Eastern Shore Public Library


Summer Food Program

The Accomac and Nassawadox locations of the Eastern Shore Public Library are participating in the national Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) this summer. The SFSP is a federally-funded childhood nutrition program administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Anyone 18 years old or younger can come and eat for free at open SFSP sites. The Eastern Shore Public Library at Accomac and the Northampton Free Library at Nassawadox will be serving meals one day a week during the Summer Reading Program.

Libraries are a great resource for children during the summer. They provide safe places for children to learn, read, and play with friends and family. Summer reading programs at public libraries promote literacy and encourage children to rack up those reading minutes even when school is out of session. By partnering with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Accomack County Parks and Recreation department to participate in the SFSP, Eastern Shore Public Library is ensuring children on the Shore have all the brain power they need to learn and read over the summer and succeed during the upcoming school year.

In Virginia, only 13% of children relying on free or reduced price school lunch are also receiving summer meals. Last summer, 3.8 million meals were served to children through the SFSP in Virginia. The 2016 SFSP in Virginia welcomed 36 new library sites due to partnerships among No Kid Hungry Virginia, VDH, and the Library of Virginia.

With Eastern Shore Public Library participating with 2 sites this summer, more children on the Eastern Shore of Virginia will have access to healthy meals. If interested in finding more SFSP sites near you where children can access healthy meals all summer long, text FOOD  to 877-877 during the summer.

Summer Reading Program – Reading by Design

Are your summer plans designed to include reading?  The Eastern Shore Public Library has created a Summer Reading Program that will bring fun and learning for your family.  All four Eastern Shore of Virginia public libraries are offering children a free online reading tracking program and a variety of events.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program theme is “Reading by Design.” It begins on June 19 and ends on August 19, 2017.  Beginning June 12, the “Reading by Design” website will be ready for sign-ups at espl.readvirginia.org or readers can stop by their local library to sign up.  Young readers can receive reading incentive prizes and get their fines waived!  An adult reading program is also available along with “Book Club Kits” to be checked out.

The library is a great place to read, imagine, and design.  In addition to reading great books, library patrons can attend exciting events.  Design and create with Legos, recycled items, blocks, and more!  STREAM events will explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and/or Math.  After the STREAM events in Nassawadox on Thursdays and Accomac on Fridays, a free lunch will be served to children  as part of our Summer Food Program, sponsored by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Accomack County Parks and Recreation department.  Call the library or visit www.espl.org for times and details. On scheduled days, enjoy visits from groups such as the Nature Conservancy, the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, the Virginia Living Museum, and the Salisbury Zoo.  Escape the heat of summer and enjoy a movie at the library in Accomac or Nassawadox. The movie schedule, including titles is available on the library’s website at www.espl.org. Check out a nature backpack, explore nature using the contents of the backpack, and enjoy a free visit to one of the Virginia State Parks.

On July 28, Chris “Hoopoe” Yerlig will perform at the public libraries in Cape Charles and Accomac. In his show Chris blends silent pantomime comedy, movement illusions, sleight of hand magic tricks and balloon wizardry, to create an original vaudeville show that is funny, imaginative and full of surprises.

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.  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 Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Eastern Shore Rural Health, Riverside Hospital, United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Delmarva Shorebirds, Brown Dog Ice Cream, Arts Enter, the Chincoteague Island Library Board of Directors, and the Library of Virginia. Financial and volunteer support comes from the Friends groups of Cape Charles, Nassawadox, and Accomac libraries and the large group of volunteers at the Chincoteague library.

Reach your local Eastern Shore Library at the phone numbers below:

Eastern Shore Public Library             (757) 787-3400

Cape Charles Memorial Library         (757) 331-1300

Chincoteague Island Library              (757) 336-3460

Northampton Free Library                  (757) 414-0010

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  • Main 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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