Virtual Programs for Adults


Many of these virtual sessions are conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting or webinar. 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.
Closed captioning is available for all our sessions. Information on enabling closed captioning in Zoom may be found here.

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).
the program times listed are Eastern Time.

View a list of upcoming virtual Author events.


Patry Francis and Nan Rossiter | All the Children Are Home and Promises to Keep
Tuesday, April 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation between authors Patry Francis and Nan Rossiter, as they discuss their latest books, All the Children Are Home (Francis) and Promises to Keep (Rossiter).
Set in the late 1950s through 1960s in a small town in Massachusetts, Patry Francis’ All the Children Are Home follows the Moscatelli family—Dahlia and Louie, foster parents, and their long-term foster children Jimmy, Zaidie, and Jon—and the irrevocable changes in their lives when a six-year-old indigenous girl, Agnes, comes to live with them. In the heartwarming sequel to Promises of the Heart in the Savannah Skies series, Nan Rossiter returns to Tybee Island off the Georgia coast to focus on beloved characters Maeve and Gage as their relationship is tested by secrets they are keeping from each other.
Patry Francis is the author of The Liar’s Diary and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.
Nan Rossiter is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and began her writing career in the world of children’s books. Along with her many contemporary fiction novels, she is the author/illustrator of several books for children, including Rugby & Rosie, winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award, and The Fo’c’sle: Henry Beston’s “Outermost House”. Nan lives on a country road in Connecticut with her husband and a solemn black Lab named Finn who diligently watches her every move and can be roused from a slumber in a distant room by the sound of a banana being peeled or a cookie crumb hitting the floor. Nan and her husband are the parents of two handsome sons who have struck out on life journeys of their own.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing a copy of their books from Browseabout Books: All the Children are Home (Francis) and Promises to Keep (Rossiter). Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Sylvie Weil | At Home with André and Simone Weil
Monday, May 3 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with Sylvie Weil, author of At Home with André and Simone Weil, a memoir about her famed philosopher aunt Simone and mathematician father André. She will be interviewed by Ronald Collins, editor of ATTENTION, a bi-monthly e-journal on the life and legacy of Simone Weil.
Born into a freethinking Jewish family in France in 1909, Simone Weil was one of the twentieth century’s most original philosophers, influencing Albert Camus, T. S. Eliot, Simone de Beauvoir, Pope John XXIII, Czeslaw Milosz, and Susan Sontag. She fought for workers’ rights and, later, the Spanish Republican cause. Before her death at age thirty-four, Simone Weil turned increasingly to mysticism and religion, especially Roman Catholicism, exploring themes of sacrifice, asceticism, and the virtues of manual labor. She never converted, however, and Sylvie Weil writes from a Jewish perspective, emphasizing Simone’s Jewish heritage. Using previously unpublished family correspondence and conversations, Sylvie Weil paints the most vivid, private portrait of her aunt in print. The book illuminates Simone’s relationship with others, especially with her brother, André. Loving and unsparing, affectionate and incisive, At Home with André and Simone Weil is an insightful memoir about a family of intellectual luminaries.
Sylvie Weil grew up in Paris, France and earned her degrees in Classics and in French Literature at the Sorbonne. After teaching at a lycée in France for two years, she taught at Barnard and Bennington Colleges and then in Paris. Until 2002 she was a professor of French Literature at Hunter College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of several works of fiction for adults, and of a series of three novels for young adults. Her most recent book is Selfies, a novel memoir.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Science and Society | Michael Mann and The New Climate War
Tuesday, May 4 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Michael Mann, author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet. In this latest book, Mann shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.
Fossil fuel companies have followed the example of other industries deflecting blame or greenwashing. Meanwhile, they’ve blocked efforts to regulate or price carbon emissions, run PR campaigns aimed at discrediting viable alternatives, and have abdicated their responsibility in fixing the problem they’ve created. The result has been disastrous for our planet. In The New Climate War, Mann argues all is not lost. He draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters-fossil fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petrostates. And he outlines a plan for forcing our governments and corporations to wake up and make real change. With immensely powerful vested interests aligned in defense of the fossil fuel status quo, the societal tipping point won’t happen without the active participation of citizens everywhere aiding in the collective push forward. This book will reach, inform, and enable citizens everywhere to join this battle for our planet.
Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He has received many honors and awards, including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. Additionally, he contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of numerous books and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
The conversation will be moderated by Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science, and Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys. This event is part of the series Science and Society – Making Sense of the World Around Us, launched by the Lewes Public Library last year and co-organized by Fred Dylla and Linda Dylla.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted  or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Douglas Poore | Abandoned Railroads of Delmarva
Monday, May 10 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with Douglas Poore, author of Abandoned Railroads of Delmarva (America Through Time).
For over 100 years, the railroads of America were the king of transportation. But more than that, they were truly what drove the Industrial Revolution, and along with that, the growth of the country. Railroads made communities from nothing, grew sleepy crossroad towns into major hubs of commerce, and opened areas of Delmarva to goods they once could only read about in magazines and newspapers. By the 1960s, all of this had changed. Passenger service had fallen off to the point that most railroads had ended this once vital travel method. Trucks now hauled the goods that once filled the boxcars of the railroad. Many old rail lines closed. The rails and stations were abandoned to the state governments. Most were just left in place to rust and rot away. This book resurrects those abandoned rails and railroad companies. Photos of the stations, once the center of their town’s growth, are preserved in these pages. Memories of the companies that crisscrossed Delmarva are brought back to life.
Douglas Poore has been a longtime railroad buff. Born and raised in Harrington, Delaware, he grew up with the railroad in his backyard. Some of his earliest memories were anxiously awaiting the James E. Strates Shows’ carnival train arriving each year in July, bringing the carnival rides to the Delaware State Fair. From an early age, he also owned model railroads. From his grandfather’s old Lionel, to an HO scale layout that took up over half of his parent’s attic, Doug has felt the passion of steam engines running in his veins. After retiring from a paramedic career, he took his love of history and railroading and became the volunteer curator of the Greater Harrington Historical Society.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Mary Alice Monroe | The Summer of Lost and Found
Tuesday, May 11 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe as she discusses The Summer of Lost and Found, the latest in her Beach House book series. Joining Mary Alice in conversation is #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate.
The nationally bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, a spirit of unity, and a dose of humor. In The Summer of Lost and Found, Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature “sensitive and true” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.
Mary Alice Monroe is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series: The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, and Beach House Reunion. She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. She is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina.
Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which remained on the NYT Bestseller List Hardcover and softcover lists for 110 weeks and has sold more than three million copies. She has penned over thirty novels and coauthored a nonfiction book, Before and After with Judy Christie. Her April 2020 novel, The Book Of Lost Friends, became an instant New York Times Bestseller. The book was inspired by the real-life “Lost Friends” ads, through which families separated during slavery sought to find their lost loved ones in the chaos following the Civil War. A reader and museum volunteer from the Historic New Orleans Collection connected Lisa with HNOC’s vast database of over 2500 Lost Friends ads, which chronicle the heart wrenching and hope-filled searches of separated families, and which inspired the story of eighteen-year-old Hannie Gossett in the novel. Lisa lives with her husband in North Texas.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Suzanne Simonetti | The Sound of Wings
Wednesday, May 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with Suzanne Simonetti, author of The Sound of Wings: A Novel. Kirkus Reviews writes of this debut novel, “The three principal characters are thoughtful and conscientious, and the deep dives into their thoughts and memories give sharp illustrations of their motivations and fears up to the touching conclusion.” Joining Suzanne in conversation is Loretta Nyhan, author of The Other Family, Digging In, All the Good Parts, Empire Girls, and Home Front Girls.
Set in picturesque Cape May, New Jersey, The Sound of Wings weaves together the story of three women whose lives are upended, and then intertwine: seventy-year-old potter, Goldie, whose shop is failing and who is haunted by her deceased husband; newcomer Krystal with the flashy new mansion but no friends; and Jocelyn, a distracted writer about to miss a deadline due to a custody battle. In The Sound of Wings, Simonetti gives readers a gripping, touching, and memorable portrait of women rising above painful pasts to seize present opportunities and of friendships that grow, despite differences, to sustain and inspire.
Suzanne Simonetti grew up in the New York suburbs just outside of the city. After earning a BS in marketing, she spent several years writing press releases, until she left her corporate job to focus on her passion for crafting fiction. She lives on Cape May Harbor with her husband. Loretta Nyhan is the bestselling author of Digging In, All the Good Parts, and the teen paranormal thrillers The Witch Collector Part I and The Witch Collector Part II. With Suzanne Hayes, she coauthored the historical novels Empire Girls and Home Front Girls. When she’s not writing, Nyhan is knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things her high school self would have found hilarious.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

