Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events!  Poetry Celebration | Bingo for Books! | Creative Dance with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet Company | Tinker Lab | Teen After Hours – Spring Edition | Family Visit with the Essex Fire Department | Little One’s Story Time | Preschool Story Hour | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library


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.

April Vacation Programming

Bingo for Books!

New Date: Monday April 23rd 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!

Creative Dance with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet Company

Tuesday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m.
Ages 3 – 5
Join us for another class with the ECBC! Dance instructor Ms. Laura Barnard will be with us for a creative dance and movement class focused on feelings. 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.

Tinker Lab

Wednesday, March 18th 10 – 11 a.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!

Teen After Hours – Spring Edition

Friday, April 20th 5 – 6 p.m.
Ages 12+
Join us for a teen night of reading perks, snacks, music and friends. Win copies of advance review books and have your library fines deleted. Be the first to borrow from our new YA book shipment and help us choose our new teen titles. After hours, the library is yours! Registration is not required for this event.

Family Visit with the Essex Fire Department

Saturday, April 21st at 10 a.m.
Ages 4+
We love our community fire department! Join us for our second annual family presentation by Junior Manager Josh Painter. He’ll talk about fire safety, show you real fire gear, and teach you how to call 911. You’ll even have a chance to explore a working fire truck. Space is limited for this exciting event. Please register your family by calling the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.

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 4/13.)
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.