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 “I Hear America Singing” a self portrait art program for children in grades 2-5

Walt Whitman program “I Hear America Singing”
For grades 2-5 
 Intersections: students will create self-portraits framed by map-and-sheet music collages
 More information about the programs is on our website:
ASCC Art in the Library:
Connecting words, art, and children, these free programs use both word and image-based learning paths so that students may be inspired to experience reading and art in an entirely new way.  Our theme for 2017 is “art as intersection.”  Families are welcome to attend.

These free programs are offered in partnership with public libraries throughout Columbia County and beyond and in schools.  Pre-registration is suggested – please contact the libraries to pre-register.

Intersections: inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “I hear America Singing,” students will create self-portraits framed by map-and-sheet music collages.

Ford’s Falconry and a Summer Party!

Tuesday, August 8, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

At the Claverack Town Park
With the Philmont Library
Rain or Shine!

Join us for an evening of library fun!
Richelle Ford of Ford’s Falconry will give a live bird of prey presentation.
Meet a variety of owls & hawks and learn how they hunt, raise their young and why they are so important to our environment.
Shared Dinner:  We’ll supply Sub Sandwiches (Thank you to McNan’s Variety Foods!) and beverages.
Reading Awards and Prizes, For all Ages!



When you and your friends and family reach your mid-eighties, if current trends continue, one third of you will be demented and a further third will have become their caregivers. However changes to your behavior now can alter those statistics.

Community members of all ages are invited to a presentation at the Claverack Library on Tuesday August 22 at 3 PM by Molly McCann, MHA, of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York on dementia prevention and healthy behaviors for healthy aging. Strategies she will discuss include nutrition, physical activity, cognitive stimulation, and social engagement.

After the talk, adults “of a certain age” (or approaching it) are invited to stay to help shape a new healthy aging program for Claverack. As the Claverack Free Library contemplates the ever-nearer completion of the renovation of its new building, it is time to begin to develop a robust and varied senior program to take advantage of the available community space on the ground floor. Yoga? Music? Book Group? Historical research? Gardening? Foreign language? Art class? Bring your ideas and your questions, and stay for refreshments.

This program is free but registration is requested. Please leave your name, phone or email, and zip code with Tonya at 518.867.4999 x 200 or, or sign up at the library desk or call 518 851-7120.

Knitting on the Lawn

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30



Join us to learn New Techniques or work on your own project!

We’ll be Sitting on the lawn when the weather is pleasant and moving inside when it’s rainy or hot.

If you’re interested in making blankets for the Veteran’s Hospital or the Homeless, we’ve yarn for you to use!

All experience levels welcome!

Summer Fun – Build a Better World

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How Propaganda Works

Image by H.R. Hopps

On Saturday June 24 at 4 PM public scholar V. N. Alexander will give an important talk at the Claverack Free Library about Propaganda & Art: How we think when we aren’t using logic. This free program for adults and teens is funded by the NY Council for the Humanities.

We have been hearing a lot about “fake news” and “propaganda” lately, and it is as important as ever to use our critical thinking skills. But we also need to understand how propaganda works and why it is so difficult to counteract with logic. Propaganda takes advantage of the way our brains function when we are not paying attention. When we are paying attention our analytical skills are engaged.  When we are not, our brains go on processing information in a non-analytical way, using what might be called a poetic logic, based mainly upon similarities, coincidental patterns, associations, repetition, and emotion. There are sound biological reasons for this mindless type of processing, which actually helps us learn faster, retain memories longer, and make appropriate decisions without really thinking.

In this presentation, we will explore how and why art and poetry may actually be more helpful in developing critical thinking skills.  Art also works with the poetic logic of subconscious processing, but does so in a way that is not manipulative, deceptive or dishonest.

V. N. Alexander, PhD is Public Scholar with Humanities New York. She is a noted researcher in the field of biosemiotics, facilitating interactions between art and science, and a novelist whose most recent work is Locus Amoenus, a political satire set in upstate New York.

Bring your questions and stay for refreshments. Admission is free.