Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! The Great Pumpkin Contest | Fan Mail Day: Mo Willems | Library Trick-or-Treat | Little Ones Story Time | Preschool Story Time | Book Society | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

October Featured Events

The Great Pumpkin Contest

The Month of October
All ages
Visit the Children’s Department this month and participate in 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 we receive, the pumpkin is yours to keep. The winner will receive notification before our local pumpkin festival with plenty of time for carving.

Fan Mail Day: Mo Willems

Tuesday, October 15th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 3 – 12
Calling all fans! We love our favorite authors, and Mo Willems is at the top of the list. With books like The Pigeon Needs a Bath and Knuffle Bunny, he keeps us laughing during story time. Help us create a fan mail package that includes art, personal notes, and handmade stories to show our appreciation. Occasionally, an author will post a favorite kid-made project on social media, so we’ll scan digital copies as well. Stop by the library after school to hear a story and to create something wonderful for Mo.

Library Trick-or-Treat

Thursday, October 31st from 3 – 6 p.m.
All Ages
Drop in and show off your Halloween gear before the trick-or-treating excitement begins downtown. Be sure to make a memory or two in front of the photo station before visiting the Children’s Desk for a special treat. We can’t wait to see your creative costumes!

Story Hours

Little Ones Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m. 9/20 – 12/6.
(This story time will not meet on 10/18 or 11/29.)
Weekly visits for newborn children – 36 months.
Join us for a lively toddler program that includes stories, songs, scarves, trains, bubbles, crafts, and lots of movement! This group provides an opportunity for parents and toddlers to socialize and connect with one another. A parent or caregiver must accompany children during story time. Registration is not required for this event.

Preschool Story Time

Thursdays at 10 a.m. 9/19 – 11/21.
Weekly visits for children ages 3 – 5.
During our themed story hours, we typically read two to three stories, sing and move together, and play at exploration centers. Parents are welcome to join us for stories or spend time in the library while we read. 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 Events

Book Society

Wednesday, October 23rd from 3 p.m.
Ages 14 – 18
The Book Society is a young adult book group created and run by teens. This month, we’ll be eating Halloween candy and chatting about the graphic novel Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. 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.

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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.