Here's what some of our supporters have to say about the importance of a new Main Library for the Eastern Shore:
Marion Naar, President, Cape Charles Historical Society
"The Eastern Shore Public Library is a vital resource for the community. Many residents have aided the Foundation's efforts by writing letters of support and speaking before the county supervisors about the value they find in the public library and the need for a new Main Library.
The Eastern Shore Library has long been a tremendous resource for the Cape Charles Museum, which is owned and operated by the Cape charles Historical Society, and in fact for all Shore museums. A new facility will enable that support to expand and take advantage of new opportunities and technology...
With its extensive, well organized historical materials — microfiche of past newspapers for example — and, most importantly, a professional librarian/historian on staff, the level of support is excellent. Area museums cannot hope to have such a person or maintain such resources, and they are critical to the preservation of Eastern Shore history and the attraction of educated people to the Shore..."
Paul Ewell, Executive Director, Watermen's Heritage Foundation of Virginia's Eastern Shore
"As a native and current resident of the Eastern Shore, I grew up visiting the current library in Accomac as a child and realized early on the power and potential benefits of education generally, and reading specifically. Growing up as the son of a waterman and a poultry worker, I often found the library to be my only glimpse of a world that went beyond crab boats, trucks and chicken factories...
We all realize that the Eastern Shore of Virginia is in dire need of some strategic economic initiatives to not only provide financial benefit to Shore residents but to more broadly raise their standard of living. I am convinced that educational opportunities, especially those afforded by a modern library, will broaden everyone’s horizon. By discovering the value of learning through books and other educational media resources provided by our local library, I was able to achieve all of my childhood dreams. I earned my bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D degrees, became a college professor, and never left my rich cultural heritage behind. In fact, I celebrate my heritage and feel honored that I was born and raised on the Shore. The Eastern Shore Room (facility) that will be a part of this new library would help all of us preserve this wonderful heritage and, hopefully, light a spark that will help some other child reach his or her dreams."
Ina Birch, Director, Project Horizons
"I am the Director of Project Horizons a Shore-based college-track scholarship-mentoring program, which works with at-risk middle and high school students across both counties of the Shore. We currently have 87 students on our rolls from 7th through 12th grade and for the last five years have had a 95/100% success rate with students graduating high school and moving forward to post-secondary education.
My experience during my 10 years working with this program is that a good 50% of these students have no Internet access at home with a good many having no home computer at all. I am sorry to say that this has not changed very much over the years....
...Library service is such a vital component to the success of all these people, and why an expansion of the library and the technology services it provides is so important to what are very underserved populations here on the Shore. Whether it’s students doing research and homework assignments or adults working on their GED or completing job applications, or children just enjoying books it can only be a ‘good thing’ for everyone if the new library is funded."
We thank our supporters who have have spoken or written to their Supervisors in endorsement of the plan to build a new Main Library.