Frankford’s library preparing for expansion

Anyone who has ever been to the Frankford Public Library knows that tons of resources and information is packed into a pretty small space there.

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

They have been in their current Main Street location since 1981, after the First National Bank of Frankford donated the building to the independent library, which 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 recently sent out surveys to gauge public interest in expanding the library and its services.

“Surveys have been sent out to users of Frankford Public Library about whether the library needs a larger facility,” explained library director Elizabeth Hamilton. “Positive responses to this survey are needed as [the survey was] one of the library’s prerequisites to getting building funds from the state,” she continued, adding that they have gotten about 50 surveys back already.

The list of addressees that were sent the surveys was generated from a list of Frankford library card users, so those who received their library card at another local library, such South Coastal, Millsboro or Selbyville, may not have gotten a survey. For those who did not receive a survey, they are available at the library and are due back by June 15.

Everyone who fills out a survey will be entered into a drawing for a prize. People can drop their surveys in the book drop at the library, return them to the desk or drop them in the mail.

The survey includes questions about the need for more space, favorites things about the library, services users would like to see added and questions about design for an expanded library.

It also asks questions specific to the needs of children and young adults, as well as adult programs and computer software. And the survey offers space to write in any other information that might be deemed helpful.

Hamilton is appealing for anyone who received a survey to fill it out and anyone who did not to stop by and get one, before June 15.

“Our little bitty library will appreciate it!” she exclaimed.

Frankford Public Library’s summer reading program for 2010, “Make a Splash – Read!” will start on Wednesday, June 23, at 2 p.m., with “Sam Discovers the Wonders of Water” by Rick Waterhouse.

Children ages 2 to 12 are being invited to read at least 10 hours this summer, to keep a reading log and to earn prizes and incentives by doing so. The program runs through Wednesday, Aug. 11, and will be held each Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Frankford Fire Hall, directly across the street from the library.

The Frankford Public Library is located at 8 Main Street in Frankford. For more information, call (302) 732-9351 or visit the Web site at