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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
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Printable Spring Calendar of Events: click HERE.
For a complete event schedule including ongoing programs, discussion groups etc. see CALENDAR tab above. Sign up for our eNewsletter – see bottom of column on the left.

Part Time Development Database Coordinator – maintain our donor database – flexible schedule that may average four hours per week – need Microsoft Office skills and experience with fundraising database programs -see details here.


Dine Out 2016

Support Our Local Restaurants While Helping the Library

Wednesday April 20 Taconic Wayside Inn/ 108 Rt 344, CopakeFalls (reservations suggested)
April 28 Thursday Swiss Hutte/ 3290 Rt.23, Hillsdale (reservations suggested)

In what has become an annual winter/spring tradition, the Library is partnering area restaurants in the popular “Dine Out for the Library” program, which encourages “dining local” to raise money for children’s programming.

On select dates from February 24 through April 28, twelve Roe Jan area restaurants will host “Dine Out for the Library” and donate ten percent of dinner revenues to benefit the library’s programming for children and teens, and also fund participation in outreach programs that encourage early literacy and learning skills. Click on the red poster above for full details.

Fridays – 2:00 to 4:00
Job Search Help Returns to the Library

Eleven people have found jobs in the last 2 years using the resources of the library! You can too. Drop by the Roe Jan Library between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on any Friday to get help using the internet to search for a job. Beth Gordon will provide assistance with searching for opportunities, tips on resumes and cover letters and advice on how and where to present your resume online. Bring your resume if you have one.


2016 Gala – Party in the Park

– June 18th – Tickets available here.


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Fifth Annual Poem-a-Day Challenge

Great Barrington poet Janet Hutchinson will send out daily email poetry writing prompts during the month of April for the fifth annual Poem-a-Day Challenge. To receive daily prompts send your email address to:

Hutchinson says, “There are now 300 people in twelve states and three foreign countries receiving these prompts. Many people have told me that they did not actually complete thirty poems in April, but said that the five they did write were five more than they might have written otherwise.”

An open mic for Poem-a-Day Challenge participants to read some of the poems they wrote, will be held at the Roe Jan Library, on Friday, April 29, 7:00-8:00 pm.

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First Session – Friday April 22nd 10am to noon
Getting Ready for Getting Older: Strategies for Successful Aging

Whether you think of yourself as a “senior” or you want to ensure that aging parents enjoy a safe and comfortable retirement, it’s never too early to start planning. But where to begin? Start by attending “Getting Ready for Getting Older: Strategies for Successful Aging,” at the Library this spring. The program will comprise four two-hour workshops led by experienced professionals and will cover a broad range of important topics.

The second workshop – “Stay Where You Are or Move?” : Making your home convenient and safe; looking at alternatives for the future and their costs; local alternatives. With representatives from Pine Haven Nursing Home and the Camphill Ghent assisted living community.

For more details on future sessions see this information page.


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Saturday May 7th 5pm
Once Upon a Universe
Soprano Melissa Coombs with Pianist Virginia Sircy and cellist Otice Sircy

Performing music by from the 17th to 20th century by Bach, Rachmaninov, Andre Previn, and others. More information here.

Through May 15th
Vilma Mare – Baltic Style – Queen of Serpents Installation
Opening Reception for the Artist

The work of local fashion designer Vilma Marė will be featured. 10-foot tall felt tapestries, flags, and wearable art depicting the mythological transformation of heroes into trees. Inspired by the peaceful Baltic myth about Egle Queen of Serpents.

Trying to fit all her sewn work under one description, Vilma Mare calls herself a sartorial artist. She is mainly known locally for her textural women’s fashion pieces designed and sold at her local clothing store and ateliers in Hudson and Great Barrington. She also creates monumental tapestries and banners from boiled wool and other fabrics. In describing her work and it’s inspiration generally the words poetic, nature, sacred, healing and ancestors come up. Originally from Lithuania, she now makes her home in Copake.


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Art Work by Roe Jan Library Volunteers

Exhibit Opening May 21
Entries requested!

The library’s Art Committee will be mounting a show of art work by Roe Jan Community Library volunteers, The show opens May 21.

Would you like to participate? However you volunteer — whether you are a Frontline Crew volunteer in the library, a member of Roe Jan Friends, a committee member or you help with parking once a year — you are welcome to submit a work. The work can be anything you consider a personal artistic expression including expressive crafts. Any medium that can be displayed appropriately will be considered. For details and information on how to submit your work click here.


RJCL Business Partners

Check out and support the 70 local businesses and professionals who have made an investment in the community as supporters of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library. Whether Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Copper, they recognize the value of the library to the community.


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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 twelve free museum passes for use with Mass MoCA; the Berkshire Museum; Berkshire Botanical Garden; Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy; the Norman Rockwell; the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, the Hancock Shaker Museum, The Clark; Olana; the USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum in Albany; Steepletop; and the Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox, MA. Click on the flyer below to see what each pass includes. All of the passes can be reserved or checked out at the Library for one day with a library card; only one museum pass per family per day. 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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