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Belden Noble Memorial Library Hosts Community Mondays Starting January 6th

Once again, we are planning a weekly gathering at the library beginning on Monday January 6, 2020 from 2 to 4pm for folks who would like a little community during the short and quiet days of winter. Each Monday you are welcome to join us upstairs in the adult reading room. Bring your knitting (we do have some supplies), sewing, needlework, crocheting, any other handicrafts, or just yourself for a few hours of conversation. All are welcome. Puzzles and board games are also available.

Ken Hughes Presents: Say Goodbye to Robocalls, Spam and Web Ads on November 9 at 2pm

Local technology expert Ken Hughes has figured out a formula for success when dealing with robocalls, spam emails, and web advertisements. In this talk, he will help you

  • become robocall-free
  • reduce and ultimately eliminate spam
  • ensure web ads don’t lead to malware or ransomware

Bring your laptops and/or devices and play while you learn.

Belden Noble Memorial Library
Essex, NY

Saturday, November 9, 2:00 p.m.

 Free and open to the public;  Donations always welcome.

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.

Get To Know Your Neighbors – 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.


Did you know the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System has a banjo you can check out? They also have pickle ball equipment, VR headsets, baking pans, Big Idea kits, toys, book club kits and many more unusual items not normally found in a library.

All are available to be borrowed, free of charge with your library card. To explore what’s available, click here:
Library of Things