History Book Festival presents Lisa Scottoline | Eternal **
Thursday, May 20 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a live, interactive talk with Lisa Scottoline, author of Eternal, the Fiction Keynote event for the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Scottoline will be in conversation with novelist Martha Hall Kelly.
Eternal tells the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome, in the creeping shadow of fascism. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco, the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro, a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta’s heart.
But in the autumn of 1937, Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis and altering the laws that govern Rome. As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. In 1943, after Italy aligns itself with the Allies, the Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city’s Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer.
Lisa Scottoline is the bestselling author of 32 novels that have been published in 35 countries. She is best known for her mystery thrillers, but Eternal — her first historical novel — is the culmination of a lifetime of interest in the Italian Holocaust that began when she took a seminar at the University of Pennsylvania led by Philip Roth called “The Literature of the Holocaust,” studying the work of Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, among others. Following that course Scottoline knew that one day she’d write about Fascism and the Holocaust in Italy, a story that remains untold in popular fiction. Her background as an Italian American, lawyer, and adjunct law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School fueled her interest in the subject, and after decades of research, including many trips to Italy, Eternal was born.
Martha Hall Kelly is the author of three bestselling works of historical fiction: her debut novel set during World War II, Lilac Girls, and the prequels Lost Roses and Sunflower Sisters. Never an enthusiastic history student, Kelly developed a passion for it when she discovered the long-buried story of Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite and philanthropist who championed the cause of a group of Polish women nicknamed “the rabbits” who were experimented upon by Nazi doctors at the all-female Ravensbruck concentration camp. Her interest in Ferriday led to the writing of Lilac Girls.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing copy of their books from Browseabout Books: Eternal (Scottoline) and Sunflower Sisters (Kelly). Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased is signed.

