Summer Fun 2018

Summer Reading Program

Registration Party!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

10:00 AM to Noon

Join us on the Front Lawn of the Library. Register for summer programs and see the Spoonman perform. 

The “Spoon Man” is a Published Author who offers a hilarious interactive comedy program for all ages. He gives a real stirring performance. Everyone will really eat him up. No bibs required. The “Spoon Man” has a totally clean act. He never uses dirty silverware. The “Spoon Man” will leave a lasting impression after playing on you (literally). It’s a spoonful of family fun.

 The Reading Club – (All Ages)

Each child who participates in the reading club will commit to reading for 15 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Or they could chose to read 21 minutes 5 days a week.
We’ll have options on how children can record their time, sign up at our Kick Off Party.


Libraries Rock!


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

July 5: Learn about fossils found in different rocks with Pamela Price from the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Children will make their own fossil to take home.

Friday – July 6: 

Grades K-3. The Art School of Columbia County will help us explore Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “City Trees” and remember different places we’ve been.  After creative writing, we will build our own towns, villages, and other places we’d like to visit as we create cityscapes and country landscapes in reversible collage books.

Thursday – July 12:

Local science teacher, James McDarby, will be here with different small animals and reptiles. He will talk about them and how they rely on rocks and soil to survive in their environment.


Thursday – July 19:

Learn how soil is formed and what it is made up of with Pamela Price, from the Mud Creek ELC. We will paint and make cactus pet rocks to bring home!


Thursday – July 26:

Discover how vibrations cause the sounds we hear! Pamela Price from the Mud Creek ELC will be here to teach us this! We will make homemade instruments to take home and use too!


August 2: We will learn more about music and sounds, and we will make Unicorn and Superhero rocks!


August 7: Closing ceremony/picnic at the Claverack Town Park at 6 pm. Homesun Community Dancing will be here to entertain us with music and to get children and families to participate in dancing and movement together. What a great time to wrap up the summer program!




Battle of the Books!

The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation and the Friends of the Claverack Free Library have provided generous sponsorship of our Battle of the Books team for middle school students. Participating students will read eight pre-selected books, then participate in a game show environment to see who knows more about their summer reads!
Check in at the library for dates.

Intro to Coding Class for Kids!

Ages 11-14
Tuesday, July 24 – Friday, July 27

An introduction to the Processing coding language and interface. Kids will learn to design, program and create visual art. Parents are welcome to join as well. The first night will also include a discussion on Cybersecurity.

Processing, developed at MIT, is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Processing is a fun and creative way for students to use their imaginations, problem solving skills and artistic abilities while having fun and learning how to program their own Processing projects. You can visit for more information.

What to Bring: All supplies are provided, but you can bring your laptop(s) 
if you prefer to use your own. 

Sign-up at the Claverack Free Library. Space is limited.

Junior Engineering (Ages 9-14)

Week 1:

Wednesday, August 15 – Friday, August 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Week 2:
Monday, August 20 – Tuesday, August 21

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Students will be mentored by local engineers to build benches for our small free libraries and create a concrete planter to bring home!

Space limited, registration required. 

Knitting on the Lawn

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM starting July 11th through August 29th

Join us to learn New Techniques or work on your own project! This summer’s focus will be Double Knitting and Brioche

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 hats or scarves for the Military Courtesy Room or the local Homeless, we’ve yarn for you to use!

All experience levels welcome!

Grand Finale!
Tuesday, August 7, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Closing ceremony/picnic at the Claverack Town Park
With the Philmont Library
Rain or Shine!

Homesun Community Dancing will be here to entertain us with music and to get children and families to participate in dancing and movement together.

Join us for an evening of library fun!

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our generous sponsors and supporters who make these summer programs possible:

Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation 

Bank of Greene County

Friends of the Claverack Free Library

Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation


M E Engineering Company