Children’s Featured Events

Essex Library Association is now offering Booked to Browse Appointments, as well as Park and Pickup of library of materials. Looking for something to do from home? Check out this list of Virtual Readalouds and Story Times

Check out our upcoming events!

Creative Movement | Money Smart Week | Tell Me a Story | Reach Out – Youth Art Collective | Virtual Book Society | Library LEGO Challenge

Upcoming Featured Events

Creative Movement with Eastern CT Ballet: Scavenger Hunt

 Friday August 14th at 3:00 p.m. 
Ages 3-6 

Join Eastern CT Ballet for a virtual Creative Movement class! The theme for this program is “Scavenger Hunt.”

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 848 4260 6240

Money Smart Week – Kids Read

A virtual reading and interactive learning activity provided through Kids Read for Money Smart Week 2020. Read along with the Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money by Stan and Jan Berenstain.




Tell Me a Story

Ages 3+
Storytelling sparks imagination and encourages creative writing skills. Join us for a digital take on one of our favorite library programs. Tell Me a Story will have your children creating story prompts at home with fun and simple materials that you have around the house. We hope that you’ll record your child telling a story or two or send us a written tale to share with our library community. Watch the video below for a tutorial on Tell Me a Story and then check out our Tell Me a Story Lesson Plan

Tell Me a Story Tutorial

Reach Out

Youth Art Collective
Ages 2 – 18
Reach Out is a project that we’ve created to help you access your community through art made by local children and teens. Art therapy can be a great tool to work through feelings of uncertainty or just a way to enrich an afternoon of at home learning. We are currently collecting digital submissions of paintings, poetry, sketches, collage, and music. Take a clear photo of your favorite piece and email the image with a title and your artist’s name and age to us at Art will be posted to our website so admirers can appreciate what we’re creating during this unprecedented time. All of the art made for this project will be compiled into a digital time capsule for our community.

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Virtual Book Society

Ages 13 – 18
Join us during the academic year for a bookish virtual meet up and we’ll exchange stories and enjoy the company of friends through Zoom. What have you been reading while you’ve been at home? Bring the title of a good book to help us beat the quarantine blues. Have your pens ready – we’ll discuss the best upcoming teen book and film releases. Zoom information and event dates to come.

Library LEGO Challenge

All Ages
Use LEGO bricks to build confidence in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Tune in to our Library Facebook and Instagram accounts for STEM LEGO Challenges. Creative prompts will have you using your LEGO bricks in new imaginative ways, and solving problems through intuitive engineering. We’ll provide a prompt, time frame for the challenge, and age level. As young patrons submit creations, we’ll add them to our LEGO Hall of Fame.

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

Welcome back!

Booked to Browse Appointments

Please book an appointment to visit the library. 30-minute appointment slots to browse our collection or use a computer are available between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Park & Pickup Service

Contact free pickup is available from tables in the library’s main parking lot between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Electronic services are available 24/7.

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. Please place items in the brown book drop in our parking lot.  All returned items are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked-in; items are then back dated.

Due to staggered reopening of libraries, delays in deliveries, and materials quarantining, Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials. Thank you for helping us share materials in a timely way with all patrons.

Thank You for Your Support!