Adults’ Featured Events

Check Out Our Upcoming Events! Chair Yoga – 10/10 | The Rise and Fall of the Opioid Epidemic – 10/26Cyber Security At Sea – 10/28 | Dvorak Comes to America – 11/6 | Centerbrook 4 Author Talk – 11/9October Artist: Sandi Dahl

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.

Chair Yoga with Karen DiRenzo

6 Tuesdays, September 26th – October 31st, 11 a.m. – Noon
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 is has completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and is registered with Yoga Alliance.

“The Rise and Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic” with Dr. Michael Saxe

Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
The Opioid Epidemic is claiming more American lives every year. In 2016, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, more than number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and gun deaths combined. Dr. Michael Saxe, an Emergency Physician with 32 years of experience in Connecticut, will explain the history of opioid drugs, the causes and impact of today’s Opioid Epidemic, and what must be done, by healthcare providers and laypeople, to end this deadly crisis.

Cyber Security At Sea with Dr. Joseph DiRenzo and USCG Captain Andrew Tucci

Saturday, October 28 at 3 p.m.
Computer programs are used to control much of the workings of the global maritime transportation system. They manage the loading and unloading of shipping containers to waiting trucks. They operate navigation systems on board vessels. Even hydraulic valves designed to protect spills into waterways are located and controlled by cyber systems within chemical, water/wastewater, and petroleum plants. You may have heard news reports about computer hackers whose attacks shut down a boating oil rig by causing it to tilt. Electronic positioning software systems on ships are vulnerable to cyberattacks that could modify files and charts. The problem of making our maritime transportation system safe from cyberattacks is daunting, and the need for stakeholders in government and private industry to be involved in cyber security is more significant than ever as the use of the seas to move goods and people continues to grow. Dr. Joseph DiRenzo and US Coast Guard Sector Commander Captain Andrew Tucci will talk about cyber security at sea and the efforts currently being utilized to prevent attacks.

Dr. Joseph DiRenzo is a retired Coast Guard officer, who also spent nine years in the Navy, in both the submarine and surface warfare communities. He has served as Senior Advisor to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander for Science, Technology and Innovation and is the Director of Research Partnerships at the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center in New London. DiRenzo is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, holds a master’s in Business Administration and is a graduate of both the Naval War College and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He was named the first Coast Guard Chair to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk in 2011.

Captain Andrew Tucci is the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Commander for the New Haven-based Coast Guard Sector Long Island. He was formerly the chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance overseeing the country’s 3,600 ports.

Dvorak Comes To America with Music Historian Jeffrey Engel

Monday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Dvorak was the first major European composer to take up residence in America. For nearly three years he was the director of the National Conservatory in New York City. Outside of his teaching duties he still found time to compose some of his finest music. Jeffrey Engel will detail Dvorak’s time in America and play excerpts from some of his American works.

Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington, is a music historian and orchestral cellist who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County, Connecticut by Litchfield Magazine in 2010.

Centerbrook LogoCenterbrook 4 Author Talk with Jeff Riley, Chad Floyd, Mark Simon, Jim Childress and Editor John Morris Dixon

Thursday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Centerbrook Architects was conceived in 1975 as a community of architects working together to advance American place-making and the craft of building. Recipients of the AIA Firm Award, they are entering their fifth decade of designing buildings across the country. Centerbrook 4, represents their fourth book on architecture, four decades of practice, and the four current partners – who are each recognized as AIA Fellows, in design. Each Partner will reveal formative ideas behind select projects to help convey how their design and attention to details make buildings memorable.

October Artist: Sandi Dahl

For the last 20 years, Sandi Dahl has worked in oils, watercolors, and wax. Dahl’s education in art began in grammar school; since then, she has completed several courses, including a year-long course in Fine and Decorative Arts at Christie’s Auction House in London, as she and her husband moved around the world and raised three children. It was retirement, however, that enabled art to become a larger part of Dahl’s life, and the artist became a more active participant in the process of creation.

Reflecting upon her work, Dahl comments, “The creative process brings me great enjoyment, amazement and humility. Beyond the process of painting, I have heightened my sense of observing color, light, shape, texture and spirit from the smallest object, to a panoramic vista, to a smile. With this bonus to living, I hope to refine my looking and insight into my surroundings. Transferring these visions to a canvas becomes the challenge.”

Dahl has additionally completed classes at the Silvermine Guild Art Center, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Weir Farm and Lyme Art Association.

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.”