Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation

Purpose and Mission

The purpose of the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial stability of the Eastern Shore Public Library by securing private financial support and grants for capital needs and endowments. The current project is to raise funds for a new Regional Library to serve residents of Accomack and Northampton Counties. Members include local residents, the Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees and library staff. All contributions raised will be received by the Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John W. Edmonds, IV

President and Chief Operating Officer
Colette Nelson

Vice President
Jay Davenport

Recording Secretary
Carol Callander

Frank Hall

Ex-officio, Trustee Chairman
Gerry Ryan


Cara Burton (Ex-officio, Library Director)

Kitty Hall (Corresponding Secretary)

Deborah Christie (Director)

Dr. Arthur Fournier (Director)

Brenda E. Holden, Ph.D. (Director)

Ronald F. Matthews, Jr. (Director)

Keith M. Miles (Director)

Thomas Rakowski (Director)


The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation is supported in part by


ESPL Resources


Eastern Shore Public Library website including searchable online catalog, e-books, digital audiobooks, language learning resources, event calendar and more.

The Countryside Transformed

Digital archive of Eastern Shore history including maps, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, public documents and other media.  Project Director Brooks Miles Barnes (Librarian, ESPL)

Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library

Dedicated to enhancing the services and patron experiences of the ESPL, find details about sponsored activities, projects and programs.