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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


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!

Claverack Town and Library Partner Together



April 28, 2021

Claverack Town and Library Partner Together

In a unique partnership, the former Claverack Library building will become the temporary home of the Claverack Town Court and Town Hall during construction of a new Town Hall and Community Center in Mellenville. The Town also plans to utilize the new library’s meeting spaces for municipal functions during construction.

Minor renovations are now underway at the little white building at the intersection of State Routes 9H and 23B, with the addition of a new wing with a fully ADA-accessible bathroom and a new entryway to bring the building up to code.

“This joint project provides the Town a space to hold court and conduct meetings while we take the necessary steps to plan and build a new Town Office complex that will house the court as well as all of our offices, in addition to providing much needed community space for the public,” said Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt. “We are grateful to the Library for their willingness to rent this building to us while we embark on this exciting project.”

“This is a wonderful partnership between the Town and the Library,” says Library board vice president Stephen King. “It will allow the court and Town meetings to take place in a historic much-loved building and the Library to make improvements that will make it available for rental in the future, thus helping keep the Library healthy and vibrant into the future for all.”

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.



Apply For a Library Card Online

Library Card
Don’t have a library card? No problem, apply for one online and take advantage of the the many free resources the library offers. It’s fast and easy.


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Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books before Kindergarten is a year-round reading program for children
from birth until they start Kindergarten.

– Why Read? –

Reading aloud helps strengthen language skills and builds vocabulary, two important tools for learning to read. It also builds imagination and creativity. Sharing books with children promotes a life long love of books and reading.

– Program Steps –

Register – contact, if you need a library card, sign up online.

Track Reading – Log each book you read, you can read books more than once.

Download the tracking sheet

Keep Reading – Don’t stop at 1000! Keep reading, there’s more learning ahead.

It’s easier than you think!

3 Books a day for one year = 1,095 Books!
1 Book a day for three years = 1,095 Books

Electric Car Charger

Low battery? No worries.


The Claverack Free Library now has an electric car charging station. Located in the parking lot the charging station can accommodate two cars at a time. Free wifi access 24 hours a day, no password needed.

Our Grand Opening was a success- and this is only the beginning!

We greatly appreciate all who made our new library possible.

We look forward to serving you in our new space and we encourage all to stay engaged; using the repurposed library to create and explore your own world of possibilities.


Some items are still needed for our children’s room. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation for our new space. The Amazon wish list is available here.