In 1883, some of the people of Lake Placid felt the need for a library. A public notice was put up, and the meeting was scheduled to be held in the Adirondack Baptist Church on January 15, 1884.

On the appointed day eighteen people "interested in the literary advancement of our community" formed the Library Association of North Elba. A Certificate of Incorporation was filed in the office of the Essex County Clerk, Mr. Roberts, who donated the cost of the filing, on February 19, 1884.

Building plans began immediately. Two hundred books had already been donated for the shelves,............

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The book may be purchased from The Bookstore Plus, or Barnes & Noble

Royalities from the purchase of this book, the Collected Writings of Mary MacKenzie, benefit the Lake Placid Public Library.

Other historic links of interest are below.

Download a pdf of The Mary MacKenzie Historic Slide Collection that contains historic photographs of North Elba township and the Village of Lake Placid

this is a very big file, but well worth it, give it 5 to 10 minutes to load even on DSL (all images ©2007 Lake Placid Library - no commercial use allowed ask permission for private use - thank you)

Contact Town Historian Beverley Reid.

Northern NY Library Archival Directory

Northern New York Historic Newspapers

Essex County Genealogy

Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division History