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Latest News

4/1/20 –The votes are in! Thank you to the Essex Savings Bank and to everyone who voted for us in the Community Investment Savings ProgramWe are so grateful for your support of the Essex Library and Friends of the Essex Library. The library will directly receive $1,873 as a result of your engagement. Thank you!

3/22/20 – Still closed but helping Essex Ambulance Association today with an urgent need for supplies. Libraries, archives, and museums please join us – donate supplies on hand to healthcare providers in need. Individuals can help too! Visit

3/18/20 – Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services. We apologize for any inconvenience to our patrons and look forward to re-opening our facility when safe and prudent to do so. The library has temporarily suspended book donations. Patrons should keep any materials they have checked-out; all fines will be waived during the period the library is closed and for one week after we re-open. Our electronic services continue to be available on our Homebound Services page.

Essex/Centerbrook/Ivoryton residents can fill out our Patron Registration Form to request a library card to use electronic services that require barcode access.

Director’s Message – October 2020

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

As leaves begin to fall, I am counting the days until Halloween. That’s when we have a special treat for families with young children: Drive-In Trick or Treating! We have more details in this issue but mark your calendars now for 9AM on October 31st at the library.
October is also the month for our Annual Meeting and we have a special treat in store on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:00 PM. Essex resident Sam Tanenhaus will be our guest speaker at the meeting. Sam is the former executive editor of The New York Times Book Review and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He will speak on the professional craft of writing and publishing.
During the Annual Meeting, we elect incoming members for service on the Association’s Board of Trustees. I am excited to announce our trustee nominees this fall: Sandy Cahill, Jo Kelly, and Nancy McDonald. All of our trustees serve in a volunteer capacity, sharing their time and considerable talents with the library in service to the community. I want to share my gratitude and deep appreciation for the service of three trustees whose terms will end this month: Sherry Clark, Lois Thomsen, and Howard Tuttle. Thank you for so generously sharing your time and talents in support of the library these past few years, especially during the extraordinary demands of the pandemic.
Throughout the month we will be collecting non-perishable food items in support of Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. The need is especially great and I hope you’ll join us in filling the bin in our entryway.
Whether you are attending one of our many programs online, picking up items from our curbside tables, or stopping in to browse, I look forward to seeing you soon.

Ex Libris

Ex Libris – Winter/Spring 2020


Patrons are welcome for brief visits to browse our collections or use a computer. See Visit the Library for more information. Contact free pickup is also available from tables in the library’s entrance. Electronic services are available 24/7.

Voting in 2020

Looking for information about voting this November? The Town of Essex has put together a helpful Essex Guide to Voting in the 2020 Election.

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