Hello Essex Families,

My name is Nicole Gaudreau, and I am so thrilled to be joining the team at the Essex Library Association as the new Children and Teen Services Librarian.

I am a recent graduate of SCSU’s MLIS program and have a have a Bachelor’s in English and a background in teaching grades K-6. I most recently worked in East Hampton as a Public Service Associate in their Children and Teen departments.

We have exciting programs planned for you in the children’s and teen’s departments, so stay tuned and stop by to say hi! — Nicole

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

STEAM Saturdays Start in January!

Introducing a new weekly educational play activity for children in grades K – 6: STEAM Saturdays at the Library. Enjoy a different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) project at the library each Saturday throughout the winter!

January 7: Fluffy Snow Slime!
January 14: DIY Catapult!
January 21: Snowflake Salt Painting
January 28: Kinetic Sand

February 11: Bouncy Balls
February 18: Rainbow Paper
February 25: Unpoppable Bubbles

Registration Required. Sign up at (860) 767-1560 or e-mail

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 Miss Nicole at

Teen News  – Visit our Teen Page!

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. Get in touch with us! 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 at or call the library at (860) 767-1560.

Celebrate Your Child with a Library Book!

Does your child love the library? Have they recently met a special milestone like learning to read, or maybe received special praise from a teacher or coach? Perhaps they’ve had a great sports season or been an excellent help around the house. However they’ve made an extra-special effort, you can celebrate them with a “commemorative” library book donation. With your help, we would love to put a new picture book or novel into our collection in their honor. For more information email Miss Nicole at or call the library at (860) 767-1560.