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Conversation with David DeSteno | How God Works
Wednesday, September 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with pioneering research psychologist David DeSteno, author of How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion, an examination of religious practices and rituals are so beneficial to those who follow them — and to anyone, regardless of their faith (or lack thereof). Joining DeSteno is Christian Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Moral Ethics at Wake Forest University.
Scientists are beginning to discover what believers have known for a long time: the rewards that a religious life can provide. In this absorbing work, DeSteno reveals how numerous religious practices from around the world improve emotional and physical well-being. With empathy and rigor, DeSteno chronicles religious rites and traditions from cradle to grave. DeSteno details how belief itself enhances physical and mental health. But you don’t need to be religious to benefit from the trove of wisdom that religion has to offer. Many items in religion’s “toolbox” can help the body and mind whether or not one believes. How God Works offers advice on how to incorporate many of these practices to help all of us live more meaningful, successful, and satisfying lives.
David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and the author of Emotional Success and The Truth About Trust, and coauthor of Out of Character. He frequently writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and The Atlantic. He received his PhD in psychology from Yale University.
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.

 

History Book Festival Presents Katie Booth | The Invention of Miracles *
Thursday, September 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Katie Booth, author of The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Feta Fernsler, president of the Delaware Association of the Deaf, will be in conversation with Katie Booth during the event.
Many think of Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, but as the son of a deaf woman (and, later, husband to another), his goal in life from adolescence was to teach deaf students to speak. He became a leading advocate for the oralist movement, which valued teaching deaf students how to speak English verbally and shunned the use of American Sign Language — in spite of growing evidence that this led to the detriment of all other learning, causing not only stalled development, but also social isolation. The author describes the harm that many people, including her grandparents, experienced as a result of Bell’s movement to stamp out ASL and explains how the deaf community reclaimed their once-forbidden language.
Katie Booth, who was raised in a mixed hearing/deaf family, teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She spent more than 15 years researching this book, poring over Bell’s papers, Library of Congress archives, and the records of deaf schools around America. Feta Fernsler works as a job coach for the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; serves as a mentor for families with newborns identified as deaf or hard of hearing; and manages the Delaware Relay telecommunications system.
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.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Jillian Glenn | Easy Low-Cal Vegan Eats
Monday, September 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Jillian Glenn, author of Easy Low-Cal Vegan Eats, effortless plant-based meals that taste downright indulgent.
Glenn takes the guesswork out of eating healthier with 60 delectable recipes that will nourish your body and are guaranteed to leave you feeling full. Each generous serving clocks in at less than 400 calories, making it easy to maintain your health and shrink your waistline. Jillian provides you with the practical, intuitive tips you need for lasting results, and her mouthwatering recipes balance proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats that will sustain you for longer, making you less likely to crash and overeat later. Using easy-to-find ingredients and pantry staples, as well as simple, straightforward cooking techniques, these are no-fuss vegan recipes anyone can make and everyone will enjoy.
Jillian Glenn is a nutrition expert and the founder of Peanut Butter and Jilly, a popular food blog specializing in vegan and gluten-free recipes. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jillian 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 bookplate.
The event is co-sponsored by Edible Delmarva.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Jason Goldstein | The Happy Sandwich
Tuesday, September 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Jason Goldstein, author of The Happy Sandwich: Scrumptious Sandwiches to Make You Smile, the cookbook every sandwich lover needs.
Sandwiches: the ultimate comfort food with endless amazing combinations. But you won’t find a PB&J in this delicious collection. These are gourmet sandwiches with a twist, and every recipe makes it easy for busy people to come home after a long day to a satisfying, flavorful sandwich every time. From the Avocado Shrimp Everything Bagel to the Mexican Chicken Sausage and Peppers Sub to the Spinach Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese, every page will have you drooling. Each section provides a tasty, time-saving approach.
Jason Goldstein is a chiropractor by day and food blogger by night. Through his culinary blog, Chop Happy, Jason shares his love of easy comfort food recipes, showcasing rich flavors, inventive ideas, and unique cooking tips and advice. He was a finalist on Next Food Network Star Season 14 and finished in the Top 10 in Rachael Ray’s Cookbook Contest. His recipes have been featured on The Chew and The Kitchen, and he has appeared on Good Morning America. Living in NYC and the Hamptons, Jason enjoys testing recipes on his husband, Tom, and grabbing French fries by the handful.
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.
The event is co-sponsored by Edible Delmarva.

