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What would Eastern Shore residents like to see in a new library? That question will be open for discussion at four regional meetings coming up in late May in Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Nassawadox, and Accomac. The meetings will be hosted by Tymoff & Moss Architects of Norfolk, who have been retained by the Eastern Shore Public Library system to explore the possibility of building a new main library in Onley.  Shore Bank has donated a 5-acre parcel adjacent to its headquarters building on Rt. 179, across the street from the site of the proposed new Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

“The current main library in Accomac was built nearly 50 years ago, and it is outdated, overcrowded, and is not equipped to support modern technology,” said John Edmonds, IV, president of the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation. “The present library was built when books were cataloged on file cards kept in wooden drawers, and when students depended on the Encyclopaedia Britannica to do research. Today, books are cataloged electronically and research is done via the Worldwide Web, a vast universe of information not even dreamed of when the library was built in 1964. The current library simply cannot meet the needs of modern technology.”

Many of the shortcomings of the library are obvious. There is insufficient room for collections and inadequate working space for staff. But the community meetings are designed to glean information from local residents regarding their personal needs and community expectations for a new facility. “We know that the current library is small and outdated, but we want to find out what people would like to see in a new facility should one be built,” said Edmonds. “For example, how can we better serve young adults, teenagers, and children? How do we meet the needs of modern technology and prepare ourselves for innovations in the future? How does a library with a tradition of providing print media handle the new wave of electronic publishing? These meetings will give the residents of Accomack and Northampton Counties the chance to let us know what they want to see in a library of the future.”

The Eastern Shore Public Library system consists of four facilities. The main library is located in Accomac, and it serves branch and affiliated locations in Chincoteague, Nassawadox, and Cape Charles. The four community meetings will be held at the four libraries in the system. The public is invited to all four meetings.

The schedule is as follows:

Chincoteague: May 21 at the Chincoteague Island Library at 7 p.m.
Cape Charles: May 22 at the Cape Charles Memorial Library at 7 p.m.
Nassawadox: May 23 at the Northampton Free Library at 7 p.m.
Accomac: May 24 at the Eastern Shore Public Library at 7 p.m.

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