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Coming Up at Roeliff Jansen Library

Tea Time with Anna Hudson ~ Tai Chi

~ Free Film Screening ~ Disinformation Workshop

~ Book Marks! Book Club ~ Julie Gale Author Talk ~ And More!

Tea Time at the Library

with special guest Anna Hudson

Thursday, December 28

2:30 p.m.

Every 4th Thursday of the month, Library Associate Fran Colombo hosts a special tea time featuring guided conversation, crafts, special guests, and local tea and coffee options provided by the Library. Each month’s gathering has a different theme; listen, discuss, and enjoy a cup of tea (or coffee if that’s your preference!) and sometimes a fun activity. There will also be plenty of time to chat, get to know your neighbors, and wind down.

This month join us for Tea Time with actress/dancer Anna "Nanette" Hudson as she weaves the magic of the holiday season into dances of W.B. Yeats poems, and a dramatic telling of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory.


Monday, January 1

Library Closed

New Year's Day Holiday

Film Screening: My Encounter with the Ghost of Joe Zelli

Saturday, January 6

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon screening and discussion of My Encounter with the Ghost of Joe Zelli, by and with local filmmaker David McDonald.

It’s the height of the pandemic, and Hudson Valley filmmaker David McDonald is taking long walks in the country, many of them in Hillsdale. One day, on a back-country dirt road in Hillsdale, he stumbles upon the gravestone of Joe Zelli, buried beneath weeds and scrubs by the side of the road. The gravestone reads: “Joe Zelli. Born in Rome, Italy. Died in Hillsdale, NY, 1971. Soldier/Restauranteur. Operated The Royal Box, Montmartre, Paris, France. The original nightclub, Circa 1920.” Thinking that the gravestone must be a joke or a movie prop, he then goes home and researches Zelli online. What he discovers ends up astounding him. Not only was Joe Zelli a real person, but he was, in fact, a legendary nightclub impresario whose club, The Royal Box, hosted the likes of Hemingway, Cole Porter, and Buster Keaton. The film recounts not only Zelli's life but also McDonald's research and impetus for telling Joe Zelli's story.

David McDonald is a filmmaker and a playwright who has been a resident of the Hudson Valley for the past 20 years. In that time, he has made a feature-length documentary about the town of Woodstock, Woodstock Revisited, a play about 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald’s incarceration in Hudson called Ella the Ungovernable, and now, a feature-length documentary on Joe Zelli.

Roe Jan Writers Series: Julie Gale

Wednesday, January 10

5:30 p.m. in person and on Zoom

Join local author and chef Julie Gale as she discusses her new memoir, The View From My Kitchen Window, a chronological journey of the kitchens in the author’s life. The book is a memoir of her life through the stories and the recipes of the family and friends who raised her. The stories center on the delicious food prepared and the characters who cooked them. The original drawings have been designed specifically for this book by the author and her son, Tobias. The book includes 110 recipes, which represent foods of the times, from the 1950s to the present day, including many family heirlooms on little scraps of paper that would have disintegrated had they not been preserved in the book.

Julie Gale opened At the Kitchen Table Cooking School in 2001 in Westchester County, NY. At the same time, she was the writer of a food column, Dine and Wine, for the Larchmont Gazette. She was the recipe developer for the children’s book I Want to Cook. She taught cooking as a guest at Williams College, Olana, A Different Drummer, and the Chef’s Shop in Great Barrington, MA. She was the cooking instructor at The Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School and the Retreat chef at the Won Dharma Center for several years. Gale received a Master’s in Community Social Work from Yeshiva University and maintained a private practice advising parents through the Special Education process in Westchester County until moving to Columbia County. She lives in rural Hillsdale with her husband, and together they have four grown children who live in Hudson, Nashville, Boulder and London.

This discussion will be held in person and online. To receive the Zoom login information, email

Involuntary Innovator: A Musical Book Talk

by Howard Lieberman

Saturday, January 13

4:00 p.m.

Have you created art or music, invented anything, started a company or a department, and felt the desire to evolve from a creative outlier to an innovator? Do you want to turn your vision into value, your insight into income, and commercialize your concepts? Hear a unique musical book talk by Howard Richard Lieberman, a local author and concert artist.

Howard Richard Lieberman is a local musician, writer, and lapsed tech guy who moved full-time to the Berkshires ten years ago. An entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, and involuntary innovator for fifty years in industry, government, and academia, he has had the good fortune to work in and around world-class innovation cultures, including Apple, Bose, DARPA, MIT, Juilliard, and the National Science Foundation. Howard founded SVII, the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, in 2005 to help creative outliers become sustainable innovators. He developed the first electroacoustical pianos, the first integrated computer sound systems, and the first speech recognition microphones. Mr. Lieberman has physics and electrical engineering degrees, has studied composition and orchestration at the Juilliard School, and continues to compose and perform as well as speak globally about innovation.

