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Upcoming Halloween Events For Teens 12 and older

Teen Tech Club - Ghostly Photos
Tuesday, October 25, 4:30 PM

Use the green screen to create hauntingly ghoulish photos in celebration of Halloween. Think Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children.
Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for the program in the Teen Wing or call Lea Rosell, Teen Services Librarian, at 302-645-2733, ext. 4182 to reserve your spot.

The Millionaire and the Bard - Author Lecture and Book Signing
Friday, November 4, 3:00 PM

The History Book Festival and Lewes Public Library are proud to present . . .
A visit from Andrea Mays, author of "The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio".

Hailed as “utterly enthralling” (Booklist, starred review), the book is a thrilling ride through time—from Shakespeare’s London to New York’s Gilded Age. It is a journey inside the worlds of two very different but forever connected men, William Shakespeare and Henry Folger, and tells the story of the preservation of Shakespeare’s most famous works and how Henry Folger’s infatuation with the First Folio led to the creation of the greatest Shakespeare library in the world.

Copies of the book will be for sale in the Just Between Friends Shop in the Library, at Biblion on Second Street in Lewes, and at the event. Author signing will take place after the lecture.

Get your BeachORIGINALS' Dining Cards at the Library!
On sale until November 30th

Back by popular demand!

Buy one entrée, get up to $15 off the second entrée (of equal or lesser value) at several of the area's most exceptional establishments. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Cards cost $20.00 each with $10.00 for every card purchased going to support the Library.

Cards may be purchased at the Just Between Friends Shop or the Circulation Desk with cash, credit card, or check made payable to the Friends of the LPL.

Click here for more information on how the Dining Card works.


Lewes'iana Bayou Ball
Saturday, November 5, 6:00 - 10:00 PM



Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at the Just Between Friends Shop in the Library or online by clicking here. For more information, click here.

Tables and event sponsorships are available. For more information contact Rebecca Lowe, Development Director, at 302-645-2733, ext. 4117.


Friends Seek Candidates for Board of Directors


The Friends are seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve for three-year appointments on the Board of Directors. Interested individuals must be a current member of the Friends.

To be considered, please send a completed application by Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to Candace Vessella, President, Friends Board of Directors, 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958. Applications also may be picked up at the Library or downloaded by clicking here.

The purpose of the Friends Board of Directors is to raise funds for its use in purchasing lending materials including books, sponsoring performances, and enhancing the Children's Program, as well to promote the Library. In addition, the Friends operate the Just Between Friends Shop at Library.

The Board is seeking individuals who are willing to be active board members to enhance and improve the all volunteer operation of this wonderful enterprise and other fundraising activities. Meetings are held monthly. For further information, contact Candace Vessella at 302-703-2212. 


Want to show your support of the Library?
Here's how you can!

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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