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President’s Message

P.O. Box 1617 Bethany Beach, DE 19930-1617 302-537-5828

We’re off to new beginnings with The Connection. This is our first e-publication for the Friends of the South Coastal Library, launched by Theo Loppatto, the Connection’s new editor. We’re all excited about this updated and modern method of communicating with the Friends.


Theo worked for the Montgomery County Maryland Department of Public Libraries for 26 years, before retiring in 1999. After returning from living In England, Theo with her husband Fulton moved full time to Bethany Beach.

President Lois Rubinsohn Vice President Robert Maddex Recording Secretary Gregory Neuner Treasurer Karen Lett Systems Manager Charlie Kopay

BOARD of DIRECTORS Lawrence Anfinson Chris Aumiller Carol Brigleb Kathy Green Katherine A. Johnson Charlie Kopay Karen Lett Robert Maddex Linda C. Maxwell Virginia Nee Gregory Neuner Lynn Phelps Maureen Rayborn Lois Rubinsohn Jonathon Tietz Audrey Young

The Friends of the South Coastal Library Connection is produced by Board Members. To submit an article or ask a questions about Friends activities please write us.

For the last 6 years Theo has served on both the Sussex County Library Advisory Board, and the Delaware Council of Libraries. She worked with both of these Boards as an advisor, consultant and advocate for libraries in Sussex County and throughout the State of Delaware. Theo has spent her adult life as a Library activist and advocate, both professionally and as a volunteer. In addition to her role as The Connection’s editor, she has taken on the responsibilities of chairing the 2013 FOSCL book sales. Thank you, Theo, for giving your time and talents to the Friends of South Coastal Library.

Theo Loppatto

I look forward to seeing many of you during the Cottage Tour on July 24-25, and while I’m out and about during the summer season. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. Sincerely, Lois M. Rubinsohn

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.

Jeannette Walls

The Glass

Editor Theo Loppatto

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to all of the following for helping make the 2013 22nd Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour a success.

Tote Sponsors What: The 22nd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour When: Wednesday, July 24th & Thursday, July 25th, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM Where: Along the shore including North Bethany, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island and inland Why:

Your opportunity to visit ten exceptional homes in a variety of ages, styles, sizes and locations to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library

How: Reserve your tickets now at $30 each by: 1. Stopping by the South Coastal Library at 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach 2. Visiting the tour’s secure website at and ordering your tickets with a credit card

We expect the tour to be a sell-out and recommend reservations. With your ticket you will receive a sturdy grocery tote bag sponsored by Bethany Beach Books, G & E / Hocker’s, Leslie Kopp, PNC Bank, Sea Colony Recreational Association and the Town of Bethany Beach. Along with your ticket and booties in the bag, you will receive copies of Coastal Style, Delaware Beach Life and going green on delmarva magazines. You may pick up the tickets you have reserved in advance at the South Coastal Library starting July 18th at 10 AM. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase July18 - 23 at Bethany Beach Books, Browseabout Books, Carolina Street, Japanesque, McCabe’s and The Rooster’s Nest. Any tickets remaining on the days of the tour will be available only at the South Coastal Library. Please remember that no children under twelve, babies or pets are permitted in the tour homes. Please note that you will be visiting private homes which are not handicap accessible. To make a donation and for updated information visit

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Bethany Beach Books G & E/Hockers Leslie Kopp PNC Bank Sea Colony Recreation Association Town of Bethany Beach Coastal Style Magazine Delaware Beach Life Magazine Going Green on Delmarva

Restaurant & Art Raffle Donors

Tickets at $1 each or six for $5 will be available at the South Coastal Library this summer. The drawing will take place July 25 at 5:30 PM; winners do not need to be present. Restaurant Raffle: • Magnolia’s • Mancini’s • MATT’S FISH CAMP • off the hook • The Parkway • Sedona

Art Raffle: • Aubre Duncan • Carol Dyer • Tara Funk Grim • Laura Hickman • Jeanne Mueller • Cheryl Wisbrook

Adopt-a-house Sponsors • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The Barefoot Gardeners of Fenwick Island Bay Forest Homeowners Bear Trap Dunes Friends Beta Sigma Phi Bethany Lakes Book Club Cripple Creek Ladies Club Gardeners By The Sea Lord Baltimore Women’s Club Salt Pond Women’s Club Shore Democrats South Bethany Women’s Club Villages of Southampton HOA Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR)

to help with the 22nd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour If you would like to spend a few hours as a coordinator, host or hostess in one of our lovely tour homes, or if your organization would like to Adopt-a-House and staff a tour home, please contact Lindy Griffith at or 401.707.7141 If you would like to assist with parking at a tour home or help with transportation logistics before the tour, please contact Carol Brigleb at or 703.405.2711 T h e C onnect i on • w w w. f oscl .com • S u mmer 2 0 1 3 • Page 2

Director’s Report It’s going to be a busy summer and the library has new “tech” toys, books, movies and programs to help make the most of your summer. Whether that involves reading, movies, music or great programs, we are ready to help you find what you need.

