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Public Notice: ESPL Board Meeting Date Changed

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The Board of Trustees of the Eastern Shore Public Library will hold its April monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm.  Location:  Accomack County Airport.  This is a date change from the usual meeting schedule.

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The Accomack County Administrator, Mike Mason, recently sent us an update on the status of the construction contract.  Dated February 24, 2022.

The County notified R.H. Contracting, Inc. (RHC) on January 29, 2022 of its intent to terminate the Eastern Shore Regional Library Construction Contract for default.  The default being RHC did not complete the project on or before January 28, 2022, which is the final completion date in the construction contract.  This letter stated that the County intended to terminate the contract within seven days.  It was sent not only to RHC but also the Surety associated with the performance bond.  Since the letter’s issuance, the Surety, RHC, and County have been involved in tri-party negotiations regarding the completion of the project.  These negotiations center on the diligent prosecution of the work by RHC, a revised project schedule acceptable by all parties, cooperation and involvement of the Surety including additional project monitoring to be provided by the Surety’s consultant and liquidated damages.  These negotiations are on-going with the intent to memorialize terms, conditions and reserved rights in a Memorandum of Understanding if all parties can agree.  While these negotiations take place, RHC will be permitted to continue work under the terms of the original contract and subsequent change orders which are still binding.  If negotiations are not successful, the County may pursue its right to terminate the contract and seek relief from the Surety.

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Social Security 101

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CONTACT: Hannah Swimley, (757) 414-0010




(NASSAWADOX, VIRGINA, February, 2022) The New Year has started and Social Security has been updated.  On February 25, 2022, Eastern Shore Public Library and Northampton Free Library are hosting a free informational webinar about the changes in Social Security and the basics of the program.  Registration is free and open to the public, however, registration is required to obtain the Zoom link.   The registration link can be found at the Northampton Free Library Facebook page or down below.

Sign-up link:



At the end of the information session, Social Security Specialist, Matthew Baxter, will answer attendee’s questions.  Individuals unable to attend the webinar due to technical challenges can attend in the Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox or in the library in Accomac.  For questions and additional details, or to make arrangements to attend at the library, please email Librarian Hannah Swimley at nfl@espl.org or call 757-414-0010.


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(Accomac, Virginia) January 7, 2022 – As COVID-19 cases increase on the Shore, Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomac and Nassawadox will return to curbside pickup by appointment beginning Monday, January 10, 2022.  Library users can request items using espl.org or by phone in order to pick-up reserved items at an appointed time.  Patrons visiting Chincoteague and Cape Charles libraries should contact them directly for hours of operation.

Visitors can enter the libraries from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays to use computers and select reading materials if they are symptom-free.  Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or who are supposed to be quarantining should not enter any of the public libraries.

Outdoor wifi is available in the parking lots.  Library eResources are available 24/7.  Many eResources require an ESPL library card.  Library card registration is available online at espl.org.

Library patrons will need to reserve materials well in advance to allow staff time to pull and prepare the reserve.  Items can be reserved by using the ShoreCat online catalog or by calling library staff during the above hours of operation.  Reserved materials will be checked out and placed in a clean, new bag labeled with the patron’s name.  At the scheduled time of appointment, the bag will be placed on a table in the library lobby.

The ShoreCat online catalog is available at the library’s website, espl.org or even better, you can download the free Librista app. Librista allows you to order books with the app and select your home library.  If you have any questions about your current reserves, or need help with using ShoreCat to request items, please call (757)787-3400 or email espl@espl.org

E-books and audiobooks can be downloaded for free anytime from the library’s eResources with your library card number and PIN. Links to these resources can be found under the eResources tab at espl.org.

Library materials can be returned anytime in the library’s book return slots.  Library staff encourages everyone to continue practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, wearing clean masks properly, and maintaining good health with exercise and balanced diets. All of these are great Steps to Well-Being.

For more information call (757) 787-3400 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays or email espl@espl.org.

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