BOOK DROP NOW OPEN! Borrowed materials, as well as items from Essex Elementary School, may now be dropped off in the outside bin.

Community Service at the Library


Looking to impress colleges and future employers, and/or get community service hours  for graduation?The Essex Public Library wants to help you help us! We are looking for high school students, Grades 9-12, to assist with the following:

  • Craft Preparation
  • Organizing Materials
  • Cleaning/Organizing the Library
  • Assistance with Children’s Programs
  • Writing for the Library Blog (available during certain months) TBA

Please visit the Library to fill out a Student Volunteer Form or fill out the online form below:

Teen Volunteer Form

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY


Shelf-Reading Practice

Mrs. Lodge's Shelver game

One area for which the Library will consistently need volunteers is shelf-reading.  Shelf reading is the art of reading the books’ spine labels on the shelf to ensure they are in the proper order and place.  If a book is even a few books away from its proper place, a patron may not be able to find it!
To prepare yourself for Shelf-Reading, please take this basic Shelver quiz.  There are two portions: Fiction and Dewey (Nonfiction).

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