What’s new this summer? n A Self-Check machine! Installed in May and funded by FOSCL, you may be able to beat the long lines of summer and check out your own materials. You’ll need an active library card and books! Located just past the circulation desk, the staff will be happy to help you try out the self-service kiosk. And if you’d rather talk to us, that’s fine too. n A scanner for public use has been added to PC #4, courtesy of FOSCL. Instructions are posted on the scanner’s lid and you can also ask our “PC volunteers” or staff for help. n Programs, programs, programs— we have Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens, and even “grown-ups”. Registration for the SRPs begins June

3rd and event calendars should be available on our website. n Please note that some children’s performances require advance registration. Adult and teen programs have open registration. To provide access to as many children as possible, registration for children’s programs must be in-person. They also have staggered registration periods. Please check the brochures and website for information. n Adult performances include the return of the Pyxis Piano Quartet, Dr. Gudelunas and his “Presidential Scandals” lecture, and the Rehoboth Film Society’s “sneak peek” previews. n Music, magic, artwork and crafts round out a great “Dig Into Reading”

South Coastal Library Partners With Local Historical Societies and Towns to Enhance Smithsonian Travelling Exhibit South Coastal Library worked with the coastal museums, committees, and towns to enhance the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibit The Way We Worked which was on display at the Ocean View Town Hall from the end of May until June 23rd. Library Director Sue Keefe and Assistant Director Barbara Litzau assembled an attractive display of both circulating books and reference materials focusing on the history of industry and work in the coastal areas of Southeastern Sussex County. Program and Exhibit information was on display at the library in the display case for the month of May. In addition, South Coastal Library’s Meeting Room served as the venue for two programs related to the exhibit and work life in our area over the last 150 years.

summer program for the younger crowd. (BYOS—Bring Your Own Shovel and dig into some great reads.) n Teens can choose from two versions of “Beneath The Surface” summer program. Don’t forget the opening party on June 19th. Be ready to jump into a hip hop dance workshop in July and dig for buried treasure in August. You never know what lies beneath the sand. We’re going to “meet ourselves coming” this summer—get ready to jump in experience the best the library and FOSCL have to offer! Questions? Call the South Coastal Library at 302-539-5231 or visit our website at

FOSCL Hosts Library Volunteer Appreciation Brunch Although the day was wet, South Coastal Library’s volunteers enjoyed an Appreciation Brunch at Bear Trap. Those who attended dined on Chicken Salad, Poached Salmon, and Strawberry Shortcake. The Friends of South Coastal Library and the Staff of South Coastal Library love their volunteers. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

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South Coastal’s Summer Book Sale

The Summer Book Sale is an annual part of everyone’s visit to Bethany during the middle of August. Don’t miss it! The August Book Sale includes a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction in hardcover and paperback, DVDs, and CDs for adults, children, and teens in nearly new condition. All of our materials are $2 or less. This year’s Summer Book Sale will take place on the following days: Thursday August 15th from 10 A.M. – 8 P.M. Friday August 16th from 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. Saturday August 17t from 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. All of the proceeds support South Coastal Library and its services to the community. So stop in during your time at the shore for the deal of the summer.

The Friends of South Coastal Library are gearing up for the highly anticipated Summer Book Sale August 15th, 16th, and 17th. Come and find your beach reading at unbeatable prices!

We rely on your donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and Audio Books to make our sale a success. The library is continually accepting donations. However, we cannot accept textbooks or encyclopedias. We ask, with exception of classic titles, that materials be published within the last ten years.

Oh, the things we have SEEN and DONE at the library! From Alpacas to Cajun cooking demos, to Inside the Mind of a Terrorist, South Coastal Library has it all. The library’s knitting group Chix With Stix took a field trip to an Alpaca Farm in Milton and met some very interesting characters. Our iPad class was very popular; people brought their iPads and shared tips and hints with each other. Due to popular demand more classes are scheduled. The children’s room is a busy place and the Sussex County Master Gardeners and members of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension program put on the play Peter Rabbit to explain the importance of veggies. The 80+ children who attended the program had a ball.

Ninety people came for Charlie Oppman’s Cajun Cooking Demo and all enjoyed his Jambalaya. Charles hopes to return in the Fall with more tasty recipes.

If you ever wondered what the stuffed toys in the Children’s Room do after the Library closes, check out the picture. Now you know.

Dr. Bard O’Neill, author and professor, presented “Inside the Mind of a Terrorist” for 50 attendees to the program.

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Custom created DVD shelves were installed in the Children’s Room in memory of Megan Lavin, whose family vacations here. The units are beautiful and match the Cedar wall behind them; they provide easy browsing access for children and parents. Megan’s parents plan to bring their young grandsons here this summer to show what family and friends did in their mom’s honor.

The Connection Summer 2013  
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