Adults’ Featured Events

Check Out Our Upcoming Events! Natives with a Twist – 4/24 | Author Talk: Mathew Duman with The Grotesque Ten – 4/25 | Grotesque Safari Through Yale University – 4/28 | Film Screening: Wings of Life – 5/2Seafood Shacks at the Essex Library – 5/21

Ongoing Programs: Bereavement Support Group | Diamonds and Purls | SCORE

Our programs are free and open to the public. Please let us know if you’ll be attending so we can let you know in case of any unforeseen changes in the schedule. To register, please call us at (860) 767-1560.

Natives with A Twist by Adam Wheeler/Broken Arrow Nursery

Illustrated Lecture & Plant Sale
Wednesday, April 24th at 7 p.m.
Join Horticulture Manager Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational lecture that explores the unique and exceptional side of our native flora.  Adam will present his current favorite native trees and shrubs for general garden use including design considerations, cultural requirements and other critical details.  Both novice and experts alike will find value in the details provided. Plants will be available for purchase.

Author Talk with Mathew Duman: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities”

Thursday, April 25th at 7 p.m.
Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his new book called: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities ” and presents a selection of them in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer. The grotesque 10 schools are: * Bryn Mawr College * The City College of New York * Duke University * Northwestern University * Princeton University * Trinity College in Hartford, CT * The University of Chicago* The University of Pennsylvania * Washington University in St. Louis * Yale University Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Grotesque Safari Through Yale University with Mathew Duman

Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. (Registration is required. Limit 20 people.)
Join photographer and author Mathew Duman for a lecture (April 25th) and then a tour of Yale University in New Haven. Yale is an extraordinary place where you can observe gargoyles in their natural habitat! On this trek, Matt points out many of the grotesques & gargoyles that originally inspired him to explore the campus and to write his book: Those who have never been will find a visit to Yale’s campus (60 – 90-minute tour) to be a fascinating combination of academics, history, art and architecture. Those who are familiar with the campus will find that there are still many discoveries yet to be made because many of these sculptures still go unnoticed by even the most dedicated Yalie. Either way, searching out these works of art can be almost as much fun as appreciating them. Binoculars recommended!

Film Screening: Wings of Life

Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
“Wings of Life” – a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible – and increasingly threatened – creatures.


Seafood Shacks  at The Essex Library

Tuesday, May 21st  
Find out the best places to go for fresh seafood this summer when food and travel writer Mike Urban brings his “New England Seafood Shacks” road trip slideshow to the Essex Library. Urban is the author of “Clam Shacks” and “Lobster Shacks,” and he’s a regular contributor to Yankee magazine. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by questions and answers and a book signing. Light refreshments will be served.

On-Going Programs

bereavement groupBereavement Support Group

First and third Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m.
Second and fourth Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m.

Grieving is tough –  but you don’t have to go it alone. The Essex Library is now hosting a Bereavement Support Group, with leadership provided by Chaplain Dennis McCann, head of pastoral services at Middlesex Hospital. The group is free and open to all. If you’re struggling with loss – of a spouse, a parent or other family member, or a close friend –  please consider coming to a meeting; sometimes just having a place to share our feelings makes them easier to bear.  No advance registration is necessary, and drop-ins are welcome.

knitting needles and woolDiamonds and Purls

Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. and
Second Saturday of every month, 1-2 p.m.

A knitting group for all fiber artists, whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or any other kind of portable fiber art. If you’d like to learn to knit, Librarian Anna Cierocki will teach you. Bring a pair of size eight needles, and a skein of white acrylic yarn.

Due to a number of generous donations recently, we are NOT accepting further yarn or needle donations. Thank you for your consideration.

SCORE logoSCORE At The Library

Second and fourth Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Southeastern Connecticut chapter of SCORE® provides free and confidential advice on starting and growing small businesses. Counseling will take place at the Essex Library on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance, either by calling 860-388-9508, or by requesting a mentor online.

Don Flynn, an Essex resident, along with Steve Workman and other chapter members will counsel business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Essex.  According to Flynn, “At the initial meeting, the business owner describes his or her current situation and challenges the business may be facing to a team of counselors.  Based on the specific areas of need, a SCORE counselor with experience in those areas is assigned to help guide the business owner in the completion of a business plan or other action steps.”