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Local Artists on Display in the Main Room

Doug Stalker-Sun Setting Over Catskills photograph

Libraries Transforming Communities

Photography Club Group Exhibition

Columbia County Photography Club Presents:

Selected Works from Our Personal Favorites


                                                                        Ladders © Ken Bovat

May through July 2021

During Library Hours


Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
5:00 to 7:00 PM


Featuring 17 photographers displaying a wide variety of subjects, the Columbia County Photography Club is a talented group of local enthusiasts representing all ages and skill levels.

The group meets twice monthly for discussion and education and to share ideas. If you’re a professional or amateur photographer and would like to learn more, please visit our website at

The FRIENDS of the Claverack Free Library Monthly Themed Book Offering

Beginning May 1, 2021

FRIENDS of the Claverack Free Library will offer great books at great prices for a great cause – to support library programs. Beginning in May, books will be offered per the below schedule. CDs and DVDs will also be offered.

May – Gardening books, Fiction, and Large Print books

First 2 weeks of June- Cookbooks

Last 2 weeks of June – Children and Young Adult Books

First 2 weeks of July – Children and Young Adult Books

Last 3 weeks of July – Cookbooks

August – Fiction, Biography and History books will be offered each week

Book offerings will be in the library Teen Room.  FRIENDS volunteers will be present each Saturday during library hours: 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM. New stock will be added in all the time. There is a limit of 6 people in the Teen Room.

Suggested donations range from $1 to $3 for hardcover books and larger paperbacks to $.50 for small paperbacks. Oversized and other books of value are priced accordingly.

Due to the large number of donated books on hand, we will not be able to accept book donations at this time.

We appreciate your consideration and thank you for your continued support of The Claverack Free Library.

Museum Passes

Museum Passes are provided to Columbia County residents through a generous grant from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.

Click here for Columbia County Museum Passes

Print from Home: Passes may be reserved up to thirty days in advance and can be printed from home or at the library.

Some museums also accept passes displayed on a phone.

The pass will only be valid for the date of visit listed on the confirmation page, so request the pass for the day you wish to use it.

These passes are marked closed for the days when the museums are closed.

Pick Up/Return Pass: Passes may be reserved online for up to thirty days in advance and must be picked up at the library.


The Columbia County Libraries Association, composed of the 11 public libraries in Columbia County, works together to serve all the residents of the county. Individual libraries may have additional passes–check with your home library.

Middle School Battle of the Books June Schedule

Food Truck Wednesdays

Food Truck Wednesdays are Back!
May through October 2021

5:00 PM  to 7:30 PM Claverack Library Lawn
Take out or personal picnic gear only.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021 ~  This and That Food Truck – Click here to download menu

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 ~ This and That Food Truck – Click here to download menu

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 ~ This and That Food Truck – Click here to download menu

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 ~  Mei’s Handmade Dumpling’s – Click here to see them on Instagram


We ask that you follow social distancing guidelines – Please wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth unless eating and maintain a 6-foot distance from others not in your group. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Tai Chi with David Haines

Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM | Library Lawn
(community room if raining)

Thursdays @ 5:00 PM | via Zoom

Email: for log-in details.


Beginning Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 class will be held on the library lawn. If raining we will meet in the community room. Thursdays will continue on Zoom for now.

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 yourself. By doing a practice that we enjoy in a gentle and friendly atmosphere we can more easily commit to doing it consistently. Taught by Tai–Chi instructor, David Haines, all classes are beginner-friendly and tailored to all levels.


$5 per class donation appreciated via paypal.

Resume Q & A Workshop Series via Zoom

Better skills, Better Job, Better Year!

May 13, 2021 7:00 PM – Creating your best resume
May 20, 2021 7:00 PM – Preparing for an interview


Click here to register for the virtual workshops

Click here to download the Flyer


Workshops are led by the Columbia-Greene Office of Career Success and Workforce Office and is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program and the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation.

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:

May 13 – Google Drive – storing, synchronizing and sharing files as well as creating and editing documents.

May 20 – Library Apps – Libby/Overdrive/Hoopla/Kanopy – covering ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and music services you can get from the library!

May 27 – Google Search Tips – a deeper dive – Google searching pages and website, how to utilize tabs, quotes and hyphens while searching.

June 03 – iPhone Tips and Tricks – So many things you didn’t know about your iPhone and how to use it more effectively.

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.