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Battle of the Book 2018

Summer Reading for Jr High!

Starting Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 PM


Meeting weekly every Thursday through the summer until the Battle of the Books on September 8.

What is Battle of the Books?

Once a Week during the summer…
Join us at the library for games, fun and battle practice.

Possible field trips to other libraries to practice with other teams.


This Weekend – The Best Book Sale in the Region!

Spring Book & Plant Sale


May 11, 12 & 13

Opening Night Preview
Friday May 11, 5-7 PM
$10 admission includes refreshments and first choice of books at early-bird (double) prices.

Saturday May 12, 9-3
Books & Plants
Breakfast, lunch, home-baked treats on Saturday.

Sunday May 13, 10-2
Books – Plants – Special Bag of Books

Volunteers are needed: to sort books under the tent May 6-11, help at the sale, bake treats, bring plants.
Signup sheets are in the library.

Donations of clean used books are accepted until Friday, May 4th.
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 11.

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2018 Won Festival

Sunday – April 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Please join our neighbors at the Won Dharma Center as they celebrate the enlightenment of their Founding Master Sotaesan at the Won Festival. They hope you will come and celebrate Sotaesan’s vision, “One Family, One World” walking together towards worldwide awakening.

There will be a Special Dharma service with the The East Wind, a Traditional Korean Percussion Ensemble Performance. Rev. Hyochul Kim, the executive director of Won Dharma Center will give a dharma talk on Won Buddhism and spirituality.

Also, there will be an Exhibition & Activity of Korean Traditional Folk Painting by Kate O. Trabulsi and various activities to experience Korean Traditional Culture Activities : Korean kite, lotus flower making, making rice cake, silent auction, Korean traditional games. Acupuncture is available during the event. For an appointment, email

A portion of your donation will benefit the Claverack Library and the Philmont Library as part of our on-going commitment to cultivate compassionate relationships in our community. For more information, call at 518-851-2581 or visit at

*A suggested donation of $10/adults or $5/children (includes lunch) is appreciated.

Please RSVP no later than April 25th to:
Payments may be made on their website via Paypal, or by sending a check.

361 State Route 23, Claverack, NY 12513

Vote – Claverack Library – Best in Columbia County

Vote for the Claverack Free Library

Round One of voting (April 1 through April 30) will be a nomination period, the top three of each category will move on to Round Two. Round Two of voting (May 5 through May 31) will consist of the top three in each category from Round One. Winners will be announced during an Academy Award style show, held at the Columbia county fairgrounds in Chatham on June 22.

Program on Substance Abuse Treatment

Sunday April 15 – 2:00 PM

The Claverack Free Library will host a program detailing local resources available for the prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction.

Chatham Police Chief, Peter Volkmann, will discuss the successful program he launched in July 2016, Chatham Cares 4 U, which encourages residents who want to overcome their addiction to walk into the police station, turn over their drugs, and ask for help. Instead of arresting them, police find a treatment program appropriate to the situation and insurance coverage, and often will drive the resident to that program and stay in touch during and after treatment.

Since inception, Chatham Cares 4 U placed 175 participants from throughout the region into treatment. The Chief said. “I became a cop to save lives, not arrest people. As a police chief, I want to help people with a medical condition get help before they go to jail. Too many people were dying; we needed to get them treatment.”

Columbia County Public Health Educator, Victoria McGahan will present the many additional resources available throughout the county for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. Ms McGahan notes that the effects of substance use in our community are more pervasive than many people realize.

Taconic Hills Elementary School Assistant Principal, Jane Case will describe the effects of substance use disorder on school children and their families.

In May the Claverack Library will host the Columbia Pathways to Recovery traveling collection of 22 books, sponsored by the Columbia County Library Association, on addictions and substance use. These books, which include materials appropriate for teens and adults, may be borrowed.

Bring your questions; stay for refreshments.

Book Group – April 13

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 April 13
, 6:00 PM

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.