LIBRARIES: Roe Jan, Claverack, Hudson

Saturday brings free webinar on native trees, shrubs
COPAKE—In celebration of Earth Day, a free webinar on native trees and shrubs takes place via Zoom on Saturday, April 25, from 10 to 11 a.m., presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, in partnership with the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Master Gardener Tim Kennalty will lead a lesson on how native shrubs, trees, and other wildlife can provide beauty and structure to landscape and help preserve nature.
This program is being held in lieu of Cornell’s Spring Gardening Day and the Roe Jan Library’s earlier scheduled program on this topic, which were cancelled this year in accordance with current health and safety measures.
Visit for registration information. After you have registered, a link for the webinar will be sent to your email address.
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale. For information on hours and events visit, on Facebook at, or on Instagram at

Claverack short story club meets Sunday
CLAVERACK—Join The Claverack Free Library on Zoom Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. to discuss the short story “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster. Download a copy of the story here.  An audio version is available from Librivox by clicking here. Email for the link to join the conversation. You will receive an email with log-in details. Grab your favorite beverage and join the chat. This is an adult program.

Hudson offers Woke Baby Challenge Saturday

HUDSON—The Hudson Area Library had to postpone its Woke Baby Book Fair, but the Woke Baby Challenge is still on, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary.
Curator-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne and the library offer a weekly challenge for children and families, inspired by children’s books that celebrate diversity.
Saturday, April 25 a new challenge will be announced. Families will have one week to take on that challenge and post their entries on social media. Ms. Browne and library staff will choose two winners who will receive a prize pack of books.
To join the challenge, follow Ms. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. Challenges and winners will be announced at Mahogany L. Browne, which links to the library website.

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