Adults’ Featured Events

Click for more information about the following events! Jane Austen’s Persuasion – 4/18 | Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women – 4/19 | The Life And Gardens of Beatrix Farrand – 4/23 | The Bobcat – 5/3 | March Artist: Peter Wnek

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

Avoid disappointment – register in advance! We appreciate advance registration; we can inform you if a program is full or contact you if the program is cancelled. To register, please call us at (860) 767-1560.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion with Professor Chuck Timlin

Tuesdays, April 18th & 25th and May 9th & 16th
Film Screening Friday, May 19th
UNH English Professor Chuck Timlin returns by acclamation to the Library for a 4-evening seminar on Jane Austen’s social satire, Persuasion. Persuasion is the novel Jane Austen completed in the final year of her life, 1817. It was published posthumously by her family. It is perhaps the most “mature” of her novels, dealing as it does not with young love but the renewal of love in a woman who has all but given up on experiencing it again in her late 20’s, an age in Austen’s time when a woman might think about resigning herself to spinsterhood. It is a beautiful story full of Austen’s most controlled and nuanced insights into what drives people in their lives. Attendees are invited to watch a film version of Persuasion on Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Centerbrook Architects’ office (67 Main St. in Centerbrook).

Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women with Kathryn Gloor

Wednesday, April 19th at 7 p.m.
Kathryn Gloor, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present “Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women.” Ms. Gloor will present an interactive multi-media program about some of our state’s most remarkable women. Be inspired as you learn about well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson. This presentation will introduce you to the Hall, its mission and programs, and give you a panoramic view of some of its 115 Inductees from across all fields of endeavor, from politics and sports to the arts and sciences.

Documentary Screening of The Life And Gardens of Beatrix Farrand

Sunday, April 23rd at 3 p.m.
Documentary filmmaker and six-time Emmy Award winner, Karyl Evans will screen her latest film and discuss Beatrix Farrand’s work with Landscape Architect Shavaun Towers who also appears in the film.

This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America.

This compelling film chronicles the life of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), the niece of Edith Wharton, who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession to design over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50-year career.

The documentary takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the country as we explore her personal story and many of her most spectacular gardens, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden; Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Bar Harbor, Maine; and her California gardens.

Save the Date!

The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat with Paul Colburn

Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 p.m.
Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn returns to offer a presentation on “The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat.” Paul Colburn brings the elusive bobcat out of the shadows. This presentation focuses on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut, providing an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts.  The topic of mountain lions is also addressed, and bobcat artifacts will be on display.


March Artist: Peter Wnek

SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE celebrates the beauty and spirit of our woodlands and waterways, as seen in Whispers of the Past and its breathtaking view along the Connecticut River. Wnek’s work captures the light and details one might expect from a painting— which is no accident. He has long been inspired by the purity and innocence of the American landscape as portrayed by the 19th century Hudson River painters. “I strive for that same warm light, the luminous or stormy skies, to invoke a charm or a mood,” he explains.

Wnek’s photographs often reveal the story of the landscape—its whisper of bygone days, the intrinsic cycles of nature. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. In a familiar kaleidoscope of colors, see the rising and setting sun, the harmony of sky and land, the collusion of rock and sea.

As Wnek explains, “I am intrigued by the soothing compositions and repetitive patterns that collectively reveal the Divine at work.”

With an interest in photography that began in his youth, Peter continues to perfect his craft, which encompasses a blend of commercial and editorial assignments, portraiture and skillful portrayals of the areas finest nature, sea and landscape images. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Photography, Peter works as a self employed photographer based out of Meriden, CT and specializes in corporate advertising photography as well as nature and urban landscape imagery.

Peter is currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Meriden Rotary Club, is a member of the Salmagundi Club NYC, ASMP and the New England Large Format Photography Collective. Peter lives in Meriden with his wife Susan.

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.

bridgeFriday 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 graphicSCORE 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.”