Grey Matters: McLane & Washington

Alan McLaneCome to hear Revolutionary War figure Allen McLane tell of his great admiration for the Commander, General George Washington, this Friday, February 20th, at 7:00pm.  McLane served under General Washington’s command for 8 years during the Rev War as a soldier and military intelligence gatherer.  Following his election President Washington appointed McLane as the first Marshal of Delaware where he served for another eight years.   Then as the President was completing his second term in 1797, he appointed McLane as the Collector for the Port of Wilmington – the position he held for 32 years until his death in 1829.

This historic theatrical presentation will explore the importance of the relationship between President George Washington and Delaware’s own Allan McLane. The importance of this relationship in terms of the impact of the American Revolution are brought to light in this theatrical event. Mr. McLane honorably served President Washington during the war and with two federal appointments.

95+ Languages Are At Your Fingertips: New and Improved Transparent Language Online System Now Available FREE at Dover Public Library

Planning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

Transparent Language


If you didn’t know, Dover Public Library offers Transparent Language Online to all patrons, free of charge. Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 95+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for every learner:

  • Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.
  • Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.
  • Supplemental Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!
  • Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.

Already have an account? We have good news for you, too! We are excited to announce that Transparent Language has launched a new and improved version of Transparent Language Online for your language-learning pleasure. The brand new minimalist design optimizes your learning experience with an interface that’s both beautiful and useable. It may look prettier, but what else is new?

  • Your Learning Path: A new, customizable learning path allows you to choose what you want to learn, and there’s plenty to choose from in Transparent Language Online!
  • Skill-building activities: Struggling with a particular skill? You now have the option to practice particular skill-building activities without being forced to repeat an entire lesson or course. Improve your area(s) of weakness without wasting a minute.
  • Faster loading times: Speaking of wasting time—the latest HTML/JavaScript frameworks make the new Transparent Language Online ultra-fast. No more waiting for things to load!
  • Updated analytics system: Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? The updated analytics system tracks your progress and puts it front and center on your dashboard, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.
  • Extended mobile support: New native applications for iOS and Android™ tablets will be available this year, sporting the same improved user interface. There are no limitations on which activities you can use on your tablet – you’ll be able to practice your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills on-the-go!

To learn more about Transparent Language Online and preview the new features, swing by the library for a demo! If you don’t already have an account, we’ll set you up with one. You can also access the program directly at

Feel free to contact us with any questions at 302-736-7030.

Comic Con T-Shirt Contest

LogoIt’s time to announce the guidelines for the Comic Con T-Shirt contest which was first announced in early November. Since the T-Shirts were a highly sought after item at last years convention, we really wanted to make this years unique by allowing artists, designers, creatives, and everyone else the opportunity to put their own stamp on such an awesome event. The contest winner’s design will be on the 2015 Comic Con t-shirt that will be sold that day.  The winner will also receive a complimentary t-shirt with their design on it.

The guidelines for entries are as follows:

All entries must be submitted in a digital format. No hand drawn submissions will be accepted. Submissions must also include the Dover Comic Con logo.

Preferred formats include:
.EPS (vector files), .AI (Adobe Illustrator), .PDF, PSD (Photoshop Document)

Other acceptable formats:
.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .pub, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .tif, .bmp, .png, .cdr

The resolution for the design should be 300 dpi (dots per inch).
There are no restrictions on the number of designs that may be entered. Designs must be submitted via email to, and should include “T-Shirt Contest Submission” as the subject line. Be sure to include your name and contact information as well.

Artist acknowledges that each entry is:

  • completely original
  • does not incorporate or include any material that would require the consent of any third part
  • does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right, or any other right of any third party.

Dover Comic Con shall have the right to edit, composite, scan, duplicate or alter the entry design for any purpose which it deems necessary or desirable, without the need for any further compensation, and/or permission. Submissions including offensive language, imagery or themes will be excluded from competition.

By entering, artists acknowledge, agrees, and understands that the winning design will become the exclusive property of Dover Comic Con, which retains rights to the reproduction of the design.

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.

Lastly, if you would like to create a logo but do not have the software necessary to do so, please stop by the library and reserve a time to use our Media Lab where you can access Adobe Photoshop Elements.

If there are any questions, please feel free to e-mail for assistance.

Eating Smart

6Most people at some point in their life have attempted to change their eating habits so that they can live a healthier life. And in my own experiences, most people tend to not follow through completely on that lifestyle change. Well, here’s your chance to get started, get back on track, or continue to learn more about healthy eating habits. The Delaware State University Cooperative Extension Programs -EFNEP – will offer an expanded food and nutrition education program. This four week course will cover topics: Intro to get moving, Plan shop and save, Vary your veggies, and Strong bones and proteins. Each participant will receive free Zumba instruction and healthy snacks. Classes will run every Thursday starting on the 5th at 1pm, and will continue until the end of the month.

If you’re interested in registering for the classes, you can do so by going to our calendar and clicking on the “Eating Smart – Being Active” link.

Tax Assistance

Taxes-DueOver the course of the past few weeks there have been many phone calls to the library about tax forms and tax assistance programs, so here is some of the information we have regarding the tax programs.

VITA – Nehmiah Gateway Community Development Program
Wednesday and Thursday: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Free, no registration required, first come, first served

Income Eligibilities:

  • $52,000 or less with dependents
  • $35,000 or less without dependents

Service begins 1/21/15 and runs until 4/18/15.

Fridays – 9:00am – 11:45am

Registration is required. Call 302-746-7030 to make an appointment.

Free Service

Services begin 02/06/15 and runs until 4/10/15.