Monday 9-5

Tuesday 9-5

Wednesday 9-8

Thursday 9-5

Friday 9-5

Saturday 9-12

Sunday 12-3


October 2023

Now open Sunday 12-5 pm

We're open 7 days a week!

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnal face."

--- John Donne

Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, October 3


Join us for a free talk with journalist Susan Campbell.

Help us mark Banned Book Week!

Please click here to register

Please click here to register

Calling all Broom Makers!

Help us decorate Ivoryton by decorating and bringing your fabulous broom to the Library by October 5.

We'll install them around the village on the 6th and take them down November 1.

Pick up by November 5, please.

This is not a contest, just a chance to help spookify Ivoryton through Halloween.

2023 Ivoryton Pumpkin Chase 5K

Saturday, October 21

Kids 8 & under Fun Run at 8:30am

5K begins at 9:00am

18 & under $15

19 & up $25

T-shirts $10

Click here to register online

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

New Book Spotlight

Iceland, 1956. Fourteen-year-old Lára decides to spend the summer working for a couple on the small island of Videy, just off the coast of Reykjavík. In early August, the girl disappears without a trace. Time passes, and the mystery becomes Iceland‘s most infamous unsolved case. What happened to the young girl? Is she still alive? Did she leave the island, or did something happen to her there?

Thirty years later, as the city of Reykjavík celebrates its 200th anniversary, journalist Valur Robertsson begins his own investigation into Lára's case. But as he draws closer to discovering the secret, and with the eyes of Reykjavík upon him, it soon becomes clear that Lára's disappearance is a mystery that someone will stop at nothing to keep unsolved . . .

East Anglia, 1645. Martha Hallybread, a midwife, healer, and servant, has lived peacefully for more than four decades in her beloved seaside village of Cleftwater. Having lost her voice as a child, Martha has not spoken a word in years.

One autumn morning, a sinister newcomer appears in town. The witchfinder, Silas Makepeace, has been blazing a trail of destruction along the coast, and now has Cleftwater in his sights. His arrival strikes fear into the heart of the community. Within a day, local women are being captured and detained, and Martha finds herself a silent witness to the hunt.

Mrs. Touchet is a woman of many interests: literature, justice, abolitionism, class, her cousin, his wives, this llife and the next.

Andrew Bogle, meanwhile, grew up enslaved on the Hope Plantation, Jamaica. When Bogle finds himself in London, star witness in a celebrated case of imposture, he knows his future depends on telling the right story.

The “Tichborne Trial”—wherein a lower-class butcher from Australia claimed he was in fact the rightful heir of a sizable estate and title—captivates Mrs. Touchet and all of England. Is Sir Roger Tichborne really who he says he is? Or is he a fraud? Mrs. Touchet is a woman of the world. Mr. Bogle is no fool. But in a world of hypocrisy and self-deception, deciding what is real proves a complicated task. . . .

Banned Book Week is October 1-7.

According to the American Library Association, Censors targeted a record 2,571 unique titles in 2022.

Read some of them on Hoopla

It's Autumn.

The nights are getting longer and darker!

Tingle your spine for free with books and movies on Hoopla

And Hoopla has a fun collection of Halloween resources for kids! Click here

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October 2023

Annular Eclipse October 14th!

Come by the library to pick up your viewing glasses!

Wednesday, October 11, 10:30

Music with Ms. Martha

Ms. Martha from Community Music School joins us!

Click here to reserve your space!

Mad Hatter's Day

Wednesday, October 18, 9:30am

join us for a craft, a special storytime and party in the garden!

Are you running in the Ivoryton Pumpkin Fun Run Saturday, October 21 at 8:30? Stay for a special storytime and craft while the 5K runners finish up.

In the Ivoryton Park.

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Half School Day!

Thursday, October 26, 2-4 pm

Drop-in craft:

Painted Tissue Paper Mini Pumpkins


Butterfly Garden Storytime, Tuesdays, 3:30

Storytime, Wednesdays, 9:30, all ages

Music and Movement, Fridays, 9:30

Tuesday, October 31: Happy Halloween!

Stop by the Ivoryton Library Children's Room for Trick or Treat

before heading to the Essex Parade!

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

--- Henry David Thoreau

Book Clubs

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October 17

3:30 pm

The Tender Bar

by J. R. Moehringer

November 21


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

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October 20


Dial A for Aunties

by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Book List of the Month:

The Best Books of the Year So Far

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

― Jane Austen, Persuasion