Through our new partnership with FamilySearch, researchers can view digital images of record sets that are available only at FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries. These records used to have to be ordered on microfilm from the Family History Library and viewed at a special Family History Center, but are now conveniently available online at all four of our ESPL library locations: Chincoteague, Accomac, Nassawadox and Cape Charles.
Original records such as deeds, marriages, wills, indentures, free negro registrations and county court orders from the Accomack and Northampton County courthouses are included, but the same wealth of information is available to those searching in other locations as well. Eastern Shore families with links to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the western shore of Virginia—and new ESVA residents whose family roots lie elsewhere—will also find many more research opportunities than what is available from home.
FamilySearch requires that every user open a free account to use the site. If you’ve already been using FamilySearch at home, the same account will work at the library. Digital images can be accessed using the Family History Library Catalog at FamilySearch.org. To learn more about using the catalog, visit the FamilySearch Wiki page: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Introduction_to_the_FamilySearch_Catalog. Any images found in the catalog that include the notation that they must be accessed at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library can be viewed from public computers (or on your laptop!) at any of our four Eastern Shore Public Library locations.
Eastern Shore Public Library is proud to offer this new opportunity to researchers! Remember, AncestryLibrary is also free at all four library locations. And no matter where you are, check out our other online digital offerings:
Chincoteague Oral Histories: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/
Cape Charles Rosenwald School Oral Histories: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/
Marriage and Death notices from local newspapers: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/
Peninsula Enterprise newspaper 1881 – 1922: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/
Accomack County Court Order Abstracts, Vol. 28, 1777-1780: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/
Church Records: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/
Countryside Transformed: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/
A UNIVERSE OF STORIES
EASTERN SHORE PUBLIC LIBRARY 2019 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer when the Eastern Shore Public Library presents “A Universe of Stories” as the summer reading program theme. All four Eastern Shore of Virginia public libraries are offering children a reading challenge program and a variety of fun events. Young readers can sign up at their local library, receive reading incentive prizes, and get their fines waived! The summer program is scheduled to begin on June 24 and end on August 18, 2019.
In addition to reading great books, library patrons can attend exciting summer program events where they can:
- Be entertained and informed by special programs including wild animals and interesting people from near and far.
- Design and create with Legos, recycled items, blocks, and more.
- Participate in STREAM events that will explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and/or Math.
- Check out a nature backpack, enjoy a free visit to one of the Virginia State Parks, and explore nature using the contents of the backpack.
In Accomac on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Nassawadox on Mondays and Wednesdays, a free lunch will be served to children age 18 and younger at 12:00 noon as part of the libraries’ participation in the Summer Food Service Program, a USDA program sponsored by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Accomack County Parks and Recreation department.
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. Some key events to watch for include the Virginia Living Museum, Salisbury “Zoo 2 U,” storyteller Lynn Ruehlman, Bright Star Theatre, yoga with Claudette Lajoie, juggling with Cascading Carlos, mime and magic illusions with Chris “Hoopoe” Yerlig, along with other surprises. 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 generous donations of area groups and families and the Library of Virginia. Financial and volunteer support also comes from the Friends groups of Cape Charles, Nassawadox, and Accomac libraries and the large group of volunteers at the Chincoteague library.
You’re going to want to read these!
