We will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 to observe Juneteenth. The library will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on June 20.

Summer Reading for Teens at the Essex Library

Teens! Entering grades 6-12, stop by the Library anytime on or after Thursday, June 13 to pick up a copy of this summer’s Bingo Challenge!  (Or print it out below.)

Complete 12 squares and return your board to the library by August 23 to be entered to win one of four $25 Amazon Gift Cards. 


Summer Events-Register & Join Us!

JUNE: Kick off summer at the library on Tuesday,  June 25th, 10am and join us for Tape
Resist Art. All supplies are
(Photo and idea credit:
 https://onelittleproject.com/tape-resist-art/ )




JULY: Mandy of Wicked Good Henna is back for An Evening of Henna, our most popular teen event of the year on Wednesday, July 17, 5-7pm. Each participant will receive a  beautiful, unique henna design that, with proper care, will last up to 2 weeks.


AUGUST: Spend the morning eating donuts and competing to be the first team to finish our donut jigsaw puzzle at the Puzzle Palooza, on Thursday, August 15, 10-12noon.


SUMMER BOOK GROUP for students entering Grades 6, 7 & 8

Teens entering grades 6, 7 and 8, register to have a copy of the “book” Amal Unbound” reserved for you and pick it up at the first session on Monday, June 24th, 4pm. We’ll meet weekly (June 24, July 8, 15 and 22 at 4pm) to discuss our reading and enjoy snacks and themed activities. 

Twelve-year-old Amal’s dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village’s ruling family. As punishment, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate. She summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It’s clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them–so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones’ safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen.


Register for all events at: http://www.essexpubliclibray.org

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