Kent County Public Library
Hilary Welliver, MLS - Assistant Director
497 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901 Directions
(302) 744-1919 / Fax: (302) 744-9680
Business Hours: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Mon.-Fri.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat. & Sun.
News & Announcements
Our telephone number changed on May 31st. Our new number is (302) 744-1919.
Summer Reading Registration began on June 1st and continues through August. This year the theme is "Ready, Set, Read!" Be prepared for all kinds of healthy lifestyle fun and be sure to turn in your reading log for free prizes any time through August 10th.
Kent County Bookmobile is excited to partner with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the Delaware Department of Education, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Delaware Food Bank, to provide free meals to children attending the Programs in the Park series June 8-August 17 (eleven weeks). This program helps to close the gap created when free breakfast/lunch programs are suspended over school districts’ summer break. Meals are provided to minors, first-come/first-served, between 6:15-6:45 p.m.; the library's free family-oriented performances begin at 6:30 p.m., and run no later than 7:30 p.m.
Programs in the Park
Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket, load your family into the car, and head for Brecknock County Park on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, for free, unforgettable family entertainment. Kent County Bookmobile and Kent County Parks & Rec have teamed up to provide the 4th annual "Programs in the Parks," series, featuring eleven unforgettable family-friendly performances.
Programs take place at Brecknock County Park's Picadilly Castle Stage. Each lasts 45-60 minutes. If temperatures exceed 95 degrees, or there is rain, the programs move inside, to Kent County Public Library (497 South Red Haven Lane). Changes are noted on the library's Facebook page, or you may call the library (302.698-6440) after 4 pm on the day of the performance for an update.
- June 8: Mystic Drumz -- Percussion Performance
- June 15: Cascading Carlos -- Juggler
- June 22: Illusions by Vick -- Magic Show
- June 29: Tahira -- Storyteller
- July 6: Silly Joe -- Comedian/Musician
- July 13: Sankofa -- Dance troupe
- July 20: Libby Prison Minstrels -- Civil War period music
- July 27: Jungle John -- Reptile Show
- August 3: Mary Poppins -- with Alisa Dupuy, Storyteller
- August 10: Brian Richards -- Magic/Comedy
- August 17: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre -- End of Summer Celebration!
These programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This series is also sponsored by the Kent County Levy Court, Kent County Division of Libraries, Kent County Division of Parks & Recreation, and the Friends of Kent County Public Library.
The Friendly Library on the Highway!"
Kent County Public Library, "The Friendly Library on the Highway," is part of the Kent County Department of Community Services. The Kent County Public Library operates a bookmobile that makes weekly stops throughout the County. Your Kent County library card is accepted at public libraries statewide. We offer free programs, materials, eBooks/eAudiobooks, licensed databases, and Internet access, including WiFi. Our public computer workstations, however, operate only until 1/2-hour prior to closing. Check-out of materials is available until 15-minutes prior to closing.
All Programs are free, open to the public and take place at the Kent County Public Library.
Many programs require advanced registration and those that don't are seated on a first-come first-serve basis. Reservations are required for groups of six or more. Click on the calendar icon in the screen's upper left corner to conveniently register online!
If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming events, please send an email message to KCPL@co.kent.de.us to let us know of your interest in this convenient service.
The Kent County Bookmobile is a mobile unit offering free library service to Kent County residents since 1988. "Lucy," the new bookmobile, went into service in April 2004.
How to Get a Library Card
It's easy to get a library card. All Kent County residents are eligible. Complete the registration form (see left menu) and print it out. Bring the form and a photo ID with your local address on it (a driver's license works well) to the library. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign for the card. Your library card is accepted at Delaware public libraries state-wide!
Meeting Room Application
To request use of the library's conference room, please read the application form (see left menu) carefully. There may be a fee for use. Before filling out the form, contact the library (weekdays prior to 4 p.m.), to ensure the room's availability (302-698-6440). Reservations will be made no more than 90 days in advance. No more than two reservations per organization per month. Food and drink are not permitted.
The Delaware Library Catalog provides enhanced access to information through a single online library database to Delaware residents. Delaware library cards are accepted at 33 public libraries, 8 academic libraries, and 7 special libraries across the state. Click on the link on the menu on the left to access this extensive collection of materials and resources. You may need your library card number + PIN to use some features.
Ask a Librarian
Even when the library building is closed, our virtual services remain available. Ask a Librarian is a free 24/7 online information service. This is a popular service maintained by cooperative libraries around the world. Enter your question and click "Connect;" a real-time librarian will join you shortly (generally within minutes) and will help you find the answer to your question!
Kent County Public Library actively seeks volunteers. Volunteers assist staff in a variety of activities. To join our corps of dedicated volunteers, you must be age 16 or older, with reliable transportation.
Please print the volunteer application, complete it, and return it to the library. At that time, register for a volunteer orientation session or volunteer workshop. We do accept some subsidized work applicants from other government and non-profit programs, but we are not a site that supervises court-ordered community service.
Friends of Kent County Public Library
The Friends of Kent County Public Library is a nonprofit organization made up of our greatest supporters. In addition to volunteering and fund-raising, Friends are our greatest advocates and educators. The Friends constantly seek to make our library better and to spread the news about our great programs, services, and collections! The Friends' group provides an opportunity to contribute ideas on events and activities and be part of the local cultural scene. (They are also a lot of fun!) An application form is provided to the left.
Be sure to inquire about the Friends of Kent County Public Library Scholarship.
Library Advisory Committee (LAC)
The purpose of the Kent County Library Advisory Committee is to study, research, plan, and make advisory recommendations regarding the direction of libraries in Kent County for the future. The LAC consists of seven members, one from each of Kent County's Levy Court Districts. Members are appointed by Commissioners of the Kent County Levy Court.