Upcoming Adult Programs
Wondering what special happenings are at the Library this month? Check out the listings below!
Lecture Series: The Life & Legacy of Simone Weil
Mondays, 10:30 – 12:00 PM
January 7 – March 18
The library, the Topical Seminars group, and the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild are hosting a series of 11 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.
Lecture Series: The Celts, Their Mythology & Irish Folklore
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:300 PM
January 23 – February 27
This series of 7 lectures shares the amazingly rich culture and incredibly signiﬁcant history of lives in the Boyne valley of Ireland for over 6000 years. The lectures include an introduction to the Celts, their monuments, rock art and written history; Celtic Irish mythology; Irish folklore; and real Irish heroes.
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.
January 23: The First of the Mythological Cycles
January 30: The Ulter Cycle
February 6: The Fenian Cycle
February 13: The King Cycle
February 20: Irish Folklore
February 27: The Story of Brian Boru and Grace O’Malley, the Queen Pirate of Ireland
Registration is recommended, to sign up click here, call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, February 2, 1:30 PM
Whether you’re seeking health and joy or peace and love, whether it’s success in the world or inner exploration you’re striving for, these simple practices are designed to help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease. Anyone ages 7+ can attend.
Presented by the Isha Foundation, an international non-profit aimed to bring well-being to everyone through yoga and meditation. Participants need to bring a yoga mat. Participants also may bring cushions if needed.
Registration is required. To sign up, click here, call the Library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
Craft Club – Picasso tote bag – NOTE: this class is full and has a waiting list
Thursday, February 7, 1:00 PM
This class will focus on artist Picasso and modern art. Participants will transform a canvas tote bag into a modern art masterpiece. This is a beginner class that requires little drawing. The instructor is local artist Rita Healey.
Class size is limited and registration is required. To sign up, click here, call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
AARP Tax Help
Saturdays, February 9 – April 13, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Free in-person tax preparation and filing by trained and IRS-certified volunteers for taxpayers who cannot afford paid tax preparation. This service is provided by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. The program is open to taxpayers of all ages. AARP membership is not required.
This service is by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. To schedule an appointment call 302-703-7198. You will be asked to leave your name and the best phone number to reach you. A volunteer will call you back within 24 hours. Appointments are NOT made by calling or visiting the library.
Exploring America’s Racism: Featuring the National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 PM
The Library is partnering with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) and League of Women Voters of Sussex County to celebrate Black History Month. This program, organized by the SDARJ, focuses on the work of Sussex County’s own Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative‘s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
Valerie Reeves, Alicia Jones, and Rose Mary Hendrix, Sussex County activists for racial justice, review their experiences with landmark Civil Rights and Racial Justice museums and monuments in the Deep South. In a panel presentation supported by slides they will describe the monuments, the previously unknown stories commemorated by them, and the creators of established and newly opened sites.
African Americans and the Civil War*
Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 AM
At first they were not allowed to fight. Then they were and more than 180,000 signed up. Kathy Trusty, Black History Educator with the Black History Ed Zone, presents on African Americans, free and enslaved, and their role in the Civil War.
This presentation examines the challenges African Americans faced. It also puts a face to soldiers who fought valiantly for the Union cause and freedom, and to the civilians, men and women, who assisted the Union efforts.
Registration is recommended. To sign up, click here, call the Library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
Cultural Inheritances: Growing Up Italian
Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Most of the 17.6 million Americans who claim Italian ancestry, the seventh largest ancestry group in the US, are the descendants of immigrants who migrated to America from 1890 through the early 1920s. Many of us grew up around these immigrants and absorbed their culture and traditions. Their story is our story, part of the large tapestry that is America.
Relive and share stories of your heritage; link memories to cultural inheritances; and get tips for accessing memories, telling your stories, and building a legacy. Presented by Jo-Ann Vega.
Registration is required for this two-session course. To sign up, click here, call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
Fireside Forum: Bessie Coleman – Inspired to Fly*
Friday, February 22, 6:00 PM
As part of the library’s celebration of African-American History Month, gather around the fireplace to hear Sharon Moore, retired educator, as she uncovers and appreciates the power, ingenuity, and strength of Bessie Coleman. The circumstances surrounding her life might suggest that obtaining basic needs would be sufficient. Yet, she exceeded acquiring the basics and forged forward as a pioneer in territory only moderately developed — aviation. She propelled beyond barriers in a male-dominated arena and became a flyer.
Space is limited and registration is required. To sign up, click here, call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.
*This program has been made possible by Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.