120th Birthday Celebration of the Library and Unveiling of the New History Wall July 27 2-4 PM

120th Birthday Celebration of the Belden Noble Memorial Library
Saturday,  July 27   2 – 4  PM

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 -POSTPONED TO AUGUST 22: Steven Kellogg at 7:00 p.m

This series offers opportunities to meet and get to know several of your neighbors at the library.  Some are well known beyond Essex, others not so much, but each has made a mark in some profession or field of endeavor as an entrepreneur, artist, public servant or volunteer. We believe their presence among us has contributed to the quality of life of our town and enriched our lives. They will talk about the interests and motivations that inspire their lives, the specific activity or activities that have absorbed their energies and how Essex has inspired or shaped these activities.

These events are a fundraiser for the library with a suggested donation of $5.00 (children free).

The series is held on the first Thursday of the month. Here are the remaining events in this year’s series:

  • July 11: Steven Kellogg –POSTPONED TO AUGUST 22 at 7:00 PM
  • August 1: John Mesick
  • September 5: Jan and John Fortune
  • October 3: Erin and Mark Hall


Did you know the Belden Noble Library has museum passes you can borrow? The passes are available to valid card holders only and must be picked up at and returned to the Belden Noble library – they cannot be sent via inter-library loan.  Passes are on a first-come first serve basis and can not be reserved. Passes must be returned within 3 days of check out.

Wild Center Discovery Card – provides the cardholder with admission for 2 adults at a discounted price of $10 each, along with 4 children up through the age of 17 who enter free of charge.  Children 4 and under are always free and do not count toward the number of free youth admissions.

ECHO Library Pass – reduces the admission price to $7/person for parties up to 4 people.

Fort Ticonderoga Coupon – allows 10% off general admission for up to 4 people (applies to general admission only).

Adirondack Experience The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake Library Membership Program Pass –  present your library card with this pass and receive 50% discount on admissions up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and all children up through the age of 17.  Children 5 years of age and under are free.

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