Children’s Story Hours

“When adults read to their children, the difference shows in children’s behavior and academic performance. According to a new study, the difference also shows in brain activity” (Reach Out and Read Connecticut, 2015) from “Bedtime Stories for Young Brains,”  New York Times, 2015.

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.

For more information on our story times, please call the library at (860) 767-1560 or email Jessica at