Essex Library News

Director’s Message – January 2021

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

How are you feeling?

It’s a common question and an important one, especially as the pandemic continues. This month, we’re partnering with Tri-Town Youth Services for a community read of Marc Brackett’s Permission to Feel. Over the course of three Zoom sessions (January 19 & 26 and February 2) we’ll discuss and explore skills for recognizing, understanding, labeling, and expressing emotions. Whether you’re a parent or an educator interested in teaching emotional awareness, there are many ways this book can help. Check-out a copy from the library and register at to attend any, or all, of the discussions.

Books (and libraries) are the theme for January Jigsaws! All month long, young and old are invited to stop by our Program Room to piece together puzzles – we’ll have a new one every few days. And if you want to continue the fun at home, the Friends’ popular Puzzlemania sale starts mid-month.

While you’re at the library, come see the beautiful Bicentennial Quilt in our conference room. Created in 1976, this fabric artwork depicts buildings and events around town. Visitors often inquire about the quilt, which is on loan  from Essex Historical Society. I’m happy to share that the quilt is now available in virtual format! Last summer we started work on a digital exhibit with the help of a volunteer and this month we added it to our local history collection.

If talk of quilts make you sleepy, just bring the little ones to our January 20th program, “Where Do Animals Nap?” This in-person program for kids ages 10 and under is presented by Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Spaces are limited, so please call the library to register.

Best wishes for a Happy and healthy New Year!

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