Stuffed Animals Invited for a Sleepover on May 4th

It’s well known that stuffed animals enjoy a good story. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, Essex Public Library will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover the evening of Friday, May 3.  Community stuffed animals are invited for an evening of games, crafts and stories before being tucked in for a giant sleepover. Children are welcome to drop off stuffed animals between 3:00 and 6:00 on Friday, … Read More

Best of 2018 Staff Picks

We see thousands of books move across our service desk each year at Essex Public Library. As big-time book lovers, we discover many fresh favorites as they hit our shelves, and of course we also hear about lots of great reads from our library users. At the end of 2018, we took a little time to reflect on our year of reading. We created a list of seven favorites, and … Read More

Spooky Movie Throwback Screenings

Join us each Saturday in October from 1:30 to 3:30 for a spooky movie throwback from the 80s or 90s, shown on the big screen in our meeting room. Free popcorn, thrills, and chills! Call the library at (804) 443-4945 for movie titles. All ages are welcome but note that age appropriateness of films will vary. All movies shown will be rated PG.

Library Card Signup Month

September is Library Card Signup Month. To celebrate, Essex Public Library is releasing its new library card design, featuring artwork donated by Tappahannock photographer Dawn Howeth. The updated card design features an iconic image of the Downing Bridge at sunrise. In partnership with local businesses, the library is also launching a “Show Your Card” campaign to promote local businesses and library card signups. During the month of September, library card … Read More

Upcoming Summer Events

For a printable PDF schedule of events for children, click here: Summer Reading Events 2018 Summer Reading Kickoff Party Wed. June 20, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Begin your summer adventure with games, crafts, face painting, and stories from around the world. There will also be a free hotdog cookout from 4:00 to 7:00! Refreshments provided by the Tappahannock Rotary Club. Preschool Storytime Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Jun. 27 – Aug. 11 … Read More

Reading Takes You Everywhere! Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages are invited to come on an adventure with us this summer during the Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program. Those twelve and under can launch into the adventure by picking up a special passport from the library. Check out and read books to complete five challenges on the reading adventure passport. Record your book titles and return the passport to the library to earn a prize … Read More

Tax Prep Assistance at the Library

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will offer free tax preparation at Essex Public Library throughout tax season. Tax preparation will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., from February 1 through April 13. In order to serve clients efficiently, appointments are highly recommended. Walk-ins may be accepted on a limited basis, but only as time permits. Appointments can be made … Read More

Winter Reading Book Bingo

Looking for some winter reading inspiration? Want to expand your literary horizons? Get a jump start on a new year of reading with our Winter Reading Book Bingo challenge! There are five different bingo cards available for adults and teens, and one for kids, too. Every bingo completed will earn you a bookmark and a chance at the grand prize drawing, a $25 Amazon gift card.   The rules are … Read More

2017 Staff Favorites

We see a lot of books cross our service desk each year at Essex Public Library. In fact, so far in 2017, we’ve handled more than 16,000 circulations of print books–and that doesn’t even include books on CD or e-books! Our Library staff members are big-time literature lovers, and since we deal with books all day long, we discover a lot of new favorites. Here are some Essex Public Library … Read More