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.

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.
September 6: What is the Purpose of the Federal Government?
September 20: Money, Politics, and Neoliberalism


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.

Mondays, 12:00 – 3:00 PM
September 9, 16, 23 and 30
The Savvy Caregiver Program
The Savvy Caregiver is a four session educational program focused on providing instructional material for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. The program teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to handle the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. The program is provided by Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Registration is required. To sign up, call Christine at 302-253-1129, or call the library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk.


Taking a Stand Lecture Series
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.
Saturday, September 21, 1:00 PM
Jason Downs | Racial Justice and Criminal Justice
Jason Downs is a partner at Downs Collins, handling civil-rights law, civil litigation, criminal defense, and legal matters that involve an overlap in both civil and criminal proceedings. Mr. Downs gained nearly a decade of experience working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), serving as lead counsel on 26 felony jury trials against federal prosecutors. In that time, he maintained an astounding success rate in jury trials that was 282% higher than the average in the Superior Court. Among his many achievements, Mr. Downs successfully represented an NFL player in a contract dispute governed by the NFL Players Association. No stranger to high-profile litigation, he was a key part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the 2015 Freddie Gray civil case for $6.4 million. In 2017, Mr. Downs was honored by the National Trial Lawyers for being in the Top 40 Under 40. He was also selected in 2018 and 2019 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Mr. Downs is a part of for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk-ins are welcome.


Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Rite Aid Flu Shot Clinic
Rite Aid will have Certified Immunizing Pharmacists on hand for your immunization needs. Flu, as well as pneumonia and Tdap vaccines will be available. It’s not too early to get your flu shot!! Come by and see their pharmacist to be sure you are up to date on all of your immunizations!
Interested individuals will be asked to complete the required consent form as well as bring their insurance information, as Rite Aid can bill most insurance companies.
No registration required.


Wednesday, September 25, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Learn: Samuel Francis Du Pont and the Civil War U.S. Navy
Bring a bag lunch and learn about Samuel Francis Du Pont, the most famous Civil War hero you’ve probably never heard of. Or at least that much about. But his peers considered him one of the best officers in the Navy when the Civil War started. Samuel Francis Du Pont scored the first major Union victory and went on to a distinguished yet turbulent career during the war. Come hear Hagley Historian Lucas R. Clawson discuss Du Pont and his Civil War service.
Presented by Lucas Clawson. This presentation is part of a joint series offered by the library and Delaware Tech, Jack F. Owens Campus.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.


Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
September 26 and October 3, 10 and 17
How Technology Shapes Genealogy Today
The Library is teaming up with the Sussex County Genealogical Society to offer a four-part series on strategies, techniques, and ideas for individuals researching their family trees. The instructor for the series is Carolyn Hedlund, Ph.D., a psychologist who has done family research since the 1970’s and serves on the Sussex County Genealogical Society Board of Directors.
This course covers the fundamentals needed to form a solid foundation for family research for those new to genealogy or for those wanting to refresh their methodology. It highlights recent changes brought by advancing technologies and their impact upon methodology and available tools for genealogists. Topics to be covered include:
– Types of information to be collected and where to search with emphasis upon vital records and census
– Interviewing family members and whom to ask for DNA tests now
– Organizing and preserving materials and computer files
– Selecting genealogy software and using it to your full benefit
– How to use online trees to maximize your research but avoid their pitfalls
– Research methodology and on line searches and resources
Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to fully participate.
Class size is limited and registration is required. Register online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk.


Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
November 5 and 12
Simone Weil’s Venice Saved
Towards the end of her life, the French philosopher and political activist Simone Weil (1909-43) was working on a tragedy, Venice Saved. The play, just been published in English for the first time, explores the depths of Weil’s thoughts on tragedy.
Venice Saved is the story of a horrific evil abated, even though evil later demands its murderous due. A city — its beauty, heritage, and citizens — survives thanks to the merciful actions of the lead character, Jaffier, who was part of a group of Spanish mercenaries who plotted to sack the city in 1618. Nonetheless, Jaffier’s actions, noble as they are, trigger deadly consequences for his friends, the co-conspirators — consequences of the kind doled out by the Nazis, whose brutality was being exercised when Weil penned her play. Written with engaging style and imagination, the play cuts a wide dramatic and philosophic swath akin to something Albert Camus might have envisioned.
This series is presented by Ron Collins, retired professor from the University of Washington School of Law, and is co-hosted by Topical Seminars. A copy of Venice Saved 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 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.