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“COUNT ME IN!” Basket Drawing Fundraiser

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Win one of twenty-five gift baskets in the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation’s “Count Me In!” basket drawing fundraiser starting  October 1.  Funds are still needed for construction, technology, and other valuable materials for the new Regional Library and ESVA Heritage Center to be built in Parksley.

This basket drawing fundraiser has a twist:  the baskets are being displayed in multiple places on the Shore, but you can select which basket(s) you want by entering the basket identification number on the ticket.  Additionally, there is a contest between the organizations donating the baskets:  the basket with the most “votes,” (ticket entries), will win a prize!  Some of the organizations donating baskets include:  Kiwanis Club of Onancock, Onancock Rotary Club, Northampton County Public Schools Alumni Association, YMCA (Onley), Mallard’s Restaurant, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and more.

All baskets have a minimum value of $100.  Ticket packs of five are $10. The baskets will be displayed and tickets can be bought from October 1 to November 21.  The drawings will take place on November 21 at the ESPL Foundation office at Four Corner Plaza.  Basket display locations include all four ESPL libraries, the Book Bin, PNC Bank, and select other venues to be announced.  Tickets will be available at the libraries, the Book Bin, the Foundation Office, from Foundation board members, and other venues to be announced.

Help support the new library, possibly win a wonderful basket in time for the holidays, and vote on the best basket!  “Count Me In!” is a fundraiser everyone can participate in, helping to make the new library truly a community library.

For more information contact the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation at (757) 787-2500.

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ESPL is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!

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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/

Yearbooks: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Church Records: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Countryside Transformed: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

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Summer Reading 2019

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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.


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Upcoming hot title releases at ESPL

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You’re going to want to read these!


January 2019

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


February 2019

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


March 2019

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


April 2019

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

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School Success with Library Resources

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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!

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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 espl@espl.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.

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Fundraising and Grantwriting collection at ESPL

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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/

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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.

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Did you know that we have eBooks?

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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!

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    23610 Front Street
    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;
    (757) 824-5151

    Cape Charles Memorial Library
    201 Mason Avenue
    Cape Charles, VA 23310
    Phone: (757) 331-1300

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    7745 Seaside Rd
    P.O. Box 729 Nassawadox, VA 23413
    Phone: (757) 414-0010

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    4077 Main Street
    Chincoteague, VA 23336
    Phone: (757) 336-3460

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