 

History Book Festival Presents Alison M. Parker | Unceasing Militant *
Thursday, September 30 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Alison M. Parker, author of Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
Born into slavery during the Civil War, Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) would become one of the most prominent activists of her time, with a career bridging the late 19th century to the civil rights movement of the 1950s. The first president of the National Association of Colored Women and a founding member of the NAACP, Terrell collaborated closely with the likes of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, and W. E. B. Du Bois. This is the first full-length biography of Terrell, bringing her vibrant voice and personality to life.
Alison M. Parker is department chair and Richards Professor of American History at the University of Delaware. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. women’s and gender history, African American history, and legal history.
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 Jill Twiss | Major Makes History
Wednesday, October 6 | 5:00 PM | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Emmy-winning New York Times bestselling author Jill Twiss, author of Major Makes History: From the Shelter to the White House, the tale of President Biden’s friendship with Major, the first shelter dog in the White House.
When President Joe Biden adopted his shelter dog Major from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018, their bond was immediate. President Biden rescued Major and provided him with a loving home. What he didn’t know is that Major would also rescue him too. Major tells the captivating, funny story of how he and Joe first met, and their journey to his brand-new home, the White House. As a first dog, Major has a lot of work to do! It’s not easy being a presidential dog. Major defends President Biden from vicious vacuum cleaners, helps in the garden by digging holes, and drinks afternoon tea from the toilet bowl, along with his buddy Champ. But his most important job of all is helping Joe become a better version of himself.
Jill Twiss is the author of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a New York Times #1 bestseller. She is also a comedy writer who has won multiple Emmys, WGA Awards, and Peabody Awards for her work as a staff writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In her not-so-spare time, Jill writes sentences for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN and is working on a musical about the women of the Seneca Falls Convention.
This event is co-sponsored by Delaware Humane Association (DHA).
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. Browseabout Books is donating $2 from each book sold to Delaware Humane Association. For more information on how to adopt from DHA, please visit their website.

 

History Book Festival Presents Carol Leonnig | Zero Fail *
Thursday, October 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Carol Leonnig, author of Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Joining Leonnig in conversation is author Ed Ruggero.
This is the first definitive account of the Secret Service, from the Kennedy assassination in 1963 to the alarming scandals, secrets, and mismanagement during the Obama and Trump years, right up to the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The book reveals a toxic and politicized work culture, outdated equipment and training, a deep resentment of the agency’s leadership, and a dedicated band of patriots who battle it all to try to keep the president safe. To expose these shortcomings, the author interviewed numerous current and former agents and whistleblowers who risked their careers to speak to her.
Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has covered the Secret Service for much of the past decade. She is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author with Philip Rucker of the bestsellers A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America and I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year.
Ed Ruggero is a West Point graduate and former Army officer who has written fiction, military history, and titles on leadership. His World War II novel Blame the Dead was featured at the 2020 History Book Festival; a sequel, Comes the War, was released in February 2021.
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 Jack Clemons | The Outliers
Wednesday, October 11 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Jack Clemons, author of The Outliers, a combination of mystery and historical fiction set in Lewes, Delaware.
A lawman with bleak eyes stalks a ne’er-do-well with a rakish smile through a quiet waterfront town in Delaware, near the turn of the last century. Both have recently arrived by steamship from New Jersey, and as far as a Nanticoke Indian youth named Sonny is concerned, they can’t leave Lewes the same way soon enough.
Jack Clemons is a professional writer and consultant as well as a speaker and presenter on NASA’s space programs. Earlier in his career he was an engineering team leader on NASA’s Apollo Program and senior engineering software manager on the Space Shuttle Program. He has also held the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering for Lockheed Martin. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida. His works of fiction have earned him a 2018 Established Artist Fellowship for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts and membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His book Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, was published by University Press of Florida in September 2018.
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 Kevin McGonegal | Wicked Wilmington, Delaware
Tuesday, October 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with local historian Kevin McGonegal, author Wicked Wilmington, Delaware, featuring tales of Wilmington’s infamous past. Joining Kevin is Dr. David Young, Executive Director of Delaware Historical Society.
Take a journey through crime and vice in twentieth-century Wilmington, from a Tatnall Street bawdy house to the corporate boardrooms of the DuPont Company. Visit the old New Castle County Workhouse, scene of a break-in by a lynch mob and the daring escape of a notorious murderer. A police chief trying to keep his corrupt practices under wraps, agents raiding political headquarters and a detective murdered on the street were all part of city life in the early twentieth century. In later years, stories of a professional killer pleading self-defense, hiding his connections to a mobbed-up Teamsters boss, and runaway lovers caught up in an international extortion scheme show the city’s darker side.
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.
Co-sponsored by Delaware Historical Society.

