Eastern Shore Public Library

Library Updates

Board of Trustees Minutes FY2020-2021

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Below are approved minutes.  Board packets are available in another post on our website.

ESPL Board minutes February 2021 APPROVED

ESPL Board minutes Dec 8 2020 APPROVED

ESPL Board minutes April 2021 APPROVED.docx

ESPL Board minutes August 2020 APPROVED.docx

ESPL Board minutes January 2021 APPROVED.docx

ESPL Board minutes July 2020 APPROVE

ESPL Board minutes June 2021 APPROVED.docx

ESPL Board minutes March 2021 approved.docx

ESPL Board minutes May 2021 APPROVED.docx

ESPL Board minutes November 2020 APPROVED

ESPL Board minutes October 2020 APPROVED.docx

ESPL Board minutes September 2020 APPROVED

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Read an ebook day

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A celebration of modern storytelling (and a contest!)

Be a part of the festivities on September 18th by checking out your favorite eBook from your library and then join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love eBooks.

The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines – all available through the Eastern Shore Public Library at libbyapp.com

To enter the Read an eBook Day contest at the ESPL, simply email us at espl@espl.org between September 18th and October 2nd and tell us which eBook you are reading. You’ll be entered in a drawing for a gift card to The Book Bin in Onley.

You’re also welcome to share your favorite eBook reads with the wider world by using the hashtag #ebookLove on social media.

Discover the joys of digital reading with the Eastern Shore Public Library and Libby!

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Join the Big Library Read!

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World’s Largest Digital Book Club and Eastern Shore Public Library Hunt for the Truth

Thrilling and suspensefulThe Quiet Girl” ebook now available for reading and discussion beginning Monday, June 28th!

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 and read ebook copies of this summer’s selection, S.F. Kosa’s “The Quiet Girl,” with no waitlists or holds.

The Quiet Girl begins with struggling entrepreneur Alex’s arrival in Provincetown to patch things up with his new wife, Mina. He finds an empty wine glass in the sink, her wedding ring on the desk, and a string of questions in her wake. The police believe that Mina, a successful romance author, simply left, their marriage crumbling before it truly began. But what Alex finds in their empty cottage points him toward a different reality: Mina has always carried a secret. And now she’s disappeared. In his hunt for the truth, Alex comes across Layla, a young woman with information to share, who may hold the key to everything his wife has kept hidden. To find his missing wife, Alex must face what Layla has forgotten.

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 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 the ESPL with any questions about this program at (757)787-3400 between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Automatic Renewals Are Here!

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Life can get hectic. Here’s a bit of help.

Sometimes when life is busy, due dates for your borrowed library materials can come and go before you even notice. Thanks to a new feature in our library software, most checked out items will automatically renew to give you more time to enjoy them and less stress about return dates.

All library items, except requested items, new books, new audiobooks, and DVDs will automatically renew until the renewal limit is reached (usually two renewals). Your due dates will be updated, and if you have an email address on file, you’ll receive an email with your extended due dates.

For the materials that don’t automatically renew, like new books, new audiobooks, and DVDs, it is still possible to renew them by accessing your patron account on ShoreCat, or by calling your library branch. As long as no other patron has requested the items, or the items haven’t reached their renewal limit, we’re happy to renew them for you.

To make sure you receive notifications and updates, now is a great time to add an email address to your library account, if you haven’t already done so. Please email espl@espl.org or call the Accomac library at 757-787-3400, M-F, 11 am – 5 pm.

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Social Security: What Every Retiree Should Know

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Social Security: What Every Retiree Should Know

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, click here or call the library at 757-787-3400.

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VMFA Artmobile Returns to the Shore in April

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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 one fifteen minute appointment, click here 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 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 celebrate National Library Week by enjoying this wonderful cultural enrichment program!

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New eBooks & eAudios have arrived in the library’s Overdrive app, Libby!

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New eBooks & eAudios have arrived in the library’s Overdrive app, Libby!

The Eastern Shore Public Library has moved our digital eBooks and eAudiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app. You can browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great eBooks and eAudiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, plus we’ve added a new selection of eBooks and eAudios! In just a few taps, you can start reading or listening instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library.

All you need to get started in Libby is your device and your library card number and PIN number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes.

Get started at https://espl.org/how-do-i/audiobooks-and-ebooks/ If you have questions, you can find in-app support, or visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance. As always, if you need help with your PIN, finding our collections on Libby, or getting set up, you can reach out to Accomac library staff at (757)787-3400 between 11 am and 5 pm, M – F.


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“What makes you so strong?” virtual program

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We are shaped by what we inherit. Our ecological environment, culture, ancestors, and parents pass on perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, and values embedded in our bodies, DNA, and emotions before we are born. We are influenced by what we experience. Our birth, childhood, family systems dynamics, school, faith tradition, and communities continue to inform who we are, what we believe, and our place in the world.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at noon, you are invited to spend a virtual lunch with Reverend Doctor Paula Owens Parker, author of Roots Matter:  Healing History, Honoring Heritage, Renewing Hope.  This one-hour, free presentation will illustrate how to locate the trauma in our lives and the resilience created in response to trauma. It will identify criteria for recognizing how generational trauma influences family life and introduce practices to foster resilience.  Intentional and compassionate choices to mourn the losses and celebrate the strength can restore trust and vitality in family relationships and communities.

The virtual Zoom webinar program can be enjoyed online through your computer or personal device or by phone. To register and receive the program link, go to: https://tinyurl.com/y6p8er3h

What Makes You So Strong?” is sponsored by Community Partners of the Eastern Shore, the Community Services Board, and the Eastern Shore Public Library. For more information or questions, call 757-787-3400 or email espl@espl.org.

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Memorial to Wyllie Thornton, former bookmobile librarian, by Dr. Miles Barnes

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Wyllie Thornton, retired bookmobile librarian at the Eastern Shore Public Library, passed away recently. For a decade, I joined Miss Wyllie on her Wednesday bookmobile routes. I soon learned that she possessed an admirable work ethic, paid attention to detail, and considered service to the bookmobile’s patrons her first responsibility. She knew the reading interests of the clientele and, a reader herself, took pains to select books that they were likely to enjoy. Having formerly driven a school bus, she was comfortable behind the wheel of the bookmobile and understood the vehicle’s needs and crochets.

I relished my days bookmobiling with Miss Wyllie. We shared a similar attitude toward patron service and a similar sense of humor. We enjoyed traveling the Eastern Shore’s back roads and stopping in its small towns. We looked forward to greeting and talking with fellow readers. Our conversations while on the road or over lunch were punctuated by laughter. She was kind and generous, calm and philosophical. I hope that I never forget the time I spent with her.

After her retirement from the library, Miss Wyllie deepened her commitment to her church and to her community. She even served a term as mayor of Wachapreague. She maintained friendships with library patrons and staff. She was especially close to Colette Nelson, who also worked alongside her on the bookmobile. Colette and I and others who loved her mourn her passing.

Wyllie Thornton’s obituary is here: https://www.doughtyfuneralhome.com/obituary/wyllie-thornton

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Eastern Shore Public Library’s Ebooks and Audiobooks Have Moved from RBdigital to Libby Reading App

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Eastern Shore of Virginia residents can browse, borrow and enjoy even more ebooks and digital audiobooks from Eastern Shore Public Library through the award-winning Libby reading app. Digital books previously available through the RBdigital app have been moved to the library’s OverDrive service and are available through Libby. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the Libby app, recently acquired RBdigital.

Patrons already enjoying the Libby app will experience no change, other than they may notice even more great titles available through Eastern Shore Public Library’s digital collection. With a valid library card, members of the community can borrow from the library’s digital collection by visiting espl.org or downloading Libby.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, readers have turned to ebooks and audiobooks with many using them for the first time.  It is wonderful that we can provide the more user-friendly OverDrive platform for our patrons to access these resources,” said Cara Burton, System Director of Eastern Shore Public Library.  “In addition to our Freading ebook collection which is financially supported by the Friends of ESPL, patrons have good options to meet their reading needs.  And remember, these ebooks are available at no charge when you borrow through the library!”

Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with ESPL’s digital collection. This tailored collection offers ebooks, audiobooks and magazines including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of topics. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more.

Readers may browse ESPL’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®”.  All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

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