Rotarians hear plans for new Lewes Public Library

Standing in front of renderings of the new Lewes Public Library are (l-r) Rotarian and Lewes Public Library Director Ed Goyda, Friends of the Lewes Public Library President Candace Vessella and Rotarian and Cape Gazette Publisher Dennis Forney. SOURCE SUBMITTED
May 8, 2014

Friends of the Lewes Library President Candace Vessella, Rotarian and Library Director Ed Goyda, and Rotarian and Cape Gazette Publisher Dennis Forney recently gave the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club a presentation on the planned state-of-the-art Lewes Library.

“The purpose for the new library is to prepare our youth for success, help people make sense of technology, bring people together and maintain our ties to the past,” said Vessella.

The 28,500-square-foot library will cost $10.5 million and sit adjacent to the current library on the Thompson property between Adams and Monroe avenues. Plans are for an early 2016 opening. Its service area will include the City of Lewes, the Greater Lewes Area, and extend six miles down routes 9 and 24 and as far north as Broadkill Beach.

In addition to paper books and e-books, the building will include computer and technology sections, children and young adult areas, conference rooms, training rooms, tutoring rooms and a bookstore where books will be sold to raise money for the library's operating expenses.