The classic architectural design of the new Dover Library under construction adjacent to City Hall can now be recognized with the array of steel beams that have been erected since the groundbreaking in April. On Thursday, two construction workers for EDiS Company hoisted a steel beam to the top of the Dover Library’s structure as part of the “Top Off the Steel” ceremony held by the Dover Library Foundation.


The classic architectural design of the new Dover Library under construction adjacent to City Hall can now be recognized with the array of steel beams that have been erected since the groundbreaking in April.

On Thursday, two construction workers for EDiS Company hoisted a steel beam to the top of the Dover Library’s structure as part of the “Top Off the Steel” ceremony held by the Dover Library Foundation.

This beam will bear the signatures of the top, platinum donors for the estimated $20.8 million, regional anchor library.

The platinum donors to the library then gathered over at tables off to the side of Dover City Hall to sign rust colored panels that will be attached to the top steel beam, Library Director Margie Cyr said. This beam will be placed alongside the Grand Staircase to the second floor of the building and be visible from within for the life of the building.

Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr., Dover City Council, Kent County Levy Court, The Friends of Dover Library, officials from the state of Delaware, the EDiS Company, Dr. Y Mrs. Brett Elliott, the Flood and Kaltreider families and Wilmington Trust (now M&T Bank) comprised the platinum donors.

Four pages of major and mid level donors were also listed in the event program.

“Everyone has ownership in this new building; and it is important that be recognized now and for future generations,” Cyr said.

Dover Library Foundation President Dorothy Snyder had been anticipating this day for some time, she said.

“It’s like when a I was little girl in anticipation of Christmas,” she said. “Then, when I was having babies, I couldn’t wait to have the baby. Now, here we are – the top of the steel.”

Carey called this a great day for the city of Dover.

“Libraries serve all the people and provide them with the opportunity to learn and grow and have success,” he said.

Dover City Council President Thomas Leary thanked the city’s partners in this endeavor, including his colleagues on Kent County Levy Court and in the Delaware General Assembly.

“This is a facility which is going to last for generations,” he said.

Among those signing beams were Kent County Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta, Vice President Allan F. Angel and commissioner  George “Jody “ Sweeney. Kent County gave $1 million toward the new Dover Library.

“We know that there are plenty of county residents that will use the library,” Sweeney said. “We believe it’s going to be a worthy addition to the county. The intent all along was not for the library to just serve Dover, but serve as a regional library.”

Indeed, the regional library will carry many amenities and a broader selection, Carey said.

“It’s just good to see all the construction workers working,” he said. “We’ve also got the new high school being built on the other side of town. So, it’s good to see this construction going on. Hopefully, it gives people a positive attitude and a belief that things are coming along and getting better.”