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 Author events.


Lives in the Law | Robert Corn-Revere: The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder
Saturday, July 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and Online
This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, scholars, historians, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about law and its significance, past and present. Join us in-person at the library or online for a conversation with Robert Corn-Revere, author of The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder. 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.
Beginning in the nineteenth century with Anthony Comstock, America’s ‘censor in chief, ‘ The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder explores how censors operate and why they wore out their welcome in society at large. This book explains how the same tactics were tried and eventually failed in the twentieth century, with efforts to censor music, comic books, television, and other forms of popular entertainment. The historic examples illustrate not just the mindset and tactics of censors, but why they are the ultimate counterculture warriors and why, in free societies, censors never occupy the moral high ground. This book is for anyone who wants to know more about why freedom of speech is important and how protections for free expression became part of the American identity.
Robert Corn-Revere has long been a leader in the areas of media, communications, and information technology law. He is a tireless advocate for his First Amendment rights, with particular experience applying these protections to new communications technologies. As a former Federal Communications Commission official, he has helped clients navigate complex regulations and administrative proceedings, and as a former journalist, he assists media organizations in their ability to gather and disseminate information.Corn-Revere has advocated in courts across the country, including all of the federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has won landmark First Amendment victories that extend full constitutional protections into novel areas. His practice runs the gamut from assisting major corporations with issues ranging from content regulation, newsgathering issues, and commercial speech regulation, to helping individuals cope with speech restrictions.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and there will be a book signing immediately following the event. 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 will be signed by the author.

 

Conversation with Valerie Biden Owens | Growing Up Biden: A Memoir
Friday, August 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and Online
Join us in the library or online for a conversation with Valerie Biden Owens, President Joe Biden’s younger sister, trusted confidante, and lifelong campaign manager. Owens is the author of Growing Up Biden: A Memoir, detailing her decades-long professional career in politics, and the central role she played in her brother’s life as an insightful adviser, an ever-loyal advocate and best friend.
This memoir, full of candor and warmth, brings readers into the Biden home and shares stories from growing up in Delaware as the only daughter of the close-knit Irish Catholic family. Valerie writes in a compelling, relatable way about the challenges she faced breaking through gender barriers, the elusive nature of confidence, and navigating professional responsibilities while raising children. She writes of the role of family, faith, and fate in shaping her life, and the power of empathy and kindness in the face of turmoil and division.
Valerie Biden Owens is the first woman in U.S. history to have run a presidential campaign—that of her brother, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. She also led his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail. Valerie is Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and a partner at Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars. Valerie sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. For 20 years, when Valerie was not managing or advising President Biden’s campaigns, she served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & Co., a media consulting firm. She has worked extensively with Women’s Campaign International, teaching women how to organize and develop communication and political skills. Valerie has also served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee and has served for 35 years on the board of The Ministry of Caring. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is married to Jack Owens, an attorney and businessman. They have three 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 comes signed. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.

 

Conversation with Jeffrey Breslow | A Game Maker’s Life
Tuesday, September 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us online for a conversation with Jeffrey Breslow, author of A Game Maker’s Life: A Hall of Fame Game Inventor and Executive Tells the Inside Story of the Toy Industry.
How do you spark genius? How do you earn a profit from fun? And how do you overcome unthinkable challenges? The developer of Simon, Fashion Polly Pocket, UNO Attack!, My Size Barbie, and Operation explains it all in this fascinating story of toys, transformation, and murder. Millions of people around the world have played with games and toys Breslow and his partners invented. Discover Breslow’s remarkable story and see how a flash of inspiration, followed by hard work and ingenuity, brought these wonderful games to life.
Jeffrey Breslow, a preeminent toy and game inventor and designer, spent over forty-one years inventing toys and games since graduating with a BFA from the University of Illinois in industrial design in 1965. At age thirty-four, he became the youngest managing partner of Marvin Glass and Associates, the leading toy design company in the world at that time in 1976. Jeffrey was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York City in 1988. Breslow left the toy business in 2008 to sculpt full time.
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 Dan Shortridge and Rachel Kipp | Secret Delaware
Wednesday, October 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and online
Back by popular demand – join us in-person in the library or online for a conversation with Dan Shortridge and Rachel Kipp, authors of Secret Delaware: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. An “armchair guide” to Delaware history, it contains more than 80 stories about little-known narratives, oddities, attractions and ephemera from the First State’s past and present — from the tale of the Cape Henlopen quarantine station to the life story of Delaware’s groundbreaking female astronomer. Almost every item is connected to a place that people can visit, but the focus is on the stories.
Rachel Kipp and Dan Shortridge are a husband and wife writing team with nearly four decades of combined experience in journalism and public relations. They have lived in Delaware for a total of 40 years, living or working in all three counties. As reporters for Delaware’s largest newspaper, they covered the state from top to bottom, writing about education, the arts, politics, government, business and more. They have also worked in communications, marketing, and content leadership for universities, state agencies, and local schools in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Rachel and Dan live in central Delaware with their three children, and are always on the hunt for new things to do and places to go.
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 signed. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.

 

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

AAUW Notable Books Discussion | Mama’s Last Hug
Thursday, July 7 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
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 Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves by Frans De Waal.

