ESPL Foundation Receives Two Grant Awards

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The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation recently received two grant awards to support the construction of the new library in Parksley, Virginia. The Eastern Shore Community Foundation has granted $50,000 to the library capital campaign. The United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore has committed $2,412 in designated funds and pledges. These funds help bring the library past the half-way point in raising the $5 million needed to renovate the prior Fresh Pride building and build an addition. The conceptual building plans were presented to the Accomack Board of Supervisors at its May 18th meeting and copies are available on the library’s website at www.espl.org. The support received from the Eastern Shore Community Foundation and the United Way demonstrate their commitment to support the learning and literacy needs of the residents of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

 

Library Announces $500,000 Grant

The Commonwealth of Virginia will help fund the construction of a new library that supports the Eastern Shore of Virginias literacy and cultural needs. Budget amendments introduced by Delegate Robert S. Bloxom, Jr. and Senator Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. were approved for the new Virginia budget.

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Property for new library purchased in Parksley

By Carol Vaughn

A capital project to build a new public library in Accomack County is moving forward after the Eastern Shore Public Library purchased the former Fresh Pride grocery store property in Parksley March 24.

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Shore librarian Miles Barnes retires after knowledge for decades

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By Melissa Watterson

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Cara Burton hired as new Library Director

Cara-BurtonThe Board of Trustees of the Eastern Shore Public Library has appointed Cara Jane Burton as the library’s new director. Burton, a native of Nassawadox whose family has deep roots on the Eastern Shore, was educated at the College of William and Mary and at Syracuse University where she received a master’s degree in library and information science. For thirteen years she served as director of the Solvay Public Library in upstate New York. Most recently, she was executive director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, Virginia. “Cara Burton has extensive experience in library administration, fund raising, and fostering partnerships,” said Colette Nelson, chair of the Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees. “We are excited by her appointment as director and by the prospect of a new library in Parksley. We feel as if a new era in the library’s history is beginning.” Burton will assume the directorship on January 19, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Accomack May Issue Debt for Library Legally

By Carol Vaughn

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Three New Options for Shore Library

By Carol Vaughn

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Parksley Fresh Pride Building Proposed for Library Site

By Linda Cicoira

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Library Debate Rages On

By Linda Cicoira

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Library Replacement/Renovation Considered by Supervisors Once Again

By Carol Vaughn

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Accomack Library Plans Back to Committee

By Carol Vaughn

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Bonds Discussed for Accomack's Long Term Building Projects

By Carol Vaughn

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Main Branch Anchors Library 

By Barbara Coady

The Eastern Shore Public Library is a regional library system providing services for the entire Shore, from the Maryland line to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The system includes four libraries, with a main library in Accomac, a branch in Nassawadox, and two affiliate libraries, the Cape Charles Memorial Library and Island Library in Chincoteague. None of these libraries would be able to deliver the services currently provided without the administrative services and financial support of the Main Library.

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New library a chance to preserve past

Curtis Badger writes about the new library in the Eastern Shore News.

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Accomack Should Make New Library a Priority

Tony Picardi, a member of the Accomack County Planning Commission, pushes for the new library.

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