Library Hours


MONDAY: 2 pm – 5 pm (Curbside 2 -6pm)    

TUESDAY:   Curbside Only 11 am – 2 pm

WEDNESDAY:   2 pm – 5 pm   (Curbside 2 -6pm)

THURSDAY:   Curbside Only 11 am – 2 pm

FRIDAY:  2 pm – 5 pm   (Curbside 2 -5:30pm)

SATURDAY:  11 am – 2 pm (Curbside 11-2 pm)



Local Artists On Display

Peter Hoffman – Overlap 2009

Local Artists On Display

Peter Hoffman – Undulation 2012

Local Artists On Display

Patricia Powers – Arches 2001


Local Artists On Display

Peter Hoffman – Activation 2006

Welcome To hoopla

How does hoopla work?


hoopla is brought to you by the Claverack Libraries (Claverack and Philmont).  With your Claverack or Philmont library cards just find a title you like and click borrow and you are ready to start enjoying your title.


Claverack Libraries provides you with 4 instant borrows each month. These digital borrows will reset every month and you can borrow more than one title at a time.

Books are available for 21 days, videos are available for 72 hours, and music titles are available for 7 days after you borrow. Enjoy!

Go beyond the basics with these pro tips:

hoopla is available on your desktop, phone, tablet, Alexa devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV! Make sure to download our app to take your borrows anywhere.

Out of monthly borrows? Use the heart icon to save a title for later!

Download the hoopla user guide for Kindle
Download the hoopla user guide for Android
Download the hoopla user guide for ios

hoopla has a Chrome extension so while you are browsing Amazon you can see if your library has the title you are looking for.

Download the Chrome extension guide

hoopla is sponsored by funds from the Berkshire Taconic Community Fund

Tech Lab: ZOOM!

Learn the basics of Zoom with this free beginner’s class

Tuesday, December 15, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Presented by Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hudson Area Library, Philmont Public Library, and Claverack Free Library, this will be the first in a series of tech labs focused on building confidence and familiarity with technology.

Join Pam Doran, a freelance IT consultant and educator, for a lesson on how you can use Zoom to communicate with family, friends, school, and co-workers. Discover how you can mute microphones, turn on cameras, use virtual backgrounds, and share your screen. You can use a mobile device or a computer to join this session, but it is recommended to join the session 15 minutes early if you have never used Zoom before. You can join with video, but if you do not have a camera you can still participate.

This class is for beginners. An advanced Zoom class for hosting and security will be offered soon.

All those interested in participating can register by emailing

Login instructions will be sent by email on the morning of December 15.

Live Artist Webinar

Live Virtual Panel Discussion

With Artists D. Jack Solomon, Jean Feinberg and Donna Moylan

Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Claverack Free Library is exhibiting 10 paintings by D. Jack Solomon in the library’s Marilyn and Bob Laurie Foundation Gallery, open to the public during library browsing hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 to 2 pm.

Solomon’s colorful and complex paintings, which combine patterns and often-familiar images in unexpected ways, will remind viewers of pop art, geometry class, old photographs, and comic books, among other sources. Viewers will enjoy piecing together the puzzle of the many references. After a varied and extensive career as a painter and teacher, Solomon now lives in Hudson.

A virtual panel discussion with Solomon and fellow painters Jean Feinberg and Donna Moylan will be held on Sunday December 6 from 4 – 5 PM. For more information on the artists, go to,, and

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: paint

Seasonal Story Time

Seasonal Story Time

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 | 10:00 am

in with Ms. Thea for stories
and December Holiday Fun!

Email: to register. On Wednesday 12/9 you will be emailed the zoom link and a downloadable craft. We can print the craft for you if needed. Markers or crayons and scissors required. Optional – glitter, sequins, glue, pompoms, or other small decorations.

Story Hour For Grownups

Book and Movie Discussion

Sunday, December 20, 2020 | 5:00 pm


Please join us on Sunday, December 20,
at 5:00 pm
to discuss the 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. In it, a contemporary writer recalls his early days in New York City,when he makes the acquaintance of his remarkable neighbor, Holly Golightly, who is one of Capote’s best-known characters.

From the comfort of home we will watch the 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s directed by Blake Edwards, written by George Axelrod, adapted from Truman Capote’s 1958 novella of the same name and starring Audrey Hepburn. During our meeting we will discuss the differences between the book and the movie.

Both book and movie are available from our system catalog and can be ordered by logging onto the Mid-Hudson Library website.

We will socially distance meet at the library. Please bring a mask. We will offer Zoom for those that cannot attend in person; please let us know in advance at


What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and kids favorites. We partner with studios like A24, The Criterion Collection, PBS and more to bring your library access to thoughtful entertainment.

How can I watch Kanopy?

You can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices! Kanopy is accessible via mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android. You can also access Kanopy on your Desktop, and SmartTB apps like Roku, Apple TV and Fire Stick.


* With our new and improved Kanopy digital service you will need to create a new account, even if you had previously signed up for one before.


How to create an account:

  • To get started, visit and select the “add Library Card” button on the lower left

  • Enter your library card number

  • Create an account using your preferred email

  • Begin streaming!

Community Art Show

Artist D. Jack Solomon

RIVERWALK 2008 38 X 50” A/C



The Claverack Free Library is exhibiting 10 paintings by D. Jack Solomon in the library’s Marilyn and Bob Laurie Foundation Gallery, open to the public during library browsing hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 to 2pm.


D. Jack Solomon received a BA in Art from San Diego State University and an MA in painting from San Francisco State University.  He also studied at El Camino College, UCLA, The Art Center in Los Angeles, and Mills College. He began teaching in 1967 at Virginia Commonwealth University as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Painting and Printmaking.  After moving to NYC in 1974 he taught at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, SUNY Purchase, SUNY New Paltz, and Parsons School of Design. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous universities and was an artist in residence at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic.  He is now retired. Mr. Solomon’s paintings have been shown widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.  Grants include the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist grant for painting and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.   His work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.  He is represented by Fox Gallery NYC. He lives in Hudson.

Interested in sharing your work? Email: to become part of our community show.

Great Give Back 2020


OCTOBER 1, – DECEMBER 31, 2020


On October 17, 2020 libraries from across the Hudson Valley will be participating in The Great Give Back, a state-wide initiative to provide a day of opportunities for library patrons to participate in meaningful community service experiences.

This year the Claverack Free Library will be collecting donations of shelf-stable, unexpired food items to benefit local food pantries in our area.

We will also be collecting donations of clean, gently used winter coats to be distributed to various shelters nearby.

During library hours, food items can be placed in designated food bins. Coats must be in plastic bags and placed in the designated coat bins.

         M, W, F, 2:00 – 5:00 pm and Sat, 11:00 -2:00 pm

Teen Book Club


Alternating Mondays, at 6:30 pm


Come every time or once a month! All teens are welcome to join!

See the full list:
Teen Book Club Flyer

What we’re reading now:

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

Dec. 07, 2020 | 6:30 pm

Churchtown Dairy Regenerative Readers Book Club

If you love reading and enjoy meaningful conversation, you’re warmly welcome to join our Regenerative Readers Book Club!

We read one book a month and meet to share conversation about what matters ~ for our environment, our culture and us ~ at Churchtown Dairy on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Regenerative Readers Flyer.

Books can be requested from the Claverack Library at 

Both e-books via Overdrive/Libby and physical copies are available for borrowing. 

Here is the upcoming book list:

October 28th: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

November 25th: American Hemp Farmer by Doug Fine

December 30th: The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray

Meetings are held via Zoom at 6:30pm on the last Wednesday of each month.

Email Caitlin to join the list –