 

Cooks & Books | Healthy Easy Mexican
Monday, July 11 | 6:30 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Share your love of cooking and trying new recipes. Every month, the group selects a cookbook and each participant chooses 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.
Stop by the Circulation Desk to choose a recipe from this month’s cookbook, Healthy Easy Mexican by Velda de la Garza.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club | The Gown
Thursday, July 14 |  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 on The Gown by Jennifer Robson.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion Group | West of Rehoboth
Tuesday, July 26 | 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 West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate.
Space is limited for in-person attendance and registration is required.

 

LPL Book Club | This Is Where I Leave You
Thursday, July 28 | 4:00 PM Eastern Time | In-Person
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 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.
All are welcome and no registration is required.

 

Natural Selections Book Club | Entangled Life
Wednesday, August 3 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online and In-person
no meeting in July
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 Entangled Life: how fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Sheldrake.

 

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.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

 

Food 4 Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time | Online and In-person
no meeting July 4
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 meeting July 4
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
July 5 and July 19
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.

 

Needlepoint Group
Monday, July 18 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
Join others with an interest in needlepoint. Bring a current project to work on.

 

DAUG – Delmarva Apple Users Group
Wednesday, July 20 | 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, July 21 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
The KidLit Writers’ Group is a critique group — not a class — for adults who would like to write for the children’s market. This group meets on the third Thursday of the month to give authors feedback on their work (no meeting in August or December). All children’s genres welcome!

 

English as a Second Language | Clases de inglés
Tuesdays and Thursdays | June 7 – July 28 | 9:00 AM Eastern Time | Online
The Lewes Public Library is offering free online classes this summer in English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL helps non-English or limited English speakers (age 16+) succeed 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 | Online
This group is on summer hiatus and will resume on Tuesday, September 13
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 | Indochine
Friday, July 29 | 10:30 AM | In-person
This month’s movie is The Grocer’s Son (2007).
This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was her own daughter. She, and her daughter both fall in love with a young French navy officer, which will change both their lives significantly.
Directed by Régis Wargnier. Written by Erik Orsenna, Louis Gardel, and Catherine Cohen. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, and Linh-Dan Pham.
Registration is requested but not required. This video is available to borrow through the library’s digital service, Hoopla.

 

Drop In Tech Help
1st and 3rd Fridays | 10:00 AM – noon Eastern Time | In-person
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.

 

Lives in the Law | Robert Corn-Revere: The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder
Saturday, July 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and Online
This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, scholars, historians, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about law and its significance, past and present. Join us in-person at the library or online for a conversation with Robert Corn-Revere, author of The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder. 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.
Beginning in the nineteenth century with Anthony Comstock, America’s ‘censor in chief, ‘ The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder explores how censors operate and why they wore out their welcome in society at large. This book explains how the same tactics were tried and eventually failed in the twentieth century, with efforts to censor music, comic books, television, and other forms of popular entertainment. The historic examples illustrate not just the mindset and tactics of censors, but why they are the ultimate counterculture warriors and why, in free societies, censors never occupy the moral high ground. This book is for anyone who wants to know more about why freedom of speech is important and how protections for free expression became part of the American identity.
Robert Corn-Revere has long been a leader in the areas of media, communications, and information technology law. He is a tireless advocate for his First Amendment rights, with particular experience applying these protections to new communications technologies. As a former Federal Communications Commission official, he has helped clients navigate complex regulations and administrative proceedings, and as a former journalist, he assists media organizations in their ability to gather and disseminate information.Corn-Revere has advocated in courts across the country, including all of the federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has won landmark First Amendment victories that extend full constitutional protections into novel areas. His practice runs the gamut from assisting major corporations with issues ranging from content regulation, newsgathering issues, and commercial speech regulation, to helping individuals cope with speech restrictions.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and there will be a book signing immediately following the event. 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 will be signed by the author.

 

Managing Taxes in Retirement *
Thursday, July 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
This class examines various tax issues related to retirees. We will discuss how Social Security benefits are taxed, Medicare premiums, RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions), charitable giving and other tax-related items.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

Understanding Annuities *
Tuesday, July 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
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.

 

Eight Common Estate Planning Mistakes *
Monday, July 18 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
This class covers common estate planning mistakes and how you can avoid them. Uncover some of the common myths about estate planning and learn suggestions on how to optimize your financial future and legacy for your benefit and the benefit of your loved ones.
This class is taught by Deirdra A. McCarney, Esq from Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. and Robert Jeter, Financial Advisor from InFocus Financial Advisors. Both are instructors with the Money School.

 

Family Caregivers: 4 Keys to Reducing the Challenges of Caring for Your Loved Ones *
Wednesday, July 27 | 2:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
If you’re like most caregivers, you may be feeling a lot of pressure. You’re trying to save for retirement, take care of your kids, and now you have to take care of your elderly parents, too. It can be hard to manage it all — but don’t worry. There are ways to make it work.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember that you’re not alone. Many caregivers are in the same situation as you are. This Money School seminar offer some action tips to help you get through it, including four keys to reduce the challenges and to better prepare you for caring for your loved one.
Presented by Bethany Lewis CRPC® Financial Advisor with Black Diamond Financial Solutions and instructor with the Money School. Bethany has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Financial Management from Goldey-Beacom College. She is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and holds various FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) licenses.

 

* 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
Sunday, July 10 | 12:30 PM Eastern Time | Online
The Lewes Public Library’s Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present Lunchtime Story Readings by Suzanne Savoy. 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 thematic material and language.