Essex Library News

Director’s Message – December 2020

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

While the library has scaled back to curbside pickup due to rising Covid-19 case counts, we are full steam ahead with programs and activities for December! Whether answering questions by phone and email or sharing our recommended reads on our website and curbside tables, we’re always here to help. You’ll see that commitment reflected in this month’s programs, which provide resources and strategies for better days ahead.

The pandemic has required resourceful resilience. On December 8th, Bryna O’Sullivan gives us some tips and tricks for genealogy research. And on December 9th we’ll give you strategies for coping during Covid-19 if you have a family member or friend with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

We always provide lots to do for children, teens, and families. It’s a busy month for many, so we make it easy to enjoy programs on your schedule: check out our Take and Make Thursdays (12/3 and 12/17), Storytime on Your Time, and First Chapter Fridays. You can also join us on Facebook Live for Maker Monday activities at 4PM on December 14th and 28th. Finally, you have almost a whole month to prepare for our December 29th 5PM Pokémon Family Trivia rounds!

In early November we donated more than 350 pounds of food to Shoreline Pantries. But the need is especially great, so we’ll be doing another non-perishable collection drive in February. The pandemic has led to increased income inequality across the country and locally. One way we are tackling this growing income divide is through our new Library of Things. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a Library of Things is a collection of useful household equipment and other items. Items have a barcode and you borrow them with your library card, just like you would a book or DVD. We plan to launch our collection in January and would love to get your input on items to borrow or donate.

Local businesses have been greatly affected by the pandemic. This month I’m making sure to do my gift and other shopping right here in Essex. I hope you’ll join me in supporting our area merchants by shopping locally whenever you can!

Ex Libris

Ex Libris – Winter/Spring 2020

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!