Eastern Shore Public Library

Library Updates

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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ESPL Hosts Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Exhibit

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The Eastern Shore Public Library will host an educational exhibit, Uncovering Home: A Visual Essay on Jamestown Archaeology,” on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.  What’s new on Jamestown Island? 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! This limited security exhibition is perfect for schools, libraries, and art centers.

The exhibition’s 12 panels paint a vivid picture of the struggles of the early colonists, while illustrating critical processes of historical archaeology.  Are you looking for ways to generate enthusiasm for SOL-related Virginia history, science, and math? Come see this exhibition!

The exhibit will be at ESPL from April 19th to June 27th and viewable during hours of operation. There is no cost to view the exhibit.  Plans are underway to extend the tour to Northampton Memorial Library in Nassawadox.  Corresponding programs will take place as well, dates tbd.

ESPL has become 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 exhibit 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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Spanish language materials at ESPL

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Library users can easily find books and magazines in the Spanish language through any of the Eastern Shore Public Libraries.  The regional library in Accomac now has its Spanish language books in one location, both fiction and nonfiction titles.  These books can also be delivered to any of the other libraries in Cape Charles, Chincoteague, and Nassawadox via ESPL’s courier service.  Freading, one of the library’s online downloadable e-book sources, has 162 Spanish language books available.  Zinio, the online magazine source, has eight Spanish magazines available to download including Cosmopolitan and Sport Life.   The online books and magazines can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet, or computer — all for free!

Children will enjoy the Spanish language children’s books, videos, and puzzle games on “Tumblebooks” online.  “Day by Day” is a daily calendar of activities for preschool child caregivers that is also available in Spanish.  Here you will find ideas for stimulating your child’s mind and imagination using materials found in your home, as well as lists of books, music, and other educational resources that you can obtain through your local public library.

You need to have a library card to check out both the print and online books and magazines.   Staff at the library can assist you in getting your library card and setting up online accounts.  These resources and more are available at no cost with your Eastern Shore Public Library card.  There is also a bilingual Notary on staff in Accomac.  Your local public libraries also have computers, photocopiers, scanners, and fax machines for public use for which a small fee may apply. Stop by the library to find out more or call (757) 787-3400.

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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

  • 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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