Children’s Featured Events

Click for more information about the following events! Poetry Celebration | Celebrate Children’s Book Week! | The Best Built Nest | Nutmeg Release Party | Teen After Hours – High Tide | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library | Story Hours

April Events

Poetry Celebration

April 1 – April 30th
All Ages
Throughout the month of April we’ll be celebrating poetry here in the children’s department. Our favorite poems will be on display in the library with engaging photos and illustrations. Our shelves will be lined with our most popular poems and poets and we hope you’ll take a look! We invite children and families to write and illustrate a poem to add to a circulating volume here at the library. Drop on by for a poem page anytime this month.

May Events

Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

The week of May 1 – 7
All ages
Children’s Book Week provides us with a holiday favorite this month; a week dedicated specifically to celebrating children’s books. Visit the library anytime this week to pick out our favorites from a variety of displays, or ask us for a recommendation. We will be offering activities and book themed prizes at the children’s desk Monday – Friday in celebration.

The Best Built Nest

Live Animal Visit with DPNC
Monday, May 8th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Birds are not the only living creatures that build nests. What other animals build nests that can withstand all types of weather to protect their young? Learn all about different types of nests and the animals that build them. Meet some native nest builders and try your hand at nest building using lots of natural materials. Registration is required for this event. Call to reserve a place for your family at 860-767-1560 or email Jessica at .

Nutmeg Release Party

Monday, May 15th
Drop in any time after school
Ages 6 – 18
Readers rejoice! The Nutmeg Book Award encourages readers in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of nominated titles. On Monday May 15th , we will officially release the 2018 selections. We’ll have the kid’s room decked out with flyers and books and you’ll have a first chance opportunity to browse and borrow the new selection.

Teen After Hours – High Tide

Friday, May 12th from 5 – 6 p.m.
Ages 12+
Join us for a nautical 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 word “Tidal Wave” to enter the building after closing.

Ongoing Events


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.

Story Hours

Essex Library Story Times

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




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