The Lewes Loves Books initiative is gaining momentum as new partners, resources and readers join the program ahead of springtime activities featuring the author of this season’s selected book, “Birds by the Shore.”
The initiative was introduced last year by nearly a dozen organizations that collaborated to bring the American Library Association’s One Book, One Community movement to the Cape Region. The movement’s goal is to bring communities together by reading and discussing a single book, with Jennifer Ackerman’s “Birds by the Shore” chosen by local organizers.
A republication of Ackerman’s iconic “Notes from the Shore,” which she wrote while living in Lewes in the early 1990s, “Birds by the Shore” is a book of essays about discovering the natural life at the ocean’s edge. It has become the most frequently checked out nonfiction book at the Lewes Public Library.
Upcoming events include Sussex Bird Club’s meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, featuring a presentation on purple martins at the Lewes Public Library.
A winter bird walk will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park.
A lecture on birding will take place at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 520 Dupont Ave., Lewes.
A lecture on the the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute will take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 520 Dupont Ave., Lewes.
Copies of “Birds by the Shore” may be borrowed from any public library in Delaware, or purchased at biblion in Lewes or Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, with net proceeds funding the Lewes Loves Books program.
The Sussex County Department of Libraries is supporting Lewes Loves Books with expanded book club kits that include multiple copies of books related to the theme of Birds by the Shore. Available at the Lewes Public Library and other libraries around the county, the kits also offer multimedia links to videos, podcasts, articles and discussion questions.
For younger readers interested in nature, birding kits that include the Birds of Maryland and Delaware guide, small binoculars, and instructions and resources for beginning birders are available for checkout at the Lewes Public Library. These kits originally were sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgeville Library.
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and Rehoboth Reads recently joined the initiative, bringing the number of participating organizations to 13. Other partners are the Lewes Public Library; the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Sea Grant Delaware; the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Cape Henlopen State Park; biblion; Browseabout Books; the Sussex County Department of Libraries; the Lewes Chamber of Commerce; the Sussex Bird Club; and Beebe Healthcare’s Department of Integrative Health. The partner organizations already have presented more than a half-dozen lectures and field trips relating to Birds by the Shore, giving participants the opportunity to discuss the book and engage directly with nature.
For more information, go to www.LewesLovesBooks.com.