September is Library Card Signup Month

If signing up for a library card has been on your to-do list, now is a great time to get it done. September is Library Card Signup Month, and we’re celebrating by giving away fun prizes! All month long, everyone who registers for a new library card will receive an Essex Public Library book light, and they’ll also be entered into a drawing for a $25 Walmart gift card. If … Read More

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

We are open for all regular services. Please note the following guidelines and updates when planning your visit: The rate of spread of COVID-19 in our community is high. We ask you to please wear a face covering when visiting the library. Maintain 6 feet of distance from others outside of your household. Please limit your time inside the building. Computer use is limited to one hour at this time. … Read More

Pets Caught Reading Photo Contest

Submit a photo of your pet “reading a book” by e-mail to Library visitors and social media followers will vote on a pet to become our *official* Tails & Tales Summer Learning Program mascot. To vote for your favorite pet photo, follow us on Facebook or on Instagram or visit the Library during the week of July 7, 2021.

NEW! Little Library Boxes

Need some reading material but can’t make it to the library right away? Look for the new Little Library Boxes at these locations: Watts & Sons Supermarket in Millers Tavern Rayz Way Express in Champlain Valero in Center Cross           Dashawn Nelson, an Eagle Scout from Tappahannock’s Troop 304, recently installed these Little Library Boxes to provide free books to local families. He also collected book … Read More

Happy National Library Week!

April 4 – 10 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and promote library use and support. Help us celebrate–tell us what you love about your public library. Your comments will be collected and shared with policymakers in Essex County and across the region. Thank you for your support! [contact-form][contact-field label=’Tell us your favorite things about your public library. ‘ type=’textarea’/][/contact-form]

Re-opening Scheduled April 5

We are happy to announce that Essex Public Library is re-opening to the public for express services on Monday, April 5, 2021. Express services include browsing for materials, checkout, computer use, printing, copying, and faxing. No appointments are needed. Building capacity is limited and patrons are asked to limit their time in the building to 1 hour.  There will be limited seating available. Face coverings are required for everyone over age 2. … Read More

Summer 2021 Program Survey

The last year has been full of so much uncertainty and so many changes. We want to continue to effectively serve our community during these times, but we need your feedback to make it possible. What services and programs do you need from your library this summer? Please complete this brief survey so we can plan events and programs for the summer season. Your answers are anonymous. Click here to … Read More

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Help your child get ready to read by joining the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!  Reading with your little one not only builds closeness but also supports the development of early literacy skills.  Research demonstrates that children who are read to early in life have an advantage when learning to read themselves later on.  The idea of 1000 Books is very simple: Read with your little one and try to … Read More

Kids’ Reads for Black History Month

A few of the many titles that celebrate the lives and history of African Americans.  To find out more about each title or to place a hold, click on the book’s image.