Adults’ Featured Events

Check Out Our Upcoming Events! Yoga with Karen DiRenzo – 1/3Burne-Jones’ Le Chant d’Amour and the Pre-Raphaelite Dream – 1/22 | Writing and Editing Workshops With Susan Strecker – 1/23 | Understanding Your Best Friend – 2/20 | January Artist:  Jane M. White

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

6 Wednesdays, January 3 – February 7
Chair Yoga: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hatha Yoga: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.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.

Burne-Jones’ Le Chant d’Amour and the Pre-Raphaelite Dream with Conn College Art History Prof. Robert Baldwin

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Due to the inclement weather on January 8, Professor Baldwin has agreed to repeat his lecture.
Following the Romantics, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood took up four thematic arenas which were newly spiritualized since 1790: 1) the late Medieval Catholic past which the Pre-Raphaelites elevated to the highest level, 2) Woman as a refined, emotionally and spiritually intelligent object of male devotion, 3) an unsullied, pre-industrial Nature usually shown as a refined garden, a pastoral meadow, or a lush forest, and 4) the Arts themselves, especially music, poetry, painting, and architecture. Burne-Jones’ Le Chant d’Amour combined all four arenas in a particularly rich composition. Historically, it returned to an imaginary chivalry where “true love” existed far from mercenary London with its modern marriages of convenience. In its gender configuration, it placed a pure, glowing, aristocratic woman on an artistic pedestal against a distant cathedral and flanked by two male worshippers. As a landscape, it removed itself from the ugliness of modern London into a twilight arcadia combining a garden and a pastoral meadow. And aesthetically, it featured music, the art form universally hailed in the nineteenth century as more spiritual, universal, and emotionally charged.

Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener

Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m.
Phil Klein will present a kind methodology for gaining your dog’s cooperation based on its instincts. Learn how canines see the world and the underlying reasons for unwanted behaviors like hyperactivity, destructive chewing, incessant barking, toileting in the house, jumping on guests, and aggression. Learn the four main areas of canine communications, including the leadership signals that will eliminate or minimize these behaviors and turn your dog into a relaxed, joyful companion. Bring your questions, but not your dog for an informative, fun event.

Phil’s path to becoming a Dog Listener started when his family rescued a special dog named Abby from Labs4Rescue.  At the time, he had no idea about the journey he would be privileged to take with Abby.  Abby’s behavioral challenges were the motivation for Phil to learn a lot more about dogs and find a way to help Abby overcome her fears.  In the process, Phil discovered Jan Fennell, The Dog Listener who had developed a revolutionary method for training dogs based on their instincts.  In April 2009, Phil attended Jan Fennell’s Foundation and Advanced Canine Communications courses, thereby becoming a Certified Dog Listener.  Through in-home consultations, volunteer work with Labs4Rescue and other rescue organizations, and public talks, Phil has been honored to help hundreds of dog owners and their dogs.

Writing and Editing Workshops With Susan Strecker

Tuesdays, January 23, February 20 and March 20 at 6 p.m.
Susan Strecker, editor and award-winning novelist of Night Blindness and Nowhere Girl, will teach a series of three free writing and editing classes for adults at the Essex Library. Receive individualized writing and editing assistance in a group setting at this free workshop. Whether you’re working on your first or final draft, Susan will lend her insight and experience to help you with the process. Registration is required.

January Artist: Jane M. White

Jane M. White, of Southington CT, will be exhibiting landscapes and house portrait paintings January 2 – 31. She works in watercolor or pastels, although sometimes they are a great combination together. Jane first started painting landscapes in the mid 1970’s while taking an art course with a local artist. Other classes were taken at Meriden Arts & Crafts Association, Southington Arts & Crafts Association, Guilford Handcrafts, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts (5 years) and CT Pastel Society. For over 35 years, Jane came to specialize in painting house portraits in watercolor. All of the landscapes are of places she has traveled to and taken photos of. Each year, Jane exhibits her paintings in 20+ juried/unjuried art shows throughout Connecticut. Jane is an Elected Artist member with Essex Art Association and Clinton Art Society. In April 2012, Jane became the Manager of The Gallery at The Orchards, which is located in Southington. Jane’s website is

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.”