The new library is now nearing completion and will open on October 26, 2019.

Special Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, October 3 – 5 p.m. at the library

As always, meetings are open and the public is invited to attend.

What Does the Claverack Library Moving Period Mean for YOU?

What does that mean for you?


The new Claverack Free Library will be located at 9 Route 9H. The newly renovated building, which is fully accessible, will have space for quiet study, reading and research, as well as space for programs and group meetings. It will have an interactive children’s room, with room for arts and crafts, reading circles and play spaces.

It’s exciting!

How will we get the contents of our little library moved by October 26? And how will it affect you?

October 11 will be our last day operating in the current library. Many of you have seen some changes and movement of materials in the last weeks to get ready. A corps of volunteers will be at work to move the materials to the new library.

From October 11 until October 26 the Philmont Public Library in Philmont will be taking in our “hold” items. These are items that patrons have reserved from other libraries. Philmont Library will send out phone or email notices, in just the same way we do at Claverack Library. You will need to pick them up from the Philmont Library and follow their loan rules. Your items can be returned to any open library in the Mid-Hudson library system and many of your items won’t be due until after we open the new library.

The Claverack Library will not be able to accept returns of library material between Saturday, October 12 and Friday, October 25. There will be no items checked out from the Claverack Library with a due date that falls between those days. We will have extended return dates due to the closure of the library. 

Thank you for your patience throughout the move. And be sure to join us for the grand opening on Saturday, October 26th from noon until 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to serving you at the new, enhanced Claverack Free Library!

Fall Book Sale!

The Claverack Free Library will hold its annual Fall Book Sale on October 11, 12 and 13.

Book lovers are invited to come browse the region’s largest selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles and children’s books, organized by subject beneath the tents. Proceeds from this sale, combined with the Spring Book Sale, contribute nearly 10 percent to the library’s annual operating budget and help the library to provide vital free services to the community.

A preview reception, with refreshments, will be held on Friday, October 11 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. For the $10 entry fee, buyers have first choice of all books offered at early-bird premium (double) pricing.

The sale runs on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. and on Sunday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

On Saturday, breakfast and a luncheon will be served along with home-baked specialties and beverages.
Home-baked specialties and beverages are offered throughout the day on Sunday as well.

The Friends of the Claverack Library will be on site with a membership booth.
Please consider joining this vital group as they work to support library programming and operations.

Book prices range from $1 for hardcover books and larger paperbacks to $.50 for small paperbacks. Of special interest in this sale is a very large number of like-new cookbooks. Oversized, art, travel, and other books of value are priced accordingly.

Bargain hunters can return on Sunday and purchase large reusable Claverack Library tote bags for $15 and fill them with books for free (specially priced books excluded).

*Donations of clean used books are accepted through Friday, Oct. 4 and volunteers are welcome to come help sort under the tent prior to the sale. There are volunteer sign-up sheets available at the library.
Please be aware that, due to space constraints, textbooks, technical manuals, videotapes and books in poor condition cannot be accepted.
Baked goods may be dropped off at the library on Friday, Oct. 11.

Additionally, the library will close Saturday, Oct 12, for 2 weeks in preparation of the grand opening of the new Claverack Library building on Saturday, Oct. 26*


For more information, please contact the Claverack Free Library at, 518-851-7120, or stop in during library hours.

Pre-School Story Hour!

Join us every Friday at 10am!

Beginning Friday, September 13, 2019.

Stories, crafts, and more!
Toddlers- Kindergarten

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is best of all.” -Jacqueline Kennedy

New Library Update, How You Can Help, & Grand Opening Invitation!

You Are Invited: Save the Date!

The grand opening of the new Claverack Free Library and community center is set for Saturday, October 26th at Noon. 

All are invited for an afternoon of festivities, including ribbon cutting, dedications, and tours of this exciting new hub in the center of our town.


Thanks to the support of our neighbors, local businesses, private foundations, and construction funding from the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development, the capital campaign to create the new library has raised more than $2.5 million, all without assuming debt and with no application of local taxes.

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Food, Books, and Community at the Library!

Fall Food Truck Schedule for Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm…
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library!

Bulb-Forcing Workshop

Bulb-Forcing Workshop
Saturday, September 28th

Every spring our gardens burst with daffodils, tulips, crocuses and irises.

This happens because we plant them in the fall. But there is a way to have them bloom in our homes in the middle of winter. It may sound cruel, but we have to “force” them.
In this workshop, taught by Jack Gantzer, you will learn basic techniques for forcing bulbs and how long it takes for different types of bulbs to bloom. You will leave with a pot of bulbs ready for winter flowering. 

Pre-registration is requested so we can buy supplies for the workshop. Email, or call 518 851 7120 or visit the library.

A donation of $5 to cover the cost of bulbs and pots is suggested.