Essex Library Notes | May 19



Library will be closed Friday, May 26 and reopen Tuesday, May 30 for Memorial Day


Friends of the Library Gardening Series

Community sunflower growing contest.  Pick up your free packet of sunflower seeds to grow over the summer.  A fun community challenge from the Friends of the Library.

Plant Swap Wednesday, May 24 from 6-7 p.m. outside on the lawn.

Spring into Essex-Essex in Bloom

May 19-21 the town of Essex and the Essex business community are welcoming people back to Downtown Essex.  There will be dining, shop hopping, entertainment, art installations, games and more.

Essex in the 1950’s

Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. join local historian Kurt Wilhelm as he takes us through the 1950’s in Essex in an atmospheric talk.  Kurt shares:  The 1950 federal census records were released last year.  The records, with detailed information about individuals, are released 72 years after the census was taken.  I will use the census to characterize the demographics of Essex in 1950, including information about immigrants, occupations, and changes from past and future demographic descriptions.  We will set a 1950s mood.  Popular songs of the post World War II era will greet everyone coming into the auditorium.  There will be displays of period objects and pictures, and local, national and international news.  The Korean War began in June 1950.  We will display pictures of Essex Korean War veterans.  Local issues of the time included building a new fire station on Martin Street, getting a town water supply and voting on a dog track.


Author Nancy Horan (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 28 from 7-8 p.m.  Join Nancy Horan and Therese Fowler as they discuss Nancy’s new book, The House of Lincoln, a sweeping historical novel which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s ascendance from rumpled lawyer to U.S. President.


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