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James Occhino – Reading WWI Poetry & Prose

One Book One Community

Sally Alderdice, James Occhino & Thea Schoep

Sally Alderdice, James Occhino & Thea Schoep

Event reported in the Register Star.

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Join Community Read 2015

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Private Peaceful despeccedThis March, Taconic Hills students and others in our community will be reading and discussing the same book, Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. This is a joint project of the Taconic Hills Central School District, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, the Claverack Free Library, and the Philmont Public Library.

Copies of Private Peaceful are available for purchase at the Roe Jan Library. Please join us and share in the experience. Learn more about the book and about WWI at library events.

Watch for news of other events at other participating libraries.
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James Occhino

James Occhino

On Sunday March 1 at 3:00 PM

Actor/Entertainer James Occhino will read stories and poems from WWI at the Claverack Library. Light refreshment will be served.

On Saturday March 7 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Join us at the Claverack Library to make potholders on small craft looms using cotton loops, as many families had to make things at home during the war.

Inside the Firehouse

Meet Your Fire Company

Sunday, February 22
3:00 PM

At the A.B. Shaw Firehouse – 67 Route 23, Claverack NY 12513



FREE FOR ALL AGES (Sponsored by the Claverack Library)

Do you wonder if you have what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter? To be the one running in when everyone else is running out?

All are invited to a “show and tell” of the new firehouse and the fire fighting equipment – yes, those big red trucks!

The presentation will incorporate information about the Fire District and how the Fire Company operates within the Fire District, including AB Shaw Firehouse v2funding aspects. Chief Mike Cozzolino will outline training requirements and explain that not all volunteer firefighters are required to go inside a burning building.

DATE CHANGE! Due to the extreme cold Weather, Book Club will meet next month to discuss this book.

Please note the date changes at the bottom.  Thank you for your understanding.
Add spice to your reading life!Off Shore
Come to our monthly book group for discussion and refreshements.
We meet the second Friday of each month, 6:00 PM at the Library
For information call the library 518-851-7120 or
Vicki Rosenwald 518-851-5667
Upcoming reads:
***March 13- Off Shore by Penelope Fitzgerald
***April 10 – Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
***May 08Don’t Lets go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Copies are usually available in the Mid-Hudson Library System. Order yours today.

“ADM Cares” Makes Grant to Claverack’s New Library

ADM Photo Op

Andy Spirek and Ryan Henney, of Archer Daniels Midland Company, present a check for $10,000 to trustees of the Claverack Library in the new library building. From left: Jennifer Post, Mary Elizabeth Vincent, Mario Verna, Spirek, Henney and Maryanne Lee.​

The Claverack Free Library’s capital campaign is off to a strong start in the new year with receipt of a $10,000 grant from Archer Daniels Midland Company. This donation will be applied to the adaptive re-use of the former A.B. Shaw firehouse as a new library and community center.

”We are really excited to add ADM to our growing list of supporters of the new library and are grateful for the company’s commitment to the community,” said Jane Case, president of the board of trustees of the Claverack Free Library & Reading Room Association.

The new Claverack Free Library and community center will offer much more than traditional library services. Free Internet access and computer use, technology classes, free lending of print and electronic materials from the collections of the 62-member libraries within the Mid-Hudson Library System, enhanced educational and cultural programming, shared-use community space, tutoring and mentoring groups, and workforce and employment support are just some of the expanded services the new building can offer.

The donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

For more information about the new library’s progress, or about current programming and services, visit

Or contact capital campaign chair Jennifer Post at 518-851-5950,