Here is the latest new library news:
August 12, 2019
Your Library Is Going Places!
After years of careful planning, community input and phased construction, the new, enhanced Claverack Free Library and community center will open on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at noon. So much more than a place to lend books, this new library will connect our community through a vast range of cultural, educational, and social events and occasions.
– Funding Update –
With the recent receipt of a grant for $302,089 from the New York Department of Education’s Division of Library Development – paired with generous support from neighbors, local businesses and private charitable foundations – we are now just $123,000 short of our fundraising goal. Some naming opportunities remain for significant gifts and each and every donation is valued and brings completion of the new Claverack Free Library and community center that much closer.
It’s important to note that throughout the campaign to raise $2.6 million, no local tax dollars have been or will be applied to the creation of the new library. Further, no debt has been incurred in creating this ambitious and exciting new cultural addition for Claverack and the surrounding region.
— In the News —
Hudson Valley 360
Area libraries awarded thousands in state aid
Melanie Lekocevic, Columbia-Greene Media
August 8, 2019 05:23 pm Updated: August 9, 2019 11:02 am
Local libraries in the Twin Counties are in line for thousands of dollars in state grant money to complete construction, renovations and other enhancement projects.
In Columbia County, six libraries have been awarded grants — in Claverack, Germantown, Hudson, Kinderhook, North Chatham and Hillsdale.
One library in Greene County — D.R. Evarts Library in Athens — is slated to receive funding, along with six other libraries in neighboring counties in the 102nd Assembly District.
The Columbia County library receiving the largest award was the Claverack Free Library on Route 9H, which received $302,089 for the library’s expansion to its new space.
“The construction grant the library received from New York State Library’s Division of Library Development is part of the funding allocated to the Mid-Hudson Library System,” said Jennifer Post, president of the library’s board of trustees and chairwoman of the building and capital committee. “It is one of several grants (and the largest) that we’ve received from this source. Overall, we’ve raised more than $2.5 million from more than 700 donations from individuals, foundations, local businesses and government sources.”
The library has been short on space at its current site for years, Post said, and in 2010 acquired the former A.B. Shaw Firehouse. The grant money is being used for the latest round of renovations needed in the new facility.
“We have been working to repurpose the building in phases as the money has been raised,” Post said, adding that local taxes have not been used for the project, and neither the town nor the library have taken on new debt.
The new library building is expected to hold its grand opening Oct. 26.
State Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-43, said libraries are an important resource.
“Libraries are vital educational, cultural and community resources and I’ll continue advocating for library funding and even stronger libraries,” Jordan said.
In Greene County, the D.R. Evarts Library in Athens received $282,947 to make the library more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the addition of a wheelchair ramp and accessible restroom.
“I’m ecstatic at the attention our local libraries are receiving,” Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, said. “The magic of reading is something we should help everyone have access to, and our libraries are central to keeping the spread of knowledge alive and well.”
The Kinderhook Memorial Library will get $38,069, which will pay for renovations to the interior and exterior of the building.
“We have had several construction grants — we have tripled the size of our building over the past several years,” Library Director Annalee Dragon said. “We were busting at the seams — we serve between 50,000 and 60,000 people per year, we were in one room, and most of the building wasn’t handicapped accessible. We needed [more] space for programming and for collections.”
Other changes in recent years have included technology upgrades.
“We went from incredibly slow internet to high-speed, accessible internet, which is important because a lot of people in the county don’t have access to it at home,” Dragon said.
This year’s grant will be used for renovations to the historic building that houses the Kinderhook Memorial Library, a project that began a year and a half ago, though the capital campaign to raise funds began three years ago.
“This has been huge for the community. Libraries are drivers of economic development, and having the ability to offer a sense of community, which is not governmental or religious, is rare in these times,” Dragon said. “Our community was eager for access to collections and technology — yes, you can go to Starbucks and get internet service, but there is no one there to help you when you need it. We have the ability to get you online and help you when you need it.”
Other libraries in the Twin Counties receiving funds include Germantown, which was awarded $4,645 for the renovation of the library’s entrance and HVAC upgrades; Hudson Area Association Library, which received $10,705 for the construction of storage space; North Chatham Free Library received $5,304 for expansion of the parking lot; and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, in Hillsdale, was awarded $72,628 for driveway and parking lot renovations.
“Our libraries are integral to our communities, providing a place for us to learn, explore new ideas and access resources,” Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106, said. “With this funding, our libraries will be able to complete necessary renovations and expand their facilities. I look forward to seeing how these projects improve our libraries so they can better serve Hudson Valley families.”
Assemblyman Jake Ashby, R-107, said local libraries are an important resource in local communities.
“Our libraries provide tremendous services and these projects will ensure our libraries can continue to function as an essential part of our community,” Ashby said.
Funding was awarded by the New York State Department of Education, which gave out $34 million in capital funding for library projects as part of the state budget.
