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Kent County Public Library

Hilary Welliver, Ed.D. - County Librarian,
Assistant Director of Community Services

497 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901       Directions

(302) 744-1919 / Fax: (302) 744-9680

Email: KCPL@co.kent.de.us

 

Business Hours:  10 am-6 pm Monday-Friday

                               1-5 pm Saturday
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All Kent County offices, including the Kent County Mobile Library and the Kent County Public Library, are closed for Labor Day, September 6.  The library will reopen at 1 pm, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

 

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2021 SUMMER ARTS IN THE PARK
CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and join us at Brecknock County Park in Camden (80 Old Camden Road) every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., for free live entertainment beginning June 2 through August 11.

 

2021 will be the 10th year of the popular Arts in the Park series offered by the Kent County Division of Libraries, and sponsored by the Kent County Levy Court and the Friends of Kent County Public Library.  In case of inclement weather, the program will move inside to the Kent County Public Library (497 S Red Haven Lane). Bring your own chair(s). Attendance may be capped to comply with current statewide mandates regarding indoor occupancy percentages, social distancing and other proactive measures related to COVID-19.  The status of this event is available on Facebook (search “KCPLibrary”) or by calling Kent County Public Library (302-744-1919) after 4:00 p.m.

 

  • June 2 – Country by Night (Country/rock)
  • June 9 – De Tierra Caliente (Latin party music)
  • June 16 – Mike Hines & The Look (Dance/hip-hop/R&B)
  • June 23 – Mama’s Black Sheep (Pop/rock/country)
  • June 30 – Best Kept Soul (R&B/dance/soul)
  • July 7 – Flatland Drive (Country/bluegrass)
  • July 14 – Philly Heart & Soul Band (70s tribute show)
  • July 21 – Reunion (Classic rock & soul)
  • July 28 – Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra (Caribbean steel drums)
  • August 4 – Blues Reincarnation Project (Blues/rock)
  • August 11 – Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre presents Hansel & Gretel (Theatre troupe)

 

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2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
"TAILS AND TALES" FOR ALL AGES
JUNE 1- AUGUST 11

Children, teens, and adults can earn free books, free ice cream and other incentives/prizes simply by reading over the summer. Stop by the Kent County Public Library's circulation desk during normal library business hours for more information and to register -- or drop by the mobile library and enroll there!  You can also register and track your progress online at  https://kentcounty.beanstack.org 

 

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A WALK TO MORDOR
LIBRARY-SPONSORED ACTIVITY CHALLENGE

 

Kent County Public Library is offering an activity challenge inspired by the popular J.R.R. Tolkien series, The Lord of the Rings.  Encouraging readers to put away the screens and books and head outdoors, there are tokens for achieving goals along the way, followed by a drawing for a Tolkien-themed basket of literary "treasures" for the 20 participants who record the highest number of completed miles.   

 

Pick up “A Walk to Mordor” Activity Log at Kent County Public Library or on the Kent County Mobile Library. 

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Kent County Public Library and the Mobile Library Unit are closed September 6.  

 

Meet Kent County’s Mobile Unit drivers:  Olive Keegan-Kelly, Cayla Ehekircher, and Susan Lanyon.  Each drives the unit in rotation.  

 

Tuesday
10:45-12:15 Dover Parks (varies weekly)
2:00-3:00     Bylers (Rte 8)
3:30-4:30     Hartly

 

Wednesday
10:30-11:30 Modern Maturity Center
Noon-1:00   Kent County Administration Building
2:30-3:30    Spring Meadow (Smyrna)

 

Thursday
10:30-11:30 Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club
12:15-1:15   Calvary Church (Rte 10)
2:45-3:45     Felton Fire Hall

 

Friday
10:30-11:30  Cheswold Fire Hall
Noon-1:00    Westminster
2:30-3:30      Boys & Girls Club Dover

 

Kent County Public Library (497 South Red Haven Lane, just off Route 13) is open from 10 am-1 pm & 3 pm-6 pm weekdays and 1pm-5 pm Saturdays. Many of the library’s programs are now in-person, or hybrid.  Check the online Calendar of Events (www.tinyurl.com/KCPLcalendar) to see what programs are offered and to pre-register, as safe spacing still creates attendance caps.

 

Questions may also be sent to AskALibrarian Delaware, the statewide library reference service.

 

Patrons who are more comfortable using the library from home can enjoy a wide range of materials (www.lib.de.us) and services online, including livestreamed programs, by visiting www.tinyurl.com/KCPLcalender or Facebook (“KCPLibrary”) . 

