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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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May 2016

The Artistry of Hieronymus Bosch: Renaissance Naturalism, Allegory, and Imagination

May 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Bosch revolutionized early Renaissance art by turning away from traditional Christian images such as Madonnas and saints. In the Garden of Earthly Delights, the Haywain, and the Seven Deadly Sins, Bosch painted secular, encyclopedic scenes of everyday life (framed with moral allegory) and fantastic scenes of sexual fantasy and hellish punishment. Although seemingly poles apart, his naturalism and fantasy were both part of a secular, Renaissance aesthetic which understood artistic seeing as both empirical and playful, as a process rooted…

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June 2016

Lecture and Tasting with The Beer Snob

June 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Will Siss has been writing the “Beer Snob” column for the Waterbury Republican-American since 2005. In 2015 he published the book, "Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing" which is a profile of the beer breweries in Connecticut, including profiles of the brewers, pubs and restaurants that focus on craft brews. On June 11 at 4 p.m. in the Essex Library, Siss will present an illustrated talk on the current craft beers being produced in Connecticut and will conduct…

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Author Talk: Richard Friswell Presents-Balancing Act: postcards from the edge of risk & reward.

June 25, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author and cultural historian, Richard Friswell is on the faculty of Wesleyan University’s Lifelong Learning Institute. He is also the editor and publisher of ARTES, an international fine arts, architecture, and design e-magazine. He is an elected member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, one of only 450 individuals in the United States, and an award winning writer, with two national medals from Folio:Magazine for his editorial contributions in the field of art journalism. He writes and lectures on…

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Cello Recital with Eva Ribchinsky

June 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join us Saturday afternoon, June 25 at 4 p.m. for a cello recital by local resident Eva Ribchinsky who has just graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is headed to Carnegie Mellon University this fall to pursue a Master’s degree in Music. She’ll play works by Bocherini, J.S. Bach and Gaspar Cassado. Admission to this program is free and open to the public. Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 to register or for more information. The library…

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July 2016

Author Talk with Betsy Lerner and The Bridge Ladies

July 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Betsy Lerner’s mother Roz has played bridge with the same four women for more than fifty years. Betsy grew up with these women without knowing their stories, including her mother’s. Lerner’s book, The Bridge Ladies, is a humorous, poignant recounting of learning about her mother by learning to play bridge. “What began as a project of friendly curiosity soon became a cherished ritual.” The memoir has garnered universal praise including a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Lerner is also the…

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September 2016

Love Your Business Like A Hobby. Treat Your Business Like A Business.

September 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sharon Lewis

Essex Library Presents Business Seminar Series with Sharon K. Lewis, AdviCoach Essex resident and Advicoach Sharon Lewis will guide attendees through 3 seminars that will provide ways to identify their values and visions for their business so they can be translated into action plans. In addition, learn about the key drivers that increase the value of your company so that you can develop equity in your business starting now! 3 Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. September 14th, October 19th and November…

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October 2016

The Stone Walls and Structures of England and New England

October 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Stone Artisan Andrew Pighills Presents The Stone Walls and Structures of England and New England Here in New England there is a unique historical record in the drystone walls and structures that is available to all by simply driving down most roads, or walking through the woods. Andrew Pighill’s illustrated lecture on Tuesday, October 18th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library will compare and contrast geology, building styles and techniques, and follow the development and evolution of stone walls…

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WOMEN IN POLITICS: Campaigns for the presidency in perspective

October 22, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sarah Wiliarty

On Saturday, October 22nd at 1 p.m. Wesleyan Government Professor Sarah Wiliarty will give a talk on women in politics thus helping to put Hillary Clinton's campaigns for the presidency into some perspective, both internationally and historically. Being related to a male political leader is actually an exceptionally common way for women to gain executive office in many other places. She will also talk about other scholarship on what conditions tend to facilitate or hinder women gaining office more generally.…

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March 2017

Romeo & Juliet

March 11, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Lincoln Center Local Screening: San Francisco Ballet Romeo & Juliet On Saturday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. the Essex Library will host the Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance screening of San Francisco Ballet: Romeo & Juliet recorded at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on May 7, 2015. With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colorful and emotional retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the…