 

Conversation with Debra H. Goldstein | Four Cuts Too Many
Wednesday, May 26 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with Judge Debra H. Goldstein, author of Four Cuts Too Many, the fourth book in the A Sarah Blair mystery series. Joining her Cheryl Hollon, author of Kensington’s Webb Glass Shop and Paint & Shine mystery series.
Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister’s restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sarah has no time to enjoy life’s finer things. Divorced and sort-of dating, she’s considering going back to school. But as a somewhat competent sleuth, Sarah’s more suited for criminal justice than learning how many ways she can burn a meal. Although she wouldn’t mind learning some knife skills from her sous chef, Grace Winston. An adjunct instructor who teaches cutlery expertise in cooking college, Grace is considering accepting an executive chef’s position offered by Jane Clark, Sarah’s business rival–and her late ex-husband’s lover. But Grace’s future lands in hot water when the school’s director is found dead with one of her knives in his back. To clear her friend’s name, Sarah must sharpen her own skills at uncovering an elusive killer…
Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists. Debra serves on the national boards of Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA. She previously was on Sisters in Crime’s national board and president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.
Cheryl Hollon writes full-time after an engineering career designing and installing military flight simulators in England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Living the dream, she combines a love of writing with a passion for creating art in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cheryl is Past President of the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Lisa Dawn Angerame | The Vegan ABCs Cookbook
Wednesday, June 2 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Lisa Dawn Angerame, author of The Vegan ABCs Cookbook: Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Using Exciting Ingredients—from Aquafaba to Zucchini.
This must-have guide is indispensable for anyone who’s new to plant-based cooking. There’s no need to rely on sad pasta dishes or boring salads to stick to your diet as the author guides you through 26 of the most important ingredients in vegan cooking. Start with aquafaba, beets and coconut milk and make your way to XO sauce, yogurt and zucchini with these simple yet flavorful recipes. Each chapter is devoted to a different vegan staple, giving the chance to get familiar with each one. Whether new to vegan cooking or looking to deepen your understanding of plant-based ingredients, this book is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to make amazing and nutritious vegan meals.
Lisa Dawn Angerame is the author of Wait, That’s Vegan?! and the founder of the blog Lisa’s Project: Vegan. She holds a certificate in Plant- Based Nutrition from eCornell and earned the title of Certified Plant-Based Professional from Rouxbe Online Culinary School. Lisa lives with her family in New York City.
will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with M. Leona Godin | There Plant Eyes
Wednesday, June 9 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive conversation with M. Leona Godin, the author of There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, a probing, witty, and deeply insightful history of blindness—in Western culture and literature, and in the author’s own experience—that ranges from Homer and Milton to Louis Braille, Helen Keller, and Stevie Wonder.
Godin begins her fascinating, wide-ranging study with an exploration of how the idea of sight is inextricably linked with knowledge and understanding; how “blindness” has, for millennia, been used as a metaphor for ignorance; and how, in metaphorical terms, blindness can also be made to suggest a door to artistic or spiritual transcendence. And she makes clear how all of this has obscured the reality of blindness, as a consequence of which many blind people have to deal not just with their disability but also with expectations that they possess “superpowers.” Godin illuminates the often surprising history of both the physiological condition and the ideas that have attached to it. She incorporates an analysis of blindness in art and literature (from King Lear to Star Wars) and culture (assumptions of the blind as pure and magically wise) with a study of the science of blindness and key developments in accessibility (the white cane, embossed printing, digital technology) and a recounting of her own experience of gradually losing sight over the course of three decades. Altogether, Godin gives us a revelation of the centrality of blindness and vision to humanity’s understanding of itself and the world.
M. Leona Godin is a writer, performer, and educator who is blind. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times; Playboy; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Catapult, where she writes the column, “A Blind Writer’s Notebook.” She was a 2019 Logan Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced two theatrical productions: The Star of Happiness, based on Helen Keller’s time performing on vaudeville, and The Spectator & the Blind Man, about the invention of Braille. She founded the online magazine Aromatica Poetica as a venue for exploring the arts and sciences of smell and taste; not specifically for, but welcoming to, blind readers and writers. She holds a PhD in English Literature from NYU and has lectured on art, accessibility, disability, and technology at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, Rice University, and the American Printing House for the Blind, among other venues.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Science and Society | Carl Zimmer and Life’s Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive
Monday, June 14 | 5:00 PM ET
Join us for a conversation with Carl Zimmer, as part of the library’s Science and Society lecture series.
Is a virus alive? A fire? What sets the living world apart from the non-living? Carl Zimmer explores how scientists have struggled with the mystery of life itself for centuries, and how a consensus on how to define it eludes them today. As we learn more about the astonishing marvels of life at the molecular level, the struggle to understand what it means to be alive endures.
Carl Zimmer is the science columnist at the New York Times and the author of fourteen books, including She Has Her Mother’s Laugh and A Planet of Viruses. His latest book is Life’s Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive. He is professor adjunct at Yale, where he teaches writing. Zimmer’s work has earned awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society for the Study of Evolution.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Helene Wecker | The Hidden Palace
Tuesday, June 15 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with author Helene Wecker to discuss her new novel, The Hidden Palace, the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni.
Chava is a woman made of clay, able to hear the thoughts and longings of the humans around her and compelled to help them. Ahmad is a being made of fire, perpetually restless and free-spirited. Chava was created as a companion to a man traveling to New York from Eastern Europe, but the man died at sea and she landed in New York Harbor utterly alone – a fish out of water who needed to care for herself in the burgeoning metropolis. Ahmad escaped an old flask that languished on a shelf in a coffee shop in lower Manhattan’s Little Syria – the spot behind Trinity Church which is now the home of the World Trade Center complex. Once released, he manifests into the shape of a man with a fiery disposition who is ill at ease in the world of humans. The two meet as unlikely immigrants who spend their time off walking the streets of their new home, New York City, and their lives become intertwined.
Now in The Hidden Place, in the lead up to WWI, these two fantastical creatures must decide what exactly they mean to each other, all the while living disguised as humans and constantly fearing they’ll be exposed for who they really are. Returning to the story is Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, and new characters such as a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe, as well as a little girl named Kreindel who helps her rabbi father build a golem named Yossele. The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interweave, while at the same time dealing with the challenges of immigration and assimilation and the internal struggle between individualism and one’s community.
Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni was awarded the Mythopoeic Award, the VCU Cabell Award, and the Harald U. Ribalow Prize, and was nominated for a Nebula and World Fantasy Award. The novel was chosen as an Amazon Editor Top 20 Pick, an Amazon Spotlight Debut, an Indie Next Pick, one of Entertainment Weekly’s top Ten Works of Fiction for the year, Audible’s Top Debut Novel Audiobook of the Year, and featured in Buzzfeed’s and Kirkus Reviews’ best books of the year features as well as many other national outlets. Her work has appeared in Joyland, Catamaran, and in the anthology The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. A Midwest native, Wecker holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and children.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased is signed by the author.

