Eastern Shore Public Library

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Did you know that we have eBooks?

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Be sure to check out the selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines available on our website. Simply click on the eResources tab of the main menu at www.espl.org, and look for the RBdigital, Freading, and Tumblebook Cloud icons.

RBdigital offers books, audiobooks, and magazines in a downloadable electronic format, all in one convenient application. Freading features a wide variety of entertaining and informative fiction and nonfiction eBooks for all ages. All of the content at RBdigital and Freading can be downloaded to your desktop computer, or to your mobile phone or tablet to allow reading or listening on the go.

Tumblebook Cloud includes content geared toward middle and high schoolers, in eBook, audio and video formats, all instantly available for reading, listening or watching online.

There is something for everyone in these collections, and we are happy to help you get started. Simply ask about eBooks at your next visit to the library, or give us a call at 757-787-3400 or 757-414-0010. Happy eReading!

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Snuggle with a book!

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Snuggle with a Book – 2018 Winter Reading Program

It is always a good time to snuggle and read a good book with a child, but this February is an especially great time! During February, the Eastern Shore Public Library will be offering a Winter Reading Program called “Snuggle with a Book,” featuring artwork by illustrator, Jiaqi Zhou. Sponsored by the Library of Virginia, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Smart Beginnings, this program encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud with young children ages 0 to 6, and is open to families, daycare providers, and teachers. Many studies indicate that frequently reading aloud to children is very important. It helps them develop a love of reading and leads to future success in school. We all know it is a great way to create some quality family time. There is no minimum number of minutes or books to read in order to complete the program. The program is meant to focus attention on the important role that parents and primary caregivers play in their children’s early literacy development.

To register for the 2018 Winter Reading Program, visit one of your local Eastern Shore of Virginia public libraries in Accomac, Cape Charles, Chincoteague, or Nassawadox early in February to pick up your 2018 Winter Reading Program materials. Each child will receive a “Snuggle with a Book” packet including a reading log, a Book Booster Activity Sheet, bookmarks, stickers, and other information about the importance of early childhood literacy. At the end of the program, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

We hope to see you at the library!

Send an e-mail to youthservices at espl.org if you have questions about the 2018 Winter Reading Program.


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You’re going to want to read these!

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If you’d like to request any of these upcoming bestsellers, just let us know!

Eastern Shore Public Library

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February 2018

Fifty Fifty by James Patterson

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Agent in Place by Mark Greaney

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Poison by John Lescroart

The Hush by John Hart


March 2018

Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts

NYPD Red: Red Alert by James Patterson

Sweet Vengeance by Fern Michaels

As you Wish by Jude Deveraux

The Rising Sea by Clive Cussler

Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel

The Disappeared by C.J. Box

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning

Closer than you Know by Brad Parks

A Dangerous Game by Heather Graham

Caribbean Rim by Randy Wayne White

Duel to the Death by J. A. Jance


April 2018

I’ve got my Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark

Shoot First by Stuart Woods

The Fallen by David Baldacci

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

The Cast by Danielle Steel

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd

The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen

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ESPL Foundation President wins award

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Colette Nelson recently received the “2017 Outstanding Community Leader” award from the Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living (ESCIL) because of her dedicated involvement with the Eastern Shore Public Library.  Nelson faithfully has served as a member of the Board of Directors of ESCIL for nearly five years.  She has been involved with the public library for more than thirty years serving as both an employee, volunteer, and, later, as a Trustee and Chairman of the Library Board.  Nelson traveled many miles up and down the Shore on the bookmobile!  She is currently the President of the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, working diligently with the Foundation’s campaign to secure funds for the new regional library.

The Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living empowers people with disabilities to make their own life choices and to realize their greatest potential as individuals.  A major component of the mission is educating and encouraging these individuals to be able to impact policies that affect their daily lives, as well as assisting them with accessing the resources that are necessary for the independence in their homes and community.  Nelson recently assisted the Library Director Cara Burton in developing a policy that supports service animals in the libraries.  For more information about ESCIL, call (757) 414-0100 or visit online at http://vaescil.org.

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The Great American Eclipse at the Library

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Here at your Eastern Shore of Virginia public library we thoroughly enjoyed August 21, 2017, the day of the Solar Eclipse. This event offered a great opportunity for our library community to celebrate science.

In Accomac and Nassawadox during the two weeks before the eclipse, we handed out “free” eclipse viewing glasses until we ran out.

On August 21, the full shadow of the moon traveled across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean as a result of the total solar eclipse. In Nassawadox and Accomac, we took advantage of our digital projectors to display NASA’s live streaming of the eclipse as it occurred across the United States.

The rest of the United States and North America observed a partial eclipse, where the Moon covered only a portion of the Sun. The Eastern Shore was outside of that narrow band, so we observed a partial eclipse. In Accomac, we shared a few pairs of our own eclipse glasses with patrons visiting the library and took turns viewing the eclipse at different phases. We also had some kid fun creating pin hole projections of the eclipse using card stock and a hole punch.

The last total solar eclipse that occurred in the United States was nearly 40 years ago and the next one will not be until 2024. We hope to enjoy another fun day of celebrating with our patrons then too!

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Summer reading fun at the library

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What a wonderful summer we had at the libraries on the Eastern Shore of Virginia this year!

In Accomac on Thursdays and Nassawadox on Fridays, we served over 150 children’s lunches as part of our Summer Food Program and want to thank the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, the Parks and Recreation Department of Accomack County, and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia for helping to make it possible.

