Children’s Featured Events

Check out our upcoming events! Predators and Prey: Live Animals | Take Your Child to the Library and Bring Your Memories Day | Little Ones Story Time | Preschool Story Time

Upcoming Featured Events

Predators and Prey – Live Animals with the Denison Nature Center

Tuesday, January 21st 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Children and Families (Ages 5+)
Connecticut is home to an amazing assortment of wild animals. From the sharp teeth of a predator to the big ears of its prey, all creatures are built to survive in their habitat. Join us at the library to meet live animals and discover the tools they use to hunt and stay safe. Please register for this event by calling the library at 860-767-1560.

Take Your Child to the Library And Bring Your Memories Day 2020

Saturday, February 1st, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the Essex Library! We have a day of actitivies, including the Library’s “Old Tech” Petting Zoo and free books for children, donated by the Friends of the Essex Library. Please register for these events by calling the library at 860-767-1560.

The Mr. Gym Show – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All Ages
Join local favorite Mr. Gym for a performance focused on movement-based music. Mr. Gym incorporates live music and instruments into movement games, activities, contests, and dance. Visit to take part in the infectious energy that gets kids moving and grooving!

Bring Your Memories to the Library – All Day
Particpate in a guided intereview or self recording of what the library was like when you were a kid! Interviews will become a part of our local history collection. Sign up at the Essex Library.

Story Hours

Little Ones Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m. 2/21 – 5/15
(This group will not meet on 4/3, 4/10, and 5/1.)
Weekly visits for newborn children – 36 months.
Join us for a lively toddler program that includes stories, songs, scarves, trains, bubbles, crafts, and lots of movement! This group provides an opportunity for parents and toddlers to socialize and connect with one another. A parent or caregiver must accompany children during story time. Registration is not required for this event.

Preschool Story Time

Thursdays at 10 a.m. 2/27 – 5/7
(This group will not meet on 4/9.)

Weekly visits for children ages 3 – 5
During our themed story hours, we typically read two to three stories, sing and move together, and play at exploration centers. Parents are welcome to join us for stories or spend time in the library while we read. We end our program by creating a project, and we always make time for families to check out books. Registration is not required for this event.


Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information concerning Children’s Featured Events.