 

Conversation with Sean Flynn | Why Peacocks?
Wednesday, June 16 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with author Sean Flynn to discuss his new book, Why Peacocks?: An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World’s Most Magnificent Bird, in which Flynn seeks to understand the mysterious allure of peacocks—and in the process discovers unexpected and valuable life lessons.
When Sean Flynn’s neighbor in North Carolina texted “Any chance you guys want a peacock? No kidding!” he stared bewilderedly at his phone. He had never considered whether he wanted a peacock. But as an award-winning magazine writer, this kind of mystery intrigued him. So he, his wife, and their two young sons became the owners of not one but three charming yet fickle birds: Carl, Ethel, and Mr. Pickle.
In Why Peacocks?, Flynn chronicles his hilarious and heartwarming first year as a peacock owner, from struggling to build a pen to assisting the local bird doctor in surgery to triumphantly watching a peahen lay her first egg. He also examines the history of peacocks, from their appearance in the Garden of Eden to their befuddling Charles Darwin to their bewitching the likes of Flannery O’Connor and Martha Stewart. And fueled by a reporter’s curiosity, he travels across the globe to learn more about the birds firsthand, with stops including a Scottish castle where peacocks have resided for centuries, a southern California community tormented by a serial killer of peacocks, and a Kansas City airport hotel hosting an annual gathering of true peafowl aficionados. At turns comically absurd and deeply poignant, Why Peacocks? blends lively, insightful memoir and illuminating science journalism to answer the title’s question. More than that, it offers surprising lessons about love, grief, fatherhood, and family.
Sean Flynn is a National Magazine Award–winning journalist and author who’s reported from six continents during the past thirty years. A long-time correspondent for GQ, his work has been widely anthologized and translated into nearly a dozen languages. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two boys.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Catherine Chung | The Tenth Muse: A Novel
Tuesday, June 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive conversation with Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse: A Novel, an exhilarating, moving novel about a trailblazing mathematician whose research unearths her own extraordinary family story and its roots in World War II.
From the days of her childhood in the 1950s Midwest, Katherine knows she is different, and her parents are not who they seem. As she matures from a girl of rare intelligence into an exceptional mathematician, traveling to Europe to further her studies, she must face the most human of problems—who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition? These questions grow ever more entangled as Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics and becomes involved with a brilliant and charismatic professor. When she embarks on a quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that may hold both the lock and the key to her identity, and to secrets long buried during World War II. Forced to confront some of the most consequential events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, she finds kinship in the stories of the women who came before her, and discovers how seemingly distant stories, lives, and ideas are inextricably linked to her own.
Catherine Chung won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award with her first novel, Forgotten Country, and has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice, and a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and worked at a think tank in Santa Monica before receiving her MFA from Cornell University. She has published work in The New York Times and Granta, and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She lives in New York City.
This event is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Mitch Benjamin | BBQ Revolution
Wednesday, June 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with founder of the Meat Mitch competition BBQ team and brand, Mitch Benjamin, to present on his new cookbook, BBQ Revolution: Innovative Barbecue Recipes from an All-Star Pitmaster.
Mitch Benjamin has helped open BBQ restaurants in Paris, served his smoked meat to baseball legends at Yankee Stadium, and taken home some serious hardware from just about every major BBQ competition. In this book, he throws open the doors to his kitchen (or as he calls it, his “Mitchen”) and takes BBQ on a wild ride! The book starts with his behind the scenes look at competition BBQ and smoking, then winds its way through chapters both classic and creative. Whether you’re relatively new to BBQ or a seasoned pitmaster, you’re sure to find new ideas, techniques, and flavors in this book.
Mitch Benjamin, founder of the Meat Mitch competition BBQ team and brand, is the inventor of sauces and rubs that are consistently among the most award-winning and decorated in the country. The Meat Mitch competition team has won the prestigious American Royal BBQ Sauce World Championship Competition, The Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Sauce Competition, and finished with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the heralded National Barbecue and Grilling Competition. Meat Mitch products can be found in stores and national chains throughout the US and in more than a dozen countries around the world.
Mitch will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Elizabeth Gonzalez James | Mona At Sea
Tuesday, July 6 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with author Elizabeth Gonzalez James to discuss her debut novel, Mona At Sea.
Mona is a Millennial perfectionist who fails upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis. Despite her potential, and her top-of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. Mona’s the sort who says exactly the right thing at absolutely the wrong moments, seeing the world through a cynic’s eyes. In the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, Mona walks a knife’s edge as she faces down unemployment, underemployment, the complexities of adult relationships, and the downward spiral of her parents’ shattering marriage. The more Mona craves perfection and order, the more she is forced to see that it is never attainable. Mona’s journey asks the question: When we find what gives our life meaning, will we be ready for it?
Before becoming a writer, Elizabeth Gonzalez James was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her short story, “Cosmic Blues,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and her stories and essays have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She’s attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Writers Workshop, and Lit Camp. She lives with her family in Oakland, California.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Emily Austin | Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead
Wednesday, July 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with Emily Austin, author of Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. Joining her to discuss her debut novel is Steven Rowley, best selling author of The Guncle (to be released May 25), Lily and the Octopus, and The Editor.
Gilda, a twenty-something, atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace. In between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman, who has been trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.
Emily R. Austin was born in Ontario, Canada, and received a writing grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts in 2020. She studied English literature and library science at Western University. She currently lives in Ottawa.
Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2016 and The Editor, named by NPR and Esquire Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2019. Both are in development as feature films. His new novel, The Guncle, arrives May 25, 2021. Rowley’s fiction has been published in twenty languages. He lives in Palm Springs.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Melissa Shapiro | Piglet
Wednesday, August 4 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with Melissa Shapiro, author of Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family, a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog.
When Connecticut veterinarian Melissa Shapiro gets a call about a tiny deaf blind puppy rescued from a hoarding situation in need of fostering, she doesn’t hesitate to say, “yes.” Little does she know how that decision will transform her, her family, and legions of admirers destined to embrace the saga of the indomitable pink pup. One of the most anxious dogs Melissa had ever encountered, the traumatized Piglet weighed under two pounds upon his welcome into the Shapiro household—which included Melissa’s husband Warren and their three college-aged kids, plus six other rescued dogs. After weeks of reassurance, and lots of love, Piglet connected, gained confidence, and his extraordinary spirit emerged. Melissa soon forged a powerful bond with Piglet, allowing the two to communicate without sound or visual cues. Curious, engaged, and incredibly eager to learn, Piglet quickly became part of the family. What started out as a few simple Facebook posts of Piglet and his pack rapidly evolved into a global celebration of Piglet’s infectiously positive mindset.
Melissa Shapiro, DVM, is a veterinarian, a lifelong animal welfare advocate, and mom to three children and many disabled rescued dogs and birds. Since bringing Piglet home in 2017, she has used his social media platform to educate, advocate, and inspire others to adopt pets with special needs. Her nonprofit organization, Piglet International Inc., supports the Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach, a free downloadable educational program that teaches growth mindset, acceptance, inclusion, empathy, and kindness to students and others in the community, as well as various animal rights causes. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Warren, six rescued dogs, three rescued birds, and Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy.
This event is co-sponsored by Delaware Humane Association (DHA).
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate. Browseabout Books is donating $2 from each book sold to Delaware Humane Association. For more information on how to adopt from DHA, please visit their website.

 

