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How Propaganda Works

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On Saturday June 24 at 4 PM public scholar V. N. Alexander will give an important talk at the Claverack Free Library about Propaganda & Art: How we think when we aren’t using logic. This free program for adults and teens is funded by the NY Council for the Humanities.

We have been hearing a lot about “fake news” and “propaganda” lately, and it is as important as ever to use our critical thinking skills. But we also need to understand how propaganda works and why it is so difficult to counteract with logic. Propaganda takes advantage of the way our brains function when we are not paying attention. When we are paying attention our analytical skills are engaged.  When we are not, our brains go on processing information in a non-analytical way, using what might be called a poetic logic, based mainly upon similarities, coincidental patterns, associations, repetition, and emotion. There are sound biological reasons for this mindless type of processing, which actually helps us learn faster, retain memories longer, and make appropriate decisions without really thinking.

In this presentation, we will explore how and why art and poetry may actually be more helpful in developing critical thinking skills.  Art also works with the poetic logic of subconscious processing, but does so in a way that is not manipulative, deceptive or dishonest.

V. N. Alexander, PhD is Public Scholar with Humanities New York. She is a noted researcher in the field of biosemiotics, facilitating interactions between art and science, and a novelist whose most recent work is Locus Amoenus, a political satire set in upstate New York.

Bring your questions and stay for refreshments. Admission is free.

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 July 14
, 6:00 PM

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Upcoming reads:

August 11 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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.

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Build A Better World

Registration Party!

Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:30 AM to Noon

Join us on the Front Lawn of the Library!
Sign up for Summer Programs,
Build a Snack,
Get Creative and More!

Register for:

  • The THURSDAY morning reading program: Build A Better World!
  • The Reading Club, how many minutes can you read this summer?
  • Jr Engineering, ages 9-14
    June 26 – June 29 & July 31 – August 3
    From 6:00-7:30 PM
    Sign up for one week or both!
  • Battle of the Books!
    For those entering grades 6-9.
  • Knitting on the Lawn
    Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM 

Community Game Days

The Friends of the Claverack Free Library

Community Game Days

Next Game Day

Sunday June 18th, 2017 | 1 PM – 5PM
Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack – Fellowship Hall
88 NY-9H, Claverack, NY

Give Dad a great Father’s Day!

Let him win!!!

Bring a not-too-sticky snack to share. Drinks & paper products will be provided.

View our Game Day Flyer

Consumer Reports


Click to view C.R. online

Are you planning on buying a new car? A television? An appliance? For years, the go to source for information has been Consumer Reports and it is now available to all library users free of charge!  To access Consumer Reports online, click on the Consumer Reports icon in the right hand column of our website and then enter your library card number.

Continue reading ‘Consumer Reports’

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!