William Trotter’s War

trotter_william_monroeAre you interested in history? Of course you are! Join us for a lecture about William Trotter’s War, on Wednesday April 20, at 6:30pm. William Trotter was a Harvard educated African-American, one of the founders of the Niagara Movement and the NAACP, and editor of the Guardian newspaper in Boston. He led many protests against the conditions under which African-Americans lived during the early 1900’s. His rage focused on the philosophies which Booker T. Washington espoused and the policies of segregation which President Woodrow Wilson implemented.

After World War I, Trotter attended the Peace Conference in Paris and requested the peace agreement include a statement that the United States government should not discriminate against its African-Americans citizens solely based on race. The lecture reviews the many injustices which William Trotter protested against in his lifetime and will create for all those who attend the lecture, a new hero  they should celebrated.

Hoop-Dance Class!

10848288_1517016348577524_871014289_nIf you thought a hula hoop was just a toy for kids, you’d be mistaken. Hoop-Dance, or hooping, for adults has been growing in popularity for years because it’s a fun and easy way to get a little exercise in almost any situation. I’ve seen hooping at various events, from concerts and festivals to backyard bar-b-que’s, so it really can be done almost anywhere. This aerobic workout mixes cardio with a mind-body connection to improve flexibility, balance, and core strength. That’s why the library has decided to host our very own introductory Hoop-Dance class this Friday at 6:30pm! Join certified Hoopnotica instructor Jennifer Becker to experience a glimpse of a Hoopnotica class! Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to register.

Check out some of the awesome videos Jen has made below and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram for a whole lot more:

STEM Makerfest 2016

Makerfest-logo-draft-2016_1Join the Dover Public Library on Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for an exciting day of hands-on science and technology activities and demonstrations! The STEM Makerfest has been a wonderful place for different organizations to come together and show all of the fascinating developments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In previous years there has been demonstrations of 3D printers, 3Doodlers, Spheros (think BB8), Makey Makey, and so much more. For a complete list of what’s happening at the library on Saturday, check out the list below.

Free Admission; call 302-736-7030 with questions!


Quench That Thirst
DNREC Wetland Monitoring Assessment
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come and find out what benefits the wetlands provide! Enjoy two interactive exhibits which demonstrate the wetlands’ ability to purify water.
All ages

First State Robotics
Delaware 4H Razor Steel Robotics
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover First State Robotics! The First program engages kids in a mentor-based program that builds STEM skills, inspires innovation, and develops important life skills, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
Ages 13-19

Getting to Know and Understand Nature
Delaware Children in Nature
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children will use a “watershed enviroscape” to explore how what we do in our neighborhood impacts water cleanliness for us and our neighbors: plants, animals, and humans! Kids will also discover how playing, exploring, and learning in the outdoors can be good for their health, schoolwork, and even lead to interesting jobs and careers!
Ages 4+

Get Wired
Girls, Inc. of Delaware
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Test your steady hand as you try to make it to the end of the wire without ringing the buzzer, see how a scribble bot works, and try out more challenges that test your skills!
Ages 8-12

Horseshoe Crabs and Humans
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See live horseshoe crabs and witness how their unique qualities help them play an important role in biomedicine!
Ages 8+

Printed Solid – 3D Printing
Printed Solid
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Explore a table full of 3D printed objects printed on a wide range of different materials meant for both engineering and artitistic purposes and talk to 3D printing experts!
Ages 4+

Towards a Green Future
Delaware State University – Chemistry Department
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kids will discover basic concepts related to sustainability and renewable energy and will explore displays including a solar system, a dome, a wood-burner, and a microorganism-based electricity generator!
Ages 8+

Build Your Own Rockets
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join two rocket scientists and construct your own paper rocket, then test out your design by blasting it into the air with an air launcher!
All ages

Food Biotechnology
Delaware State University
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior looking for something interesting to do this summer? Learn about the DSU Summer Food Biotechnology Camp, where you’ll get hands on experience in a college lab setting and guidance in performing your own research project!
Ages 13+

Optical Voice Link
Delaware State University – OSCAR
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience the transmission of voice over a fiber-optic cable!
Ages 4+

Forget Reality!
University of Delaware – CEOE
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lose yourself in the alternate environments of the air, beach, and ocean using cutting-edge simulation technology!
All ages

Dancing Photons
Delaware State University – SPIE Student Chapter
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us and see a variety of optical effects and demos!
Ages 13+

STEM at Wesley College
Wesley College
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cannon scholars will be on hand to talk about their research and demonstrate basic chemistry experiments. Learn about the STEM programs at Wesley College, which provide undergraduates with opportunities in directed research and prepare them for careers in STEM fields.
Ages 8+

Birds’ Eye View of Conservation
Delaware Wild Lands
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Look! Up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane – no, it’s a Wild Lands drone! Learn how using a drone to get a birds’ eye view of nature can help us take care of 21,000 acres of wildlife habitat! Enjoy a virtual visit to Delaware Wild Lands’ properties. Weather permitting, field ecologist Andrew Martin will take the drone outside for demonstration flights!
All ages

Get Certified in Maker
Wilmington University
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Found out how you can become a Maker through Wilmington University’s new Maker Certificate program! Learn about 5 courses covering the basics that will get you started on Making!
Ages 13+

Ramps and Robots
Engineer Early
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ramps and inclined planes are very useful simple machines that can make life easier. Young children can experience hands-on exploration of ramps using every day materials and Lego Robotics!
Ages 0 – 7

Gears, How They Move Us
Keith Power
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Witness gears in motion and learn about torque, ratio, and types through a LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot and LEGO gears demonstration.
Ages 8+


Special Programs and Panels!

Horseshoe Crabs and Biomedicine
Children’s Programming Room @ 11 a.m.

Game Design and Augmented Reality
Small Business Center @ 12 p.m.

Fun with Makey Makey!
Children’s Programming Room @ 1 p.m.

Picking a 3D Printer
Small Business Center @ 2 p.m.

Robotics Demonstration
Teen Loft – Throughout the day

Built It! Make Your Own Designs
Children’s Programming Room @ 2 – 4 p.m.

Meet Local Authors

photo-1445445290350-18a3b86e0b5aLocal authors Dee Emeigh, L.S. King, Christy Schaffer, and S. Raven Storm will be on hand to talk about their books and give writing insights this Saturday from 10:30-1:30pm! Copies of the author’s works will be available for purchase.


Dee Marvin Emeigh

Writing and illustrating her own children’s books is the fulfillment of a dream that has been nurtured by many experiences for Dee Marvin Emeigh. In her first college experience, Dee studied art and English and more recently, she earned a dual MEd as a Reading  Specialist and TESOL instructor. She has been a graphic designer, freelance photojournalist, and feature writer; as well as a high school English and reading instructor, and now continues to teach at the college level part time.

These varied interests and talents are represented in her first non-fiction children’s book, “Buddy Comes to Breakfast,” the story of her visit with a friend and the Desert Tortoise who lives in the backyard.

Dee lives in Milford with her husband, photojournalist, Gary, and two cats.

L.S. King

L. S. King has published two novels, Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck and Sword’s Edge, as well as many short stories. In the past, she has authored a column for writers and taught an online fiction writing class. She has worked as a submissions editor and a  copy editor on several magazines and was a founding editor of the online magazine, Ray Gun Revival. In the Deuces Wild universe, the second book, Stacking the Deck, is currently being written, and she is working on several books in her Gifts of the Elders series as well.

As a child, L.S. began studying the martial arts, eventually earning the rank of master. Other items in her eclectic background are working in an electronics store, as a
journalist, a school bus driver, in a radio station, and as a gymnastics coach. She also homeschooled all 4 of her children.

Christy Shaffer

Christy Shaffer of Dover, Delaware, has been illustrating and writing children’s books for more than 20 years and has more than 40 books to her credit. Her primary publisher has been Dover Publications Inc., New York, for whom she has created a variety of memorable characters, including unicorns, carousel horses, dinosaurs and fairies. Christy is also well known on the local art scene, giving talks to young illustrators at libraries and schools, facepainting at various festivals, and participating in a dozen or more art shows and events each year.

S. Raven Storm

S. Raven Storm is a native New Yorker, who currently moved from Goldsboro,
NC to Dover, DE. She holds a BS degree in business management and English literature. She writes erotic and other genres of romance and poetry. S. Raven Storm released her first novel, Someone for Me in April 2015 under the now defunct, Platinum Pearl Publications. The Amazon EBook has a five star rating with great reviews. In December 2015 she self-published the book, Someone for Me 2: Tina’s Turn. She is now in the middle of the final book in the trilogy, Someone for Me 3: Stone’s Story. She came in 2nd place for Sexiest 2015 Erotic Romance Novel for Someone for Me. She brings the heat and is famous for her iconic trademark color purple. Her branding slogan of “Feel the heat and if it ain’t naughty, it ain’t nice,” has become  synonymous with her body of work.

Lego Day and the End of the Winter Reading Challenge

20160312_121443The Winter Reading Challenge was kicked off with a Harry Potter Day in January and it has now officially ended with a successful Lego Day. There were over 30 entries in the building challenge and it spanned across different age groups. Entries included an array of themes for the builds, spanning futuristic space exploration to medieval jousting, with everything between. Congratulations to the winners and all who entered for a job well done! Crafts, movies, video games, and a Lego building area all helped to create a successful event.

All of the entries for the Winter Reading Challenge have been accumulated, winners have been randomly selected, and they will be notified shortly. We’d like to thank all of our participants for submitting reviews and in total we received 224 totals reviews!