Adults’ Featured Events

Check Out Our Upcoming Events! Authors in Conversation: Christopher Buckley and Sam Tanenhaus – 8/15 | Poetry Reading with Leslie McGrath – 9/6 | Author Talk: James Benn – 9/13 | Boot Camp for Your Senses – 9/16

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.

Authors In Conversation: “My Old Man And The Sea: With Christopher Buckley & Sam Tanenhaus

Wednesday, August 15th at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects  
Christopher Buckley’s father, an avid sailor, once owned a wooden sloop named Panic. In describing a few of William F. Buckley’s adventures at sea in the memoir “Losing Mum and Pup” he adds that his Mum often commented, “Bill, why are you trying to kill us?” In a special Essex Library event, Christopher Buckley will share details about a lifetime of sailing with his father: on Long Island Sound, across the Atlantic twice and Pacific once. Expect tears, laughter, the whole schmear.

Christopher Buckley is a novelist, essayist, humorist, critic, magazine editor and memoirist. His books include Thank You for Smoking, The Judge Hunter, and The Relic Master. He worked as a merchant seaman and White House speechwriter. He has written for many newspapers and magazines and has lectured in over seventy cities around the world. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.  Copies of The Judge Hunter will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is free and open to the public. Please call (860) 767-1560 to register.

Poetry Reading with Leslie McGrath: Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives

Thursday, September 6th at 7 p.m.
Leslie McGrath has been called “an oral historian of the alienated” by critic Grace Cavalieri. An Essex resident, many of McGrath’s poems are set in Connecticut and are often concerned with the lives of women and the dignity of the mentally ill. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage and Out from the Pleiades, and two chapbooks.

McGrath’s third collection, Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives, has recently been published. Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Gretchen Warren award from the New England Poetry Club, her poems and interviews have been published in Agni, Poetry magazine, The Academy of American Poets, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Yale Review. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as funding from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation.

McGrath teaches creative writing at Central CT State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works Press. Copies of McGrath’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is free and open to the public. Please call to register.

Author Talk: James R. Benn with Solemn Graves

Thursday, September 13th at 7 p.m.
The Essex Library is honored to welcome back James Benn in celebration of the release of his 13th Billy Boyle mystery, Solemn Graves.

In Benn’s latest Billy Boyle WWII mystery, US Army detective Billy Boyle is called to investigate a mysterious murder in a Normandy farmhouse that threatens Allied operations.

July, 1944, a full month after D-Day. Billy, Kaz, and Big Mike are assigned to investigate a murder close to the front lines in Normandy. An American officer has been found dead in a manor house serving as an advance headquarters outside the town of Trévières. Major Jerome was far from his own unit, arrived unexpectedly, and was murdered in the dark of night.

Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

Boot Camp For Your Senses: A Lecture By Tovah Martin

Sunday, September 16th at 3 p.m.
Author and gardening expert Tovah Martin tells us our gardens could be so fulfilling, if we plugged in. Created to coincide with the publication of Martin’s latest book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season, this lecture explores the garden on all levels. Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched. Tailored to the current season to make the experience dynamic, this lecture will lead attendees through an odyssey of exploration to awaken the senses and arouse their abilities of perception. Sharing advice and ideas to deeply enhance the gardening experience while also incorporating a “Smellathon” to help get nostrils in gear, this lecture is beautiful and fun as well as highly practical.

An accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, Tovah gardens fanatically and organically both indoors and throughout her seven-acre Connecticut garden. People, Places, Plants magazine called her “one of the top 10 most influential educators in gardening” and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society honored her with its Gold Medal “for extraordinary service to horticulture, especially greenhouses and indoor plants.” Martin has written more than a dozen gardening books and served as garden editor for Victoria Magazine. In addition, her articles appear in a broad range of magazines and periodicals. She is a repeat guest on the CBS Sunday Early Show. She also teaches houseplant cultivation to Master Gardeners and lectures extensively throughout the country.

Copies of The Garden In Every Sense and Season will be available for purchase and signing.

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.

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.”