Children's Librarians

Take a tour of our Children’s Department!

Our Children’s Room offers many activities, services and materials for children and parents. Library materials include: books, audio books, magazines, music, DVDs, foreign language materials, parent reference books and magazines, preschool toys and more. Family library programming includes: baby, toddler and preschool story hours, elementary age book groups, craft sessions, film showings, teen programs, family nights, parenting programs and many other special events. Ask us about our new programming for homeschooling families and titles that support the Common Core Curriculum.

September News

Hello All,

As summer fades into the first few weeks of school, we take time to reflect on our summer reading program. What a season we’ve had this year! It’s been a true pleasure to chat with young readers about their favorite titles and to hear of new recommendations. At the end of August, we developed a handful of wonderful programs that will roll in with the autumn weather. Be sure to read up on our story hour changes and find more about our programs for families under the Featured Events section of this newsletter.

What’s cooler than being cool? Having your own library card. September is Library Card Sign Up month. As school begins again this year, remember that a library card is one of the most important school supplies your child can obtain. With proof of residency in Essex, Ivoryton or Centerbrook, patrons aged 5 and older can open a free library card account at any time.

We’d love to see you this autumn. Explore some of our new books and programs below!

Summer Reading Program

The Essex Library is ready for summer reading! Our Summer Reading Program Information packet and Summer Reading Calendar are available to view and print out.

Thank you, Community Foundation of Middlesex County!

Book CartWith the generosity of this foundation, we were able to purchase a new rolling book display and 60 new non-fiction titles focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

We are so thrilled to add cutting edge informationCFMC Logo to our growing non-fiction section. Come on in to learn more about the solar system, modern biologists, animal science, engineering and more.

Request a book – or a book list!

Many parents and teachers in the community need a list of great books from time to time. Readers’ advisory is one of our favorite tasks here at the library. We often put out generic lists, but know that there are times when you have something more specific in mind. Right now, for example, we’re focusing on booklists regarding hibernation and the Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps you’re in need of a list of great resources about apples or a special holiday. Send us a line! We’d love to cultivate a list tailored to your reading needs, and we can pull the items or place holds on specific titles any time.  As our new website develops, we’ll be linking interactive lists online for you as well. Email Jessica at any time at or call the library at 860-767-1560.

We’d Love to Help You Celebrate

Looking to treat your child or to reward positive behavior? He or she may be celebrating a special milestone like learning to read or may have recently received a compliment from a teacher or coach. Whether your child has had a great sports season or has been an excellent help around the house, we’d like to assist you in rewarding them with a gift. With your help, we would love to put a new picture book or novel into our collection in their honor. What a treat! For more information, contact Jessica at any time at or call the library at 860-767-1560.