Children’s Featured Events

Maker Monday

Monday,  January 25th at 4:00 p.m.
Facebook and YouTube | All Ages
From engineering to crafting, each month we’ll work together on Facebook Live to complete a maker activity or two. Projects can often be completed using items in your home, but a limited number of Maker Kits are available for pickup. Email ccarpino@essexlib.org to reserve one today.

Igloo: January 25th

Materials:
Toothpicks
Mini-marshmallows

Take & Make Crafts

Thursday, January 28th, February 4th and 18th
All Ages
Stop by our Park and Pickup space to get a craft kit! Craft kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis and include almost everything you need to create a fun project, as well as some suggested books for your child to enjoy.

Take the Library to Your Child Day

Saturday, February 6th
All Ages
Celebrate the 10th Annual Take Your Child to the Library day with a new twist. This year, we’re bringing the library to YOU! We’ll have a special virtual storytime, an online escape room, a Take-and-Make craft kit, and more! We are also asking people to share how your family has used the library during the pandemic. Share your photos and stories for a chance to win a book bundle!

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special day with a new twist. All programs have been designed to allow you to bring the library into your own home through virtual and distance activities.

Virtual Storytime

10:00 AM | YouTube and Facebook
Read, sing, and dance with Miss Christina and some animals characters who love the library!

Take and Make Crafts and Activities

All Day | Park and Pickup
Grab a craft kit to make your own owl friend while supplies last. We’ll also have coloring pages and activity sheets available both to download online and pickup in our Park and Pickup space.

Photo Contest

Share a photo and caption on how your family has used the library during quarantine. One entry will be randomly selected to win a bundle of new books. More information coming soon.

Canned Good Drive

Drop off canned goods and non-perishables at the library. All donations will go to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries.

Maker Monday

Monday, February 8th at 4:00 PM
Facebook and YouTube | All Ages
From engineering to crafting, each month we’ll work together on Facebook to complete a maker activity or two. Projects can often be completed using items in your home, but a limited number of Maker Kits are available for pickup. Email ccarpino@essexlib.org to reserve one today.

Rock Candy

PS: You’ll need an adult to help you with this one!

Materials:
Jar or large glass
Water
Sugar
String or skewer
Pot/Stove
Optional: Food coloring

First Chapter Fridays

Fridays, 4:00 p.m.
YouTube and Facebook | Ages 6+

Miss Christina will share the first chapter of some new books as well as some classics. Get excited to check out some new books! Available to view anytime on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Teen Events

World Kindness Day

Wednesday, February 17th at 4:00 PM
Ages 13-18
Spread kindness by making a card or bookmark for someone in need. Tune into our video to get some inspiration. Finished cards and bookmarks can be dropped off at the library anytime before February 26 for donation.

Escape the Library

All Month
Ages 7-18
Do you have what it takes to escape the library? Try out our virtual escape room either by yourself or with a team! The link will be available February 1st.

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


Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are suspended until further notice. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at staff.essexlib@gmail.com.

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