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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 the library's wish list or through the BE FIRST program, or purchase a calendar, book tote or used book.

Endowment Fund. Did you know that the Eastern Shore Public Library has an Endowment Fund? If you're interested in finding out more about endowments, contact Carol Vincent at the Accomac Library at (757)787-3400.

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We start off with two events on the same day

Saturday April 26
Woman's Club Arts & Craft Show 10am to 4pm

- The third annual Woman's Club Arts & Craft Show will be Sat. April 26th at Carrie Watson Clubhouse on Richmond Avenue in Onley. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation capital campaign. Members of the Woman's Club Town and Country Garden Group will also be conducting a plant sale which will support the club's annual scholarships. Please mark the date and stop by the event to support the Woman's Club and the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation. Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase.

A Night of Old-Fashion Storytelling at 7pm

- Our first program will be on Sat. April 26th at 7pm Picture of Anthony Burcher and will be something different for us. We are lucky to have Anthony Burcher for A Night of Old-fashioned Storytelling. Anthony Burcher grew up in Grafton VA, and now tells of that experience in ways that will make you laugh until your sides split. He spent most of his young life hearing himself described as "He Ain't Right..."
Anthony's storytelling passion began over two decades ago with "Story Night," an annual performance for the staff of the summer camps where he serves. His gift (or curse) of wit has entertained friends and family for a generation. Now his humor has hit the road, performing for a variety of audiences in Virginia and beyond.
This is our first time for a Saturday evening program so we hope that you will come out for a fun evening of storytelling and refreshments.

Friends Montly Program Resumes

- Once again we will be offering a monthly program at the Accomac Library. This year it will generally be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and will cover a variety of topics.

Tuesday May 20th at 7pm
Dennis Custis will entertain us about life on the Eastern Shore.

Tuessday June 20th at 7pm
Rock and Chris Stephens will talk about growing grapes on the Eastern Shore.

Firecracker Booksale Friday July 4 - 9am to noon

- Our major fund raiser once again! Come join us.

Picture of 9am opening of 2013 book sale.
Pictures of 2013 Firecracker Book Sale.

1st Thursday Book Group - meets the first Thursday of the month at 1pm. Any one interested may join. Call 787-3400 to find out meeting location.

Latest Accomplishments - making access to the Library easier.

Picture of powered door opener.

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 http://www.espl.org to find out more or call (757) 787-3400.

Bathroom Redecoration - The bathrooms are almost completed! The walls have been painted and the floors replaced with ceramic tile. The paper towels have been replaced with more sanitary hand driers. Check them out next time you're in the library. This was one of the major issues that came out of the public survey last year.

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