DOVER — The Dover Public Library will host author author Glen Hammel Thursday, Septe. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Community Room as part of its "Nights at the Round Table" author series.

Hammel will discuss his new book, "The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association: 100 Years of Swiss Cheese & Swiss Culture."

Since the first Swiss immigrants settled in eastern Ohio with only the essentials -- their family and their copper cheese kettles -- Ohio has become the nation's leader in Swiss cheese production. However, this process, like the cheese, was not without its holes. As the industry evolved from early farm sheds to modern facilities, the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association has led the way. "The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association: 100 years of Swiss Cheese & Swiss Culture" tells more than just the story of the Association, and covers more than just the past century of the industry. It tells the story of Ohio's immigrant families who passed their knowledge and work ethic from generation to the next from the primitive kettles over open fires to the automated machinery that will help produce nearly 200 million pounds of Swiss cheese this year.

Author Glen Hammel sat down with the men who can tell the story best -- those who grew up in their father's cheese houses, traded copper kettles in for stainless steel vats, and now watch the next generations carry on the legacy. It's a story of family, fraternity and a food everyone loves.

A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to all. Please call 330-343-6123 to register. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.

The Dover Public Library will host a series of free classes on academic writing and public speaking beginning Tuesday, Sept. 19. Academic Writing will begin at 6 p.m. and Public Speaking will begin at 7 p.m. Classes, which are free and open to all, will run through Nov. 21.

Class descriptions are as follows:

Academic Writing: Similar to a college-level English composition course, students will learn academic writing and the fields necessary for success. Focus will be on syntax, paragraph and essay development, academic word choice, and grammar. Some of the various compositions that students will learn about and write are comparison/contrast, argument, cause-effect, personal narrative, and summary. Class is open to all individuals 14 years old to adult, as well as intermediate and advanced ESL students.

Public Speaking: Being able to speak in formal situations is paramount to academic success and progress. This course will enhance students’ speaking ability by teaching advanced public speaking techniques. Focus will be on memorizing speeches, appropriate non-verbal gestures, using PowerPoint presentations, and choosing academic language. Students will learn about and give a number of impromptu and prepared speeches that range from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. Depending on class size, students will work individually, with a partner, and in small groups. Some of the various speeches that will be presented are introduction, demonstration, persuasion, and group. Class is open to all individuals 14 years old to adult, as well as intermediate and advanced ESL students.

Bre Stephens will be the instructor for the classes. Stephens is an education professional with higher-education teaching and mentoring experience. She has worked with hundreds of undergraduate and graduate college-bound students to prepare them for university-level study and to strengthen their academic communication skills. Bre is a specialist in academic writing, public speaking, research, and ESL (English as a Second Language), and is passionate about aiding first-generation, non-traditional, and international students to obtain the education they deserve. She has been a faculty member at The University of Southern California, The New York Film Academy-Burbank, and Columbus State Community College. Currently, she teaches academic writing to international graduate students at The University of Akron and public speaking to international exchange students at Kent State University at Stark. Bre holds a B.A. in Art History (summa cum laude) and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: ESOL, and is studying for a PhD in ESL. She was born and raised in Dover and graduated from Dover High School in 1993. For more information or to register, please contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.

The Dover Public Library will host a new programming series called Non-Profit Spotlight on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Each month a different local non-profit will be featured.

"We encourage the community to come out and meet some of the trailblazing organizations implementing positive change," says Nayla Pica, Library Assistant. "Each month, a different organization will share their mission and passion."

Future dates and programs are as follows: October 11, STEAM Centers; November 8, SWARM; December 13, Twin Cities Kids Coalition.

For more information or to register, please call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.

School has started again, which means schedules are now jam-packed with practice, lessons, and homework, and it becomes difficult to organize some quality time with our loved ones.

But relax! Dover Public Library has you covered. With a monthly family game nights starting Sept. 25, the library will provide the entire family with food and entertainment for the evening.

With new games donated by Dover/New Philadelphia Kiwanis, the library has been able to increase our collection to include games for all ages.

Librarian Claire Kandle says, "My husband and I both work full-time during the day, and my oldest daughter just started kindergarten. I'm looking forward to a night where I can actually sit and talk with my family about our day and have some fun together, without being distracted by the evening's mundane dinner chores. It doesn't get any better than that!"