Monday 9-5

Tuesday 9-5

Wednesday 9-8

Thursday 9-5

Friday 9-5

Saturday 9-12

Sunday 12-5


November 2023

Holiday Hours

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 9-4

Thursday, Nov. 23, closed

Friday, Nov. 24, closed

Sunday, Dec. 24, 12-3

Monday, Dec. 25, closed

Tuesday, Dec. 26, closed

Sunday, Dec. 31, 12-5

Monday, Jan. 1, closed

“November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.”

--Anne Bosworth Greene

Upcoming Programs

Ivoryton Library Escape Room

November 3-12

Welcome to Miss Havisham's Parlor. You didn't drink the tea, did you? You now have one hour to find the antidote.

Click here for a brochure

Click here for tickets

Join us for a free workshop using old book pages to create Swedish stars to brighten your winter.

Click here to register

Come share your thoughts about this stunning, thought-provoking book with us.

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Join us on Zoom for a program with Essex Fire Co. #1 on Cooking Safety

As we head into the holiday, take the time to review cooking safety tips with our Essex Fire Department

Join us Thursday, November 16 on Zoom at 7pm.

Click here to register for the Zoom link

Help us help our neighbors

The Ivoryton Library is accepting the following donations:

Food for the Region $ Backpack Program: During the months of October and November, the Ivoryton and Essex Libraries have bins in their lobbies collection food for the children in the Region 4 School District who need help with food for the weekend.

Click here for the brochure with info and suggested foods

Toys for children ages birth to 8 years old: Child and Family Agency has requested your help with the donation of new, unwrapped toys for the youngest in our community. Please bring your toys to the library by December 1

New Book Spotlight

September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder.

After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world.

Since childhood, Hilarie Burton Morgan has felt the call to record, keep, and catalogue life in all its strange wonder. It was a whimsical habit, with no clear goal. And then, when she became a mother, the importance of all that collecting snapped into focus. 

In an effort to patchwork together an anthology of traditions, curiosity, and magical thinking that she could pass down, Burton Morgan realized she was crafting a grimoire. 

In her most intimate book yet, Burton Morgan shares how she’s creating an inheritance of mischief and magic that will outlive her. What’s more, she shows readers how they too can look at the elements of their lives and collect the pieces into a tangible collection of a lifetime of learning. Because in its purest form, a grimoire was a guide to keep you alive.

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.


Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. 

A few times a year Hoopla makes selected titles available that do not count against your 10 per month limit.

See the collection here

Try the  Hoopla Thanksgiving for Kids collection, offering heartwarming stories and interactive content that celebrate gratitude and family togetherness! 

See the titles here

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November 2023

Wednesday, November 8, 10:30

Music with Ms. Martha

Ms. Martha from Community Music School joins us!

Click here to reserve your space!

No School Tuesday - November 7

Eric Carle STEAM craft

Drop-in between 2 & 4pm to make a craft based on his book "Draw Me a Star"

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Wednesday, November 22:

Happy Friendsgiving!

Join us at 9:30 for a craft and storytime for the whole family to enjoy

“Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.”

--- Cyril Connolly

Book Clubs

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October 17

3:30 pm

The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls

November 21


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

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October 20


Clark and Division

by Naomi Hirahara

Book List of the Month:

20 Books Getting Major Awards Buzz

"The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind."

― Aldo Leopold