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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.

May News

Hello All,

We’ve got quite a bit to celebrate this season here at the Essex library, and have planned many a May program for you to attend. We’re celebrating Children’s Book Week (May 1-7) with a handful of story hours and great book displays. We’ll kick off the festivities with a Nutmeg Release Party, will take some time to meet live animals, and look forward to our sunny story hour celebration in the park. We’ll also offer an After Hours night for teen readers in grades 7 and up.

The art on display at the library this month has been created by Valley Regional High School students. Check out their work in our program room, the main area of the library and in our teen area!

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.