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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.

Teen Events

Teen Winter Reading Challenge 2022: Caught Reading a Good Book!

Teens won’t miss out on the fun with a challenge of their own. Essex Library Teen Winter Reading Challenge 2022: Caught Reading a Good Book!

Sign up at the front desk at the Essex Library from December 12-17! Then, December 19-January 6, complete the challenges, and take a selfie of you completing the challenge! Show a librarian at the Essex Library your photo proof to get your challenge card stamped for completing that challenge!

Once you have collected ANY TEN STAMPS, come to the library to collect your prizes!

Any teen that completes the challenge gets a FREE YA book, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win our Teen Grand Prize: A Create-Your Own Pinhole Camera Kit to build a working camera in a flash!

Want to do even MORE? For every extra challenge you get stamped, get 1 extra raffle ticket for the grand prize!

Raffle will be drawn and winner will be contacted on January 7th.

Teen Movie Night: Winter Break Edition

Tuesday, December 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Essex Library Program Room
Teens Grades 7 – 12

Bring friends & hang out in the program room for Movie Night! We will vote between 4 PG/PG-13 Winter/Snowy movies to decide which one to watch (for more information on movie selections, call or visit Essex Library).

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

Teen Craft-ernoon

Wednesday, December 28, 1:00 p.m. in the Teen Space
All Teens

Catch up with friends during winter break and recycle an old t-shirt into a tote bag!

You bring the t-shirt, we’ll teach you what to do!

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

Friends & Family Game Night: UNPLUGGED

Thursday, December 29, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Essex Library Program Room
All Ages

Did you get a cool new game or puzzle for the holidays?

Bring friends and family to play some board games and spend some quality time together and unplugged! Maybe even learn a new game!

Games will be provided, but feel free to bring some favorites! No registration required, drop in!

Teen Takeover

Friday, December 30, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Essex Library Program Room
Teens Grades 7 – 12

The last Friday of the month, teens take over the library! After we close, come in and hang out!

We will have a different featured activity every month (while supplies last), PLUS Nintendo Switch games, coloring pages, drawing books, & more! This month’s feature: Paint your own light switch plate!

Registration Required. Call (860) 767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com

Take and Make Craft

Tuesday, December 13:, 10:00 a.m. in the YA Section while supplies last

Pick up a take-and-make crafting kit in the YA Section to craft on the go! While supplies last.

December 13: Woven Basket

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!