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December 2018
Check Out What's Happening
in the Library
Programs for Kids, Teens and Families

All programs are free of charge

Car Seat Safety Check
Sat, Nov. 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

- there are still spots available!
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children in this country. Car seats have saved the lives of more than 10,000 children over the past 40 years. But many children are not using the correct car seat for their age and size, and many seats are not installed properly.
Come get your car seats checked before your holiday travels. The trained techs from Delaware State Police Troop 7 will be on hand to check your car seats and their installation in your vehicle.
Registration is required. Call the Library at 302-645-2733 to make an appointment.
Thank you to our Delaware State Troopers for this valuable service, and all they do to keep us safe!

NEW - Downtown Lewes StoryWalk
starting the week of November 26

Just in time for the holidays - a new Story Walk!
Read a book while you walk down Second Street in Lewes. Start at Puzzles, where there will be a scavenger hunt and map available.

DINOvember at the Library
a month-long celebration of Dinosaur Awesomeness!

 Dinovember storytime
Family Movie Night
Friday, November 30, 6:00 PM
Bring your family and come enjoy the movie, The Good Dinosaur. In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Pizza and other refreshments provided.

Mobile Museum
Sat, Dec. 1, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Delaware Museum of Natural History will be here with their Mobile Museum, with lots of dinocentric displays and activities to share. Stop by anytime between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM to get your dinosaur fix.

Story Times & Programs

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM
Pre-School Story Time
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
Infant and Toddler Story Time
3rd Saturday (December 15), 10:30 AM
Enjoy a special Saturday time for stories, songs, and rhymes geared for families.

L.E.A.P., Mondays, 4:30 PM

LEAP logo*no meeting on December 24 or December 31
The goal of the L.E.A.P. program is to improve the literacy skills of children, and grow their enthusiasm for reading, through the assistance of therapy dogs as literacy mentors.
The presence of a L.E.A.P. dog creates an inviting and motivating reading environment. Specifically, a L.E.A.P. dog is nonjudgmental, comfortable, and fun!
No registration required.

Kids Learn to Knit
Thursdays, 5:30 PM

Open to children ages 6 and up, as well as experienced knitters willing to share their knowledge.
No registration required.

Military Beanies for the Troops
This Kids Learn to Knit project invites you to participate in knitting beanies for our troops. You can donate necessary materials or join us in knitting.
The Beanie Project Packing party is December 20 at 5:30 PM. There will be light refreshments and is open to the public. Join us for a little celebration to send the beanies off with love!
For more information about the project, click here.

Family Game Night
Saturday, December 8, 6:00 PM

The Library is open after hours for Family Game Night.
Enjoy board games, puzzles, and the Wii. Refreshments will be served. No cost and open to all ages.

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Homeschool Connection
Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 PM

Abbott's Mill: Animals in Winter
Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot. Sign up in the kids' wing or call the Library at 302-645-2733.
Homeschool Connection is our monthly program for K - 5th grade homeschool students. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 PM, and host a variety of presenters on different topics. A library skills extension is available for each session.
For more information, including a schedule of upcoming presentations, click here.

Holiday Celebration for Families
Saturday, December 15

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Shoreline Garden Railroad Club Holiday Train Display
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come see a fun, holiday-themed model train display from our friends at the Shoreline Railroad Club. Open all day in the kids' wing.

Children's Book Sale
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library will be in the lobby selling children's books - perfect for holiday gift giving!

Holiday Themed Family Story Time
10:30 AM

Gingerbread House Making
2:30 - 4:00 PM

Enjoy classic holiday movies while creating your own gingerbread house.
Space is limited and registration is required. Call 302-645-2733 to reserve your space. Online registration opens on November 19 at 10:30 AM. Click here to register.
Families may be asked to share gingerbread houses between children of the same household.

Cooks & Books Jr.
Monday, December 17, 5:30 PM

Share your love of cooking and trying new recipes! Each month we'll select a cookbook to try, and every participant can choose a recipe to make for the next month’s meeting. Kids of any age can participate with an adult. We meet the 3rd Monday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 PM to try the recipes and talk about what it was like to make them.
Stop by the Children’s Room to sign up.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library*

DPIL logoAll kids, between the ages of 0 – 5, who live in the Cape Henlopen School District are eligible to register for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Registered children will receive a free, age-appropriate book, in the mail each month.
To go register online, click here. Paper registrations also may be mailed in and are available at Lewes Library, Milton Library, and Rehoboth Library.

*The Library is grateful to The Sussex County Libraries and Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation for their financial support of this program.

Teen Craft Club: Ugly Sweaters!
Saturday, December 1, 2:30 PM

Open to students 12 and older.
Teens are invited to create crafts every 1st Saturday of the month. Some projects require registration.
December's craft club is Ugly Sweaters! All materials will be provided.
Space is limited so registration is required. Call the library at 302-645-2733 to reserve your space. 

