Open for Browsing, Borrowing and Computer Use

Open for inside use and Curbside Service :

The Claverack Free Library is open for inside browsing, borrowing and computer use. If you come inside the library it’s required to wear a mask that covers both your nose and mouth. If you need a mask, we’ll provide a paper one for you. If you’re unable to wear a mask, you’re welcome to use our curbside service. When inside the library, please remain at least 6 feet from others and limit your browsing or computer time to 30 minutes or less. 

Hours of Operation:

Schedule Curbside Pickup Every Half Hour During The Times Below.

Monday 1:00 – 7:00 | Wednesday 1:00 – 7:00 | Friday 1:00 – 5:00 

Tuesday 10:30 – 2:00 | Thursday 10:30 – 2:00 | Sat. 10:30 – 2:00


Local Artists On Display In The Main Room

Ken Bovat- First Snow  photograph

Local Artists on Display in the Main Room

Doug Stalker-Sun Setting Over Catskills photograph

Local Artists On Display In The Main Room

Ken Bovat – Privacy Please photograph

Chef Series – From Local Kitchens To Yours

Atelier Ku-ki March 22, 6:00 PM


Chef Series – From Local Kitchens To Yours

Chef Christopher Depew of This and That Food Truck
April 26, 6:00 PM


Story Time Alphabet Fun!


Story Time Alphabet Fun! | Fridays @ 10:00 am


Join Ms Thea and special guests each week for stories and more! Email: to register.


March 12th the featured letter is “R” 

For the March 12th storytime we will have free craft kits to make a fabulous rainbow. Sign up at or call 518- 851- 7120. The kits will be available for pickup Wednesday and Thursday during library hours.

Click here to download the letter R

Click here to download a rainbow

Click here to download cut and paste rainbow letters

Click here to download a fun bookmark!




Wednesday, March 10, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

To register,  contact for login

Are you new to Medicare? Do you currently have Medicare but want to understand it better?

Join Robin Williams, Licensed Medicare Sales Representative, for a comprehensive presentation on the ins and outs of Medicare insurance.  Learn about programs that could help save you money as well as how to avoid penalties, and navigate the maze that is Medicare.

This program will be held on Zoom and is cosponsored by the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hudson Area Library, Claverack Free Library, and Philmont Public Library.


Landscape Re-Imagined

Spring  2021

 During Library Hours

In bringing together the artists for this exhibit our intention was to allow viewers the opportunity to contemplate what landscape can be as seen through an artists’ vision and interpretation.


Douglas Wirls, Land #1, 2011, pastel and charcoal on paper, 40” x 60”


     Sasha Chermayeff                    Douglas Wirls

     Tony  Thompson                       Ellen  Kozak

     Margaret Saliske                       Patrick Stolfo

     Debra   Priestly                         Eric   Wolf


For more information about the artists’ and their work please go to  Landscape Re-Imagined

Story Hour For Grownups

Book and Movie Discussion
Sunday, March 21, 2021 | 5:00 PM via Zoom


Please Zoom with us on Sunday, March 21 at 5:00 pm to discuss the crime novel Double Indemnity by James M. Cain. First published in serial form in 1936 for Liberty Magazine, it tells the story of an insurance agent who is seduced into helping a femme fatale kill her husband for the insurance money.

From the comfort of home we will watch the 1944 classic film directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler. It is often cited as having set the standard for film noir. Starring Fred MacMurray,  Barbara Stanwyck,  and Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity was hailed by critics and nominated for seven Academy Awards.

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


Tech Labs

Thursdays, 5:30 PM

To register, please email Tammy Gaskell at


This series is hosted in conjunction with Claverack Free Library, Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hudson Area Library, and Philmont Public Library. Leading the labs is freelance IT consultant and educator Pam Doran.


All labs will be held virtually on Zoom and are free to participants of all ages. Classes begin at 5:30 PM, but we encourage signing in 15 minutes early.


Lab Schedule:

Feb 25 – Google Search Tips: Utilize tabs, quotes and hyphens to search, and find pages and websites.

Mar 4 –  Cyber Security: Protect yourself from hackers and scams by using password management and practicing care while searching online.

Mar 11 – NEW! Computer Ergonomics: Efficiency and Comfort at Your Computer & Work Environment:  Special guest host Gloria Kadish will be sharing her advice for making computer use more comfortable, improving posture, and avoiding physical pain and stress while working from home.

History Series with FDR Presidential Library

FDR in the Hudson Valley | March 8th, 6:00 pm


Topic Discussion : The Four Freedoms


Presented by Hudson Area Library, Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library, and in conjunction with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, the FDR History Series will explore the many facets of the 32nd President.

For this installment, educator Jeff Urbin will discuss Roosevelt’s iconic “Four Freedoms” speech, how it influenced FDR as a leader, and the role it played in the formation of the UN.

Click here to Join via Zoom     Passcode: FDR


Future Topics in the Series will be:

Federal One: Saving the Arts…… April 5th, 2021 6:00 pm

Rural Electrification…………………May 3rd, 2021 6:00 pm

Beyond Selfies! Take Better Photos with Gerald Seligman Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, February 24 & March 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM


Take better photos – it’s not your camera, it’s your eye. Learn how to frame and shoot your photos with this two-session class open to teens and adults. Whether you use a smartphone, a ‘point and shoot’ or the latest camera equipment, everyone’s welcome to the course – and all can benefit.

Please email to register.

Chef Series-From Local Kitchens To Yours

March 22, and April 26 at 6 PM


The Claverack Free Library is delighted to bring you a series of free cooking classes, From Local Kitchens to Yours. Virtual classes will be “broadcast” on  Mondays, March 22, and April 26 at 6:00 PM.


What’s on the menu?

March- from the workshop of Atelier Ku-ki is a lesson in making Omusubi, Japanese rice balls. Atelier Ku-ki is a husband & wife team committed to traditional Japanese cuisine, based on respecting the seasons and selecting the perfect ingredients and tools to create harmony.

April- April brings more international flavors as Chef Christopher Depew of This and That Food Truck invites us into his kitchen to watch him make Falafel, a staple Middle Eastern dish made from ground chickpeas, a popular street food around the world.

To pre-register email:  or call

Churchtown Dairy Regenerative Readers

Monthly Book Club with the Churchtown Dairy


If you love reading and enjoy meaningful conversation, you’re warmly welcome to join our Regenerative Readers! Book themes are chosen to engage us in conversation about things that matter…. environment, culture and us!


February: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

March: Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food
by Gina Rae La Cerva

April: On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin


We will meet to discuss Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, Wednesday, March 3rd, via Zoom. Contact: Caitlin Makielski

Books can be ordered through the Claverack Library from the MHLS Catalog, by email: or calling 518-851-7120.  For more information about the group contact Caitlin Makielski

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