Adults’ Featured Events

Click for more information about the following events! Lincoln Center Local Free Screening: Curtain Up – 6/27The Search For Life In The Age Of Exoplanets – 6/29 |  June Artist: Jay Babina

Ongoing Programs: Bereavement Support Group | Diamonds and Purls | Friday Afternoon Bridge | 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.

Lincoln Center Local Free Screening: Curtain Up–The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances

Tuesday, June 27 at 5 p.m.
Kick off your summer with ballet! This film is a recording of the School of American Ballet Workshop Performances which was performed at the David H. Koch Theater on May 31, 2014. The curtain rises on a new generation of ballet stars, at the School of American Ballet’s 50th Annual Workshop. The great George Balanchine saw the school as a springboard for his dazzling innovations. Go behind the scenes for the first time ever to experience the intensive training of ballet’s brightest future stars as they prepare for their vital end-of- year performances. An all-Balanchine program features Serenade, and excerpts from Swan Lake, and Western Symphony.

Lincoln Center Local partners with the Essex Library to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center’s finest performances directly to our community. Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by The Oak Foundation and The Altman Foundation.

The Search For Life In The Age Of Exoplanets with Dr. Wilson Cauley

Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
The recent explosion in our understanding of planets around other stars has accelerated the quest to find signs of life on these worlds. With so many potential places to look, astronomers are now on the cusp of measuring biological imprints in the atmospheres of other planets. Wesleyan post-doctoral astronomy researcher Wilson Cauley returns to talk about these efforts and some of the challenges facing the search for extrasolar life, as well as the ongoing missions in our own solar system.

June Artist: Jay Babina

Jay Babina’s interest in art started long before he graduated from the Silvermine College of Art in 1966. He has studied Graphic Design at University of Bridgeport and spent the greater part of his adult life working for advertising agencies and graphic design studios; the artist even headed his own advertising agency. Today, Babina still works as an illustrator and graphic designer, while devoting time to painting the subjects he finds most intriguing.

“I paint for my involvement in subjects,” Babina states, adding, “My interest varies from the scenic beauty I encounter in my travels to subjects I seek out because of some personal interest in a place, or the colors and shadows I encounter. My style and outlook is ever-evolving and is often dictated by the subject.”

Babina is grateful for the rewards his creative career has produced: “Beyond the total enjoyment of being involved in the artistic process, I also prize all the wonderful artist friends whom I have met along this path of artistic exploration and sharing. Not only is this part a wonderful gift but an inspirational and educational stimulus as well.”

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 everyone, from new to expert knitters. If you’re looking to learn, Librarian Anna Cierocki will teach you. Bring a pair of size eight needles, and we’ll supply yarn to practice on. Experts, bring your projects.

playing cardsFriday Afternoon Bridge At The Library

Fridays, 1-3 p.m. in the Program Room
The Library will be offering a weekly Friday afternoon bridge group for serious players, beginners to advanced, using Chicago scoring. The idea is to enjoy the game and learn from each other.  Participants will play for two quiet hours– from 1 – 3, with an opportunity to chat or go over strategy when the games are over. Game signup will start Monday mornings at 10 a.m. via telephone (860 767-1560) or stop in at the Library and will cut off with the 20th player. You may sign up for yourself, for you and a partner, or a group of up to four.

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.”