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  • Dover Public Library events for the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

    The library will be closed on Friday, December 2 for a Staff Development Day, but in the meantime join us in celebrating Native American Heritage month and the start of the holiday season!

    On Monday, November 28 we wrap up Native American Heritage month with a program on Indigenous Land Stewardship along the Cochecho through the ages. Join us before the presentation for a special event as we unveil the library’s new Land Acknowledgement plaque. The plaque was funded by a generous grant through the NH Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The plaques are part of a city-wide initiative and will be placed on several local buildings.

    Later in the week, swing by the Festival of Trees on Friday, December 2 to see our tree! It will be “Bluebeary” themed – based on our favorite blue bear mascot! If you haven’t had a chance to meet Bluebeary yet, he’s a big, blue bear painted by Tomie dePaoloa and hangs out in our Children’s Room. He’s hard to miss!

    ADULT EVENTS

    Indigenous Land Stewardship (In-Person and Virtual)

    Monday, November 28 at 6:30 PM

    Presenters Denise Pouliot, Kathleen Blake, and Paul Pouliot will give a short history of Indigenous foodways, and the traditional use of waterways and land along the Cochecho. The presentation will also focus on contemporary efforts being made by Indigenous groups to care for their ancestral homelands, and how attendees can support these programs. This event was made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. Sign up is needed if you wish to view virtually.

    Dungeons and Dragons for Adults (In-Person)

    Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29 at 6 PM

    Ages 18+ can drop in and play Dungeons and Dragons every other Monday and every Tuesday night at the library. You do not need to have attended previous sessions to enjoy the game. No experience or materials are required and all skill levels are welcome.

    Cover 2 Cover Book Group (In-Person)

    Thursday, November 1 at 10 AM

    Join us on the first Thursday of every month to discuss a book. December's selection is "Miss Benson's Beetle" by Rachel Joyce. Copies of the book can be borrowed at the Adult Circulation Desk. New members are always welcome.

    Cocheco River Writers (In-Person)

    Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 PM

    Join a community of local writers with Cocheco River Writers! This group meets the 4th Thursday of every month and welcomes all skill levels. Discuss ideas, get tips, and share

    your work with others in a low-key, inviting atmosphere. Whether you want to write creatively for fun or for publication, this group is a great way to hone your craft!

    CHILDREN EVENTS

    STEM Storytime (In-Person)

    Monday, November 28 at 10 AM or 11 AM

    Each week we will focus on a different Theme, using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to enhance the books, songs and activities of the storytime. This program is designed for children aged 3-5 to learn independence from their caregivers. Sign up is needed.

    Fresh Air Storytime (In-Person)

    Monday, November 28 at 4 PM

    Rain, snow, sunshine, or cold. Kids in grades K-3 are invited to join us on the library lawn as we explore the outdoors through books and activities. Sign up is needed.

    Mother Goose on the Loose (In-Person)

    Tuesday, November 29 at 10 AM

    For babies through 2 years and parent/caregiver, Mother Goose on the Loose is a 30 minute program with nursery rhymes, songs, puppets, other props and short stories. A joyful and fun gathering that promotes early literacy skills.

    Family Storytime (In-Person)

    Wednesday, November 30 at 10 AM

    Children of all ages with caregivers are invited to attend this program which includes stories, fingerplays, songs, and puppets.

    Arts & Crafts Storytime (In-Person)

    Thursday, December 1 at 10 AM

    Each session will focus explore a different theme involving arts and crafts. Books, songs, rhymes, and an art activity will all be part of the fun. Designed for children ages 3-6. Sign up is needed.

    Polar Express Family Event (In-Person)

    Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM to 11 AM

    Families are invited to experience the joy of the classic Christmas book “The Polar Express” by Chris van Allsburg. Wear your pajamas and listen to the story read aloud at 10:00 am. There will also be crafts and activities based on the book. Hot chocolate and breakfast items will be available.

    Dover Public Library hours are Monday-Thursday 9 AM-8:30 PM, Friday- Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, and Sundays 1 PM-5 PM. Curbside pickup is available. For more information or to sign up for a program, visit library.dover.nh.gov or call 603-516-6050.