Welcome to the Lewes Public Library

Time to Move!

The current Library will close to begin the move on May 1. Items that would normally be due during the duration of the move will have their due dates moved back until June 13.

Holds will be available at the Library through the end of April. Afterwards, holds will be redirected to Milton Public Library (121 Union St.; 684-8856). Patrons will be able to select other library locations through the catalog. Interlibrary loan requests are not being accepted at this time.

We will reopen early June 2016.

For further information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.



Fitness Strategies for Pain Free Gardening
Monday, May 2, 10:00 AM


Ellen Coven, Senior Fitness Specialist will demonstrate exercises and fitness tips for safe gardening. Held at current Adams Avenue location. Email lewes.library@gmail.com to register.

Seniorobics: Dance Fitness for Older Adults
Monday, May 9, 10:00 AM

 Ellen Coven, Senior Fitness Specialist will present an exercise program designed specifically for men and women over 55. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Held at current Adams Avenue location. Email lewes.library@gmail.com to register.  

Lunar & Jupiter Viewing
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 PM

Join the Library and Delmarva Astronomy Society for a lunar viewing right before sunset with Jupiter viewing right after sunset. Enjoy s'mores while you wait for your turn at the telescope. Registration is required. To sign up, send an email to the Library (lewes.library@gmail.com).
 In case of bad weather, the viewing will take place on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM.

Great Decisions
Global Issues Discussion Series


The Great Decisions global issues discussion series will return to the Lewes Library in mid-May. The series will begin on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 PM and will meet every Thursday evening through June 30. Registration is available online.

The sessions will be led by Lynn Moore and Gary Wray. Lynn Moore is the Chair of the History Department and an Assistant Professor at Wilmington University as well as the General Studies Program Coordinator for the Georgetown and Rehoboth Campuses. Gary Wray is a retired teacher and administrator, and is currently an adjunct Professor at Wilmington University. He is also the President of the Fort Miles Historical Association.

The Great Decisions program was created in 1954 by the Foreign Policy Association. Through the course materials and thoughtful discourse, participants are encouraged to express their ideas and opinions on the issues and to learn from others. Participants will receive a Great Decisions Briefing Book, as supplies are available, and will be asked to review each topic before attending the discussion session.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Shop Volunteers Needed

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library are organizing volunteers to set-up, run, and manage their shop, Just Between Friends, in the new Lewes Public Library. Scheduled to open in June, volunteers will serve as Cashiers, Customer Service representatives, Book Sorters, or Shop Leaders. All those interested in volunteering must commit at least 2-3 hours of their time on a weekly basis.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.


Upcoming Library Fundraiser - Jesse Garron's Tribute to Elvis
Friday, April 29

Join us at the Rusty Rudder (113 Dickinson Street, Dewey Beach) for our Second Annual Tribute to Elvis - this was a sold out event last year!
  • Live Auction, Raffles & 50/50
  • $60/Person includes dinner & 1 drink ticket
  • Cash Bar

Doors open at 5:30 PM, with a buffet dinner served 6:00 - 7:00 PM and showtime at 7:00 PM.

For more info, please call 302-644-0107, or email tcolegrove@horizonphilanthropic.com.

** Advance ticket sales only. **

Tickets are on sale at the Library or order online by clicking here.


Reserve an Engraved Tribute Paver

Don't miss this opportunity to 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 or pick up a a flyer and order form at the Library.


The new Library is Going Solar... and You Can Help!

We are installing 540 solar panels on the new Library. These panels 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 will make the new Library one of the greenest, most cost-efficient buildings in the greater Lewes region.

You now have the opportunity to sponsor one or more of our array of solar panels. Click here for a brochureor pick up a a flyer and order form at the Library .

Thank you for supporting clean energy at the new Library!


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 more engraved leaves are added. Up to 300 leaves can be featured.

Engraved leaves may be purchased in three colors – gold, silver and bronze – for $300, $200 and $100 each, respectively. Reservations can be made now for the tree, which will be unveiled when the new Library opens in spring of 2016.

For more information, please click here or pick up a a flyer and order form at the Library.

Loopin' for the Library
Saturday, June 4, check-ins begin at 8:00 AM

Join us for our Second Annual Recreational Bike Ride along the trails of Lewes, Cape Henlopen and Rehoboth. There are two trails to choose from:
  • Junction & Breakwater Trail Mini Loop
  • 16 mile Grand Loop of Rehoboth & Lewes

Adults are $35 and children 12/under are $20, including a Post Party at the NEW Library!

For event details and to register, click here. For more information, please call 302-644-0107, or email tcolegrove@horizonphilanthropic.com.

Sorry, we're full!


In anticipation of our move into the new building, the Lewes Public Library will no longer be able to accept donations of books and other materials.

Once we have moved into the new Library in the Spring of 2016, we will resume acceptance of book donations. The Friends will have a shop in the new library to sell books and other items to pay for new books for the library and programs offered to our community.

For a list of other libraries and thrift that accept book donations, click here.

Thank you for your understanding!


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