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– Media Update –
August 7, 2019
The trustees of the Claverack Free Library are delighted to announce that a grant of $302,089 has been secured from the NY State Library’s Division of Library Development. This money will be directed to the final phase of renovations and improvements to the new library and community center in the former AB Shaw firehouse. Support for this project has come from more than 700 individual donors, private foundations, local businesses, and government sources.
Landscaping has begun for the 9H side of the building. Gallery lighting for the community room has been installed. Design of the teen room is being implemented. The new circulation desk and back lighting has been installed.
May 12, 2019
Painting has begun, as well as installation of the drop down ceiling.
April 26, 2019
Sheetrock and spackling work continues. The Community Room ceiling has been painted black.
April 19, 2019
A view of the completed parking lot.
April 18, 2019
The parking lot was paved today! Unbelievable progress being made!!!
April 17, 2019
Interior sheet rock work is moving along at a fast pace!
April 11, 2019
Exterior painting has begun!
April 10, 2019
Sheetrock and framing of the circulation desk has begun!
April 8, 2019
Installation of soundproof insulation is complete.
April 4, 2019
Pavers, grass seed and landscape stone with underlying fabric were installed today!
April 2, 2019
Pouring of concrete for sidewalks began today!
March 30, 2019
Interior insulation is complete. 7 inches of spray foam insulation will go a long way in lowering heating and cooling operating costs.
March 28, 2019
Progress is being made in constructing the canopy for the library emergency exit.
March 13, 2019
Although winter is not yet over, there was lots of progress made in the new building. Electrical and Information/Technology cabling is complete. Spray foam insulation is under way. Once all insulation is complete, construction of sheet rock will begin.
November 30, 2018
Concrete is being poured for parking lot/sidewalk forms.
November 21 , 2018
Rain and snow has impacted construction, however, progress is evident.
October 30 , 2018
Excavation work on the parking lot has begun.
September 25 , 2017
New entrances required by the state on both the 9H and 23B road frontages is complete.
July 30 , 2017
The Claverack Free Library has received a construction grant of $88,800 from the New York State Education Department’s Division of Library Development. Receipt of this grant kicks off an ambitious year-end fundraising goal to raise $200,000 to bring the new library and community to the “move-in” phase.
“We have made great strides,” says Jane Case, president of the library’s board of trustees. “Now, thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, local businesses, foundations, and state construction funding, we are within reach of our exciting new library.”
Construction is underway both inside and out, with the addition of interior windows to visually connect the main room with the children’s library, code-compliant stairs, framing throughout, improvements to the exterior exit stair, and a new glass overhead door for the final, unimproved truck bay.
Additional work underway includes new entrances required by the state on both the 9H and 23B road frontages, site grading, acquisition of heating and cooling systems, and installation of insulation and sprinklers.
“We want to thank everyone for believing in and continued interest in our longer-than-anticipated project,” continues Case. “The trustees are pleased to have kept to our original commitment to build this new library without taking on any debt.”
Architect Linda McNutt wishes to thank the many local contractors and building suppliers who have helped the new library project by providing quotes and cost estimates. A complete listing will be included in the library’s fall-winter newsletter.
Tours of the new library are available throughout the summer as construction permits and special events are planned in the coming months to allow everyone the opportunity to see the new library’s progress. For more information, contact capital campaign chair Jennifer Post at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If you would like to see how far we’ve come,” says Post, “now is the time to be a part of this new place of possibilities for the future of our entire community.”
March 9, 2017
The new waterline installation connecting the new library building with the Town of Claverack water line is complete.
December 6, 2016
The capital campaign to create a new library and community center in Claverack has topped $1.6 million of the $2.4 million budget. More than 400 donations of all magnitudes have come from our neighbors, local businesses, private charitable foundations, and New York State Library’s Division of Library Development.
This new library creates a space capable of hosting and collaborating with complementary organizations to reduce duplication of facilities and services region-wide.
Now that the building’s exterior has been improved, and an elevator added to assure full accessibility, notable local architect Linda McNutt is at work fleshing out interior design plans and drafting construction documents for remaining work at the former A. B. Shaw firehouse. Next steps include fiber optic connection, water-main hook-up and site work, the installation of a sprinkler system, interior framing, and acquisition of an efficient and practical heating and cooling system. Every effort will be made to partner with local contractors and building material suppliers to complete the new library.
Please join the 400 generous partners who believe in the power of this vibrant community center – a place of opportunities and possibilities – with your donation to the new Claverack Free Library.
September 12, 2016
Claverack Library Receives Construction Grant
The Claverack Free Library has received a significant grant from the State Library’s Division of Library Development as one of 11 award recipients in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The CFL’s grant for $88,500 comes from the State Aid for Library Construction program now set at $19 million per year designated for the acquisition, construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of New York’s public libraries.
This funding will be applied to the Claverack Free Library’s new library and includes asbestos removal, heating and cooling systems, fiber optic network, and water main hook up and will bring the project that much nearer completion.
The new facility’s design encourages expansion of the library’s commitment to providing free programming and access to information while creating a community hub for arts and cultural events and shared-use community gatherings.
