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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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  • Eastern Shore Public Library
    23610 Front Street
    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;

    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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