Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! The Great Pumpkin Contest | Spooky STEM Science | Teen After Hours | Book Society | Library Trick or Treat | Little Ones Story Time | Preschool Story Hour | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library


October Events

The Great Pumpkin Contest

The Month of October
All ages
Join the kid’s department this month for our Great Pumpkin Contest! We’ll have a giant pumpkin on display and we hope you’ll give us your best guess for the weight of this mighty fall icon. If your estimate is the closest guess, you get to take the pumpkin home. This pumpkin will arrive as soon as it becomes ripe on the vine. The winner will receive The Great Pumpkin before the night of our local pumpkin festival.

Spooky STEM Science

Wednesday, October 17th 4 p.m.
Ages 6 – 8
STEM Science is back! Join us for an afternoon filled with Halloween fun. Use provided materials to engineer a working spider web, and incorporate creative shapes and structures into your design. Will your plastic spider rest safely when wind is aimed at your web? Please register for this event by calling (860) 767-1560.

Teen After Hours

Saturday, October 20th 4 -6 p.m.
Grades 7+
Join us for a ghoulish night of reading perks, snacks, music, and friends. Win copies of advance review books and be the first to check out new books and DVDs. Have your library fines deleted and watch book to film trailers. Help choose our next teen titles and plug your playlist into the surround sound. After hours, the library is yours! Use code words “Graveyard Book” to enter the building after closing.

Book Society

Wednesday, October 24th 3 p.m.
Ages 14 – 18
The Book Society is a young adult book group created and run by teens. This month, bring your favorite thriller or spooky novel to share. At every event, you can expect story themed snacks, enticing giveaways and lively conversation. Some of our prizes include: novels signed by the author, bookish trinkets, and advanced reader copies of new books.

Library Trick-or-Treat

Wednesday, October 31st 3 – 6 p.m.
All Ages
Drop on in and show off your Halloween gear before the official trick-or-treating hours begin. Check in with the Children’s Desk for a special treat – we love to see your creative costumes!

Fall Story Hours

Little One’s Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m.
Ages: Newborns – 2 year olds.
9/21 – 12/7
(This story time will not meet on 10/12 or 11/23.)
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.

Preschool Story Hour

Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Weekly visits for 3 – 5 year olds
9/27 – 12/6
(This story time will not meet on 11/22.)
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.
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.