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Upcoming Summer Reading Programs

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Salisbury Zoo2U

On Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm, the Salisbury Zoo2U program will be visiting the Accomac location of the Eastern Shore Public Library, and on Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 am, they will be at the Chincoteague Island Library. Join us and enjoy their wildlife encounter presentation including a “pop-up” zoo consisting of four animals.  Typically, they bring a bird, a mammal, a reptile, and either an amphibian or an invertebrate. We are all trying to guess which ones will be making an appearance at the libraries!


The Hoopoe Show

Mime and Magic Illusions with Chris ‘Hoopoe’ Yerlig

Chris “Hoopoe” Yerlig will entertain everyone on Friday, July 28 beginning at 11:00 am at the Cape Charles Memorial Library and 3:00 pm at the Accomac location of the Eastern Shore Public Library. 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. The unexpected is to be expected when audience volunteers are invited to join him on stage to assist with illusions. Young and old unite through laughter as they follow the non-verbal antics of this unique performer to their humorous ends. Don’t be fooled by anyone else!

Chris Yerlig, an English native began performing in 1985 on the streets of Europe. In the US, where he is now based, Chris performs regularly at libraries, children’s museums, schools, country fairs, festivals, and corporate events. He performed with Circus America at the Olympic Games in Athens, GA, and was a company member for ten years of Enchanted Circle Children’s Theater in Holyoke MA. Chris’s work has taken him around the world too: In Japan he performed at the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, and in China, at the Kimtom International Clown Festival of Shanghai. With Connecticut non-profit, Project Troubador, he has performed in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Morocco, Cameroon, Benin and Bangladesh. Since 2009 he has worked with Magicians Without Borders in El Salvador, Guatemala and India, performing and teaching mime to at-risk youth. For Clowns Without Borders he has organized and led clown tours to Haiti, where he performs regularly and is involved with the support of an orphanage of 40 children.

Reading by Design – Summer Reading Challenge and Events

Excitement and fun await those who journey to the public library this month. As part of our summer programming, more events are planned that will encourage kids to read, imagine, and design.  In our “Dream, STREAM, and Design” events we will explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and/or Math.  We are especially excited to have Creature Features with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Zoo2U from the Salisbury Zoo, and “Hoopoe!” the Silent Comedian visiting in July.  Check out our July calendar below for a complete list of events.


 23610 Front St., Accomac, VA 23301  (757) 787-3400


July Programs
Wednesday, July 12 – 3:00 pm Let’s Watch a Movie
Thursday, July 13 -11:00 am Dream, STREAM & Design
Wednesday, July 19 – 2:00 pm Salisbury Zoo
Thursday, July 20 – 11:00 am Creature Features with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Thursday, July 27 – 1:00 pm Let’s Watch a Movie
Friday, July 28 – 3:00 pm “Hoopoe!” Silent Comedian



 7745 Seaside Rd., Nassawadox, VA 23413   (757) 414-0010


July Programs  
Tuesday, July 11 – 3:00 pm Let’s Watch a Movie
Friday, July 14 – 11:00 am Dream, STREAM & Design
Tuesday, July 18 – 11:00 am Creature Features with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Friday, July 21 – 1:00 pm Let’s Watch a Movie
Tuesday, July 25 – 3:00 pm Let’s Watch a Movie
Friday, July 28 – 11:00 am Dream, STREAM & Design


The movie schedule, including titles is available on the library’s website at www.espl.org.

On Thursdays in Accomac and on Fridays in Nassawadox, a free lunch will be served to children at 12:00 noon 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.

It is not too late to sign up online for the Summer Reading incentive program at our “Reading by Design” website 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!

If you are thinking about a trip to one of the Virginia State Parks, check out a nature backpack, enjoy a free park visit, and explore nature using the contents of the backpack.

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Exhibits at Shore libraries

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                The Eastern Shore Public Library is promoting lifelong learning and inviting families to the public libraries by hosting new exhibits.  The Eastern Shore Art League is starting to exhibit artwork in the Accomac library in July.  The Library of Virginia’s “2017 Virginia Women in History” traveling exhibit is also now on display at the Accomac library until August 5, 2017.  The Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s “Uncovering Home: A Visual Essay on Jamestown Archaeology,” is now at the Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox until August 15, 2017.  These exhibits provide additional interest when visiting the public library and encourage readers to explore new topics and foster discussion.  All exhibits are free to view during hours of operation.

                Public libraries promote STREAM education, which means “Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math”.  The Eastern Shore Art League is a nonprofit member organization that promotes the visual arts and is now managing art exhibits at the library.  Individuals interested in exhibiting or purchasing the artwork should contact the Art League at (757) 787-1906 or visit their website at esartleague.org.

The Virginia Women in History exhibit is back again to highlight additional significant women.  The Library of Virginia created the Virginia Women in History project to annually honor eight women, past and present, who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world.  The women were selected as extraordinary because they developed new approaches to old problems by viewing them differently than their contemporaries.  These women strove for excellence based on the courage of their convictions and initiated changes in their community, in Virginia, and the United States that continue to affect our lives today.  The 2017 Virginia Women in History project is presented by the Library of Virginia, Virginia Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Fund, and the Richmond Times Dispatch.  For more information, visit www.lva.virginia.gov/vawomen.

“Uncovering Home: A Visual Essay on Jamestown Archaeology,” continues its tour on the Eastern Shore from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond by being on display at the library in Nassawadox.  Archaeologists from the Jamestown Rediscovery project at Historic Jamestowne are uncovering James Fort’s oldest artifacts, and creating a revised picture of life in the first permanent English settlement in America! The exhibition’s 12 panels paint a vivid picture of the struggles of the early colonists, while illustrating critical processes of historical archaeology.  This exhibit helps generate enthusiasm for SOL-related Virginia history, science, and math.  ESPL is a “statewide partner” with VMFA, making the library system eligible for their touring exhibits and speakers.