Board of Trustees president Jane Case says, “It’s great to see that New York values our public libraries. In Claverack, we’ve been able to keep to our original commitment to stay debt-free as we raise the money needed to finish up. So far, we’ve received more than 400 donations totaling over $1.5 million from neighbors, local businesses, private foundations, and the government. That’s a clear indication of support for our library, which really is the center of the community.”
A joint fundraising event to benefit the new library and educational programs at Triform, a Camphill community, will be held on Saturday, September 17th, in the beautiful round barn of the Churchtown Dairy. The event features Jay Ungar and Molly Mason in concert, with square dancing, raffle, and refreshments. For ticket information, visit www.claveracklibrary.org .
To make a donation to the new library or for more information about the event, please contact trustee Jennifer Post at email@example.com or 518-851-5950.
February 14, 2015
“ADM Cares” Makes Grant to Claverack’s New Library
The Claverack Free Library’s capital campaign is off to a strong start in the new year with receipt of a $10,000 grant from Archer Daniels Midland Company. This donation will be applied to the adaptive re-use of the former A.B. Shaw firehouse as a new library and community center.
“We are really excited to add ADM to our growing list of supporters of the new library and are grateful for the company’s commitment to the community,” said Jane Case, president of the board of trustees of the Claverack Free Library & Reading Room Association.
The new Claverack Free Library and community center will offer much more than traditional library services. Free Internet access and computer use, technology classes, free lending of print and electronic materials from the collections of the 62-member libraries within the Mid-Hudson Library System, enhanced educational and cultural programming, shared-use community space, tutoring and mentoring groups, and workforce and employment support are just some of the expanded services the new building can offer.
The donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.
Jan 7, 2015
The elevator addition is nearly complete, electrical service is in place and installation underway inside.
Thanks to our many generous donors in 2014, we’re at work planning the next phases of improvements.
Nov 9, 2014
Two sets of photos have been added. The first three are of Nov 3.
This more recent one (siding being installed) is of Nov. 5.
The elevator parts arrived on Nov. 7th. Wok begins to construct the actual elevator.
Nov 1, 2014
Two sets of photos have been added demonstrating progress on the construction of the elevator exterior.
As of October 28:
As of October 21:
October 8, 2014
Progress is being made in the installation of the elevator.
September 12, 2014
Work has begun to allow for installation of the elevator to make the new library ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.
August 20, 2014
Need we say more …… Help make the new library building a reality so that our children, as well as all patrons, can experience the library’s varied offerings in comfort.
August 16, 2014
The new Claverack Free Library will get its elevator, thanks to community support and a grant from the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development. Construction of this phase, which will assure full accessibility to the building, is slated to begin in September, according to library board president Jane Case.
“We have enjoyed hearing your positive feedback as the outside of the building began to change and the new Claverack Library emerged,” says Case. “The next two phases will be mostly inside. Please watch for photos of our progress on our website www.claverackfreelibrary.org.”
Renovations to the former firehouse are proceeding in phases as money is raised in order to avoid the additional expense of borrowing money. Members of the board of trustees, working with the volunteer new library committee, are at work to raise the money necessary to add the building’s systems, finish the interior, and grade and improve the parking lot. The new facility will offer nearly seven times the space of the tiny current library and, once complete, allow for expanded programming, greater access to technology, a local history room, an arts space, and a community gathering room.
For more information or to make a contribution, please contact us via Email at NewBuilding@ClaverackLibrary.org or 518-851-7120.
August 8, 2014
The Midsummer’s Eve Silent Auction on July 26th raised $10,000 for the new library! Thanks go out to our hosts Scott Fuchs and Tom Detwiler, event sponsors, volunteers and guests.
July 21, 2014
It’s not too late to let us know you’re coming to this very special event. More items added every day!
Event tickets for the silent auction are $50 per person, and include wine, hors d’ouevres, views and the excitement of bidding on some extravagant items for a great cause. The evening begins at 5 p.m. Bidding closes at 6:30.
Reservations are necessary, as parking is limited. Payment may be made by check care of the CFL, PO Box 417, Claverack, NY 12513, or online at JustGive.org.
For directions, contact Vicki Rosenwald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 851.5667 or Jenny Post, email@example.com, 851.5950
Thank you to event sponsors Kinderhook Bank, Elizabeth Davis, Olde Hudson, El Coyote Flaco, and the many merchants and donors who so generously provided goods and services.
- Two tickets to the 2014 NY Giants home game of your choice, with parking pass
- High-fired stoneware vase by Jacqueline Wilder
- Vintage decoupage storage box, 23”x 13” from Relics Antiques
- Three beautiful handcrafted necklaces by Patricia Powers
- Table linens from Traditions
- Italian Wine Selection from Fairview Wines & Spirits
- Thanksgiving long weekend stay in three-bedroom NYC apartment (parade optional)
- “Thielman Road View,” photograph by Blanche Mackey
- “The Correspondence of Stephen Crane,” boxed 2-vol. set, first edition
- Garden consult and planting of deer-resistant perennials plus gardening book
- Guided rafting trip on the Claverack Creek, tubes provided
- Personal finance software lesson – easy tax prep and no more bounced checks!