 

Conversation with Richard Chizmar | Chasing the Boogeyman
Wednesday, October 13 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Richard Chizmar about his latest novel, Chasing the Boogeyman, a clever, terrifying, and heartrending work of metafiction that is the ultimate marriage between horror fiction and true crime.
In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown just as a curfew is enacted and a neighborhood watch is formed. In the midst of preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into the real-life horror story. Inspired by the terrifying events, Richard writes a personal account of the serial killer’s reign of terror, unaware these events will continue to haunt him for years to come.
Richard Chizmar is the coauthor (with Stephen King) of the New York Times bestselling novella, Gwendy’s Button Box. Recent books include The Girl on the Porch, The Long Way Home (his fourth short story collection), and Widow’s Point, a chilling tale about a haunted lighthouse written with his son, Billy Chizmar, which was recently made into a feature film. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award. Chizmar’s work has been translated into more than fifteen languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor.
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.

 

History Book Festival Presents Charles Kenny | The Plague Cycle *
Thursday, October 14 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Charles Kenny, author of The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
For four thousand years, the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires were heavily determined by infection. The cycle of plagues set the tempo of civilizational growth and decline, since common response to the threat was exclusion—quarantining the sick or keeping them out. The unprecedented hygiene and medical revolutions of the past two centuries have allowed humanity to free itself from the hold of epidemic cycles, but climate and population fluctuations and global trade have left us more vulnerable than ever to newly emerging plagues. Greater global cooperation toward sustainable health is urgently required, with millions of lives and trillions of dollars at stake.
Charles Kenny is a writer-researcher at the Center for Global Development who has worked on policy reforms in global health as well as UN peacekeeping and combating international financial corruption. Previously, he spent fifteen years traveling the world as an economist at the World Bank.
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 Rochelle Riley | The Burden
Wednesday, October 20 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Rochelle Riley, author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, a powerful collection of essays from well-known Americans on what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans.
Many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past. These descendants have spent over 150 years seeking permission to put this burden down. The Burden aims to address this problem and is a must-read for every American.
Rochelle Riley is an award-winning newspaper columnist who is no longer seeking permission to put the burden down. She has fearlessly called out elected officials who should have been ashamed of themselves and has helped raise millions of dollars for just causes, especially the fight for improved adult literacy. She offers commentary on MSNBC and NPR and contributes to Essence and Ebony magazines. She was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016, received the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Northwestern University, and was awarded the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship by the Society of Professional Journalists.
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.

 

History Book Festival Presents Howard W. French | Born in Blackness *
Thursday, October 21 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
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 Josh Hitchens | Haunted History of Delaware
Monday, October 25 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Delaware native and paranormal historian Josh Hitchens as he talks about his latest book, Haunted History of Delaware, a spooky road trip through the First State. Joining Hitchens is Marcos Salaverria, Director of Education for the Lewes Historical Society.
Delaware’s long history has created many ghostly echoes in the present day, places where the souls of the dead have not yet found rest. Experience the eerie legend of Fiddler’s Bridge, meet the ghosts in the Governor’s Mansion, and learn the truth behind the Selbyville Swamp Monster. Discover many more terrifying tales that will chill your bones. These are the stories of the most frightening phantoms that lurk in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties–read them if you dare.
Josh Hitchens was born and raised in Sussex County, Delaware. Since 2007, he has been a professional storyteller for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia. Josh is also a theater director, actor and playwright who has been called “Philadelphia’s foremost purveyor of the macabre” and “Philly’s horror maven” by the local press. Josh also researches, writes and narrates the podcast Going Dark Theatre, which is dedicated to examining the human stories within true tales of haunted places, unsolved mysteries and horrific history from all over the world. Haunted History of Delaware is his first book.
The event is co-hosted by the Lewes Historical Society.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted 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.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Ericka Sanchez | ¡Buen Provecho!
Tuesday, October 26 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Due to a change in publication date, this event has been rescheduled from September 1 to October 26.

Join us for an online conversation with Ericka Sanchez, author of ¡Buen Provecho!: Traditional Mexican Flavors from My Cocina to Yours.
From the author of Aguas Frescas & Paletas comes another collection of over 100 Mexican recipes with a unique spin, delivering the authentic flavors everyone craves, but swapping in easy-to-find, healthful ingredients your family will love. From breakfasts and salsas to meatless meals and special recipes for Dia de Los Muertos and other special occasions, Buen Provecho is the perfect cookbook for anyone looking to expand their cultural culinary palate.
Ericka Sanchez is a recipe developer, food stylist, and the creator of the award-winning culinary website nibblesandfeasts.com. Ericka’s cooking style is inspired by her life as a bicultural Latina living in California and her cherished memories in the kitchen with her grandmother and mother in Mexico, where she lived until she was eight years old.
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.
The event is co-sponsored by Edible Delmarva.

