Revitalization of “Friends of the Eastern
Shore Public Library” organization
An organizational meeting was held on July 7th 2005 at the Accomac Branch of
the Eastern Shore Public Library to revitalize the ‘Friends of the Eastern
Shore Public Library‘. The organization was originally established in 1981 to
raise money for the current extension in Accomac. The organization seeks to
stimulate public support and greater use of the library and encourages gifts,
endowments and bequests to the library.
In July 2005, as water dripped through a leak in the ceiling of the Eastern
Shore Public Library in Accomac, Carol Vincent, Director of Administration,
thought about her options.
What she needed, she decided, were a few good Friends.
That emergency precipitated the revival of the Friends of the Eastern Shore
Public Library. The group raised $5,000 for roof repairs, and then successfully
lobbied Accomack County to add more public money for the project.
The roof was repaired in time for Christmas. The Friends then lobbied the
County for funds to pave the parking lot, and replace the sidewalk and outside
lighting. Their efforts succeeded, and that project was completed in June 2006.
Attention turned toward the inside of the library. Thanks to membership drives
and fund raising efforts, the Friends donated $10,000 for new computers and
The Children's Room revitalization was completed in June 2007 with donations of more than $4,000 from the Friends.
Volunteer members donated sweat equity by painting walls, while others hand
made story-time cushions. New rugs were purchased and local artisans, including
Miriam Riggs, Charlie Mahler and Ellin McFord, built and decorated the
Spurring all these efforts is a conviction that the libraries of the Eastern
Shore are one of our greatest local institutions. Their bookshelves hold a
trove of Eastern Shore history. The public enjoys free computer usage,
including wi-fi internet access. An annual Summer Reading Program engages
children in fun, safe and educational activities
For all this and much more, the Eastern Shore libraries need your help