Children’s Featured Events

Kids’ Winter Reading Challenge 2022: Snow Better Time to Read

We had so much fun during Summer Reading, so we thought… why not Winter Reading?!

Introducing the Essex Library Kids’ Winter Reading Challenge 2022: Snow Better Time to Read!

Sign up in the children’s room at Essex Library from December 12-17 and get your winter reading booklet. Between December 19 and January 6, complete the reading challenges, and have a parent take a picture of you completing the challenge. Show a librarian at the Essex Library your photo proof to get your booklet stamped for completing that challenge!

Once you have collected ANY eight stamps, come to the library to collect your prizes.

Everyone who completes the challenge gets a free book and a raffle ticket for a chance to win our Kid’s Grand Prize: a family pack of tickets to see John Winthrop Middle School’s Spring musical: Annie!

Want to do even MORE reading? For every extra snowflake you get stamped, get 1 extra raffle ticket for the grand prize!

Raffle will be drawn and winner will be contacted on January 7th.

Wiggle Worms Story Time

Tuesdays, November 22, 29 & December 6, 13, 20, 27 10:30 a.m. in the Program Room
Ages 0-3

A play-based music and movement story time for children and their caregivers! This story time will take place every Tuesday morning. See website or Facebook/Instagram for last-minute cancellations.

Fri-YAY Stories & Play

Fridays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m. in the Program Room
Ages 0-5

A story and social time for young children and their caregivers!

Join Miss Nicole for a story, followed by play time!

This story time will take place every Friday morning.  See website or Facebook/Instagram for last-minute cancellations.

Music Together® at the Essex Library with Community Music School

Wednesday, December 14, 10:30 a.m. in the Program Room
Ages 0-5

Join Community Music School instructors for a free preview of their Music Together® program.

Registration required. Call (860) 767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com to register.

Nocturnal Animals with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Wednesday, December 28, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Program Room
Grades PreK – 6

Owls, opossums, skunks, and bats are just a few of the animals that get up when we go to bed. Explore their nocturnal world, meet a live owl and discover just how incredible their night time sense are through scent and hearing games!

Registration Required. Sign up at (860) 767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com

Friends & Family Game Night: UNPLUGGED

Thursday, December 29, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Program Room
All Ages

Did you get a cool new game or puzzle for the holidays?

Bring friends and family to play some board games and spend some quality time together and unplugged! Maybe even learn a new game!

Games will be provided, but feel free to bring some favorites! No registration required, drop in!

Family NOON Year’s Eve Party!,

Saturday, December 31, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Program Room
All Ages

Ring in the NOON year at the Essex Library! Play some New Year’s themed games, make a noisemaker craft, and ring in the New Year with a virtual ball drop at noon!

Registration Required. Sign up at (860) 767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com

 

Take and Make Craft

Tuesday, December 6, 20, 10:00 a.m. in the Children’s Room while supplies last

Pick up a take-and-make crafting kit in the Children’s Room to craft on the go! Every other week. While supplies last.

December 6: Gingerbread Man Craft

December 20: Snowflake Wreath