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Our Silent Auction is listed on Rural Intelligence!

Our Silent Auction is listed on Rural Intelligence!!

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Please join the Claverack Free Library for a very special event.

poster auctionThis major fundraising event of the year will benefit the new Claverack Free Library and community center. There will be wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction of original and fun gifts and services — all with a local orientation. 

 Reservations are necessary, as parking is limited.

 These and many more items could be yours:

A pate made by a professional chef
Three-day Labor Day Meditation Retreat at Won Dharma Center (with accommodations included)
A painting by a local artist 
Several stay options in a fabulous three-bedroom loft in NYC’s 
            Gramercy Park neighborhood
Two offerings of fine wines
A poolside picnic Provencal (for four)
Bridge lessons
A stay in the lovely Sugar Maple Suite B&B, Claverack 
One month’s deluxe pool care
Homemade cheesecake of the month for four months
Tickets to Catamount’s exciting Aerial Adventure Park
A handmade pieced quilt 

The event also features a spectacular raffle prize booklet loaded with gift certificates and services from local businesses.

 Here’s a taste of the contents:

 Gift Certificates for ice cream, Agway, Hudson Wine Merchants, the Hess station and many other local merchants​​
Perennials and farm products from area farms and gardens
Homemade pickles, jam and condiments
Discounts at local restaurants

 Tickets are $10 each, or three for $25, and can be purchased at the library beginning on June 30th, or at the event itself. (You need not be present to win.)

For more information, contact benefit committee members

Vicki Rosenwald –

or Jenny Post -


Join us for our Summer Kick off Party!


Registration Party!
June 28, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Join us on the Front Lawn of the
Register for summer programs,
create bubble art, see if you can fit
into a bubble and more!

Registration is open for:

• One of the Wednesday morning Reading Programs
(pre-k through 2nd & 3rd through 6th grade)
• The Reading Club (Read for points and fun)
• Reading with Tough Guy on Friday mornings
• Lego Fun Workshop, grades 1-5
August 18-22, from 9:30-10:45


Philmont and Claverack Libraries join forces to offer a lending library at the Town Park

Research shows that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two or three months of reading progress.  That loss can have a cumulative, long-term effect.
To help our local kids keep their reading levels up, the Philmont Public Library and the Claverack Free Library have joined with the Town of Claverack Summer Youth Program to establish a satellite library at the park.  The program director, Brett Holmes, is excited at the idea of adding more educational and intellectual experiences for the campers on their summer break
Books have been purchased (or donated), young volunteers are organizing the books with the old-fashioned book pockets and cards.  Junior librarians are being trained on checking out books and keeping track of the circulated items.  Plans for the summer also include a story time at least once a week especially for the younger campers.
The libraries hope that the summer campers will enjoy using the satellite library this summer and want to continue the program for future summers.  Of course, the libraries hope that this introduction to public libraries will bring some of campers and their families to our brick and mortar buildings in Philmont and Claverack. 
This program has been supported in part by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services grant program. 
Emily helps to prepare books for our summer satellite library.

Emily prepares books for our summer satellite library.





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My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture

 Saturday, June 14 @ 5PM

 Raised by a child psychologist who is the author of numerous self-help books, Lamb-Shapiro found herself at once repelled and fascinated by the industry to which her father had contributed so much. Did all of these books, tapes, and weekend seminars really help anyone? Why do some people swear by the power of positive thinking while others dismiss it as hokum? In the name of research, she attempted to cure herself of phobias, followed “The Rules” to meet and date men, walked on hot coals, and even attended a self-help seminar for writers of self-help books.


“Lamb-Shapiro, herself the loving daughter of an aspiring self-help guru, gives a funny yet surprisingly nuanced look at the legends and ideas of the self-help industry [ . . . ] she’s deeply sympathetic to the impulse that fuels the industry: I can be happy if I just change . . . something.” –People (3.5 stars)


Join us for a reading, discussion and signing. Space is limited. Please call 851-7120 to reserve a seat or sign-up on Facebook.

Armor Demonstration and Reenactment



Knightly fun for everyone!

Sunday, June 8 at 3:00

Join us on the Front Lawn of the Library for a step back in time!

Jeff Mann will talk about the evolution of armor through he ages and dispel certain myths about armor and how it’s portrayed int eh movies.  he will show us some of the amour he has made and answer questions.  There will be a demonstration of combat on foot in a manner similar to the stylized forms of tournament combat practiced in the 14th and 15th centuries.  He has been an armor maker for nearly 30 years and over 20 years as a Knight in a reenactment society.