Essex Public Library

2020 Summer Learning Performances

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Web Banner with Puss in Boots that Reads "Imagine Your Story"Join us this summer to “Imagine Your Story!” Our 2020 Summer Learning Program is going virtual. Families are invited to participate in online reading challenges (for all ages!), virtual performances, and “Take and Make” activity packs for kids, available for curbside pickup at the library. Simply register for the reading challenge through Beanstack, then stop by the library and give us a call at 804-443-4945. We will bring your Take and Make bags out to you for contactless curbside pickup.

All of our performances this summer are happening online. Our presenters have worked hard to create special events, just for us! As performance videos become available, we’ll include the links below.

Jonathan Austin: Magician, Juggler, and More!

Imagine how he does that! See for yourself, and learn a few tricks of your own while you’re at it. Here’s Jonathan Austin: Magician, Juggler, and More! For ages 6 and up.
Watch this performance on YouTube.


New Moon Theater Presents “Tales from the Good Earth”
With two tricksters, a magical lake, and an epic battle between the weeds and the vines, Julie Kurzava takes us on a fantastic journey through traditional folklore takes from Canada, Estonia, Liberia and Laos.  Ages 4 and up.
Click here to watch this performance. 


ScienceTellers Present “Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress”
A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress.  When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and science!) for the answer.  For ages 6 and up.
Click here to watch this performance (Available through August 31, 2020). 


Brightstar Theater Presents: Once Upon a Time
Join Lenny and Mable, “the greatest actors in the world,” as they bring classic tales to the stage.  Dance at the ball with Cinderella and challenge the giant with Jack and the Beanstalk.  Fun for everyone who’s young at heart! For ages 4 and up.
Click here to watch this performance. Available through July 27, 2020.


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