Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 p.m.
Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn returns to the Essex Library to offer a presentation on “The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat.” Paul Colburn brings the elusive bobcat out of the shadows. This presentation focuses on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut, providing an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts.  The topic of mountain lions is also addressed, and bobcat artifacts will be on display.

This program is free and open to all. Please call the Library to register.

New Teen Blog

May 27, 2014

jessicaIMG_2831-1Essex Library’s YA Librarian, Jessica Branciforte has created a new teen blog which will be THE place to look for book recommendations, program information and resources for the kinds of information young adults are looking to find.

Lean In At The Essex Library

February 24, 2014

Thursday, February 27th from 6 – 7 p.m.
Grades 7 and up.
The Essex Teen Department is working with local high school students to create a library Lean In Circle. This past year, you may have noticed publicity regarding Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. After the publication of this book, groups across the nation began to create supportive Lean In circles. Click here to access the LeanIn website. These circles began to grow within communities of working women, on college campuses and in homes. After a request by a local teen to begin a circle of our own, we jumped into action. Our group will be facilitated by Jessica and upper high school students as mentors. We invite young ladies aged twelve and up to participate. This group will share a few commonalities with GirlZone (a self-esteem program from a few years back,) and will focus on facilitating friendships and creating a safety zone and support system for girls growing into adulthood.

Click here for more information on programs, materials and volunteer opportunities in our Teen Department.

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.

April 4th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall

Is time travel possible? Einstein thought so – and so does Dr. Mallett, University of Connecticut Professor of Physics and researcher into particle and field theory. In fact, his determination to unlock this particular secret is why he became a physicist in the first place. You may have seen him on the Science Channel, or on the BBC’s documentary about time travel researchers: Hear about his current research into this fascinating topic.

Sincere thanks to local business BrandTech Scientific, Inc. for sponsoring the Science For Everyone series.

Thursday, March 21st at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall

Can an artificial intelligence be created that can learn, reason, and formulate original ideas? Dr Chengyo Cao of the University of Connecticut’s Mechanical Engineering Department is doing research funded by NASA and Pratt & Whitney focused on unmanned systems, like clusters of drones that interact with their environment and each other to better reconnoiter an area. His talk will highlight breakthroughs in this exciting and dynamic field.

See our Adults’ Featured Events page for more Science For Everyone programs.

Join us for a week’s worth of spring break events, classes, and more, for kids, families, and adults. We’ll feature:

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, this film, about two girls whose parents are on opposite sides of the conflict, will be shown on Monday, April 12th at 2 p.m.

Colonial Crafts with the Essex Historical Society’s Carol Young on Tuesday, April 13th at 10 a.m. For children in grades K-3.

Colonial Games and Toys with the CT River Museum’s Jennifer White-Dobbs, Wednesday, April 14th at 3:30 p.m. For children in grades K-5.

Fife and Drumming Workshop Thursday, April 15th at 3:30 p.m. with the Deep River Junior Ancients for ages 7-15.

Johnny Tremain, this film about an adolescent in Boston describes how he is drawn into the Revolutionary War and becomes a patriot figh will be shown Friday, April 16th at 10 a.m. For everyone grade 5 and older.

Wesleyan Professor and author/historian Richard Buel will screen the film Mary Silliman’s War, Friday, April 16th at 3 p.m. Based on his and the late Joy Day Buel’s book “The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America”, followed by a discussion on women’s lives in the Revolutionary period. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The 5th Connecticut Regiment, historical re-enactors, will set up a military camp Saturday, April 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the meadows behind Pratt House, complete with military exercises and demonstrations of cooking, spinning, metal smithing, medicine, music, and more. It’s a mini-Williamsburg – and it’s FREE! for people of all ages. Adults can get a preview of the 5th on Friday night, April 16th starting at 8 p.m. at the Griswold Inn’s taproom, when the 5th’s musicians and singers will provide spirited period entertainment.

Teen Read Week is October 18th-24th, 2009. To celebrate, the Essex Library is having a book trailer contest. The Winner will have their work posted on the Library web page and the Teen Blog. A valuable prize will be awarded to our first place winner (hint hint.) The book that you represent in your trailer will be selected for a teen book discussion where your work will also be aired. So…have a favorite book? Make a trailer!

Book trailers are similar to movie trailers, in that they are designed to build interest in an upcoming or current novel. These quick 1-3 min segments encourage people to check out a title they might not otherwise. They’re also a great way to express your creativity! If you’re comfortable with taking pictures or filming quick video shots, this is sure to be an activity that you’ll enjoy. One of the best parts? You can use free software programs like One True Media to make them for free.

Here’s an example of The Graveyard Book narrated by author Neil Gaiman. And check out this fan-made trailer for Catching Fire, the sequel to Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (If you don’t like spoilers……..DON’T watch this one!!!!)

Contest Info:
You will have the entire month of October to create one (or more)1-3 min. long book trailers! Submissions are due by Halloween, October 31st.

Save your submission to a CD (in Quick Time, if possible) with the following information: Name, Phone Number, Address, and Date.

The Essex Library is proud to offer a variety of book clubs for children and teens. Books are available at the Library. Please stop in to register or call: 767-1560. Here’s the meeting schedule for October:

Magic Tree House Club
Join the Essex Library’s Magic Tree House Club and travel through time and around the world with Jack and Annie.  This club will run for 6 Wednesdays in a row from 3:30-4:30 beginning on Wednesday, October 7th. Children will read the assigned book at home each week and then come to the library for some tree house fun and activities.  The library will have extra copies of each of the books needed for each week. The first book to be discussed will be Dinosaurs Before Dark.

Hunger Games Book Night
What is it about the Hunger Games that’s got everyone’s attention? Why did Valley Regional students love doing their homework this summer? Join us as we discuss the first book in Suzanne Collin’s two part series and a potential release date for a Hunger Games film. If you are a fan at any age you ARE invited to join! PIZZA will be served and prizes will be given out. Tuesday, October 6th, 6-7 p.m.

Twilight Book Club
Meeting #2 of this club will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 6 p.m. We’ll be discussing the novel New Moon and its upcoming film counterpart scheduled to be released on 11/20/09. We’ve got access to new trailers and will have contests with great prizes to win. If you are a fan at any age you ARE invited to join! Snacks will be served!

Thanks to two generous grants from the Middlesex County Community Foundation, the Essex Library will be able to offer two very special programs for young people in 2009.

Days of Knights, offered during the February school break, Feb. 17th thru the 21st, is a daily series of events themed around chivalry, knighthood, and the Middle Ages, with crafts like shield-making, heraldry, stories, films, and more, that ends with an all-day Medieval Fair and a program by the curators of the Higgins Armory Museum, in which kids will see actual armor and weapons displayed and demonstrated. Huzzah!

The second program, offered in the spring, is called GirlZone, and is aimed at helping teen girls gain essential life skills in a supportive and encouraging environment. Girls will learn about grooming, self-image, job interview techniques, manners, and more during the six once-weekly meetings.

The Middlesex County Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Its two-fold mission: to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grantmaking to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided more than $1.1 million in grants to more than 150 organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services.