Essex Public Library

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September is Library Card Signup Month

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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 you already have a library account but you’ve lost your card, we are also replacing lost library cards for free in September. The $1 replacement fee will be waived all month.

If you are age 6 or older and you live or work in Essex County or a neighboring county, you’re eligible for an account at Essex Public Library. Stop by to register for your library card and get a book light until September 30! Want to learn more about how to get a card? Check out our Get a Library Card page for more information.

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Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

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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.
  • Curbside service is available, including mobile printing.
  • If you are unable to wear a face mask, we will gladly provide accommodations through curbside service.
  • If you feel sick, please do not come into the building! Use curbside service or visit us another day.
  • Book donations are welcome – however, please limit your donation to 2 bags or boxes.

We are also offering these services to help you stay connected during the pandemic:

  1. Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot lending.
  2. Public Wi-Fi network access from the parking lot. The password is posted on the front door.
  3. A listing of upcoming virtual events and programs can be found on our event calendar.
  4. See our Research & Learn page for a variety of online classes and learning tools.
  5. Go to Read & Listen to learn how to access free e-books, audiobooks, and magazines with your library card.
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Pets Caught Reading Photo Contest

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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.

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NEW! Little Library Boxes

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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 donations. Now Essex Public Library will maintain the boxes and keep them full of great books.

Students from St. Margaret’s School built and painted three of the boxes during their Day of Service. They also hosted a children’s book drive.

We are grateful to the young people who made this project possible as well as the business owners who allowed the boxes to be installed on their property. Be sure to visit the Little Library Boxes when you are out and about in Essex County. You might find your next great read inside one of them!

If you would like to donate books to this project, contact us at (804) 443-4945. Books should be in good condition and newer titles are appreciated.

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Happy National Library Week!

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National Library Week promotional flyer that reads "Welcome to Your Library"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!

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    Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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    Essex Public Library
    117 North Church Lane
    Tappahannock, VA 22560

    Phone: 804-443-4945

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