Adults’ Featured Events

May Programs:  Uncovering The Hidden Job Market – 5/13 | Cats! Not the Musical – 5/14 | SEED: Climate Change Impacts of Plastic and Micro-plastic Waste – 5/21

Ongoing Programs: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support GroupBereavement Support Group | Community Conversations | Diamonds and Purls | SCORE at the Library

Our programs are free and open to the public. 

Instructions for Using Zoom

You do not need to have a Zoom account to join the Library’s Zoom meetings. To connect with video, you will need to be connected to the Internet, either from a computer, iPad or cell phone. A link for each meeting will be provided in the monthly newsletters and on the Library’s website. All library programs and meetings offered on Zoom are moderated by library staff and are recorded; the library does not offer Zoom recordings to the public.The Library records all programs and reports all Zoombombing, attempted Zoombombing, and/or misuse of our public programming platform to federal and local law enforcement.

For more detailed instructions see: Instructions on Using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.

To Connect with a Computer:

To Join a Zoom Meeting from your computer, click the links provided for each meeting, OR

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Join A Meeting’ located in the upper right area of the screen
  3. Type the meeting number in the window then click ‘JOIN’
  4. A ‘Launch Application’ window will appear
  5. Click ‘Open link’

If you have trouble getting the Zoom meeting to open, please be sure to use the Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer browser. To download Google Chrome to your device, see instructions here:

To Connect with an iPad or iPhone:

  1. Download the Zoom app from the App Store, located here:
  2. Click the link provided for the meeting

To Connect with an Android device:

  1. Download the Zoom app for Android, located here:
  2. Click the link provided for the meeting

To Connect with a land line phone:

If you’re joining the meeting by phone, call this number: 1 (646) 558-8656. Once you’re connected, then dial the meeting ID number to join the meeting.

May Programs

Uncovering The Hidden Job Market

Wednesday, May 13th at 12 p.m.
Are you looking for a new job or a new career? Look no further than Essex Library and ReferenceUSA. This database, available on the library’s website, is the premier online resource for finding and researching companies of all sizes and types. In this live online workshop led by TJ Pridell of ReferenceUSA, you’ll discover a wealth of information that will help you expand your opportunities in the job market. Learn how to use ReferenceUSA to research area businesses, apply to available job openings, and create marketing plans; plus get helpful tips on how to strengthen your resume. Register for this free program here.

Cats! (Not the Musical)

Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m. on Zoom
Cats. What do they want? What do they need? Why do they do that? These little predators can be fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. Trying to see things from their point of view can enrich your feline relationships. Here’s a veterinarian’s perspective on Felis domesticus… (and yes there will be time for questions about your own beloved familiar.)

Dr Buck Drummond has been practicing veterinary medicine for 30 years. He grew up in Northern Virginia, and then attended the University of Georgia for both his undergraduate degree in Zoology and for veterinary school. After graduation, he completed internship training in Los Angeles, specializing in emergency and trauma care, running a busy overnight ER there for the next 15 years.

Dr Drummond returned to the east coast in 2008, to be closer to his large family, and has worked in various kinds of practices, from rural Georgia to inner city DC, most recently with a focus on law enforcement working dogs. He sits on the board of called Paws of Honor, a non-profit that provides veterinary care to retired federal service dogs which started in Washington, DC, and is in the process of expanding nationally. Dr. Drummond has been to Capitol Hill, the White House and CIA headquarters in this capacity. He moved to Essex last year and is now at the Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Sustainable Essex Committee continues its Environmental Discussion Series with “Climate Change Impacts of Plastic and Micro-plastic Waste”

Thursday, May 21st at 5 p.m.
This important discussion will take place via Zoom and will last an hour. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Evan Ward, PhD., head of the UConn Department of Marine Sciences. Dr. Ward is a leading expert on the impact of plastic and micro-plastic waste on our coastal waters. To register for this Zoom meeting, please send an email to: by May 20th. A link and password for the event will be sent to you with instructions for accessing the event.

On-Going Programs

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

This program will be held online while the library is closed.
1st Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. See below for Zoom access information.
Seventy eight thousand people in Connecticut are living with Alzheimer’s disease and there are 178 thousand caregivers in this state. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. Changes in the person’s behavior as the disease progresses can lead to frustration and anxiety. To help people who care for those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter facilitates about 90 support groups around the state. The Essex Library is honored to collaborate with AACC in hosting a monthly caregivers support group.

The support group offers caregivers a place to share, learn and feel welcomed. People talk about their experiences and offer suggestions to deal with topics including medical, legal, behavioral and financial problems. The trained group facilitator is there to listen, help guide the conversation and to provide information about resources in the community. This support group is FREE and open to the public. 

To join this meeting using Zoom click:
Zoom Meeting ID: 710 958 355
Password: 642958
For more information and advice from Alzheimmer’s Association, click here.

Community Conversations

Quarantines are a drag. Keep connected with your community and practice with Zoom video conferencing at the same time during our weekly Coffee Hours and Tea Times.

Coffee Hours: Mondays, 9 – 10 a.m
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking:

To join by telephone (audio only)
dial +1 646 558 8656
Zoom Meeting ID: 401 156 343
Password: 517659

Tea Times: Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking:

To join by telephone (audio only)
Dial +1 646 558 8656
Zoom Meeting ID: 693 156 971
Password: 638693

bereavement groupBereavement Support Group

Due to pressing counseling and emergency response needs at Middlesex Hospital, we regret that the library’s bereavement counseling sessions have been placed on temporary hold until further notice.  We look forward to resuming this service at a later date.

Additional bereavement resources may be found at the Center For Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut:

Grieving is tough –  but you don’t have to go it alone. The Essex Library is now hosting a Bereavement Support Group, with leadership provided by Chaplain Dennis McCann, head of pastoral services at Middlesex Hospital. The group is free and open to all. If you’re struggling with loss – of a spouse, a parent or other family member, or a close friend –  please consider coming to a meeting; sometimes just having a place to share our feelings makes them easier to bear.  No advance registration is necessary, and drop-ins are welcome.

knitting needles and woolDiamonds and Purls

Tuesdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom.
This program will be held online while the library is closed. See below for Zoom access information.
A knitting group for all fiber artists, whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or any other kind of portable fiber art. If you’d like to learn to knit, Librarian Anna Cierocki will teach you. Bring a pair of size eight needles, and a skein of white acrylic yarn.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Due to a number of generous donations recently, we are NOT accepting further yarn or needle donations. Thank you for your consideration.

Score LogoSCORE At The Library

The Southeastern Connecticut chapter of SCORE provides free and confidential advice on starting and growing small businesses. Appointments must be scheduled in advance, either by calling 860-388-9508 or downloading a request form. SCORE is also offering information and assistance with the Paycheck Protection Program and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Welcome back!

Library Materials Return Begins May 20th

Essex Library will begin accepting returned materials on May 20th in our parking lot at specific times. Click for important return information.

Essex Library Park & Pickup Service to Begin Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Contact-free pickup will be available Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from a designated table in the library’s main parking lot.

Click for important return information.

Thank You for Your Support!