Message from the Director

Richard Conroy, Library Director

February, 2019 Director’s Message:

As most of you know by now, for the past six months or so we have been offering free access to AcornTV with your Essex Library card.  If you’re not familiar with that service, which allows you stream dozens of British films and television shows, all you need to do is click on the “Essex Exclusives” icon on our homepage, then scroll down the page to the “Entertainment” menu.

By the way, while you’re scrolling down that page take a moment to peruse the downloadable audio and ebooks that are also offered through the “Essex Exclusives” portal.  Those items are available only to those who have an Essex library card, so it’s quite possible that you’ll find a popular title ready to be checked that you thought you’d have to wait weeks to obtain through Overdrive.

Getting back to that “Entertainment” menu, you’ll now find two new services that you can use in addition to AcornTV – IndieFlix and Qello.  As its name implies, IndieFlix features independent films, as well as documentaries, animation, and even classic movies and TV shows.  With Qello you can stream music and concerts in just about any genre you can think of including pop, rock, classical, blues, jazz, country and many more.  If you have a good quality sound system you’ll be able to take advantage of the programs’ HD quality sound as well as picture.

If you need assistance learning how to access any of the materials we provide through “Essex Exclusives,” just call the Library at (860) 767-1560 and ask to set up a “Book A Librarian” session during which you’ll be given one-on-one instruction.

Last but not least – it’s February, which means that it’s time to “vote for the Essex Library” if you are an account holder with Essex Savings Bank.  The pool of funds available from their Community Investment Program will be distributed according to the number of votes each organization receives, so please be sure to include the Library on your ballot.  You can “vote” for up to three organizations to receive funding, and we recommend that you also include the Friends of the Essex Library among your three choices.