- Gift basket from Casa Urbana
- Won Dharma Center Labor Day Meditation Retreat for 1 “commuter” (includes meals)
- Five-class card from Sadhana Yoga
- Dale Payson floral oil painting, 36”x 36”
- Dale Payson oil painting of two cows, 6″x8″, framed
- Five piano lessons for a beginning child aged 8-12
- Personal Assistant for a Day
- Piper home monitoring unit from Hudson Valley Smart Home
- A driver for an evening out locally; have another glass of wine!
- Goat farm visit, cheese making, lunch for 4
- Gift Certificate to Copake Country Club
- Basket of Larry’s Southwestern sauces and other fixings
- Everyman’s Library Classics: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte
- Afternoon for two with beverages in private spa: steam room and dry-wood sauna
Previously listed auction items
- Homemade paté from a professional chef
- Won Dharma Center Labor Day Meditation Retreat (includes accommodation in double room and meals)
- A painting by a local artist
- Weekend stay in three-bedroom NYC Gramercy Park neighborhood apartment
- Basket of four Italian Wines
- Poolside Picnic Provencal, for four
- Three bridge lessons
- Two-night Stay at Sugar Maple Suite B&B, Claverack
- One month’s complete swimming pool care from Pool Vac
- Jane’s Cheesecake of the Month for four months
- Tickets for two to Catamount Aerial Adventure Park
- Full-sized pieced quilt. Exquisite work. The perfect gift.
Tickets Are Still Available for the SUPER RAFFLE!
This spectacular single-prize raffle booklet is loaded with gift certificates and services from local businesses and is valued at more than $250, includes:
- $50 gift certificate to Williams Home Centers
- Homemade jams, pickles, locally produced maple syrup
- “Beautiful Easy Flower Gardens,” by Laurence Sombke
- An autumn decorating kit – pumpkin and mums from Holmquest Farm
- Gift certificates for goodies and services in the area: Agway, Lick, Keeler’s Eskimo Bar, Café le Perche, Green Acres Farm, Hess Express, Park Falafel
- Two single peony plants and potted Nepeta
- “The Films of Merchant Ivory”
Winner takes all. Raffle tickets are $10 each, or three for $25, and can be purchased at the library and at the event (the winner need not be present to win).
June 30, 2014
Please join the Claverack Free Library for a very special event on Saturday, July 26th.
June 29, 2014
Please join the Claverack Free Library for a very special event on Saturday, July 26th at a beautiful hilltop home in Taghkanic.
This 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 in 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.
- 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenny Post – email@example.com
May 23, 2014
The new library has signs installed in the front and back of the building. These signs should help everyone realize the purpose of this beautiful building. There is much more work to complete before it opens, but we continue with the planned progress.
May 17, 2014
What a day for a book and plant sale. It was one of those days for taking in books, plants, food, drink and good company. Come on out tomorrow to continue support of your library!
May 9, 2014
to support the Claverack Library for Mother’s Day.
April 14, 2014
Here are views from the interior, looking out onto Rt 9H. Envision how much room the new library will provide during your visits!
March 28, 2014
Progress is coming along nicely. I feel like wanting to use the new parking lot entrance today!
March 23, 2014
The Guitar and Flute Recital at the Claverack Library this past Sunday was well attended – standing room only. Flutist Larra Agate and guitarist Charles Robitaille were outstanding. The new library will have ample room and comfortable seating for the wonderful performers and our loyal patrons. Think of the enhanced programming possibilities! With your help, we will get there.
March 15, 2014
The Claverack Library program on Cuba was enlightening as well as fun. Sonia Cintron and Susan Roberts shared thoughts and photos of their recent trip, and engaged program participants in a lively discussion before the program ended. Thanks to all who attended and for having to sit in such a tight space. A reason for the new library, which is coming along nicely, is to provide space for ample and comfortable seating for engaging and thought provoking community programs such as this one.
March 14, 2014
Did we mention we need more space at the library? Pictured here are a few of the Board of Trustees members discussing library matters during library hours.
March 5, 2014
New windows continue to be installed at the new library. The back entrance from the parking lot is coming along nicely. Rain diverters are being installed above the windows facing Rt 9H. Hats off to these guys working in these cold temps!
Feb. 25, 2014
New windows continue to be installed at the new library. Support is being installed for windows to face Rt 9H. Isn’t it going to be wonderful to sit and read in comfortable seating in the bay windows area?
Feb. 12, 2014
Thought I’d take a few pictures before the next big snow storm. Look at the wonderful progress being made in this cold weather! Stay tuned for more improvements.