Teen Movie Night
Saturday, December 15, 6:00 PM

Teens 12 and older are invited to screen a different movie each month. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided.
December's movie is The Darkest Minds starring Many Moore and Amandla Stenberg. Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.
This film is rated PG-13. Parental Advisory information can be found here.

The Darkest Minds

Teen Advisory Board
Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 PM

Open to students 12 and older.
Join the Lewes Public Library to discuss everything Teen related at the Library. Help us decide on what programs and classes to hold, what books to buy and which movies you want to watch. Come in and boss us around. Time can be used towards service hours.

Teen Advisory Board

De-Stress Lounge
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Students are invited to just chill. Watch videos, listen to music, play games, or just read a book. Every Wednesday, join us in the teen wing for a De-Stress sesh. Bring your own snacks and relax!
Destress Yourself

RPG Club
Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Teens from 12-17 are invited to participate in a RPG Club. No registration is required.
Programs for Adults

All programs are free of charge


Author Presentation / Book Signing: The Glass Universe
Thursday, December 6, 6:00 PM
The History Book Festival in partnership with the library present Dava Sobel author of The Glass Universe: How the ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.
The book will be for sale before and after the event. The author will sign copies of the book after the presentation.
Registration is recommended. To sign-up, click here, call the Library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Basic Computer Class
Tuesday, December 11, 11:00 AM

This class is for anyone who does not currently have computer experience and teaches how to:
  • identify computer parts
  • use the mouse to move around documents and on the internet
  • search the internet
Registration is required. To sign up, call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Candidates for Greatness, Session  - Walt Disney
Wednesday, December 12, 1:00 PM
Part 3 of a 3-part film series presenting individuals who inspired, challenged, and provoked our beliefs and understanding of the human condition.
This month's film focuses on Walt Disney.
Film discussions led by Russ Notar, who taught the enjoyment of film at the University of Delaware, George Mason University, and Delaware Humanities.
Registration is recommended. To sign-up, click here, call the Library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk.

The Celts, Their Mythology & Irish Folklore
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 PM

This is the first in a series of 7 lectures sharing the amazingly rich culture and incredibly significant history of lives in the Boyne valley of Ireland for over 6000 years. This session addresses who the Celts were and what monuments and text they left for us.
Taught by Lauren Thomas, President of the Lewes Irish Society, Clann Na NGael. Lauren is an Irish citizen, teaches the Irish language, and is well-versed in Irish mythology and folklore.
Registration is recommended. To sign up, click here, call the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Lecture Series: The Life & Legacy of Simone Weil
Mondays, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
January 7 - March 18

The Library and the Topical Seminars group are hosting a series of eleven lectures by University of Washington law professor and Lewes resident Ronald Collins.
The lectures explore the life and work of Simone Weil (1909-1943), who Albert Camus tagged as “the only great spirit of our times.” The lectures, replete with informed and engaged discussion, are designed to explain and examine the thinking – political, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual – of Simone Weil, along with some occasional and related discussion of the life and philosophy of Camus.
Registration is required. To sign up, click here, call the Library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Wellness Matters - Services and Presentations

Social Worker in the Library
Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In the lobby and Study Room B
*not available on Monday, December 24
Get help at the library:
- ASSIST application process
- applying for food benefits
- Medicaid
- long-term nursing care
- childcare
- home energy assistance
- learning about other DHHS agencies
- referrals to partner organizations
- employment & training
Services are free, confidential, and available to everyone.

Wellness Laughter Yoga
Fridays, 8:30 AM

Michele Buckler, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader leads this program. No physical activity is required - just laughter. This program is open to all ages.
No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome.

Flu Shot Clinic
Tuesday, Nov 27, 10 AM - 12 PM

Certified Immunizing Pharmacists will be on hand for your immunization needs. Flu, as well as pneumonia and Tdap vaccines will be available.
Interested individuals will be asked to complete the required consent form as well as bring their insurance information, as most insurance companies can be billed.
No registration required.

Beebe Health Series - Cultivating Kindness: How Getting Softer Can Make Us Strong*
Wednesday, December 12, 3:00 PM

It's hard for things to grow in a toxic environment. Yet, many of us have learned that being hard on ourselves (or others) is the key to motivating sustained change.  This talk will take a brief look at the power of kindness to help us "till and nourish the soil" so the seeds of transformation can take root, grow, and thrive. Led by Karen Barwick, LPCMH.
Registration is required. To sign up, click here.

*This class is offered in partnership with the Lewes Public Library and Beebe Integrative Health.

