Library Hours

Mon: 10 - 5
Tues: 10 - 5
Wed: 10 - 5
Thurs: 10 - 8
Fri: 10 - 5
Sat: 10 - 4
Sun: 1 - 4

9091 Route 22
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Fax - 518-325-4105

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Welcome to the Roeliff Jansen Community Library

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Get Help Finding a Job

Beginning in June Friday Afternoons between 2-4 p.m.
Stop by for: Help with finding Career Opportunities on the Internet. Helpful Tips on Resume writing and Cover Letters. Learn where and how to present your resume on the computer.
More information HERE.

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Saturday August 29 5:30 to 7pm
Benno Freidman
Reception for the Artist

The public is invited to a reception for photographer Benno Friedman. Refreshments will be served. His work will be on exhibit through September 30. Friedman’s photographs are in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

“In looking at a photograph, how many pixels can be removed or altered before the familiar becomes the unrecognizable, the concrete, abstract? Is there a point when the photograph ceases to be?” – Benno Friedman



Sunday August 30 at 5 pm.
Caroline Doctorow and The Steamrollers
The Great American Folk Song Revival

An American folk music show performed by Caroline Doctorow, vocalist & ensemble. Featuring songs of important American Songwriters of the ’60s, plus contemporary roots music presented by an outstanding folk music artist whose music is celebrated around the country. New Times critic Lee Zimmerman compares Doctorow’s grace and eloquence to that of Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. Her tenth and newest album, Raven Girl-Retrospective, Vol. One, traces her 25 year career as a folksinger, songwriter and record producer.
Nature of Place
Saturday Sept. 12 5 pm
The Nature of the Place: How our History is Also the Land’s History
Conrad Vispo of Farmscape Ecology at Hawthorne Valley

Vispo will discuss his book and explore how human history and natural history have interacted to produce our modern Columbia County landscape. Plus, how our way of life both reflects and shapes the land around us.




Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4, 9 am – 5 pm at the Library
Hunter Safety Course

The Library has arranged for NYS DEC Sponsored Hunter Education, which teaches participants how to be safe, responsible, ethical hunters, to be held at the Ancram Town Hall in August and at the Library in October. If interested you should enroll immediately as spots are limited and are going fast. Sign-up required: The session is now full but there is a waiting list.

This two-day course is required for all hunting licenses.

Participants will learn the necessary safety techniques and responsibilities of a hunter:
Safety techniques
Knowledge of firearms and ammunition
Proper gun handling and storage
Marksmanship fundamentals
Specific laws and regulations
Hunter ethics
Outdoor safety
Principles of wildlife management and identification
Hunter responsibility toward wildlife, the environment, landowners and the general public
Registrants must be 11 years of age by 8/1/2015

The two-day course at RJCL will be held:
Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4, 9 am – 5 pm

There is no charge for participation.


Friends Book Shop

The Friends Book Shop will be open every Saturday. There will be
featured new donations and 50-cent specials displayed each month. Hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please stop by!

Book Donations Donation box available 24/7, outside the Book Shop. Please do not leave any items not suitable for resale.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Join nearly 200 people in this community who volunteer for the library. We have immediate need for help in the library and serving on various project groups including the annual fundraiser celebration. To learn more click here. _______________________________________________________

Free Museum Passes Available

The Friends of Roe Jan Library offers seven free museum passes for use with Mass MoCA, the Berkshire Museum, the Norman Rockwell, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, the Hancock Shaker Museum, The Clark,  and the Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox, MA. Each pass, except the Mount and the Clark Art Museum, offers two to four adult entrances, some child benefits and discounts on gift shops. At the Mount, with pass the admission is $10.00 for two adults (savings of $8.00/person), Kids & Teens free admission.  The Clark pass is good for one adult admission; children under 18 are free. All of the passes can be reserved or checked out at the Library for one day with a library card. For more information call 325-4101. _____________________________________________________ CONTINUING EVENTS Mondays 8:00-9:30am – Yoga Conducted by Roberta Roll. Weekly yoga classes are suitable for beginners and more advanced students. $20 per class or $95 for a series of eight classes. A portion of the proceeds helps support Library programs. First Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 am – Friends of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library Meeting, Community Room. Second Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library Trustees Meeting, Community Room. ________________________________________________________________



















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