Essex Library News

Director’s Message – April 2021

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

I’m excited to share this month that our strategic planning process is in full swing. During April and May, we are surveying the community to find out what you want and need from the library. Our survey is short – just 5 minutes and 14 questions. I hope you will take our survey online, or stop by and pick up a paper copy. You are an essential part of our planning and we want so much to hear from you!

We are also getting excited about our special One Book, One Community author Q&A next month. On May 18th at 5 p.m. we will have a Zoom discussion with James and Deborah Fallows. The Fallows are authors of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America. This month HBO is premiering a documentary about their book. If you’d like to read the book, just give us a call and we’d be happy to arrange a copy for you to borrow. The book is also available for purchase through area bookstores. This discussion is part of our grant-funded discussion series on income inequality, made possible with a grant from the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities program.

The library is open for short visits and we’d love to see you. We request that you keep your visit to 20 minutes or less. Masks and social distancing continue to be required both for library visits and for curbside pickup in our foyer. Thank you for your continued cooperation in helping us keep visitors and staffers safe.*

I love seeing the daffodils all over town and here in the library. Welcome to spring!

*We are a lean staff who pride ourselves on delivering exemplary service. Continuation of building services will greatly depend on everyone’s adherence with masking, social distancing, and short visits to protect our unvaccinated staff and patrons. All visitors age 2 and older, including those who have been vaccinated, must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth, and practice social distancing while visiting. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult during visits. Children under the age of two must be secured in a stroller, snugli, car seat carrier or other carrier throughout their visit and the accompanying parent/ guardian must social distance on the child’s behalf. If this isn’t possible, we are happy to browse on your behalf and provide materials for curbside pickup. Thank you for your understanding and support as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are also available. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at

Thank You for Your Support!