Children’s Featured Events

Click for more information about the following events! Family Visit with the Essex Fire Department | Poetry Celebration | Spring & Easter Celebration | Bingo for Books! | Paint Lab | Family Night – Dinner and a Movie | Teen After Hours – High Tide | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library | Story Hours

March Events

Family Visit with the Essex Fire Department

Saturday, March 25th at 10 a.m.
This event will be held rain or shine!
We love our community fire department! Join us for a family presentation by Junior Manager Josh Painter. He’ll talk about fire safety, fire gear and you’ll have a chance to see a working fire truck.  Space is limited for this exciting event. Please register your family by calling the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.

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.

Spring & Easter Celebration

Saturday April 8th from 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Essex Town Hall
Egg Hunt to follow in Grove Street Park
Join us for stories and a visit from a very special rabbit at the Essex Town Hall. We’ll read a few of our favorite tales together as we prepare for the annual egg hunt to follow at the Grove Street Park. Have your cameras ready folks, this event always provides a festive photo opportunity!

April Vacation Programming

Bingo for Books!

Monday, April 10th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 5+
Step right up and join us for a night of family fun.  We’ll pull out our good old fashioned bingo wheel for an evening of exciting prizes. We hope we’ll see your family for this noisy event filled with letters, numbers and fun!


Paint Lab

Tuesday, April 11th from 2 – 3 p.m.
Ages 7+
Let’s explore the color wheel with canvas and tempera paint. Skills learned in this class will include blending color and drip-drop water techniques. Prepare to leave with a stunning piece of art! Space is limited. Please call the library for more information or to register your child for this event at 860-767-1560.


Family Night – Dinner and a Movie

Because of Winn Dixie
Wednesday, April 12th from 4 – 6 p.m.

Rated PG:  106 min
Let’s celebrate one of our favorite book- to- film collaborations with a family event! Join us at 4 p.m. for a showing of Because of Winn Dixie and grab some dinner while you’re at it. We’ll have copies of the book by Kate DiCamillo on hand if you’d like to borrow one afterwards. Please register by Tuesday April 11th to save a space and ensure pizza for your family.


Upcoming Events

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.