Programs for Adults


Programs are offered either in-person, online, or hybrid (in-person and online). Each program indicates how it is offered.
You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the program. If you register for an online or hybrid program, you automatically receive the Zoom information.

NOTE:

  • The library is following all recommended guidelines for ensuring the security and safety of our online and in-person meetings.
  • These guidelines may change. Please check for updates.
  • The Lewes Public Library believes in free speech. During any program, 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).

Program times listed are Eastern Time.
Online sessions are conducted through Zoom. 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.

View a list of upcoming virtual Author events.


Cooks & Books Presents Amy Zitelman | The Tahini Table
Thursday, December 9 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Amy Zitelman, author of The Tahini Table, as well as CEO and cofounder of woman-owned Soom Foods, the leading purveyor of tahini and tahini products in the American market. In The Tahini Table: Go Beyond Hummus with 100 Recipes for Every Meal, tahini is introduced to home cooks as a new pantry staple that can be used in recipes from dips to desserts.
Tahini, made from pressed roasted sesame seeds, is a healthy, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-sugar superfood rich in Omega fatty acids, protein, and calcium. Although tahini’s historical roots are in the Middle East, Zitelman aims to stretch the culinary borders of tahini outside of traditional Middle-Eastern fare. The Tahini Table contains 100 recipes that showcase tahini’s wide range of uses. Zitelman writes with the home cook in mind, incorporating tahini into everyday cooking in delicious and unexpected ways.
Amy Zitelman is CEO of Philadelphia-based Soom Foods, which she cofounded in 2013. Soom was named the best tahini according to industry experts by New York magazine in 2019, and has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and other publications. She was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” class of 2018.
The event is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community and Edible Delmarva.
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 bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Howard W. French | Born in Blackness * RESCHEDULED
Thursday, December 16 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
AT THE AUTHOR’S REQUEST, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16.
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Howard W. French, author of Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
In a book that weaves historical detail with personal reportage, Howard W. French retells the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in America, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe’s dehumanizing engagement with the “darkest” continent. Born in Blackness retrieves the lives of major African historical figures whose legacies have been downplayed or erased, telling the story of gold, tobacco, sugar, and cotton — and the greatest “commodity” of all, the millions brought in chains to the New World, whose reclaimed histories help explain our present world.
Howard W. French is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and former New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, West and Central Africa, Tokyo, and Shanghai. A two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he has authored five books.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their 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 bookplate.

 