 

History Book Festival Presents Christine Heyrman | Doomed Romance *
Thursday, October 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Christine Heyrman, author of Doomed Romance: Broken Hearts, Lost Souls, and Sexual Tumult in Nineteenth-Century America, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Laurie S. Fulton will be in conversation with Heyrman during the event.
In 1825, Martha Parker, a gifted, ambitious young woman from New England who aspired to become an educator and a foreign missionary, accepted a marriage proposal from schoolmaster Thomas Tenney. But several weeks later, she rejected Tenney in favor of rival suitor Elnathan Gridley, a clergyman headed for the mission field. Tenney’s male friends retaliated by sending an anonymous letter to the head of the foreign missions board impugning Parker’s character, and Tenney himself threatened to reveal more about their relationship, ruining her future prospects as a missionary. The scandal provoked a resistance within evangelical ranks over womanhood, manhood, and, surprisingly, homosexuality, that ultimately threatened to destroy the foreign missions enterprise.
Christine Leigh Heyrman is the Robert W. and Shirley P. Grimble Professor of American History at the University of Delaware. Her other books include Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt, which won the Bancroft Prize, and American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam, which won the Francis Parkman Prize.
Laurie S. Fulton served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from July 2009 to February 2013 and is co-chair of the Ambassadors Circle of the National Democratic Institute, a nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.
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.

 

Science and Society | Virginia Morell: Animal Wise
Tuesday, November 2 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel, the New York Times bestseller that explores animal intelligence and will alter the way we as humans view other species.
Why do rats laugh and elephants grieve? How do we know ants teach, and parrots name their chicks? Why do we—and parrots and dolphins—have names? Or, for that matter,  personalities? Why are we and other animals self-aware? By taking an evolutionary perspective to these questions, scientists are coming up with some surprising answers. Virginia Morell will discuss a  revolutionary shift in how scientists regard animals. Researchers no longer ask, “Do animals think?” Instead, they want to know, “How and what do animals think?”  Their discoveries have far-reaching implications for our relationships with other animals and how we treat them.
Virginia Morell is the author of four books, and a contributing correspondent for Science and National Geographic. Her latest book, Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel, is a New York Times bestseller, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She’s written more than 40 stories for National Geographic and also writes for the online news site. Her love of the natural world and her reporting keep her in close contact with leading scientists in ethology, biology, and conservation. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband, writer Michael McRae, their collies, Annie and Cisco, and their cat-pal, Scout.  “I like to keep in mind the words of John Muir when I’m writing about animals: ‘Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much larger and better in every way.’”
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.

 