Feb. 4, 2014
We are moving forward with the external changes that is transforming the former A. B. Shaw Firehouse into our new Claverack Free Library. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Jan. 27, 2014
Progress continues despite the frigid temperatures. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Jan. 15, 2014
Framing for the new bay windows to be installed in front of the new library facing Rt 9H is coming along. Work is also proceeding with the entrance from the parking lot. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Jan. 4, 2014
Framing for the new bay windows to be installed in front of the new library facing Rt 9H has begun. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Jan. 2, 2014
As we enter this new year, the staff, trustees and volunteers of the Claverack Free Library thank you for your generous support throughout 2013.
The past year has brought a great deal of progress for the new library and community center. Work continues on the building, in spite of cold and wintery conditions, with new entrance vestibules and bay windows under construction.
As of this writing, we’re closing in on the goal to raise $100,000 for the next phase of improvements to assure full accessibility to the new building.
If you’d like to contribute, please direct donations to the Claverack Free Library’s capital campaign, PO Box 417, Claverack, NY 12513, or use the Capital Campaign and Donate Now links to your left for more ways to donate.
We are grateful to all of you who value the free services and programs your Claverack Library provides.
May 2014 bring you health, happiness and a new library nearer completion!
Jane S. Case
Board of Trustees
Dec. 13, 2013
Concrete has been poured in the foundation footings for the new bay windows to be installed in front of the new library facing Rt 9H. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Nov. 30, 2013
Foundation footings for the bay windows have been extended to the base of the new windows to be installed to the left of the library entrance and in the children’s room facing Rt 9H. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Nov. 15, 2013
Work continues on the new library. Foundation footings have been poured, with the 9H frontage prepared to support large bay windows to create bright and comfortable reading and study space. The west-facing work shows the location of the new entrance from the main parking lot. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Nov. 14, 2013
Six new HP All-In-One computers were purchased and installed this summer to replace six disparate, aging computer systems. Each HP computer contains software that wipes clean, when the computer is turned off, all the information entered into it during the day’s use. This helps protect our patrons who may be entering personal information, as well as protecting our computers from malicious software that may try to install itself. These new computers are all possible thanks to a grant received from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Co. Foundation. The new computers have afforded the library the opportunity to resume computer classes for seniors. Thanks to a grant received from IBM we have seniors participating in learning how to use a computer, how to use facebook, and many more computer related topics.
Signup for the senior computer classes, taught by instructor Irene Cruz, generated the need to have two classes. A single class could not accommodate all who were interested because of space constraint. Help us raise the necessary funds to complete the construction of our new library so that our programs can be extended to many more in our community.
Rita Piester, a student in one of the classes, made the following comment after the class completion:
“It’s a marvelous feeling when I came here (the Claverack Library). Through the knitting group and borrowing books my life has changed. I’ve learned how to knit and now I read, when I didn’t before. I’ve made new friends and re-met old friends. The opportunity arose to take a computer class. I didn’t think I should because of my age and lack of knowledge. I’ve learned so much on the computer and I’ve been able to explore and learn new things that I wasn’t able to imagine. I would like to thank Sally and Thea for helping at the library and Irene for the help with computers.”
Nov. 3, 2013
Claverack Free Library Commemorates Claverack’s 225th Anniversary
In commemoration of Claverack’s 225th anniversary, the Claverack Free Library continued this year’s Celebrate Local Author series with a salute to Stephen Crane’s THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE at the library on Sunday, November 3 at 1:30 pm.
Crane attended Claverack College. THE BADGE OF COURAGE is a seminal novel about the Civil War. A dramatic reading of scenes from the book was performed by James Occhino. Those were interspersed with Lora Lee Ecobelli’s performances, along with Mr. Occhino, of scenes from Alex Webb’s Civil War play AMELIA, about a woman’s search for her imprisoned love.
Live period music performed by flutist Larra Agate and guitarist Michael Brown. Larra has been a member of the Columbia Hall Players, the Coxsackie Athens Community Band, and the Columbia-Greene Wind Ensemble. She’s currently the flutist and musical assistant for the Children’s Choir of the Church of St. Christopher in Red Hook. Michael teaches music to middle grade students in Red Hook. Everyone attending was given a free copy of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE and light refreshments were served.
The library was very crowded. We’re looking forward to moving into the new building where we can host a greater number of programs more comfortably and where we’ll be able to accommodate larger crowds.
Oct. 28, 2013
NEW CLAVERACK FREE LIBRARY REACHES FUNDRAISING BENCHMARK
The trustees of the Claverack Free Library announce that the capital campaign to create a new library and community center has topped $1 million in contributions from 148 individuals and families, local foundations and businesses, and several government grants. This figure makes up more than one-third of the new library’s total construction budget.
The entire board of trustees, joined by many former board members, have pledged support for the new library, which is being renovated in phases. Once completed, it will offer not only traditional library services, such as free access to nearly unlimited print and electronic material, but tools for workforce development, technology classes and tutoring, expanded free programming, and support for small businesses. Plans have been endorsed by the Town of Claverack’s Economic Development Committee and elected officials on Town, State and Federal levels.