Financial Literacy/Financial Success

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How to Have a Cash Christmas/Hannukkah*
Monday, December 3, 4:00 PM

Presented by Diane Heydt of the Delaware Money School. Learn the most common financial mistakes people make, determine what those mistakes cost over time and discover easy methods to fix those mistakes.  You will be given practical tools to enhance your financial well-being and put an end to giving away your hard earned money.  Upon completion of this class, you will be able to navigate the holiday season with cash in your pocket.
Click here to register. To register by phone, call the Delaware Money School at 1-877-307-6858. Walk-ins are welcome.

Medicare Benefit Plans & You - A Buyer's Guide*
Wednesday, December 5, 4:00 PM

Presenter Robert Tremain from MidAtlantic Health Plan Advisors will help attendees understand Medicare and its enrollment rules and examine the many options they have for selecting the combination of benefits, premiums, deductibles and co-pays that best matches their individual lifestyles and preferences for securing optimal coverage.
Click here to register. To register by phone, call the Delaware Money School at 1-877-307-6858. Walk-ins are welcome.

Managing Taxes in Retirement*
Thursday, December 6, 11:00 AM

Certified Financial Planner Robert Jeter examines various tax issues related to retirees. We will discuss how Social Seurity benefits are taxed, Medicare premiums, RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions), Charitable giving and other tax-related items. There will be time for discussion at the end of class.
Click here to register. To register by phone, call the Delaware Money School at 1-877-307-6858. Walk-ins are welcome.

Everything You Didn't Know About Annuities*
Thursday, December 13, 11:00 AM

Annuities are complex investment instruments. This class presents an objective and educational look at how annuities work, the different types and features of annuities as well as the benefits and downsides to each. There will be time for discussion at the end of class.
Click here to register. To register by phone, call the Delaware Money School at 1-877-307-6858. Walk-ins are welcome.

*This class is presented by the Delaware Money School, a program of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute.

Book Discussion Groups

Book Club

We have a book club for everyone and times to fit every schedule. For more information about each one, click here.

Cooks & Books
1st Monday - Dec. 3, 6:30 PM

The Neeleys' Celebration Cookbook: Down-home Meals for Every Occasion
Share your love of cooking and trying new recipes. Prepare a recipe to share from a selected cookbook each month. Open to all!
Stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up. For more information, call the library at 302-645-2733.

Natural Selections Book Club
1st Wednesday - Dec. 5, 6:30 PM

The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
This Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss nature-themed books. All are welcome.

AAUW Book Discussion
1st Thursday, 10:00 AM
*no meeting this month
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) sponsors a Notable Books discussion that meets on the first Thursday of the month. All are welcome. For a listing of each month's books, click here.  

History Book Festival Discussion Group
3rd Wednesday - Dec. 19, 2:00 PM

Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock by Amy Werbel
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, this monthly discussion group focuses on books that either were featured at the 2018 Festival or will be at the 2019 Festival. Open to all lovers of history!
The author will join the discussion via Skype. Copies of the book are available for check out at the Circulation Desk.

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice
Book Discussion Group
4th Tuesday - Dec. 18, 6:00 PM

*note change in date
Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins
The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice is a non-partisan organization educating, informing, and advocating for racial justice, equality, and fair opportunity.
Lewes Library Book Club
4th Thursday, 4:00 PM

*no meeting this month

Weekly Programs

Mark Your Calendar

No registration is required.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Poetry Free Write
Mondays, 1:00 PM

*no meeting on Monday, December 24
Weekly meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild Poetry Free Write.
​Explore your writing passion! Attending a Free Write is a fun, low commitment way to dip your toes into the writing pool. Writers at all levels are welcome; you do not need to be a member to attend.

Food for Thought
Mondays, 1:30 PM

*no meeting on Monday,
December 24
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.

Color Me Relaxed
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM

*no meeting on Tuesday, December 25
Meditative Adult Coloring accompanied by smooth jazz music and herbal tea - for stress relief and relaxation. Weekly one hour sessions for ages 18 and over. Coloring sheets and materials provided - or bring your own.
Free Write
Wednesdays, 6:00 PM

A writers workshop sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild.

Spanish Conversation Group
Thursdays, 2:00 PM

*no meeting on Thursday, November 29
Join Spanish speakers of all abilities.

French Conversation Group
Fridays, 10:30 AM
Join a French conversation group discussing French literature. For more information, contact Alan Chalk at 302-313-5039.

Monthly Programs

No registration is required.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Topical Seminars
1st Friday, Dec. 7, 1:30 PM
3rd Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30 PM
Topical Seminars is a bi-monthly meeting of members of our community interested in participating in sessions of informed discourse on a variety of topics. The goal is to have a shared learning experience that improves the social capital of our community.
Participants are expected to prepare for meetings in advance by reading materials. Each meeting consists of a short presentation of the topic followed by a spirited conversation based on this reading and research.
Friday, December 7, 1:30 PM
Discussion of Consequences of Growing National Debt – Dan Deboissiere and Aram Terzian
Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 PM
A Christmas Surprise by David White

Seashore Chapter, American Needlepoint Guild
3rd Monday - Dec. 17, 10:00 AM

Bring your latest project and join the group each month at the Library.
Delmarva Apple Users Group
3rd Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30 PM

A monthly meeting of Mac users.