Conversation with Neil Lanctot | The Approaching Storm
Wednesday, November 3 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Neil Lanctot, author of The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams, and Their Clash Over America’s Future, the fascinating story of how the three most influential American progressives of the early twentieth century split over America’s response to World War I.
In the early years of the twentieth century, the most famous Americans on the national stage were Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jane Addams: two presidents and a social worker. Each took a different path to prominence, yet the three progressives believed the United States must assume a more dynamic role in confronting the growing domestic and international problems of an exciting new age. Following the outset of World War I in 1914, the views of these three titans splintered as they could not agree on how America should respond to what soon proved to be an unprecedented global catastrophe. The Approaching Storm is the story of three extraordinary leaders and how they debated, quarreled, and split over the role the United States should play in the world.
Neil Lanctot is an award-winning historian and author. He has written several books, including Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella and Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution. He lives with his wife in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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 bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Tamara Payne | The Dead Are Arising *
Thursday, November 4 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Tamara Payne, co-author of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, the Non-Fiction Closing event for the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Peniel E. Joseph will be in conversation with Tamara Payne during the event.
This best-selling, award-winning biography by Les Payne and Tamara Payne is the culmination of nearly 30 years of exhaustive research and hundreds of hours of interviews conducted with then still-living immediate family and contemporaries of the legendary Black leader, Malcolm X. With access to such important figures as Malcolm’s siblings, classmates, former ministers of the Nation of Islam, collaborators, street buddies, and even the men falsely imprisoned for his murder, the book presents a deeply nuanced and unprecedented portrait of how “East Lansing Red” gave way to “Detroit Red” and ultimately begat the icon, “X.”
Here is Malcolm Little in his formative years, whose father, a fearless supporter of the Black nationalist Marcus Garvey, was run over by a streetcar in 1931 (though the insurance company evaded payment by claiming it was a suicide) and whose equally forceful mother was penniless but determined to hold  her family together before succumbing to mental illness. The book offers new revelations on milestones in Malcolm’s life: the years in Boston and Harlem as drug dealer, pimp, and burglar; the religious awakening and conversion to Islam in a Massachusetts penitentiary; the bizarre 1961 “summit” with the KKK; and the final minutes leading up to his assassination in New York’s Audubon Ballroom in 1965. In this comprehensive work, the Paynes have greatly expanded our understanding of Malcolm X’s life, placing him within the larger arc of African American history.
The Dead Are Arising has won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work — Biography.
Les Payne (1941–2018) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, foreign correspondent, and editor at Newsday. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, he also wrote an award-winning syndicated column. Payne first heard Malcolm X’s galvanizing oratory at a rally in 1963. That experience never left him. Aware that time was running out to record the shrinking inner circle of people who knew Malcolm throughout his life, Payne worked to document their stories and observations for posterity.
Tamara Payne served as her father’s principal researcher while working in commercial real estate, and she completed The Dead Are Arising following his death in March 2018. She is a graduate of William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., who previously worked for PBS’s “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” and taught English in China.
Peniel E. Joseph is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and currently serves as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Joseph has written several books on African American history, including The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., one of TIME magazine’s “100 Must-Read Books of 2020.”
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 Constance Sayers | The Ladies of the Secret Circus
Tuesday, November 9 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Constance Sayers, author of The Ladies of the Secret Circus, a decadent and magical tale of family secrets and lost love set against the backdrop of an extraordinary circus.
Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder—a world where women weave illusions of magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. Bound to her family’s circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate affair that could cost her everything.
Virginia, 2004: Lara Barnes is on top of the world until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. When her desperate search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals, Lara is swept into a story of a dark circus and ill-fated love. Soon secrets about Lara’s family history begin to come to light, revealing a curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations. A curse that might be tied to her fiancé’s mysterious disappearance.
Constance Sayers is the author of A Witch in Time. A finalist for Alternating Current’s 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, her short stories have appeared in Souvenir and Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women as well as The Sky is a Free Country. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She received an MA in English from George Mason University. She lives outside of Washington D.C. Like her character in The Ladies of the Secret Circus, for many years, she was the host of a radio show from midnight to six.
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.

 

Lives in the Law | Peter S. Canellos: The Great Dissenter
Friday, November 12 | 5:00 PM | 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 Peter S. Canellos, the author of The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero, and United States Circuit Judge Thomas Lee Ambro. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, hosts this series, which is meant for laypersons and specialists alike.
Spanning from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and beyond, The Great Dissenter is a definitive, sweeping biography of an American hero who stood against all the forces of Gilded Age America to fight for civil rights and economic freedom: Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan.
Peter S. Canellos is an award-winning writer and former Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe and Executive Editor of Politico. He is the editor of the New York Times bestseller, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy. Judge Thomas Ambro has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for over 15 years. Prior to that, he was in private practice for 24 years at the law firm of Richards, Layton & Finger, focusing on bankruptcy and business law. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.
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 bookplate.

 

Jay Fleming Presents Island Life
Saturday, November 20 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | In-Person
Join us around the fireplace for a presentation by photographer Jay Fleming on his new book, Island Life, a visual narrative of the environment, communities and commercial fisheries of Smith Island, Maryland and Tangier Island, Virginia — the last inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay. Although less than 15 miles of water separate Smith and Tangier from the mainland, centuries of isolation have preserved the unique way of life of these island communities, making them feel worlds apart from the life most of us know.
Since his first trip to the islands in 2009, Fleming has seen remarkable changes to the islands’ landscape and communities. Cemeteries are washing into the water, acres of marshland are disappearing, and the populations are in decline. Fleming felt a sense of urgency to document the islands’ iconic working water-fronts, as the very forces that sustain them also threaten to take them away. Equal parts informative and aesthetically pleasing, Island Life reveals the beauty and the perils of a life dependent upon the rhythms of the tide and the harvest of the Chesapeake Bay.
Jay Fleming is a photographer and writer who documents the complex interactions between humans and their natural environment. Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Jay grew up with an affinity for the water. He discovered his passion for photography at the age of 13, after inheriting his father’s hand-me-down Nikon film camera. After graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2009, Jay spent four years working in the field of fisheries, first for the state of Maryland and later for the National Parks Service in Yellowstone National Park. Jay then worked in the seafood industry, dedicating his time to promoting sustainable fisheries and the consumption of locally sourced seafood. In 2015, Jay turned his attention to photography full time, leading to the publication of his first book, Working the Water, in 2016. Since then, Jay has spent his career chronicling the unique people and places of the Chesapeake Bay.
Books will be available for purchase and there will be a book signing immediately following the presentation.
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 is signed by the author.