“It’s important for everyone to know that no local tax money will go to the creation of this new library,” says Susan Roberts, board treasurer. “Instead, the funding is coming from people who value what public libraries are doing for their communities.”
After thorough study and research, renovations are underway to transform the former A.B. Shaw fire house into this modern library and community center. The second phase of construction has begun with an all-new exterior for the building, including energy-efficient bay windows to replace the garage doors, new entrance vestibules on the upper and lower levels, and foundation improvements. Phase one, a new roof with a clerestory to harvest natural light and reduce future energy use, was completed late last year. The construction firm Hoosick Valley Contractors of Melrose, New York, is general contractor; architects are library specialists Butler Rowland Mays of Ballston Spa.
According to Jennifer Post, capital campaign chair, a new challenge opportunity has been launched to maximize funding from the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development. The goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of the year. The third construction phase – the addition of an elevator and restroom to make the building fully accessible — is planned for summer 2014.
“Yes, these are challenging times,” Post says, “but the Claverack Library is more necessary to more people than ever before. This new library and community center should be seen as an investment in the future of Claverack. It will serve as a free and welcoming place for all sorts of social and cultural gatherings and will serve our town well for many years into the future.”
To learn more about the new library, please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-851-7120 or Jennifer Post, email@example.com, 518-851-5950.
Oct. 27, 2013
Our Phase II construction is underway.
Sometimes things look funkier before they improve. Here, demolition of additions to the building has begun. The foundation will be excavated to improve drainage, then the whole envelope of the building will be spruced up.
Oct. 16, 2013
Construction on our next phase (Phase II) has begun today. Check in periodically to see photos showing our progress.
Oct. 15, 2013
A pre-construction meeting was held today with our architects and contractor that will begin work on the next phase of construction.
Oct. 5, 2013
Library trustees and other supporters gather to mark the next major phase of renovations to the new Claverack Free Library. From left: Marion Vosburgh, library assistant Thea Schoep, Alice Platt, Jane Case, Susan Roberts, capital campaign chair Jenny Post, Wendy Wilde, Mario Verna, Betsy Cashen, Town of Claverack Supervisor Robin Andrews, Lynne Rapport, Hildegard Thompson.
Sept. 24, 2013
Opening of bids for the next phase of work on our new library were completed today. It’s a very exciting time for the new library!
Aug 1, 2013
Art Benefit a Hit!
Thanks to the generosity of artists with local connections, the Claverack Free Library raised more than $13,500 at “A Summer Celebration of Art”on July 26th in Martindale. The Library partnered with the Columbia County Council on the Arts to host this successful event with proceeds benefitting both the Arts Council and the new library.
The event committee wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support: the Marilyn and Bob Laurie Foundation, Nancy Ginsberg, Ginsberg’s, Inc., Traditions Linens, Columbia Tent, and the Claverack Package Store. We are grateful, too, to Bob Laurie for opening his beautiful farm to our guests, to Christopher Eigeman for sharing his talents as emcee and auctioneer, and to Cynthia Carlson and Cindy Mulvaney for collecting the art work and curating the sale.
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July 23, 2013
Good art. Good food. Good company. Good cause.
It’s all good.
Join us for “A Summer Celebration of Art” on Friday, July 26th at 5 p.m., 90 Overshot Mill Lane, Martindale. Proceeds from the live auction will benefit the new Claverack Free Library and community center and the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
THE ART: Take home a Thomas Locker (or two!), a Dale Payson, a Jules Feiffer, an R.O. Blechman, a Mihail Chemiakin or another exquisite piece from the catalog of 38 works by accomplished artists with local connections.
Also offered are plein-air paintings created on site by members of the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
THE COMPANY: Known friends and new ones yet to discover.
THE FOOD: Celebratory beverages and small plates by Carlucci Simons Catering piled with baked tavern ham, local cheeses, local honey, local mustards, crab salad, pesto chicken salad in phyllo, black pepper-crusted chevre with melba sauce, gazpacho shooters, Stilton, Genoa salami, roasted peppers, olives, roasted nuts, and Sweet Street lemon bars and David’s brownies.
TICKETS: $100 per person, with an art buyer’s incentive for successful bidders.
TICKETS: Directions, and to let us know you’re coming, please contact Jenny Post – firstname.lastname@example.org – 518.851.5950 .
The Library and Arts Council are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of this event: the Claverack Package Store, the Marilyn and Bob Laurie Foundation, Nancy Ginsberg, Ginsberg’s Foods, Columbia Tent Rental, and Ed Herrington, Inc.
July 16, 2013
Good art. Good food. Good company. Good cause.
It’s all good.
Join us for “A Summer Celebration of Art” on Friday, July 26th at 5 p.m. at the Martindale farm of Bob Laurie. Proceeds will benefit the new Claverack Free Library and Community Center and the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
$100 per person, and there will be an art buyer’s incentive for successful bidders.
