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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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On behalf of the FOSCL Board of Directors, welcome to the information home of the Friends of South Coastal Library (FOSCL).  We are happy that you are here.  The role of community libraries in supporting educational and community needs is now more important than ever, and FOSCL proudly supports our outstanding community library in this mission.  The South Coastal Library (SCL) is continuously growing and changing to meet our community’s evolving needs, and FOSCL lends support by raising funds, sponsoring events, enriching library collections, and by promoting use of library resources and services. Our members contribute their time as volunteers, advocates, fundraisers, activity organizers, outreach leaders and much more.  We fund interesting, educational and thoroughly fun programs for LBES children and families, and introduce adults and children to the rich and varied free resources, programs and activities offered through the South Coastal Library. FOSCL is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that raises the funds for all its projects. The net proceeds from community events like the highly regarded annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, the Pop-Up Book Sales held at the library, and individual and sponsor donations go directly

back into programs serving our community. On behalf of the Friends of the South Coastal Library Board of Directors, welcome.  We hope you will check us out and find us to be a place where you, too, would like to be more involved.  

Warmly,

Barb Calkins, FOSCL President

DIRECTOR'S REPORT by Sue Keefe

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Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world. -- Lauren Ward

For the record, we totally agree with Lauren. We tried our best to keep services running through the pandemic, and now that things are easing up a bit, we have no intention of stopping. We hope you also find plenty of good things in your library.

 

What will you find here? The obvious answer: BOOKS! There are still backlogs both in wood and paper production, and in staffing and materials shortages in publishing, printing, warehouse stocking and delivery BUT new titles are showing up a bit more rapidly. Don’t give up hoping for that latest Patterson. Put it on hold as soon as it gets into the catalog. 

 

Movies and TV series? They took a hit too, during the pandemic. But new films are making a comeback, as well as new seasons of your favorite shows.

Events and classes are becoming more “in-person” than before. Restrictions keep changing for the better, and so will we. Many events are still available as a hybrid, meaning there are open seats for registration as well as Zoom or live FaceBook streaming of the events too. So, if you’re still more comfortable joining us from your living room, we’re glad you “came in” to the library virtually. And our thanks go out to the FOSCL. They fund all of these events, so that no person ever has to pay a fee to attend. 

 

To register for events, go to https://southcoastal.lib.de.us/ and click on the “full calendar” link under What’s Happening to find your event and register. And what’s on tap for spring? 

  • The Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild offers “free writes” workshops on Thursday mornings. Do you have an idea for an article or book? Maybe the pandemic inspired you to write? Bring your ideas to the workshop to make them real. 

  • Craft classes continue! From cacti to jewelry to our new MakerSpace Mondays, check to see if anything sings to you. 

  • Computer groups for the adults, STEM projects for our younger patrons—tech abounds here! 

  • History lectures continued with Fort Delaware: Great Escapes on April 22nd.

  • Music concerts and book clubs dot our landscape, including some new themes for the book clubs, such as time travel and murder. (Hopefully, not at the same time.) 

  • Don’t forget our Chef Charles cooking classes and—after all that food—our Zumba and Yoga classes to work off some of the “samples.” 

  • Children’s storytimes are returning, a little at a time—check the calendar links for dates.

If you need more information or help in finding or registering for an event, please call the SCL at 302-858-5518. 

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