Library to offer Black History Month program


In honor of February’s designation as Black History Month, the Selbyville Public Library, located on the corner of Main and McCabe streets in downtown Selbyville, will be hosting “George Washington Carver: An Interpretative, Interactive Telling of the Legacy.” Willis Phelps Jr. of the Delaware Humanities Forum Speaker’s Bureau will present the program on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and those interested in attending can call the library to register at (302) 436-8195.

“This is the first time we’ve had this and we’re really excited,” said Tanya Shelton-Council, director of the library. “Now that we have a full staff, it’s going to allow us to do more things for adults.”

Other Delaware Humanities Forum programs coming up include “Unlacing the Victorian Woman,” on March 3 at 6:30 p.m., about the role of women in Victorian society, and “I’ll Shoot You Myself: One Woman’s Journey in ‘This Army’” set for March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Participants in the March 27 program will be able to meet with Col. Eugenia Thornton, who retired as one of the top three highest-ranking woman in the military. Registration is required for both programs, and refreshments will be served.
In addition to February’s designation as Black History Month, it is also Library Lover’s Month at Selbyville. The library has special Valentine cards available for visitors to fill out so they can “show them some love!”

“We are going to send these to our representatives so they realize that their constituents are using the libraries, so they will remain a priority at budget time and keep getting funding,” said Shelton-Council.

Shelton said she invites the public to take advantage of all the library has to offer, including best-selling books, children’s storytime, research assistance and materials, public programs and Internet access. Regular scheduled activities include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 pm.; Tot Time for children ages 2-5 every Tuesday at 10 a.m.; and themed craft time for children ages 4-10 every Thursday at 4 p.m. (registration is required for the themed craft events).

Also coming up in March is Wellness Wednesday, set for March 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sussex County Health Librarian Linda Leonard will be on hand to answer health reference questions.

The Delaware Library Journaling Project, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will be featured March 6 at 6 p.m. Participants will learn about journaling as it relates to learning and will receive a free reading journal.

There is a genealogy meeting March 7 at 11 a.m..; the second annual Eggstravaganza — with an Easter egg hunt — will take place on Saturday, March 15, at 4 p.m.; and adult morning book discussion will take place on March 19 at 11 a.m., with an evening book discussion on March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on any events, or to register, call the library at (302) 436-8195 or go online at www.selbyvillelibrary.org.