Holiday Raffle

The Friends of the Claverack Library are holding a raffle for a 43″ LG TV (on display at the library). Tickets to our holiday raffle are available for purchase at the circulation desk in the library. Proceeds from this raffle and other Friends fundraising efforts help support children’s programs, free museum and park passes and other community activities.

Raffle tickets are $2 each, 6 for $10 and 13 for $20. The raffle drawing will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The winner does not need to be present.

Thanksgiving Hours

Wednesday, November 21: The library will close at 5:00.
Thursday, November 22: The library will be closed.
Friday, November 23: The library will be open regular hours 12:00 until 5:00, no programs in the morning.
Saturday, November 24: The library will be open regular hours.

Closed Monday 11/12 for Veterans Day!



BROUGHT TO LIGHT is a story of rediscovery, respect and change. The cleanup efforts by a few villagers of some stone markers in an overgrown field lead to the rediscovery of a forgotten, “slaves’ cemetery” in which hundreds of African-Americans were buried during the 1800s.

A portal to the past lives of Kinderhook’s lesser-known non-white population, the documentary explores Black history and the efforts of some Hudson Valley residents to restore respect to the Persons of Color Cemetery.


Enjoy a free film showing plus Q&A with the filmmaker.
DVDs and Blu-rays will be on sale.
November 17, 2018

The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution, Fortress West Point, & the Great Chain

“The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution, Fortress West Point, & the Great Chain”

Sunday, November 18, 2018
A. B. Shaw Firehouse

2:00pm – approximately 4:00pm

COL. Jim Johnson, in the uniform of the 5th NY Regiment, will be speaking about Washington’s “key of America”–Fortress West Point on the Hudson River. As the center of the colonies at the time of the American Revolution, the Hudson River Valley provided a nexus for the conflict and hosted many key figures, battles – Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, and political events throughout the eight years of war.  The American Revolution played out along the Hudson’s banks – from the first riots protesting the British Quartering Act on Golden Hill in Lower Manhattan, to the chaining of the Hudson and Benedict Arnold’s attempted betrayal of West Point in the Highlands in 1780, to the Battles of Saratoga along its northern shores where Arnold played the role not of traitor, but of hero. The Hudson River Valley was essential to the birth of our Nation. 

EXCITING NEWS: Exterior Construction has begun on the NEW Claverack Library!

What does this mean for you?


  • You will not be able to park in the area shared by the current and the new library for the next few weeks.
  • Our very generous neighbors have given us permission to use their parking areas while construction is taking place.
  • We request the three spaces adjacent to the library sidewalk be saved for handicapped and 15 minutes or less parking.
  • Additionally, if you’re planning to donate books for the spring book sale, we request that you hold off until after the new year. We are no longer able to house them in the grey storage container and our space to sort and house them is very limited.

Thank you for your support as we look to the future and move closer to relocating!

Knitting Group!

Wednesday’s not a good day for you? Join us on Mondays from 1-3. We craft for pleasure and company.



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