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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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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.
Here is a calendar of dates the library will be closed in 2014.

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Saturday November 22nd 4pm
The Business of News
TV Producer, Writer Jim Cusick

Emmy award-winning producer and writer Jim Cusick will talk about his latest novel Death of an Anchorman, and about the underlying true story of “how the news business has been turned into the business of news”—and what this means for journalism and the public.

Praise for Death of an Anchorman: “Jim knows what he’s talking about. This may be a novel (and a good one) but what it says about TV journalism today is all too terribly true.” Linda Ellerbee, writer and television journalist. “Cusick weaves a fictional tale into his real life experience as a reporter, producer and news director. The story flows into the behind the scenes truth where journalistic ethics and business skullduggery conflict. I wish some of it wasn’t true.” Rolland Smith, former WCBS-TV and CBS News anchorman.

In addition to three novels, Cusick has written scripts, screenplays, articles and speeches for CBS, NBC, USA, Lifetime and Hearst Entertainment, and for Washington DC political figures. His work includes writings about television, history, riots, politics and people in the U.S. and around the world.

Cusick was news director of WCBS-TV and held positions as producer, editor and writer at WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio in New York, and had his own New York-based international communications company.

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December 5,6 & 7 10am to 4pm
FRIENDS Holiday Sale- Cookies, Raffle Baskets, Books & SOUP!

Saturday December 13th 4pm
The Berkshire Hillsman
Chorale Group

The Library is once again proud to present the acclaimed vocal group, The Berkshire Hillsmen. Well known around the Western Massachusetts / Eastern New York area, this chorale group sings all a cappella harmonies. The Hillsmen are sure to please the audience with their standards and holiday favorites.
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November 15 through Dec 13
2 Photographers/2 Views
Susan B Anthony & Debra Bilow

The work of two local photographers is featured.

Lonny Kalfus, chair of the Library Visual Arts Committee, says “Pairing the work of Susan Anthony and Debra Bilow was an opportunity to present two of the many ways subject matter, in this case architecture and ‘place’ can stimulate and shape the expressive. Susan Anthony’s work has a shade of ‘street’ photography that energizes it and gives it depth. The work of Debra Bilow follows the study of angles, shapes, light and shadow to arrive at a graphic conclusion.”

Susan B. Anthony has been photographing the city of Troy, NY, for more than a year. She studied at Cooper Union; University of California, Berkeley; and received a Master of Arts and Art Therapy from NYU and The New School. Debra Bilow studied photography at the International Center of Photography, The School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, and with photographer Christopher Giglio. She divides her time between the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn.

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.


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, the Hancock Shaker Museums and The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox, MA.
Each pass, except the Mount, 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.  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.



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.

Second Saturdays – 10am-11am Dogs Love Books Join Ms. McCord and her canine companion, Cookie, in the Children’s Room. Ms. McCord will read stories and kids can read to Cookie, too!