Children’s Featured Events

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services. Looking for something to do from home? Check out this list of Virtual Readalouds and Story Times or check out Essex Library’s online programming, listed below.

Check out our upcoming events!  Reach Out – Youth Art Collective | Virtual Book Society | Library LEGO Challenge | Author Spotlight  | Virtual Story Time

Upcoming Featured Events

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 Jessica and Sue at and Art will be posted to our website weekly 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.

Virtual Book Society

Ages 13 – 18
Join us virtually for a bookish 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’re discussing the best upcoming teen book and film releases. Zoom information and event dates to come.

Library LEGO Challenge

All Ages
While you’re learning at home this month, use LEGO bricks to build confidence in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Tune in to our Library Facebook and Instagram account weekly for a STEM LEGO Challenge. 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.

Author Spotlight

Children’s authors across the nation are providing free read-aloud entertainment, classes, and tutorials for children and families. To see what’s happening and when, visit this link provided by CT State Library and visit us on social media for weekly updates.



Story Hours

Virtual Story Time with the Essex Library

Ages 3-6
Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Click the link and tune in!

We’re bringing library story time to the comfort of your home. Pull up a chair and join us live for a chance to hear stories, sing songs, and to say hello to friends from afar. Links for extension activities and suggested readings are included with each event. We use Zoom meeting software for this program. Simply download the Zoom app on your device, click the meeting link on our website, and tune in.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 130 522 174
Password: 345043

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

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services.

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