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Lewes Public Library Seeks Applicants for Board of Commissioners


The Lewes Public Library is seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve on the library's Board of Commissioners. This judicial appointment will fill an unexpired term.

Please send letters of interest to Andrea Tillinghast, MLS, Executive Director, Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, Delaware 19958, or by email to andrea.tillinghast@lib.de.us, by July 31, 2017. Include your personal and professional history, as well as information about skills you feel you can bring to the library.

The Board of Commissioners is the governing board of the library and seeks to represent a broad spectrum of community interests and occupations. Board members oversee the library as representatives of the community, determining policies governing its operations and programs. Regular meetings are held monthly. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.

Applicants must be residents of the Cape Henlopen School District. For further information contact the Library Director at 302-645-2733.


Friends of the Lewes Public Library Announces Close of Book Donations for Fall Sale

Thanks to the generosity of community members, the Library’s storage room is filled with donated books and other materials for the Friends Fall Book Sale. Beginning July 28, the Library will not accept donations of books and other materials.
A list of other libraries and thrift shops where books may be accepted for donation is available at the Library Circulation Desk or by clicking here.
The Fall Book Sale will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. The Friends’ Preview Night will be Friday, September 29, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30pm.

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library will accept book donations after the Fall Book Sale starting again on Monday, October 23, 2017.


Summer Reading Programs for All Ages!


The Library has Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens, and adults featuring reading challenges and weekly entertainment.

Online registration for the Children's and Teen Summer Reading begins Monday, June 19. Click here to register or stop by the Children's or Teen Room for assistance.

Click here for a listing of Children's Programs and here for a listing of Teen Programs.

Adults can play our Summer Reading Bingo game for monthly prizes and a chance to win the grand prize at the end of August. Play multiple cards each month for more chances to win. Pick up your Bingo card at the Circulation desk starting Tuesday, May 30. For more information, call our Adult Services Coordinator, Berni Stadler, at 302-703-3038. 


Delaware Money School: Retirement Bootcamp
Mondays, July 17, 24 and 31, 6:00 PM

This 3 course series is a detailed retirement planning seminar designed to educate those who are nearing retirement or who have recently retired. We will cover the importance and basic strategies to plan a successful retirement, maximize your social security benefit and positioning your portfolio to last.

July 17 - Thinking about retiring?
July 24 - Savvy Social Security
July 31 - Retirement Investing

Presented by the Lewes Public Library and the Money School, a program of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute. Click here to register and view the full class listing. To register by phone, call 1-877-307-6858. Walk-ins are welcome.


Want to learn more about what's happening behind the scenes at the Library?
Attend a Board of Commissioners or Friends Board of Directors meeting!


Friends Board of Directors

Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 19

5:30 PM

Meeting is open to the public

Board of Commissioners
Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 18 - Please note this date change from the previously scheduled date.
8:30 AM

Meeting is open to the public

Silent Book Club - NEW!
Thursday, July 20, 9:00 AM


Join fellow readers at our new Lewes Public Library Silent Book Club.

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, spend a few minutes sharing book recommendations, then settle in to read in the quiet of the Library. No pressure to finish and discuss an assigned book. The choice of what to read is yours. Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Need a suggestion—just ask!

Where: The seating area in front of the fireplace.
When: 3rd Thursday at 9:00 AM


Delaware Veterans Affairs Representative
Thursday, July 20, 6:00 PM

Laurie Corsa from the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs will answer questions, explain benefits, and help with agency referrals.

This is a drop-in event - no registration is necessary.


Historic Lewes Farmers Market Story Hour
Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM


The Children's Reading Program at the Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9:00 - 10:00 am at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (George H.P. Smith Park, Johnson & Dupont Avenues in Lewes).

Each week a special book is chosen to reflect the themes of growth, change and healthy eating.
Our Children's Librarian reads stories and interacts with the kids to do lots of fun projects such as plant seeds and make bees out of pipe cleaners.

For ages 3 to 8, but all children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents.


Looking for a gift for someone who has everything?
Let the Library help you!

The Pavers have been installed - come find yours!

Honor or memorialize family and friends with an engraved tribute paver at the new Library.

Pavers are located within the "allee" - a shaded walkway across from the Library entrance that is the centerpiece of the grounds.

Click here to download a Tribute Paver brochure.



Sponsor a Solar Panel 

The new Library has 540 solar panels which are expected to generate ALL the energy needs to heat and cool our new, larger Library. Combined with passive lighting, LED lights, and a new VRF system, solar makes the new Library one of the greenest, most cost-efficient buildings in the greater Lewes region.

To see a YouTube video of the solar panel installation, click here.

You now have the opportunity to sponsor one or more of our array of solar panels. Click here for a brochure.



Celebrate your child or grandchild with a leaf on the new Library "Learning Tree"

 Celebrate the children and grandchildren of greater Lewes by having their names and special messages engraved on a “Learning Tree” at the new Library. One wall of the new Children’s Room will be dedicated to the colorful tree, whose branches will expand as up to 300 leaves are added.

Engraved leaves may be purchased in three colors – gold, silver and bronze – for $300, $200 and $100 each, respectively. For more information, please click here to download an order form.


Book Donations

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library accepts gently used books, DVDs, and CDs to benefit the Library. Please see our acceptance guidelines below. Some of these donations are incorporated into the Library’s collection, while others are sold in the Friends’ book sale or in the Friends’ shop, Just Between Friends. Proceeds from the sales help pay for 100% of the books added to the Library’s collection, as well as many of the free programs offered. 

Book donations are accepted at the Just Between Friends Shop from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. When the shop is closed, please check in with the Library Circulation desk for instructions.   

If you have a large quantity of books to donate, please let us know that upon your arrival at the Library. These donations must be brought to the loading dock area of the Library facing Freeman Highway. A hand cart is available for moving the books.

Due to space limitations in the Library storage areas, we are no longer able to accept more than four boxes of book donations from one person at any given time. Anyone wishing to donate items may bring in individual books, small bags of books, or up to four boxes of books at one time.

We accept:

  • antiquarian, rare and collectible books
  • children’s Books
  • foreign language books (in Western script)
  • hardcover fiction and nonfiction
  • mass market paperbacks
  • DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • books on CD
  • video games


We DO NOT accept:

  • materials in poor condition (moldy, tattered, stained, etc)
  • audio cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records, and computer software
  • books published by magazines (ex: Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life books)
  • Britannica and World Books encyclopedia
  • dated reference material (over 5 years old)
  • free copies, examination copies, or Advanced Reading copies
  • tax and government documents or forms
  • travel guides older than 3 years old


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