Children

Introducing Miss Nicole!

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 currently enrolled in SCSU’s MLIS program and will be graduating with my degree in May. I 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 coming months, 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

Check out our current book displays in the Children’s department!

Women’s History Month

In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month! Come check out some books that celebrate women who made history! Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration starting in 1987 when congress passed a resolution making March Women’s History Month!

We have some new biographies just for the occasion detailing the lives of famous women such as Kamala Harris, Malala Yousafzai, Ayanna Howard, and many more!

Author Display

We have two amazing Children’s Book Authors on display this month. Our first is Dav Pilkey, whose birthday falls on March 4! Dav is known for his work as author and illustrator of the children’s book series Captain Underpants, and the children’s graphic novel series Dog Man. Our other celebrated author this month is Kate DiCamillo, whose birthday falls on March 25! Kate is known for such favorites as Because of Winn Dixie, and the Mercy Watson series.

Come check out some of their books today!

Spring into Spring

March 21 is the official start of spring, and, boy, are we ready for some warmer weather! Come check out a book celebrating spring and gardening!

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 ngaudreau@essexlib.org.

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. 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.