Virtual Programs for Adults


Many of these virtual sessions are conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting, which you will receive in a separate email the day before the event. If you have problems registering for an event or don’t receive the meeting instructions, please email us.
Here are basic written instructions for using Zoom as well as a brief video tutorial.

NOTE:
– the library is following all recommended guidelines for ensuring the security of these meetings.
– the Lewes Public Library believes in free speech. During any scheduled online offering, we ask you to keep your comments brief, civil, and germane to the topic at hand.
– in order to protect intellectual property rights, the Library does NOT record any online sessions NOR does the Library allow others to record session(s).

To register for a program, click on the underlined link for the specific event.


Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy
Sundays and Wednesdays | 12:30 PM
May 31
June 3, June 7, June 10, June 14, June 17, June 21, June 24 and June 28
The Lewes Public Library’s Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy, offered every Sunday and Wednesday at 12:30 PM. Registration is required.
Bring your lunch—or just a cup of joe—to this half-hour short-story reading by actor Suzanne Savoy or a guest reader with a brief chat following.
Note: these stories are intended for adults due to strong language and adult themes.

 

Food for Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM
June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29
A diverse group discussing topics determined by majority vote. Enjoy a stimulating comfortable atmosphere of reasoned interaction.
No preparation is necessary but be prepared to put your brain in gear.

 

Coloring Club for Adults
Tuesdays | 2:00 PM
June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23 and June 30
Bring your coloring sheets and pencils for an afternoon of relaxing and socializing. Great for stress relief!

 

Spanish Conversation Group
Thursdays | 2:00 PM
June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25
Join Spanish speakers 18+ to improve your Spanish-speaking skills. Basic Spanish conversational ability is required.

 

Parliamo Italiano | Italian Conversation Group
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 1:30 PM
June 3 and June 17
Join Italian speakers 18+ to improve your Italian-speaking skills. Please note: basic Italian conversational ability is required.

 

William McKeever | Emperors of the Deep
Tuesday, June 2 | 5:00 PM
William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of sharks-the mysterious creatures of the deep. After he stumbled on a shark tournament, he decided to investigate what was behind these events that killed so many sharks and was it logical to kill sharks in the first place. He found out that sharks are being massacred in more than just shark tournaments. Around the world, 100 million sharks are killed every year. Yet as he studied these animals, it was clear that they are crucial apex predators that maintain the health of the ocean ecosystem.
This multi-media presentation includes a film that takes viewers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks. This is followed by a discussion on how sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these important apex predators are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs, seagrass and all the marine ecosystems is catastrophic and leads to diseases in the oceans that affect wildlife.
William McKeever is an author and documentary filmmaker. His book, Emperors of the Deep, focuses on raising awareness to the plight of sharks and educating the reader on recent scientific discoveries about the importance of them to the marine ecosystem.
Browseabout Books is selling signed copies of Mr. McKeever’s book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order books online.

 

Carl Rollyson | The Life of William Faulkner: The Past is Never Dead (1897-1934)
Thursday, June 4 | 5:00 PM
Join us for a conversation with author Carl Rollyson on his groundbreaking biography of Nobel Prize Winner, William Faulkner. The presentation is co-sponsored by the History Book Festival.
Heretofore no biographer has integrated William Faulkner’s screenplays, fiction, and life into one narrative. The result is a new Faulkner, moving back and forth between Hollywood and home, creating scripts and novels that influence one another in ways not previously understood. The significance of Faulkner’s family life, especially his marriage to Estelle Oldham, receives fresh treatment in discussions of her own writing and of unpublished material. The result is an unprecedented intimate portrayal of the writer and his world, presenting the minute particulars of a life that Johnson and Boswell extolled as the paramount mission of biography.
Carl will be interviewed by Lawrence Wells.
Browseabout Books is selling copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665 or order books online. The book also may be purchased through University of Virginia Press.