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May 2017

Dvorak The Happy Soul

May 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Classical music historian and Essex favorite, Jeffrey Engel, returns to present a lecture on “Dvorak, The Happy Soul” on Tuesday, May 9th at 1:30 p.m. Dvorak was the happiest and least neurotic of the Romantics. He was barely literate and hardly a deep thinker (locomotives were his chief passion outside of music). The cheery Czech was greatly influenced by his native folk culture which inspired him to write a plethora of tuneful compositions. Jeffrey Engel will detail Dvorak’s life and…

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300 Years of CT’s Remarkable Women

May 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women Kathryn Gloor, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present “Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women” at the Essex Library on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Ms. Gloor will present an interactive multi-media program about some of our state’s most remarkable women. Be inspired as you learn about well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and…

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June 2017

Finding Your World War I Ancestors

June 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Genealogy Resources: Finding Your World War I Ancestors The Yanks didn’t enter the European theater until 1917 but it was the war to end all wars. The Federal and State governments did much to document those being registered and ultimately selected to serve. Bring names to research and join us on Tuesday, June 6th at 5:30 p.m. as Librarian Norma Wright presents an illustrated talk on using online library genealogy resources to search for the heroes of WWI. This program…

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August 2017

Legends of the Lower CT River Valley

August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Legends of the Lower CT River Valley with Stephen Gencarella The CT River Valley has been an important site for storytelling ever since humans arrived here. In his talk at the Essex Library on Thursday, August 3rd at 7 p.m., Professor Stephen Gencarella will tell and discuss many legends and other folk narratives of the lower CT River Valley. He will address some of the best known examples such as the Moodus Noises and Lady Fenwick; revive a few long-forgotten…

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Folklore Talk & Hike

August 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Folklore Talk & Hike with UMASS Professor Stephen Gencarella The Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam is one of the most intriguing places for folklore in the entire state of Connecticut. As a follow-up to the Essex Library’s folklore program on Thursday, August 3rd, Professor Stephen Gencarella (UMass Amherst and the resident folklorist at the CT River Museum) will lead a hike throughout the park on Saturday, August 5th at 9 a.m. Gencarella will tell the copious stories about…

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September 2017

Festival of Dinner Parties!

September 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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What if you gave a dinner party – or 15 – and everyone who loves the library came?  That’s what’s happening when the Essex Library throws its gala Festival of Dinner Parties on September 9th.  This event was so successful in 2014 that area residents have been urging the Friends of the Library to have this special event again this year. The festivities kick off with an elegant pre-dinner reception.  The library will be transformed with fall flowers as guests…

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Author Talk with David Handler

September 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author Talk with David Handler: The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes On Saturday, September 16 at 4 p.m. the Essex Library will host Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning author David Handler, who will discuss his latest book, The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes, published in August by William Morrow. This is the ninth entry in the Hoagy and Lulu mystery series that Harlan Coben calls "One of my all-time favorite series! ...David Handler is so good at writing one smart, funny page-turner…

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Sweethearts at Sea

September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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“Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the New England Whaling Industry”Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library. Presented by Amanda Goodheart Parks. During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Couples faced the daunting prospect of spending most of their married lives apart. Meanwhile,…

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October 2017

Author Talk with James Benn: The Devouring

October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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James Benn, author of the WWII Billy Boyle mystery series. The Essex Library is honored to welcome back James Benn in celebration of the release of his 12th Billy Boyle mystery. The Devouring has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Booklist wrote of the book: ​"Benn​ ​molds an entertaining story out of Billy and his cohorts’ encounters with odious Swiss bankers and a cadre​ of ​Gestapo agents stationed in Bern to protect the loot. Great history here." Benn’s series…

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The Rise And Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic

October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“The Rise And Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic” with Dr. Michael Saxe Emergency Physician Dr. Michael Saxe, free illustrated talk on the U.S. opioid epidemic, 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on the history of opioid drugs, the causes and impact of today’s Opioid Epidemic, and what must be done by healthcare providers and laypeople, to end this deadly crisis. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Cyber Security at Sea