Kid Lit Writers Group
3rd Thursday - Dec. 20, 6:00 PM

The Kid Lit Writers Group is a critique group for adult writers (18 and older) who would like to write for the children’s market. All children’s genres welcome.

Behind the Scenes at the Library

The public is welcome to attend monthly meetings of the governing boards of the Library. Find out what is happening behind the scenes at your library!

Library Board of Commissioners
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 8:30 AM

Friends Board of Directors
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30 PM

In Our Lobby This Month

The Library recognizes the importance of increasing community awareness of other nonprofit organizations and offers limited space in the lobby area to local nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits organizations may reserve a day to staff a table for the distribution of information related to the community, public service information, and materials of educational or cultural interest.
Information and our complete Lobby Table Space Policy can be found here. For more information, or to schedule a day to staff a table in the lobby, email the Library.
Tuesday, December 11, 12 - 2 PM: The Jefferson School

ALSO - The Library encourages exhibitions and displays of paintings, photographs, drawings and other art works for civic, cultural, educational and recreational purposes and has provided space in the Large Meeting Room and the Lobby for this purpose.
Information and our complete Art Exhibit Policy can be found here.

Friends of the Library

BeachORIGINALS' Dining Cards Available until December 1

The BeachORIGINALS dining card is back! Buy one entrée, get up to $15 off the second entrée (of equal or lesser value) at twenty-nine of the area's most exceptional restaurants! Cards are available for sale at the Friends Shop in the Library for $20.00 each (credit card, cash, or check payable to the Friends). If the Shop is closed, cards may be purchased at the Circulation Desk. A portion of every card purchased goes to the Library. Cards are on sale now through December 1, 2018.
For more information about the card, including policies and restrictions, as well as a list of participating restaurants, click here.

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Holiday Book Sale
Sat, Dec 1, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Friends are hosting a holiday sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Library. The sale features new children’s books, holiday cards, and other gift items. The sale offers a way to purchase holiday gifts while supporting the Library.
Other items available at the Lewes Library Holiday Sale include a variety of new children’s books (including local books such as The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay), holiday ornaments and key chains with the City of Lewes seal, bejeweled bookmarks made by a local artist, tote bags, Lewes ball caps, BeachORIGINALS dining cards, holiday greeting cards, and two beautiful hand-made quilts by local artists. A featured item is the limited-edition cotton throw produced by the Friends. A small number of the commemorative throws remain, and once they are gone, they will not be reproduced.
Admission to the Lewes Library Holiday Sale is free. Proceeds benefit the Friends and are used for book and media purchases, library programming, special projects, and other library needs.

Just Between Friends Shop


The Just Between Friends Shop in the Library is filled with treasures for readers, writers, and gift-givers. In addition to a large selection of gently used books, videos, CDs and DVDs, Just Between Friends offers literary-themed products, books pertaining to Lewes and the surrounding area, and unique greeting cards. All items are sold at bargain prices and we accept cash, check, and major credit cards.
The Friends rely on volunteers to run and manage the Shop. Volunteers serve as Cashiers, Customer Service representatives, Shop Leaders, and Book Sorters. For more information about volunteering in the Shop, click here.
Mon-Thurs: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: closed

Friday, Dec 7
-closed until 1 PM for our Volunteer Appreciation Party
Monday, Dec 24 and
Tuesday, Dec 25
-closed all day in observance of Christmas
Monday, Dec 31
-closing at 5 PM for in observance of New Year's holiday

Universal Class
Did you know you can access over 500 FREE online continuing education courses with your library card? Click here for more information.

Looking for a book recommendation? You can ask

Gather friends, families, siblings, or any group of readers, and start your own book club for all ages. Kits are available to check out for 6 weeks and include plenty of suggestions for activities and discussions suitable for all ages.
Click here for more information.

The library is a drop-off site for non-perishable food donations AND
new unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots.

Volunteers are needed at the Library. Flexible schedule and a fun environment. For an application, click here. For more information, send us an email.
Teens ages 14 and up can volunteer at the library for community service hours.

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The 2018 Lewes Public Library Annual Report is available to view online. We hope you enjoy this overview of our year.


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10am - 1:30pm
Sunday: closed


Friday, Dec 7
-closed until 1 PM for our Volunteer Appreciation Party
Monday, Dec 24 and
Tuesday, Dec 25
-closed all day in observance of Christmas

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