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Summer Reading Program This yearís summer program focused on the celebration of 400th anniversary of Henry Hudsonís voyage up the Hudson River. During the six-week program over 30 children read over 400 books, wrote over 50 book reports, listen to music by John Farrell and Amy Hilliard, and work on crafts related to Henry Hudson, or the Hudson River.

Flat Henry started his travels around the world in January. He visited about half of the states and over a dozen countries around the world, including China, South Korea and India. The world map on the front lawn of the library charted Flat Henry's course.

At the end of the program, all Columbia County libraries were invited to the Claverack Town Park for a party. The Philmont Public Library young patrons were dressed in period costumes made by Joanne Maurer, a retired Taconic Hills teacher. The County Library Association provided hot dogs and chips and everyone who attended brought something for Stone Salad.

Roger the Jester entertained the group and allowed the young readers to practice with his equipment afterward. Hudson Talbott was available to sign books, including his newest The River of Dreams.

Sally Alderdice, director of the Claverack Library, was the main organizer. She hopes this will be an annual event attracting an even larger crowd next summer.

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