ESPL Building Project
In December 2015, the Trustees of the Eastern Shore Public Library voted to move the main library from the Town of Accomac to Parksley. The new location will be six miles from the current location which is in a building built in 1964. The Accomac location is woefully inadequate. It fails to meet 20 out of 24 Virginia library standards for communities of similar size. The roof is in need of repair and an antiquated air-conditioning system threatens the precious books and genealogical data currently in its Eastern Shore Room. At 11,000 ft.², the current library has no workspace for administration, classes and meetings. The need for a new library was identified by the library Board of Trustees and concerned citizens over a decade ago. Momentum for a new library culminated last year when the Accomack Board of Supervisors committed $2 million to a library and the Town of Parksley stepped forward to provide a new home. In April 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia approved a $500,000 budget amendment for the construction project. The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation, the library’s fundraising 501(c)3 partner whose mission is to ensure the long-term financial stability of the library, purchased the property in March 2016. The building was formerly the Fresh Pride grocery store.
$500,000 Amendment Press Release
EDMONDS AND GODWIN LEAD CAMPAIGN TO FUND NEW EASTERN SHORE PUBLIC LIBRARY
John Edmonds, IV (left) and Fitz Godwin will lead the campaign to raise the remaining funds to build the new library in Parksley.
The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that John W. Edmonds, IV and Fitzhugh Lee Godwin, Jr. will co-chair the capital campaign that will fund the new Eastern Shore Public Library in Parksley, Virginia. The first order of business has been to form ten committees that are charged with approaching donors for support, writing grants, recruiting volunteers, holding special events, recognizing donors, and communicating the progress of the campaign. The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation is the 501(c)3 organization formed to raise money for the library.
John Edmonds was a charter member of the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation and has been active in the new building project even though most of his time is spent in Italy. Video conference calls have allowed him to attend meetings. Edmonds has a deep connection with literacy and the library as he states, “Part of my family’s legacy is information: my great-grandfather, grandfather and father all served as editors of a local newspaper, The Peninsula Enterprise, making the news available to all who could read. My grandmother helped found the Accomac Library which provided all who could read or were learning to read all possible information available. I have been asked to continue that tradition by raising money for the Regional Library that will meet everyone’s information needs from Kiptopeke to Greenbackville, whether it be through access to the Internet, community meetings, or simply a place to study and read e-books, magazines, newspapers and books.”
Fitz Godwin joined the Foundation more recently and readily stepped up to the plate. “The Capital Campaign gives me a sense of pride knowing that my friends and associates can make a financial commitment to a worthy cause. This Capital Campaign gives every Eastern Shoreman the opportunity to support the library with small or large donations. The new library has so many wonderful plans for improved services to the children and adults of our community. Making contributions to the Capital Campaign insures that this will happen.” Godwin grew up in Hunting Creek and is a resident of Onancock and Chairman of the Francis Makemie Society.
A New Building Campaign kick-off event took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the new location at 24313 Bennett Street in Parksley, next to the Dollar General store. The free family-fun event was open to the public. For more information, call the Library Fundraising Office at (757) 787-2500 or visit the office at Four Corners Plaza, Onley.
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