Paint Night this Tuesday!

lgPaint_Night_1Can you hold a paint brush? If so, you can paint! Come to the Dover Public Library this Tuesday, August 2nd, at 6pm and decorate your own glass vase. Artist Liisa Trala will be on hand to guide participants through painting unique patterns, step-by- step. The session will be held in the Children’s Programming Room on the first floor, but it’s open to adults only!

This is a free program and all supplies are provided. However, registration is required. Please call 302-736-7030 to register or for additional details.

The Demise of the Public Library?

8597779469_ba4ae9d8aa_bThe public library system has been predicted to become obsolete for as long as I can remember. It was thought that with the rise of technology and the ease of access to various pieces of information, that there simply wouldn’t be any need for the institution any longer. I was one of those people that thought they’d go the way of the video rental stores and simply die out.

When I was younger I had hardly stepped foot in them, only periodically stopping in for a book or two in order to complete a research assignment. If I used them more than a handful of times a year, that was a lot. The only time I remember actively going was for a chess club back when I was in elementary school, or when my older brother needed to stop and pick something up (he was an avid reader).

Turns out, my experience with libraries was not the norm then and it’s certainly not the norm now. In a recent article by Wayne Wiegmand for the Oxford University Press, he provides a statistical look at the use and public opinion of libraries has changed over the years.

According to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, every major institution has fallen in public esteem except three; first responders, the military, and libraries. The article also points out that studies have been able to conclude from those surveyed that over 90% believe libraries are important to their communities, to go along with the 98% who claimed their experience was positive.

In 2012 there were more public libraries than at any other point in history, with 17,219, which is a 21% increase over the past decade. 93 million Americans attended a public library program (38% increase over eight years), 65 million of whom were children (24% increase over ten years). There were also 2.2 billion items circulated, which is a 17% increase per capita over ten years. Libraries also supplied users with access to 250,000 internet-ready computers, which is a 100% more per capita than the previous decade.

It may seem strange that in a world that continues to grow and connect together via the internet, cell phones, or through other smart devices that people would not only be using libraries, but using them more frequently. That’s likely because the role of what libraries provide has changed drastically over time. They still provide the traditional resources that everyone knows about, but the push into the technology and creative fields with makerspaces and media labs has really opened the doors to an entirely different group of people.

There are more services than ever before, from 3D printing to design software, from traditional books to eBooks, and various other programs that were not available previously. Here at the Dover Public Library, we’ve seen a large influx of patrons taking advantage of these different services and programs that we offer. These offerings compliment the traditional services, helping to enrich the experience of library users by providing them with additional resources all in one place.

Only after having worked in a library have I really begun to appreciate everything they have to offer. The dedication to providing the community with what they want and need is a truly impressive thing. It is because of this that I now believe libraries will be around a lot longer than most had originally thought, and I’ll continue to visit them, even if I’m not working in one.

For further reading and statistics be sure to read the article by Wayne Wiegand.

Comic Con Kickoff – First Friday

11150568_1093279980688765_4834431870813007814_nDover Comic Con is going to be huge this year with panels, artists, vendors, food trucks, roller derby, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What you might not have known is that there will be a small taste of what’s to come on the eve of Comic Con. The downtown Dover area has a First Friday event that is held each month to help draw attention to local businesses, and provide fun activities for the community to participate in. This upcoming First Friday will have some connections to Comic Con and help us kick off the festivities a little early.

Starting at 3pm and running until 8pm, Uncorked Canvas Parties will be hosting a “Battle of the Super Heroes” painting session. Drop in to create your own super hero painting, with assistance from artists throughout the process, ending with your work being published on their Facebook page. It costs $25 per person and it includes everything you’ll need to create your favorite super hero.

Artsy Fartsy will also be featuring their own Comic Con inspired instructional paint event. Choose to paint Harley Quinn or Wonder Woman on 16×20 canvas for $15. Space is limited so pay ahead here.

As many library goers already know, we typically host a concert once a month for our own program called In Harmony. For our August 7th concert, we’ll have Junk Rock Band performing at 6:30pm at Loockerman Way Plaza! Junk Rock Band performs using oil drums, plastic tubes, milk cans, and over various unusual objects. Be ready for audience participation or involvement and become part of the show. It’s a free and fun for all ages event. This is a change from our original plan to host the event at the library for 7pm, so please disregard any previously printed information about the location and starting time. If you’d like more information about this particular event, please call the Dover Public Library at 302-736-7030.

Lastly, the Schwartz Center for the Arts will be playing the 1984 classic film Ghostbusters in their fabulous theater. Not only are they showing the awesome film, but both the Delaware and New Jersey Ghostbusters will be on hand. Arriving in Ecto-1 at 5:15pm, these Ghostbusters will be on Loockerman Street and Governors Avenue busting ghosts before the screening. During the film, the Ghostbusters will be interacting throughout the whole film for a SUPER-natural experience that’s other worldly. Tickets are available online here or at the door, and cost $10 for adults and $8 for children. But can you really put a price on seeing such an awesome movie in a theater again, and with actual Ghostbusters?!

There will likely be more additions to this list prior to the 7th, but this should be enough to peak at least some interest. Keep checking back to see if anything has been updated or added.

Update:

Mispillion River Brewing Company will be on hand between the hours of 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Loockerman Way Plaza. So stop by and check out their wonderful craft brews.

In additional to having an awesome brewing company, there will be an inflatable moon bounce on Loockerman Way Plaza. Between the hours of 5:00pm – 8:00pm bring the kids for some fun.

Orphan Train

Orphan_train_flyerFor about 75 years  of our country’s history (1854-1929) an estimated 250,000 homeless children from the streets of New York City were placed on “orphan trains” and headed west, to farming communities of the Midwest in search of stable homes. Even with its longevity and the impressive number of people affected, it remains as one of the lesser known events in American history. With the success of New York Times Bestselling book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline,there is an increased interest in learning more about our nation’s first Foster Care System. And luckily for you, we know where you should start.

This Sunday, July 19th, the Adult Book Group will be having a discussion on the popular historical fiction title. Following their discussion will be a presentation from award winning author and member of the National Orphan Train Historical Society of America, Donna N. Aviles.

As the granddaughter of orphan train passenger Oliver Nordmark, she is uniquely qualified to share the experience and history behind such a powerful piece of history. Listen to the experiences that Oliver and many other passengers had on their travel westward, and gain a deeper understanding of the history behind the movement.

The Adult Book Group will be meeting at 2:00PM followed by the presentation from Donna N. Aviles at 2:30PM.

Meet the Author of Tuesday Tucks Me In!

51-kugDuBBL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Join us a week from today for a unique read-a-long presentation of award winning book Tuesday Tucks Me In, by author Captain Luis Montalvan and his lovable service dog “Tuesday.”

The fun storytime presentation will begin at 6:00pm and is great for the entire family. Learn and see first hand the importance and value that a service dog provides veterans, along with other members of our community. This is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss!