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Friends of the Eastern Shore
Public Library

Welcome to the Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library ("Friends") website. The purpose of this website is to provide information about the Friends, activities sponsored, and encourage the public to help the Friends enhance the Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL) in Accomac, VA,

There are several ways you can help the ESPL:

Join the Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library to actively support and promote your library.

Help focus public attention on the services, facilities and needs of your library.

Volunteer your time, your money and your expertise to your library.

Support your library by purchasing a book from Adopt a Book program or purchase a Friends book tote or a used book from our sale tables.

Click on our Newsletter to see many of our achievements in 2019 thanks to our members.





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News and events

Santa Visit Saturday Dec 7 10am to noon great success

We had quite a turn out for Santa. We gave out 100 books and candy canes to all ages. Janice Felker, Youth Librarian and her Teen Advisory Board member stamped 175 hands with tattoos. Sharyn McQuaid distributed the books and Katie and Max were once again our elves. Carol Callander and Liz Bochicchio kept everything organized.

Another successful Santa at the library.

Santa holding children December 2019.

We broke ground!

The ES Public Library and The ES Public Library Foundation has broken ground on your new Regional Library. The ceremony was open to the public and was held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Hundreds attended.

Crowd at 2019 Ground Breaking.

!!!Firecracker Book Sale!!!

Thank you to everyone who came and made our book sale such a success. The sale resulted in revenues of $1545. While this was not a record amount for our Firecracker sale, it was certainly a good result on a day with blistering heat. We also suspect that many of our regular shoppers took advantage of opportunities to take a long weekend off on adventures. To those of you that did that, we hope you have noticed that our sale continues on the tables just inside the library doors. This is definitely a case of "hurry on in before it's gone for good".

Many thanks for all the Library Staff at Accomac Library and the Friends volunteers who worked to 4 days in heat of over 100 degrees to make this possible. It was the 'hottest' we have ever had and lived up to its name!

Crowd at 2019 Book Sale. Click for more images.

Donation for Large Print Books

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This year the Friends decided to donate funds for the Large Print book collection at Accomac Library. This is a very popular category but the books generally cost about 50% more than a standard hardcover or softcover. The money will help increase this collection and also release funds to cover other areas that need attention. Look for our Friends bookplate in the front of new Large Print books as they arrive.

Renew your Membership now for 2019-2020

Membership calendar year is July1st to June 30th so renew now for 2019 thru 2020. Thank you to everyone who renewed in 2018-2019.

Complete the form included in this newsletter (Join the Friends) then bring it with you to a Book Sale and get a free tote bag. Return it by mail to: Friends of ESPL, P.O. Box 218, Accomac, VA 23301 along with your donation.

Help Accomac Library by Volunteering

If you'd like to donate some time and energy to your local library, we'd love to hear from you! Contact Colette Nelson at or 787-1518.

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Latest Accomplishments - making access to the Library easier.

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Easier access for everyone to everything our Library can offer. - Automatic doors were installed to make access to the Accomac Library easier for everyone. It is amazing how many people use the button! Patrons with armfuls of books were using their elbow, small children were asking if it was their turn to open the door, other patrons were using it to help elderly folks come in and out, as well as people on crutches, walkers, canes and in wheelchairs.

E-books. - You can now download e-books and audio books from the Libraries website. The Friends recently gave a donation to the ESPL to help underwrite the cost of the E-Books subscription and equipment. This is an expensive undertaking but was in demand from many patrons so the Trustees of the Library authorized the subscription. Go to to find out more or call (757) 787-3400.

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