Conversation with Siân Evans | Maiden Voyages
Wednesday, August 11 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with Siân Evans, author of Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them, an engaging and anecdotal social history that explores how women’s lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America.
During the early twentieth century, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women, whose lives were changed forever by their journeys between the Old World and the New. Some traveled for leisure, some for work; others to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members whose stories have mostly remained untold—until now.
Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women as they crossed the Atlantic. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. In first class you’ll meet A-listers like Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker; the second class carried a new generation of professional and independent women, like pioneering interior designer Sibyl Colefax. Down in steerage, you’ll follow the journey of émigré Maria Riffelmacher as she escapes poverty in Europe. Bustling between decks is a crew of female workers, including Violet “The Unsinkable Stewardess” Jessop, who survived the Titanic disaster. Entertaining and informative, this book captures the golden age of ocean liners through the stories of the women whose transatlantic journeys changed the shape of society on both sides of the globe.
Siân Evans is the author of several books, including Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses between the Wars. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, BBC Antiques Roadshow Magazine, Coast Magazine, National Trust Members’ Magazine, and The Lady. A freelance film consultant for the National Trust, she has an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art, London.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Katarina Cermelj | Baked to Perfection
Wednesday, August 18 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Katarina Cermelj, author of Baked to Perfection: Delicious gluten-free recipes, with a pinch of science. Katarina will do a cooking demonstration of one of her recipes.
Baked to Perfection begins with a thorough look at the gluten-free baking basics: how different gluten-free flours behave, which store-bought blends work best, and how to mix your own to suit your needs. Covering cakes, brownies, cookies, pastry and bread in turn, Katarina shares the best techniques for the recipes in that chapter, and each recipe is accompanied by expert tips, useful scientific explanations and occasional step-by-step photography to help you achieve gluten-free perfection.
Katarina Cermelj is undertaking a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford. After cutting out gluten from her diet, she used her scientific background to experiment with gluten-free baking, and in 2016 set up her hugely popular baking blog, The Loopy Whisk, sharing her sumptuous allergy-friendly recipes. Baked to Perfection is her first cookbook.
Katarina will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
This program contributes to the Sussex County Be Well Challenge.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club
2nd Thursdays | 6:30 PM Eastern Time
Can’t attend a book club during the day? Join us in the evening – all are welcome!
May 13 | Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
June 10 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
July 8 | The Bees by Laline Paull
August 12 | The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
September 9 | The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
October 14 | The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
November 11 | Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
December 9 | Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion | I Am Somebody’s Child
Tuesday, April 27 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time
A partnership with the SDARJ, the Alliance Book and Film Group, celebrating its 5th year, discusses classic and contemporary works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and cinematic art.
This month’s discussion is about I Am Somebody’s Child, film directed by Janice Cook (2019). Please watch the film before the meeting. Viewing options may be found here.

 

Natural Selections Book Club | A Naturalist at Large
Wednesday, May 5 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
The Natural Selections Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss nature-themed books. All are welcome.
This month’s book is A Naturalist at Large: The Best Essays of Bernd Heinrich by Bernd Heinrich.

 

Food for Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
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. Here are the Food for Thought meeting guidelines.

 

English as a Second Language | Clases de inglés
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:00 AM
May 18 – July 29
The Lewes Public Library is offering free onlines classes this summer in English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL helps non-English or limited English speakers (age 16+) survive in an English speaking community by providing communication skills and necessary cultural knowledge. For more information, call Greg Hitz at 301-275-0250.
La biblioteca pública de Lewes ofrece clases gratuitas de inglés este verano a través del zoom. Para obtener más información, llame a Greg Hitz 301-275-0250.

 

English Conversation Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Join English as a Second Language speakers to improve your English listening and speaking skills, increase your vocabulary and practice pronunciation. A basic conversational English ability is required. Group is open to anyone aged 16+.

 

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

 

Spanish Conversation Group
Thursdays | 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Join Spanish speakers 18+ to improve your Spanish-speaking skills. Basic Spanish conversational ability is required.
NOTE: this is not a traditional class — there is no Spanish teacher. Instead, it is a group of people who already speak some Spanish, or who have studied some Spanish, or who are now taking some classes elsewhere. Members include retirees, college students, and others who have a range of Spanish speaking abilities. Members of the group make suggestions as to what we might do in future classes. There is usually a ‘homework’ assignment preparing each person to talk in Spanish for 2 to 3 minutes to the group. There are icebreakers, games, and invited guests who speak on various topics. Each week is different. Nearly all of the discussions are in Spanish. The group is very informal, friendly and there is no pressure to participate.
For more information, call José at 202-494-2623.

 

Lives in the Law Discussion Series
5:00 PM Eastern Time
Thursday, January 21 | Stanley Goldman: The Lingering Effects of the Holocaust
Monday, January 25 | David Cole: The Future of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in the Roberts Court
Monday, February 1 | Amy Howe: SCOTUSblog and the Supreme Court
Monday, February 8  | Floyd Abrams: The Life of a First Amendment Lawyer
Wednesday, February 17 | Richard Hasen: A Post-Mortem on the 2020 Elections and the Way Forward
Monday, March 8 Laurence Tribe: Friend of the Court
Monday, April 26 | Nadine Strossen
This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about their lives in the law along with how their work bears on some of the most controversial issues of our time. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the series including conducting interviews and inviting dialogue. The series is meant for laypersons and specialists alike. Audience participation by way of questions and comments is welcome and encouraged.
Ronald Collins is the former Harold S. Shefelman scholar at the University of Washington Law School. He served as a Supreme Court fellow for Chief Justice Warren Burger. He is the editor of the weekly blog First Amendment News and is on the editorial board of SCOTUSblog.  He is also the co-chair of The First Amendment Salons and the co-director of the History Book Festival. He is the author of some dozen books on everything from artificial intelligence and free speech to campaign finance law, and on individuals including Justice Holmes, Machiavelli, comedian Lenny Bruce, and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

 

Birding 101
Sunday, April 25 | 2:00 PM Eastern Time
The popularity of bird watching has soared in recent years, and not just because of the pandemic. Maybe you have enjoyed watching backyard birds and would like to learn more about getting involved in the hobby of bird watching. If so, join Sussex Bird Club members Rob and Carol Blye for their presentation of Birding 101, which will introduce you to the who, what, why, how, where and when of bird watching.
Presented by Rob and Carol Blye of Sussex Bird Club. Rob is a retired biologist with a degree in wildlife biology from Cornell University. He and Carol are avid recreational birders who organize field trips for Sussex Bird Club.
This event is co-sponsored with The Sussex Bird Club.

 

Science and Society | Michael Mann and The New Climate War
Tuesday, May 4 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Michael Mann, author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet. In this latest book, Mann shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.
Fossil fuel companies have followed the example of other industries deflecting blame or greenwashing. Meanwhile, they’ve blocked efforts to regulate or price carbon emissions, run PR campaigns aimed at discrediting viable alternatives, and have abdicated their responsibility in fixing the problem they’ve created. The result has been disastrous for our planet. In The New Climate War, Mann argues all is not lost. He draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters-fossil fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petrostates. And he outlines a plan for forcing our governments and corporations to wake up and make real change. With immensely powerful vested interests aligned in defense of the fossil fuel status quo, the societal tipping point won’t happen without the active participation of citizens everywhere aiding in the collective push forward. This book will reach, inform, and enable citizens everywhere to join this battle for our planet.
Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He has received many honors and awards, including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. Additionally, he contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of numerous books and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
The conversation will be moderated by Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science, and Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys. This event is part of the series Science and Society – Making Sense of the World Around Us, launched by the Lewes Public Library last year and co-organized by Fred Dylla and Linda Dylla.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted  or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Sussex Bird Club | Behind the eBird Curtain
Sunday, May 16 | 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online presentation by Michael Moore, President of the Delaware Ornithological Society. Since becoming the eBird reviewer for Sussex County, Mike has learned how eBird works from the reviewer’s side. Mike will share examples of how eBird is used for scientific research and explain how the review process ensures the quality of data shared with scientists. Learn answers to questions like: What does an eBird reviewer do? Why was my record flagged? Why are some common birds flagged as rare? What should I do when a record is flagged? Why did I get an email from the reviewer? What does it mean if the reviewer Unconfirms my sighting? You do not have to be an active eBirder to appreciate the data and learn more about it.
Michael Moore was a Biology professor at Arizona State University for 27 years and then at University of Delaware for 11 years before retiring a couple of years ago. He has published nearly 100 papers in scientific journals on behavior and hormones of birds and reptiles. He worked as an intern at Manomet Bird Observatory in Massachusetts in college and then completed a PhD in Zoology at the University of Washington on White-crowned Sparrows. He started birding in Massachusetts at 11 years old and has pursued it passionately since with a special interest in identification challenges and chasing rarities.
This event is co-sponsored with The Sussex Bird Club.

 

Conversation with The Rev. Eric O. Springsted | Simone Weil for the Twenty-First Century
Monday, May 17 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an online conversation with The Rev. Eric O. Springsted as he discusses his latest book, in-depth study examining the social, religious, and philosophical thought of Simone Weil. Ron Collins, the Lewes Library’s Distinguished Lecture, will interview Dr. Springsted with whom he is co-editing a forthcoming book on Simone Weil.
Eric O. Springsted is one of the foremost Simone Weil scholars in the world. He is the author and editor of a dozen books, including his latest one titled Simone Weil for the Twenty-First Century. Beyond being a guide to reading Weil, this book argues for the importance of Weil’s thought in the contemporary times in everything from politics to matters of faith. In this book Dr. Springsted also stresses the need for human beings to understand themselves as communal beings and not as isolated individuals obsessed with their own claims of rights.
Dr. Springsted is the co-founder of the American Weil Society and served as its president for thirty-three years. After a career as a teacher, scholar, and pastor, he retired and lives in Santa Fe, NM.

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, May 20 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
The KidLit Writers Group is a critique group for adult writers (18 and older) who would like to write for the children’s market. This group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month. All children’s genres welcome.

 

The East St. Louis Riot of 1917 | Presented by Syl Woolford
Tuesday, May 25 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
East St. Louis, Illinois was a hub of industry and commerce. Meat packers, iron mills, and railroads called East St. Louis home. African-Americans from the south poured into East St. Louis to get unskilled jobs which paid wages unavailable in the south. On July 1, 1917 the tensions which had built up over crowded housing, low wages, and racial tensions resulted in the destruction of the African-American Community by a mob estimated at 10,000. Over 100 African-Americans were killed and over 25 whites were killed. This dark day in American history must be revisited and discussed to find out what happened and to make sure it does not happen again.
Presented by Syl Woolford, who was recognized by the Delaware National Education Association and the NAACP for his contribution to the preservation of African American history, Mr. Woolford is a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission, the Historical and Cultural Affairs Collections Committee, the Historic Preservation Fund, and the Wilmington University History Committee.

