Dear Friends of the Belden Noble Memorial Library, In the mid-1800s a corner of the H. & B. Noble General Store was set aside for books available to the public on loan. That corner was the beginning of the Belden Noble Memorial Library. In 1899 the Essex Free Library was granted a provisional charter by the University of the State of New York. Although we received our absolute charter in 1906, we consider 1899 our birthdate. To celebrate our 120th birthday, we are hosting an open house on July 27th from 2 to 4 pm. The event will include the unveiling of our History Wall, a major undertaking by Board member Monica Rumsey. Adeline Noble was a major figure in our early history and, if she is feeling up to it, she may make an appearance at the celebration.     GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS SERIES CONTINUES

The Get to Know Your Neighbors series will feature Steven Kellogg POSTPONED to Thursday, AUGUST 22 at 7:00 p.m. Steven will talk about his long relationship with Essex that began when his grandmother told adventurous stories about her experiences on the lake after she and her sister and their families moved into adjacent camps in the Crater Club in 1901.  After spending boyhood summers vacationing on Lake Champlain, Steven began a 50-year career in the world of children's books.   He has published over 120 titles, including his latest, The Word Pirates, which he completed in the newly constructed Camp Moon Rise overlooking the lake where he and his wife Helen currently live. This event is a a fundraiser for the library with a suggested donation of $5.00 (children free).

  • July 11: Steven Kellogg -POSTPONED TO AUGUST 22 @7:00PM
  • August 1: John Mesick
  • September 5: Jan and John Fortune
  • October 3: Erin and Mark Hall
Support the library with your donation: $5.00 donation (children free)

New Books

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The Whispering Room by Dean KoontzAlternate Side by Anna QuindlenNo Man's Land by David BaldacciStill Me by JoJo Moyes

New Nonfiction

The Restless Wave by John McCain and Mark SalterBeauty in the broken places by Allison PatakiA Field Guide to Ticks by Susan Carol HauserGrant by Ron Chernow


Our library renovations are complete, and the upstairs children's room,  reading room and our new deck are now open for use. These exciting changes are thanks to those of you who told us how important your library is by donating generously to our capital campaign. Those donations were the seed money that allowed us to apply for grant funds from the State.

The new Children's Room is finished! Come visit and enjoy the Lego table, doll house, play kitchen, craft area, toys, and most importantly - BOOKS! 

Our new Reading Room is done as well, and you are welcome to come enjoy the beautiful lake view while you read, relax, use our wireless Internet connection, or just sit and spend time with friends.

The Belden Noble Memorial Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID# 14-1458767)

2759 Essex Rd. PO Box 339 Essex, New York, 12936 Tel. and fax (518) 963-8079 E-mail –

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