by Essex Children’s Librarian Heather Delouchry

1. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.
It’s always better to read the book before the movie comes out!

2 and 3. Looking for Alaska by John Greene (or any other book by John Greene) and I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda.
Why not read what the teens are reading these days? Good to be in touch with kids!

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
Who doesn’t want to escape reality sometimes? These books never get old and are good even on the second or third time.

5. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.
A 1986 Caldecott Medal Winner that keeps the holiday spirit alive! Always better with a child, pajamas, and hot chocolate.


Thursday, June 19th at 3:30 p.m. in the program Room

“An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.”  Rated PG; 100 minutes.

Join us for a special showing of this popular film. Pull up a chair at the library and enjoy the big screen! Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Touch a Truck LogoSaturday, June 14th

Start your engines; the Essex Library’s popular Touch A Truck Event roars into town on Saturday, June 14th to kick-start your summer. From 10 AM to 3 PM, Essex Town Hall parking lot will host a whole convoy of trucks, earth moving equipment, a school bus, bucket trucks, fire trucks, police cars, an ambulance, and more, for your kids to explore and enjoy. There will be live music, face painting and pretend tattoos, a children’s book sale, even a miniature railroad to ride on. Tickets will be available at the Essex Library and at the event; the price is $4 per person, or you can save money with a family pass for $12. Proceeds from this “fun-raiser” will go to support Library programs and services. This event is part of the Essex Library’s ongoing 125th Anniversary celebrations.

childrensbookweek“Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader, The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a love of reading.”

“The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens. Last year, over 1,000,000 votes were cast by young readers!”

Book of the Year, kindergarten through second grade

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

Book of the Year, third through fourth grade

Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon


Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper

Cougar: A Cat With Many Names by Stephen Person

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

Book of the Year, fifth through sixth grade

National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos


Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

Prince Puggly of Spud by Robert Paul Weston

Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Book of the Year, teens

Allegiant by Veronica Roth


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

babyandbookWednesday, March 12th
Wednesday, April 9th
Wednesday, May 7th
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Newborns – 12 months
Join us for an introduction to the love of books and music. This group provides an opportunity for parents and babies to socialize and connect with each other. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. No registration required.

Current research on early literacy and brain development shows that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Studies show that early language learning is the biggest predictor of school success. Learn the 6 key skills for literacy success by attending Library story times. The goal of these programs is to empower parents and caregivers to help the children in their lives develop strong early literacy skills, while also having fun with stories, rhymes and songs.

Book/Movie/Pizza Club

March 3, 2014

Book-and-movie-clubmarch2014Monday, March 10th 4:00 – 6 p.m.
March Flick: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Rated PG 1 hour 59 min
This new club for students aged 8 and up celebrates the best book to movie adaptations around…with pizza! Stop by the library any time in March to order a copy of book if you’d like to read the story before we show the film on the big screen. We also have the new graphic novel adaptation of Percy Jackson which you can check out here. We’ll make book to film comparisons and talk about our favorite characters, but reading the book is not a requirement! Please RSVP for this event by calling the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 to ensure that we have enough to eat. Please remember that children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the library.

The Essex library is offering a parenting group intended to support, encourage, and empower new parents to meet the challenges of a baby. We invite new moms and dads (and moms and dads to be) and your baby to join us Mondays in January 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Our Baby Hui Group will discuss topics such as sleeping, feeding, developing, and nurturing with books and songs! There will also be time to talk about what’s on your mind. Please register for this event by calling 860-767-1560 or by emailing Jessica at

Monday, December 30th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 5 and up.
Weave in the New Year with us on the second Monday of school vacation! Bring your looms and bands and we’ll a few extra supplies on hand. We plan to show tutorials up on the big screen and have asked older loomers to help teach new patterns. We would love it if you’d join us! We ask that all children under the age of twelve are accompanied by an adult while visiting the library. Please register for this event by calling 860-767-1560 or by emailing Jessica at

Monday, December 30th at 2 p.m.
A holiday treat that makes an ideal introduction to opera for the whole family, the filmed version of the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute will delight all ages. Julie Taymor’s visionary English-language production dazzles the eye; the music, directed by James Levine and sung by Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, Ying Huang, Erika Miklosa, René Pape, and Essex’s favorite bass-baritone, David Pittsinger, under the direction of James Levine, enchants the ear.

Please call the Library (860 767-1560) to register as seating is limited.

newyorktimesThe New York Times Book Review has announced its annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013. The Book Review has put together an independent panel of 3 judges from the world of children’s literature to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit since 1952.  Lists of past winners of the Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award can be found on, together with a slide show of this year’s winners. The list will be featured in the Sunday Times Book Review on November 10th.

Click on the bold titles to reserve the book in the LION system.

My Brother’s Book, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Ballad, written and illustrated by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick

Jemmy Button, written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali

The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Holland, written and illustrated by Charlotte Dematons

Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

Fog Island, written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer

Jane, The Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca

Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson