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Assemblyman Jones is encouraging all North Country children to participate in the annual Summer Reading Challenge. It’s especially important that kids are engaged in reading and learning now more than ever in the wake of 3 months of remote learning. Download the PDF version of the calendar and encourage your child to read for 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days in July and August. If they complete the challenge and fill out the PDF to send to Assemblyman Jones’ district office at 202 U.S. Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, they’ll receive an “Excellence in Reading” certificate by the end of the summer.

Support Our Library While You Shop

Amazon Smile:  The Belden Noble Memorial Library is registered with Amazon Smile. That means, anytime you order from Amazon, you can make a donation to the library at no cost to you. Simply go to and choose Belden Noble Memorial Library as your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate directly to the library. Not every purchase generates a donation, but many do. Please note the ‘smile’ must be in the URL to find the charity options. For more information about donating via Amazon, you can go to their website at

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Virtual Performance for Children AND AREA RESIDENTS

Clinton, Essex, Franklin Library System (CEFLS) received funding from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to provide the Traveling Lantern Theatre Show “Legends and Myths from Mount Olympus” at twelve library locations this year. However, due to the COVID-19 issues, the theater company will only be providing it virtually.


From their protected perch on Mount Olympus, the gods of ancient Greece spin their magic and subterfuge into fantastic landscapes while they conjure cunning exploits for the humans they choose to meddle with far below.  Whimsical and daring adventures from the ancient civilization by the sea.   Children become the mountains and the wind as they watch Icarus and Daedalus fly free on wax wings, help tell the story as they witness Ceyx and Alcyone’s love morph into fantasy so they can stay together for all time, and stave off evil with bravery and courage as Perseus battles the snake-headed Medusa and ultimately turns her into stone.

Virtual Show Code

Belden Noble Memorial Library has a unique code to offer the show to area residents and even school personnel.  Our code will make the show available for one week (Sunday July 19 at 5pm (Pacific Time) through Saturday July 25). We invite you to contact our library for the code by calling 518-963-8079 during open hours or e-mail or fill out the form at and choose “Essex Belden Noble Library” to receive the code. Then go to and click on the virtual performances link; then click on Greek video and input the code and enjoy the show.

Medusa Mask Kits Available

The grant also enabled CEFLS to provide BNML with art materials for children to create a Medusa mask. We invite you to contact our library for the mask kit by calling 518-963-8079 during open hours or e-mail

the library will open for curbside pickup only

Requests from our library can be made by calling 518-963-8079 during library hours, or by e-mailing at any time.  Requests are limited to two library materials for now.  Requests will be filled when the library is staffed on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  As always, requests will be on a first come, first serve basis, and your name will be placed in a queue for high demand items.

To search our books, you can visit the online catalog on our website at  From the top of our home page, select “Search the Catalog”, and then you can select “Search Essex Library Collection” or “Search All CEF Library Collections” to find library materials that interest you. There are also options to narrow your search.  Currently, our Clinton Essex Franklin Library System (CEFLS) interlibrary loan service is not available as there is no van delivery service at this time.  Additionally, On-line Requesting is currently not available.  You can request library materials that reside at another CEFLS member library; however, the library materials will need to be requested and picked up directly from that particular library, and also returned directly to that library by you, the borrower.  Your BNML membership card can be used at all CEFLS member libraries.  Library materials can only be requested by phone or email.  Please note that not all libraries are offering Curbside Pickup at this point. 

Information Needed to Request Library Material: 

Your First and Last Name;

Your Library Card Barcode Number;

Your Phone Number and/or Email;

Title of Library Material and Author (if applicable). 

When your request is filled, you will be called or emailed (whichever you prefer), and the library materials will be placed on the table outside the library entrance door when you confirm your pickup time with the Library staff.  Pickups can only be completed during library hours.  Please respect social distancing and wear a face mask when picking up library materials.  Your safety is our number one priority.

Library materials may be returned to our book return bin located outside the library at any time. 

Get To Know Your Neighbors – October 3 At 7PM At Belden Noble Memorial Library: Erin and Mark Hall

Mark and Erin purchased their home on Lakeshore Road in 2006 and took on the task of restoring and improving the structure (learning a lot from friends and neighbors along the way).
Mark was born in Montreal and raised in Providence RI, where he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He later worked for the award-winning architecture firm Samyn & D’Elia Architects. Several years later, having found Essex and the Adirondacks, Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit was sparked and he formed Hall Design Group.
Erin graduated from RISD with a degree in textile design and then worked for several residential textile mills in the U.S. and abroad. Her textile background was a natural fit with Hall Design Group, where she assists clients selecting interior finishes and furnishings. Five years ago, she started Erin Hall Studio, a thriving home décor and online gift shop featuring her hand silkscreened products.

Belden Noble Memorial Library
Essex, NY

Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

 Support the library with your donation:
$5.00 donation (children free)

Get To Know Your Neighbors – September 5 at 7pm: Lawson and Clint Allen

Lawson’s roots in Essex go back to 1903 when her paternal grandmother first rented a house at the Crater Club and then bought John Burnham’s Camp in 1913. She is a clinical social worker who worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a school counselor. She is currently a gallery instructor to school groups at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Clint is a serial entrepreneur. He grew up in Brockton, Mass. (a “shoe town”), went to Harvard on full scholarship, and then to Wall Street. He has built and run many businesses from writing books while in college to his current position as founder and president of the American College of Corporate Directors.
They will discuss these and additional experiences at the event.

Belden Noble Memorial Library
Essex, NY

Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Support the library with your donation:
$5.00 donation (children free)

ANCIENT STONES Prehistoric Burial Sites in Scotland and Ireland-Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.
Ed and Bernie Douglas visited Ireland and Scotland in 1999, exploring prehistoric burial sites. Some of these sites are well known, but finding others required knocking on farmers’ doors and asking for directions. Most sites are of single burials; others are large ceremonial circles and group mounds.

Ed will show slides of these locations.

Free and open to the public; donations always welcome.


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.