 

Understanding Financial Advice
Thursday, June 4 | 5:00 PM
Ever wonder how your financial advisor gets paid? Or what licensing they have? Or what their responsibilities are working with you? This course aims to teach you about engaging with financial professionals. From various licensing requirements, to standards of care to various credentials and what they mean.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC is a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Topical Seminars | The Green New Deal
Friday, June 5 | 1:30 PM
This seminar fosters curiosity in sessions of elevated discourse on a variety of topics. Open to anyone seeking intellectual insight. Participants are expected to prepare for monthly sessions by reading a short paper and suggested pertinent articles.
This meeting’s topic is “The Green New Deal.”
Each meeting will consist of a short presentation of the topic followed by a spirited conversation based on this reading and research. More information is here.

 

Rodney A. Smolla | Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer
Friday, June 5 | 6:00 PM
In the personal and frank Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer, Rodney A. Smolla offers an insider’s view on the violent confrontations in Charlottesville during the “summer of hate.” Blending memoir, courtroom drama, and a consideration of the unhealed wound of racism in our society, he shines a light on the conflict between the value of free speech and the protection of civil rights.
Rodney will be interviewed by Ronald Collins, the former Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law.
Browseabout Books is selling copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665 or order books online.

 

Social Security Disability 101
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:00 AM
This comprehensive two hour long workshop covers the application and appeal process for Social Security and SSI disability benefits, as well as the work incentive programs available to individuals seeking to reenter the workforce after they start receiving benefits. You will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the workshop. This program is relevant to everyone aged 18 years and older interested in learning about the agency’s disability benefit programs.
Presented by Matthew Baxter, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration.

 

Happy Hour with Francesca Serritella | Ghosts of Harvard
Tuesday, June 9 | 5:00 PM
Join us for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author and columnist Francesca Serritella, as she talks about the book, her inspirations, and what it’s been like releasing her debut novel after years of writing with her mother, Lisa Scottline.
In this page-turning and affecting debut novel Ghosts of Harvard, that is part mystery and part ghost story, a Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices…
Browseabout Books is selling signed copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order books online.

 

How Tax Planning Changes Through Four Stages of Retirement
Wednesday, June 10 | 1:00 PM
People often pay more in taxes than expected because a confusing system treats various income types differently, and contains hidden taxes and penalties. Because your tax exposure will change throughout retirement, you need a tax strategy that anticipates how and when you tap assets to cover personal expenses, understand the range of taxes you will face at various stages and manage your actions so you pay as low a tax rate as possible.
Peter Gaertner, CFP® is a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He is an instructor from The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC). Online registration is required.

 

Distant Discussions | Caricature
Thursday, June 11 | 5:00 PM
Grab your favoriate beverage and join us for a “happy-half hour” the topic of “How can the usual mocking style of caricature be used to express fondness and admiration?” with guest speaker Olivia Armandroff.
Co-sponsored by Delaware Humanities.

 

Shark Spotting | The Science of Tracking the Ocean’s Largest Predators
Thursday, June 11 | 5:00 PM
Sharks capture the public’s attention like no other species, as demonstrated by the popularity of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and the frequency with which stories of sharks “lurking” in local waters grab headlines. However, despite the great public interest in sharks and the important role they play in marine ecosystems, these animals remain misunderstood and challenging to study. Learn how new research is shedding light on the biology and ecology of sharks and how scientists are using cutting edge technologies to view the hidden lives of sharks and aid in the conservation and management of these iconic predators.
Presented by Aaron Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology at the School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware.

 

Managing Taxes in Retirement
Thursday, June 11 | 5:00 PM
This class examines various tax issues related to retirees. We will discuss how Social Security benefits are taxed, Medicare premiums, RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions), charitable giving and other tax-related items.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC is a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council. NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through ClickMeeting.

 

Evening Book Club | Before We Were Yours
Thursday, June 11 | 6:30 PM
This book club meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. All are welcome!
This month’s book is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Copies of the book are available through the Delaware Library Catalog.

 

Lunch & Learn | Painting Charity in Late Fifteenth-Century Florence: Filippino Lippi’s Nerli Altarpiece
Friday, June 12 | 12:00 PM
The fifteenth-century church of Santo Spirito in Florence retains in situ an admired late 1490s altarpiece by Filippino Lippi, The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Martin, Catherine of Alexandria, the Young John the Baptist, and Donors (the Nerli altarpiece). Today’s talk will engage with the work’s highly original urban backdrop, including a mysterious episode from secular domestic life. The viewer will be lead on an interpretive journey that requires his or her active and imaginative participation. Leading to the conclusion the altarpiece was a collaborative invention to which the artist, the donors, and the church’s Augustinian friars contributed. While its unusual geography is indebted to Saint Augustine, the focus of the painting is charity, the tie that binds man to his neighbor in need and links husband and wife in a loving marriage.
Presented by University of Maryland lecturer Antonia Fondaras, author of Augustinian Art and Meditation in Renaissance Florence.

 

Book Discussion with Author Ed Ruggero | Blame the Dead
Wednesday, June 17 | 2:00 PM
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Ed Ruggero, author of Blame the Dead, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
Ruggero’s Blame the Dead is the thrilling start of an action-packed and timely World War II series by a former Army Officer for fans of compelling historical fiction.
Browseabout Books is selling signed copies of the book. Call-In orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order books online.

 

Understanding Annuities
Thursday, June 18 | 5:00 PM
Annuities are some of the most complex investment instruments ever created. This class presents an unbiased and educational look at how annuities work, the different types and features of annuities as well as the benefits and downsides to each.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC is a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC). NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through ClickMeeting.

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, June 18 | 7:00 PM
The KidLit Writers Group is a critique group for adult writers (18 and older) who would like to write for the children’s market. We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month. All children’s genres welcome.

 

The One Minute African American Historian | How to do African-American History Research in the Digital Age
Friday, June 19 | 12:00 PM
When we look for information today we Google or surf the web. These new information finding tools also have made historic information databases easily navigated and searched. This lecture shows how African-American newspapers going back to 1827 can be explored to better understand the conditions under which African-Americans lived during the last 200 years, and teaches you how to design the research project to improve the quality of the final product you are producing. In addition, access to African-American newspapers allows you to read the opinions of African-American journalists and have access to the speeches which African-American historic figures gave. You can hear Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington speak in their own words and find out what African-Americans who lived hundreds of years ago really said.
Syl Woolford is a native Delawarean who currently resides in Newark, Delaware. Mr. Woolford is a graduate of Delaware State University with a Degree in Business Administration /Accounting and a graduate of Rutgers University with an MBA in Marketing. In 2008, Mr. Woolford began researching his family history and expanded that research into a total revisiting of African-American history. He has been lecturing on African-American history since 2010 when he began lecturing on “African-American Soldiers in the Civil War.” He serves on several historical preservation boards, and has received many awards and tributes for his work.

 

A Summer Solstice Fire in Pandemic Time: The Prophetic Imaginations of Simone Weil and Flannery O’Connor
Saturday, June 20 | 1:00 PM
The longest day of the year is approaching: June 20th, 2020. The longest day of the year is also the age-old celebration of the sun’s solstice, which inspires reflection on the mystery of the divine in the material world. In the work of writers Flannery O’Connor and Simone Weil, the sun represents the transformative power of divine love, which plays a role in their shared message of spiritual enlightenment. Join Jane Doering and Ruthann Johansen, co-authors of a new book on O’Connor and Weil, as they seek to answer two questions:
1. How were the imaginations of these two twentieth-century writers, one a philosopher and the other a fiction writer, prophetic in their time?
2. How and why are prophetic imaginations essential in pandemic time?
E. Jane Doering and Ruthann Knechel Johansen are the co-authors of the new book When Fiction and Philosophy Meet: A Conversation with Flannery O’Connor and Simone Weil. Jane Doering is the director emerita of the Teachers as Scholars Program at the University of Notre Dame where she taught French Language and Literature. She is the author of Simone Weil and the Specter of Self-Perpetuating Force. Ruthann Johansen is professor emerita at the University of Notre Dame and president emerita of Bethany Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Narrative Secret of Flannery O’Connor: The Trickster as Interpreter.

 

Estate Administration and Trust Administration 101
Monday, June 22 | 5:00 PM
Annuities are some of the most complex investment instruments ever created. This class presents an unbiased and educational look at how annuities work, the different types and features of annuities as well as the benefits and downsides to each.
This is a joint presentation featuring Deirdre McCartney of SERGOVIC, CARMEAN WEIDMAN, McCARTNEY & OWENS, P.A. and Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. Both are instructors with The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC). NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through ClickMeeting.

 

SDARJ Book & Film Discussion | Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
Tuesday, June 23 | 6:00 PM
Join members of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice for discussion on Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson.

 

Distant Discussions | “Summer Solstice, New York City”
Thursday, June 25 | 12:00 PM
Take a lunch break and join us for a short conversation on the topic “What makes it possible for us to connect with others?”, based on  the  poem “Summer Solstice, New York City” by Sharon Olds.
Co-sponsored by Delaware Humanities.

 

2020 Virtual History Book Festival Keynote with Erik Larson
Thursday, June 25 | 5:00 PM
Erik Larson, author of the bestseller The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Virtual History Book Festival. This ticketed event is sponsored by the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group.
Larson will be interviewed by Virginia Prescott of Georgia Public Broadcasting and take audience questions.
Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, The Splendid and the Vile sheds new light on a pivotal year in London during World War II through the day-to-day experiences of Winston Churchill and his family.
This live, interactive author event will be hosted online by the History Book Festival in cooperation with the Library. Ticket prices cover the cost of one copy of the book and include a signed archival book plate and free shipping from the festival bookseller, Browseabout Books.
Log-in information for the presentation will be emailed the day before the event. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

Happy Hour with Author Nancy Thayer | Girls of Summer
Friday, June 26 | 5:00 PM
Join us for a Happy Hour discussion with author Nancy Thayer on her newest release, Girls of Summer (on sale May 26).
One life-changing summer on Nantucket brings about exhilarating revelations for a single mother and her two grown children in this sensational novel from author Nancy Thayer, on sale starting May 26. Kirkus Reviews says “This breezy tale is at once nostalgic and hopeful . . . filled with sweet moments of unlikely female connections,” and “A delightful beach-town tale about family relationships and second chances.”
Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Let It Snow, Surfside Sisters, A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, and Island Girls. Born in Kansas, Thayer has been a resident of Nantucket for thirty-five years, where she currently lives with her husband, Charley, and a precocious rescue cat named Callie.
Browseabout Books is selling copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order books online.

 

Happy Hour with Mary Alice Monroe | On Ocean Boulevard
Friday, July 10 | 5:00 PM
Join us for an online, interactive discussion with New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests, Mary Alice Monroe. She will talk about her latest book, On Ocean Boulevard, the long awaited return to the beloved Beach House series and one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world. Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth.
Mary Alice Monroe is the author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series. She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina.
Browseabout Books is selling signed copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order online.

 

Rachel Beanland | Florence Adler Swims Forever
Tuesday, July 14 | 12:30 PM
In Atlantic City, Summer of 1934 begins with a shocking tragedy. Over the course of the summer, three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Manhattan Beach and The Dollhouse.
Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, Rachel Beanland’s family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy.
Join us in an online conversation with author Rachel Beanland, whose debut novel will be published on July 7, 2020. Rachel has an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds bachelor’s degrees in art history and journalism from the University of South Carolina. Before turning to writing full-time, Rachel worked in public relations and nonprofit management. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three children.
This event is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community and Browseabout Books.
Browseabout Books is selling signed copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order online.

 

Happy Hour with Author Kristen Harmel | The Book of Lost Names
Friday, July 24 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with author Kristen Harmel to discuss her latest book, inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.
International bestselling author Kristin Harmel showcased her gift for sharing stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things in her bestselling novels The Room on Rue Amelie and The Winemaker’s Wife. Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Harmel takes readers back to France for an unforgettable story of a woman who risks her life to help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in The Book of Lost Names (to be released on July 21, 2020)
Eva Traube Abrams, a librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in the New York Times. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. Highlighted is a religious text now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library. It appears to contain some sort of code, though researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. But Eva does…
Browseabout Books is pre-selling signed copies of the book. Call-in orders are accepted daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at (302) 226-2665, or order books online.