Intro to Coding Class for Kids!

Ages 11-14
Tuesday, July 24 – Friday, July 27


An introduction to the Processing coding language and interface. Kids will learn to design, program and create visual art. Parents are welcome to join as well. The first night will also include a discussion on Cybersecurity.

Processing, developed at MIT, is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Processing is a fun and creative way for students to use their imaginations, problem solving skills and artistic abilities while having fun and learning how to program their own Processing projects. You can visit for more information.

What to Bring: All supplies are provided, but you can bring your laptop(s) if you prefer to use your own. 

Sign-up at the Claverack Free Library. Space is limited.



Details for June and July Adopt-A-Book are now available! 

Click for Updated Monthly Information

Check out this month’s selection. You’ll be the first in line for high demand books from authors like Bill Clinton or Stuart Woods and it helps the library purchase more books.


Community Square Dance!

Marilyn Monroe in Claverack!

In 1954 Marilyn Monroe visited a friend in Claverack to escape New York City and the break-up of her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.  She stayed with a friend at a home that has come to be known as “The Marilyn Monroe House”.

On Sunday, July 29 at 3 PM, Claverack resident Maureen McNeil will read from her new book, Dear Red, the Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe (a work of fiction) in the garden of the house, 361 State Route 23B. The reading will be followed by refreshments and a tour of the first floor of the house led by present owner Julius James.

This free program, sponsored by the Claverack Free Library, illuminates the final year of the life of America’s greatest sex symbol and offers a glimpse of Claverack history. Maureen McNeil is an artist, educator, and writer who works within nonprofit organizations using the arts for social change.

Create Art from Old Books

Join artist Patricia Powers in her Churchtown studio to create works of art out of old books rescued from the Claverack Library book sale. Appropriate for adults and teens.

Eight workshops, scheduled every Tuesday & Saturday July 10-Aug 4
3:00-6:00 PM
Attend some or all sessions! 
Workshops are free, but a $10 materials fee (for the series, not per session) is requested.

Patricia will provide books, guidance, fabric, ribbons, ideas, glue, paint, images, tools, inspiration, and instruction in the use of materials both familiar and unfamiliar. Select a book or two and turn it into something else, make new endpapers, repair the binding, recover it, turn it into a scrapbook, a photo album, a box, a doorstop, a sketchbook, a sculpture, a vehicle for your flights of fancy and wildest imagination.

Please sign up at the library, by phone at 518 851-7120, or email
We would like to know how many folks to expect so that we can provide the exact address of the studio, and so that we can reach you if necessary.

Tai-Chi for Beginners!

FREE Tai-Chi class taught by David Haines. 

Wednesdays throughout the summer, beginning June 20th.

10:00 AM

Held on the library lawn (or indoors in bad weather)

Please join us!

There will be no Tai-Chi on July 4th. 

New Museum Passes!

The Claverack Free Library offers passes to a number of local museums and historic venues. Passes are provided through the generous support of The Friends of the Claverack Free Library. The newly formed Friends Group is dedicated to enhancing the services and resources offered by the library.

Museum passes provide free or reduced admission for our patrons as noted. Passes may be checked out the day prior to your museum visit. As a courtesy to other library patrons we request that passes be returned immediately after your museum visit.

Our newly added passes include a NYS Empire Pass and a pass to the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady. Click here for more details. 

Summer Fun 2018

Summer Reading Program

Registration Party!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

10:00 AM to Noon

Join us on the Front Lawn of the Library. Register for summer programs and see the Spoonman perform. 

The “Spoon Man” is a Published Author who offers a hilarious interactive comedy program for all ages. He gives a real stirring performance. Everyone will really eat him up. No bibs required. The “Spoon Man” has a totally clean act. He never uses dirty silverware. The “Spoon Man” will leave a lasting impression after playing on you (literally). It’s a spoonful of family fun.

Click here for the Full Summer Reading Program Schedule