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

2017 Holiday Closing Schedule

Essex Public Library will be closed on the following days during the 2017 holiday season: Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving) Friday, November 24 Monday, December 25 (Christmas) Tuesday, December 26 Monday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)

Message from the Director

In August, the Essex Public Library Board of Directors selected me to take on the role of Library Director after the retirement of long-time Director Bess Haile. I officially joined our Library team in September. Filling such big shoes has been daunting, but I’m already learning the ropes and have truly enjoyed meeting our remarkable library users, as well as getting to know our outstanding staff. I’ve worked in public … Read More

Evening with a Writer Presents: Jennifer Coken

The Friends of the Essex Public Library are hosting their Fall 2017 Evening with a Writer fundraiser on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at Roma Ristorante in Tappahannock. This time around, Evening with a Writer has taken on a special Girls Night Out theme in honor of our featured author, Jennifer Coken. Jen’s debut memoir, When I Die, Take My Panties, is both inspirational and laugh-out-loud funny. So you can expect that … Read More

Essex County Yearbooks Now Available Online

You can now view Essex Public Library’s yearbooks collection online, thanks to the Yearbook Digitization Project from Library of Virginia. You can view the yearbooks at this link: