Closings: We will be closed Monday, September 5 for Labor day.  

 Regular business hours resume Tuesday, September 6. 

Delmar Public Library - Your Bi-State Library

Dynamic! Wonderful! Wow! Once completed in 2017, as conceptualized in this brief film clip, the Delmar Public Library will claim its place as a community centerpiece for the Town of Delmar. Within walking distance of most town residents and schools, the Library will enhance the community with
• An expansive community meeting and program space;
• A dedicated youth program space;
• A small group meeting and conversation space;
• Tutoring, study, and entrepreneurial planning space;
• Increased collection, leisure reading, children’s and teen spaces;
• Flexible technology capacity and space.
An investment in the Library, our mission, and our community.

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A Book That Shaped Me: Summer Essay Contest

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:11 AM
(Dover, DE) - The Library of Congress launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives. The 5th annual “A Book That Shaped Me” contest is running now in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2016 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 18, 2016. The participating public libraries in Delaware are: all New Castle County Libraries; Wilmington and North Wilmington Libraries; and Delmar, Dover, Frankford, Greenwood, Laurel, Millsboro, Selbyville and South Coastal Public Libraries.

"A Book That Shaped Me" will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand-prize winners. Top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Additional information and entry forms can be found here: A Book That Shaped Me

: The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter sponsors include AARP, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors include the James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Contributor-level sponsors include The Junior League of Washington and Scholastic Inc.; and, in the Friends category, the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Small Press Expo. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival may contact the Library at

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, holds more than 162 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at

The Delaware Division of Libraries, a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries, offers free access to the online catalog; Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/workshops, community partnerships, and more.
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Quarter Auction for the Delmar Public Library’s Capital Campaign

Friday, June 3, 2016 2:48 PM
Tickets are on sale now for the Delmar Public Library’s Quarter Auction on Saturday, June 11, at the Delmar VFW, 200 West State Street, Delmar, MD. Doors open at 5 pm; games begin at 6 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and additional paddles at $3.00 each.

Featured Items included in the auction are:
  • Wawa gift basket;
  • Tickets to dine at The Red Roost;
  • Tickets to Dover Downs NASCAR race in September;
  • Tickets for a Paintball Party at Precision Paintball in Georgetown;
  • Tickets to Delmar Delaware International Speedway;
  • Round of golf for four people at Green Hill Country Club;
AND more than 100 items available for bidding. Vendors include Celebrating Home, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, and many more. Tickets are available at the Library and at the door. All proceeds support the Library’s capital campaign.
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Delmar Public Library and Do More 24 Delaware on June 2

Monday, May 16, 2016 9:04 AM
Do you want to create positive change throughout the state of Delaware?
Join us for Do More 24! Do More 24 is Delaware's first community day of giving campaign. This online fundraiser will begin at 12:01 AM and end at 11:59 PM on June 2nd. Delmar Public Library is participating in Do More 24 Delaware campaign.
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Networking for the Library

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:15 PM
As Library Commission members, our volunteers are often asked to represent the Library at local, County, and State meetings. One such event is the annual Delaware Library Association Legislative Day, held in mid-April, during National Library Week.

After an informative morning session, with information on funding priorities and expenditures, how to advocate for libraries, and where to find your local State Representative or Senator, attendees are off to the State House for lunch with elected officials, office staffers, and library colleagues. Immediately following are office visits with your Representative or Senator.

2016 marks Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s final year in office. Delaware Libraries have benefitted greatly from Governor Markell’s administration. And he likes libraries, too.

Delmar Public Library’s Commission President Beverly Wilson took a few moments to thank Governor Markell for his support and to capture a quick photo. Looks like they’re having a great time!

Thanks Governor Markell and President Wilson!
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