Next month is Irish American Heritage month. Join the Dover Public Library for a performance by the music group Celtic Harvest. Featuring 4 multi-instrumentalists, Celtic Harvest plays traditional dance tunes and songs from Ireland and Scotland, along with English and American songs and original compositions. Mike Nielsen (harp, bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Jan Crumpley (flutes, whistles, concertina), Kathy Doyle (piano, guitar, vocals) and Jim McGiffin (tenor banjo, guitar, basses, bodhran) always get an audience singing, and laughing, and sometimes even thinking.
Friday, March 7 at 7:00pm
Admission is free!
Solomon Northrup, the subject of the 2013 film “Twelve Years a Slave,” was a free-born African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. When he was released from bondage Northrup sued his kidnappers, slave traders, and slave master.
Join us at the Dover Public Library for a fascinating lecture on the public reaction and historical significance of his bondage and legal trials.
This discussion will be presented by historian Syl Woolford.
Registration is requested.
Monday, February 17th at 10am!
Beginning in February the Dover Public Library and Storytellers and Writers of Rural Delaware (SWORD) will be sponsoring co-sponsoring a new program, Free Write!
Often used to overcome “writers block,” free writing is a technique in which one writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. The format of each FREE WRITE! event will vary slightly, but will always include writing prompts and discussion of technique and craft.
This is an opportunity to create and share new writing in the presence of other supportive and adventurous writers!
The program will take place on Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM
Writers of ALL skill levels are encouraged to attend.
Any and all genres of writing are welcome.
Bring your notepads or laptops.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Please direct questions to Courtney Fisher 928-242-2586
The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce a new program, the Grey Matters Lecture Series, which will take place the third Friday night each month at 7:00pm.
Join us January 17 for the first discussion - Diabetes: When Sugar Isn’t Sweet led by Lynn Everett, Ph.D.
Diabetes has become a national health problem, with over 8% of the total U.S. population currently affected and almost 2 million new cases diagnosed in 2010. It is currently the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. This discussion will cover the different types of diabetes and their causes, but the focus will be on type 2, which is the most common form and which is almost entirely preventable.
The discussion will include the roles of glucose and insulin in the body, potential reasons for the dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes, how life style choices contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and how risk factors can be eliminated or greatly reduced.
Tomorrow, December 20th is Underdog Day. Quoted from http://www.imdb.com:
“Lyrics to Underdog theme: When criminals in this world appear / And break the laws that they should fear / And frighten all who see or hear / The cry goes up both far and near / For Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! / Speed of lightning, roar of thunder / Fighting all who rob or plunder / Underdog. Underdog! when in this world the headlines read of those whose hearts are filled with greed who rob and steal from those who need to right this wrong with blinding speed goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! speed of lightning, roar of thunder fighting all who rob or plunder Underdog. Underdog!”
Celebrate your inner underdog status and soar!
Neil Gaiman, a well-known voice in the literary world for both Children and Adult fiction, gave a speech in the UK at the Reading Agency. His topic…you guessed it; the future of reading and libraries. It’s a bit long, but definitely worth the read. You can view it here.
Last Thursday it was announced that Alice Munro had won the Nobel Prize in Literature award, making her the first Canadian writer to take the honor. Ms. Munro’s writing reputation has grown steadily over the years and she is known as one of the premier short story writers living today. Make sure to stop by the library and discover this author if you haven’t already. For more information on Nobel prize winners past and present, visit www.nobelprize.org.
Tom Clancy (1947-2013), one of the most recognizable names in literature has passed away. Many of his novels, such as Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and Clear and Present Danger went on to become blockbuster films and even video games. Celebrate the life and works of this outstanding author by checking the library catalog and catching up on all of his phenomenal novels. *Photo taken from http://www.tomclancy.com.
This month the 13th happens to fall on a Friday. Are you afraid to travel on Friday the 13th? Does your name contain 13 letters? Why are we so scared of Friday the 13th? If the date does cause you apprehension, you’re not alone. 17 million people claim to be afraid of Friday the 13th. Learn the reasons why 13 has such an unlucky meaning and how prevalent the fear of this number is.
The library is hosting a talk this Friday to explore the origins of many popular superstitions, curses, & Friday the 13th. Local folklore expert Ed Okonowicz will be here at 7 pm. In this entertaining program – featuring photographs and audience participation – Mr. Okonowicz will explore the fascinating world of superstitions, including their origins, historical examples and why they remain a significant part of our folklore, culture and everyday life.
By popular demand the In Harmony…concert series has been extended from 8 performances to 11 this year. Plan to arrive early as seating goes fast!! For more information please call 302-736-7030.