Children’s Story Hours

“When adults read to their children, the difference shows in children’s behavior and academic performance. According to a new study, the difference also shows in brain activity” (Reach Out and Read Connecticut, 2015) from “Bedtime Stories for Young Brains,”  New York Times, 2015.


Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Website | All Ages
3/2 – 3/23
We’re bringing you a new format for our weekly storytimes that allows you to customize screen-time for your needs. Each week we’ll post three videos: a story, a song, and a rhyme. Watch one or watch all three! We’ll also post an activity and craft idea to go along with the theme to continue the fun and learning off-screen.

Stories will be available to watch for one week. Songs and Rhymes will go in our Archive to be watched anytime!

Build Your Own Storytime: Bananas

Each week, we’ll offer three videos for you and your family to enjoy: a story of the week, song of the week, and rhyme of the week. Watch one, or watch all three! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for offline activities for the whole family.

Story of the WeekGladys Goes out to Lunch by Derek Anderson. Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Song of the Week – “Apples and Bananas”

I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.

Repeat with each long vowel sound in place of the vowels in each word.

Rhyme of the Week – “Little Green Bananas”

I walked through the jungle
And what did I see?
Big green bananas
Hanging on a tree.

I chopped down a bunch
And set them in the sun.
When they turned yellow,
I ate every one!

Activity Suggestions

  • Find a fun snack recipe that uses bananas.
  • Bananas change colors from green to yellow when ripe. What other fruits and vegetables change colors? Can you make a rainbow out of your favorite foods?
  • Stop by the library to pick up a Take and Make craft kit on Thursday, April 15.

Earth Day Storytime

Thursday, April 22nd at 10:00 AM
Facebook and YouTube | All Ages
Celebrate the planet we call home with a special virtual storytime.

STEM Storytime

Saturday, April 24th at 10:00 AM
Facebook and YouTube | All Ages
Let’s go fly a kite! Join us online for a story and STEM activity for the whole family. STEM Kits can be reserved by emailing

8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock
Long piece of string or yarn
Bamboo skewer
*Optional: Tissue paper or party streamers

*Not included in STEM kit

Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are also available. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at

Thank You for Your Support!