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We will be closed November 27 and November 28, December 24 and December 25. Here is a calendar of dates the library will be closed in 2014.
Printable CALENDAR of major upcoming events for September & October here.
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Wear Your Pajamas. Bring a Blanket. Free Popcorn.
Sunday December 15th, 2pm
Family Holiday Concert
Join in singing, laughing, and learning as John Farrell shares original and traditional songs about the holidays and his travels around the world to work with children and families.
John’s songs and humor appeal to adults as well as children.
John Farrell is a songwriter, author, and peace educator who travels the world singing, listening, and telling stories. John has visited over 1000 schools in more than 21 countries. John is also the founder of Bridges of Peace and Hope, an organization dedicated to promoting respect and understanding through music, stories and collaborative creative arts projects.
Saturday December 28, 10:30am
The Storycrafters perform
The Snow Queen
The Storycrafters, Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, will perform their adaptation of Hans Christian Andersens’ fairy tale “The Snow Queen”.
This free performance, which runs approximately 60 minutes, is appropriate for families with school-age children. The Storycrafters re-tell Andersen’s classic fairy tale with original music and song, accompanied by harp, hand drum, and Norwegian langeleik. The story, which carries listeners from summery flower gardens to wintry tundra and back again, is filled with magic and adventure, and peppered with hilarious characters. It received audience and sponsor acclaim at its recent premiere at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah,
with comments such as ‘wonderful’, ‘excellent’, and ‘masterful’.
Celebrating the Library at 100
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is a community — of readers, movie watchers, computers users, music aficionados, volunteers, staff, supporters, etc. etc. It’s these people, involved with the Library in so many ways, who have made it the vital heart of the Roe Jan community. So, for the library’s 100th birthday, with the help of Ancram photographer B. Docktor, we are celebrating the library by celebrating the people. Click here to see some of B’s photos of the people of this community who make the Library such a special place, starting with the kids.
THE BIG READ is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American cultuire. The program provides competive grants to support innovative reading programs in selected communities. These programs focus on one book, chosen from a list of 30 selected by NEA’s panel of experts. The community selects the book. We are actively getting input from Taconic Hills School.
While reading the book is central to the program, an enormous range of supportive activities are encouraged: exhibitions, theatrical performances, movies, cooking classes, field trips, panels – pretty much whatever the community believes would support the goals of the program and the themes of their chosen book. Roe Jan Library is eager to host a Big Read program in 2014 and we have leadership in place. We would love your input, support and participation.
You can Vote on your choice for our book and get involved in the project at the desk in the library. More information including a list of the 30 books is here.
Free Museum Passes Available
The Friends of Roe Jan Library offers five free museum passes for use with the Clark, the Berkshire Museum, the Norman Rockwell, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson and the Hancock Shaker Museums. Each pass offers two to four adult entrances, some child benefits and discounts on gift shops. The passes can be reserved or checked out at the Library for one day with a library card. For more information call 325 4101.
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 7-9 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library Trustees Meeting, Community Room.
Second Saturdays – 10am-11am Dogs Love Books Join Ms. McCord and her canine companions, Tansy and Toast in the Children’s Room. Ms. McCord will read stories and kids can read to the dogs, too!