Essex Public Library

Library Updates

Virtual Pumpkin Parade

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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!

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Our COVID-19 Response

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Graphic featuring woman wearing face mask and looking at phone, with text that reads: Our Response to COVID-19 - Helping you stay connected and safe.

We are open for limited hours and services. We ask that our patrons be mindful to limit their time in the building to help reduce traffic and maintain social distancing. Face coverings are required inside our building. If you are unable to wear a face covering, we can arrange curbside accommodations for you. Call us at 804-443-4945 for more information or to arrange curbside services.

Please use the outdoor book drop or designated containers inside the library to return materials. Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours, and there will be a delay before items are removed from your account. We are currently not charging late fees for materials. Our community meeting room and genealogy research room are currently closed to the public.

We are offering these services to help you stay connected during this difficult time:

  • Curbside materials checkout and pickup. Place materials on hold through your online account or over the phone. Call us at 804-443-4945 when you are on your way, and staff will take your materials outside for contactless pickup. You can also use our Book Bundles request form and pick up your bundles through curbside service.
  • “Grab and Go” materials checkout is available inside the library.
  • Book Bundles are available to help expedite your trip to the library. We can customize our Book Bundles to meet the needs of your family. Simply submit your order through our Book Bundles request form.
  • Public computer and fax use by appointment. Call 804-443-4945 to reserve a computer or make an appointment for faxing.
  • Public Wi-Fi network access from the parking lot. The password is posted on the front door. You may use your own device inside the library, but our furniture has been arranged to meet social distancing guidelines, and seating is limited.
  • Curbside mobile printing services.  Click here for mobile printing instructions. Exact change is required for payment. Call the library at 804-443-4945 for more information.
  • A listing of upcoming virtual events and programs can be found on our event calendar.

Be sure to also check out our online resources. See our Research & Learn page for a variety of online classes and learning tools. Go to Read & Listen to learn how to access free e-books, audiobooks, and magazines with your library card.

Our current operating hours are:

Monday – Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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2020 Summer Learning Performances

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Web Banner with Puss in Boots that Reads "Imagine Your Story"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 and Make bags out to you for contactless curbside pickup.

All of our performances this summer are happening online. Our presenters have worked hard to create special events, just for us! As performance videos become available, we’ll include the links below.

Jonathan Austin: Magician, Juggler, and More!

Imagine how he does that! See for yourself, and learn a few tricks of your own while you’re at it. Here’s Jonathan Austin: Magician, Juggler, and More! For ages 6 and up.
Watch this performance on YouTube.


New Moon Theater Presents “Tales from the Good Earth”
With two tricksters, a magical lake, and an epic battle between the weeds and the vines, Julie Kurzava takes us on a fantastic journey through traditional folklore takes from Canada, Estonia, Liberia and Laos.  Ages 4 and up.
Click here to watch this performance. 


ScienceTellers Present “Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress”
A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress.  When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and science!) for the answer.  For ages 6 and up.
Click here to watch this performance (Available through August 31, 2020). 


Brightstar Theater Presents: Once Upon a Time
Join Lenny and Mable, “the greatest actors in the world,” as they bring classic tales to the stage.  Dance at the ball with Cinderella and challenge the giant with Jack and the Beanstalk.  Fun for everyone who’s young at heart! For ages 4 and up.
Click here to watch this performance. Available through July 27, 2020.


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Curbside Takeout Menu

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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!

Menu featuring book and DVD takeout option

  • Hours

    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
    Friday: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sunday: Closed

  • Location

    Essex Public Library
    117 North Church Lane
    Tappahannock, VA 22560

    Phone: 804-443-4945

  • About Essex County

    Essex County

    Town of Tappahannock

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