Cape Gazette

Lewes library kickoff event attracts movers and shakers

Apr 18, 2014
Photo by: Marc Clery Peter and Diane Issel, with Mayor-elect Ted Becker, look at a rendering of the new library during the campaign kickoff at the Inn at Canal Square April 11.

More than 130 people attended the April 11 kickoff for the new Lewes public library campaign, one of largest fundraising efforts ever undertaken by the city.

The reception at the Inn at Canal Square, hosted by the Greater Lewes Foundation, attracted major donor prospects from across coastal Delaware to hear details of the project.

The new Lewes Public Library will stand on a 5.5-acre parcel adjacent to Stango Park, the existing library and Freeman Highway. The combined-use site, called the Lewes Gateway Project, will include connections to the adjacent Lewes-Georgetown Rail Trail and the nearby Junction and Breakwater Trail.

At the center of the project is the 28,500-square-foot modern library, which will be built to accommodate growth for the next 50 years.

The library project will cost $10.4 million, with $5 million being provided by the State of Delaware and almost $2 million expected to come from residents, businesses and organizations in the greater Lewes region.

For more information about the library project, go to


Shown (l-r) Cape Gazette Publisher Dennis Forney, Blake Thompson and Lewes Mayor James L. Ford enjoy the party. Forney and Ford serve as campaign chairman and co-chair, respectively. The Thompson family owned the land where the library will stand. (Courtesy of: Greater Lewes Foundation)
Supporting the library are (l-r) John Schroeder, his wife Sue, and brother Rob. The Schroeder family will host an art exhibit and sale of paintings to benefit the library this September. (Courtesy of: Greater Lewes Foundation)
Shown (l-r) Ruth Brahs, Dave Bernheisel and wife, Mary, and Marie Mayor enjoy the outdoor reception. (Courtesy of: Greater Lewes Foundation)
Grace Lowe, left, and Georgeann Okie chat before the library presentation. (Courtesy of: Greater Lewes Foundation)
Pictured (l-r), Lewes Councilman Dennis Reardon, Barbara Vaughan, Jim Sleasman and wife, Barbara, attend the April 11 reception. (Courtesy of: Greater Lewes Foundation)
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