Liar Liar by James Patterson
Turning Point by Danielle Steel
Untouchable by Jayne Anne Krentz
The Sweetest Thing by Judith McNaught
Daughter of War by Brad Taylor
Crucible by James Rollins
Tear it Down by Nick Petrie
The Burglar by Thomas Perry
The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk
The Rule of Law by John Lescroart
Judgment by Joseph Finder
The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
Connections in Death by J D Robb
The Chef by James Patterson
A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux
California Girls by Susan Mallery
The Black Ascot by Charles Todd
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
A Case of Bier by Mary Daheim
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
American Duchess: a Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Karen Harper
All in by Shelley Shepard Gray
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Last Second by Catherine Coulter
Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels
Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen
Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein
The First Lady by James Patterson
Silent Night by Danielle Steel
Wolf Pack by C. J. Box
Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler
Wild Card by Stuart Woods
The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich
Run Away by Harlen Coben
The Last Act by Brad Parks
Cemetery Road by Greg Iles
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark
Neon Prey by John Sandford
New Memory Man Thriller by David Baldacci
The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
Far and Away by Fern Michaels
The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr
Before we were Wicked by Eric Jerome Dickey
The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry
The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis
Back to school time is just around the corner and with it comes the inevitable homework, school projects, and research papers. The public libraries on the Eastern Shore of Virginia have many resources to help students with these endeavors. This month the library is highlighting the Credo Reference online service which can be accessed in the library or at home, on your smartphone, tablet, or computer from our E-RESOURCES webpage at http://espl.org/e-resources-2/ Credo Reference serves as a great starting point for your research offering over 3,000,000 reference entries from all the major academic subject areas. Browse over 300,000 images and 2,000 short reference videos to help visualize your research. Use their Mind Map to brainstorm your latest paper topic. Find tons of images, audio files, videos and full text articles on any topic you can think of, all with full citations that your teachers will applaud. For students studying opposing views on current issues, Real-Time Reference from Credo offers fact-based background information on the most important social issues in the news today. With tons of images, charts and pro vs con viewpoints, Real-time Reference is a great place to begin your research, inform your arguments, and learn about conflicting views on a multitude of topics. Drawing from much of your library’s online resources, Credo Topic Pages show the wealth of information available from your library on any topic. Homework Help is also available from Credo Reference. Live help for homework is provided by state certified teachers offering real teacher help. A whiteboard allows the student and teacher to effectively work through the student’s questions, and a chat box facilitates conversations between students and teachers. This service is available for students in grades 3 – 12 and provides instant help – no appointment is needed. During the school year the hours of availability are Monday through Thursday from 3 pm to 9 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. Live Homework Help is not available on major holidays. Look for the login screen on the lower half of the Credo homepage (in orange box above) or from the black tab named Homework Help on the right of the screen. After entering their name, grade level, and subject of interest, and submitting the request, the student will be connected to a live teacher within one minute. Give Credo Reference and Homework Help a try this school year and give the library some feedback about your experience. Remember to visit our E-RESOURCES webpage at http://espl.org/e-resources-2/ to locate this and other online resources. Have a wonderful year of exploration and discovery!
ACCOMAC, VIRGINIA (May 11, 2018) – The Eastern Shore Public Library is participating in the Library of Virginia’s digitization project to make school yearbooks available online. Sixty-six Eastern Shore of Virginia yearbooks are now online and can be viewed at https://archive.org/details/easternshorepubliclibrary. The project is funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Yearbooks, also called “annuals,” are a valuable resource for people researching their family history and provide historic information on the school’s clubs, sports, and academics. The books are also valued for their artwork. The Eastern Shore yearbooks now online include several from Cape Charles schools titled “The Arrow,” loaned by the Cape Charles Museum. Various titles from the ESPL Frances Bibbins Latimer collection including Northampton High School’s “The Lighthouse” and the Hampton Institute “Hamptonian” were scanned. The collection also includes annuals from the Northampton-Accomack School of Practical Nursing’s “White Caps” and six years from Onancock High School’s “The Beacon”. The nursing school annuals were donated to Eastern Shore Public Library by Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital prior to the hospital’s move to Onley.
The Library of Virginia yearbook project includes yearbooks from across Virginia, however the ESPL project focuses on Accomack and Northampton county schools. Individuals wishing to include their yearbook in the online database can contact the Eastern Shore Public Library at (757) 787-3400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Your yearbook can either be permanently donated to our archives or loaned to ESPL only for the duration of the scanning project.
Eastern Shore Public Library Collection Materials supporting Grantwriting and Fundraising
Calling all Grantseekers and Nonprofits!
To supplement the Foundation Directory Online, which is now available at our Accomac location, we have expanded and updated our selection of books on grantwriting and fundraising. Be sure to check these out when you visit the library — they are located beside the computer designated for Foundation Directory searching.
Doing Good with Other People’s Money: The Essential Guide to Winning Grants and Contracts. Hatherleigh Press, 2018. Steiner, Rick
Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work. NOLO, 2016. Bray, Ilona
Funded!: Successful Grantwriting for Your Nonprofit. Oxford University Press, 2017. Hoefer, Richard
Fundraising for Nonprofits. William Morrow & Co., 2014. Keegan, P. Burke
Grant Writing for Dummies. For Dummies, 2016. Browning, Beverly A.
