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 – SESSION IS FULL
Mondays, June 17 – August 5, 10:30 – 12:00 PM
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.

 

Ancestry Program Class
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
August 7, 14, 21 and 28
The Library, in partnership with the Sussex County Genealogical Society, is offering an opportunity to learn how to use the online Ancestry program.
Bring with you any family information to get started on researching your ancestors. You may print, email, and/or use your flash drive to preserve your research. Bring small bills or change for the printer. Basic computer and keyboard skills are required.
Class size is limited and registration is required. Register online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk. NOTE: you may only sign up for one session.
NOTE: for those already familiar with Ancestry.com, you may access it for free at any time on the Library’s public computers.

 

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.


Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 PM
Poetry Reading by Jose Padua, Heather Lynne Davis, and Jack Mackey
Jose Padua, 2019 winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, and his wife Heather Lynne Davis, winner of the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize at Syracuse University, will read from their work. Padua’s winning manuscript, A Short History of Monsters, was selected by Billy Collins and published by University of Arkansas Press. Davis has two short stories published in the Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology series. They will read with local poet, Jack Mackey, a Master’s in English graduate of University of Maryland and a member of both Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild and Coastal Writers.
Jose will have copies of his book A Short History of Monsters for sale and signing.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the Library at 302-645-2733 or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Thursday, August 1, 10:30 AM
Resource CONNECT: Top Scams Targeting Delaware
Delaware is ranked 4th worst in the nation by the FTC for Fraud reports, and 6th worst in the nation for Identity Theft reports, with the problem only getting worse. How can you protect yourself and your loved ones? By learning about the top scams affecting your community and sharing that information. Join the Better Business Bureau at a webinar that will shine a light on the ways scammers successfully steal from consumers and businesses, including actual local stories of what’s happening right here in the State of Delaware.
Presented by Jon Bell, Better Business Bureau (Serving Delaware).
This workshop is a simulcast by the Delaware Division of Libraries, through their Resource CONNECT program.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Resume and Online Job Search Workshop
Monday, August 5 AND Wednesday, August 7, 10:00 AM
OR
Monday, August 12 AND Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 PM
The Lewes Public Library is holding a two-session workshop series, in partnership with Libraries Lead and Grow with Google, to help job seekers create resumes and find available positions in our area using Google’s online platforms. Participants should attend both sessions.
Registration is required. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk.

 

Thursday, August 15, 10:30 AM
Resource CONNECT: Lyme Disease Prevention Program
The BLAST Lyme Disease Campaign, coordinated through the Delaware Division of Public Health, is working to raise awareness about tick-borne diseases in Delaware. Health Educator, Emily Marshall, will lead a presentation about ticks, where to find them, and how to avoid them. The audience will learn the signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease and prevention strategies to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
This webinar is presented by Emily Marshall, Delaware Division of Public Health.
This workshop is a simulcast by the Delaware Division of Libraries, through their Resource CONNECT program.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.

 

Thursday, August 22, 10:30 AM
Resource CONNECT: Healing Benefits of Gardening
Do you know the powerful effects gardening has on your health? At this workshop, the audience will learn about the important role gardening can have on their health and how to get started.
This webinar is presented by Dawn Heefner, Heroic Gardens.
This workshop is a simulcast by the Delaware Division of Libraries, through their Resource CONNECT program.
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, August 24, 1:00 PM
Author Presentation with William Rosenau | Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol
The History Book Festival, Lewes Public Library and Browseabout Books welcome author William Rosenau to discuss his book, Tonight We Bombed The U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America’s First Female Terrorist Group.
On November 7, 1983, a bomb exploded in the north wing of the U.S. Capitol building, which blew doors off their hinges, shattered chandeliers, and left a fifteen-foot-wide crater in the hall. Soon after, the National Public Radio received a call from an unidentifiable voice, who said six words: “Tonight, we bombed the U.S. Capitol.” A gripping female-focused narrative, this book explores the ideologies and inner workings of M19, America’s first female terrorist group—what motivated them, why they picked their targets, and how they executed their attacks on government, corporate, and military facilities
Copies of the book will be available for sale by Browseabout Books and Mr. Rosenau will sign 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.