Frankford library kicking off fundraising with a party

The Frankford Public Library will be holding a building-fund kick-off party on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall. Tickets cost $15 per person or $20 per couple, and the evening will include spirited refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and door prizes.

The existing library in Frankford houses tons of resources and information, all packed into a pretty small space, and the need to expand is great.

The library, which was started in 1931 with a $100 grant from the State of Delaware and a 28-book collection, was originally housed in a small building that had been occupied by a tinsmith.

The facility has been in the current Main Street location since 1981, after the First National Bank of Frankford donated the building to the independent library, which – unlike the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach – is not owned by Sussex County but receives some funding from county coffers.

Recently, the library applied to the Town of Frankford for rezoning of an adjacent parcel, which would be combined with the existing library property for its expansion.

And with sights set once again on expansion, the library sent out surveys to gauge public interest in expanding the library and its services. Director Elizabeth Hamilton explained that getting positive responses to the survey was a pre-requisite to being eligible for state funds.

As for when they plan to move things along toward construction of the new facility, Hamilton said it depends on their financial position.

“We will build when we have enough money,” she said. “We won’t know until September whether the State will help us pay for it or not.”

She said they plan to display the building plans at the May 20 kickoff party. The new building will be at least 6,000 square feet, making it three times larger than it is now, at cost of around $750,000.

Librarian Cindy Givens added they expect a fun time at the fundraising kick-off party, and everyone is welcome.

The dress code is casual.

The Frankford fire hall is located at 7 Main Street, in downtown Frankford. Tickets for the event are available at the library, from members of Friends of the Frankford Library or at the door. For more information, call (302) 732-9351 or visit the Web site at