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
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Saturday, May 6, at 3 pm
Hillsdaler to Perform
“The Fiery Sword of Justice”

“The Fiery Sword of Justice”, a critically acclaimed comedy about how one business woman’s compulsive truth-telling torpedoed her career, will be staged at the historic Ancram Opera House on Saturday, May 6, at 3 pm as a benefit for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

The play is written and performed by Lauren Letellier. After a decades-long career in New York as an award-winning communications executive, Lauren is now a Hillsdale-based writer, actor, and voice artist as well as a volunteer at the library both at the circulation desk and on committees.

“The Fiery Sword of Justice” received rave reviews at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, where critics called it “Bold, funny, wise and brave … cannot be missed!” (; “An enlightening piece of work … wicked, sharp and funny!” ( and “The most original piece … at the Fringe” (

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online HERE or by check at the library.

A reception with Ms. Letellier and director Martha Wollner will follow the performance.

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Saturday, April 29, 5:30 to 7 pm


Where Do We Go From Here?
Opening Reception for the Artist

Sculptures by Linda Horn will be on exhibit through May 28th. Linda Horn “is always ready for adventure and experiment which is why her work continues to be so fresh and provocative.” – Victor M Cassidy, Chicago Artist News

Saturday May 6, 4:00 PM


Writers of fiction, non-fiction and memoir, you are invited to read your own work (7 minute maximum). All are invited to come listen, enjoy and be inspired by local talent.


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Sunday May 7 5:00 pm
Paul Green and Joe Rose Duo
Klezmer Jazz

Since his TV debut at age 13 with Leonard Bernstein, Paul Green has blazed new paths as a performer and lecturer. Grounded in the classical tradition, he has pursued his passion for jazz and explored the meaning of Jewish music while maintaining his classical concert career. Joe Rose is one of the most sought after pianists and keyboard artists in the Berkshires.

Mr. Green will discuss the pieces and how they fit into the development of Klezmer music in the U.S.


Saturday May 20th 5:00 pm
Walking the Dog by Elizabeth Swados

Readings from the work. Details soon.


Job Search Help

Fridays – 2:00 to 4:00

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.


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 at:

Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Museum
Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy
The Clark Museum
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson
The Hancock Shaker Museum
Mass MoCA
The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox, MA.
The Norman Rockwell
The USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum in Albany

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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