Eastern Shore Public Library

Library Updates

ESPL is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!

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Through our new partnership with FamilySearch, researchers can view digital images of record sets that are available only at FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries.  These records used to have to be ordered on microfilm from the Family History Library and viewed at a special Family History Center, but are now conveniently available online at all four of our ESPL library locations: Chincoteague, Accomac, Nassawadox and Cape Charles.

Original records such as deeds, marriages, wills, indentures, free negro registrations and county court orders from the Accomack and Northampton County courthouses are included, but the same wealth of information is available to those searching in other locations as well.   Eastern Shore families with links to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the western shore of Virginia—and new ESVA residents whose family roots lie elsewhere—will also find many more research opportunities than what is available from home.

FamilySearch requires that every user open a free account to use the site.  If you’ve already been using FamilySearch at home, the same account will work at the library. Digital images can be accessed using the Family History Library Catalog at FamilySearch.org.  To learn more about using the catalog, visit the FamilySearch Wiki page: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Introduction_to_the_FamilySearch_Catalog.  Any images found in the catalog that include the notation that they must be accessed at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library can be viewed from public computers (or on your laptop!) at any of our four Eastern Shore Public Library locations.

Eastern Shore Public Library is proud to offer this new opportunity to researchers!  Remember, AncestryLibrary is also free at all four library locations.  And no matter where you are, check out our other online digital offerings:

Chincoteague Oral Histories: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/

Cape Charles Rosenwald School Oral Histories: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/

Marriage and Death notices from local newspapers: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Peninsula Enterprise newspaper 1881 – 1922: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/

Accomack County Court Order Abstracts, Vol. 28, 1777-1780: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Yearbooks: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Church Records: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Countryside Transformed: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

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Summer Reading 2019

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Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer when the Eastern Shore Public Library presents “A Universe of Stories” as the summer reading program theme. All four Eastern Shore of Virginia public libraries are offering children a reading challenge program and a variety of fun events.  Young readers can sign up at their local library, receive reading incentive prizes, and get their fines waived!  The summer program is scheduled to begin on June 24 and end on August 18, 2019.

In addition to reading great books, library patrons can attend exciting summer program events where they can:

  • Be entertained and informed by special programs including wild animals and interesting people from near and far.
  • Design and create with Legos, recycled items, blocks, and more.
  • Participate in STREAM events that will explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and/or Math.
  • Check out a nature backpack, enjoy a free visit to one of the Virginia State Parks, and explore nature using the contents of the backpack.

In Accomac on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Nassawadox on Mondays and Wednesdays, a free lunch will be served to children age 18 and younger at 12:00 noon as part of the libraries’ participation in the Summer Food Service Program, a USDA program sponsored by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Accomack County Parks and Recreation department.

All events and programs are free and open to the public and do not require a library card. Some require preregistration due to space limitations. Remember, a current calendar of events is always available on the Eastern Shore Public Library’s website at www.espl.org or visit your local library for a print copy. Some key events to watch for include the Virginia Living Museum, Salisbury “Zoo 2 U,” storyteller Lynn Ruehlman, Bright Star Theatre, yoga with Claudette Lajoie, juggling with Cascading Carlos, mime and magic illusions with Chris “Hoopoe” Yerlig, along with other surprises. All events are subject to change, so please call your library prior to the event to check on dates and times and registration requirements.

Support and/or prizes are provided by the generous donations of area groups and families and the Library of Virginia. Financial and volunteer support also comes from the Friends groups of Cape Charles, Nassawadox, and Accomac libraries and the large group of volunteers at the Chincoteague library.


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  • Eastern Shore Public Library
    23610 Front Street
    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;
    (757) 678-7800;
    (757) 824-5151

    Cape Charles Memorial Library
    201 Mason Avenue
    Cape Charles, VA 23310
    Phone: (757) 331-1300

  • Contact Us

  • Northampton Free Library
    7745 Seaside Rd
    P.O. Box 729 Nassawadox, VA 23413
    Phone: (757) 414-0010

    Chincoteague Island Library
    4077 Main Street
    Chincoteague, VA 23336
    Phone: (757) 336-3460

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