October 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CYBER SECURITY AT SEA WITH DR. JOSEPH DIRENZO AND USCG CAPTAIN ANDREW TUCCI Retired Navy officer Dr. Joseph DiRenzo and U.S. Coast Guard Captain Andrew Tucci, free, illustrated talk on cyber security at sea, 3 p.m. Oct. 28, Essex Library, 33 West Ave. DiRenzo and Tucci will focus on local and national efforts to make our maritime transportation system safe from cyber attacks. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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November 2017

Dvorak Comes to America

November 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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DVORAK COMES TO AMERICA WITH MUSIC HISTORIAN JEFFREY ENGEL Dvorak was the first major European composer to take up residence in America. For nearly three years he was the director of the National Conservatory in New York City. Outside of his teaching duties he still found time to compose some of his finest music. On Monday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Essex Library, Jeffrey Engel will detail Dvorak’s time in America and play excerpts from some of his…

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Genealogy and DNA: Just The Basics, Please!

November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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GENEALOGY AND DNA: JUST THE BASICS, PLEASE! Having your DNA done for family research is all the rage these days but many folks aren’t sure about how to go about doing it and what the results will tell them. Join our genealogy specialist, Norma Wright, on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Essex Library for an introductory discussion on DNA. She will briefly discuss what DNA is, what the different types of tests are, and where you can…

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April 2018

ATTRACTING BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR YARD

April 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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April 11th 6:30 p.m. Park ranger Shaun Roche and wildlife biologist Kris Vagos, free illustrated talk on attracting birds and butterflies to your yard, 6:30 p.m. April 11, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on what to feed birds, how to provide nest materials, which flowers to plant for butterflies - plus much more. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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POETRY AND THE HUMAN CONDITION, A FIVE-EVENING SERIES, WITH PROF. DAVID CAPPELLA

April 19, 2018 - May 18, 2018
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Starts Thursday April 19th, 6:30 - 8pm Essex: English Professor David Cappella, free, 5-part series of poetry discussions, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning April 19, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on exploring the enormous possibility that poetry, through the art of language, offers its readers to plumb the experience of being human. Poets will include: Robert Frost/ Emily Dickinson; Hayden Carruth/Jane Kenyon; Wallace Stevens/Elizabeth Bishop; Jim Harrison/Maxine Kumin and Czeslaw Milosz/Anna Akhmatova. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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THE TREES OF ESSEX WITH ESSEX TREE WARDEN AUGIE PAMPEL

April 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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April 27th, 6:30pm A free, illustrated talk on trees in Essex will be presented by Essex Tree Warden Augie Pampel at 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Essex Library 33 West Ave. Pampel will focus on the planning and planting of trees around Essex and the best practices for selecting and planting healthy, beautiful trees for your own yard. RSVP: 860 767-1560

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May 2018

LEONARD BERNSTEIN, AN AMERICAN TREASURE

May 16, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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May 16th, 1:30 pm  Leonard Bernstein was the most gifted, famous, popular and successful musician produced by America. He was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, a composer of music ranging from Broadway musicals to the classical repertory, an educator, a lecturer, an author and a TV personality. There was very little he couldn’t do extremely well. 2018 is the centenary of Bernstein’s birth and it is a good time to celebrate this American treasure. On Wednesday, May 16 at 1:30…

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DAY HIKING IN NEW ENGLAND

May 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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May 23rd, 7pm Author Jeff Romano, free illustrated talk on day hiking in New England, 7 p.m. May 23, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on the region’s best hiking destinations, advice, insights, and answers to questions on how and where to plan your next hiking adventure. The presentation will also include information on New England wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.

