Upcoming Adult Programs

Wondering what special happenings at the Library are coming up? Check out the listings below!

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

Access to social services through the DHSS Community Partner Support Unit
First and third Monday of each month | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A social worker can help you with:
– Applying for food benefits
– Medicaid
– Long-term nursing care
– Childcare
– Home energy assistance
– Learn about other DHSS agencies
– Referrals to partner organizations
– Employment & training
– ASSIST application process
Services are free, confidential, and available to everyone.


First and third Friday of each month | 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Topical Seminars
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 will improve the social capital of our community. Participants are expected to prepare for meetings in advance by reading materials prepared by the particular seminar leader, which will be available either on this website or in the Lewes Library. Participants are encouraged to do further research independent of these materials to prepare for the discussion. Each meeting will consist of a short presentation of the topic followed by a spirited conversation based on this reading and research. The seminars are free to the public and all are welcome.
February 7 | Climate Change
February 21 | Space Exploration
March 6 | What Do We Owe Future Generations
March 20 | Reparations
April 3 | Reproductive Rights
April 17 | How Are Unearned Privileges Distributed in Our Society?
May 1 | The Righteous Mind
May 15 | Non-violence
June 5 | TBA
June 19 | End of Year Review and Party

1st and 3rd 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, call (302) 854-9788. Walk ins are welcome.

Food $mart
Thursdays, January 2 – 30 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
In this federally-funded Food and Nutrition Education Program you will learn:
– Healthy Eating & Cooking for Less
– Being Active
– Keeping Food Safe
– Saving Money at the Grocery Store
– Preparing Tasty Foods
– Planning Meals
Food demo with tastings at every class! In addition to valuable information, you will receive
– Bag of non-perishable food
– Calendar
– Grocery shopping list
– Analysis of diet
– Measuring cups & spoons
– Food thermometer
– Refrigerator thermometer
– Graduation Certificate
Registration is required. To sign up, contact Mary Edwards, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, at mwe@udel.edu or 302-856-2585 ext. 567.


Sussex County Genealogical Society | Time Travel With Google Earth
Saturday, January 18 | 10:00 AM
During this month’s meeting of the Sussex County Genealogical Society, there will be a live, interactive webinar with Lisa Louise Cooke, who will present on Time Travel With Google Earth.
No registration is required and walk ins are welcome.


Alzheimer’s Association | Effective Communication Strategies
Monday, January 27 | 12:00 PM
Bring a bag lunch or snack and learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Also find out about the services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association and how they can help.
To register for this free program, please call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline (800-272-3900) at any time.


NEW – Parliamo Italiano | Italian Conversation Group
Wednesday, February 5 and 19 | 1:00 PM
Join this new foreign language conversation group meeting the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Join Italian speakers 18+ to improve your Italian-speaking skills. Please note: basic Italian conversational ability is required.
No registration is required and walk ins are welcome.


Craft Club | Valentine Needle Felting
February 6 | 1:00 PM
In this workshop facilitated by local artist Rita Healey, participants will use a barbed needle pink and red wools to push fibers together to make felted wool Valentine hearts, circles and diamonds. When done, participants can bead the felted item.
Class size is limited to 6 people so registration is required. Online registration.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Saturdays | 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
February 8 – April 11
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. AARP membership is not required. Tax-Aide is a free service offered to taxpayers of all ages, especially those over 50 who “can’t afford paid tax preparation.”
This service is by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Calls for appointments will be accepted beginning January 15. 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 return calls for appointments between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Be advised the caller number may appear as “wireless caller.” Appointments are NOT made by calling or visiting the library.
More information may be found here, including information about completing an Intake/Interview sheet prior to your appointment and what documents to bring to your appointment..


Family Game Night
Saturday, February 8 | 6:00 PM
Enjoy an evening with our closet of games and puzzles while the library is closed. Pizza and light refreshments provided.


Sussex Bird Club | Sparrows Simplified: Making Sense of LBJs *
Sunday, February 9 | 2:00 PM
Many birders struggle with identifying sparrows, referring to them as LBJs (little brown jobs) or sparrow species. Mike Moore, University of Delaware Biology professor, will help you tackle this difficult group. He will discuss, and then attempt to blend, the two main approaches to identification, the Peterson System and the Cape May School. The goal is to lead you to sparrow identification confidence. Each of the 16 species of regularly occurring sparrows in Delaware will be compared and contrasted with some discussion of finding and identifying rarities.
No registration required – walk ins are welcome.


With Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln in Words and Pictures **
Tuesday, February 11 | 6:00 PM
In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Daniel Pritchett returns to the library to give an illustrated lecture taking us through Lincoln’s early life and character, including his remarkable physical strength, love of books (despite his lack of formal education), aversions to hunting, gambling, and drinking alcohol (against the status quo of the day), sense of compassion toward native Americans, and his almost visceral disgust about slavery, even though he grew up and lived in a very racist society and culture. The presentation also gives examples of some of Lincoln’s most magnetic words and how he used his eloquent speaking manner to transform our country forever.
Seating is limited so registration is required – sign up online.


Lunch and Learn | Center for the Inland Bays *
Wednesday, February 12 | 12:00 PM
Bring a bag lunch or snack and learn about the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB).
The Inland Bays and their tributaries like Herring and Guinea Creek are so important to Sussex County. They are not only ecological treasures with an abundance of fish and wildlife, but they are a key economic driver supporting the tourism and real estate industries that define coastal Sussex. Together we have to work to protect them and restore their vitality, and that is the mission of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.
The Center is pleased to present its third ‘State of Your Creek,’ report. This report uses long-term monitoring data to assess the health of Herring and Guinea Creeks, which together form a major tributary system of Rehoboth Bay. This report was produced with the help of a number of State, County, and University partners
Seating is limited so registration is requested – sign up online.


Sussex County Genealogical Society | D.A.R. Presentation
Saturday, February 15 | 10:00 AM
The topic of this month’s meeting of the Sussex County Genealogical Society is a presentation on the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) by Catherine Hudson, Registrar, DAR Major Nathaniel Mitchell Chapter.
No registration is necessary.


The Women’s Suffrage Movement: Below the Color-Line
Sunday, February 16 | 1:00 PM
Although often overlooked in the history of women’s suffrage, African American women engaged in significant reform efforts and political activism leading up to ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally acknowledged a woman’s right to vote. Black and white women worked side by side from the earliest years of the suffrage movement until the movement splintered over the issue of race following the Civil War. African American women formed their own organizations to continue their efforts to secure the rights of all women—and men. After ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, the battle for the vote ended for white women; for African American women the outcome was less clear.
Presentation by Syl Woolford, a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission, the Historical and Cultural Affairs Collections Committee, the Historic Preservation Fund, and the Wilmington University History Committee.
No registration is required and walk ins are welcome.
This program is co-sponsored by the library, Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, and League of Women Voters of Sussex County, DE.


We Thought Our Creator Had Abandoned Us: The Social Consequences of Smallpox in the Delaware Valley
Thursday, February 20 | 7:00 PM
Join us for a presentation by Dr. Cara Lee Blume on the social impacts of smallpox on Native Americans. Dr. Blume is an archaeologist and historian with more than 50 years of experience working in Delaware. This program is co-sponsored by the library and the Archaeological Society of Delaware, Sussex County Chapter.
Online registration.


Shakespeare Festival Presents Shakespeare and Saint Valentine **
Friday, February 21 | 7:00 PM
“If music be the food of love, play on!” – Twelfth Night
Join us around the fireplace as Delaware Shakespeare actors concoct an enticing mix of love scenes, sonnets, and songs, to create a perfect way for you and your Valentine to celebrate Cupid’s February holiday! The performance lasts approximately 75 minutes and refreshments will be served.
Now in its seventeenth season, Delaware Shakespeare creates year-round professional theatre and educational programs for residents and friends of the State of Delaware. At Del Shakes, people from all walks of life celebrate and explore their shared humanity through the lens of Shakespearean work.
Seating is limited so registration is required. Online registration.
This program is brought to you by the Shakespeare Festival, a program of the Lewes Public Library, which seeks to provide the community with experiences that foster the understanding of Shakespeare and the world in which he lived and wrote.


* This program is an offering of Lewes Loves Books, a One Book One Community program.

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