For details, directions, and to let us know you’re coming, contact Jenny Post at email@example.com or 518.851.5950.
Here’s a sampling of the many works you might take home:
July 13, 2013
Vicki Rosenwald, Cynthia Carlson and Jenny Post of the event’s art committee work to prepare some of the works for auction. (Not pictured is Cindy Mulvaney, executive director of the Columbia County Council on the Arts.)
The Claverack Free Library, in partnership with the Columbia County Council on the Arts, presents “A Summer Celebration of Art” on Friday, July 26, at the beautiful Martindale Farm of Bob Laurie. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the new Claverack Free Library and the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
See previous post for details.
RSVP: Jenny Post, chair of the Claverack Free Library’s capital campaign (contact info below), or Cindy Mulvaney, executive director of the Columbia County Council on the Arts, at 518.671.6213 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
July 9, 2013
Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) announced that the Claverack Free Library was awarded $80,500 in grant funding as part of New York State’s Public Library Construction Grant Program. The funding is the result of a 2012-13 State Budget appropriation for capital projects for public libraries and public library systems in New York State. Barrett voted to continue funding the library grant program in this year’s state budget.
“This funding will help the Claverack Free Library move forward in realizing its dream of a new, energy efficient library building ready to serve the region in the 21st century,” Assemblymember Barrett said. “Libraries in our state play a crucial role in educating and inspiring our children and adults and serving as a gathering place in our communities.”
June 20, 2013
Save the date – Friday, July 26th – when the Claverack Free Library and the Columbia County Council on the Arts partner to host A Summer Celebration of Art.
This special event will feature a live auction of paintings, prints and sculpture by artists with local connections and from private collections, as well as plein art paintings created on site by members of the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Among the many artists whose work will be on the block are Thomas Locker, Mihail Chemiakin, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Karen Bell, Bob Laurie, Bard Martin, Cynthia J. Carlson, Dale Payson, Nancy Hagen, Jack Solomon, Jeannette Fintz, Jean Feinberg, Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes, Petey Brown, Mary Frank, Douglas Culhane and Ellen Kozak.
Admission is $100 per person and includes celebratory beverages and abundant small plate selections catered by Carlucci Simons Caterers at the beautiful Martindale farm of Bob Laurie. Reservations are necessary to assure auction seating. Previews begin at 4:00 p.m., the reception opens at 5:00 p.m. and bidding commences at 6:30 p.m.
Special guest emcee is actor, director and writer Christopher Eigeman, who will preside over the auction.
Event sponsors are the Marilyn and Bob Laurie Foundation, Nancy Ginsberg, Ginsberg’s Foods, Columbia Tent Rental, and the Claverack Package Store.
For reservations or more information, contact Jenny Post, chair of the Claverack Free Library’s capital campaign, at 518.851.5950 (email@example.com) or Cindy Mulvaney, executive director of the Columbia County Council on the Arts, at 518.671.6213 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
May 28, 2013
Imagine how much fuller the life of our community will be with this new library in the heart of Claverack! Our library is embarking on creating an exciting new library in the former A.B. Shaw Firehouse next door.
Please join us for a look around before the next phase of construction begins.
- New Library Tour on Sunday, June 9
- 2:00 – 3:30 pm
- Former A.B. Shaw Fire House
May 13, 2012
A few weeks ago, the Claverack Free Library hosted another successful Spring Book and Plant Sale. After a long winter, it’s so wonderful to see our friends and neighbors shopping and mingling under the tents and, this year, in the lower level of the new building (a work-in-progress).
It takes an incredible amount of people power to put the sale together. In addition to our wonderful staff, Sally Alderdice and Thea Schoep, the following volunteers and local businesses pitched in to help: Kathy Alderdice, Sean Alderdice, Mary Bailey, Pam Banks, Barbara Bovat, Stanley Carr, Roger Case, Claverack Agway, Claverack Free Library Knitting Circle, Sal Cozzolino, Suzanne Depalma, Daniel Esterman, The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, Scott Fuchs, Linda Hanlon, Ana Haskin, Olivia Hornsby, Hudson Correctional Facility, Russ Immarigeon, Marie Kennedy, Evelyn King, Peter Larmour, Linda Manning, Barbara McNamee, Kathy Montross, Lauren Nelson, Kitty Osterhoudt, Charlene Paden, Jennifer Post, Vicki Rosenwald, Carla Ross, Megan Schoep, Abigail Stearn, Becky Stowe, Michael Sullivan, Kennedy Tranchita, Anneke Vosburgh, Roland Vosburgh, and Cecile Lamalle Woicik.
We also had full participation from our board of trustees. I hope we didn’t leave anyone out.
Thanks to everyone for making the Book and Plant sale a true community event!
Wendy Wilde, President, Board of Trustees
April 10, 2013
The new library’s next major phase of renovation and construction is planned to commence in June, thanks in part to funding from the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development. This phase will add an elevator and new restroom to make the building fully accessible, as well as an all-new exterior for the building, with entrance vestibules on two floors and bay windows for cozy reading nooks where the garage doors are now.
