Wyllie Thornton, retired bookmobile librarian at the Eastern Shore Public Library, passed away recently. For a decade, I joined Miss Wyllie on her Wednesday bookmobile routes. I soon learned that she possessed an admirable work ethic, paid attention to detail, and considered service to the bookmobile’s patrons her first responsibility. She knew the reading interests of the clientele and, a reader herself, took pains to select books that they were likely to enjoy. Having formerly driven a school bus, she was comfortable behind the wheel of the bookmobile and understood the vehicle’s needs and crochets.
I relished my days bookmobiling with Miss Wyllie. We shared a similar attitude toward patron service and a similar sense of humor. We enjoyed traveling the Eastern Shore’s back roads and stopping in its small towns. We looked forward to greeting and talking with fellow readers. Our conversations while on the road or over lunch were punctuated by laughter. She was kind and generous, calm and philosophical. I hope that I never forget the time I spent with her.
After her retirement from the library, Miss Wyllie deepened her commitment to her church and to her community. She even served a term as mayor of Wachapreague. She maintained friendships with library patrons and staff. She was especially close to Colette Nelson, who also worked alongside her on the bookmobile. Colette and I and others who loved her mourn her passing.
Wyllie Thornton’s obituary is here: https://www.doughtyfuneralhome.com/obituary/wyllie-thornton
Eastern Shore of Virginia residents can browse, borrow and enjoy even more ebooks and digital audiobooks from Eastern Shore Public Library through the award-winning Libby reading app. Digital books previously available through the RBdigital app have been moved to the library’s OverDrive service and are available through Libby. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the Libby app, recently acquired RBdigital.
Patrons already enjoying the Libby app will experience no change, other than they may notice even more great titles available through Eastern Shore Public Library’s digital collection. With a valid library card, members of the community can borrow from the library’s digital collection by visiting espl.org or downloading Libby.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, readers have turned to ebooks and audiobooks with many using them for the first time. It is wonderful that we can provide the more user-friendly OverDrive platform for our patrons to access these resources,” said Cara Burton, System Director of Eastern Shore Public Library. “In addition to our Freading ebook collection which is financially supported by the Friends of ESPL, patrons have good options to meet their reading needs. And remember, these ebooks are available at no charge when you borrow through the library!”
Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with ESPL’s digital collection. This tailored collection offers ebooks, audiobooks and magazines including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of topics. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more.
Readers may browse ESPL’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®”. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.
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ESPL circulation staff meet once a month to discuss circulation desk issues and training recommendations to better serve ESPL patrons. This month they were asked to learn how to use our newest e-Resource Peterson’s Career Prep, made available by the Library of Virginia for ESPL’s library card holders. Peterson’s Career Prep provides the tools necessary for you to create a resume, cover letter and curriculum vitae. There are tutorials that explain the difference between these three items and professional examples are provided. A resume can be uploaded from a computer or flash drive and updated in this program. You can also create a resume, cover letter and curriculum vitae from start to finish within the software program. These items can be saved online and downloaded in Microsoft Word or PDF format. The end result is a very professional formatted document, which will assist anyone trying to find a job or start a new career.
Try it out here!
I suppose that whenever one sees the end of something in sight , it is only natural to start thinking about the journey that rests in the past and all the people that were a part of that journey. As I look forward to my retirement from my job as Youth Services Librarian at Eastern Shore Public Library , I am cherishing so many wonderful memories. Here are just a few of them: playing follow the leader with my Storytime children, watching children enjoy the great meals provided by our Summer Food Program, attending Grandparents’ Day at Pungoteague Elementary School and many other school events, meeting with the great teens on our Teen Advisory Board, attending library conferences with wonderful co-workers, going through countless numbers of children’s and young adult books donated to the library by a wonderful volunteer and patron, enjoying delicious celebrations in the library break room, working with some wonderful teen interns and teen volunteers, getting my picture taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Dog Man, helping the Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library with their annual “Visit with Santa,” dressing up for Halloween with my fellow witch and coworker, “Celebrating Us” in the parking lot of the soon to be new library in Parksley, and so many more.
Thank you everyone, for all of these priceless memories, for every hug, for all of your support, and for your friendship. I can only hope you know how much it all means to me.
Many smiles always, Janice.