Adults’ Featured Events

Check Out Our Upcoming Events! Film Screenings: A Life Well Lived – 12/30 | Reinvention Skills for a Life Well-Lived – 1/12 | Learn to Ice Fish – 1/15 | Artist Exhibition: Essex Meadows: The Artful Life

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.

image: documentary poster showing an elderly woman wearing an apron and wielding cooking utensils. She is smiling.Film Screenings: Lives Well Lived

Sunday, December 30th at 4 p.m. at Essex Meadows
Saturday, January 12th at 1 p.m. at the Essex Library
What is a life well lived? 40 people with 3000 years of collective life experience answer this question. Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75-100 who reveal their secrets and insights for living a meaningful life. Their thoughtful perspectives offer a treasure trove of life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of the greatest challenges. Preview the film trailer.

Many thanks to Essex Meadows for co-sponsoring this program.

image: woman smiling with her hands clasped before her. She wears a purple sweater and an orange scarf.Reinvention Skills For a Life Well-Lived with Jill Butler

Saturday, January 12th at 2:30 p.m.
Want to change course in your career or life? Are you retired? about to retire? Or just tired of the ‘same old, same old’? Are you curious about new experiences or how to ignite new creativity? Join author, artist, designer entrepreneur Jill Butler for an interactive workshop to explore creating the next steps in your own version of a life well lived. Start the new year with clarity and a fresh approach to all you do. Jill will share some of her reinvention stories and will facilitate through sharing, conversation, writing and imagining the possibilities of your life well lived. Refreshments will be served.

Learn to Ice Fish with CT DEEP’s Thomas Bourret

Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Ice Fishing is a great and safe way to beat cabin fever and spend quality time with family and friends outdoors.  If you are interested in learning more about ice fishing, join Connecticut DEEP – Fisheries Division’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program’s Tom Bourret who’ll offer a FREE ice fishing course for the Essex Library community. Learn the basics of this fun, wintertime sport. Tom will cover safety, equipment, and techniques in the classroom. Graduates will be invited to attend an ice fishing field trip held on February 2nd.

Topics covered in the class will include: discussion of the Angler’s Guide & Ethics; live bait; clothing; safety; equipment; knots; where to Ice Fish on lakes and ponds; freshwater fish identification; winter pond ecology; and cooking your catch.

View DEEP’s Let’s Go Ice Fishing video.

Essex Meadows: The Artful Life

Everyone is familiar with Miss Florence’s art colony and home to American Impressionism in Old Lyme but few know of the unassuming yet highly accomplished artists living at the Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community in Essex. Essex Meadows: The Artful Life highlights works by more than a dozen artists spanning three decades since the community’s opening in 1988.

The exhibit boasts a variety of mediums and diverse subject matter and features many works from the Essex Meadows permanent collection. The cultivation of creativity and appreciation of art has continued to flourish at Essex Meadows through various artists in residence and professional instruction from Alicia Melluzzo, Lori Lenz, Julie Riggs and others. Former artists in residence include maritime artist and muralist Jessie Hull Mayer and noted Edgartown sculptor and painter Joseph Hazen.

Essex Meadows will host a gallery opening and reception on Friday, November 30th from 3 until 4:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display until December 31, 2018.

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.”