State offers books to kids via Dolly Parton partnership

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney announced the expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library on Monday. Started in January as part of a pilot program, the initiative provides free books to children.Participants receive one book in the mail each month from birth until the child’s fifth birthday. So far, the state has provided more than 16,000 […]

Sussex libraries, county form grant agreement

GEORGETOWN — Public libraries in Sussex County are a multimillion-dollar endeavor, and now, an agreement is in place to foster stewardship and accountability in the independent libraries. For the first time, Sussex County Council on Tuesday approved a grant agreement for the 11 independent libraries. The agreement capped a yearlong collaboration between the Sussex County […]

Sussex County libraries begin phased services

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County libraries are turning the page in COVID-19 recovery, restoring limited services to the public as Delaware begins Phase I reopening the 2020 spring pandemic that temporarily shuttered businesses and governments and curbed most daily routines. The three county-owned and 11 independent libraries are now accepting checked-out materials at each location. Patrons […]

Letter to the Editor: Support Millsboro Public Library

2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Friends of the Millsboro Public Library. We’d like to thank the community for supporting our antiques appraisal event, our annual Book Sale, and our Dine and Donate events at Wayback Burgers and Blue Water Grill. These fundraisers help subsidize the library’s Summer Reading Program for […]

Program puts job resources in libraries

DOVER — Help wanted, help provided. Job searches, unemployment and career questions are inherently stressful. A pilot program partnering the Delaware Department of Labor and Division of Libraries is designed to assist those in need. Four days a week inside libraries in Kent, Sussex and New Castle counties DOL’s Employment and Training staff will set […]

New chapter: Kent County introduces ‘Linus’ bookmobile

  DOVER — Linus, Kent County’s new mobile library, or bookmobile, was unveiled on Saturday morning to much fanfare. Local and state-level politicians, delegates and well-wishers all turned out to the Kent County Public Library for the ribbon-cutting and walk-though. The announcement came after a year-long hiatus to the county’s bookmobile service. The now-retired Lucy […]

‘Little Library’ book exchange installed at Magnolia Fire Hall

MAGNOLIA — Kent County installed its fifth “Little Library” on Oct. 6. The new free book exchange booth is located behind the Magnolia Fire Co. at 2 North Main St. in Magnolia. County staff and Magnolia Fire Hall personnel turned out for an opening ceremony. Kent County spokeswoman Kelly Pitts said this newest addition is […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Smyrna Public Library has outgrown its space

  SSShhhhhhh…QUIET! This is the library… not the Smyrna Public Library. Yes, right inside the door there is a rack of magazines you would expect to see at any library. However, there are not people sitting around in comfortable chairs reading their favorite magazines or major newspapers. What there is, as you enter the small […]

Kent County OKs purchase of new $144,000 bookmobile

  DOVER — Kent Levy Court commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $144,530 bid to replace the county’s ailing bookmobile. Recently, Kent’s mobile library service has been in decline both because its vehicle, nicknamed Lucy, has had a rash of mechanical problems and its longtime operator, Frances Gunning, retired. The most serious of its […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Library alternatives

Mr. Schell, I read your opinion letter [Feb 22] “Kent County library not going the book”. First of all, you could be in the rural part of the country where everything closes at 8 o’clock at night and there is no library to be found. Why don’t you visit the city library in Dover where it is two floors and more cell […]