Friends of the Lewes Public Library


The Friends of the Lewes Public Library is a separate 501c(3) affiliate of contributing members who support library services by organizing and sponsoring various projects including:

  • Library Book Purchases
  • All Large Print Books
  • Junior Library Guild Books
  • Books on CD, Playaways & DVDs
  • Library programming
  • Seasonal Decorating
  • Special Projects & Miscellaneous Library Needs

Just Between Friends Shop - Monthly Calendar

For information about upcoming Shop bargains,dates for pop up vendor sales, author birthdays, Shop coupons, and fun/wacky/forgotten "holidays", click here.


Shop Volunteers Needed


The Friends 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 each of these volunteer positions, click here:


Customer Service

Shop Leader

Book Sorter

To volunteer, please click here to download and print an Application for Volunteer Service or pick up one at the Library's Circulation Desk. Applications also may be completed online by clicking here.

Volunteers must attend a training session that will be conducted on a periodic basis. After being trained, volunteers also may help sort the books and products, and place them on display in the new shop in advance of its opening.

We hope you will consider joining our team to help the Library raise money for books and programs, and have a good time while doing that!


Be A Friend!

Did you know your library card is the best bargain in your wallet? It provides you free and ready access to best sellers, classics, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, and use of the internet. It also allows you to participate in book discussions, learn new skills at workshops, and entertain your children and grandchildren at our youth programs.

Please consider supporting our wonderful library by joining the Friends of the Lewes Public Library. When you contribute to the Friends, you help the library pay for new lending materials and library programs. As a special thank you for this support, each member receives an invitation to our annual Book Sale Preview Night. Those who contribute $100 or more receive a voucher for one of our “Thank You” gifts:

  • Cooking with Lewes Friends: A Collection of Recipes from Friends of the Lewes Public Library
  • No Place Like Here: An Anthology of Southern Delaware Poetry & Prose
  • Cornstalks & Cannonballs: Children’s book on Lewes & the War of 1812
  • Friends t-shirt
  • Friends tote bag

There are two ways to become a Friend: online through our Network for Good Account by clicking the icon below:

For instructions on how to complete the Network for Good online membership form, click here.
Or you may download complete the Friends membership form. Mail the form and your check payable to Friends of Lewes Public Library to:

    Friends of Lewes Public Library
    111 Adams Avenue
    Lewes, DE 19958


Help the Friends while you shop!

The Friends are one of the charities you may chose to support when you shop on AmazonSmile.

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Anyone can buy through AmazonSmile and support any committee or nonprofit group.

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Book donations accepted

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.

Due to space limitations in the Library storage areas, we are no longer able to accept more than four boxes of book donations from one person at any given time. Anyone wishing to donate items may bring in individual books, small bags of books, or up to four boxes of books at one time.

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
  • Textbooks

Original Publications Available for Purchase at the Library

Cooking with Lewes Friends: A Collection of Recipes by the Friends of the Lewes Public Library is available at the library. In addition to the 350 recipes from Lewes restaurants and 200 individuals across the Cape Region, the cookbook also showcases organizations and iconic features of Lewes.

The cover art, an original watercolor painting, depicts the book sale. Photographs from Kevin Fleming, Ron MacArthur, and the Lewes Historical Society are complemented by descriptions of Lewes features. This is a book that will delight locals and visitors alike. It makes a great gift and is a “must have” for every cook’s collection.

The cost of the cookbook is $20.00. All proceeds benefit the Library. You can purchase copies of this beautiful cookbook at the library Circulation Desk during regular business hours with either cash or a check payable to the Friends of the LPL.

You also can purchase copies online for pick up at the library or have them mailed to you.

Don't forget to purchase your copy of The Friends' Anthology, No Place Like Here, today!
 "A Lewes ABC" by Nancy Sakaduski

This full-color 8 ½” x 8 ½” paperback book captures many of the activities children enjoy most in Lewes, Delaware through charming rhymed text by award-winning writer Ms. Sakaduski accompanied by exuberant original illustrations by Emory Au. The book is priced at $12.95, and is perfect for children from toddler through school age.


The Board of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library

For questions and more information about the Friends of the Library, please email:

Candace Vessella, President
Carol Mertes-Smith, Vice President
William Oliva, Treasurer
Laura Troxell, Secretary
Nancy Campbell, Director
Tana Gilmore, Director
Teri Lowinger, Director
Robert Scannell, Director
Keith Underwood, Director
Jackie Urban, Director
Nancy Zollo, Director

The purpose of the Friends Board of Directors is to promote the library and help raise funds to sponsor programming including performances, enhance the Children's Program, and purchase lending materials, including books. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month.

Individuals from the greater Lewes area who current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library may be considered for a three-year appointment on the Board of Directors. To be considered, please send a completed application to Candace Vessella, President, Friends of the Lewes Public Library Board of Directors, 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958. Applications can be downloaded here or be picked up at the library. For further information, contact Candace Vessella at 302-703-2212

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