The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation has launched a Community Pledge Challenge to raise $200,000 in pledges over the next eight days.

If the campaign is successful, construction of the new Eastern Shore Public Library and Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center in Parksley will begin this summer as scheduled and open some time next year.

The Foundation will be taking pledges in annual amounts over the next three years, and no money is required now. Just leave your name, address and phone number or email address with your annual pledge amount.

For more information, call the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation Office at 757-787-2500 or email