Children’s Featured Events

Click for more information about the following events! Nature’s Greatest Engineers with the Denison Nature Center | Ocean Touch Tank with the Maritime Education Network | After Hours @ The Essex Library | Mad Scientist Society – Stack Em’ Up | Preschool Yoga Story Time | Valley High School Book Chat | Art Lab with Linda Bronson | Digital Photography for Kids | Summer Reading Program | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

June Events

Closeup of Beaver

Nature’s Greatest Engineers with the Denison Nature Center

Wednesday, June 28th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 5+
Beavers are among the only animals that are as skilled in building as humans. Learn all about these fascinating creatures. What adaptations do they possess that help them in the process of building dams and lodges? We will dress like the animal, study a beaver mount, and try to build a dam to hold back water. Registration is required for this event. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at 860-767-1560.

July Events

Starfish in Tank

Ocean Touch Tank with the Maritime Education Network

Monday, July 10th at 4 p.m.
All ages
Our friends from Maritime will visit this July with a giant pool filled with local critters from Long Island Sound. Stop on by to learn from the experts about the characteristics and habitats of each visiting animal. Attendees will be given a close up and personal look at horseshoe crabs, fish, mollusks and more. Look for us out on the library lawn! Registration is required for this event. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at 860-767-1560. A rain date has not been scheduled for this event.

Teen Poster

After Hours @ The Essex Library

Friday, July 14th at 5 p.m.
Teens only; Grades 7+

Join us for a summer night of reading perks, snacks, music and friends. Win copies of advance review books, have your library fines deleted, and watch book-to-film trailers. Be the first to borrow from our new YA book shipment and help us choose our new teen titles. Bring your playlist and plug into our surround sound – after hours, the library is yours. Registration by noon on 7/14 earns you an extra prize ticket! Email Jessica at jbranciforte@essexlib.org to reserve a space at this program.

 

Kids with Test Tubes

Mad Scientist Society – Stack Em’ Up

Monday, July 17th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 7+
Gravity – a tower’s worst enemy? Maybe. Gravity can make a tower fall, but can it also help a structure to stay in place? Be the first to build and design a stronghold made from just one particular type of building block, and test its strength with various intensities of wind. Registration is required for this event. Please call the library to register a place for your family at 860-767-1560.

Girl Practicing Yoga

Preschool Yoga Story Time

Wednesday, July 19th at 10 a.m.
Ages 3 – 5
The practice of yoga provides many recognized benefits for children.  Join certified children’s yoga instructor Heather Delouchry for an exciting spin on story time where she will teach us how to improve the mind and body connection through story. This program will include fun yoga poses and songs while using books as our guide. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and come ready to enjoy an active story time! Mats are provided, but your child is welcome to bring a personal mat or towel. Registration is required for this event. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at 860-767-1560.

Book Cover

Valley High School Book Chat

Monday, July 24th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 13 – 18
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Fulfill a summer reading requirement with a book chat at the Essex Library. Together we’ll discuss one our most popular books in the Teen section. “After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way.” Join us as we create character profiles, watch book trailers and discuss related song lyrics written by the author. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Space is limited for this event. Please call the library to register at 860-767-1560.

Coloring Pencils

Art Lab with Linda Bronson

Wednesday, July 26th at 4 p.m.
Ages 10+
Leave the heat behind and join us in the cool air for a creative art session. Join community favorite Linda Bronson for this unique art class for older kids. Projects created during this program will be selected for display during the August 10th art reception at our summer reading party. Space and supplies are limited for this event. Please call the library to make a reservation at 860-767-1560.

Boy with Camera

Digital Photography for Kids

Monday, July 31st 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 8 and up
Join us for a digital photo lab where we’ll learn about camerawork and create some art. We’ll talk about photos that have made history and will discuss taking action shots, self-portraits, pet portraits and landscapes. We’ll finish the program with tips about digital editing. Please bring your own digital device with a camera for this event. Projects created during this program will be selected for display during the August 10th art reception at our summer reading party. Space is limited. Please call the library at 860-767-1560 to make a reservation.

Summer Reading

Build A Better World

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.

 

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.