Conversation with William F. Crandell | Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl
Thursday, January 20 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join with for a conversation with William F. Crandell, award-winning author of Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl, Book 1 in The Jack Griffin Detective Series.
In this hard-boiled adventure we find a young senator Kennedy’s personal and political future at risk when he’s set up to take the fall for a ghastly murder. Working against time, bureaucratic red tape, his own personal demons, and individuals who want him out of the way, Detective Jack Griffin must identify the real killer, assuming he survives long enough.
William F. Crandell returned home from the Vietnam War with a taste for adventure, a skeptic’s eye, and a hundred thousand stories. Awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for his private detective novel, Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl, Crandell has published short stories, book reviews, scholarly articles, journalism, state and federal reports, political analyses, and congressional testimony that he presented in Washington hearings. An Ohio native, Crandell received all his degrees at Ohio State University, completing his doctorate in American History with a study of the interaction of McCarthyism and Republican politics. He is a former DC speech writer, but now he and his wife now live in Milton, Delaware.
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 Kerri Maher | The Paris Bookseller
Tuesday, January 25 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Kerri Maher, author of The Paris Bookseller, a dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world. Joining Kerri is Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott and Learning to See, as well as Angels of the Pacific (to be released March 8, 2022).
When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending library: Many of the prominent writers of the Lost Generation, like Ernest Hemingway, consider it a second home. It’s where some of the most important literary friendships of the twentieth century are forged—none more so than the one between Irish writer James Joyce and Sylvia herself. When Joyce’s controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Beach takes a massive risk and publishes it under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company.
But the success and notoriety of publishing the most infamous and influential book of the century comes with steep costs. The future of her beloved store itself is threatened when Ulysses’ success brings other publishers to woo Joyce away. Her most cherished relationships are put to the test as Paris is plunged deeper into the Depression and many expatriate friends return to America. As she faces painful personal and financial crises, Sylvia—a woman who has made it her mission to honor the life-changing impact of books—must decide what Shakespeare and Company truly means to her.
Kerri Maher is the author of The Girl in White Gloves, The Kennedy Debutante, and, under the name Kerri Majors, This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and was a writing professor for many years. She now writes full-time and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.
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 A.E. Rooks | The Black Joke
Wednesday, January 26 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with A.E. Rooks, author of The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade, a groundbreaking history of the most famous member of the British Royal Navy’s anti-slavery squadron, and the long fight to end the transatlantic slave trade. Rooks’s conversation partner will be J. Marlena Edwards, Assistant Professor of History, African American Studies, and African Studies at Penn State.
The most feared ship in Britain’s West Africa Squadron, His Majesty’s brig Black Joke was one of a handful of ships tasked with patrolling the western coast of Africa in an effort to end hundreds of years of global slave trading. Sailing after the spectacular fall of Napoleon in France, yet before the rise of Queen Victoria’s England, Black Joke was first a slaving vessel itself, and one with a lightning-fast reputation; only a lucky capture in 1827 allowed it to be repurposed by the Royal Navy to catch its former compatriots. Over the next five years, the ship’s diverse crew and dedicated commanders would capture more ships and liberate more enslaved people than any other in the Squadron. As Britain slowly attempted to snuff out the transatlantic slave trade by way of treaty and negotiation, enforcing these policies fell to the Black Joke and those that sailed with it as they battled slavers, weather disasters, and interpersonal drama among captains and crew that reverberated across oceans. In this history of the daring feats of a single ship, the abolition of the international slave trade is revealed as an inexplicably extended exercise involving tense negotiations between many national powers, both colonizers and formerly colonized, that would stretch on for decades longer than it should have. Harrowing and heartbreaking, The Black Joke is a crucial and deeply compelling work of history, both as a reckoning with slavery and abolition and as a lesson about the power of political will—or the lack thereof.
A.E. Rooks hopes to always be a student of history, though that hasn’t stopped her from studying everything else. She is a two-time Jeopardy! champion with completed degrees in theatre, law, and library and information science—and forthcoming degrees in education and human sexuality—whose intellectual passions are united by what the past can teach us about the present, how history shapes our future, and above all, really interesting stories.
J. Marlena Edwards, assistant professor of African American Studies and History, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Africana Research Center at Penn State after earning a dual-major Ph.D. in African American & African Studies and History from Michigan State University. Her research interests include multiethnic African American identities, Cape Verdean and Afro-Caribbean migration, U.S. Immigration, and African diaspora histories. She’s working on her first book documenting West Indian and Cape Verdean Immigrant communities and their lives after whaling in early twentieth century New England.
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 comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Lives in the Law | Jeffrey S. Sutton: The Essential Scalia
Thursday, January 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
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. Join us for a conversation with Jeffrey S. Sutton, the editor of The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law, the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the session, which is meant for laypersons and specialists alike.
A justice on the United States Supreme Court for three decades, Antonin Scalia transformed the way that judges, lawyers, and citizens think about the law. The Essential Scalia presents Justice Scalia on his own terms, allowing readers to understand the reasoning and insights that made him one of the most consequential jurists in American history. Brilliant and passionately argued, this book is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand our Constitution, the American legal system, and one of our nation’s most influential and highly regarded jurists and thinkers.
Jeffrey S. Sutton is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has served as Chair of the Federal Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. He currently serves as the Commissioner of the Supreme Court Fellows Program. Since 1993, Chief Judge Sutton has been an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Law, where he teaches seminars on State Constitutional Law, the United States Supreme Court, and Appellate Advocacy. He also teaches a class on State Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School. Among other publications, he is the author of Who Decides? States as Laboratories of Constitutional Experimentation and 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law. He is the co-author of a casebook, State Constitutional Law: The Modern Experience, as well as The Law of Judicial Precedent.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from our local independent bookstore, 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 Laura Thompson | Heiresses
Thursday, February 3 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Laura Thompson on her latest release, Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies, a fascinating look at the lives of heiresses throughout history and the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface.
Heiresses: surely they are among the luckiest women on earth. Yet all too often those gilded lives have been beset with trauma and despair. Heiresses tells the stories of these million dollar babies: Mary Davies, who inherited London’s most valuable real estate, and was bartered from the age of twelve; Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American “Dollar Heiress”, forced into a loveless marriage; Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress who married seven times and died almost penniless; and Patty Hearst, heiress to a newspaper fortune who was arrested for terrorism. However, there are also stories of independence and achievement: Angela Burdett-Coutts, who became one of the greatest philanthropists of Victorian England; Nancy Cunard, who lived off her mother’s fortune and became a pioneer of the civil rights movement; and Daisy Fellowes, elegant linchpin of interwar high society and noted fashion editor. Heiresses is about the lives of the rich, who—as F. Scott Fitzgerald said—are ‘different’. But it is also a bigger story about how all women fought their way to equality, and sometimes even found autonomy and fulfillment.
Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham award for her first book, The Dogs, and is the author of The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters. Other books include the critically-acclaimed Life in a Cold Climate, a biography of Nancy Mitford, and Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life, which was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award in 2019.
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 Amy Latta | Practice Makes Progress: My Creative Journal – RESCHEDULED
Wednesday, February 9 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a live, interaction online conversation with Amy Latta, author of Practice Makes Progress: My Creative Journal. Amy will demonstrate how to use this interactive guided journal and have a conversation with Mandy Graham, author of The Crafting Edit.
Packed with bite-size guided exercises, inspirational quotes, bordered blank pages and personal stories from Amy’s life as a professional artist, this journal will empower you to embrace self-expression and to take new steps on your creative journey.
Amy Latta is a hand lettering artist, writer, home décor crafter and the author of the best-seller Hand Lettering for Relaxation, among other books. Her hand lettering designs have been featured nationally by brands such as Starbucks, GAP and Target. She lives in Hampstead, Maryland.
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 bookplate.

