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 new programming for homeschooling families and titles that support the Common Core Curriculum.

March / April News

Looking for things to do? Join us for Virtual Story Time with the Essex Library, 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 Jessica at jbranciforte@essexlib.org and she’ll respond to you just as soon as she’s able.

Teen News:

The teen Book Society is back mid-month with conversation about Dystopian and Fantasy favorites. This club sometimes meets 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 Jessica at jbranciforte@essexlib.org or by calling 860-767-1560.

Thank you, Community Foundation of Middlesex County!

Book CartWith the generosity of this foundation, we were able to purchase a new rolling book display and 60 new non-fiction titles focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

We are so thrilled to add cutting edge informationCFMC Logo to our growing non-fiction section. Come on 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 more specific in mind. Right now, for example, we’re focusing on booklists regarding hibernation and the Thanksgiving holiday. 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.  As our new website develops, we’ll be linking interactive lists online for you as well. Email Jessica at any time at jbranciforte@essexlib.org 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, contact Jessica at any time at jbranciforte@essexlib.org or call the library at 860-767-1560.


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

Virtual Library Events


Essex Library Virtual Programming