Children

Take a tour of our Children’s Department by clicking here!

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.

March News

Hello All,

March is a busy month here at our library.  In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and Read Across America Day, we invite you to join us after school on Thursdsay, March 2nd to get caught reading! We’ll have a children’s room filled with Dr. Seuss characters and cozy reading spots galore. Weekly story hours are back in swing alongside many other specialty programs for your family. We look forward to Kid’s Yoga, a visit from the Essex Fire Department, a Welcome Spring Science Lab, and another installment in our Teen After Hours series.

Do you have a favorite book written for children or young adults? We’re building a list of your preferences on the webpage and making displays in our library. Email your favorite selections to Jessica at and we’ll feature you in our Reader’s Corner!

Thank you, Community Foundation of Middlesex County!

With 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 information to our growing non-fiction section. Come on in to learn more about the solar system, modern biologists, animal science, engineering and more.

Story Hours

For information on the Story Hours we have planned for this spring, please click here.

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.

If you would like to learn more about the events and services offered by the Essex Library Children’s Department, please click on the links below:

Children’s Featured Events – Check here for the latest information about the exciting programs scheduled at Essex Library!

Children’s Story Hours – This page provides information about our current story hours.

Book Recommendations – Looking for a good children’s book? Read this page to learn about our new books and recommendations.

Fun and Games– Check here to check out fun-filled  websites.

Homework Helper– This page lists websites to help school aged children.

Parent Resources – Parents can click here to learn about the numerous resources we currently offer.