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.


Conversation with Michael F. Jacobson | Salt Wars
Tuesday, January 26 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with Michael F. Jacobson, author of Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet. Joining him in conversation is Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.
A high-sodium diet is deadly; studies have linked it to high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. It’s been estimated excess sodium in the American diet causes as many as 100,000 deaths deaths and many billions of dollars in avoidable health-care costs each year. And yet salt is everywhere in our diets—in packaged foods, fast foods, and especially meals at table-service restaurants. Why hasn’t salt received the sort of public attention and regulatory action that sugar and fat have? In Salt Wars, Michael Jacobson explains how the American food industry and a small group of scientists have successfully fought government efforts to reduce dangerous levels of sodium in our food. He advises readers how to reduce salt—warning them against “salt bombs” and calls on them to suit up for the next battle in the salt wars.
Michael F. Jacobson is Cofounder and Senior Scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He is the author of Six Arguments for a Greener Diet and other books. Michael Moss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 1999 and 2006. He was a reporter for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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.

 

Conversation with Sadeqa Johnson | Yellow Wife
Wednesday, January 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with Sadeqa Johnson, author of Yellow Wife, a harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia. Johnson will be joined in conversation by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kate Quinn.
Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world. She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.
Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of four novels. Her accolades include the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and a Tall Poppy Writer. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children.
Kate Quinn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with three rescue dogs.
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.

 

Conversation with Candace Cameron Bure | Candace’s Playful Puppy
Thursday, January 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with bestselling author and actor Candace Cameron Bure, as she talks about her latest children’s picture book, Candace’s Playful Puppy. This book (ages 4 – 8 years) is for every boy or girl who has ever wanted a dog and every parent who knows the responsibility that goes along with caring for a new pet. Joining Candace in conversation is Madeleine Overturf, broadcast journalist at WRDE Coast TV, the Delmarva peninsula’s NBC affiliate.
When Candace’s new pup, Freckles, doesn’t pay attention to her instructions, Candace’s patience is tested and her excitement over the new pet quickly fades. Freckles escapes … but ends up making a muddy return. Candace realizes that being a great dog mommy isn’t as easy as she thought.
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, known by millions from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, and inspirational speaker, is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.
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.

 

Conversation with V.M. Burns | A Tourist’s Guide to Murder
Tuesday, February 2 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an interactive, online conversation with author V.M. Burns to discuss A Tourist’s Guide to Murder, book number 6 in her Mystery Bookshop series. Joining Burns in conversation is Judge Debra H. Goldstein, who writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series.
Author, amateur sleuth, and bookstore owner Samantha Washington finds herself on a tragical mystery tour while visiting the land of Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes in the sixth Mystery Bookshop Series installment from V.M. Burns.
V.M. Burns is the acclaimed author of screenplays, children’s books, and cozy mysteries, including the Dog Club Mysteries, the RJ Franklin Mysteries, and the Mystery Bookshop series. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, V.M. Burns currently resides in Tennessee with her poodles. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime.
Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series. She is also the author of Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. An active Birmingham, Alabama civic volunteer, Debra also serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and is president of SEMWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.
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.

 

Conversation with Jonathan Horn | Washington’s End
Wednesday, February 10 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an interactive, online conversation with Jonathan Horn, bestselling author of Washington’s End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle, described as a captivating and enlightening look at George Washington’s post-presidential life and the politically divided country that was part of his legacy” (New York Journal of Books).
Beginning where most biographies of George Washington leave off, Washington’s End opens with the first president exiting office after eight years and entering what would become the most bewildering stage of his life. Embittered by partisan criticism and eager to return to his farm, Washington assumed a role for which there was no precedent at a time when the kings across the ocean yielded their crowns only upon losing their heads. In a different sense, Washington would lose his head, too. In this riveting read, bestselling author Horn reveals that the quest to surrender power proved more difficult than Washington imagined and brought his life to an end he never expected.
Jonathan Horn is an author and former White House presidential speechwriter whose Robert E. Lee biography, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, was a Washington Post bestseller. Jonathan has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and PBS NewsHour, and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times’ Disunion series, Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Weekly Standard, and other outlets. A graduate of Yale University, he lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, and dog.
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.

