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January 2024

There are far better things ahead than anything we leave behind

- CS Lewis

Upcoming Events

Join us for Winter Reading 2024

Just for fun, start recording the books you read for January & February.

Turn in your log no later than March 16 for a raffle ticket & a free book off our

used book sale shelves.

Read as much or as little as you like. Like we said, this is just for fun.

And a raffle prize!

Click here for a printable reading log

Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining"!

Coffee With a Cop

Saturday, January 13, 9:00am - 12:00noon

Stop in any time between 9 and noon to meet with Essex Resident State Trooper Mark Roberts.

Ask questions, discuss issues, voice concerns or just visit with your Resident Trooper

Coffee and refreshments provided

#OwnVoices Book Discussion

Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00pm

This month we discuss the intriguing story of Abby Stein's journey from ultra-orthodox rabbi to transgender woman 

Click here to register

Adult Craft Night

Wednesday, January 17, 6:30-7:30

We'll be making a paper mache bowl with paper scraps and Mod Podge that can then be embellished, painted or left as is.

Click here to register

New Reading Group for Teens:

Beginning January 14, "In Conversation" will meet on the second Sunday of the month at 3:00pm.

Led by Ivoryton Librarian and Quinnipiac University English professor Sharyn Nelson, this group will read books chosen by the group, in various genres. The first title will be chosen at the first meeting, when the structure of the group will also be discussed.

All teens are invited. Refreshments will be served!

New Book Spotlight

When tragedy forces Delphine Auber, an aspiring writer on the cusp of adulthood, from her home in postwar Paris, she seizes the opportunity to embark on the journey she’s long dreamed of: finding the father she has never known. But her quest—spanning from Paris to New York’s Harlem, to Havana and Key West—is complicated by the fact that she believes him to be famed luminary Ernest Hemingway, a man just as elusive as he is iconic. She desperately yearns for his approval, as both a daughter and a writer, convinced that he holds the key to who she’s truly meant to be. But what will happen if she is wrong, or if her real story falls outside of the legend of her parentage that she’s revered all her life? 


The Wildest Sun is a dazzling, unexpected, and transportive story about coming into adulthood—from escaping our pasts, to the stories we tell ourselves, to the ambition that drives us—as we seek to find out who we are.

From the jungles of Honduras to macabre archaeological sites in the American Southwest, Douglas Preston's journalistic explorations have taken him across the globe. He broke the story of an extraordinary mass grave of animals killed by the asteroid impact that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, he explored what lay hidden in the booby-trapped Money Pit on Oak Island, and he roamed the haunted hills of Italy in search of the Monster of Florence. When he hasn't been co-authoring bestselling thrillers featuring FBI Agent Pendergast, Preston has been writing about some of the world’s strangest and most dramatic mysteries.

The Lost Tomb brings together an astonishing and compelling collection of true stories about buried treasure, enigmatic murders, lost tombs, bizarre crimes, and other fascinating tales of the past and present.

When the Rosens moved to New Rochelle in 1973, Jonathan Rosen and Michael Laudor became inseparable. Both children of college professors, the boys were best friends and keen competitors, and, when they both got into Yale University, seemed set to join the American meritocratic elite.

Michael blazed through college in three years, graduating summa cum laude and landing a top-flight consulting job. But all wasn’t as it seemed. One day, Jonathan received the call: Michael had suffered a serious psychotic break and was in the locked ward of a psychiatric hospital.

Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Michael was still in the hospital when he learned he’d been accepted to Yale Law School, and still battling delusions when he decided to trade his halfway house for the top law school in the country. 

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January 2024

Wednesday, January 10, 10:30

Music with Ms. Martha

Ms. Martha from Community Music School joins us for music and fun!

No registration necessary.

No School Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 16

Drop-in craft between 2-4

Shivery Snow Paint

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Take Your Child to the Library Week

January 28-February 3

Take Your Child to the Library Week

January 28-February 3

Stop in everyday for a special stamp. At the end of the week, receive a prize!

Book Clubs

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January 16

3:30 pm

Wait Till Next Year

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

January 16


Becoming Eve

by Abby Chava Stein

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January 19


The Widows of Malabar Hill

by Sujata Massey

Book List of the Month Challenges for the year:

Click here for a long list of challenges

Or here are some of our favorites:

Booklist Queen reading challenge 2024

Crossing Continents reading challenge 2024

Memoir reading challenge 2024

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

―Neil Gaiman