Over 130 kids took our summer reading challenge, read some great books, earned some prizes, and kept track of their summer reading minutes. In addition, we offered many exciting library programs and provided great places for kids of many ages to read, imagine, and design!

We offered over 100 kid events with a total attendance of over 2100 kids at Island, Cape Charles, Nassawadox and Accomac!  We learned about electricity, aerodynamics, music and sound, nutrition, wild animals, migration, honey bees, sea creatures, butterflies, Eastern Shore habitats and animals, and more.  We made Lego creations, bat houses, musical instruments, rockets, animal masks, and many other creative things. We were entertained by a silent magician, a visit with a Chincoteague pony, story tellers and book readers, and some great family movies.

All programs were free, open to the public, and enjoyed by many. We set out with the desire to enhance the summer experience of our youth by inspiring a love of reading and learning, supporting their educational needs, promoting 21st century and STEM based skills, and rewarding their curiosity and creativity. We think we had great success, and we can’t wait until Summer 2018 to do it again!

Please help us improve upon our Summer Reading Program for next year by completing this survey.  We want to know your thoughts and ideas, whether or not you attended Summer Programs this year at our libraries.



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ESPL Trustee Barbara Coady wins VLA award

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We are proud to announce that Eastern Shore Public Library Board Trustee Barbara Coady is this year’s winner of the Virginia Library Association’s Trustee Library Award.  This award recognizes distinguished service to libraries or a library in Virginia.

The Library Board nominated Mrs. Coady by submitted a letter recognizing her accomplishments.  Kitty Hall, current Chair of the Library Board, applauded her predecessor’s award, “Barbara Coady’s Virginia Library Trustee of the Year Award does not begin to explain her dedication to the Eastern Shore Regional Public Library System. In her six-year tenure as a Trustee she has been the Chair of the Board and has served on several committees: the Personnel Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Endowment Committee to name a few. During this time the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation launched a Capital Campaign for a new library. In all these endeavors, Barbara has provided strong, calm, leadership.  She has always had the Library’s best interest at heart, willing to take on necessary tasks even when it is inconvenient for her to do so. Her award is hard earned and well deserved!”

The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation’s Chair, Colette Nelson, joined in the praise by saying, “Ms. Coady’s guidance and leadership helped the transition between library directors when she was Chairman of the Board. Through countless hours of work, she helped the library continue to provide high quality service without missing a beat. We are extremely grateful for her energy and dedication to the library over the last several years and she continues to serve our library community to this day.”

Mrs. Coady is a retired educator. She taught French, Math and Computer Applications for grades 6-9 and was an Adjunct instructor for Mercy College and SUNY New Paltz. After obtaining an MS in Educational Computing, she worked for BOCES of New York State to design teacher workshops for using computers in the classroom. In 2011 she was appointed to the Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees and has served as vice chair and chair, as well as working on several committees and volunteering at the library. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Eastern Shore Community College.

Barbara Coady will receive the award at this year’s Virginia Library Association annual conference and award ceremony on October 11th, 2017 in Norfolk.  Congratulations, Barbara!

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New Graphic Novels Coming Soon!

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You may have noticed the Graphic Novel collections at the Accomac Library that we created earlier this year. While there plenty of superheroes here, you can also find stories about non-superhero types navigating real life, historical accounts, memoirs, and tales of the fantastic, all told through an engaging visual format.

There has been a very positive response to this new area in the library, and we are very pleased to announce that our graphic novel collections will be growing over the next few months thanks to a second generous $2,000 donation from a faithful library supporter. So be sure to take a look the next time you’re in the library – near the Young Adult and Mystery sections for teens and adults, and near the video recordings in the Children’s Room for younger readers.

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Our Library Catalog can now send Text Messages! (queue futuristic music here)

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Our Library Catalog can now send Text Messages! (queue futuristic music here)

Searching for books at ESPL libraries is now more mobile!  Click on the “Text” hyperlink beside the item’s call number.  Then select your mobile provider from the drop down menu and enter your mobile number.  Within seconds the title, author, and call number will be sent to your mobile device so you can easily find the item on the shelf.  Give it a try the next time you are searching the catalog, whether from home, your smartphone, or one of the library’s computers!

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Amazon Smile

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The holiday season is fast approaching!  If Santa will be using Amazon instead of elves, be sure he’s using AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your library every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation.

To set up your Amazon account:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, and log in with your normal Amazon password.
  2. You will be asked to pick the charity to receive revenue.  In the “search” box, enter Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation.
  3. You will be taken to a list of organizations with similar names. Select Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation, Accomac, VA.
  4. A window will open telling you that you must log into smile.amazon.com every time that you use Amazon if you want the funding to go to the library. Check the box confirming that you understand.
  5. Now set up a shortcut or bookmark to Amazon with the smile.amazon.com address, and you are ready to go. If you use Google Chrome, place a one-click icon right on your toolbar with their free add-on available here: http://tinyurl.com/ybz8qmec.

The more you buy through AmazonSmile, the more you help your library! Please spread the word to ALL your friends and family.  This is a rare (and easy!) opportunity for library supporters to contribute to a worthy cause at NO COST to them.  Thank you for your support!

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    23610 Front Street
    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;
    (757) 678-7800;
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    201 Mason Avenue
    Cape Charles, VA 23310
    Phone: (757) 331-1300

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    7745 Seaside Rd
    P.O. Box 729 Nassawadox, VA 23413
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    Chincoteague, VA 23336
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