Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! Teen After Hours – Gift Night | Tinker Lab | Build Your Own Galaxy Jar | Family Story Time | Little One’s Story Time | Preschool Story Hour | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

December Events

Teen After Hours – Gift Night

Friday, December 8th 5 – 6 p.m.
Ages 12+
It’s the giftiest time of year! Join us for a night of creativity where you’ll find the supplies needed to create and wrap holiday gifts for friends and family. We’ll have new books, snacks, and music. Help choose our next teen titles and plug your playlist into the surround sound. Use code name “festive” to enter the building after closing.

Winter Vacation Events

Tinker Lab

Tuesday, December 26th 1 p.m.
Ages 6+
Try your hand at building with Keva Planks, Snap Circuits, and magnetic structures here at the library this winter break. Visit multiple centers with makerspace materials and attempt our architectural challenges. Win prizes and have your creations put on display in the Library. The possibilities are endless!

Build Your Own Galaxy Jar

Wednesday, December 27th 11 – 12 p.m.
Ages 8+
Amazed by the stars? Intrigued by black holes? Make your own galaxy here at the library and take it home in a jar. We’ll use a few household supplies to create a small world of wonder. Supplies are limited for this event. Please register for this program by calling 860-767-1560.

Family Story Time

Thursday, December 28th at 10 a.m.
Ages 3 +
Creativity is all around us! Join us for a family story time celebrating art and originality. We will read together, sing together and watch a very short film based on The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We’ll end our program by creating some art of our own. Registration is not required for this event.

Child with Book

Little One’s Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m.
Ages: Newborns – 36 Months.
2/23 – 5/11
(This story time will not meet on 3/30 or 4/20.)
Join us for a lively toddler program that includes stories, songs, rhythm sticks, trains, bubbles, crafts and lots of movement! This group provides an opportunity for parents and toddlers to socialize and connect with each other.  A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Registration is not required for this event.
Open Book

Preschool Story Hour

Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Weekly visits for 3 – 5 year olds
2/22 – 5/3
(This story time will not meet on 4/19.)
During our themed story hours, we typically read two to three stories, sing and move together and play at exploration centers. We end our program by creating a project, and we always make time for families to check out books. Registration is not required for this event.

Ongoing Events

Teen Play Unplugged

Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

Friday afternoons from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Ages 13 and up
Middle and high school students are invited to join teen expert Cooper to learn the basics of a variety of popular card games including Magic the Gathering. This group meets weekly on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. Here you will learn game basics and how to build a strategic deck. Unofficial tournaments for both new and experienced players will be held with cards as prizes.  Registration is not required for this event.

Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information concerning Children’s Featured Events.