Eastern Shore Public Library



CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400


Image above:  Library staff pose in the 1,104 sf archive room now under construction in the Heritage Center.

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) April 2, 2021 – In addition to the 2021 cornerstone be placed at the new Eastern Shore of Virginia Regional Library and Heritage Center, a time capsule is being planned.  The capsule will be stored in the Heritage Center’s 1,104 square foot climate controlled archive room.  The Library is soliciting entries for a contest to determine what should be included in the time capsule.  Winning entries will receive a prize.

Time capsules are a traditional means to commemorate a certain point in time.  Items are placed in a capsule that is sealed and reopened far into the future.  2021 marks an important year with the opening of the Heritage Center in the new library.  It also, hopefully, marks the end to the pandemic.  What should be included in this Eastern Shore time capsule?

The Library invites images or written entries for the contest to be submitted by email, Facebook messaging, or postal mail.  Please do not submit any non-paper items or books as they will not be returned if not selected.  Contest entries can include photographs, poems, short stories, or letters.  Photographs can be images of people or places, of small items you think should be included and would like to donate, or images of 2021 events.  All entries will be scanned and included in a virtual time capsule on the library’s website.  Winning entries will be physically placed in a time capsule stored in the Heritage Center archives.

Entries must include the contestant’s name, birth year, email, and mailing address in addition to a brief explanation as to why the entry should be included.  Entries that are inappropriate for viewing by children will not be accepted.  Please limit entries to three per person.  School groups, civic groups, and churches are encouraged to enter as well.  Entries or questions can be emailed to espl@espl.org, messaged to the Eastern Shore Public Library Facebook page, or mailed to ESPL, PO Box 25, Parksley, VA 23421.

The contest starts Monday, April 5th to recognize National Library Week.  Entries will be accepted until May 1, 2021.  Help the Eastern Shore celebrate the new Regional Library and Heritage Center now under construction in the town of Parksley.  Help mark this important time in history with this time capsule.  To learn more about the library building project, go to www.shorelibrary.com.

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CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400


Photo above of Barfield staff holding an auction item.

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) March 31, 2021 – The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation successfully “Raised the Green” this month for the new ESVA Regional Library & Heritage Center in Parksley.  Zeb Barfield Auctions in Hallwood hosted a lively, online auction of local art, boat cruises, vacation accommodations, Eastern Shore books and local history collectibles.  Due to the pandemic, the Foundation’s annual fundraising event became virtual.  It continued to generate broad support for the library.  The Foundation would like to thank the many generous artists, local businesses and individuals who donated items and services  for the auction, and the following sponsors:  John Fiege, Certified Financial Planner; Bill & Collette Nelson; The Blarney Stone Pub; Scott & Carol Callander; Davis Disposal; Victor Klein; The Five Miles Farm; The K Club; Betty Farley; Curtis & Lynn Badger; Eastern Shore Chiropractic Clinic; Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library; Herbert Senn Co.; Joyce & J. T. Holland; Neubeam; and the Soroptimist Club of Accomack County for their generous support.  For more information about to learn other ways to support the Eastern Shore of Virginia Regional Library and Heritage Center under construction now in Parksley, visit www.shorelibrary.com.

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CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400




(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) March 12, 2021 – Eastern Shore residents want life to return to “normal” and know wearing masks and social distancing are the key to making that happen.  Thanks to these healthy habits and increased vaccinations, COVID-19 positive rates on the Shore have returned to lower levels. Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomac and the Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox will welcome visitors into the libraries starting on Monday, March 15, 2021 with safety limits.

Visitors can enter the library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday.  Patron visits are limited to thirty minutes which includes browsing for books and for computer use.  The maximum number of visitors allowed in the Accomac library is 20 and 8 in Northampton Free Library.  Appointments are not needed with these limitations in place.  Curbside pickup of reserved items will continue all day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Patrons need to call the library first before picking up their curbside holds to ensure the items are ready.  Chincoteague Island Library and Cape Charles Memorial Library patrons need to call those libraries to learn their reopening plans.

Individuals exposed to COVID-19 or have any symptoms of illness are not to enter the libraries.  Masks covering the nose and mouth and social distancing are required at all times within the libraries.

Eastern Shore Public Library staff look forward to welcoming visitors back into the libraries and hope to return to full service of operations in the coming months.  Staff thanks everyone who has followed the CDC guidelines to improve the health conditions on the Shore.  For more information or questions about using the library, call 757-787-3400.

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CONTACT: Cara Burton, 757-787-3400

Social Security: What Every Retiree Should Know

Photo above.

