Mayan Hands: Transcending Poverty through Fair Trade

Sunday October 26

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Mayan Hands: Transcending Poverty through Fair Trade. Claverack resident Liva Jacoby and her Albany-based colleagues Anne Kelly and Brenda Rosenbaum will talk about their work with indigenous women weavers of Guatemala, discussing “What is Fair Trade? How does it help families in our hemisphere and around the world? How can you do good by shopping?”

 After the talk, attendees will have a chance to ask questions and to buy Mayan Hands products. Textiles, toys, baskets, table linens, scarves, shawls, and more will be available for purchase by cash, check, or credit card. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library, but the majority of the funds are returned to the program, providing far-reaching benefits for these textile artists and their communities.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and refreshments. This free program will take place at the Claverack Library, 629 Route 23B, at the intersection of Route 9H. There is parking at the library.

Mayan Hands is a Fair Trade, non-profit organization that partners with talented Maya women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty, while they continue to live within the culture they cherish. Purchases of their products allow weavers to earn a regular income with which to feed their families, send their children to school, and harbor dreams for a better future. Further information and on-line shopping can be found at

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Rainbow Loom Club

rubber band bracelet
Join us for a fun Saturday of creating pumpkin bracelets and meeting up with friends old and new!
I will have a variety of bands and four extra looms.  Children ages 8 and up are welcome to join us.
Parents and siblings are welcome to stay.

We will meet Saturday, October 4 from 8:30 until 10:00.

Story Hour!

Children and families enjoying music during our summer reading program.

Children and families enjoying music during our summer reading program.

Join us on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. for story hour at the library.  We’ll read stories, sing songs, play games, meet new friends and create crafts all at the library.  We will meet most Fridays during the school year.

Museum Passes at the Claverack Library!

We have museum passes for The Clark, USS Slater, Olana, and the Berkshire Museum. The passes are for free entry for 2 or more adults to each location. You may visit the library or call to reserve the passes. Each pass maybe checked out for three days.
In addition to the free passes we have discount passes for Edith Wharton’s, The Mount and for the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Please check back or call the library for more information and for updates we are expecting to have more passes soon.
These passes are made possible with a grant from the Children’s Fund.

The Clark

USS Slater


The Mount

Berkshire Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum

Museum of Firefighting


New Online Catalog!

The Claverack Free Library is proud to present a brand new online catalog with improved search features to connect you with what you want faster than ever! At you now have a access to “one-stop shopping” – a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals!

What you’ve been waiting for! You can now check out your ebooks and audiobooks right in the library catalog! You will see all items you have checked out – both physical items like books and your downloads like ebooks – in your account. Try the new catalog today at

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.