 

Conversation with Madeleine Henry | The Love Proof
Monday, February 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an interactive, online conversation with Madeleine Henry, author of The Love Proof, which Kirkus Reviews says ” is academic and heartfelt and tender and loving. It is worth every minute spent reading it.”
A brilliant physicist studying the nature of time embarks on a journey to prove that those we love are always connected to us, leading to surprising revelations in this fresh and unique love story. Spanning decades, The Love Proof is an unusual love story about lasting connection, time, and intuition. It explores the course perfect love can take between imperfect people, and urges us to listen to our hearts rather than our heads.
Madeleine Henry is the author of two novels including Breathe In, Cash Out. She has appeared on NBC, WABC, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and Inspire Living. She has been featured in the New York Post, Parade, and Observer Media. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs and in investment management after graduating from Yale in 2014. She shares more information about her life on @MadeleineHenryYoga.
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.

 

Conversation with Nathan Raab | The Hunt for History
Wednesday, March 17 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with America’s preeminent rare documents dealer Nathan Raab, author of The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One. The book recounts Raab’s years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts, questing after precious finds and determining their authenticity.
In The Hunt for History, “Raab takes us on a wild hunt and deliciously opens up numerous hidden crevices of history” (Jay Winik, author of April 1865)—spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Whether it’s the first report of Napoleon’s death or an unpublished letter penned by Albert Einstein to a curious soldier, every document and artifact Raab uncovers comes with a spellbinding story—and often offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.
Nathan Raab is one of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected experts in historical documents. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he frequently writes a column, “Historically Speaking,” for Forbes.com. Raab lives with his family in Pennsylvania.
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.

 

Conversation with Gwen Romack | How To Train Your Hooman
Wednesday, March 31 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Gwen Romack, author of the beloved series, “The Finn Chronicles”, as she discusses the latest book, How to Train your Hooman: A Field Guide. In this hard-hitting and hilarious training guide, Finn shares all he’s learned from training his difficult but lovable rescue hoomans.
Do you feel like your hoomans aren’t giving you the five-star service you deserve? This guide is for all the doggos out there training hoomans to become better servants. Improve your standard of living today! Pawket sized for doggos on the go and in the field. Chock-full of practical tips and proven strategies for getting your hooman to do what you want when you want it! This handy guide covers things like getting off on the right paw with your new hooman, a hooman user’s guide, appropriate training strategies, retaliation techniques, and more!
Finn’s dutiful transcriber, Gwen Romack (aka The Squishy One), is a Maryland native, dog lover, and passionate volunteer. Gwen is a passionate advocate and for youth experiencing homelessness, veterans and animals. Gwen and her husband Evan (aka The Hairy One) initially agreed to foster Finn to work on some behavior issues and get him ready for a furever family. She began posting Finn’s weekly updates on social media as a way to help prospective adopters fall in love with Finn. But it became clear pretty quickly Finn was already home. The posts became so popular she decided to continue sharing Finn’s view of life as a dog rescuing his difficult hoomans.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from Browseabout Books. 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 Abbey Rodriguez and Jennifer Kurdyla | Root & Nourish
Monday, April 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation with Abbey Rodriguez and Jennifer Kurdyla, authors of Root & Nourish: An Herbal Cookbook for Women’s Wellness, featuring more than 100 whole-food, plant-based, gluten-free herbal recipes, designed around the most common health concerns of modern women.
In Root & Nourish, wellness experts Rodriguez and Kurdyla teach women how to incorporate herbalism into their busy lives to restore and maintain their unique state of health. Expanding the herbal repertoire beyond teas and tinctures to include wholesome breakfasts, satisfying mains, indulgent desserts, and a full menu of teas and beverages for day and night, it’s the first cookbook of its kind to pair everyday herbal cooking with women’s health concerns—specifically related to digestion, mental health, and female reproductive hormonal health. Alongside affordable, seasonal, and sustainable recipes, Root & Nourish features mindfulness and holistic lifestyle practices drawn from yoga and Ayurveda that will help incorporate wellness into every part of the day.
Abbey Rodriguez is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, herbalist, and food content creator. Over the last five years, she has been developing recipes for women and young families on her food and wellness blog, The Butter Half. She is deeply passionate about the power of plants and nutrition, and teaching others about holistic wellness. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children. Jennifer Kurdyla is a wellness educator and writer. For over ten years she has maintained a plant-based lifestyle, during which time she has come to revere the power of whole, natural foods to nourish the mind and body by developing, and sharing, recipes in her tiny New York kitchen. She has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and is currently studying to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Abbey and Jennifer 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.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion | Caste
Tuesday, January 26 | 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 book is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

 

Natural Selections Book Club | Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation
Wednesday, February 3 | 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 Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex by Olivia Judson.

