Adults’ Featured Events

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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.

Savory Herbs In Sweet Things With Laura Grimmer

Thursday, August 24th at 7 p.m.
Summer brings a bounty of fresh herbs from the garden and farmers’ markets, and there are some wonderful ways to use them in desserts and beverages. Laura Grimmer, of The Perfect Pear kitchen store in Chester, will present a demonstration, discussion and tasting, giving attendees samples of her delicious uses of herbs and recipes to take and try at home.

Laura Grimmer is the owner of The Perfect Pear in Chester, a recently opened kitchenwares shop with unique and practical tools and wares for the kitchen, table and bar. Classically trained in French cooking techniques from the French Culinary Institute in SoHo and a certified sommelier, Laura curates The Perfect Pear carefully to provide functional yet beautiful goods to home cooks. She also teaches cooking and beverage classes, both in group settings and as private lessons. Laura and her husband, children’s book author Michael D. Beil, live in Haddam with Maggie, their rescued English Setter.


Legends of the Lower Connecticut River Valley with UMass Professor Stephen Gencarella

Hike at Devil’s Hopyard – Postponed. Watch this website for the new date.
The Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam is one of the most intriguing places for folklore in the entire state of Connecticut. Professor Stephen Gencarella (UMass Amherst and the resident folklorist at the CT River Museum) will lead a hike throughout the park and tell the copious stories about this unique location; among these are tales about the indigenous people’s culture heroes, a literary work about a wayward son, and the numerous explanations for the park’s unusual name, including the tradition of witches brewing potions in the potholes near Chapman Falls. The hike will offer a view of the valley from a cliff and hikers will have an opportunity to visit a cave en route.

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.”