December 14, 2012
Please consider the Claverack Library in year end tax planning activity.
December 12, 2012
The completion of the new Claverack Library’s roof, with a clerestory to harvest natural light, marks the first significant phase of renovations to create a new library and community center in the heart of Claverack.
“In spite of very real economic concerns,” says board president Jenny Post, “the library’s trustees continue to find support and funding to make this new library a reality.”
“This is a fiscally conservative area,” library treasurer Susan Roberts agrees. “We have no intention to go into debt for this project, no matter how much we would like to see it happen faster. Our plan is to have the funding in place before we begin each phase. This will assure that we don’t accumulate debt and end up spending more money in the long term.”
Contributions continue to come in. Combined corporate, foundation and individual donations, and construction grants from the New York State Division of Library Development, will cover the next major phase of construction, planned to commence next summer. This phase includes the addition of an elevator and new bathroom to make the building fully handicapped accessible, new electrical service, and improvements to the building envelope with new entry vestibules on two levels. Energy-efficient bay windows on the Route 9H frontage will bring in more light and allow for pleasant places for patrons to read, chat or access the Internet.
In November the new library’s architects, Paul Mays, Steven Rowland and Lisa Hayes of Butler Rowland Mays Architects of Ballston Spa, received the “2012 New York Library Association’s Renovation and Restoration Building of the Year Award” for their outstanding design of the Saugerties Public Library. Jenny Post acknowledges Michael Nyerges and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich of the Mid-Hudson Library System for their advocacy and willingness to share their considerable expertise in creating new library facilities, even in challenging times.
Plans to enlarge the Claverack Library have been in the works since 2004, when the trustees recognized that increased patron visits and program attendance made for a cramped library. Programming has to be held in off-site locations, library staff has no work space and computer access is limited. While libraries have evolved to reflect changes in the delivery of free information in recent years, they are more relevant than ever. Today, in addition to lending books and providing access to free electronic content such as DVDs and e-books, the Claverack Library offers resources for workforce development, promotes digital literacy through free classes and tutoring, affords shared learning space, and serves as a sanctuary for people of all ages to join in common interests and intellectual pursuits.
“With nearly seven times more space,” Post says of the new library, “we will be able to build on all that the library now offers with even more diverse programs for all ages that include history lectures, readings, musical concerts, art exhibits, cultural exchanges, community meetings and more.
“The library has been the heart of Claverack, and neighboring towns, since it was founded in 1829 by 24 prominent citizens,” according to Post. “We’re now asking our library supporters and leaders in the area to step up and join in this exciting endeavor. The first steps have already been taken.”
Contact the Claverack Free Library at 518.851.7120 to learn more.
December 6, 2012
Phase one of the new library renovation is complete. The new roof has the building covered in time for winter.
Coming next – phase two – is the addition of an elevator, a new handicapped accessible bathroom, electrical system, and a whole new look for the building’s envelope. There will be bay windows on the 9H frontage and entrance vestibules on both levels.
This library is happening!
November 12, 2012
A group of library enthusiasts — including Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews, Town Board member Katy Cashen, Michael Nyerges, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, architects Lisa Hayes and Steven Rowland of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, Cynthia Mulvaney, executive director of the Columbia County Council on the Arts, and numerous library supporters and donors — take a tour of the light-filled new library. If you would like to see our progress firsthand, contact Jenny Post (518-851-5950) to set up a tour at your convenience.
November 3, 2012
The last of the monitor windows have been installed. Doesn’t the monitor look beautiful? All that remains are the final touch-ups and the roof work will be complete.
We have received generous support from many individuals in the community. We have also received grants from various government agencies and from foundations. Our spring plans include installation of an elevator to make our new library ADA compliant. Our work to provide the community a more spacious library, including ample parking space, will continue only with your lasting support. Please continue in your generosity. For more information contact the library at 518-851-7120 or email email@example.com.
October 15, 2012
Our new library is really coming along. The final installation of windows for the monitor will take place in the next week then this phase will be complete. Much else is happening at the library. We have just completed another successful book sale. Big thanks to everyone who helped out as well as purchased good, used books to benefit the library. And, we are undergoing a much-needed painting of the current library’s exterior. Not only will our new library function as a new and efficient library, but it also will serve as an economic engine for the community by providing high speed wireless connectivity, assistance with online searches for employment, state and federal services and offerings, ample space for meetings and cultural events, and technology workshops for communications, creativity and organizing information. Anyone interested in a walk-through of the new building interior should contact the library staff or any member of the Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees President Jennifer Post takes time out from the busy book sale to show off our progress to lead donor Bob Laurie representing the Marilyn and Bob Laurie Foundation and Claverack Economic Advisory Committee chair John Lee.
October 5, 2012
Progress continues to be made on our new library building. The monitor windows are almost completely installed. In the below interior photos, you can begin to visualize how the natural light will complement our roomy interior.