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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

espl@espl.org    (757)787-3400

May 2018

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
The Gray Ghost by Clive Cussler
Lost Creed by Alex Kava
Fade to Black by Heather Graham
The Cast by Danielle Steel
Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury
Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
The Outsider by Stephen King
How it Happened by Michael Koryta
Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason

June 2018

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
The Pharoah Key by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton &
James Patterson
Turbulence by Stuart Woods
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
How Hard Can it Be? By Allison Pearson
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
Tom Clancy: Line of Sight by Mike Maden
The Moscow Deception by Karen Robards
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky
Bloody Sunday by Ben Coes

July 2018

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
Spymaster by Brad Thor
The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
The Good Fight by Danielle Steel
The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
The Sinners by Ace Atkins
The Other Woman by Daniel Silva
Double Blind by Iris Johansen
Paradox by Catherine Coulter
A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman
Better Late than Never by Kimberla Lawson Roby

August 2018

Texas Ranger by James Patterson
Safe and Sound by Fern Michaels
Tailspin by Sandra Brown
The Money Shot by Stuart Woods
The Mark by Janet Evanovich
Feared by Lisa Scottoline
Swift Vengeance by T. Jefferson Parker
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
The Washington Decree by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen
of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift

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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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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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