Community, schools, homeschool, and church groups are invited to tour the exhibits and are encouraged to make reservations for general library tours or a corresponding program.  To learn more, call the Eastern Shore Public Library at (757) 787-3400 or visit online at www.espl.org.

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Citzenship Toolkits Now Available

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Do you need help preparing for your citizenship exam? The Civics and Citizenship Toolkit is the perfect resource to help you study for United State citizenship. The Toolkit contains immigration and civics publications, handbooks, DVD’s and CD’s. The kits are available to borrow from the library for free. If you do not have a library card, you can use the kit within the library if it is not checked out. You can use library computers to view the DVD’s or the CD-ROM’s in the kit. For more information, call the Eastern Shore Public Library at (757) 787-3400.

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RB Digital

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A new app, RB Digital, is now available for downloading and viewing eBooks, eAudios, and eMagazines on mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets. All of the digital collections available on the ESPL website through OneClickDigital and Zinio are now easily accessible in one place for people on the go!

If you already use OneClick or Zinio, simply download the free RB Digital app onto your mobile device and log in with your existing username and password. For new users, it’s easy to register for an RB Digital account under the RB Digital icons on the eResources tab of the library website (http://espl.org/e-resources-2/).

For our One Click Digital and Zinio users who prefer to continue to read eBooks and eMagazines using their desktop computer, these resources are still available at www.espl.org under the eResources tab, with the only change being the name: look for RB Digital instead of OneClickDigital or Zinio.

Whether you’re sitting at your desk or out and about, RB Digital is the place to find all kinds of entertaining and informative digital content. Check it out today!

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LFL – How does it work?

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How Does It Work?


  • The general rule is “Take One Leave One” but if you don’t have a book to exchange please feel free to borrow without leaving a book.
  • You are welcome to borrow books from any Little Free Library and return them to any Little Free Library.
  • Once you pick your book, make sure the door is securely closed in order to keep the books shielded from the elements.
  • If a book is damaged, please do not put it back in the library.
  • If the Little Free Library is full, please hold on to it and try again later
  • Donations of Books Only; no magazines, textbooks, posting of flyers or leaving business cards.

 If you see some questionable material or damage to any of the books or the Little Free Library itself, please email headed4theshore@gmail.com as soon as possible.



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Little Free Library in Onancock

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Little Free Library Arrives in Onancock

Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library at the corner of Ames and Market Streets in Custis Park  will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

Designed and built by Andy Nunnally, an Accomack County resident and donated by Kathy Carmody, who will serve as the library’s steward with the help and support of the Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library and the Onancock Town Council.  Despite the soggy weather, the library was installed this weekend and is open for business. The library has a shore design complete with cedar shake roof tiles and cleat for allowing dog owners a hands free option for browsing .

“The Little Free Library belongs to the whole community, and it’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring a little more joy, a little more connection and a whole lot more books to the Shore.”

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org

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Summer Reading Program – Reading by Design

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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.

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See us first!

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Facebook – What “see first” means and how to use it.

When you choose to like the Page of a company or organization you might expect to see all of the posts from that Page in your Facebook News Feed, but that is not what actually happens. Facebook algorithms determine which posts you see, and they are not always the ones you would pick if given the choice.  On the other hand, when you select a person or Page to “see first,” their posts should appear at the top of your News Feed and that person or Page won’t even know you selected them. You can set up “see first” on your own Facebook home page or on the Facebook page of the company or organization you want to follow more closely.

Here are some instructions on how to use “see first” from your News Feed Preferences:

To view your News Feed preferences:

  1. Click the down arrow in the top right corner of your Facebook.
  2. Select News Feed Preferences.
  1. Select a person or Page to see first.

Here are the instructions on how to use “see first” from a profile or Page you want to see more of:

  1. If you’re not already following the profile or Page, click Follow near their cover photo
  2. Hover over Following or Liked near their cover photo
  3. Select See First

Note: You can select up to 30 people or Pages to see first. Your selections are not ranked (ex: your first selection isn’t seen first, your second selection isn’t seen second).


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Summer Food Program at Accomac and Nassawadox libraries

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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 in Accomac on Thursdays, from June 22 through August 10, and in Nassawadox on Fridays from June 23 through August 11, 2017.  Meal service begins at noon.

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.

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New Graphic Novel Sections

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ESPL now has expanded graphic novel collections!  Thanks to a generous donation by Pam Holley, the library recently purchased 150 new children’s, young adult (YA), and adult titles and gave them their very own locations, making them easier to browse.  The adult and YA graphic novels are now located next to the YA fiction books, and children’s graphic novels are on the tall center stacks, next to audiovisuals.


Graphic novels are an increasingly popular “genre” that can be fiction or nonfiction and are appreciated for their artwork.  The Internet Public Library aptly describes them: “Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual art, usually with text, that are often told in a series of rectangular panels. Despite the name, not all comics are funny. Many comics and graphic novels emphasize drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.”


You may be familiar with Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk in graphic novels, but classic literature and history can come in graphic novel forms.  Teachers like to use them for reluctant readers as they have visual appeal which aides in reading comprehension. 


The library greatly appreciates this generous donation that jump starts this collection.  A retired librarian and past board member, Mrs. Holley often provides new ideas to staff, pushing us to think outside of the box and look at more innovative ways to provide library services. Thank you, Pam!

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    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;
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