Welcome to the Lewes Public Library

Lewes Public Library Seeks Applicants
for Board of Commissioners

The Lewes Public Library is seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve  a five-year appointment on the Board of Commissioners. Please send letters of interest to Ed Goyda, Director, Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, Delaware 19958, by August 26, 2016 (Ed.Goyda@lib.de.us), giving 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, and actively support library related legislation.  Regular meetings are held monthly. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.

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

NEW Program Offerings in the Library!

Check out some of the new programs now offered in the Library:
  • Mondays, 1:00 PM, Food for Thought: A diverse group discussing topics determined by majority vote. Enjoy a stimulating comfortable atmosphere of reasoned interaction. No preparation is necessary but be prepared to put your brain in gear. For more information contact Ken at dezineguy@comcast.net.
  • Mondays, 1:30 PM, French Conversation Group: Join a French conversation group discussing French literature. For more info contact Alan Chalk at 302-644-1733.
  • Tuesdays, 2:00 PM, Adult Coloring Club: Meditative Adult Coloring accompanied by Zen music and herbal tea - for stress relief and relaxation. Weekly 1 hour sessions, ages 18 and over. Coloring sheets and materials provided - or bring your own.


1616 - 2016, celebrating the start of his legacy
September 12 - September 17

Please join the Lewes Public Library in marking the 400th anniversary of
Shakespeare's death and celebrating the start of his legacy.

For more information about these events, please click here.

Old-Fashioned Community Carnival
Saturday, September 17, 10 AM - 2 PM

The Library is holding its Third Annual Community Carnival on the Library grounds.

This family-style carnival includes old-fashioned games with prizes, touch tanks, performance by Sankofa African Dance Company, balloon animals by Chuckles the Clown, shooting stars basketball game, popcorn, snow cones, and more!

All activities are free. Food and drink are available for purchase from the 2 Dips food truck.

If you are your business would like to sponsor a game, please contact Rebecca Lowe, Library Development Director, at 302-645-2733, ext. 4117.


*Thank you to those who support us!
The performance of Sankofa African Dance Company is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

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.

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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