Eastern Shore Public Library




‘Garden to Go’ Comes to Northampton Free Library


garden to go 

Photo Attached: Free gardening kits for children provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension are being given away.

(NASSAWADOX, VIRGINIA) July 20, 2021 – It is summer and it is time to garden! Northampton Free Library has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide “Garden to Go” kits during the summer. The library is encouraging healthy eating by providing families the basics for growing vegetables at home. These kits provide a growing container, soil, and seeds. All that is needed for these kits is regular watering, a sunny spot, and some love and care. With faithful care, families should have a delicious fruit or vegetable to snack on. Participants are encouraged to post photos of their growing Garden to Go kits on the Northampton Free Library Facebook page.  Garden To Go counts as a Summer Reading Beanstack activity, too!  Details are available under the Youth Services tab at espl.org.

This program is free and open to the children ages 3 to 18. If your child would like a kit, please visit Northampton Free Library to pick one up.  One kit per child is available while supplies last.  Participants do NOT need a library card to receive a kit. If you have any questions please call 757-414-0010 or email youthservices@espl.org.

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CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400


Summer programs

Photo above:  The Summer Reading Program is underway at ESPL libraries.  Carlos the Juggler will be at Accomac library on Friday, July 23, at 10:30 am.  The event is free and open to the public.

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) June 30, 2021 – Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL) in Accomac and the Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox will have revised hours July 1 to August 13, 2021.  The Accomac library will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  It will be open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays.  The library in Nassawadox will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesdays and Fridays and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Thursdays.

All four public libraries on the Eastern Shore of Virginia are open for readers to check-out books and use the computers.  Curbside pickup is available upon request. The Eastern Shore Room is available for local history research by appointment.  The Summer Reading Program is underway.  ESPL offers free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for any cardholder.

Northampton Free Library is temporarily closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays due to staffing challenges.  The revised schedule enables ESPL to fulfill the state requirements for minimum standards for public libraries and meet the appointed times for the library’s Summer Food Program at both libraries.

For more information about library hours and services, call ESPL at 757-787-3400 during hours of operation.  Many library services are listed at www.espl.org.

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CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400


ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA – June 25, 2021 – Local book lovers can join thousands of readers around the world in reading a debut mystery/thriller eBook during the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. Through July 12, patrons of the Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL) can borrow for free and read copies of this summer’s selection, S.F. Kosa’s “The Quiet Girl,” with no waitlists or holds. This is a fun summer reading event for adults and an opportunity to read the debut novel by S.F. Kosa.

The Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an eBook through public libraries. The Quiet Girl can be read on all major computers and devices through free Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®”. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

ESPL readers can solve the mystery by visiting https://espl.org/how-do-i/audiobooks-and-ebooks/ to download the Libby app on their desktop or mobile device. The Big Library Read also offers an online discussion board and a live author interview on July 7th (registration required) at biglibraryread.com. This free program runs for two weeks and only requires an ESPL library card to get started. Apply for a library card online at https://esplva.booksys.net/opac/espl/#menuHome, or visit an ESPL location to apply in person. Contact ESPL with any questions about this program at (757)787-3400 between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.


CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400

“1,000 Things Before Kindergarten” Returns to Eastern Shore Public Library

A young child reading. A group of children coloring.

Photos above:  Many activities, like assembling Legos and puzzles, help stimulate the mental skills needed to prepare children for Kindergarten and reading.  The Library’s free pre-K program encourages families to develop such skills and uses books to build family libraries as incentives.

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) June 21, 2021 — The Eastern Shore Public Library is ready to help children get ready for Kindergarten with the “1,000 Things before Kindergarten” early childhood program.  In partnership with the Library of Virginia and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 1,000 Things before Kindergarten program features a custom folder, a free book, log sheets, activity suggestions and prizes for every 100 books or activities completed. Participation includes things like playing in water/bath, singing, counting, measuring and many other every day and not-so-everyday activities.

This fun parent-child program encourages family relationships in learning new skills, ones that lead up the road to learning to read. Visit one of the four libraries on the Eastern Shore located in Accomac, Cape Charles, Chincoteague, and Nassawadox to pick up a free 1,000 Things before Kindergarten Program starter kit. For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Tiffany Flores at youthservices@espl.org OR call 757-787-3400.


CONTACT:  Cara Burton, 757-787-3400


Photo above:  All ESVA Libraries are still providing “curbside” pick-up of reserved library materials.

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) April 29, 2021 – Eastern Shore Public Library and the Northampton Free Library will open expanded hours starting Monday, May 3, 2021.  The Accomac location will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and will be closed on Saturdays.  Visitation time limits remain at one hour.  Patrons visiting Chincoteague and Cape Charles libraries should contact them directly for hours of operation.  For more information, call Eastern Shore Public Library at 757-787-3400 or visit espl.org.

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(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) APRIL 19, 2021 Beanstack returns this year as part of Eastern Shore Public Library’s spring and summer reading programming. Readers registered with Beanstack record time spent reading, participate in challenges, and share book reviews. As reading and activities are logged, readers will earn digital badges redeemable for cool incentive prizes.  The program is free and open to the public.  A library card is not required to participate.

This spring, Eastern Shore Public Library is excited to kick off the season with a challenge! Readers up to 12th grade can sign up for Beanstack and participate in the “Spring into Reading Challenge.” Readers can participate in this reading challenge by logging how many minutes they read and participate in cool activities. The more you read and do, the more prizes you earn. Patrons can register at espl.beanstack.org for this challenge now and participate until April 30th.

Additionally, Beanstack will return this summer as part of the “Tails and Tales” summer reading program. Children up to 12th grade will be able to do the “Read to Bead” incentive program through this challenge. By reading and participating in fun activities, readers earn a neck chain and add beads and “brag tags” all summer long. Registration will begin June 21st and run until August 13th, 2020. Keep an eye on the library’s website, espl.org, and follow the Eastern Shore Public Library Youth Services Facebook page for more information.

Questions and requests for help should be directed to the Youth Services Librarian, Tiffany Flores at youthservices@espl.org or by calling Eastern Shore Public Library at 757-787-3400.

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CONTACT:  Tiffany Flores, 757-787-3400



Drawing program 

Photo above: Image of digital art tablet

(ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA) April 19, 2021– On Fridays, Eastern Shore Public Library will be hosting virtual “Draw With Me” art programs for youth. During these sessions, young artists of any skill level will be able to draw and chat online with Youth Services Librarian, Tiffany Flores.  The one hour drawing program will teach basic art skills, about digital art and the technology behind it. While not required, participants are encouraged to draw along with the Librarian with their own art supplies, ask questions, and give drawing suggestions. Additionally, participants are encouraged to share their artwork on Instagram by tagging Eastern Shore Public Library’s new Instagram @ESPLyouthservice.

Virtual sessions will be hosted on Zoom webinar every Friday at 11:00 am.  All ages are invited to register for this free event and join in on this hour of fun, creativity, and digital learning. Registration is now open and available in an ongoing basis. To register, visit espl.org and click on the calendar. Questions about the Zoom interface and online safety, can be directed by email youthservices@espl.org or call the library at 757-787-3400.

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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:  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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