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The Library will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Columbus Day.

Friends of the Lewes Public Library Book Sale
Members ONLY Preview Night - Friday, September 30 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM
General Public Sale - Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library are holding their annual Book Sale the weekend of September 30 – October 1 at the new Library (111 Adams Avenue, Lewes). The Book Sale is free and all proceeds benefit the Library.

A Friends Members ONLY Preview Book Sale takes place on Friday, September 30 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Entrance to the Preview Night requires a current Friends membership. Anyone wishing to join the Friends, or renew their membership, may pick up a membership form at the Library during business hours or click here. Individuals also may become a Friends member the night of the Preview Sale.

The general public is invited to shop the Book Sale on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In the Large meeting room there will be hardback and trade paperbacks starting at $2 and paperbacks at $1. The medium conference room will showcase movies, books on CD, and a selection of children’s books at great prices. The “Booktique”, located in the Just Between Friends Shop, will feature books starting at $10.

On Saturday book lovers also may enjoy the Biblio Bistro featuring breakfast, lunch, and snack items such as Surf Bagel bagels, hot dogs, chips, coffee, cold drinks, and home-baked treats.

For the first time ever the Friends will offer customers purchasing $25 or more in books the option to pay by credit card. Other forms of payment accepted are cash or check payable to the Friends of the Lewes Public Library.
For additional information, please call the Library at 302-645-2733 during business hours.

 Judy Edwards, Just Between Friends Shop Volunteer, and Heather Lachmann, Library Circulation Manager, price books for the Friends of the Lewes Public Library Book Sale

Job Fair @ Lewes Public Library
Tuesday, October 11, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Attn: Job Seekers
Are you looking for a chance to interview with many employers in the same location? Come dressed to impress! Be prepared to be interviewed.
For more details and a list of employers who will be interviewing at the Library, click here.

Be prepared for the Job Fair - attend "Ace the Interview" on Tuesday, October 4 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Library.

This pre-job fair program will cover:

  • what you need to do before, during and after your job interview;
  • typical employer Interview questions;
  • Do's & Don’ts during an interview; and
  • common application mistakes.

To register for "Ace the Interview", call Hope Ellsworth of Job Center @ Delaware Libraries at 302-222-3618.

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


  • Dinner by Po' Boys Creole & Fresh Catch
  • Music by Zydeco-A-Go-Go

Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at the Just Between Friends Shop in the Library or online by clicking 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.

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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