 

Conversation with Jennifer Probst | The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti
Monday, February 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst about her latest release, The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti, an emotional novel about three estranged sisters venturing to the Amalfi Coast to follow clues about their mother’s past and a secret romance.
Priscilla, Devon, and Bailey haven’t been close in years, but when the sisters are forced to come together to settle their mother’s estate, they discover a secret. In an old trunk, they happen upon ownership papers for a house on the Amalfi Coast, along with a love letter to their mother from an anonymous man, promising to meet her in Italy during the summer of her sixty-fifth birthday. Now they’re questioning everything they knew about her history. In order to get answers about the woman they thought they knew, they’ll have to go back to where it all started. The sisters embark on a trip to the stunning cliffside village of Positano, Italy, to track down the mysterious ex-lover, and figure out who their mother really was. As Priscilla, Devon, and Bailey unearth the truth, they also experience the magic of Italy, the power of sisterly love, a little unexpected romance, and newfound hope for the future.
Jennifer Probst is the author of the Billionaire Builders series, the Searching For . . . series, the Marriage to a Billionaire series, the Steele Brothers series, the Stay series, and the Sunshine Sisters series. Like some of her characters, Probst, along with her husband and two sons, calls New York’s Hudson Valley home. When she isn’t traveling to meet readers, she enjoys reading, watching “shameful reality television,” and visiting a local Hudson Valley animal shelter.
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.

 

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

Here is more information about our Book Discussion Groups, including dates and books to be discussed.

LPL Book Club | The Kitchen God’s Wife
Thursday, December 2 | 4:00 PM Eastern Time | In-Person
NOTE: November meeting will be held December 2 due to the holidays

This book club meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month. Copies of the books are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.
This month’s discussion is about The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan.
All are welcome and no registration is required.

 

Cooks & Books | Cook’s Illustrated All Time Best Brunch
Monday, December 6 | 6:30 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Share your love of cooking and trying new recipes. Every month, the group will select a cookbook and each participant will choose a recipe from it to prepare for the following month’s meeting. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 PM to try the dishes made and discuss the recipes. No registration required.
December’s cookbook is Cook’s Illustrated All Time Best Brunch. Stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up for your dish.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club | Migrations
Thursday, December 9 | 6:30 PM Eastern Time | Online
Can’t attend a book club during the day? Join us in the evening on the 2nd Thursday of the month – all are welcome!
This month’s discussion is about Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion Group | Real American
Tuesday, December 28 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | Online and In-person
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 groups meets the 4th Thursday of the month.
This month’s discussion is about Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims.
Space is limited for in-person attendance and registration is required.

 

Natural Selections Book Club | The Hidden Life of Trees
Wednesday, January 5 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online and In-person
The Natural Selections Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss nature-themed books. All are welcome.
This month’s discussion is about The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlbellen.

