Take Flight with Books! The 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

Children entering grades 1-6* may register for our Summer Reading Challenge at the Root Beer Float or by stopping by the Library. Using the log sheet we provide, keep track of the hours you read over the next 8 weeks.

Visit the Library to collect prizes for every 5 hours completed. All participants who complete 25 hours of reading and submit their log sheet to the Library by August 12th will receive tickets to the Topsfield Fair!

*Children entering grade 6 may choose to do the Grade School Challenge OR the Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

Questions? Email: awanner@essexpl.org

Join us for Summer Events. Spaces are limited, sign up early!

Flying Saucer Crafternoon

TUESDAY, JUNE 28th, 3pm. Ages 5 and up, join us to make your very own flying saucer, complete with an adorable & fierce alien.


Ladybug Storytime & Release

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 10am. Ages 3 and older, drop-in for themed stories and to watch the release of live ladybugs! Registration is not necessary but if you plan to attend, you may RSVP HERE.

Kite Workshop

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 10am. Grade 5 through Adult. Join kite-maker Glenn Davison to create a one of a kind kite to enjoy all summer long! Spaces are limited and guests must REGISTER HERE.

STEM AirCraft-ernoon

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 3pm. Kids, ages 5 and older, reserve your spot to make and test a variety of flying machines. See which works best! REGISTER HERE

Meet Amelia Earhart-Pioneer in Aviation

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 7pm. Ages 7 through adult, join us on the 3rd floor in the auditorium as we welcome back actress Sheryl Faye in the role of Amelia Earhart. Ms. Faye never disappoints in her performances and is always enjoyed by children, teens and adults. Drop-ins are welcome. To RSVP and receive an event reminder, REGISTER HERE

Owl Paint Party

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2:30pm. This event is open to students entering grades 3-6. Join the Pop-Up Art School and paint your very own Curious Owl. Spaces are limited, REGISTER HERE.

Beauty on the Wing-A Butterfly Event

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 10am. Children, ages 5 and older, join Kim Smith to learn all about the life story of the Monarch Butterfly and to meet live caterpillars! RSVP HERE.



A weekly book group on Mondays, June 27, July 11,18, 25 at 3pm for children entering grades 2 & 3. Join April on the Library Lawn for lively discussion, themed activities and/or crafts and snacks.  Spaces are limited! 

Most children have parents to take care of them, but not Annabel Tippens. She has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. Annabel never thought it was strange that she had Gloria instead of parents. Until one day a wicked cat named Belinda comes to tell her the truth — she’s not just a little girl, she’s a half-fairy!

And she can do lots of things that other kids can’t do, such as kiss her own elbow and fly around the house. But being a fairy isn’t all fun and games, and soon Annabel must make a choice. If she chooses to be a fairy, she’ll have to say good-bye to Gloria forever. How can she decide between her newly found magic & her dearest friend?


Children entering Grade 4, reserve your spot to be part of this “Read & Meet” book group. Pick up a copy of the book anytime after June 21st, read it entirely and join us for a discussion and party on July 28th.  Spaces are limited. REGISTER HERE.

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! Cece is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?


A weekly book group on Mondays, June 27, July 11,18, 25 at 4pm for children entering grades 5 & 6 outside on the library lawn (indoors in the event of rain.)

Join April for lively discussions, themed activities and snacks! Spaces are limited. REGISTER HERE

You just can’t keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie. Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops. Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities. School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences. Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore


Kevin will be visiting a different local business each week from June 27 to July 30. When you spot him, contact the Library to report where. We’ll add your name to our weekly raffle for ice cream cones donated by WOODMANS of Essex. 

QUESTIONS? Email April at awanner@essexpl.org

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