Adults’ Featured Events

Check Out Our Upcoming Events!  Yoga with Karen DiRenzo – 4/25 | Poetry and the Human Condition – 4/26 | The Trees of Essex – 4/27 | March Artist: Valley Regional High School Students

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.

Yoga with Karen DiRenzo

Wednesdays, April 25 – May 2
Hatha Yoga: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chair Yoga: 1:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Chair Yoga is a gentle, non-traditional form of Yoga that reduces strain on limbs and joints. Postures may be done in the chair and/or standing with the support of the chair. Benefits of chair yoga at the Library include: improved strength, improved flexibility, improved coordination, improved stress and pain management, and an opportunity to meet people and socialize. Chair yoga can also lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. This class is suitable for all ages, sizes and physical conditions since the movement can be modified to meet everyone’s needs. The exercises are designed to activate the feet, legs, arms and hands, back, neck region, eyes and brain and will improve circulation, deliver more oxygen to the cells and gradually increase mobility, enhance brain function and improve balance. It is recommended that you wear clothing that is easy to move in and to avoid eating two hours before class or eat a light meal as needed.

This class is being led by Yoga & Pilates For Health & Well Being owner Karen DiRenzo, who has completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and is registered with Yoga Alliance.

Poetry and the Human Condition, A 5-Evening Series, with Professor David Cappella

5 Thursday evenings, April 19, 26, May 3, 10 and 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Poetry is a spiritual gift. Poetry reclaims the worth of subjective experience, expanding the human mind and spirit in endless ways. It celebrates our basic experience of living in the world. Thus, poetry cannot be reduced to a stock answer. In this sense, it is an art that pushes back against our commodified society. Using selected poems from a pairing of various poets, these sessions will explore the enormous possibility that poetry, through the art of language, offers its readers to plumb the experience of being human. Poetry pairings will be:

  • Robert Frost/ Emily Dickinson
  • Hayden Carruth/Jane Kenyon
  • Wallace Stevens/Elizabeth Bishop
  • Jim Harrison/Maxine Kumin
  • Milosz/Akhmatova

David Cappella, Professor Emeritus of English and 2017/2018 Poet-in- Residence at Central Connecticut State University, has co-authored two widely used poetry textbooks, Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves and A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day to Day.

The Trees Of Essex with Essex Tree Warden Augie Pampel

Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Augie Pampel will describe his work as the Tree Warden of Essex including planning and planting of trees around town. In addition, and just in time for planting this spring, Augie will talk about best practices for selecting and planting healthy, beautiful trees in your own yard. Bring your tree questions!

March Artist: Valley Regional High School Students

The library currently has on display art created by Valley Regional High School students. Check out their work in our Program Room, the main area of the library and in our teen area!

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.

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

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.”