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Upcoming Events

Chess Basics

Wednesdays, December 29th, Jan 12th, & Jan 26th at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Registration required.
Grades 6 – 12 
DIG USA is collaborating with Essex Library to offer a Chess program for kids in 6th-12th grade. Professional Chess Coach, Adi Mital ( will be teaching this class. Coach Adi plays chess competitively and partakes in many tournaments. His most notable win was earning first place at the 2020 CT State Chess Championship for his grade. He has been a DIG Chess Coach for three years. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about the game and make new chess friends!

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“Where Do Animals Nap” with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Thursday, January 20th at 4 p.m. at the Essex Library. Registration required.
Age 10 and Under

Animals need to rest, just like us! Instead of beds and blankets, animals have come up with unique place to take their naps. Burrows, nests, and tree cavities are all examples of animal beds. Learn about animal shelters and why sometimes that home is the same as yours! Meet several of DPNC’s resident animals, including one who carries its bed on its back, and learn more about their special adaptations.


Permission To Feel: A Community Read and Discussion Series

Presented by Tri-Town Youth Services
Wednesdays, January 19th, 26th and February 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.
The discussion will be broken up into three parts so finishing the book doesn’t need to be done all at once.

About the book: As highlighted by Dr. Tara Wells in Psychology Today, “In Permission To Feel, Marc Brackett, a professor at Yale University’s Child Study Center and the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, presents an evidence-based approach to managing our emotions. He makes a persuasive case that our feelings aren’t impediments but provide important information that can change our lives for the better – when we give ourselves permission to feel them.” The must-read book explores emotions and presents RULER skills used for recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating our emotions.

Supported by Essex Library Association; Chester Public Library; Deep River Public Library & Ivoryton Library Association.
Visit Tri-Town Youth Services website to register.