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October 2018

Beyond the Bicep

October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Beyond the Bicep: The Real Story of Rosie the Riveter with Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D. A free, illustrated lecture on the real story of Rosie the Riveter will be presented by Historian and Director of Education at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Parks will focus on Rosie’s journey from propaganda poster to feminist icon. RSVP: 860 767-1560

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Witches in Connecticut

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut Historical Society’s Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger A free, illustrated talk on witches in Connecticut will be presented by Connecticut Historical Society’s Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Belanger will focus on the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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November 2018

Creatures of the Night

November 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join wildlife biologist Kris Vagos from the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge for an entertaining and informative nature program on nocturnal animals on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library. This family-friendly program about owls, bats, opossums, flying squirrels, and other fascinating creatures of the night is great for all ages. LIVE ANIMALS will be present. Kris Vagos attended Boston College for her undergrad degree, studying biology and environmental science. She went on to complete her…

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January 2019

Learn to Ice Fish

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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LEARN TO ICE FISH WITH CT DEEP’S THOMAS BOURRET Ice Fishing is a great and safe way to beat cabin fever and spend quality time with family and friends outdoors.  If you are interested in learning more about ice fishing, join Tom Bourret from the Connecticut DEEP – Fisheries Division’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program who’ll offer a FREE ice fishing course for the Essex Library on Tuesday, January 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn the basics of this fun,…

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Putt Fore The Essex Library

January 25 - January 26
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“Putt Fore The Essex Library” will transform the Essex Library into an 18 hole mini-golf course, with each hole uniquely decorated by sponsors. The fun begins on Friday, January 25th from 5-9pmwith a special event just for adults, featuring 18 holes of mini-golf, live music, food, wine, and prizes. The fun continues for the entire family on Saturday, January 26th 10am - 4pm with mini-golf, donuts, prizes and more. Ticket prices: Friday evening $35/person; Saturday $7/person or $25/foursome. Tickets are…

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February 2019

Kids Book Sale

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Bring Your Family to the Library Day will include a books sale focused on kids and young adult material including books, dvds and games.  Great prices!! Essex Library, 33 West Ave, Essex, CT 06426 For information visit www.youressexlibrary.org/friends/friends-book-sale or call 860-767-1560

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New Year, New You

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Real Simple columnist and Professional Organizer Ellen Madere returns to the Essex Library on Saturday, February 9 at 1:30pm to offer best tips and guidance on how to rein in the chaos and get your home organized no matter how little time you have to tackle the clutter. She’ll take audience members room by room and floor by floor with tons of practical suggestions to help you make sense of all your stuff and bring harmony into your life. Support…

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March 2019

Seafood Shacks at Essex Library

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Food and travel writer Mike Urban, free illustrated talk on best places to go for seafood this summer, 7 p.m. March 7, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on New England seafood shacks. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Celtic Music with Jeff Snow

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, singer and guitarist Jeff Snow will put on a concert of Celtic music at the Essex Library at 7 p.m. on March 12. Jeff’s concert will include music and stories from Scotland, England and Ireland. He’ll play vibrant arrangements of traditional classics along with his own compositions on six and twelve-string guitars, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki and Bodhran. Jeff’s concerts always delight their listeners who are welcome to clap and sing along. This concert…

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Connecticut Furniture and the Origins of American Art

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
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William Hosley, former curator and exhibition developer at the Wadsworth Atheneum, will present the innovation and history of design of Connecticut furniture in an illustrated lecture at the Essex Library on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Hosley will explore various traditions of style as he describes the evolution of furniture making from its beginnings to a modern industry while also offering up a look into the tastes and cultural history of Connecticut residents. His talk will trace the story…

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The World of Peonies

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Choosing the right spot to plant your peony plants is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms for over 100 years with little to no maintenance.  Discover top tips and tricks about planting, cultivating, and propagating this summertime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, a 6-acre garden in Connecticut known affectionately as Peony Heaven.  On Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library, Furman will also delight the audience with tales from the cultivation history of the…

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April 2019

2019 Spring Book Sale

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Friends Spring Book Sale will be earlier this year to avoid conflicts with graduations, weddings, and EGC events. Instead, it will take place Saturday, April 6th form 9am — 4pm with half price for books from 2:30pm until closing. The popular Bag of Books deal takes place on Monday, April 8th from 10am — 5pm. The Friends will gratefully accept book donations until March 30th, resuming again April 10th. Visit youressexlibrary.org/friends/friends-book-sale for details.