 

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Please do not leave library materials or donations outside the library's doors or deposit donated materials in the bookdrop. Thank you for your cooperation! Donations must be in good condition and boxed. Please contact the library if you plan to make a large donation: (302) 744-1919.
Updates and announcements will be made on the Kent County webpage and on the Kent County Public Library’s Facebook page (KCPLibrary) – we ask that you check these sites frequently as events unfold. Individuals with questions may contact the Library at (302) 744-1919.  Media inquiries please go the County’s Public Information Office at (302) 744-2304. 

 

 

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Mango Languages:  Click on the tab in the left column of this page, and use your Kent County Library Card barcode number + PIN to get started learning a foreign language -- FREE!

 

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Library programs may be held in-person, online/virtual or combination of both (hybrid).

 

Please monitor our online calendar of events (www.tinyurl.com/KCPLcalendar) or our  Facebook page (KCPLibrary) for the most up-to-date listing and new program/event announcments. 

 

Many of our virtual/hybrid programs are conducted via online meeting platforms: Zoom or Facebook Live. Preregistration with an e-mail address is required. In-person events may have an attendance cap; if conducted outside regular library hours, registration is a must. Please register at least 48 hours in advance as registrants will receive instructions for joining the session the morning before the scheduled program.  You can register online at www.tinyurl.com/KCPLcalendar or by calling (302) 744-1919.

 

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.

 

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ARTS IN THE PARK CELEBRATES 10th YEAR!

 

2021 will be the 10th year of the popular Arts in the Park series offered by the Kent County Division of Libraries, and sponsored by the Kent County Levy Court and the Friends of Kent County Public Library.  In case of inclement weather, the program will move inside to the Kent County Public Library (497 S Red Haven Lane). Bring your own chair(s). Attendance may be capped to comply with current statewide mandates regarding indoor occupancy percentages, social distancing and other proactive measures related to COVID-19.  The status of this event is available on Facebook (search “KCPLibrary”) or by calling Kent County Public Library (302-744-1919) after 4:00 p.m.

 

  • June 2 – Country by Night (Country/rock)
  • June 9 – De Tierra Caliente (Latin party music)
  • June 16 – Mike Hines & The Look (Dance/hip-hop/R&B)
  • June 23 – Mama’s Black Sheep (Pop/rock/country)
  • June 30 – Best Kept Soul (R&B/dance/soul)
  • July 7 – Flatland Drive (Country/bluegrass)
  • July 14 – Philly Heart & Soul Band (70s tribute show)
  • July 21 – Reunion (Classic rock & soul)
  • July 28 – Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra (Caribbean steel drums)
  • August 4 – Blues Reincarnation Project (Blues/rock)
  • August 11 – Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre presents Hansel & Gretel (Theatre troupe)

Social distancing and other proactive measures related to COVID-19 will be strictly enforced until statewide restrictions have been lifted/amended. Attendance may be capped to compl­­y with current statewide mandates regarding outdoor gatherings.

 

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2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
"TAILS AND TALES" FOR ALL AGES
JUNE 1- AUGUST 11

Children, teens, and adults can earn free books, free ice cream and other incentives/prizes simply by reading over the summer. Stop by the Kent County Public Library's circulation desk during normal library business hours for more information and to register -- or drop by the mobile library and enroll there!  You can also register and track your progress online at https://kentcounty.beanstack.org 

 

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A WALK TO MORDOR
LIBRARY-SPONSORED ACTIVITY CHALLENGE

 

Kent County Public Library is offering an activity challenge inspired by the popular J.R.R. Tolkien series, The Lord of the Rings.  Encouraging readers to put away the screens and books and head outdoors, there are tokens for achieving goals along the way, followed by a drawing for a Tolkien-themed basket of literary "treasures" for the 20 participants who record the highest number of completed miles.   

 

Pick up “A Walk to Mordor” Activity Log at Kent County Public Library or on the Kent County Mobile Library. 

Kent County’s mobile library makes weekly stops Tuesday through Friday. As the mobile library is a wifi hotspot, staff can also place orders for the following week’s visit, on the spot and register visitors for a library card!

 

Kent County’s Mobile Unit boasts three drivers:  Olive Keegan-Kelly, Cayla Ehekircher, and Susan Lanyon.  Each drives the unit in rotation.  

 

Tuesday

10:45-12:15 Dover Parks (varies weekly)
2:00-3:00     Bylers (Rte 8)
3:30-4:30     Hartly

 

Wednesday
10:30-11:30 Modern Maturity Center
Noon-1:00   Kent County Administration Building
2:30-3:30    Spring Meadow (Smyrna)

 

Thursday
10:30-11:30 Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club
12:15-1:15   Calvary Church (Rte 10)
2:45-3:45     Felton Fire Hall

 

Friday
10:30-11:30  Cheswold Fire Hall
Noon-1:00    Westminster
2:30-3:30      Boys & Girls Club Dover

 

 

There are still many free statewide online resources available to mobile library users including:


Libby/Overdrive - Libby is a free app that gives users access to e-books and audiobooks across multiple devices -- both on- and offline. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period. Visit your device's app store or lib.de.us to download the Libby app.


Hoopla -- Hoopla is the new free digital media service offered by Delaware public libraries that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, ccomics/manga, and even TV shows via multiple devices including your TV.  you can stream or download for viewing/reading offline.  Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.  Visit your device's app store or lib.de.us to download the Hoopla app.


Flipster -- Read your favorite magazines on various devices -- 100s of titles to choose from. Visit your device's app store or lib.de.us to download the Flipster app.


Ask a Delaware Librarian -- Got a question? Email, text, or chat with a Delaware reference librarian who will help you find an answer. (Depending on the depth of the information requested, it may take up to 24 hours for a response.)  Visit http://answers.delaware libraries.org/for more information.

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!

 

Applying for a Virtual Delaware Library Card

When you sign up online you gain access right away to all eMedia! Download eBooks, read eMagazines, use online resources for FREE!
Get the Mobile App and get access to your card right from your device, plus you can manage your account, place holds and much more.
It’s that easy! And it’s all FREE!
Applying for a Physical Delaware Library Card
Want more? Visit your public library to transfer your online account to a full account, providing use of library computers and access to all materials, programs and services.
You can save some time on your first visit by filling out a library card application form (https://lib.de.us/help/librarycard/) in advance, printing it out, and then heading to Kent County Public Library to complete your registration.

Do I need a card?

 

If you already have a public library card, perhaps issued by another Delaware library (https://lib.de.us/list-of-libraries/) you can use it here. Only a few of our services, such as the use of Mango Languages, are restricted to Kent County Public Library- or Kent County Mobile Library-issued library cardholders.
If you have a card from an academic library, you will still need a Delaware public library card to use our library.

Who can get a card?

  • Delaware residents or property owners
  • Those employed in Delaware
  • Delaware public or private school/college students
  • Owners of property in Delaware
  • There is an annual fee for out-of-state individuals to obtain a library card

Where can I get a card?

What do I need to bring with me to get a card?

Photo ID with current address

  • Delaware driver’s license or
  • Delaware state identification card

If your photo ID does not have your current address on it, please bring along one document from each of the following two sections:


Current Photo identification:

  • Passport
  • Alien Resident Card
  • Government issued cards, such as Military ID
  • State-issued photo ID including:
    Welfare
    Medicaid
    FID card
  • University or school ID

Proof of current local address (must include your name):

  • Lease agreement
  • Utility bill or tax bill (dated within the last 60 days)

Not acceptable as proof of current address:
  • Rent receipts
  • Personal letters
  • Post Office Box
  • Business address

Cards for children

Ages birth to 17:
  • A parent or guardian must be present
  • Parent/guardian signature
  • Parent/guardian must have photo ID and proof of address
After contacting the Kent County Public Library (302-744-1919 or kcpl@co.kent.de.us) to coordinate the visit and group library card registration, organized school visits will require:
  • Previously signed application form for child
  • Address verification with school directory list

 

Meeting Room Application -- Currently only library-sponsored programs/events are taking place in the building's meeting room. The room is not available for meetings/events/programs by outside organizations/groups.

 

 

 

 

Catalog

 

The Delaware Library Catalog provides enhanced access to information through a single online library database to Delaware residents.  Delaware library cards are accepted at 34 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 Delaware

 

Even when the library building is closed, our virtual services remain available. Ask a Librarian Delaware will help you find the answer to your questions -- generally within one business day.  Access the service by submitting a question via text, email, or Facebook -- or by "clicking" on the icon on this webpage! Ask us! We are glad to help!  

Volunteering

 

Kent County Public Library is not currently seeking 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 not accept subsidized work applicants from other government and non-profit programs; 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.

  

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.

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