Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events!  Book Society – Winter Solstice | Inventor’s Workshop | Letter Wonder | Cookie Upgrade | Kahoot Trivia Night – Teen After Hours | Little Ones Story Time | Preschool Story Hour | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

December Events

Winter Break Events

image: glowing light bulb surrounded by gears. Title reads Inventor's workshopInventor’s Workshop

Wednesday, December 26th at 1 p.m.
All Ages
At each station you will receive an engineering challenge. Can you design a solution? Try your hand at invention with supplies such as magnetics, wooden planks, Snap Circuits, Legos, and robotics here at the library. Win prizes, have your creations put on display, and become our next Inventor’s Workshop champion!

image: a cardboard cutout of letter M is being wrapped in different colors of yarnLetter Wonder

Thursday, December 27th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 7+
Choose your initials or spell out a small word, the letters are yours to design! We’ll have fabric, washi tape, fiber, and paint on hand to help you create an incredible keepsake or decoration for your room. Supplies are limited for this event. Please register by calling the library at 860-767-1560 or by emailing Jessica at

image: cookies with frosting and candy arranged to look like monster facesCookie Upgrade

Thursday, December 27th from 3 – 4 p.m.
Ages 8+
Edible art anyone? You are the artist and the cookie is your canvas. Take a batch of plain treats to the next level and show them off in this British Bake Off themed class. You will receive all of the supplies needed to decorate cookies and will then, of course, get to eat all of your work. Please notify us if your child has any food allergies. Supplies are limited for this event. Please register by calling the library at 860-767-1560 or by emailing Jessica at

image: diagram of human brain highlighted with different colors. Title reads Trivia NightKahoot Trivia Night – Teen After Hours

Friday, December 28th 5 – 6 p.m.
Ages 12+
Do you Kahoot? Join in the madness as we compete to see who knows most about teen books and entertainment. Bring your favorite digital device to this event and connect to the big screen. Prepare for snacks, prizes, competitive shouting, and glory. This event was created and sponsored by the Book Society. For more information about joining this crew of noteworthy kids, email Jessica at

Fall Story Hours

image: babies playing together on a carpeted floor

Little One’s Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m.
Ages: Newborns – 2 year olds.
9/22 – 12/7
(This story time will not meet on 11/23.)
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.

image: collage of storytime activities. Title reads Preschool storytime.Preschool Story Hour

Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Weekly visits for 3 – 5 year olds
9/28 – 12/6
(This story time will not meet on 11/22.)
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.
Teen Play Unplugged - Image: line drawing on a lightbulb and unplug logo. The g looks like a 3 prong cord plug.

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.