Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Essex Library Association. All events are free and open to the public!
 Limit by audience:
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Asian American Repre
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 PM
We welcome you to register for a thrilling conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang (R.F. Kuang) as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, Yellowface. Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.

Click HERE to register through our author talk platform.

In Yellowface, Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.
So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.
But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

White lies, dark humor, and deadly consequences await within the pages of Yellowface. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. Register to join the conversation! 

Click HERE to view the author talk on-demand after May 21.
Click HERE to view the book in our catalog.
 
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For the Love of Mars
Monday, Jun. 3, 2:00 PM
Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, geologic kinship with Earth, and potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement.

Click HERE to register through our author talk platform.

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures across eras and around the world who have made sense of this mysterious planet. Shindell will highlight historical figures such as: 
  • Mayan astrologer priests who incorporated Mars into seasonal calendars and religious ceremonies; 
  • Babylonian astrologers who discerned bad omens; 
  • Figures of the Scientific Revolution who struggled to comprehend it as a world; 
  • Victorian astronomers who sought signs of intelligent life; and
  • 20th- and 21st-century scientists who have established a technological presence on its surface. 
Along the way, we will encounter writers and artists from each period who take readers and viewers on imagined journeys to Mars.
By focusing on the diverse human stories behind the telescopes and behind the robots we know and love, Shindell will show how Mars exploration has evolved in ways that have also expanded knowledge about other facets of the universe. 

About the Author: Matthew Shindell, Ph.D., is a historian of science with a background in science studies. He is Curator of Earth and Planetary Science at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for the Museum’s collection of spacecraft, instruments, and other artifacts related to the exploration and study of our Earth and solar system. He co-hosts the Museum’s podcast, AirSpace. He curated the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Exploring the Planets, and is leading a curatorial team developing the exhibition Futures in Space. Shindell is the author of For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet (2023) and The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey (2019), coauthor of Spaceships (2023), Our Future in Space (2023), and Discerning Experts (2019), and co-editor of Smithsonian American Women (2019).

Click HERE to view the author talk on-demand after June 3.
Click HERE to view the book in our catalog.
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Psychological Thrill
Thursday, Jun. 13, 8:00 PM
Freida McFadden will join us to chat about writing psychological thrillers, her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series, in particular her forthcoming (June 11, 2024) third installment, The Housemaid Is Watching. 

Click HERE to register through our author talk platform.

The next installment is full of unbelievable twists and tension as it continues to follow Millie Calloway. She used to clean other people’s houses—now, she can’t believe this new home is actually hers. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where her kids can play. She and her husband saved for years to give their children the life they deserve.

Even though she’s wary of their new neighbor, Mrs. Lowell when she invites them over for dinner, it’s their chance to make friends, so they accept the invitation. Mrs. Lowell’s maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. Millie knows exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But the maid’s cold stare gives her chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on their street. Millie’s sure she sees a shadowy figure watching them. Her husband leaves the house late at night. And when she meets a woman who lives across the way, her words chill to the bone: Be careful of your neighbors.
Millie wonders: Did they make a terrible mistake moving their family here?

About the Author: #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

Click HERE to view the author talk on-demand after June 13.
Click HERE to view the book in our catalog.
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Unpacking a History
Thursday, Jun. 20, 2:00 PM
Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School
 
Click HERE to register through our author talk platform.

From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.

The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.

Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School provides young folks with the context to think critically about and chart their own course through their current schooling—and any future schooling they may pursue. A true “don’t want to miss” event–so register now! 
 
About the Author: Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist as well as The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism the recently released Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (2024).
Tiffany has been working with children and families for nearly two decades and has worked as a Montessori educator for fifteen years. She enjoys exploring social justice with young folks, especially the history of racism and resistance, economic justice, and socially and personally constructed identities. Tiffany enjoys working with educators and supporting them building strong, authentic communities in which every child can be seen and valued. She is the co-founder, alongside Britt Hawthorne, of ABARatSchool, an organization that strives to support educators and caregivers in their anti-bias anti-racist journeys. She also served as the president of the founding board of the national organization Montessori for Social Justice- seeing it through to completing nonprofit status and creating a strong mission to support and amplify Montessorian of the Global Majority across the country. Tiffany lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc and the Nipmuck with her two young storytellers, husband, and a turtle she’s had since she was nine years old. 

Click HERE to view the author talk on-demand after June 20.
Click HERE to view the book in our catalog.
French Conversation
Monday, May 20, 3:00 pm
Drop-in group. Every monday.

Meet up with other beginner to intermediate French speakers to practice conversation in a friendly environment.
Needlework Group
Monday, May 20, 4:00 pm
Drop-in group. Every Monday.

Knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint, and more are welcome! Come and do needlework with other craft enthusiasts. Bring your crafts, your works in progress, your finished pieces, your patterns, and craft along with others while swapping tips, tricks, and conversation.
Wiggle Worms Story T
Tuesday, May 21, 9:30
A play-based music and movement story time for children and their caregivers! (Ages 0-3)

This story time will take place every Tuesday morning. Join us!

No registration required.
Due to space, Please choose 1 session to attend.
Wiggle Worms Story T
Tuesday, May 21, 10:30 AM
A play-based music and movement story time for children and their caregivers! (Ages 0-3)
This story time will take place every Tuesday morning. Join us!

No registration required.
Due to space, Please choose 1 session to attend.
Trusts: Everything Y
Tuesday, May 21, 10:30 AM

Is having a trust in your estate plan the best option for you? In this session, Madison-based estate planning and elder law attorney Erin Duques will demystify trusts and explain why a trust may – or may not - be suitable for you and why. First, you’ll learn about some of the most common types of and the purpose and benefits of each, such as protecting assets, avoiding probate, minimizing taxes, and keeping public benefits for a loved one. Whether you are new to trusts or even understand them well, you’ll walk away understanding how and when to use these powerful planning tools to your advantage.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Register HERE or by calling 860-767-1560.

French Conversation
Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 PM
Drop-in group. Every Tuesday.
Meet up with other beginner to intermediate French speakers to practice conversation in a friendly environment.
Tranquil Tuesday for
Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 PM
or call (860) 767-1560.

 

Take some time for yourself to de-stress at the Essex Library’s Tranquil Tuesday!
Chat with friends, or zone out, as we listen to music and enjoy a new relaxing activity each month.
Snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!


Advance registration is requested, but not required

The Writer’s B
Wednesday, May 22, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Drop-in group. 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month.

If you need time and a place to focus on your writing, the library has set aside a block of time just for you with a new interest group for writers. Come meet fellow writers to socialize for half an hour, followed by an hour of writing time. No prompts. No critique. Just write! All levels and all genres welcome.
Stay & Play
Wednesday, May 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Essex Library's children's area has trains, toys, blocks, puzzles, and more for children of all ages to expand their curiosity, and try new things! Come to the library to play and meet new friends!

Stay & Play is a pop-in social time for children and their caregivers. Come for a few minutes, or stay for a couple hours! This is your time to socialize, and make memories with your child.

Essex Library programs are free and open to the public. No registration required. Pop in!
Wednesday Wind-Down
Wednesday, May 22, 5:00 PM
or call (860) 767-1560.
Program for families with children ages 0-5, siblings are always welcome to tag along!

Join us for our evening story time! Come to the library and wind down for the night with cozy books, songs, and activities to get ready to end the day.

Registration is encouraged, but not required.
SCORE At The Library
Thursday, May 23, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Registration required through SCORE.

Masks required.

The Southeastern Connecticut chapter of SCORE provides free and confidential advice on starting and growing small businesses. Appointments must be scheduled in advance, either by calling (860) 388-9508 or downloading a request form.
Teen Board Game Nigh
Thursday, May 23, 4:00 PM
or call (860) 767-1560.
Join the Essex Library for Teen Board Game Night!

We will have a variety of fun board games to choose from, so grab a friend and come play with us! Snacks will be provided.

Registration requested, but not required.
Gentle Yoga with Fie
Saturday, May 25, 9:00 AM
or call (860) 767-1560.

Lana Bluege of Fierce Spirit Yoga will lead participants in a basic, gentle yoga class focused on mindfulness. This class is for those just starting to learn the practice of yoga, who may not be comfortable with intense movements, or those who are looking for deep relaxation. Gentle yoga helps participants connect and learn about their bodies and mind while promoting flexibility, strength and balance. Please register online, for each session separately. The Library has a limited supply of yoga mats; we suggest bringing your own.

This program is FREE and open to the public at Essex Library, 33 West Avenue in Essex, CT. 

STEAM Saturdays: DIY
Saturday, May 25, 11 AM
or call (860) 767-1560.

Program for kids in kindergarten and older.

Enjoy a different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) project at the library select Saturdays. This session we will be exploring the science of sound by making our own pan flute instruments!

Essex Library programs are free and open to the public.
Supplies are limited, registration is required

Wiggle Worms Story T
Tuesday, May 28, 9:30
A play-based music and movement story time for children and their caregivers! (Ages 0-3)

This story time will take place every Tuesday morning. Join us!

No registration required.
Due to space, Please choose 1 session to attend.
Wiggle Worms Story T
Tuesday, May 28, 10:30 AM
A play-based music and movement story time for children and their caregivers! (Ages 0-3)
This story time will take place every Tuesday morning. Join us!

No registration required.
Due to space, Please choose 1 session to attend.
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