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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: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Mon.-Fri.

                             1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat.-Sun.


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2019 Arts in the Park


Is it Wednesday?  Pack a picnic basket, bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for free, family-friendly entertainment at Brecknock Park in Camden all summer long.  All programs start at 6:30 p.m.


(In case of inclement weather, or if the temperature and/or heat index exceeds 95 degrees, the program will be moved inside to the Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane. The status of our events will be available on our Facebook page (search "KCPLibrary") or by calling the library at (302) 744-1919 after 4:00 p.m.)


May 22: Arts in the Park -- De Tierra Caliente

De Tierra Caliente -- A Latin party band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party. -- Since its formation in 2014, this flavorful quintet from Philadelphia, Puerto Rico and Colombia has released 2 full-length albums and played hundreds of shows throughout the US, Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico. 


May 29: Arts in the Park -- Best Kept Soul

Best Kept Soul --  has provided the highest of quality live entertainment for almost 10 years and the feedback on social media and their website speaks for itself of the satisfaction that they have provided to their audiences. Performing Hits from the 50's 60's 70's 80's ~ through current Billboard Toppers, the band have shared the stage with Dru Hill, Kelly Price, Monica, The Dells, the Roots, Musiq Soulchild, LL Cool J, Bunny Sigler, Miles Jaye, Alyson Williams, Ray, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Stylistics, Al B. Sure, and many more


June 5: Arts in the Park -- The Funsters

The Funsters --  This 10-piece band has been together for more than 20 years, The Funsters are staples at the shore during the summer.  Their song list includes everything from Frank Sinatra to The Beatles to the Rolling Stones to Motown soul.  They never fail to get the audience grooving and moving with a horn section, four vocalist and a grooving rhythm section.  


June 12: Arts in the Park -- Wall of Cain

Wall of Cain -- a power rock 4-piece from Kent County that plays originals intermixed with 70s classic rock hits.  


June 19: Arts in the Park -- Cocktails at 3

Cocktails at 3 -- This 3-piece band from Kent County plays an electic mix of classic pop & rock hits, country, island music and more -- its like a giant deck party whenever and wherever they play.  "Life's too short to wait until five o'clock!"


June 26: Arts in the Park -- Mike Hines & The Look

Mike Hines & The Look -- Dover's favorite party band plays a mix of R&B, hip-hop, dance and old school funk.  Its always a giant dance party whenever they perform.


July 3: Arts in the Park -- Free Range Blue

Free Range Blue -- is a four piece acoustic Americana band. Instrumentation includes guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo and bouzouki. Their repertoire includes folk, bluegrass, classic country, celtic, jazz, blues and much more. They play classic tunes that you are sure to know, some obscure songs sure to become favorites, a selection of originals, and hot pickin’ instrumentals.


July 10: Arts in the Park -- Deb & Mike

Deb & Mike -- a wife/husband duo who perform all over the tri-state area and have a repetoire of over 100 songs from pop and rock hits to everything in between.


July 17:Arts in the Park -- Reunion Band

Reunion Band -- are an 8-piece band from the Kent County area who play classic rock and soul hits that will get you up and dancing.


July 24: Arts in the Park -- Cascading Carlos

Cascading Carlos -- a Guinness world record holding juggler who is a mainstay at the Atlantic City and Ocean City boardwalks.  His performances include juggling knives and fire!


July 31: Arts in the Park -- Bad Juju

Bad Juju -- a local mainstay in the Kent County area, Bad Juju play a mix of classic rock and blues.


August 7: Arts in the Park -- Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre presents "Alice In Wonderland"

Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre -- RSCT returns to close out the season with their 2-actor interpretation of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland -- with their usual humorous twist of course!


Arts in the Park is made possible through financial support from the Kent County Levy Court, the Delaware Division of Libraries, and the Friends of Kent County Public Library. 


Kent County Public Library Welcomes New Mobile Library and Driver


Please welcome Beth Horton, recently hired to drive the Kent County Mobile Library. The Kent County Mobile Library has been providing free library service to Kent County residents since 1988. The current vehicle, “Linus,” a Sprinter-style van, went into service on February 2, 2019.

The schedule provided below was last updated in January 2019 and is subject to change. Please direct inquiries regarding the Kent County Bookmobile to Bookmobile Supervisor Denise Cayz at (302) 744-1919, or to kcpl@co.kent.de.us.

Tuesday: 12:45-1:45 Hartly Church 2:15-3:15 Byler’s Store (Rte 8)
Wednesday: 12:45-1:45 Cheswold Fire Hall 2:15-3:15 Spring Meadows
Thursday: 12:45-1:45 Veteran’s Home 2:15-3:15 Felton Fire Hall
Friday: 12:45-1:45 Kent Admin 2:15-3:15 Modern Maturity
Saturday: 9:30-11:30 Rotates among County Parks/Outreach Check our Facebook Page: KCPLibrary or call (302) 744-1919


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!




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 mobile library 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/streaming video, 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.


A Universe of Stories: 2019 Summer Reading Program (June 1-August 7)


Children, teens and adults can earn free books, free ice cream and other incentives/prizes simply by reading over the summer.  Stop by the circulation desk for more information and to sign up. You can also register and track your progress online at https://kentcounty.beanstack.org (Registration begins June 1.)





Kent County Public Library maintains an online events and registration calendar at https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/calendar/kentcounty.  We also have a Facebook page, where events are publicized: KCPLibrary.

All programs are free, open to the public and take place at the Kent County Public Library. Some programs have a materials fee; tickets for Friends of the Library fundraisers may be purchased at the Circulation Desk at 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 five or more. Click on the calendar icon in the screen's upper left corner to conveniently register online!


It is the policy of the Kent County Levy Court that all programs be accessible to all qualified handicapped individuals as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you or the person(s) you are registerig need reasonable accommodation for your program of interest, please contact the Kent County Public Library before registering to discuss the matter with the program coordianator(s).  

The Library may photograph programs and participants for publicity purposes, including posting to social media sites.


To ensure their safety: Children age 14 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult when visiting Kent County Public Library (even when attending programs).  


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.



New Mobile Library: "Linus"
The Kent County Mobile Library has been providing free library service to Kent County residents since 1988. The current vehicle, “Linus,” a Sprinter-style van, went into service on February 2, 2019.
The schedule provided below was last updated in January 2019 and is subject to change. Please direct inquiries regarding the Kent County Bookmobile to Bookmobile Supervisor Denise Cayz at (302) 744-1919, or to kcpl@co.kent.de.us.

Tuesday: 12:45-1:45 Hartly Church 2:15-3:15 Byler’s Store (Rte 8)
Wednesday: 12:45-1:45 Cheswold Fire Hall 2:15-3:15 Spring Meadows
Thursday: 12:45-1:45 Veteran’s Home 2:15-3:15 Felton Fire Hall
Friday: 12:45-1:45 Kent Admin 2:15-3:15 Modern Maturity
Saturday: 9:30-11:30 Rotates among County Parks/Outreach Check our Facebook Page: KCPLibrary or call (302) 744-1919

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 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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