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!

Lego Challenge | Teen Game Night | Virtual Book Society | Make & Take Crafts | First Chapter Fridays | Harry Potter Family Trivia | Drive-Through Trick or Treating | Teen Virtual Game Night | Teen Animal Crossing: New Horizons Costume Party

Upcoming Featured Events

Lego Challenge
Wednesdays in September

All Ages

Do you have what it takes to be a Master Builder? Put your Lego building skills to the test with weekly challenges. Check our social media platforms on Wednesdays to see each week’s challenge and then share your creations using #essexlegochallenge.



Take & Make Crafts

Thursdays, October 1st, 15th, and 29th
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.

First Chapter Fridays

Fridays, 10:00 AM
YouTube | 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.

Harry Potter Family Trivia

Tuesday, October 20th at 5:00 PM
Zoom | All Ages
Join us on Zoom for a family trivia night! Whether you’re a casual or a diehard fan, this fun trivia night is perfect for every Harry Potter fan. Registration required. (And as a reminder, using Felix Felicis during tests or competitions is not allowed…that includes trivia!)

Register for this free event:

Drive-Through Trick or Treating

Saturday, October 31st from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Library Parking Lot | All Ages
Pull through our circular driveway to show off your costumes and pick up a special treat. Canned food donations being accepted.

Upcoming Teen Events

Teen Virtual Game Night

Thursdays, October 8th and 22nd at 5:00 PM on Zoom
Ages 13-18
Join your friends for a virtual Jackbox game night. You’ll need two devices to play: A screen connected to Zoom and a separate phone or tablet with internet access. You’ll also have the chance to meet the new librarian, Christina, to ask her questions and share your ideas. Registration required.

Registration link:

Teen Animal Crossing: New Horizons Costume Party

Thursday, October 29th at 5:00 PM
Ages 13-18
Visit the library’s island in your scariest or silliest virtual costume. Explore the island, trade DIYs and items, and play games to win in-game prizes. Registration required.

Registration link:



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.

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

Welcome back!

Booked to Browse Appointments

Book an appointment to visit the library. 30-minute appointment slots to browse our collection or use a computer are available:

Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3:oo p.m..

Park & Pickup (curbside) Service

Contact free pickup is available from tables in the library’s entrance:

Mondays – Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m..

Electronic services are available 24/7.

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. All returned items are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked-in. Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials.

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