Become a Library Volunteer – Join nearly 200 people in this community who volunteer for the library. We have immediate need for help in the library, serving on various committees of the annual fundraiser celebration, and on the Visual Arts Committee. To learn more, click here.
Here is a calendar of dates the library will be closed in 2014.
March & April
Dine Out for the Library
The Library has joined with local restaurants to sponsor “Dine Out for the Library,” throughout March and April to raise funds for children’s programming at the library.
From March 13 through April 26, eight local Roe Jan restaurants will donate 10% of their dinner totals from a given evening to benefit the library’s programming for children. Dates and participating restaurants follow:
March 13 – The Pond Restaurant … 711 County Route 3, Ancramdale
March 14 – Bert’s Inn … 4221 County Rte 7, Craryville
March 20 – Swiss Hutte Restaurant … 3290 Rte. 23, Hillsdale
March 24 – The Greens at Copake Country Club … 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake
March 27 – Four Brothers … 2828 Route 23, Hillsdale
April 2 – Hillsdale House … 2654 Rt. 23 at Anthony Street, Hillsdale
April 7 – O’s Hillsdale Country Diner … 9276 Route 22, Hillsdale
April 26 – CrossRoads Food Shop … 2642 Route 23, Hillsdale
Mark your calendar – The RJCL Annual Celebration is May 31st. Tickets available online now here. Tickets available at the library soon.
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An entertaining and educational program designed specifically for children of all ages. Debbie Elias owner of Country Quilt Llama Farm will bring a llama to the library with a presentation on llamas and alpacas. Debbie will first let the children pet the llama, then they can settle down and sit in front of the llama as she reads the story Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino. For the older children, Debbie reads Llamas by Mary R. Dunn, which is filled with many informative facts. At the end of the program, there is time for questions and another chance to pet the llama.
Five Friday Mornings – March 21 & 28 ~ April 4, 11 & 25th 10:30am
For anyone caring for an elderly, ill, or disabled family member or friend. Informative (and enjoyable) sessions led by experienced nurses. Come to any or all sessions.
Sample topics include but not limited to:
Home Safety and Fall Prevention
Medical Emergencies: First Aid vs. ER
How To Get Answers from Doctors
Help from Medicare & Other Sources
For information: 518-851-6108 No charge. Light refreshments will be served.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The program helps taxpayers by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. Sign-up for one-on-one help sessions at the library.
Through March 15th
Music in Motion Photography Exhibit
Myron Schiffer and Paul Solovay
Schiffer and Solovay, two photographers whose work shares an approach to painting light through motion, will be exhibiting from February 15 – March 15, 2014.
Schiffer’s Motion Capture photography is an exploration of improvisation and captured essence. His photographs are gleaned from everyday scenes and transformed into a minimalist expression of color, light and space. The method he employs for this series is improvisational movement of the camera while capturing various light sources, resulting in bold abstract images.
Solovay’s music photography is a result of a technique he calls “The Active Camera”. “In the Active Camera I am a camera setting, too. I’m zooming while pushing the camera forward, swaying with the music, letting the musical beats, drum fills or guitar riffs dictate each snap of the shutter.” Paul first utilized this technique in 1979 during a visit to Preservation Hall, a famed jazz venue in New Orleans. For more information see Exhibits And Art.
Friends Book Shop Open 1st Weekend of Every Month
Friends Book Shop on the lower level of the library will be open Friday and Saturday 10:00-4:00 and Sunday 1:00-4:00 the first weekend of each month. New material all the time. We welcome volunteers to help with book sorting, book sales and other ways. Call the library at 518.325.4101 or email email@example.com. In December the Friends were able to donate a truck load of books to Books for Troops in Clifton Park.
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.
Get envolved in a great project! 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 2015 and we have leadership in place. We would love your input, support and participation.
You can get involved in the project at the desk in the library. More information here: 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!