Nonprofit Fundraising 101: A Practical Guide to Easy to Implement Ideas and Tips from Industry Experts. Wiley, 2016. Heyman, Darian Rodriguez
The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need. Basic Books, 2014. Karsh, Ellen
Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies. Foundation Center, 2001. Seltzer, Michael
Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising (Revised). Jossey-Bass, 2009. Clarke, Cheryl A.
Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals. Jossey-Bass, 2013. O’Neal-McElrath, Tori
Visit our website for more: http://espl.org/e-resources-2/fundraising-resources/
EASTERN SHORE PUBLIC LIBRARY ONE OF TWENTY LIBRARIES IN U.S. TO RECEIVE SUMMER TEEN GRANT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (April 23, 2018) The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Eastern Shore Public Library to be one of twenty public libraries in the United States to receive its 2018 Summer Teen Intern Grant. The grant will allow these public libraries to hire teen interns to assist in the implementation of their summer learning programs, while also helping teens gain real world work experience and develop professional skills. Each grant is worth $1,000. The grant is possible through the generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Janice Felker, the Youth Service Librarian of the Eastern Shore Public Library, is very grateful and excited to be awarded this grant. “With the generous support of YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the library will be able to set the stage to develop a strong teen intern program,” Felker announced. “Internships lead to many growth opportunities for our community teens including volunteer or employment positions in the future and the creation of a Teen Advisory Board to help us plan young adult programs.” The new regional library will have a room designed specifically for teens that includes space for graphic novels and young adult books, comfortable seating, and access to a technology makerspace.
Two teen interns will be hired, one for the Accomac and one for the Nassawadox location. Students interested in applying for the part-time, temporary summer internship program should visit the library’s website, www.espl.org, to register or stop by one of these two libraries to get the form. The student must be between sixteen and eighteen years old, a resident of either Accomack or Northampton County, and have transportation to the library.
For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Be sure to check out the selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines available on our website. Simply click on the eResources tab of the main menu at www.espl.org, and look for the RBdigital, Freading, and Tumblebook Cloud icons.
RBdigital offers books, audiobooks, and magazines in a downloadable electronic format, all in one convenient application. Freading features a wide variety of entertaining and informative fiction and nonfiction eBooks for all ages. All of the content at RBdigital and Freading can be downloaded to your desktop computer, or to your mobile phone or tablet to allow reading or listening on the go.
Tumblebook Cloud includes content geared toward middle and high schoolers, in eBook, audio and video formats, all instantly available for reading, listening or watching online.
There is something for everyone in these collections, and we are happy to help you get started. Simply ask about eBooks at your next visit to the library, or give us a call at 757-787-3400 or 757-414-0010. Happy eReading!
Snuggle with a Book – 2018 Winter Reading Program
It is always a good time to snuggle and read a good book with a child, but this February is an especially great time! During February, the Eastern Shore Public Library will be offering a Winter Reading Program called “Snuggle with a Book,” featuring artwork by illustrator, Jiaqi Zhou. Sponsored by the Library of Virginia, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Smart Beginnings, this program encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud with young children ages 0 to 6, and is open to families, daycare providers, and teachers. Many studies indicate that frequently reading aloud to children is very important. It helps them develop a love of reading and leads to future success in school. We all know it is a great way to create some quality family time. There is no minimum number of minutes or books to read in order to complete the program. The program is meant to focus attention on the important role that parents and primary caregivers play in their children’s early literacy development.
To register for the 2018 Winter Reading Program, visit one of your local Eastern Shore of Virginia public libraries in Accomac, Cape Charles, Chincoteague, or Nassawadox early in February to pick up your 2018 Winter Reading Program materials. Each child will receive a “Snuggle with a Book” packet including a reading log, a Book Booster Activity Sheet, bookmarks, stickers, and other information about the importance of early childhood literacy. At the end of the program, a certificate of completion will be awarded.
We hope to see you at the library!
Send an e-mail to youthservices at espl.org if you have questions about the 2018 Winter Reading Program.