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) February 23, 2021 – Social Security benefits help secure a
comfortable retirement. Retirees and their family need to be aware of the ways to protect this
financial benefit. Eastern Shore Public Library is hosting a free virtual program by the Shore’s
Social Security Administration’s Public Affairs Specialist on Friday, April 2, at
12:00/noon. This 30 minute program focuses on fraud prevention, survivor benefits, SSA’s
online services, and concerns about the solvency of Social Security trust funds. The program is
specifically designed for those already receiving Social Security benefits. Registration is
required and attendance can be by phone or online. To register, go
to https://tinyurl.com/4fqdwsqm or call the library at 757-787-3400.

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CONTACT: Cara Burton, 757-787-3400

VMFA Artmobile Returning to the Shore

Image above: This painting by George Harvey (1799-1880) is one of the artworks featured in
the VMFA artmobile exhibit.

(ACCOMAC, VA) February 22, 2021 – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ “VMFA On The
Road” artmobile will return to the Shore in April. Eastern Shore Public Library is hosting the
mobile art exhibit on Wednesday April 7 and Thursday April 8 in Nassawadox and on Friday
April 9 and Saturday April 10 at Historic Onancock School. Visiting the exhibit is free and open
to the public, however, a reservation is required to allow for the social distancing measures in
place. To reserve a one fifteen minute appointment, go
to https://forms.gle/4wYNAXtCPNMbD8oZ8 or call the library at 757-787-3400. Other outdoor
activities are being planned as well.

This year’s VMFA On the Road exhibit is entitled “A View from the Home: Landscapes of
Virginia.” Each year, the VMFA artmobile travels across the landscape of Virginia from the
Eastern Shore to the mountains of the Southwest. This exhibition of paintings, photographs,
woodblock prints, and engravings from the museum’s permanent collection explores the diversity
and beauty of these natural realms. The collection showcases artists of various styles and periods,
who together record both the sublimity of unspoiled nature and the impact of human activity
throughout the commonwealth.

Help the Eastern Shore Public Library celebration National Library Week by enjoying this
wonderful cultural enrichment program!

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CONTACT:  Tiffany Flores, 757-787-3400


(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) FEBRUARY 19, 2021– This spring, Eastern Shore Public Library is partnering with Virginia Cooperative Extension to launch the Pick a Better Snack virtual storytime event to help teach K-2nd graders about healthy snacks. Each storytime session will present a lesson and video demonstrations focused on a new fruit or vegetable, food safety, and exercise.

Virtual storytime sessions will be hosted on Zoom every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. from March 3rd to April 7th. Families are invited to register for this free and fun event and enjoy learning about healthy food and habits. Registration is now open. If you are interesting in registering please email youthservices@espl.org or call Cooperative Extension at 757-678-7946 ext. 22.

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CONTACT:  Barbara Schwenk, 757-787-2500


(ONANCOCK, VIRGINIA) September 14, 2020 – The Eastern Shore Public Library and C. D. Marsh Jewelers have joined forces to help fund construction of a MakerSpace at the new Eastern Shore of Virginia Regional Library and Heritage Center currently under construction in Parksley, Virginia.

What is a makerspace?  MakerSpaces have been installed in public libraries to provide the technology, equipment and space to foster creativity and invention.  Many think of makerspaces as a room with 3-D printers, but the concept covers a broader scope and is more flexible.  ESPL’s makerspace will focus on audio-visual technology needed for creating videos and recordings in a sound studio.  This provides equity for students needing to create videos for class.  Historians can record oral histories and podcasts.  Businesses can record advertisements and training videos.  The ESPL MakerSpace will enable ESVA residents to better respond to our changing world of communication.

To fund this project C. D. Marsh Jewelers has created a custom design “Beyond Books” bracelet of its signature Chesapeake Bay bangle.  The bracelet is a sterling silver cuff with two shape choices:  flat or the traditional curve.

To place your order, go to espl.org/fundraisers or call Marsh Jewelers at (757) 787-3333. Each bracelet is $125, plus tax, and shipping is available.  Personalized engraving on the back of the bracelet is available for a small additional fee.  Stop by the jeweler’s at 25 Market Street in Onancock to be sized to ensure correct fitting.

Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and a portion of the purchase of the bracelet can be tax deductible as a contribution to the “Makerspace” at the new ESVA Regional Library.

What a perfect gift for birthday celebrations, employee gifts, holiday events or just to say you are special!  If you need additional information, please contact the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation office at 757-787-2500.

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Off the shelf March 2019 ESPL news article

The Missing Jail of Eastville by Jenean Hall

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