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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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 2018 Authors & Audiences
Saturday, August 25: 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.



Authors & Audiences is a free interactive event where writers, illustrators, and readers meet!
DISCOVER: Emerging authors and new titles that spark readers’ interest and how modern day readers discover and buy books.
ENGAGE: With industry veterans and fans to spark ideas on how to best serve customers, grow profits, and cultivate a following.
LEARN: Network and collaborate with like-minded individuals and writing pros!
MEET: Best-selling author Jeri Smith-Ready -- creator of the WVMP Vampire Radio series featured in the 2018 "If All Kent County Read the Same Book" as well as other paranormal,speculative, and young adult fiction.
08:30 am-09:00 am Registration & Check-In
09:00 am-09:15 am Welcome
09:15 am-09:45 am Panel: Writers Critique & Support Groups
10:00 am-11:00 am Keynote: Jeri Smith-Ready, Best-Selling Author
(followed by book signing)
11:00 am-11:30 am Marketing Tips (Christy Shaffer)
11:30 am-Noon ePublishing: A Writer’s Journey (L.S. King)
Noon-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Come out and meet DelMarVa authors and illustrators at a multi-genre book signing, featuring many of the best independent authors in the DelMarVa region. This year we will also have tables featuring area organizations, educational institutions, writers groups and other entities that offer support to local authors.
Fun, door prizes, and BOOKS! Open to all.
Pre-register at tinyurl.com/kcplevents




2018 Summer Arts in the Park


Thank you to all the participants of Kent County Public Library's popular “Arts in the Park” series.  We appreciate all the wonderful performers who shared their talents, and are grateful to all the people who trekked to Brecknock County Park or Kent County Public Library to enjoy the shows!


We also wish to thank our grantor: the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www. DelawareScene.com.  Other sponsors include Kent County Levy Court, the Delaware Division of Libraries, and the Friends of Kent County Public Library, and we thank them for their support, as well.  




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!



Our bookmobile driver has retired. We wish Fran the best after all her years of dedicated service.


Bookmobile services are temporarily suspended. If you have items signed out on the bookmobile, please return them to your nearest local library.



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 bookmobile 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, 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.


Kent County Public Library maintains an online events and registration calendar at tinyurl.com/KCPLevents.  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!


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.



The Kent County Bookmobile is a mobile unit offering free library service to Kent County residents since 1988. "Lucy," the new bookmobile, went into service in April 2004.


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 accept some subsidized work applicants from other government and non-profit programs, but 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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