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Shop Local: Matt Bua’s Talking Walls


Saturday, December 10
4:00 PM


Were 252,000 miles of stone walls—enough to reach the far side of the moon—in fact built by European colonists in a period of roughly 100 years, or are they perhaps much, much older?

On Saturday December 10 at 4 PM the Claverack Library will host local author Matt Bua, presenting his recent book, Talking Walls. Admirers of stone walls, walkers, artists, local history buffs, aspiring masons, and lovers of handmade books will be drawn to this unusual volume, a perfect holiday gift.

Talking Walls scrutinizes the oft-repeated story of the origins of the Northeast’s famed stone walls. Employing a mountain of testimony from archaeological sources, popular history, and hands-on investigation, Bua’s book draws closer to a profound new reading of our shared landscape and its ancient past. Talking Walls includes a case study of a stone wall complex in Kiskatom, on the western edge of the town of Catskill.

Seasonal refreshments will be served, and books will be available for sale with cash, check, or credit card.

Book Group – December 9

Add spice to your reading life!

Come to our monthly book group for discussion and refreshments on the 2nd Friday of each month at 6:00 PM. New members always welcome.
Next read on: December 9
, 6:00 PM

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Upcoming reads:

January 13 – The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
February 10 – Pillar of Fire by Judith Tarr
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.

Amazon Smile

Your Purchases Can Make a Difference

The Claverack Library encourages you to support local businesses and artisans when shopping for holiday gifts. However, if you do shop online and are making purchases through Amazon please consider purchasing through the Amazon Smile program. Shopping at Amazon Smile is no different from shopping at Amazon, with the sole exception being financial support for the library. There is no additional cost to shop through Amazon Smile. With each purchase you make, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the library. Click the image below to shop through Amazon Smile and help support the library.

Amazon Smile

Shop and Support the Library

New Additions To Our Collection

New ItemsWe continually are adding to the Library’s collection of books and media. New items for children, teens and adults are regularly being received and available for borrowing.

Click here to view new additions to our collection.

Library – Expanded Service Hours and Days

The Claverack Library is pleased to announce our new schedule with expanded service hours and days. Effective December 1, 2016 the Library will now be open 6 days a week! Based on feedback from our patrons the library is adopting this new schedule to better meet the needs of our community.

Monday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Thursday: Noon – 5:00 PM
Friday: Noon – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed


Exploring the world through Photos with Joan Liftin


Saturday, December 17
4:00 PM


The Claverack Free Library will host a program for photographers, photo enthusiasts, and book lovers. Joan Liftin of Philmont will present some of her work and talk about her life both as a photographer and as a book editor for Magnum Photos and the United Nations. Liftin will show images from her new book, Marseille (Damiani), as well as her 2004 book, Drive-ins, a look at the culture of American outdoor movies (Trolley Press).


Liftin began her career as a writer for the United Nations in 1970, later becoming UNICEF’S picture editor and chief photographer.  In 1975, she became Magnum Photos Director of the Library in New York.  In l981 she joined with three colleagues to found Archive Pictures, an international photo agency, and from 1988 to 2001 was Chairman of the International Center of Photography’s documentary education program.  She has taught many photography workshops, both here and abroad.

Both books will be available for purchase with cash, check, or credit card, an opportunity to shop locally for unique holiday gifts while enjoying seasonal refreshments.