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The Library will be closed Saturday, December 24 through Monday, December 26
in observance of the holidays.


Lewes Public Library Partners with Winter WonderFEST
Friday, November 19 - Sunday, January 1



The Library is excited to announce a collaboration with Winter
WonderFEST - Delaware's NEW Holiday Tradition - to support our end of the year Annual Appeal Campaign.

WonderFEST features two main attractions, the Light Spectacular within Cape Henlopen Sate Park featuring a two-mile drive through a holiday light show and the Christmas Village complete with a carnival, ice skating, Santa's Workshop, and more!

When purchasing "Light Spectacular" tickets, use the code "Lewes Library" and a portion of each ticket will support the Library. On Thursday, December 22 support the Library at the Christmas Village. A portion of all donations received at the Giving Tree that day will go to the Library.

For more information about Winter WonderFEST, click here. Click here for a Light Spectacular flyer with the Library code.

For additional information, please call the Library at 302-645-2733 during business hours.


Fabric of Survival: Images of a Holocaust Survivor
Exhibit: Friday, December 9 - Thursday, January 5
Film Screening and Opening Reception: Friday, December 9, 7:00 PM

This traveling exhibit has been displayed at museums throughout the country. Inspired by the art and story of Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, Art and Remembrance uses art and personal narrative to recognize individual courage and resilience, and to foster understanding and compassion for those who experience injustice.

The story of two Holocaust survivors is told through a series of 36 fabric and embroidery panels. Posters of these original panels will be displayed in the Library's large meeting room and lobby hallway. The exhibit in the large meeting room is open to the public any time the room is not in use. There will be Guided Tours of the exhibit on Saturday, December 10, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

On Friday, December 9 at 7:00 there will be a showing of "Through of the Eye of the Needle" followed by an opening reception.

This award-winning 30-minute documentary film, features Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz's remembrances in uniquely beautiful stitched images and vivid accounts bring an uplifting life story to the screen. Her daughter Bernice Steinhardt will introduce the film and speak afterwards.
A memorial book and postcard images will be available for purchase. 
Registration is required. Call 302-645-2733 or sign up at the Circulation Desk.

For more information click here.


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Reserve an Engraved Tribute Paver

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

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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