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Hello from Miss Nicole!

Hello Essex Families,

My name is Nicole Gaudreau, and I am the Children and Teen Services Librarian. I have a Bachelor’s in English, an MLIS, and a background in teaching grades K-6.  We have exciting programs planned for you in the coming months, so stay tuned and stop by to say hi! — Nicole

New Books

The following books have just been added to our collection and are certain to be popular. To place a hold, just click on the title and then on “Request/Hold” and have your Library card handy.

We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Welcome to St. Hell by Lewis Hancox
This Is Not the Real World by Anna Carey
Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle
How to be Ace by Rebecca Burgess
I Think Our Son is Gay by Okura
My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth
Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard

Teen Events

Dungeons and Dragons

Wednesday, August 3, 10, & 17: , 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Conference Room
For teens ages 12-15

For first time players, experienced campaigners, and everyone in between! Call 860-767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com to register.

Teen Coding Camp

Fridays, August 5, 12, & 19, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Program Room

For teens Grades 7-12! Follow along each week with ‘Code This Game’ as we build a video game from scratch using Python! Bring your own laptop, or use one of ours! Register to secure a laptop if needed.

Teen STEM Culinary Camp

Saturday, August 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Program Room

For teens Grades 7-12! Learn the science behind the chemical and physical reactions that help to create some of our favorite foods and candy! Experiment hands-on, and create tasty treats! Register @ 860-767-1560, or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com  This program is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library

Manga Art Camp with Debi!

Saturday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Essex Library Program Room
Saturday, August 20, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Essex Library Program Room
For tweens and teens in Grades 3-8

Come learn how to draw Japanese Manga Art with Debi the Cartoonist!
Session 1, 11 AM-12 PM: Chibi-Manga Cartooning Workshop
Session 2, 1 PM-2PM: Manga Cartooning Workshop

Call 860-767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com to register!

Summer Reading Spirit Days!

Tuesday, August 2, 9 & 16, All Day 

Come to the library dressed in that week’s theme and receive a prize!

August 2: Harry Potter Day

August 9: Tie Dye Day

August 16: Book Character Day

End of Summer Reading Field Day!

Friday, August 26, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Main Street Park
For families with chil
dren and teens of all ages!

Join the Essex and Ivoryton libraries at Main Street Park in Essex for games, contests, prizes, face painting, cotton candy, and more! All are welcome, register so we know you are coming!

Call 860-767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com to register!

Take and Make Craft

Tuesday, August 9 & 23, 10:00 a.m. in the Front Foyer while supplies last

Pick up a take-and-make crafting kit in the front foyer to craft on the go! Every other week. While supplies last.

August 9: Friendship Bracelet

Pick up a kit to make your very own chevron friendship bracelet! While supplies last.

August 23: Toadstool Lantern

Pick up a kit to make an adorable toadstool lantern! While supplies last.

Volunteers Wanted

Interested in volunteering with the library? Fill out our short survey and a library staff member will be in contact with you. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the library and gain valuable experience for college or work.

Volunteer Form: https://forms.gle/P4zZ4PsNfPLku3jW7


Teen Service

Practice Tests IconFree Permit Practice Tests

In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Essex Public Library is offering FREE Connecticut Driver Permit practice tests. This service also provides information on taking the CT Driving Test as well as the Driving Handbook.


Want to share a good book? Feeling especially passionate about something you’ve just read? Come in and visit. We’d love to add your video or written reviews to our selection. You never know whose life a good book will change for the better.  Visit Riley Sullivan’s newest video review.

Teen Recommendations

Book finder logoYALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians, or any lover or YA literature to access the past three years of YALSA’s awards and lists on their Smartphone, iPod or iPad.  App features include: a homepage featuring titles from the database, refreshed each day, a book search engine, a Find It button (powered by OCLC WorldCat Search) a favorites button and the ability to share brooks from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook. Scan the QR Code in our YA Department to get the app today!



researchIT iconNeed reliable (and last minute) research help? The free online resource, researchIT CT is here for you! Don’t forget about researchIT CT where you can find articles and information that you can trust. If you’re in need of a little project help, please visit the Children’s department for a researchIT CT tutorial. We’re always happy to help!