Summer reading season has arrived! It’s our favorite time of year in the Children’s Department and we can’t wait to share it with you. The theme for this summer’s program is “A Universe of Stories” and we look forward to many events and stories about outer space. Kids can begin to track reading when school gets out, and come in to collect prizes in July and August.
Our favorite summer programs are back and include: Stories at the River Museum, Reading Buddies, Music & Movement Story Time, science and engineering events, and more. For more information on upcoming programs for all ages, visit the Children’s Featured Events section of our website.
Our Summer Reading Program Information and Calendar are available to view and print.
The Essex Library has multiple copies of the books on your summer reading lists. John Winthrop and Valley Regional summer reading assignments are available in our teen department. Ask about rubrics, assignments, and book titles and we’ll make sure you’ve got what you need to get your work done. Stop by any time for summer book suggestions. We’d love to help you select a title that you’ll enjoy.
Valley Regional High School
Summer reading projects are presented in CORE during the second day of school. Check out the 2019 Reading Selections. Additionally, you can link to the Summer Reading Assignment on the school web page.
Join us at the Essex Library for a program meant to help you with your summer reading assignment. Register for Pizza with Ted on Monday, July 29th at 4 p.m. View this year’s required Ted Talks on the big screen, and take notes that you can use for your project. We’ll have pizza, refreshments, and a selection of summer reading books available to take home. Registration is required by calling the library at (860) 767-1560.
John Winthrop Middle School
The assignment from John Winthrop requires that you read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book of your choice. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Remember that book titles are your choice. Click for a link to a recommended list of books from your school. The library has many suggestions as well! Please come in and ask for a book or a book list. You are required to take notes on the provided fiction and non-fiction note pages and bring them to school with you when the year begins.
State of CT Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
Student journals, district reporting forms, and all other materials are available here. Essex Elementary School asks that students write down a list of books read in the provided student journal to help administrators calculate summer reading participation when the school year begins.