Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! It’s Alive! Live Animal Visit with the Roaring Brook Nature Center | Summer Reading Kick Off Party – Chalk! | Alchemy Lab with the CT Science Center | Teen After Hours – Terrarium Workshop | Digital Photography for Kids | Float Your Boat – STEM Science | Ocean Touch Tank with the Maritime Education Network | Teen After Hours | Music & Art Lab with Linda Bronson | Tinker Lab
| Pizza with TED | Little Ones Story Time | Stories at the River Museum | Story Time at the Essex Library | Play Unplugged at the Essex Library

It’s Alive! Live Animal Visit with the Roaring Brook Nature Center

Wednesday, June 20th at 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 5+
Connecticut is home to many diverse habitats and the living things that inhabit them. Learn how to distinguish living creatures from the non-living components of their environment. Live animals are sure to make an appearance! Registration is required for this event. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at (860) 767-1560.

Summer Reading Kick Off Party – Chalk!

Thursday, June 21st at 1 p.m.
All ages.
Help us celebrate summer and bring the Essex Library to life with chalk art. After a bit of fun project planning we’ll get to work. We’ve been given permission to design every inch of our front sidewalk and we can’t wait to see what you create! Photos of our sidewalk mural will be uploaded to our website and submitted to the paper as a way to celebrate the power of readers and art. Registration is not required. A rain date is not scheduled for this event.

Alchemy Lab with the CT Science Center

Thursday, June 28th 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 8+
Don’t try this at home! Join us for Science in Motion with the CT Science Center outreach team. Specialists will be on hand to help you mix and match chemicals to produce a number of exciting outcomes and reactions. The mad scientist in you will love this event! Registration is required. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at (860) 767-1560.

Teen After Hours – Terrarium Workshop

Friday, June 29th 5 p.m.
Teens only; Grades 7+
Take a break from the pressure of the day and create a miniature living world. Make a succulent garden to decorate your desk, workspace, or room. Include tiny creatures and glowing sand to make your project unique. All materials will be provided at this event. Bring your playlist and plug into our surround sound – after hours, the library is yours! Space is limited at this event. Email Jessica at jbranciforte@essexlib.org to reserve a terrarium kit.

Digital Photography for Kids

Monday, July 9th 4 – 5 p.m.
Ages 8 and up
Join us for a digital photo lab where we’ll learn about camerawork and create some art. We’ll discuss taking action shots, self-portraits, pet portraits, and landscapes. This year, we’ll also photograph miniature props in front of tiny backgrounds. We’ll finish the program with tips about digital editing. Please bring your own digital device with a camera for this event. Projects created during this program will be selected for display during the August 9th art reception at our summer reading party. Space is limited. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to make a reservation.

Float Your Boat – STEM Science

Wednesday, July 11th 4 p.m.
Ages 6 – 8
When a boat floats, it settles into the water, pushing it aside to make room. It’s a two-way pushing match, and the water pushes back on the bottom and the sides of the boat. Your challenge will be to build small boats and test different designs to see how many pennies you can load without sinking your creation. We can’t wait to dive in! Space and supplies are limited for this event. Please call the library to make a reservation at (860) 767-1560.

Ocean Touch Tank with the Maritime Education Network

Monday, July 16th 4 p.m.
All ages
Our friends from Maritime will visit this July with a giant pool filled with local critters from Long Island Sound. Stop on by to learn from the experts about the characteristics and habitats of each visiting animal. Attendees will be given a close up and personal look at horseshoe crabs, fish, eels, mollusks, and more. Look for us out on the library lawn! Registration is required for this event. Please call the library to reserve a place for your family at (860) 767-1560. A rain date has not been scheduled for this event.

Teen After Hours

Friday, July 20th 5 – 6 p.m.
Teens only; Grades 7+
Join us for a summer night of reading perks, snacks, music and friends. Win copies of advance review books, have your library fines deleted, and watch book-to-film trailers. Be the first to borrow from our new YA book shipment and help us choose our new teen titles. Bring your playlist and plug into our surround sound – after hours, the library is yours. Registration by noon on July 19th earns you an extra prize ticket! Email Jessica at jbranciforte@essexlib.org to reserve a space at this program.

Music & Art Lab with Linda Bronson

Monday, July 23rd 4 p.m.
Ages 10+
Leave the heat behind and join us in the cool air for a creative art and music session. Join community favorite Linda Bronson for this unique art class for older kids. Projects created during this program will be selected for display during the August 9th art reception at our summer reading party. Space and supplies are limited for this event. Please call the library to make a reservation at (860) 767-1560.

Tinker Lab

Wednesday, July 25th 4 p.m.
Ages 6+
Try your hand at building with Foam Tubing, 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!

Pizza with TED

Monday, July 30th 4 p.m.
Valley Regional High School Students – Grades 9 -12
Questions about the new 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, prizes, 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 jbranciforte@essexlib.org.

Summer Story  Hours

Little Ones Story Time

Friday, June 8th and Wednesday July 18th at 10 a.m.
Ages birth – 36 months

Join us for an introduction to the love of books and music! We invite you to join us for stories, music, shakers, scarves, and bubbles this summer. This group provides a great opportunity for parents and little ones to socialize and connect with each other. Projects created during this program will be selected for display during the August 9th art reception at our summer reading party.

Story Time on Museum LawnStories at The River Museum

Tuesday evenings 6 – 6:30 p.m. July 3rd – August 7th
All ages
Join us as the sun goes down with a few picture books on the River Museum lawn. Cozy 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.

Story Time at the Essex Library

Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. July 5th – August 2nd
All ages
During our themed story hours, we typically read two to three stories, sing our favorite songs, and play at exploration centers. We end our program by creating a project, and we always make time for families to check out books. Projects created during this program will be selected for display during the August 9th art reception at our summer reading party.

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.