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Estate Planning



Sunday, March 18

3:00 PM @ The Library


Who will care for your children and your pets when you die? How will you manage your finances or your healthcare if you cannot make decisions for yourself? How can you make your wishes known in advance? On Sunday March 18 at 3 PM the Claverack Free Library will host a presentation by local attorney Morgen Bowers, who will explain why everyone needs an estate plan.

Proper estate planning ensures that your wishes for yourself, your family, your assets, and even your pets, are respected and protected even when you can’t protect yourself. An estate plan is a group of documents setting forth your instructions for how to manage your assets, your medical care, your minor children or special-needs members of your family, and your pets if you are mentally or physically incapacitated, as well as specifying the distribution of your assets after you die. Legal planning is particularly important for people with minor children and those who are not married to their significant others. This program will review each part of the estate plan, and why you need it. Topics include wills, lifetime trusts, special needs trusts, Power of Attorney, advance directives, health care proxies and living wills, digital and social media accounts, pet trusts and pet protection agreements. Bowers will also explain what happens when there is no will and why on-line forms are generally inadequate.

Attorney Morgen Bowers is a partner in the Chatham law firm of Bowers & del Peral, PLLC., whose core practice areas include general business law, intellectual property, real estate, and estate planning.


This program is provided for educational purposes only; no individual legal advice will be provided.

Book Group – March 9

Add spice to your reading life!

Come to our monthly book group for discussion and refreshments. We usually meet on the 2nd Friday of each month at 6:00 PM.

New members are always welcome.
Next Book Group Meeting:
Friday March 9
, 6:00 PM

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Upcoming Reads:

April 13- The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

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.

Story Hour

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  
Love of books is best of all.”
-Jacqueline Kennedy

Chain Reaction Tuesdays: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race!

Join us for chain reaction fun! Each week we’ll create or play games and be entertained with selections from Mr. Lemoncello and the Great Library Race read by special guests!


Kick Off! 

February 13, 6:30 pm

Explore chain reactions with exploding popsicle sticks! The newest book in the Lemoncello series will be available.

Location: Claverack Library



Game Night!

February 20, 6:30pm

Come play classic and modern board games!

Location: Philmont Library


Domino Rally!

February 27, 6:30 pm

Line them up and tumble them down, domino fun for everyone!

Location: Claverack Library

Rube Goldberg Machine

March 6, 6:30 pm

Chain reaction contraptions; use recycled materials to create an “amaze-ing” way of getting something from place to another. Bring recycled materials to help make your contraption.

Location: Philmont Library

Ms Tobi and Ms Thea enjoy an afternoon with Chris Grabenstein, author of the Mr. Lemoncello series.


March 9, 6:30 pm

We’ll watch Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library and have a costume contest. Come dressed as a historical character (bonus points for pairs and groups of four, for example The Beatles)

Location: Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack

Battle of the Books – Wish List

Help the Claverack Library Help Kids Read This Summer!

This summer the Claverack Free Library will once again be participating in the Battle of the Books Reading Program.

Battle of the Books is a national Summer Reading Program for middle school students who will be in the 6th through the 9th grade in September. Participants in the Mid-Hudson Library System program are asked to read eight selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. A Regional Battle is held the Saturday following Labor Day in September.

The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in middle school-age children, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter in school and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

You can help us by purchasing the pre-selected books from the Claverack Free Library’s Amazon Summer Reading Program wish list. When checking out you can have the books delivered directly to the library or you can bring them in.

2017 Battle of the Books Team

Get Ticked Off

Get Informed,
Take Action!

Sunday Feb. 11 – 2:00 PM


On Sunday February 11 at 2 PM the A.B.Shaw Firehouse at 67 Route 23 in Claverack will host the first program in a new initiative to shine light on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and to push for action at state and federal levels.

This free public forum is brought to you by:

  • The Office of Assemblymember Didi Barrett
  • The Claverack Free Library
  • The AB Shaw Fire Company
  • The Columbia County Department of Health

Bring your questions; stay for refreshments.

For further information
or call 518 851-7120 Continue reading ‘Get Ticked Off’

Book Group – February 9

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 Book Group Meeting:
Friday February 9
, 6:00 PM

The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

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.

Developing Diversity in the Landscape

Sunday, January 21
3:00 P.M.

Presented by:


In our changing ecosystems and climate it’s important that the designed landscape is resilient and adaptable.

By focusing on creating diverse plant and wildlife communities we give refuge to the wild species that take residence and grow our own deep connection to the unique habitats that surround us.

HEATHER GRIMES is a landscape designer who specializes in creating ecologically rich gardens and in restoring degraded woodland and meadow habitats.

Bring your questions – stay for refreshments!