Upcoming Adult Programs

Wondering what special happenings are at the Library this month? Check out the listings below!

All programs are free of charge. Walk ins are welcome unless otherwise noted.


Taking a Stand Lecture Series
Various dates, May – August, 6:00 PM
A series of free public lectures and interviews featuring prominent thinkers, authors, and leaders, many of whom have taken a stance regarding important issues of our time.
Information about the series, including online registration.

 

A Universe of Stories – adult summer reading programs
Various dates and times, May – September
A series of free public lectures, presentations, documentary screenings, and much more celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing.
Information about the series, including online registrations.

 

English as a Second Language Classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
May 14 – August 8
La Esperanza of Georgetown is offering free classes this summer in English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL helps non-English or limited English speaking adults survive in an English speaking community by providing communication skills and necessary cultural knowledge. Registration is required.
La Esperanza is the only bicultural and bilingual multi-service nonprofit agency in Sussex County that provides free culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services in the areas of family development, immigration, victim services, and education for Hispanic adults, children and families.
For more information about the ESL class or to sign up, call Greg Hitz at 301-275-0250.

 

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – The Civil War, & The March into Modernity Lecture Series
Mondays, June 17 – August 5, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
This 8-session series explores the story of a brave soldier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who served in the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Army (1861-1864) and who later fused his Darwinian creed into his thought as a Supreme Court Justice (1902-1932). It is a most incredible story situated in battles at Ball’s Bluff, Antietam, Chancellorsville and the Battle of the Wilderness. It is the story of Holmes’ survival march that began as a heroic act on the battlefield and then transformed itself into a momentous idea in our constitutional history. That idea, both liberating and alarming, was created in the caldron of war and pointed away from an old America and toward a new one. It is an idea that became central to our modern notion of freedom, especially freedom of speech.
The course will offer a short but eye-opening history of how war scarred a man and then set the compass of his destiny. What began as a youthful sentiment followed by an incident blossomed into a great cause and then into combat, heroism, suffering, death, victory, and finally into the horrific and glorious memory of it all. What remains is an X-ray of a man’s mind revealing the fears and hopes that made him a great figure in the roar and strife of his nation. This is the true story, at once venerable and dark, of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Presented by Ron Collins, the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law. This series is co-hosted by Topical Seminars. A copy of The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader by Ron Collins is required for the class. A copy of the book is on reserve behind the Circulation Desk for those who don’t want to purchase the book. Weekly readings may be done at the library or you can make copies.
Registration is required and space is limited. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk.


NEW – third Tuesday of each month, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
This support group is for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia. The group is facilitated by Ruth Pryor of the Alzheimer’s Association, a non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
For more information, contact Jamie Magee at (302) 854-9788 or jamie.magee@alz.org. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Job Fair for the US Census Bureau
Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Counting everyone in the United States and five U.S. territories is a massive undertaking. It constitutes the nation’s largest peacetime mobilization of its workforce. To help, the Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of people in communities across the country to assist with the 2020 count.
Representatives from the United States Census Bureau will be on-site to assist prospective employees with the application process. Applications are available in both English and Spanish.
Open positions include recruiting assistant, census field supervisor, office operations supervisor, enumerator (local counters), and clerks. All positions are temporary and have flexible hours. Pay rates range from $15 to $21 per hour. For more information on specific job descriptions visit 2020census.gov.
No appointments are necessary for the job fairs, but application assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 PM
Delaware Shakespeare Presents And*
Join us for a 45-minute original performance by Delaware Shakespeare, a year-round professional theatre and educational program for residents and friends of the State of Delaware. Devised and performed by Cassandra Alexander and Cameron DelGrosso, And employs text from several Shakespeare plays to tell the story of a modern couple navigating the extremes of love.
The presentation will follow with a conversation moderated by Delaware Shakespeare’s David Stradley exploring the artists’ process for compiling the script and creating the performance.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk.
This program is hosted by the Library’s Shakespeare Festival and is made possible by Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Saturday, May 25, 8:00 PM
Brown Box Theatre Project: The Broadway Jukebox Revolution
Back by popular demand, Brown Box Theatre Project presents The Broadway Jukebox Revolution. Join us for this musical theatre cabaret event. With almost 30 Broadway songs to choose from, each performance is unique based on the selection of that evening’s audience. Upon arrival each audience member votes for their top choices from a series different musical theatre categories, including “The Classics,” Contemporary,” “Animation,” a special “Revolution” category, and many more. Brown Box curates that night’s show on the spot based on the audience votes in this interactive, family friendly evening, where we perform what YOU consider the best of Broadway.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Wednesday, June 5, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Lewes Lions Club – Free Vision Screening
Eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. The first step to prevention is awareness. The second is early detection through vision screening. Early identification leads to timely referral, professional treatment, and improved or restored sight.
The Lewes Lions Club is offering free vision screenings by a trained professional by appointment only.
To sign up for a time slot call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Calling all knitters! Come join the largest knitter run event in the world. WWKIP Day started in 2005 and is now celebrated in more than 50 countries! Bring your needles and sit and stitch with us by the fireplace.

 

Monday, June 10, 6:00 PM
Reflections on D-Day, 75th Anniversary
June 6, 1944: by the time Brigadier General Norm Cota came ashore on Omaha Beach, the American attack was faltering. Initial assault waves had suffered hundreds of casualties. Many GIs, seasick from hours in the landing craft, had lost their weapons in the fast-rising surf. Men were packed so tightly on the sand that German defenders on the bluffs above could hardly miss. Cota faced the ultimate test of a combat leader: get terrified men moving through a killing field to attack an entrenched and determined enemy.
Historian Ed Ruggero will share some insights into how Norm Cota and other D-Day leaders secured a critical foothold in France, thus beginning the long march to liberation for millions.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 PM
Author Presentation and Book Signing: Sujata Massey
Join us for a presentation by author Sujata Massey on her new book, The Satapur Moonstone, the second in the Perveen Mistry series.
Browseabout Books will have copies of the books for sale before and after.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Saturday, June 15, 1:00 PM
The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Join us for a presentation by author Andrew Lawler on his new book, The Secret Token.
In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English colony in the New World–and then vanished. In The Secret Token, journalist Andrew Lawler sets out on a quest to solve an enigma that has obsessed generations of historians, archaeologists, and amateur sleuths.
Browseabout Books will have copies of the books for sale before and after, which Mr. Lawler has agreed to sign.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 3:30 PM
Learn How to Protect Yourself From Healthcare Fraud
Medicare fraud, errors and abuse costs us over 60 billion dollars each year. In addition, illegal activities have resulted in approximately 250,000 beneficiaries having their identities compromised, putting their healthcare and future medical benefits forever at risk.
Learn about new fraud schemes designed to target you and gain your personal information. We will provide you with essential information about how Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and families can prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse.
Presented by Joanne Friend and Patrick Carney from Senior Medicare Patrol, a project of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Registration is requested. Sign online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk.

 

Thursday, June 27, 4:00 PM
Biggs at the Beach – Delaware Division of the Arts Award Winners
Take a break from the sun and join Ryan Grover, Biggs Museum of American Art Curator, for a special event. Enjoy a multi-media presentation of the Delaware Division of the Arts Award Winners, co-sponsored with the Biggs Museum of American Art.
Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the Library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.


*This program has been made possible by Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.