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Spring Cleaning at the Library

Join us on…
Saturday, June 10th
At 10:00 AM

Bring your elbow grease and enthusiasm to help clear out the basement, the library shed, and clean the windows of the current library!

We’ll provide the cleaning supplies and refreshments!

Book Group

Add spice to your reading life!

Come to our monthly book group for discussion and refreshments.
Usually on the 2nd Friday of each month at 6:00 PM.
New members always welcome.
Next read on: Friday June 9
, 6:00 PM

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Upcoming reads:

July 14 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
August 11 – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simision

Contact Vicki Rosenwald for information on meeting location at or 518 851 5667

Copies are usually available in the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Order yours today.

Knitting on the Lawn

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30



Join us to learn New Techniques or work on your own project!

We’ll be Sitting on the lawn when the weather is pleasant and moving inside when it’s rainy or hot.

If you’re interested in making blankets for the Veteran’s Hospital or the Homeless, we’ve yarn for you to use!

All experience levels welcome!

Spring Book & Plant Sale – May 12, 13 & 14

Spring Book & Plant

The Claverack Free Library holds its annual spring book and plant sale on May 12, 13 and 14. The weekend offers book lovers the region’s largest selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles and children’s books, all organized by subject beneath the tents.

Opening Night Preview Reception

Friday May 12, 5 PM to 7 PM

Special Preview Reception entry fee of $10 includes refreshments and first pick of books at early-bird (double) prices.

Saturday, May 13 – 9 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, May 14 – 10 AM to 2 PM


Featured at the sale on Saturday are live plants – vegetable, annuals and perennials – as well as an offering of high-quality gardening and landscape design books.

Luncheon is served on Saturday and homemade baked goods are available. Also offered on Saturday are free activities for children.

The newly organized Friends of the Claverack Library will be there with a membership booth and the library trustees will be on hand to give tours of the new Claverack Library and community center next door.

Prices range from $1 for hardcover books and larger paperbacks to $.50 for small paperbacks. Oversized, art, travel, and other books of value are priced accordingly. On Sunday, buyers may purchase large reusable Claverack Library tote bags for $15 and fill them with books for free (with the exclusion of some specially priced books).

Donations of clean used books are accepted until Friday, May 5

Volunteers are welcome to come help sort under the tent prior to the sale.

There are volunteer sign-up sheets available at the library.

Because of 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, May 12.

At the turn of the 20th century the “Book Fair” raised $300, enough at the time to cover the library’s entire annual operating expenses. In the 21st century, revenues from the spring and fall book festivals contribute nearly 10 percent to the library’s annual operating budget and help the library to provide vital free services to the community. The library is located at 629 State Route 23B, Claverack, New York. For more information, please contact the Claverack Free Library at, 518-851-7120, or stop in during library hours.

Book It 2017 – 5K Run Walk

Lace up your sneakers to support the


The 4th ANNUAL

“Book It! 5k” Run and Walk

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 9:00 AM

Click for full details & registration information

Registration is open until start of the event.

The Hidden History of Columbia County

Allison Marchese to read from her book:

The Hidden History of Columbia County, New York

Saturday – April 22 -at 4:00 PM

The Claverack Free Library will host Allison Marchese, author of The Hidden History of Columbia County, NY, (Arcadia/History Press – 2014). The book uncovers the secret history buried in the towns of Austerlitz, Chatham, Claverack, Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Taghkanic, Valatie, and the city of Hudson — each with many different and unusual stories.

The Claverack chapter recounts the day a mastodon tooth rolled down a farmer’s hill, forever changing the world’s understanding of prehistoric times. The Kinderhook chapter tells a story of President Martin Van Buren’s lost his wife, Hannah, who is barely mentioned again after her death so early in their marriage. Hudson’s gallows were the scene of New York’s last hanging, a spectacle which drew hundreds of ticket-holding spectators. Outcasts called the “Pondshiners” hid out in the hills of Taghkanic. The only reminders of their existence now are the beautiful baskets they made.

Join local author Allison Guertin Marchese as she explores these little-known stories of people and places, deeply woven into the history of Columbia County. Bring your questions; stay for refreshments. Allison will also show slides and sign and sell books after the reading (cash or check preferred). The Hidden History of Columbia County makes a perfect gift for the local history buff in your life.

Allison Marchese has over 30 years experience as a writer, marketing, communications, public relations professional and author. Her blog: Columbia County Life – Conscious living in the country, has a large following. The author’s posts feature individuals and their contributions to enhancing life in Columbia County ( Her latest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities, will be available in August of this year.