 

AAUW Notable Books Discussion | The Night Watchman
Thursday, January 6 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
no meeting in December

The American Association of University Women Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors a Notable Books discussion that meets the 1st Thursday of the month.
This month’s discussion is about The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

 

Mah Jongg
Mondays | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Interested Mah Jongg players are welcome to come to library on Monday afternoons to play. Players must be experienced, follow the National Mah Jongg League rules, and able to sustain a fast-paced game. Players are expected to provide their own Mah Jongg cards, card tables, table coverings, and Mah Jongg sets, as well as help set up and put away all materials related to the game.
No registration is required. If you have questions, email Pam Sorce.

 

Food 4 Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time | Online and In-person
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.

 

Poetry FreeWrite
Mondays | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
No meetings in January or February. Meetings will resume March 7, 2022.
Weekly meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild Poetry Free Write. ​Explore your writing passion! Attending a Free Write is a fun, low commitment way to dip your toes into the writing pool. Writers at all levels are welcome; you do not need to be a member to attend.

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
December 7 and December 21
This support group is for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia. The group is facilitated by Ruth Pryor, an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
For any questions, you may call Ruth at 302-231-8186 or the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.

 

FreeWrite!
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
FreeWrite! is an informal gathering of writers of ALL skill levels who meet to practice their writing in a friendly and nurturing atmosphere. The goal of the FreeWrites is to provide a place and an opportunity for people to have fun with their writing, to explore different genres, and to do this in the company of other writing enthusiasts.
This FreeWrite is facilitated by Tom Hoyer, a Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild member who has experience in teaching, writing and/or leading such groups. Participants write prose, songs, poetry and fiction, work on novels during free writes, and start short stories. Writing Prompts are often (but not always) designed to focus on a particular aspect of writing: the use of sensory details, the necessity of strong verbs, the craft of writing dialogue.
You do not need to be a RBWG member to attend. For more information visit the RBWG website.

 

Socrates Café
Thursdays | 11:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person and Online
Socrates Café is a discussion group for adults that provides an opportunity for people from a variety of backgrounds to share their knowledge and experiences from a philosophical perspective. These are open-invitation meetings that promote the sharing and exploration of ideas rather than debating the pros and cons of different viewpoints that impact our personal lives, our communities, and society at large. The goal is to learn from each other by exchanging thoughts and reflections, allowing us to journey beyond our personal limitations and to expand our horizons.

 

Craft Club | Coiled Holiday Necklace
Thursday, December 2 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In this workshop facilitated by local artist Rita Healey, participants will make a holiday or anyday wrapped necklace using coiling, a textile wrapping technique used in fiber arts. Cotton or wool is wrapped over a clothesline core and then the ends are capped with jewel components. Lastly decorate the necklace with beads, charms, or knots..
Class size is limited to 8 people so registration is required.

 

Topical Essays: Ode to Imitations of Immortality
Wednesday, December 8 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Topical Essays is a monthly series of seminars based upon essays whose topics include philosophy, the arts and literature, science, politics, and much more. Participants are asked to read an essay chosen by the facilitation team and then submit a written response in advance of each session. In the group meeting, we have a lively discussion on the posted piece and on the participants’ responses to it. Essays are available for reading at here a month in advance. Responses are due no later than the day before each meeting and are also posted on the website.
This month’s essay is on William Wordsworth’s poem “Ode to Imitations of Immortality.”
For more information, contact David White, facilitation team member.

 

DAUG – Delmarva Apple Users Group
Wednesday, December 15 | 5:30 PM Eastern Time | In-person
The Delmarva Apple Users Group (DAUG) is a non-profit association dedicated to helping its members achieve a better understanding of Apple products and their use. They meet the third Wednesday of the month and their goal is to provide a low key and casual opportunity to explore the Apple platform and the breadth of products available today. Bring your Apple device (including iPads, iPhones, and Macs) for free help and information.

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, December 16 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
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.

 

Needlepoint Group
Monday, December 20 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
Join others with an interest in needlepoint. Bring a current project to work on.

 

English Conversation Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | Online
no meetings in December | meetings resume January 4
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+.

 

Italian Conversation Group
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time | Online
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 | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
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.

 

French Movie Club | French Discussion Group | Haute Cuisine
Friday, December 17 | 10:30 AM | In-person
Join us in person for a conversation on a French movie previously seen at home. Please note: basic French conversational ability is required. This group is for participants 18 years and older.
This month’s movie is Haute Cuisine (2012), the story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand. Directed by Christian Vincent. Written by Etienne Comar, Christian Vincent, and Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch. Starring Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, and Jean d’Ormesson. The film is available to watch for free on the online digital library service, Tubi.
Registration is requested but not required.

