Photo of old cemetery on Holland Road by Carol
Information on the settling of the area and early
history of the Town of Dover appears in the
Vermont Historical Gazetteer collated by Abby
Hemenway and published in 1891 by Carrie Page.
1913 ~ At
Dover Town Meeting, five citizens were elected to serve on the Library
Board of Trustees.
Expenses for the year amounted to
1916 ~ A
librarian was paid $5.00 to number the books in the collection.
1928 ~ A
subscription to National Geographic cost the library $3.60.
1971 ~ Alice Bayles became
the first professional librarian.
The library was open April through
October, two hours per week.
1972 ~ The
library moved to a room in the Brick School, our present location.
1978 ~ $9,000
was appropriated to make two small rooms into one large room for the
1987 ~ $70,000
was appropriated for a two-room addition to the back of the library.
1988 ~ The
library was open 15 hours per week.
1997 ~ The
library installed an automation system; the card catalog became a thing
of the past.
2003 ~ The Community
Room was organized as the home of the Vermont Collection and
became available for
meetings and other public events.
2005 ~ A
big-screen multi-media system and a Gallery Wall with special lighting
for art exhibits was added to
the Community Room.
The library also acquired DSL and more computers for public access
launched this website.
2006 ~ The
library acquired “wi-fi” internet access and new
furnishings for the Community Room.
Without the dedication of many
people, the library would not be here today. It was the community
spirit and enthusiasm of ordinary people that created the library.
People have kept it going for nearly a hundred years, and people
make it what it is today: a wonderful place where you and your
neighbors can connect with each other and with the wide, wide world of
literature, information, news, art and entertainment. Whether
people are employees, trustees, patrons, or supporters, they make the
library happen. Volunteers give it its life. come in, find your niche. Let us know if you have some special interest or skill you
would like to contribute.
a part of something larger.
The Volunteering Program is coordinated by
Library Assistant, Nancie McLean
Here are some of the ongoing volunteer jobs at
Book Shelver ~ Putting
books on the shelves is one of the most essential activities. It
enables patrons to find materials they need.
Display Assistant ~ This
is the presentation of library materials to help keep the library an
updated and interesting place.
Materials Shifter ~ The
library is a movable feast: with new books constantly coming in,
materials need to be shifted and occasionally weeded out.
Shelf Reader ~ This
volunteer is responsible for making sure that items are put back
Periodical Manager ~ This
job requires checking and shelving new periodicals and maintaining
order within the periodical section.
Children’s Story Hour Reader ~ This volunteer reads picture books to small
groups of young children and assists with other activities, such as
Website Keeper ~ Volunteers
constantly update, maintain, improve and create new pages for this
Volunteers under the age of 18 will require
parental or guardian permission and all volunteers will be expected to
fill out an application.
Alice Bayles, Dover’s first professional
librarian, and John Flores, the library’s current director
for NEW ADDITION for CHILDREN’S ROOM