Summer Fun 2019

Summer Reading Program:
Summer Fun for EVERYONE!


Registration Party!

Saturday, June 22
11:00AM to 1:00PM

Sign up for our programs, be entertained by the SCIENCETELLERS, get creative, and more!!

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship — before it’s too late!

Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. It’s totally out of this world!

The Reading Club – (All Ages)

Each child who participates in the reading club will commit to reading for 15 mins a day, 7 days a week or 21 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each child will have a chart to record their time.

Sign up at our Kick off party. Every week that you stop by the library with your recorded time you earn a prize.

Summer Fun Event:
Animal Adventures in Space with REPCO Wildlife





Pre-K through 5th grade
Friday, July 12 

Visit REPCO at the Claverack Library to see Animals In Space, a program all about the different species that have been part of space programs around the world. See, interact with, and learn about turtles, geckos, frogs, mice, spiders, and more in this fun and educational program!

Summer Adventures: Help Build a Library! 






Wednesday, August 14
Children 5 and up.
Children will be able to paint a design on a ceramic tile that will decorate the walls in the children’s bathroom of the NEW LIBRARY!

Local Artist Melanie Sears will provide guidance in designing the tiles. Suggested donation of $10 per tile. Proceeds to go toward the new building.

A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading Program (Ages 3-8)
Wednesdays in July and August, 10AM. Ends August 7.


• July 3: Learn about the night sky with Mud Creek Environmental Center.

Astronomy with Binoculars! Learn about what you can see in the night sky and how you can use binoculars to get a better view! Pamela Price from Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will teach us how to make a Star Wheel to help navigate through the night sky.


• July 10: Space exploration, rocket building and Star Wars fun.

Today we will learn about space exploration and we will make our own rocket and/or spacecraft to take home! We will also read a story about rockets going up into space and space aliens! For you Star Wars fans, come dressed as your favorite character!


• July 17: Columbia Land Conservancy with constellation fun, including edible constellations.

Conservation Education Manager, Heidi Bock, from the Columbia Land Conservancy Inc., will be coming to talk about constellations and star gazing. We will be doing a craft and we will make edible constellations!


July 24: Mud Creek comes back to explore the moon!

Pamela Price from Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will help us discover why the moon looks different throughout the month. We will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and learn about how Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. We will make a Moon Phase Calendar and Calculator so you can figure out what time of day and where you can see your favorite moon phases.

We will read the book, Destination Moon by Seymour Simon and make foil printed moons.


• July 31: Mr. McDarby from HHS will join us with a variety of animals including animals that roam in the night.

Jim McDarby, Hudson High School Biology Teacher, will be back from last year with all different types of animals, including reptiles and amphibians to explore as well as night animals! He was a huge hit last year! We will also make “galaxy” dough to touch and explore!


•August 7: The Art School of Columbia County will join us for a Universe of Poetry. Art and Poetry go hand in hand



Harry Potter Reading Club (Ages 8-12)
Monday’s in July at 6:00PM, beginning July 8





Have fun with Harry Potter this summer! Discover your Hogwarts House, go to Olivander for your wand and more! Join us for a magical summer!

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 six pre- selected books, then participate in a game show environment to see who knows more about their summer reads!

NEW: High School Battle of the Books (9th grade and up)! Join the Philmont and Claverack Library High School Team. Similar to Middle School Battle of the Books, but for High Schoolers!

Beginning in June,
Battle of the Books for Middle School will be every Thursday at 6:30PM.
Battle of the Books for High School will be every Tuesday at 6:30PM.

Locations for specific dates (Philmont or Claverack) TBD.

Junior Engineering (Ages 9-14)
August 12-15







Join us this summer for soaring adventures in engineering!

We’re building three different types of rockets, each using a different energy to fuel it.
At the end of the week, we’ll have a “How High Can My Rocket Fly” contest.
Former Jr Engineering Students that are entering 10th grade, are welcome to join us this week as Student Mentors. Please check with Thea for details.

Space limited, registration required. 

Check out Community Fun Events for this summer!


Knitting on Monday and Wednesdays at 1:00PM.

This summer we’ll knit for those in need.


-Food Truck Wednesdays!

Starting at 5:00PM. Join us on the lawn for Summer Community Fun!



-Tai Chi with David Haines on Tuesdays, 10AM.
Suggested donation of $3 to the instructor.


Grand Finale!
John Farrell: A Universe of Songs

Tuesday, August 20th
Claverack Town Park

With the Philmont Library
Rain or Shine, under the pavilion!
Join us to celebrate the Summer!

Local musician John Farrell sings through end of summer events. John Farrell is the author of the picture book, The Stargazers Alphabet.
Pot luck supper at 5:30PM. Bring a dish to share.

Open to all, John’s star gazer book will be given to every family that attends. Also, prizes and giveaways for all ages! Reading certificates will be given to children that read by minutes or participated in Battle of the Books.

What a great time to wrap up the summer program!

Sponsored by Bank of Greene County.