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New Books

The following are books that are soon to be released 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.

Young Adult

Fear of Missing Out by Kate Mcgovern
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
Light it Up by Kekla Magoon
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
They Called Us the Enemy by George Takei

Teen Events

World Kindness Day

Wednesday, February 17th at 4:00 PM
Ages 13-18
Spread kindness by making a card or bookmark for someone in need. Tune into our video to get some inspiration. Finished cards and bookmarks can be dropped off at the library anytime before February 26 for donation.

Escape the Library

All Month
Ages 7-18
Do you have what it takes to escape the library? Try out our virtual escape room either by yourself or with a team! The link will be available February 1st.

Blind Date with a Book

All Month
Ages 13-18
Do you want to read something, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re in a reading rut or maybe you just don’t have the time to pick out something good.

We have a solution for you! Just answer a few questions and our library staff will set you up on a blind date with a book! When your book is ready for pickup, you’ll receive an email of phone notification. All books can be picked up from our Park and Pickup tables located in the lobby during regular library hours.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/sKWsC4WAkviHfXRP8

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!

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 staff.essexlib@gmail.com.

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