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Buy a Brick, Build a Library

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Buy a Brick, Build a Library

Bricks are still available for installation in the Spring 2020.

The order form for Adopt-A-Brick is available here.

After years of careful planning, community input and phased construction, the new, enhanced Claverack Free Library and community center is now open and in full operation at the repurposed former A.B Shaw Firehouse (9 Route 9H Claverack, NY). So much more than a place to lend books, this new library center will connect our community through a vast range of cultural, educational and social events and occasions.

For each contribution of $100, a brick will be inscribed as you direct, with proceeds to go to the children’s room at the new library. Bricks will be placed along the sidewalk of the main entrance to assure that your family, friends and loved ones have a lasting presence at the new Claverack Free Library and community center. Makes a great gift!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the library.

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Holiday Movie Night!

Holiday Movie Night! 
Saturday, December 14

Get in the holiday spirit!

Join your neighbors and friends for the first Book to Movie screening in our new building!

Listen to a reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, which will be followed by a screening of the film, starring Tom Hanks, on our NEW 85-inch screen.

Hot chocolate, popcorn, and cookies will be available for snacking. Coloring pages will be provided for younger children.

Claverack Death Cafe!

First Claverack Death Cafe
Saturday, December 14th
1:00-2:30 PM.


Death Cafe is a get-together where we will talk about death over coffee or tea and cake. 

Hosted by local grief counselor Claudia Coenen, the goal is to make conversations about the end of life more comfortable and familiar. This is not a support group.

Free, but donations will be accepted.
RSVPs are helpful for planning, but not necessary.

Defensive Driving Class, November 17

Defensive Driving Class for 10% Insurance Discount
Sunday November 17, 9 AM – 3 PM

Those who complete the Point/Insurance Reduction Program are eligible for an immediate 10% discount on Collision and Auto Liability premium. This discount will apply to all vehicles for which the attendee is the principal operator FOR 3 YEARS!

If you have incurred violations during the 18 month period prior to completing the course, up to FOUR points will automatically be reduced on your driving record. All principal vehicle drivers are eligible regardless of violation accident record, senior citizens, youthful drivers and assigned risk drivers. No formal testing – festive classroom participation, informative movies. This class is recognized by all New York State Insurance companies.


How to Speak Dog: with Becky Stowe

HOW TO SPEAK DOG will give you some tools for learning how to read your dog’s body language – and thereby start you on your way to speaking “dog.”

Saturday, November 9th


Our dogs are “talking” to us all the time – but we don’t always understand what they’re trying to tell us. Dogs are a social lot: they “speak” loud and clear, if you know how to listen! The study of canine cognition and communication has exploded over the past several decades, with Canine Cognition Labs (laboratories, not Retrievers) popping up at universities all over the globe. The work of behaviorists, ethologists, zoologists, psychologists and of course veterinarians has resulted in a new understanding of just how smart (and communicative) our Best Friends are.


New Building Tour with Friends of the Library!

Wednesday, November 6th at 3:00PM

Friends of the Library will lead a tour of the new building to show it off to the community. Coffee and cookies will be served!

First Event in the NEW Library!

Songs & Stories of the Strange & Macabre

Sunday, October 27

The NiverMoores are a cure for your cheerfulness and company for your misery.
They sing delightfully depressing songs of melancholy, hard living, and death.

A Variety of Story Tellers will be regaling us with delightful tales of spine chilling suspense and shivery delight.

Hot apple cider and light refreshments will be served.
This is not an evening for young children.

New Library Update & Grand Opening Invitation!

You Are Invited: Save the Date!

The grand opening of the new Claverack Free Library and community center is set for Saturday, October 26th: Noon- 4PM.

Sponsored by Kneller Insurance Agency & Dog Wood Farm Bakery.


All are invited for an afternoon of festivities, including ribbon cutting, in addition to Claverack Library representatives, speakers will include the Honorable Kippy Weigelt, Claverack Town Supervisor; the Honorable Antonio Delgado, U.S. Congressman, 19th District of New York; the Honorable Didi Barrett, New York State Assembly District 106Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library Association; and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System., tours and autumnal refreshments to celebrate the opening of the new library in the former A.B. Shaw Firehouse at 629 Route 23B, Claverack.

Please plan to join us for this historic event in Claverack. It’s just the beginning.