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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 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.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Once Upon a Quinceanera by Monica Gomez-Hira

Teen Events


Last Friday of Every Month in the Essex Library Program Room
Next Teen TGIF – Friday, June 24th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The week is long, but Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Teen TGIF will take place the last Friday of each month! Come in and hang out! We will have snacks, Wii games, coloring pages, drawing books, gel pens, card games, and more! Drop in any time from 3:30-4:30!

Dystopian Readers Society Discussion

Thursday, June 30 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Essex Library Conference Room
Announcing the Dystopian Reader’s Society. The last Thursday of every month, we will meet to discuss a new Dystopian Fiction novel. This month, we will be reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Book pick up will start June 1st. Books can be picked up at the front desk, where you can register to become a member of the Dystopian Reader’s Society.

Teen Coding Camp

Fridays, July 1, 8, 15,22, & 29, 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

Saturdays, July 2, 16, & 30, 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

Teen/Tween Magic Camp

Saturday, July 9 & 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Program Room

For tweens and teens Grades 5-12. Essex Library presents, Magic Camp with Kody Hildebrand. Come see some amazing magic tricks, and learn some magic tricks to amaze friends and family! Call 860-767-1560 or e-mail staff.essexlib@gmail.com to register. 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

Dungeons and Dragons

Wednesdays, July 13, 20, & 27, 3:00 – 5:00 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!

Acrobat Li Liu

Thursday, July 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Deep River Library

For Families with children and teens of all ages. Born in China, Li Liu has wowed audiences with her acrobatic feats all over the world! This can’t miss, family friendly show will wow you! Brought to you by Deep River, Ivoryton, Chester, and Essex Libraries. In the event of rain, an alternate date will be scheduled.


Summer Reading Spirit Days!

Tuesday, July 5, 12, 19 & 26,  All Day

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

July 5: Read, White & Blue Day

July 12: Sports Day

July 19: Animal Day

July 26: Decades Day

Teen Take and Make Crafts

Tuesdays, July 12 & 26, Front Foyer, 10:00 a.m. until supplies last

July 12: Pick up a kit to make your very own painted pet rock!

July 26: Back by popular demand! Pick up a kit to make a beaded lizard keychain!


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!