 

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.

 

Conversation with Amy Latta | Practice Makes Progress: My Creative Journal
Thursday, December 16 | 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.
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.

 

* 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 | Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Thursday, September 23 | 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 Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney.
All are welcome and no registration is required.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion and DCF Book Circle Event | The Sum of Us
Tuesday, September 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 The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. This discussion is a Delaware Community Foundation Book Circle offering.
Space is limited for in-person attendance and registration is required.

 

Natural Selections Book Club | Eager
Wednesday, October 6 | 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 Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter by Ben Goldfarb.

 

AAUW Notable Books Discussion | Milkman
Thursday, October 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 Milkman by Anna Burns.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club | The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Thursday, October 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 about The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion Group | Forgotten
Tuesday, October 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 Forgotten, The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home and At War by Linda Hervieux.
Space is limited for in-person attendance and registration is required.

 

LPL Book Club | The Little Paris Bookshop
Thursday, October 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 The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.
All are welcome and no registration is required.

 

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
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
September 14 and September 28
October 12 and October 26
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.

 

Whimsical Masterpieces: Pastel * THE CLASS IS FULL
Thursdays | 2:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
September 30 – November 18
Join us for a fun, engaging, and empowering artistic experience for adults (55+) who would like to investigate their creative potential while building a basic level of mastery using oil pastels.
This artistic journey provides an approachable and challenging entry-level environment to gain a basic command of oil pastel painting. Over an eight-week period (one hourly class a week) participants will be actively engaged in producing their own final artwork under the guidance of local professional teaching artist, John Donato. In addition, participants will investigate idea creation, personal style, and finishing techniques, and have access to ongoing social support from their teacher and peers.
At the conclusion of the class series, participants will have the opportunity to be recognized and reveal their artwork to the public during an event hosted by the library, and have it displayed onsite for the month of December.
Class size is limited to 12 people so registration is required. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions. All materials are provided.
* This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com. This series is a partnership with Delaware of the Arts and Lifetime Arts to offer creating aging workshops designed to enrich the lives of older adults (55+) by providing intentional social engagement and focus on building art-making skills over time.

 

Craft Club | Needle Felting
Thursday, October 7 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In this workshop facilitated by local artist Rita Healey, participants will needle felt a small eyeglass case, phone case, or change purse. Some sewing required. New to felting? Don’t worry – it’s easy!
Class size is limited to 10 people so registration is required.

 

Topical Essays: “Does Our Nation Need a Third Founding? Still Seeking a More Perfect Union”
Wednesday, October 13 | 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 “Does Our Nation Need a Third Founding? Still Seeking a More Perfect Union” and was written by one of the group members.
For more information, contact David White, facilitation team member.

 

Needlepoint Group
Monday, October 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, October 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, October 21 | 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.

 

English Conversation Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | Online
September 14 – November 30
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 | Amélie
Friday, September 24 | 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 Amélie (2001), starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Rufus. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
The video/DVD is available at the library to borrow for one week.
Registration is requested but not required.

 

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.

 

Science and Society | The Future of the Colorado River
Tuesday, October 5 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Professor John Schmidt on the future of the Colorado River. The river is a critical lifeline for much of the southwest, supplying water to farms, power generators, and cities as far away as Los Angeles. But it is in trouble. A warming climate has reduced river flows, Lake Mead and Lake Powell have shrunk to less than 50% capacity, and climate models suggest that the flow could drop by another 30% by 2050. Recent studies indicate that in a drier future, all the demands for the Colorado River’s water cannot be met while still protecting sensitive ecosystems and endangered species. These grim forecasts set the stage for upcoming negotiations over allocation of the Colorado’s water—and the future of the river itself.
John (Jack) Schmidt is a professor of in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Janet Quinney Lawson Chair in Colorado River Studies at Utah State University. He has devoted more than 30 years of research to the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, focusing on the relationship of ecosystem health and the dams, reservoirs, and diversions associated with river management. He has worked to encourage collaboration between federal and state agencies, tribal interests, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions in an effort to ensure that policies for the river are based on sound science.