 

How To Rig an Election | Book Discussion
Thursday, February 18 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
There are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic. This is the primary paradox presented by the authors of How to Rig an Election. Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, two political scientists and preeminent experts on democracy and elections, examine how authoritarian leaders can gain and maintain political power by taking advantage of weaknesses in electoral systems. Using data collected from more than 500 interviews in 11 countries as well as a global data set of every elections held over the past 60 years, the authors lay out how gerrymandering, vote buying, repression, hacking, and ballot box stuffing are used by autocrats to ‘rig elections’ and what can be done to protect democracies.
This book discussion focuses primarily on the book and on the global state of democracy more generally. Leading the discussion is Justin Collier, PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. His research includes public diplomacy, nationalism, national identity, and ethnic conflict.
The first 15 registrants from the Lewes, Delaware area to sign up can pick up a free copy of the book from the library. NOTE: all free copies of the book have been distributed. If you did not receive a free copy, you can borrow a print copy or ebook from the Delaware Library System.
UPDATE: Co-author, Nic Cheeseman, has agreed to join the first part of the conversation that evening. If you have any questions you would like the discussion leader to ask him, please email us those questions.
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.
This program is sponsored by Delaware Humanities and was funded by the “Why It Matters” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion | A Raisin in the Sun
Tuesday, February 23 | 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 on A Raisin in the Sun. Play by Lorraine Hansberry (1959), film directed by Daniel Petrie (1961); film directed by Kenny Leon (2007)

 

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!
March 11 | A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
April 8 | The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
May 13 | Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
June 10 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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.

 

Topical Seminars
1st Fridays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Offered the 1st Friday of every month, these seminars foster 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.
Each meeting consists of a short presentation of the topic followed by a spirited conversation based on this reading and research.
For the Topical Essays format, scheduled periodically throughout the year, participants are required to submit written responses to a written essay submitted by a community member in advance of the meeting.
February 5 | The Role of Myth in Our Political Polarity
March 5 | Meaning in Art (Topical Essay)
April 2 | TBD
May 7 | TBD
June 4 | TBD
For more information, visit the Topical Seminars website.

 

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.

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, February 18 | 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.

 

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
Monday, February 15Laurence Tribe: Friend of the Court
Wednesday, February 17 | Richard Hasen: A Post-Mortem on the 2020 Elections and the Way Forward
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.

 

Science and Society | The Race to Make and Use COVID-19 Vaccines
Tuesday, February 9 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with veteran science journalist Jon Cohen on the science behind the global race to produce a vaccine against the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
In less than a year after scientists first identified a virus formally known as SARS-CoV-2, a handful of highly effective vaccines were developed, exhaustively tested, and approved for use in many countries. It was a phenomenal achievement, unmatched in the history of vaccine development. Traditional vaccines are mostly based on killed or weakened versions of the target virus, but the first coronavirus vaccines past the post use a promising new technique that involves injecting a key part of the virus’s genetic material. Jon Cohen will discuss the different approaches pursued around the world, the scientists involved in the pursuit, and the political and economic pressures surrounding the endeavor.
Jon Cohen is a staff writer for Science magazine. He has covered the HIV/AIDS pandemic from the beginning, other infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology, and new genetic technologies such as the genome-editing technique CRISPR. He is the author of four science-based books, Shots in the Dark, Almost Chimpanzee, Coming to Term, and Tomorrow is a Long Time, and the recipient of numerous science writing awards. His work has appeared in many publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Smithsonian, and Surfer’s Journal.
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.

 

Black Wall Street | Presented by Syl Woolford
Thursday February 11 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
On the hundredth anniversary of Greenville Massacre, join us for a lecture by Syl Woolford, looking back at the causes of the massacre and the destruction of “Black Wall Street”.
In the early 1900’s Tulsa, Oklahoma became the oil capitol of the world. Tulsa became a boomtown and the population exploded with people rushing to Tulsa to drill for oil and to get jobs in the oil fields.
The early 1900’s was also a time of restrictive Jim Crow laws for African-American. Although they could not get jobs in the oil fields, they created the most prosperous African-American community in the country providing support services to the oil workers. There section of town was named Greenville and the business community was nicknamed “Black Wall Street”.
Many conflicts existed between the white community in Tulsa and the African-American Greenville Community. On May 31, 1921 these conflicts erupted into the deadliest and most destructive race riot in American history.
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.

