Library Hours

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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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.

Mark your calendar – The RJCL Annual Celebration is May 31st. Tickets available online now here. Tickets available at the library soon.

For a complete event schedule including ongoing programs see CALENDAR tab above. Upcoming Literature Events here.

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Tuesday April 22 10:30am – noon
Our Throw-away Society: What Happens to All That Stuff?

Watch short film, “Addicted to Plastic,” then learn how Columbia County is trying to deal with the problem, from experts: Jolene Race, Director of Solid Waste Management for Columbia County, and Andrea Calarco, Business Development Manager for Casella, Inc., the company that handles the county’s single-stream collection and recycling program.

Refreshments provided. Free.

Sponsored by the Human Development Committee of Our Lady of Hope Church, Copake Falls
open mic
Thurs April 24 6pm
Poetry Open Mic

Bring your own poems or a favorite poem to read. Or come to listen.

Five Friday Mornings – March 21 & 28 ~ April 4, 11 & 25th 10:30am (No program on April 18th.)

Caregivers’ Cafe

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. No charge. Light refreshments will be served. 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
Still Here Thinking of You
Sat April 26 4pm
Memoir Panel
Joan Potter, Vicki Addesso, Susan Hodara, and Lori Toppel

Will discuss fiction and memoir, and their collaborative book, Still Here Thinking of You, A Second Chance with Our Mothers.

“This is storytelling as art. The authors excel in their ability to pull you into their recollections knowing, it seems, that you are out there vicariously living through their revelations and your own similar, heartfelt and heartrending reflections.” ~ Kathleen Reardon, Huff Post Books

Saturday May 3, 4pm to 6pm
open mic
Short Prose Open Mic

This event is open to all fiction, non-fiction and memoir writers. No pre-registration is necessary. All readings must be no longer than seven minutes in length. Please come share your work or spend an afternoon enjoying our local talent.

Saturday May 10, 10am to 1pm
Poetry Workshop with Abigail Wender

A workshop with poet Abigail Wender, focusing on the craft of dealing with emotionally charged autobiographical material in poetry. Advanced registration is required.

Wender thinks of poems that grow out of important life events and/or close relationships as “high stake” poems, which can “carry a high risk of sentimentality and melodrama,” and “tend to be taxing and emotionally difficult” to write. The workshop will focus on effective strategies poets use to deal with material of a highly personal nature.

Class size is limited to 12 participants, so early registration is advised. Workshop fee is $15. To register, contact Cecele Kraus, cecelekraus at More details here.

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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 – Reservations suggested
March 24 – The Greens at Copake Country Club … 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake – Reservations suggested
March 27 – Four Brothers … 2828 Route 23, Hillsdale
April 2 – Hillsdale House … 2654 Rt. 23 at Anthony Street, Hillsdale – Reservations suggested
April 7 – O’s Hillsdale Country Diner … 9276 Route 22, Hillsdale
April 26 – CrossRoads Food Shop … 2642 Route 23, Hillsdale – Reservations suggested


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Through April
2D or Not 2D
Taconic Hills Student Art Show

The show will feature 2 dimensional works in various media as well as paper sculptures “growing out of books” that interpret a theme from the book. The show will run through the end of April. Work at left is a photograph, Blacklight, by Kathleen Link.

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 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!