 

Celebrating Italian-Americans: Fiorello La Guardia
Thursday, October 14 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
La Guardia was the first Italian-American elected to Congress [1916] and to the mayoralty of NYC [1933] during a time when hyphenated Americans were regarded with hostility and discriminated against. How did La Guardia’s ethnicity shape his values, character, and rise to power?
Join us for a presentation by Jo-Ann Vega, proud Italian-American, who has designed and delivered well-received ancestry and history programs at the library. Jo-Ann has 30 years of experience making presentations to business, community, and academic groups.
Registration is requested.

 

The Actor & Scholar in Conversation: Simona Giurgea and E. Jane Doering on Simone Weil
Saturday, October 16 | 4:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Simone Weil’s “The Iliad or the Poem of Force” is a profound exploration of the power of force and the hubris of mankind in attempting to control it to our advantage. Force is inherently destructive, and we risk it overwhelming us when we unleash it upon ourselves. This two-part essay, published in the Cahiers du Sud in 1940 – 41, is every bit as relevant today in all human interactions, from the interpersonal to the geopolitical.
Join us for a discussion of this piece by Professor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and renowned Weil scholar Dr. E. Jane Doering and Simona Giurgea, Senior Lecturer in of the University Theatre at Colgate University, who adapted this writing into a compelling one-woman dramatization (performed at the library on Friday, October 15). Hosted by Ron Collins, Lewes resident and Senior Editor of ATTENTION, an international website and newsletter dedicated to the work of Simone Weil, the discussion will probe this compelling essay in depth. The conversation will be followed by a reception sponsored ATTENTION.

 

Cyber Awareness for Seniors
Tuesday, October 19 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person and online
This presentation is designed for Senior Citizens addressing basic cyber awareness, securing social media/email accounts, using security features such as multi-factor authentication, and how to handle scam calls/contacts with Do’s and Don’ts.
This workshop is presented by The Delaware Department of Technology and Information.
In-person seating is limited.

 

The Battleship USS New Jersey
Saturday, October 23 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) was built at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and placed in commission in May 1943. The second of four ships of the IOWA class to be completed, NEW JERSEY was destined to become the most decorated battleship in the history of the United States Navy. The “Big J” fought in WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Lebanon crisis earning 19 battle stars and campaign ribbons during her many years of active service.Decommissioned for the last time in February 1991, NEW JERSEY would eventually become a world class memorial and museum in Camden, NJ. Thousands of tourists walk her decks each year, and gain a sense of what it must have been like to go to sea in this majestic warship.
Presented by Captain Walter M. Urban, Jr. USNR (Ret.), who served as a Public Affairs Officer in the US Navy Reserve. He performed active duty for training onboard NEW JERSEY in February 1985 and February 1991. He also served extensively on NEW JERSEY’s sistership USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) from 1988 – 1991. In his official capacity, Captain Urban was involved with the media supporting the recommissioning of all four IOWA class battleships from 1982 to 1988. Since 2001, he serves as the Military Liaison Officer, and member of the Board of Trustee onboard NEW JERSEY.

 

Science and Society | Virginia Morell: Animal Wise
Tuesday, November 2 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel, the New York Times bestseller that explores animal intelligence and will alter the way we as humans view other species.
Why do rats laugh and elephants grieve? How do we know ants teach, and parrots name their chicks? Why do we—and parrots and dolphins—have names? Or, for that matter,  personalities? Why are we and other animals self-aware? By taking an evolutionary perspective to these questions, scientists are coming up with some surprising answers. Virginia Morell will discuss a  revolutionary shift in how scientists regard animals. Researchers no longer ask, “Do animals think?” Instead, they want to know, “How and what do animals think?”  Their discoveries have far-reaching implications for our relationships with other animals and how we treat them.
Virginia Morell is the author of four books, and a contributing correspondent for Science and National Geographic. Her latest book, Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel, is a New York Times bestseller, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She’s written more than 40 stories for National Geographic and also writes for the online news site. Her love of the natural world and her reporting keep her in close contact with leading scientists in ethology, biology, and conservation. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband, writer Michael McRae, their collies, Annie and Cisco, and their cat-pal, Scout.  “I like to keep in mind the words of John Muir when I’m writing about animals: ‘Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much larger and better in every way.’”
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.