 

Sussex Bird Club | Invite the Birds with Native Plants
Sunday, February 14 | 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive monthly meeting of The Sussex Bird Club, featuring Alice Mohrman, Education Coordinator and Certified Wildlife Habitat (CWH) Outreach agent at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, DE, who will present on how to use native plants to attract birds to your garden. Learn how to create layers of native plants in your landscape, whether your garden is big or small, to attract birds throughout the year. Discover garden ideas using attractive native plants that support wildlife and help reduce pollution in waterways. Alice also will teach how to certify your property as a NWF Wildlife Habitat.
Alice has been an Environmental Educator since 1986. She has explored the flora and fauna of coastal communities from Massachusetts to Georgia. Alice has worked as Teacher/Naturalist with the University of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Audubon, Connecticut Audubon, Center for the Inland Bays, and currently with the Delaware Nature Society. As Education Coordinator and Certified Wildlife Habitat Outreach agent at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, Alice actively engages schools, groups and residents with experiences in our natural world. She coordinates an active group of volunteer Habitat Stewards, for Kent and Sussex Counties. These programs share information about the benefits of landscaping with native plants, which includes attracting birds and butterflies and improving water quality in our communities.

 

Eating, Shopping, Dancing in the Big City | Coronavirus Edition: American Artists on the Town
Tuesday, February 16 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
The past year has provided us with a clear vision about the everyday we used to take for granted. Nevermind celebrating life events and joining crowds for urban playtime, simply eating out, shopping, and getting together with family and friends are all a challenge now. Join us for a close look at artworks created by American artists from the mid-1800s to the Great Depression. These works exuberantly depict all those small and larger moments of daily life, and you may find they provide just the refresher you’ve been waiting for!
Presented by Rena Tobey, whose greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She teaches art history at New York University’s School for Professional Studies; conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections; and provides talks on American art for community organizations. Just for fun, she has created Artventures!® Game–a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history.

 

Science and Society | Science in the Time of COVID
Tuesday, March 2 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live online conversation with Science magazine’s News Editor, Tim Appenzeller, about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scientific research and some notable scientific advances achieved in spite of the pandemic.
Each year, Science magazine selects 10 scientific advances and developments as Breakthroughs of the Year. The top pick for 2020 was the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, but Science’s other selections provide a rich tour through some hot areas of research at time when COVID disrupted the conduct of much of science. They include the solution of a longstanding cosmic mystery; new discoveries about avian intelligence; an advance in artificial intelligence; sharpened forecasts of global warming; and the identification of the earliest known figurative art made by modern humans. Tim Appenzeller will discuss these developments and why Science selected them.
As Science’s News Editor, Tim Appenzeller directs a team of writers, editors, and correspondents around the world, producing news and features about scientific research, science policy, and the scientific community. He has been news director at Nature and an editor and writer at National Geographic, US News and World Report, and Scientific American.
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.

 

Finding Her Way | American Women’s Experiences, 1845-1945
Tuesday, March 16 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for an image-rich talk celebrating Women’s History Month. The American experiment has allowed for many forms of societal rule-breaking, but historically, women artists often found themselves bound by old-world conventions. In this interactive talk, we take a deep look at the artworks of extraordinary American women artists, some familiar and most less so. These artists often faced difficult choices – making sacrifices in their personal lives or in their careers. Despite evident talent and success, most fell into obscurity with their death. Come discover and closely examine works by women artists who collectively paint a picture of a changing America.
Presented by Rena Tobey, whose greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She teaches art history at New York University’s School for Professional Studies; conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections; and provides talks on American art for community organizations. Just for fun, she has created Artventures!® Game–a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history.

 

Your Brain on Investments *
Thursday, January 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
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, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Setting Up Surviving Spouse for Success *
Thursday, February 4 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
What happens if you pre-decease your spouse? What kind of financial situation are you leaving behind? We will talk about survivorship considerations for retirees. This includes social security survivorship, pension distribution options, beneficiary IRA’s and more. This class will help you be better prepared should one spouse unexpectedly pre-decease the other early on in your retirement years.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

How Tax Planning Changes Through Four Stages of Retirement *
Wednesday, February 17 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time
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 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. Peter also is an instructor with The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Retirement Bootcamp: Retirement Planning/Success *
Thursday, February 18 | 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 retirement planning 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, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Retirement Bootcamp: Savvy Social Security *
Thursday, February 25 | 5:00 PM Eastern Times
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? In this workshop, learn how to plan for a successful retirement.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

*This workshop is presented by The Money School. 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
NOTE: Due to the Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20 the Story Reading scheduled for that day has been moved to Thursday, January 21 at 12:30 PM.
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, March 25 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
All are invited to an online performance celebrating peace and ecology with local visual art videos, poetry and music hosted by Guillermo Silveira through the Library. Share your art, music, poetry and thoughts about peace and ecology, 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.