New Hotspot Lending Program

At Essex Public Library, checking out a Wi-Fi hotspot may soon become as routine as checking out a book. The library is now lending Wi-Fi hotspots to help address the needs of Essex’s residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotspots allow users to connect a laptop, smartphone, or tablet to the internet. The portable devices will work almost anywhere. Library Director Dana Smook says the program, made possible by funding … Read More

2021 Winter Reading Challenge

Join the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge for All Ages Jan. 1 – Feb. 28 Children Keep track of every day you spend time reading between Friday, January 1 and Sunday, February 28. For every ten days you read and log, you’ll earn a virtual badge and a virtual ticket to enter the grand prize drawing. This program is open to children from newborns through age 12. Create an account … Read More

Virtual Pumpkin Parade

The pumpkins are coming! These pumpkins were decorated by library patrons of all ages. Thanks to everyone who shared their gourd-geous pumpkin photos for this Virtual Pumpkin Parade. Enjoy!

2020 Summer Learning Performances

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 … Read More

New Books Available Now

Look for weekly lists of newly available books below. New Books Week of 6-15-20 New Books Week of 6-22-20 New Books 6/29/20 – 7/11/20

Curbside Takeout Menu

Want to pick up some books or DVDs through our curbside service, but don’t have anything particular in mind? Check out our takeout menu and let us select a bundle of materials for you!

Considering a Genealogical DNA Test?

During the last few years, DNA testing for genealogical purposes has become extremely popular. Projects such as National Geographic’s Genographic Project and “family search” television programs have prompted millions of genealogy enthusiasts to pay between $100 and $200 for saliva swab tests in hopes of confirming their research and adding to their family tree. These tests can provide valuable information, but it is important to understand what they can and … Read More

Library Lovers’ Bingo Fundraiser

  Want to show some love for your community library? Join the Friends of the Essex Library for Library Lovers’ Bingo on Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Old Beale Sanctuary, located at 202 S. Church Lane in Tappahannock. The cost is $15, paid at the door. Entry includes 12 Bingo games and light refreshments. Prizes include a range of fun experiences, food and entertainment, donated by local businesses … Read More

Feb. 8 Presentation on Green Book Businesses of the Middle Peninsula

A special presentation scheduled on February 8 will focus on historic local businesses listed in “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a publication which listed businesses that served African Americans during the Jim Crow era. This lecture will take place on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Essex Public Library, located at 117 North Church Lane in Tappahannock. Published annually from 1936 to 1966, The Green Book enabled African-American travelers … Read More

Fall 2019 Evening with a Writer

Date: October 18, 2019 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Essex Inn, Tappahannock, Virginia Cost: $35 The Friends of Essex Public Library invite you to the Fall 2019 Evening with a Writer, featuring three authors of the anticipated new historical novel Ribbons of Scarlet. The book’s six authors bring to life six diverse female characters whose paths cross during the French Revolution. The result is an epic novel illuminating the power of … Read More