung into the highest levels of American politics, culminating in Franklin’s unprecedented four-term presidency. Eleanor’s bold opinions on political, social, and racial issues took many by surprise. She held press conferences and wrote a syndicated column. She spoke at national conventions, granted interviews, and often made appearances on her husband’s behalf. Her own influence lasted years beyond his death. She advocated for human rights, worked with the United Nations, and supported what later became the civil rights movement.

The fascinating quotes collected by Michele Albion reveal an articulate, honest, and thoughtful woman. Of war, she said, “I hope the day will come when all that inventing and mechanical genius will be used for other purposes.” At a time when racism prevailed, Eleanor said, “We must be proud of every one of our citizens, for regardless of nationality, or race, every one contributes to the welfare and culture of the nation.” Organized by topic—government, money, art, education, class, relationships, emotions—these quotations disclose not only Roosevelt’s personal thoughts shared in letters and conversations, but also her strong opinions expressed in speeches and interviews. Each gives evidence of her character and her beliefs. Her words continue to resonate today.      

Michele Wehrwein Albion grew up in Maine with a great respect for the past. She has degrees from the University of Maine and George Washington University. Before becoming a writer, Albion worked at the Fort Western Museum, The Maine State Museum, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Edison and Ford Winter Estates. She is the author of “The Florida Life of Thomas Edison” and editor of “The Quotable Edison” and “The Quotable Henry Ford”. One reviewer has called her new book Clearly the definitive book of Eleanor Roosevelt quotes. Albion does excellent work weeding out all the apocryphal quotes so often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, giving us only the real thing.” Signed copies of “The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt” will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.  

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Friends of the Library Annual Booksale begins October 25, 2013

Doors open at 9am on Friday, October 25, 2013 for the Friends of the Library’s annual, two-week-long, gigantic fall booksale. Only library cardholders will be able to purchase items on the first day of the sale so be sure to bring your card with you on the 25th! The sale opens to non-cardholders and the general public on Saturday, October 26.

Thousands of paperbacks, hardcover books, and media items for all ages will be available at prices from $.50 to $3.00. Many of the sale items are books donated to the library while others are items discarded from the library’s collections. Booksale prices will be further reduced on Wednesday, October 30, and during Week #2 of the booksale, November 4-9, the remainder of the items will be sold for the bargain price of just $1.00 per bag or boxful.  Any leftover books will be given away for free beginning Tuesday, November 12.

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The Friends of the Dover Public Library present:
Feasting with Recipes Then & Now: An Exploration of Recipes from 1910 to the Present on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00pm.

Explore our modern journey back to the local farm and your great-grandmother’s kitchen. Enjoy this cooking demonstration and tasting of some historic recipes and learn to alter them for today’s shopping and palate.
Pre-registration is required and limited to 35 people.  Pre-registration begins on November 1st.  Call 516-6050 to register.


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The Friends of the Dover Public Library present: ***Postponed until January 28th***
Brattle Book Shop's Kenneth Gloss to Evaluate Your Old and Rare Books at the Dover Public Library
on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00pm.

Join us on January 21 for a presentation on antiquarian books by Ken Gloss, proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop in Boston, MA. Audience members are invited to bring books for free appraisals!  Gloss will bring several examples of notable books, magazines and ephemera from the store's private collection, such as a 1912 World Series scorecard, examples of iconic LIFE Magazines, and a sales brochure for the Titanic!  Following his talk and a question-and-answer session, Gloss will offer free verbal appraisals of your books and documents.  Gloss has been a guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow numerous times since 2000 and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations.


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The Friends of the Dover Public Library present:

America’s Romance with the English Garden by Thomas J. Mickey on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

During the 1890s, cheaper paper, faster printing, and improved mail delivery paved the way for the first mass-produced seed and nursery catalogs  with beautiful pictures sprawling lawns, exotic plants, and the latest garden accessories—in other words, the quintessential English-style garden.

America’s Romance with the English Garden is the story of tastemakers , savvy businessmen, and a growing American middle class eager to buy their products. It’s also the story of the beginnings of the modern garden industry, which fixated the proper English garden in the mind of the American consumer. These catalogs delivered aspirational images to front doorsteps from California to Maine, and the English garden became the look of America.

Publishers Weekly called America’s Romance with the English Garden a “thoughtfully woven together American landscape design history with a critical examination of how commercial interests and mass media shape our preferences, even in our humble backyards.” The book is based on Mickey’s year-long research at the Smithsonian, where he received the Enid A. Haupt Fellowship from the Horticultural Division of the Smithsonian.

He is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Landscape Institute,  a former garden columnist for Foster’s Daily Democrat, and author of  Best Garden Plants for New England.

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The Friends of the Dover Public Library present:  New Hampshire’s Little-Known Black Daughters
on Monday, March 31 at 7pm.

New Hampshire has a long, rich, and vibrant African-American history.  On Tuesday evening February 18 at 7pm, the Friends of the Dover Public Library are pleased to present a program by JerriAnne Boggis and Courtney Marshall entitled “New Hampshire’s Little-Known Black Daughters”.  They will discuss the lives and contributions of two local African-American women:  Nellie Brown Mitchell, a renowned 19th century opera singer and concert company owner from Dover, and Harriet E. Wilson, an author from Milford who penned "Our Nig, or sketches from the Life of a Free Black" in 1859.  Re-discovered in 1982 by Henry Louis Gares, Jr., this book has been documented as the first African-American novel published in the United States.

This dynamic program will explore themes of community, history, and identity and the continuing importance of Black history in New Hampshire. Courtney Marshall is an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her field of research includes African-American literature, critical race feminism, queer ethnic studies, and law and popular culture. JerriAnne Boggis is the Director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and the Harriet Wilson Project who works to tell the little-known stories of Black history in New Hampshire and beyond.

 For more information on this free program, call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.

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The Friends of the Dover Public Library present:

A Puzzle with Riddles:  the life and works of Lewis Carroll by Rev. Robert Stiefel, PhD. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dr. Stiefel recently retired after 22 years teaching Honors Seminars and Humanities Courses at the University of New Hampshire. Earlier he also taught at Harvard University and Haverford College.  A priest in the Episcopal Church since 1979, he served as Rector of Christ Church, Portsmouth from1991-2002 and currently serves as voluntary chaplain at Maple Suites Independent Living Retirement Center.

Lewis Carroll was the occasional pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), resident Lecturer in Mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford, eminent portrait photographer, logician and mathematician, inventor, theologian, an Anglican deacon acquainted with the writings of Marx and Darwin, and author of two of the most widely read and beloved books of modern times, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, to which one might add the epic poem in eight “fyttes”, The Hunting of the Snark. His life continues to present us with a puzzle to be solved and to tease us with riddles that may or may not be answerable. In this way, his life and his works are in the end very much alike. The question repeatedly put to Alice and to the hunters of the Snark is one he repeatedly put to himself and equally so puts to each of us:  “Who are you? And which way do you want to go?”

Recommended reading before April 15:  The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (Norton, 2000) and The Annotated Hunting of the Snark: The Definitive Edition (Norton, 2006).