Welcome to the Library website! If you have been here before you know we are housed in a beautiful old building in the historic hamlet of Essex, New York, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Over the past two years we have completed several restoration and renovation projects, doubling the space we have to provide regular library services and much more. Our new Steven Kellogg Children’s Room is a popular spot for our youngest patrons with a Lego table, doll house, kitchen, puppet theater and, of course, lots of books. Our new Reading Room next door provides a comfy place to hold book groups, work quietly on a laptop, or just gaze at the lake. A new deck on the first floor is a perfect place for a quiet read or small meeting.
Our goal is to be a community center serving the various age groups and interests of the members of our Town. Our 2018 summer series “Meet Your Neighbors” was very successful – popular and well attended. We are already in the planning stages of a 2019 series. Sally Minich, our newest Board member, is a former nursery school teacher and she plans on starting a storybook/activity series for our little ones. On the other end of the spectrum (that includes me!) we will be starting our Community Mondays in January, an opportunity to get together and chat, do a puzzle, master Scrabble, or undertake some handwork like knitting or crossstitch.
We invite you to stop by and meet Hillary Hinge, our Library Associate, who tends to the day to day operations of the Library. Tom Mangano, our Director, has stepped away from the desk to work on expanding our collections, setting up programs, and being our Public Relations expert. We encourage your suggestions on how to further improve our offerings. To better serve our community, we need your involvement and support.
Colleen Van Hoven