The new library is now nearing completion and will open in November 2019.

Celebrate the Light at the New Library

Saturday, June 22, 2019
6 to 8 p.m.

$75 per person

★ Festive beverages on the lawn
★ New library tours
★ Small plate buffet

Sponsored by: OLDE YORK FARM Distillery & Cooperage

Purchase tickets online via PayPal

Or RSVP – PO Box 417, Claverack, NY 12513

Book Group Schedule for the Summer & ANOTHER new Book Group!

Book Group has decided to begin a second group that will meet on Wednesday nights in order to accommodate more people.

We’ll continue to meet on the second Friday of the month, and we will also meet on the third Wednesday of the month
As the days are getting longer now, we are going to push the time from 5:30PM to 6:00PM.

Below is the tentative schedule:

  • Friday, June 14: Under the Wide and Starry Sky : A Novel / Nancy Horan
  • Wednesday, June 19: A Farewell to Arms/ Ernest Hemingway
  • Friday, July 12 AND Wednesday July 17 (because this is the town-wide big read): Hidden Figures: the Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch our Nation into Space / Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Friday, August 9: Crossing the Horizon : A Novel Laurie Notaro
  • Wednesday, August 21: To be determined by the group
  • Friday, September 13: GIANTS, the Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln by John Stauffer

Add spice to your reading life! Join us for good discussion and refreshments. We always welcome new readers!
If neither of these days/times work for you, consider trying our new Adult Fiction Graphic Novel Book Club.

Contact Vicki Rosenwald (851-5667 or for more information 

Summer Fun for Everyone- Registration Party!

Join us on the front lawn of the Library!


Saturday, June 22


Sign up for our programs, be entertained by the SCIENCETELLERS, get creative, and more!!
Check out the Summer Fun 2019 tab on the library website or stop by the library for more details!

Some fun for everyone.. You may register for…

  • The WEDNESDAY morning reading program: Universe of Stories!
  • The Reading Club, how many minutes can you read this summer?
  • JR Engineering is back! This summer we’ll blast off with ROCKETS. (4th-9th)
  • Art School of Columbia County will create a fun program for elementary school children. (2nd through 4th grade)
  • Harry Potter Club for students 7-11.
  • Battle of the Books! for those entering grades 6-9.
  • NEW! High School Battle of the Books for those entering grades 10-12.
  • Friday, July 12 at 12:30: ANIMALS IN SPACE with REPCO.

Automatic Renewal

Here’s some good news: from now on, we will automatically renew your material before it becomes due.


Why are we doing this? Because the number one reason most people don’t use the Library is that the loan periods are too short (and difficult to keep track of). And because when life gets hectic—and when isn’t it?—the first thing we forget to do is to renew our library books, movies, and music.

Here’s how automatic renewal works:
Two days before an item becomes due, you will receive an email stating: “The following items have been automatically renewed for you (title, new due date).”

Continue reading ‘Automatic Renewal’

Free Mahjong Lessons!

Mahjong lessons every Tuesday at 2:00PM, beginning May 21.

Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed in China during the Qing dynasty and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. It is commonly played by four players.

No experience necessary. FREE, but small donations to support the purchase of instruction books, etc are always welcomed.

Churchtown Dairy Regenerative Readers: May

Churchtown Dairy Regenerative Readers

Monthly Book Club at the Churchtown Dairy, the LAST  Wednesday of the month.

If you love reading and enjoy meaningful conversation, you’re warmly welcome to join our Regenerative Readers!
Book themes are chosen to engage us in conversation about things that matter…. environment, culture and us!

Next Meeting: May 29, 7:00PM– The Fourfold Path to Healing– Part 1 by Thomas Cowan and Sally Fallon

Books can be ordered at the Claverack Library. For more information contact Kam Ballamy,

The History of Old Time Radio!

Join us as we explore the history of old time radio!
Saturday, June 1


Through the use of audio and photos, Ron Gabriele, former physical education teacher and athletic director at Columbia Greene Community College, will share his interest in Old-Time Radio.

We will hear about the start of the Golden Age of Radio, as well as the conclusion of that marvelous era.  We’ll explore the transition from wireless telegraphy to wireless voice messaging and hear about the very first radio broadcast in history, in 1906.  The event that gave impetus to radio broadcasting will be discussed, as well as important originating dates for various types of programs.  We’ll look at the formation of the 1st commercial radio station in American history and then explore the parameters that were established for the awarding of call signs to radio stations at the 1912 international Radio Conference and the 1928 FRC (later FCC) ruling on call signs.

We’ll learn about the massive impact the coming of radio had on the American society as well as the importance of the formation of the four major radio networks.  The various genres of radio programs, how the networks “time-slotted” radio programs to attract a specific audience segment in each time-slot, and how the migration of radio shows to television came about in the early 1950’s; are all subjects discussed. 

The talk will be followed by Q&A.
The program is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Please join us at the Claverack Library; located at 629 Route 23B.