Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! Astronaut Rescue | Pizza with Ted | Rainy Day Family Films | Essex Island Story Time | Stories at the River Museum | Music and Movement Story Time | Reading Enrichment with Leah Page | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

July Featured Events

Astronaut Rescue

Monday, July 22nd at 4 p.m.
Ages 7 – 10
Welcome to space! Join us for an important mission involving a daring rescue, a ticking clock, and tiny excavation tools. Once your team has set your frozen astronaut free, you’ll work together to build a zip line and help your space explorer escape. Use your engineering and design skills to embrace the race. Registration is required. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at (860) 767-1560.

Pizza with Ted

Monday, July 29th at 4 p.m.
Valley Regional High School Students – Grades 9 -12
Questions about the Valley summer reading project? Join us in front of the big screen for a showing of this year’s required TED Talks. We’ll have pizza, refreshments, and a selection of summer reading books available to take home. Stick around for a bit of discussion, and walk away with notes to help you with your assignment. Registration is required for this event. Please reserve a seat by calling (860) 767-1560 or emailing Jessica at

Rainy Day Family Films

Summer weather can be unpredictable. If your outdoor plans get ruined by the weather, call us to see if we’ll be showing an impromptu movie. We plan to squeeze in some of our favorite kids’ classics and new releases this summer. Call the library at (860) 767-1560 for the rating, length, and movie time. Please remember that all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Story Hours

Essex Island Story Time

Monday, July 1st and Monday, August 12th at 10 a.m. Ages 5+.
Take a short ferry ride from downtown Essex and meet us on a local island! Once off the ferry, story hour go-ers can make their way to the green space just to the north of the Dock Office. We hope to see you there! Bring a blanket and some snacks if you like, and we’ll make it a picnic. Parking is available at Dauntless Shipyard or in the lot just off of Ferry Street behind the Griswold Inn stores. This event will take place rain or shine. (Essex Island Map)

Stories at The River Museum

Tuesday evenings 6 – 6:30 p.m. July 9th – August 6th All ages.
Join us as the sun goes down with a few picture books on the River Museum lawn. Cozy snacks, blankets, and loved ones are welcome! We look forward to sharing one of our favorite annual programs with your family. We will not meet for stories on rainy evenings.

Music and Movement Story Time

Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. July 11th – August 1st All ages.
During our music story time at the library, we read stories, sing our favorite songs, dance, and
wiggle a lot! We sing hello, sign goodbye, and always make time for families to check out books. Registration is not required for this event. We only ask that you wear comfy clothes and come ready to wiggle!

Reading Enrichment with local Reading Specialist Leah Page

Select Thursday evenings from 4 – 5 p.m. 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22. Ages 5+
Hang out with Essex Elementary teacher Mrs. Page this summer! Come in after a busy day and cool down in the children’s room with a good book. Studies show that reading for pleasure over the summer leads to a noteworthy increase in reading ability. Mrs. Page will be on hand to help you with your reading and give you great recommendations that are perfect for your level. Don’t forget your library card! If you need one, we will set you up so that you can take books that you’ll love home with you. Registration is not required for this event.

Teen Events
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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.