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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Bronze Business Partners

Alderwood Properties . Baldwin & Bloomstein Attorneys at Law LLC . Berkshire Pottery . Chad’s Hair Studio . Copake Lake Realty . Peter A. Gale Real Estate, LLC . Hill Landscaping . Hillsdale Country Realty . Holiday House Motel . Interiors by Timi II . Mettabee Farm . MRP Electric . Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci . Poster Portfolio Ltd . The Right Angle Knife Sharpening Service . Joel A. Roberts, CPA . Francis Roche Attorney . Valley Energy.

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Adagio Spa . At the Kitchen Table Cooking School . Clean Sweep Chimney Service . CMS Cabinetry . Copake Auction Inc . Copake KOA . Juliette Crill, Attorney at Law . Scott Decker Construction LLC . Domaney’s Liquor . Four Brothers Pizza . Harry Garrett Tree Work . Gina’s K-9 Bed & Breakfast . Health in Motion . Hillsdale Barn Antiques . Hillsdale Healthcare . G. Leibovitz Restoration . MG Property Services LLC . Mirror Mirror Clothing Inc . Painting Plus . The Playyard . Poochini’s Pet Salon . Grace A Post Realty Inc. . Problem Wildlife – Exclusion/Removal . Sunset/Sunrise The Bed & Breakfast with a View . Taconic Valley Lawn & Garden . Van Alphen & Sons Auto Body.

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Saturday, October 21, 10 am to 1 pm

Write Your Heart Out: A Workshop to Discover Yourself in Words and Meditation

Presented by Claudia Ricci, writer and teacher.

The workshop is free. Enrollment is limited to fifteen participants. To register, please call the Library at (518) 325-4101.

Workshop participants should bring a favorite journal and pen or pencil.

Participants will be led through a series of simple meditative and inspirational exercises designed to help them write about their lives and things they love. Exercises such as breathing will be used because the goal is to help writers to write naturally, in the same way they breathe-letting thoughts, feelings, past experiences, words and images rise to the surface.

This workshop is not intended to teach the nuts and bolts of writing, but rather to encourage writers to discover their authentic voices, in part by reading their work aloud, and to take the fear out of writing.

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., recently retired after many years as a professor at SUNY Albany.

There will be a short break for snacks and beverages.


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Lazarus Family Tech Labs

Sunday October 22, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​navigate ​​, ​​,​ ​​ and​ ​other​ ​popular​ ​family​ ​history​ ​sites,​ ​as​ ​well as​ ​how​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​information​ ​you​ ​find​ ​for​ ​boots-on-the-ground​ ​research​ ​trips.

Sign-up required. Please call the Library at 518-325-4101.

Future Tech Labs this fall, all held on Sundays at 11:30, will include iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks (10/29); and Managing Phone Storage (11/5). For complete fall class details click HERE.


Tech Labs are made possible by a gift from the Lazarus Family Foundation.


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Saturday October 28 at 5pm

Transformers of Folk Music
A Concert of Songs and Piano Pieces by Dvorak and Grieg

Soprano, Sun Young Chang, and Pianist, Mitchell Vines will perform works by Anton Dvorak and Edvard Grieg.

Sun Young Chang, soprano, has worked extensively performing and teaching voice, both in her native Korea and in the United States. She received her Masters and Professional Studies degrees from Mannes College of Music and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and has performed there several times since. She has sung leading opera roles with various companies in venues including the Kaye Playhouse and the Actors Studio in New York City. She is a Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and has been a private voice instructor and coach since 2002.

Mitchell Vines has performed in Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. Mr. Vines’ professional associations include the Berkshire Choral Festival and New York Summer Opera Scenes. Mr. Vines has accompanied numerous singers and instrumentalists, and is in high demand as a collaborative pianist.


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Through October 31st
Gretchen Kelly
Spontaneity from Life to Paper
Watercolors of Flowers and Landscapes

Hudson artist Gretchen Kelly was mostly educated in high school by an amazing art teacher. She became a painter and creator of textile, dinnerware and fashion designs. In her landscape and flower paintings she tries to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments in the details that bring life and beauty to her subjects.


Friends Book Shop

The Shop is open every Saturday this summer, with most books and media at a suggested donation of $1 to $2 per item. New material is on view each month. The last Saturday of the month
is “fill-a-bag” day all day. July 29th will feature media material…CD’s, DVD’s and audio books…put as many as you can carry in one bag for $5.00. A wonderful opportunity to get great summer time reading and entertainment.

Hours are from 10 am to 2 pm, location is in the lower level of the Roe Jan Library, 9091 Rte. 22, just south of the Rte. 23 intersection in Hillsdale.

Friends and Patrons can support the Library by donating for the Chocolate bars, Friends Cookie cookbook, and bumper stickers as well as shopping in the Book Shop.



Job Search Help

Fridays – 2:00 to 4:00

Get help using the internet to search for a job. Eleven people have found jobs in the last 2 years using the resources of the library! You can too. Help is available by appointment only between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on any Friday. 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 eleven free museum passes for use at:

The Berkshire Museum
The Clark Art Institute
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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

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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