Adults’ Featured Events

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

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.

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 https://zoom.us
  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: https://www.google.com/chrome/

To Connect with an iPad or iPhone:

  1. Download the Zoom app from the App Store, located here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307
  2. Click the link provided for the meeting

To Connect with an Android device:

  1. Download the Zoom app for Android, located here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_US
  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.

On-Going Programs

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

This program is 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: https://zoom.us/j/710958355?pwd=dGdrT2tiTWhRL0R0aFhVV3c4ZkRiQT09?
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: https://zoom.us/j/401156343?pwd=R3NQWmIvRG5xQXMxcFR0STk1Mjl5Zz09

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:
https://zoom.us/j/693156971?pwd=UU94NVRUQ2ZEODE1d1VaVDlVWTY3dz09

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

bereavement groupBereavement Support Group

This program is will be held online while the library is closed.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on Zoom.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 5 p.m. on Zoom.
See below for Zoom access information.
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.

To join the meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 2 p.m. click: https://zoom.us/j/541088846
Zoom Meeting ID: 541 088 846To join the meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 5 p.m. click: https://zoom.us/j/544863386
Zoom Meeting ID: 544 863 386

knitting needles and woolDiamonds and Purls

Tuesdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom.
This program is 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.


Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services.

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