Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! Tinker Lab | Watercolor and Mixed Media Class for Kids | High School Book Club | Creative Dance with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet Company | Spring & Easter Celebration | Little One’s Story Time | Preschool Story Hour | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

Tinker Lab

Tuesday, March 6th 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 6 – 12
Tinker Lab is back! Try your hand at building with Keva Planks, Snap Circuits, Flexi Straws and magnetic structures here at the library. Visit multiple centers with makerspace materials and attempt architectural challenges. Have your creations featured in our display at the Library. The possibilities are endless!

Watercolor and Mixed Media Class for Kids

Monday, March 12th from 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 6 – 12
Join us for a dynamic art lesson where we will combine watercolor paint with black and white photography. We’ll also dabble with collage. Learn the easy steps required to create more art in this style at home. All needed supplies will be provided. Space is limited! Please reserve a place for your child at this program by calling 860-767-1560 or by emailing Jessica at

High School Book Club

Tuesday, March 13th 3 – 4 p.m.
Ages 14 – 18
The Book Society is a young adult book group created and run by teens. 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. Valley Regional High School students in need of a ride can take Bus #9 to the library after school.

Creative Dance with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet Company

Tuesday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m.
Ages 3 – 5
Join us for a new class with the ECBC! Dance instructor Ms. Laura Barnard will be with us for a creative dance and movement class focused on shapes. Your children will have a chance to listen to a story, practice body warm ups, and focus on creative dance movement. Space is limited! Please register for this program to assure a seat for you and your family by calling 860-767-1560.

Spring & Easter Celebration

Saturday, March 31st at 9:15 a.m.
Essex Town Hall
All Ages
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!

Little One’s Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m.
Ages: Newborns – 36 Months.
2/23 – 5/11
(This story time will not meet on 3/30 or 4/20.)
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.
Open Book

Preschool Story Hour

Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Weekly visits for 3 – 5 year olds
2/22 – 5/3
(This story time will not meet on 4/19.)
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.

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.