The Lewes Public Library recently celebrated the launch of its Legacy Society, comprised of members who appreciate all the library does to sustain and improve quality of life and have indicated the library is in their will or estate plans or made lifetime gifts of $25,000 or more.

The Legacy Society is the library’s way of recognizing the 43 members who have been identified and encouraging others to join in. Library leaders unveiled a special area in the lobby dedicated to the Legacy Society and introduced new brochures and webpages acknowledging all the members to date.

“This launch is hugely important for us. Legacy gifts — those made through a will, trust or other estate planning tool — are a key way to support our future,” said Board President Hugh Leahy. “The current endowment is built on such gifts in the past and these donor families now are remembered forever.”

The library devotes income from its endowment fund to help meet operating costs, but there is now an additional need — to build a capital reserve for the long term care of the new building for the next 50 years.

Those interested in supporting the library should contact Development Director Rebecca Lowe at 645-2733.