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.

Summer Story  Hours

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.

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