Friends Newsletter

2024 Spring Newsletter

Blue Open Book on White Background with Leaves on Branch with Hello Spring TextThe Friends of Claverack LibraryA portion of the $5,000 given to the library by the Friends of the Claverack Library made it possible for Professor Matthew Szydagis to give a presentation on the upcomming eclipse. Nancy Eos, member of the Friends executive committee, was in attendance on April 7 and shared what a wonderful event it was. 
          “I should have known, but I swear I did not. I was early for the talk, “What is a Solar Eclipse” by the SUNY Albany Physics Professor Matthew Szydagis. But parking did not exist at the library or nearby. So, I walked and found three others coming for the same lecture. They were planning to view the eclipse from 2 to 10 hours away! No one wanted to stay in Claverack where we were 95% perfect to see the event. As I learned, eclipses are a few a year, but to be in the trajectory for a 100% eclipse viewing is where most people wanted to be. Why? That is what the animated professor wanted to tell us. He had us on the edge of our seats and laughing for his whole presentation. Professor Szydagis was planning to take his family many hours from home to share the experience with them. He was more than willing to hear about others experiences and to answer questions. It was exciting to have the professor there but also to see about 50 Claverack neighbors in attendance.”

On April 8 there was an eclipse veiwing event on the lawn. The library was able to  provide glasses to members of the community as well as those who had attended Professor Szydagis’s presentation. 
The Friends and Board of Trustees will offer a catered lunch from ‘Aim 2 Please’ at a “Claverack Library Volunteer Celebration” on April 20th. Invitations have been sent to volunteers who supported the library in 2023. We hope to see you there!

The Friends of the Claverack Library held their first 2024 Free Coffee day on Thursday March 7th. 
The next Free Coffee day will be April 23rd. The third and last free coffee day will be May 14th. The sponsors will be identified at the time of the offering. Coffee offered on March 7th was consumed before noon. Once the coffee is gone, it will not be replenished. Additional information will be posted on the library website

The Claverack and Philmont libraries are sponsoring their annual 5K Run/Walk at 9am on May 19, 2024. The Churchtown Fire Company is once again hosting this event. The registration form can be obtained at the library or at
In anticipation of the Fall Book Sale, the Friends of the Claverack Library will be taking book donations for the months of May, June, and July on Wednesdays from 4 pm – 7pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am – 12 pm.

If you have more than two (2) boxes of books, please call the Library on 518-851-7120 to arrange for a special delivery.

The Friends would appreciate help in sorting the books during these time frames as well; Please call or stop by the Library to sign up.

Please note that it is a fire hazard to leave books at the library outside of donation times. Please respect the Library’s fire safety guidelines and procedures.

The Friends of the Claverack Library are planning a concert and beer tasting event in the Community room on June 8th. Columbia County based band “Salt Tooth Serenaders”,, is scheduled to play a mix of sweet country, old blues and jazz, lots of Fats Waller tunes and tastings of their in-house produced beer. The anticipated cost is $20 per person. Stay tuned for more detailed information posted on the library website and through email blasts.