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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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  • Eastern Shore Public Library
    23610 Front Street
    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;
    (757) 824-5151

    Cape Charles Memorial Library
    201 Mason Avenue
    Cape Charles, VA 23310
    Phone: (757) 331-1300

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  • 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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