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
1/5 – 1/26
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: Mittens

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 WeekThe Mitten by Jan Brett. Published by G. P. Putnam Sons.

Song of the Week“Snowkey Pokey”

Put your right mitten in,
Put your right mitten out.
Put your right mitten in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Snowkey Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Repeat with left mitten, right and left boot, and hat.

Rhyme of the Week – “Wide-Eyed Owl”

There’s a wide-eyed owl,
With a pointed nose,
With two pointed ears,
And claws for his toes.
He lives high in a tree.
And when he looks at you
He flaps his wings,
And says, “Whooo, Whooo, Whoooo.”

Activity Suggestions

  • Play a mitten matching game. Draw pictures of matching mittens on pieces of paper. Put them upside down on a table. Take turns flipping two over to see if you can find a match!
  • Look in your backyard and see if you can find any of the forest animals from the story.
  • Grab a Take-and-Make craft kit from the library on Thursday, January 28th.
  • Play hide-and-seek: Have a friend or family member hide a mitten in your house and see if you can find it!

STEM Storytime

Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Facebook and YouTube | All Ages
It’s Appreciate a Dragon day! Join us online for a dragon story and STEM challenge for the whole family. STEM Kits can be reserved by emailing

Brass Fasteners
Construction paper

* 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 suspended until further notice. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at

Thank You for Your Support!