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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
Fax - 518-325-4105

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Welcome to the Roeliff Jansen Community Library

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July 11th Seminar on Estate Planning has been POSTPONED.


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.

teen writing


Teen Writing Workshop Series (ages 12-18), led by local published poet and writing instructor Jan Hutchinson. Try your hand at poetry, fiction or memoir. No experience necessary. Free. Call to sign up: 518-325-4101.





Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2, 9 am – 5 pm – at Ancram Town Hall
Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4, 9 am – 5 pm at the Library
Two Sessions of 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:

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 the Ancram Town Hall will be held:
Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2, 9 am – 5 pm

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.


Hole in One Sign
Sunday July 26
Library Benefit Golf Tournament
Undermountain Golf Course, Copake, NY

Registration 7:30 am/noon at the course.
Golfers can enjoy a round of golf, win prizes and eat delicious food at the eighth annual Roeliff Jansen Community Library Golf Tournament that will be held Sunday July 26 at Undermountain Golf Course in Copake. Two person teams will play in a dual shotgun, 18-hole scramble, with prizes for men’s, women’s and mixed teams. Any player making a hole-in-one on any hole will win a one-week stay at a condo in Hilton Head, donated by MetzWood Harder Insurance of Chatham. There will also be closest-to-the-pin prizes and other awards.

The $75 per person entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, home baked breakfast goodies, lunch, snacks and a BBQ chicken dinner with homemade desserts. Members of Undermountain will pay an entry fee of just $60. Non-golfers can enjoy the dinner for $20. All entries include a donation to the operating fund for the Roe Jan Community Library. See entry form HERE.

Until July 6th
Art Show
Three Illustrators

Three local illustrators, Elwood Smith (see illustration at left), Kieth Bendis and David Goldin, will show their work at Roeliff Jansen Community Library through July 6th.

Collectively their work has appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Forbes, New York Magazine,The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times Book Review. Elwood Smith’s illustrations have been the subject of an extensive retrospective exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. Keith Bendis has been an illustrator/cartoonist for decades and now does graphic recording and illustration for companies and organizations through out the U.S and in Europe. David Goldin makes mixed media artwork with fantastical and warped creatures, dynamic pieces full of movement and feeling and calling for play.


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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