 

Ars Shakespearica: The Art of Shakespeare in Romeo and Juilet
Monday, November 8 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In partnership with The Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival and the Classic Theatre of Maryland (CTM) join the Tony-Award nominated, Helen-Hayes Award-winning Donald Hicken as he leads participants through an immersive, interactive play-read of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This experience includes unified discussions, textual analysis, and live demonstrations by CTM’s starring performers, Joshua Olumide (SAGe, EMC), and Kira Janine. The team will be supported by CTM’s Founder and Producing Artistic Director Sally Boyett and Director of Education Matt Tucker (MDiv, ORDM).
Donald Hicken brings fifty years of professional theatrical experience and conservatory training with him, formerly served as the Department Head of Theatre at The Baltimore School for the Arts from its founding in 1979 to his retirement in 2016, and now serves as Chairman of the Board for CTM. The mission of the Classic Theatre of Maryland is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of classical works, contemporary plays, and musicals with a core commitment to the works of Shakespeare and other major dramatists. CTM is committed to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence, to cultivating the widest possible audience, and to contributing to the economic and cultural growth of our community, state, and region.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Lives in the Law | Peter S. Canellos: The Great Dissenter
Friday, November 12 | 5:00 PM | 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 Peter S. Canellos, the author of The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero, and United States Circuit Judge Thomas Lee Ambro. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, hosts this series, which is meant for laypersons and specialists alike.
Spanning from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and beyond, The Great Dissenter is a definitive, sweeping biography of an American hero who stood against all the forces of Gilded Age America to fight for civil rights and economic freedom: Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan.
Peter S. Canellos is an award-winning writer and former Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe and Executive Editor of Politico. He is the editor of the New York Times bestseller, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy. Judge Thomas Ambro has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for over 15 years. Prior to that, he was in private practice for 24 years at the law firm of Richards, Layton & Finger, focusing on bankruptcy and business law. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.
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 bookplate.

 

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.

 

Life After Work | How to Create a Good Life in Retirement *
Thursday, October 7 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Whether you plan to stop work all at once, or ease into retirement by working part-time, at some point you will need to arrange for multiple sources of income to replace your paycheck. What do you need to think about as you transition from work life to retired life? Where will your income come from? How can you make it last? Join us for an enlightening webinar that will get you thinking about your next phase of life and what you need to do to prepare for it.
Peter Gaertner, CFP® is a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington, and a Money School instructor. 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.

 

Managing Taxes in Retirement *
Thursday, October 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, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

Estate Planning *
Monday, October 11 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
In this Money School workshop, learn the importance of Estate Planning and what could go wrong if not prepared if something was to happen.
Presented by Kenneth Reese, a certified financial planner with Black Diamond Financial Solutions, Inc. and an instructor with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

Understanding Annuities *
Thursday, October 14 | 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, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

Savvy IRA Planning for Baby Boomers *
Monday, October 18 | 12:00 PM | Online
IRA planning is a complex process. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on their overall retirement plan. This workshop will help attendees better understand IRA planning.
Presented by 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.

 

The Four Stages of Taxes in Retirement *
Wednesday, October 20 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Retirees often don’t understand how taxes work in retirement. But they’re keenly concerned about the size of their tax bill each year. Also, tax planning changes through the four stages of retirement. It’s harder than you think and it needs careful planning. Learn what’s involved in creating a retirement tax strategy.
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.

 

Eight Common Estate Planning Mistakes *
Thursday, October 21 | 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.
Deirdra A. McCarney, Esq from Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. and Robert Jeter, Financial Advisor from InFocus Financial Advisors are the co-presenters and instructors with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

Financial Fitness *
Wednesday, October 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In this Money School workshop, learn the six steps to legacy planning for the generations: plan for incapacity, get organized, think about the people you love and the causes you care about, work with financial professionals to put your wishes in writing, start creating your family legacy, and monitor and update your 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.

 

Medicare Basics In Retirement *
Friday, October 29 | 10:30 AM Eastern Time | In-person
Join us for an educational seminar by Joseph Cisco, President of CAISE Benefits, to help you understand your options when enrolling with Medicare and/or retiring.
We will answer all of your questions regarding signing up for Medicare upon turning 65, retiring, or going on disability:
– Medicare 101 – What do all of those letters mean – A? B? C? D? What’s the difference between Plans F, G, and N?
– Understand the major difference (and importance) between being Observed and Admitted in the hospital.
– Find out how COBRA and Retiree Benefits can affect your Medicare.

 

* 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.


For a complete listing of upcoming Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival events, please go here.

 

 

 


Coast Day Presents a Screening of The Meg
Saturday, October 2 | 6:30 PM Eastern Time | In-person
The library and Delaware Sea Grant are teaming up to host an outdoor screening of The Meg, the 2018 blockbuster based on the book by University of Delaware alumnus Steve Alten, Coast Day special guest. This offering is part of Coast Day 2021.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us on the back lawn of the library to watch as a group of scientists exploring the Marianas Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed – the Megalodon. This movie is rated PG-13. More information about it may be found here.
Free popcorn will be available while supplies last. Please bring your own drink.
Registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

 

Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults
Sunday, October 3 | 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.