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History Series with FDR Presidential Library

FDR in the Hudson Valley | May 3rd, 6:00 pm


Topic Discussion : FDR and Rural Electrification 

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 the fourth and final installment, educator Jeff Urbin will discuss FDR’s efforts to improve the quality of life for farmers, mainly by bringing affordable electricity to rural areas.


Click here to Join via Zoom

ID: 948 2829 4055 / Passcode: FDR

If you would prefer to have the Zoom link sent to you by email, please email

An Introduction to Small Scale Food and Yard Waste Composting

Presented by Zero Waste Columbia

Co-sponsored by Climate Smart Communities of Austerlitz and Claverack  and Columbia County Library Association


Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 6:30 PM via Zoom


For more information please contact:

Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences will be the guest speaker.

Zero Waste Columbia (ZWC) is a citizen volunteer group committed to education and action that can move us towards zero waste in Columbia County. We seek to create a more sustainable and resilient world today and for future generations.

Zero waste means we aim to send nothing to the landfill. We reduce what we need, reuse as much as possible, minimize what we recycle and compost whenever possible. Our members are also active participants in our town Climate Smart Committees, Town Councils, and the Columbia County Environmental Management Council.


Click here to go to Zoom Webinar

Passcode: ZeroWaste

Webinar ID: 936 9471 5071

Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail Talk via Zoom

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Join us for a talk about an endangered snail whose entire population only exists at one location, Chittenango Falls state park!

Why are snails important? What do snails eat? How are researchers helping endangered snail species like the Chittenango ovate amber snail (COAS)?

Guest speaker Cody Gilbertson has studied and worked with COAS for over 10 years and has written her master’s thesis on these beautiful unique snails. Her work has been highlighted in Scientific American, WRVO public media, and Hypothesis WNYC public radio.

Zoom in to hear Cody talk and enjoy the snail tales!

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Webinar ID: 996 2042 1799


This Zoom program is presented as a collaboration between Claverack Free Library, Hudson Area Library, Philmont Public Library and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

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

Zoom Tai Chi with David Haines

All classes are Tuesdays at 10:00 am
and Thursdays at 5:00 pm via Zoom


Why not choose an intention to improve your well-being through Tai Chi and Qigong. Better balance, less stress, improved flexibility, all that and more can be a goal you set for the new year. By doing a practice that we enjoy in a gentle and friendly atmosphere we can more easily commit to doing it consistently. Taught by TaiChi instructor, David Haines, all classes are beginner-friendly and tailored to all levels.

Email: for log-in details.

$5 per class donation appreciated via paypal.


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!

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


Zoom Knitting

Zoom Knitting

Wednesdays 1:00 to 3:00 pm


Send email to:
for sign-in details.



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