Children

Take a tour of our Children’s Department!

Our Children’s Room offers many activities, services and materials for children and parents. Library materials include: books, audio books, magazines, music, DVDs, foreign language materials, parent reference books and magazines, preschool toys and more. Family library programming includes: baby, toddler and preschool story hours, elementary age book groups, craft sessions, film showings, teen programs, family nights, parenting programs and many other special events. Ask us about our programming for homeschooling families and titles that support the Common Core Curriculum.

Recent News

Looking for things to do? Make art for Reach Out, our youth art collective, or check out this list of Virtual Readalouds and Story Times!

Youth Services Reference

We’re here to provide you with resources, activities, and links to educational extensions while your family works and plays from home. If you have questions for our youth services department about digital materials, lesson plan support, or book suggestions for readers aged 0 – 18, we’d love to hear from you. Please email our librarians at staff.essexlib@gmail.com and we’ll respond to you just as soon as we’re able.

Teen News:

The teen Book Society meets during the academic year, often in the teen department where we now feature art made by young adults. If you or someone you know has at least 5 pieces of art and would like to display that work for sale, please contact us at staff.essexlib@gmail.com or by calling 860-767-1560.

We are so thrilled to add cutting edge information to our growing non-fiction collection in to learn more about the solar system, modern biologists, animal science, engineering and more.

Request a book – or a book list!

Many parents and teachers in the community need a list of great books from time to time. Readers’ advisory is one of our favorite tasks here at the library. We often put out generic lists, but know that there are times when you have something specific in mind. Perhaps you’re in need of a list of great resources about apples or a special holiday. Send us a line! We’d love to cultivate a list tailored to your reading needs, and we can pull the items or place holds on specific titles any time. Email us any time at or call the library at 860-767-1560.

We’d Love to Help You Celebrate

Looking to treat your child or to reward positive behavior? He or she may be celebrating a special milestone like learning to read or may have recently received a compliment from a teacher or coach. Whether your child has had a great sports season or has been an excellent help around the house, we’d like to assist you in rewarding them with a gift. With your help, we would love to put a new picture book or novel into our collection in their honor. What a treat! For more information, call the library at 860-767-1560.


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Essex Library Park & Pickup Service

Contact-free pickup of library materials is available Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from a designated table in the library’s main parking lot. Call or email us to request items.

For more see: pickup information .

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. Please place items in the brown book drop in our parking lot.  All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked-in; items are then back dated.

Due to staggered reopening of libraries, delays in deliveries, and materials quarantining, Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials. Thank you for helping us share materials in a timely way with all patrons.

Thank You for Your Support!