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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Here is a calendar of dates the library will be closed in 2014. For weather delays and closings, CLICK HERE
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Dine Out for the Library February, March & April From February 25 through April 23, twelve local restaurants will donate 10% of their dinner (two restaurants will donate breakfast and lunch) totals from a given date to benefit children’s programs and community outreach. Our outreach programs include participation in Head Start at Taconic Hills School and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) at Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls to engage families in the importance of reading. Dates and participating restaurants follow. Unless otherwise indicated, the Dine Out event is during evening dinner hours.

A big THANK YOU to these participating restaurants: Swiss Hutte, O’s Hillsdale Country Diner, Bert’s Inn, Dutch Treat, The Greens at Copake Country Club, Four Brothers, John Andrews Restaurant, CrossRoads Food Shop, Mt. Washington House, The Pond, Hillsdale House and Taconic Wayside Inn.

Last Dine Out for 2015:

April 23, Thursday: Swiss Hutte – 3290 Rt. 23, Hillsdale.

Saturday April 25 4pm
Joan Murray – Poet

As Part of Poetry Month Celebration prize-winning narrative poet Joan Murray will read from her new collection, Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015. Attendees will be invited to read an original poem of their own at the end of the program.

“Joan Murray’s glorious and accessible poems have made her a favorite of poetry lovers, and Swimming for the Ark should add many more readers to her fan club.” – Bill Henderson (Publisher and Editor of The Pushcart Prize)

Joan Murray is a poet, writer, and playwright, whose books include: Looking for the Parade (W. W. Norton), Dancing on the Edge and Queen of the Mist (both from Beacon Press), and The Same Water (Wesleyan University Press). She is also the editor of The Pushcart Book of Poetry and the Poems to Live By anthologies.

poerty month
Friday May 1 7pm
Poetry Open Mic

Everyday in April there has been a “Poem a Day” Challenge. To those who signed up, poet Jan Hutchinson sent an email prompt each day, designed to jump start a poem and move the poet in new directions. On May 1 participants will come together for a group reading at the library. The public is invited to attend, but only Poem-a-Day participants will read. To join the challenge, please email Jan at

Lipsey - Hammarskjold
Saturday May 2, 4pm
Biographer Roger Lipsey – Dag Hammarskjöld

Biographer and historian Roger Lipsey, author of Hammarskjöld: A Life, will show a short film, Visions of a Secretary-General: Dag Hammarskjöld and the United Nations 1953-1961. Lipsey will then speak about the UN leader, give an update on the current UN investigation into the fatal air crash in central Africa that took Hammarskjöld’s life, and take questions from the audience. The film will be shown at 4:00 pm, and the discussion will begin around 5:00 pm.

Lipsey will focus on Hammarskjöld’s “wisdom and spirit” as a peacemaker at the height of the Cold War and during decolonization in Asia and Africa.

“An admirably judicious and comprehensive – and long overdue – study of one of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century, whose presence remains both spiritually and politically significant for an age of violently confused international relations.”
— Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Sunday May 3, 2015, 1-4pm
Memoir Writing Workshop
Instructors: Susan Hodara and Joan Potter
Free Registration Required: Call the library by May 1st – 518-325-4101
Whether joyful or unhappy, comforting or painful, we all have memories of our past. In this three-hour workshop, students will practice transforming their memories into writing. Hodara and Potter will begin by reading short selections from the book they co-authored, Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance With Our Mothers, a collection of memoirs about their relationships with their mothers. They will then respond to questions from the students, and discuss various aspects of memoir, such as finding a personal writing voice, conflicting or incomplete memories, and guilt about telling family stories. Students will then write their own stories and feedback will be given to those that time allows for. More details here.

Friday May 8th 6:00 PM
Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed animals get to spend the night at the Library! Bring your kids and stuffed animals to the library on Friday evening. Kids and animals will listen to a story and then the kids will tuck the stuffed animal in for a stuffed-animals-only sleepover at the Library. (Make sure your child brings an animal she or he can be without for the night).

Bring the kids back at one on Saturday for juice and cookies and see a video of the mischief the stuffed animals got in to when they should have been sleeping! Last year the stuffed animals ate pizza, played the pianoand had a campfire. There’s no telling what they’ll do this year! No signup required.
Lucy Frank
Saturday May 9th 5:00 PM
Lucy Frank’s Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling – Dramatic Reading and Author Talk

Selections from Lucy Frank’s novel, Two Girls Staring at the Ceilin – a dialogue in verse between two adolescent girls sharing a hospital room – will be performed as a dramatic reading by two local teens. The performance will be followed by a question and answer period, and discussion with the author.

The novel follows the unfolding friendship between two very different girls who share a hospital room and an illness. Though the book is intended for young adult (YA) readers, its subject matter––teenagers dealing with a chronic illness, Crohn’s disease––speaks to adults as well.

Teen performers are veterans of Carol Rusoff’s theatre workshops at The Bridge and the Hudson Opera House. The novel was named a 2014 Best Teen Realism and Best Teen Friendship book by Kirkus Reviews.
Saturday May 16th 3:00 PM
Bee Keeping with Bill Seymour

Local beekeeper and advocate Bill Seymour will share his lifetime of beekeeping knowledge, bring some equipment and honey for everyone for everyone to try.
Saturday May 23rd 4:00 PM
Dr. Clinton, Cardiologist speaks about Cholesterol

Tuesday May 26th 6:00 PM
Every Child Ready to Read

For Parents & Caregivers of children ages birth to 5 years. Join us for a FREE workshop that will show you fun, easy ways to teach your children those so-important early literacy skills that will help get them ready to read!

We will provide a free light supper and onsite childcare to make it easy for you to attend this hour-long workshop. Pre-registration by 5/15 is REQUIRED. Please call the library at 518-325-4101.

Sunday May 31st 5:00 PM
Sohyun Ahn, Pianist

Pianist Sohyun Ahn was named Performer of the Year by Eumak-Chunchu, South Korea’s leading classical music journal and has been invited to perform in Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Portugal, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Korea. In the States, her performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Hall, and Hubbard Recital Hall.

Friends Book Shop

The Friends Book Shop will be open on the first Saturday of each month. There will be
featured new donations and 50-cent specials displayed each month. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 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.




Gala 2015

Saturday June 13, 2015 5pm to 7:30pm

Roeliff Jansen Park – Harvest Barn

The Sixth Annual Roeliff Jansen Community Library Gala, Party in the Park, will be held on June 13, 2015, in a new location. This year’s Gala will take place in the Harvest Barn at the Roe Jan Park – beautiful views, easy access, a new look, the perfect place to party on a June evening. Music by Cider Mountain. Tickets, $100 each, are available online here and will be available at the library very soon. ____________________________________________________________ hands volunteering

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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