 

Drop in Tech Help
1st and 3rd Fridays | 10:00 AM – noon Eastern Time | In-person
NO DROP IN TECH HELP ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3

Free technology assistance is offered the first and third Friday of each month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on a drop-in basis.
A staff member will be available to assist with a variety of common technology questions. Topics include (but are not limited to): digital books, email, internet, Microsoft Word and Excel, texting, and digital photos. Guests may bring their own devices such as e-readers, tablets, phones and computers—or utilize the library’s PC computers.
No appointment is necessary, and assistance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to bring relevant usernames, passwords, and login information.

 

Science and Society | Matthew Kirwan: Ghost Forests of the Chesapeake Bay
Tuesday, December 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Ghost forests consist of dead trees adjacent to marshes, and are a striking feature of low-lying areas of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Dr. Matthew Kirwan will present his research explaining why ghost forests are the most prominent indicator of climate change on the east coast. Though ghost forests are a stark reminder of land that was dry and useable just a generation ago, Kirwan will also explain how they are a surprising sign of ecological resilience in times of rapid change.
Matthew Kirwan is an Associate Professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. His work about the impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities and landscapes has been featured in media outlets around the world, including TIME, CNN, and The New York Times, and he is a recent recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, the U.S. government’s top award for young scientists.

 

Grow With Google Training | How to Use Gmail
Tuesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 16 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
The Sussex County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is partnering with Google to provide Black women with career development and digital skills training via a training program called Grow With Google. Now more than ever, Americans need digital skills to land the jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses. Grow With Google aims to help by providing free training, tools and expertise to help communities across the country can achieve their full potential.
Topics for this two-part training include Google Workspace: Gmail (learning the basic components of Gmail to help you send and receive emails) and Digital Tools: Gmail Skills (learn about collaboration, effective communication, Gmail features, and sorting/filtering).
Dr. Sabrina Neal will lead this two-session course. Dr. Neal is a Grow With Google Trainer and retired educator. A Delaware State University alumnus, Dr. Neal is a Georgetown, DE resident who worked at Sussex Technical High School.
Founded in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Since its chartering in 1988, Sussex County Alumnae members continue to organize and implement public service programs that enhance the lives of those residing and working in the Sussex County area.
Registration is required.

 

Lives in the Law | Jeffrey S. Sutton: The Essential Scalia
Thursday, January 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
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. Join us for a conversation with Jeffrey S. Sutton, the editor of The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law, the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the session, which is meant for laypersons and specialists alike.
A justice on the United States Supreme Court for three decades, Antonin Scalia transformed the way that judges, lawyers, and citizens think about the law. The Essential Scalia presents Justice Scalia on his own terms, allowing readers to understand the reasoning and insights that made him one of the most consequential jurists in American history. Brilliant and passionately argued, this book is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand our Constitution, the American legal system, and one of our nation’s most influential and highly regarded jurists and thinkers.
Jeffrey S. Sutton, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, is a former law clerk to Justice Scalia. He is the author of 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from our local independent bookstore, 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.

 

Money School Class | Caregiving *
Thursday, December 2 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In this Money School Class, learn about the four keys to making a difference in a family caregiving challenge:
Key #1: Ensure Your Loved One’s Good, Continued Care with Smart Planning
Key #2: A Caregiving Plan Must Address Medical, Legal, Financial, and Personal Issues
Key #3: Caregiving Always Impacts the Rest of the Family-That Needs Planning, too
Key #4: We Need a Team Approach to Produce the Best Caregiving Plan
Presented by Cameron Fitzgerald, a partner of Black Diamond Financial Solutions, Inc. and an instructor with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

Year-End Planning *
Tuesday, December 14 | 4:00 PM | In-person
In this Money School workshop, learn about the four stages of retirement (Pre-retirement, Early retirement, Middle retirement, Late retirement), as well as the keys to a successful retirement:
Key #1: You have to know what your “after-tax” retirement savings picture looks like BEFORE retiring.
Key #2: Social Security and Medicare have their own “tax traps” and you need to plan for them, too.
Key #3: You must plan how and when you will use taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free assets to manage your income and tax brackets efficiently.
Key #4: Organize your assets for your family’s benefit—estate planning still matters!
Presented by Kenneth Reese, a certified financial planner with Black Diamond Financial Solutions, Inc. and an and instructor with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

* 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.


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