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Exciting New Plants at Acer Gardens Nursery

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Are you searching for something new and unusual to plant in your garden this year? Join Rosemary and Bill Harris of Acer Gardens on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Essex Library for a 60-minute discussion on the many new annuals, perennials and shrubs available for the 2019 growing season. Learn about the new perennial cultivars featuring extended blooming periods, dazzling annuals in new and unusual color combinations and shrubs that are available in smaller sizes well-adapted to…

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Fishers in Connecticut

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
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FISHERS IN CONNECTICUT WITH DEEP MASTER WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST RICHARD TAYLOR Fishers are also known as fisher cats but they're not cats at all. The fisher is a large member of the weasel family. Its name is misleading because unlike the closely related river otter, fishers seldom eat fish. The fisher is one of a few carnivores known to prey on porcupines; they also eat rabbits, small rodents, birds, carrion, fruits and nuts. Though active day and night, fishers are primarily…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Being Mortal

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Essex Library, in collaboration with AARP Connecticut, is honored to invite the public to a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE film Being Mortal on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. This is part of a national dialogue taking place in our communities that asks "Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?" Carol Bozena, AARP CT Community Engagement Specialist will moderate the discussion after the film. Based on the best-selling book by…

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Natives with a Twist

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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NATIVES WITH A TWIST " BY ADAM WHEELER FROM BROKEN ARROW NURSERY The Essex Library continues its gardening programs this spring with Horticulture Manager Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational lecture that explores the unique and exceptional side of our native flora. On Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Adam will present his current favorite native trees and shrubs for general garden use including design considerations, cultural requirements and other critical details.  Both novice and…

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Author Talk with Mathew Duman

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author Talk With Mathew Duman: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture From Ten American Colleges & Universities Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a "grotesque safari", traveling to ten universities around the country to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the…

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August 2019

Essex Library Summer Gift Sale

August 1 - August 31
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
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Mark your calendars!  The Friends of the Essex Library special SUMMER GIFT SALE will begin August 1st and run all month!  Be sure to come by and shop ahead for all the holidays!

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September 2019

Author Talk: James R. Benn with “When Hell Struck Twelve”

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Essex Library is honored to celebrate the release of the fourteenth Billy Boyle World War II mystery novel, When Hell Struck Twelve, on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. with author James R. Benn. The New York Times Book Review declared the Billy Boyle wartime series, “spirited wartime storytelling.” Booklist gives it a starred review: “this consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far.” In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery,…

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October 2019

Connecticut River Ferries with Prof. Wick Griswold

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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America's oldest continuously operating ferry service began running between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury in 1655. More than one hundred ferries have operated on the Connecticut River since the seventeenth century. Explore the enduring cultural relevance of the ferryboats of the Connecticut River with Professor Wick Griswold at the Essex Library on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. Hear about the stories of the captains, crews and passengers define the history and personality of the region. Learn how Captain Ham Sandwich…

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MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM PRESENTS: J.M.W. TURNER: WATERCOLORS FROM THE TATE

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
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The Mystic Seaport Museum is the only U.S. venue for this milestone exhibition of almost 100 of J.M.W. Turner's watercolor masterpieces from the collection of the Tate Museum in London. Watercolors from Tate brings together luminous landscapes and atmospheric seascapes, architectural and topographical sketches, travel drawings, and even a number of intimate interior views. The exhibition, which runs from October 5 to February 23, 2020, spans the entirety of Turner’s long career and, by focusing on the artist’s watercolors, provides…

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November 2019

MIGRATION THROUGH MAPS: A CARTOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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On Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the Essex Library, Dr. Francis Coan will illustrate how populations, cultures, and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America. Through the use of maps, supplemented by statistics and a brief discussion of migration push and pull factors as well as public policy (past and present), Dr. Coan will provide an overview of American immigration patterns and trends from the arrival of the first inhabitants to the present day. Dr. Francis Coan…

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