Essex Library News

Director’s Message – December 2021

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

How can it already be the end of the 2021?! It has been a year of change and adaptation for sure.
Even as we keep a careful eye on the Omicron variant, there is much to celebrate. This month we have a special exhibit on loan from Essex Historical Society. Stop by our Program Room and do some armchair traveling among Postcards from Essex. The exhibit will be installed in early December and makes an excellent stop on your holiday rounds.
I’m also very excited to share that the library has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the American Library Association in Round 3 of their Libraries Transforming Communities program. You may remember that we were the only library in Connecticut to receive a grant in Round 1; we now join 50 other libraries nationwide that are receiving additional funding. With the second grant we will extend our discussion series on income inequality and add a focus on climate change. Ann Thompson (Assistant Director for Public Services) is planning our discussions, which will be held this spring.
The other very exciting news is that Essex Library was one of eight public libraries in the state to be awarded a 2021 State Library Construction Grant. We applied for funding to enhance the accessibility of our restroom facilities and improve the building’s energy conservation. I look forward to providing updates about these two projects in 2022.
In addition to all of the great programs you’ll see below, during this holiday month we are emphasizing fun and games. This month we will being a new Chess program for students in grades 6-12. Chess sessions start this month and continue in January. We also just added two Memory Kits to our circulating collections; these kits contain conversation cards, games, and other items that help families and caregivers connect with loved ones who have dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory loss. Last but not least, don’t forget to stop by and browse the great items in the Friends of Essex Library holiday sale.
Thank you from all of us at the library for your support and engagement throughout the year. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday!

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