Holiday Shopping at the Library!

FullSizeRender IMG_1398The Friends of the Claverack Free Library announce a sale of jewelry by local artist Patricia Powers on Friday December 4th from 12-5 PM and Saturday December 5th from 10-2 PM. All proceeds will benefit the library. Handcrafted jewelry in sterling, gemstones, and various materials ranges in price from $20 to several hundred dollars. Payment will be accepted in cash, check, Mastercard, or Visa.

Songs and Stories of the Strange and Macabre

The NiverMoores Perform
Songs and Stories of the Strange and Macabre

Friday, November 20th @ 7:00

The NiverMoores are a cure for your cheerfulness and company for your misery.

They sing delightfully depressing songs of melancholy, hard living, and death.

James Occhino, Thea Schoep and Andrew Joffe will be regaling us with delightful tales of a spine chilling suspense and shivery delight.

Hot apple cider and light refreshments will be served.
 This is not an evening for young children.
This is a free event.

Medicare 101

accepts-medicareThursday, November 19, 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Confused about all the choices you have to make for yourself or for a family member? This program is for you.

Gain a better overall understanding of Medicare, how and when to enroll, and the insurance options available to you. Learn about and compare Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicare Advantage Plans. Receive the most up-to-date information and simplify the choices you need to make. This program will help you be more well-informed and confident about what Medicare means for you! Instructor: Jim Farnham, MBA, MS, Licensed Agent

The program is free, but registration is requested so that we can provide a workbook for each attendee.

Sign up at the library, email, or call 518 851-7120.


Thank You Claverack!

Thank You

Thanks to Claverack voters, the Chapter 414 referendum requesting a modest increase in operating funds from the Town of Claverack passed 769 to 350 (with absentee ballots yet to be counted). The library trustees wish to thank our supporters and look forward to continuing to provide the free services and programming that our community relies upon. Claverack loves its library!

Book Group – November 13

Add spice to your reading life!

Come to our monthly book group for discussion and refreshments on the 2nd Friday of each month.

Next read on: November 13th
, 6:00 PM
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, byKatherine Boo
At the Claverack Library 629 Route 23B at the corner of 9H.
For info call the library 518-851-7120

or email: Vicki Rosenwald

Copies are usually available in the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Order yours today.

Library Budget Vote

voteOn Election Day, November 3, 2015, voters in the Town of Claverack will have the opportunity to vote on the following resolution: “Shall the contribution of the Town of Claverack for the operating budget of the Claverack Free Library be increased by ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to the sum of fifty eight thousand five hundred dollars annually ($58,500)?”

In New York State this type of proposition, known as a Chapter 414 funding proposition, is the principle method that community libraries use to keep up with rising operating costs. The Claverack Free Library last asked the town for increased funding in 2003. Since then, the operating budget has risen from $70,070 to $108,415 in 2015. The additional costs are associated with salaries and benefits, higher circulation, heating and cooling, building maintenance and advances in technology, particularly the cost of high-speed internet access. The requested budget increase represents $4 to $5 per year in property tax for the average Claverack homeowner.

Board of Trustees President Jane S. Case points out that, “the Claverack Library is proud to be able to provide much needed services like WiFi, computer assistance, increased lending of media, classes and special children’s programming. What we’re asking is a modest cost-of-doing-business’ increase solely for the library’s annual operating budget.”

The Claverack Free Library, like many public libraries, receives only a portion of its operating budget from tax-levy funds.The library plans to continue to seek about half of its funding from other sources, relying on voluntary donations from individuals, foundations, and local businesses, and proceeds from its popular semi-annual book sales and other fundraisers.

Click here for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Note: The 414 Resolution is on the back of the standard ballot.
General Election:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Polls open from 6:00am to 9:00pm
In-person absentee voting
Columbia County Board of Elections
401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534
HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
Additional hours for in-person absentee voting:
Thursday, Oct. 29, 4-7pm
Saturday, Oct. 31, 9am-noon