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Spooky Movie Throwback Screenings

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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.

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Library Card Signup Month

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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 holders are invited to show their cards to get special deals at participating businesses. Present your library card at the time of purchase to get a ten percent discount at the following spots:

  • Pueblo Azteca Mexican Restaurant
  • Thyme in a Basket
  • Judith Marie Shoppe
  • Crying Shame Frame Shop and Gifts
  • Tappahannock Pharmacy (over the counter purchases only; prescriptions not included)
  • T-Town Tack Work & Western Wear

Replacement library cards are free during the month of September. The cost to replace a lost library card is typically $1.00. Anyone who wants a card featuring the new design may replace their old card for free during September only.


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Upcoming Summer Events

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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
Join Ms. Beth for fantastic books, songs, and a craft during this storytime for children under 5.

Magic with Rob Wescott
Mon. June 25, 2:00 p.m.
Come see a fun, fast-paced, and amazing performance with magician Rob Wescott! All ages.

ART-Venture: Origami Fortune Tellers *
Tues. June 26, 1:30 p.m.
Don’t have a Magic 8 ball at home? No worries! Make your own fortune telling device based on the Japanese paper folding art of origami. Ages 7 – 10.

Mad Scientists: It’s Slime Time! *
Thur. June 28, 6:30 p.m.
We’ve got the ingredients if you’ve got the time – the time to make SLIME. Ages 6 – 12.

Bright Star Theater Presents: The Wizard Of Oz
Mon. July 9, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tappahannock Elementary School Cafeteria.
Gain courage with the Cowardly Lion, take heart with the Tin Man, and find your wits with the Scarecrow in this fun, interactive retelling. For all ages.  All ages.

ART-Venture: Over the Rainbow *
Tues. July 10, 1:30 p.m.
Make rainbow sun catchers and necklaces. Ages 5 – 10.

Mad Scientists: Take It Apart! *
Thurs. July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Come help us break all manner of machines apart in the name of science. Ages 8 – 12.

Turtle Tales with the Virginia Living Museum
Mon. July 16, 1:00 p.m.
Educators from the Virginia Living Museum recount the tale of the Dancing Turtle of Brazil with music and movement. You’ll also learn about the real-life turtles that live in our forests, ponds, and the Chesapeake Bay. All ages.

Tales from Afar with Gary Lloyd
Mon. July 23, 2:00 p.m.
Travel to all 7 continents with Storyteller Gary Lloyd. From Japan to Australia, Ireland to Antarctica, and of course both Americas. Around the world in 60 minutes. All ages.

ART-Venture: Map Puzzles *
Tues. July 24, 1:30 p.m.
Blaze new trails by taking old maps and making new puzzles from them. Ages 5 – 12.

Mad Scientists: Paper Airplanes *
Thur. July 26, 1:30 p.m.
It’s science in motion as you tweak your paper airplane’s design to become the F-14 in our test flights. Ages 7 – 12.

Mad Scientists: Take It Apart *
Thur. August 2, 1:30 p.m.
Come help us break all manner of machines apart in the name of science. Ages 8 – 12.

ART-Ventures: Down on the Farm *
Tues. August 7, 1:30 p.m.
The corn and soybeans sure are growing – but just what are those chickens up to? Craft a tractor and flock of chickens. Ages 5 – 10.

Summer Reading Wrap-up Celebration
Sat. August 11, 2:00 -3:30 p.m.
Turn in your Reading Adventure Passport and celebrate with some ice cream. We’ll select the winning GRAND PRIZE ticket for a Kindle Fire 7.

PLUS! Be sure to check out our kids’ makerspace for cool art and engineering projects!

* Call 804-443-4945 to register for events with asterisks next to their titles.

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Reading Takes You Everywhere! Summer Reading Program

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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 and be entered in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire 7. Complete a new passport each month to keep earning prizes!

Teens ages 12-18 have their own program. Just come to the library to pick up a summer reading card. Read four books, one from each category. Turn in your completed card to receive a pair of Essex Public Library sunglasses. Teen completers also earn an entry into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire 7.

Even adults can get in on the summer reading fun! Read a book from each category to get your own pair of sunglasses.

Don’t wait! All summer reading programs end on August 11th. Visit us today to start your summer reading adventure.

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

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    Essex Public Library
    117 North Church Lane
    Tappahannock, VA 22560

    Phone: 804-443-4945

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