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.
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Thursday July 31st 6pm
The Band – Craig Harris

Craig Harris, author of The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, will talk about his book chronicling the life and times of the seminal rock group, The Band. A reception will follow.

His 2014 book, published by Rowman & Littlefield, includes interviews with surviving band members and details the tours, recordings, songwriting and record making of the group, who were American Levon Helm and Canadians Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and Richard Manuel. Formerly Bob Dylan’s backup band, the five would meld genres of rock and roll, blues, R&B, gospel, traditional country and honky tonk to create a sound never heard before, or since.

Harris is a veteran music writer as well as photographer, percussionist, and educator. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and he is the staff photographer for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale. He taught music in public and charter school for over 25 years and now visits groups and schools with his Drum Away the Blues Program. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Saturday August 2nd 5 pm
Musician Dave Hall

Composer, poet, singer, songwriter, lyricist and producer Dave Hall will be premiering his new work, “Ancram Suite,” a musical impression of the area and its life. He will be accompanied by the piano/cello duo of Zach Mo and Isabel Fairbanks.

Hall is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. He has written folk, rock, country, musical theater and classical music. As a singer/songwriter, he’s released several CDs to critical acclaim, toured around the US, and had his songs on radio and in film.

His theater composing has included music and lyrics for both adult and children’s musical theater, as well as incidental music for off-Broadway plays.

Now, Hall is composing classical chamber music, setting his poetry in song cycles for voice and various ensembles. Hall is an Ancram resident.

Monday August 11 2pm
Medicare 101

Are you about to apply for Medicare? Experienced Columbia County Office for the Aging staff will teach you what you need to know to make sound decisions.
If you are approaching age 65 and are thinking about applying for Medicare, this two-hour seminar will help you get started. Learn theanswers to questions such as:
· What is the difference between Part A and Part B?
· When can I apply and what are the penalties if I don’t?
· Do I want traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan?
· Do I want a Medigap Plan to supplement traditional Medicare?
· How do I get prescription drug coverage?
A Q&A session will follow to make sure questions have been answered

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A One-Day Writer’s Festival
Saturday November 8th

Keynote Address – What kind of Book Should You Be Writing? How to Choose the Right Form for You and Your Art – and Make Money Too!
Workshops led by local authors. Panel – Getting Published. There will also be opportunity for individual manuscript reviews. Watch for details. Pre-registration will be required. This is not a free program.
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 and Norman Rockwell passes, 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.  At the Norman Rockwell Museum, the pass will provide museum admission for two (2) patrons at the discounted rate of $10.00 per person.  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!