 

Science and Society | What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain
Tuesday, June 8 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Margaret Livingstone, professor of neurobiology and author of Vision and Art, a fascinating look at the ways in which great painters fool the brain based on how we visually process artwork.
Artists have experimented with vision longer than neurobiologists—and major works of art have provided insights into how we see. Artists have long realized color and luminance can play independent roles in perception, paralleling the “what” and “where” streams of the human visual system. Livingstone will highlight examples, such as the shimmering appearance of Impressionist paintings, to illustrate this segregated processing in the brain. Learn how the differences in central and peripheral vision serve to make the Mona Lisa’s smile appear elusive and produce a dynamic illusion in Pointillist paintings. Finally, explore why learning disabilities may be associated with artistic talent and the ways in which artists have identified how our brains extract relevant information about faces.
The conversation will be moderated by Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science, and Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys. This event is part of the series Science and Society – Making Sense of the World Around Us, launched by the Lewes Public Library last year and co-organized by Fred Dylla and Linda Dylla.

 

Science and Society | Carl Zimmer and Life’s Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive
Monday, June 14 | 5:00 PM ET
Join us for a conversation with Carl Zimmer, as part of the library’s Science and Society lecture series.
Is a virus alive? A fire? What sets the living world apart from the non-living? Carl Zimmer explores how scientists have struggled with the mystery of life itself for centuries, and how a consensus on how to define it eludes them today. As we learn more about the astonishing marvels of life at the molecular level, the struggle to understand what it means to be alive endures.
Carl Zimmer is the science columnist at the New York Times and the author of fourteen books, including She Has Her Mother’s Laugh and A Planet of Viruses. His latest book is Life’s Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive. He is professor adjunct at Yale, where he teaches writing. Zimmer’s work has earned awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society for the Study of Evolution.
The conversation will be moderated by Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science, and Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys. This event is part of the series Science and Society – Making Sense of the World Around Us, launched by the Lewes Public Library last year and co-organized by Fred Dylla and Linda Dylla.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Inheritance Management *
Thursday, April 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Are you the executor or beneficiary of an estate? Handling the death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time. Finances can make it harder as there are a number of deadlines and things you need to know. This course will walk through various financial considerations and implications you need to be aware of to smoothly transfer assets and minimize confusion in a difficult time.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

Your Brain on Investments *
Monday, April 26 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time – NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
This class focuses on the intersection between human psychology, decision making and your money. We will explore several behavioral and cognitive biases that can affect how you view money and investments and make decisions surrounding them.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

Life After Work | How to Create a Good Life in Retirement *
Thursday, May 6 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Whether you plan to stop work all at once, or ease into retirement by working part-time, at some point you will need to arrange for multiple sources of income to replace your paycheck. What do you need to think about as you transition from work life to retired life? Where will your income come from? How can you make it last? Join us for an enlightening webinar that will get you thinking about your next phase of life and what you need to do to prepare for it.
Presented by Peter Gaertner, CFP®, a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He has instructed retirement and estate planning courses at Delaware State University and the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware, and has shared his expertise with many other community members.

 

Understanding Annuities *
Thursday, May 6 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
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, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

Retirement Bootcamp: Retirement Investing *
Thursday, May 13 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Planning for retirement can be tricky, it’s full of twists, turns and not nearly enough road signs. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a map, or maybe a checklist for planning a successful retirement? This detailed retirement investing seminar is designed to educate those who are nearing retirement or who have recently retired. We will cover the importance and basic strategies to plan a successful retirement, maximize your social security benefit and position your portfolio to last. Our goal is to help make people aware of the challenges in retirement and teach them suitable ways to prepare and overcome them.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

Savvy IRA Planning for Baby Boomers *
Monday, May 17 | 12:00 PM Eastern Time
IRA planning is a complex process. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on their overall retirement plan.
To help attendees better understand IRA planning, this workshop will cover:

  • 7 strategies for Savvy IRA planning,
  • 6 roll over options for your retirement plan funds,
  • 3 common required minimum distribution mistakes,
  • The difference between indirect and direct rollovers,
  • How to coordinate your IRA planning with your overall retirement, estate, tax, education, Social Security and financial plans, and
  • 3 different options for spousal IRA beneficiaries.

Presented by Peter Gaertner, CFP®, a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He has instructed retirement and estate planning courses at Delaware State University and the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware, and has shared his expertise with many other community members.

 

Retirement Roadmap *
Thursday, May 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Nearing retirement or recently retired? This course is for you. We will examine the things you need to do to be prepared to take the major step into retirement. We will also talk about considerations for those who are newly retired to maximize your retirement years.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

* This workshop is presented by The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC). To register by phone, call 1-877-307-6858.

Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy
Sundays and Wednesdays | 12:30 PM Eastern Time
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.

 

A Celebration of Local Artists
Thursday, May 13 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
All are invited to an online performance with local visual art videos, poetry and music hosted by Guillermo Silveira through the Library. Share your art, music, poetry and thoughts about the artistic expression in our area, in video format or live performance.
For more information, please contact Guillermo.

 

*The Shakespeare Festival is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

** This author is presented in partnership with the History Book Festival as part of the 2021 Virtual History Book Festival.