Lewes library unveils Legacy Society

July 18, 2019

The Lewes Public Library is honoring those who have made or will make significant contributions.

A reception was held June 28 to thank everyone who’s made a donation of $25,000 or more or who has included the library in their wills. 

Library Board of Commissioners President Hugh Leahy and Library Director Lea Rosell unveiled a display in the lobby where donors’ names and a short biography will be highlighted.

The Legacy Society member displayed on the screen was Mitchell H. Russell, a longtime patron and volunteer of the library. Russell died in 2012 and left a significant gift to the library in his will. He directed it be added to the library’s endowment fund to help with operating costs. 

Members may direct their gifts to the endowment fund or choose the “For the next 50 years” Fund, which is used for long-term capital maintenance and improvements needed at the library. 

Donors may specify how gifts of more than $25,000 are applied, whether it be for the children’s wing or to support programs and classes. 

The new library opened in June 2016. Since then, visitors to the library have grown to more than 15,000 per month. By 2030, the library forecasts more than 12,000 new people will move within the library’s service area. Second home owners will also increase to 7,000, the library says. 

To learn more about the Legacy Society, contact Rebecca Lowe, development director, at or call 302-645-2733 ext. 4117. 

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