Monday, January 15

Library Closed

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Book Marks! Book Club

Thursday, January 18

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join our nonfiction book club, Book Marks!, led by Circulation Librarian Robin Gottlieb. Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month.

For our January 15th meeting we are reading Beaverland by Leila Philip. Copies available through the Mid-Hudson Library System, Libby and Hoopla.

Email for more information.

Navigating Digital Worlds: How to Recognize and Fight Back Against Disinformation in Social Media

Thursday, January 18

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join local author, futurist, and digital marketing executive Andrew Edwards for a lively investigation into the sources, history, and practice of disinformation in social media in today's digitally driven society. We will illuminate the roots, the dynamics, and the methods by which disinformation is produced and distributed via social media.

Andrew Edwards is a founder and director emeritus at the Digital Analytics Association. He wrote Digital is Destroying Everything (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2015. On the strength of a number of predictions from the book that have come to pass, his next book, Army of Liars--about disinformation--is due out in 2024. Andrew lives in Hudson, and has had a home here since 2004. He is CEO of anti-disinformation consulting company Verity7.

Cookbook Club

Saturday, January 20

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Cookbook Club is back! This monthly gathering, held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, is organized by Library Associate Fran Colombo.

Members choose a recipe and bring the cooked/baked dish to the next meeting, where the group will discuss the book and share in a community meal. Bring copies of recipes to share with other foodies!

For our January meeting, we are cooking from local author Julie Gale's new cookbook, The View from My Kitchen Window. We will also be visited by Julie Gale! This is the first time Cookbook Club is featuring a speaker and we are very excited to have Julie share her love of cooking with all of us.

Contact Fran Colombo at or 518-325-4101 to sign up!

Annual Winter Book Giveaway

Now through December 30

The time has come! The holiday season is here! That means all young patrons and parents who visit the library during the holiday season are invited to take a free winter-themed children's book to keep! All books have been selected by our Children's Library Associate, Tia. Stop in soon before our collection runs out!

On Display at the Library: Camilla Mathlein

November 1 through December 30

An artist, an interior designer, a professional basketball player, a model, and a cancer survivor, Heta Katja “Camilla” Mathlein was born April 9, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden, to an architect father and a textile designer mother.

In addition to being an artist, Camilla played Division 1 basketball, survived a Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis, and spent ten years traveling throughout Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan working as a model for Elite. In 2000, Camilla enrolled at Parsons School of Design for interior design. There, she honed her drawing skills, developing a symbiosis between her understanding of architecture and her creative design abilities. She later moved to the Hudson Valley and continued her work as an artist and interior designer. She loves the opportunity for creative freedom that her artistic drawings provide.

Playtime with Tia

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Tia in the Children's Room to socialize and play! Each week, a special craft will be provided.

Please note there will be no Playtime on December 27th and January 3rd.

Homeschool Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.

Homeschool Wednesday is back with a buzz! Join Tia in the Children’s Room for this weekly gathering of young minds for fun learning activities, crafts, and special guests from the community. Recommended for ages 4+.

Please note there will be no Homeschool Wednesday on December 27th and January 3rd.

To receive updates on field trips and other upcoming programs, email Tia at

Qigong & Tai Chi at the Library

Every Thursday

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Qigong and Tai Chi are approaches to movement that have been practiced for hundreds of years and are particularly helpful for dealing with stress, limited ability to move, those wishing to develop better balance and flexibility and can be practiced by nearly everyone young and old. Although Tai Chi is generally practiced standing, Qigong can be modified to allow participants to be seated.

This weekly drop-in class, open to all, is taught by David Haines, who has been a practitioner of Qigong, Tai Chi, and mindful movement for 50 years, a teacher for 40 years, and a certified Trager Movement practitioner for 35 years. Since moving into the area in 2006 he has taught at Omega Institute, Simon’s Rock College, Columbia-Greene Community College, as well as various libraries, senior centers, and school district community education classes.

Classes take place in Roe Jan Library's Community Room or outdoors, weather permitting. Wear comfortable clothes. Drop-ins welcome!

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Free English-Language Tutoring

Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

by appointment

Free English-language tutoring is available at the library between 6:00 and 7:30pm on Thursday evenings by appointment. This tutoring program is intended primarily for adults. Instruction is one-on-one or in small groups with Yvonne Acevedo and is geared toward everyday conversational needs. Free childcare provided for children ages 3 and up. Please e-mail or call 518-325-4101 to schedule an appointment.

Storytime with Tia

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

Join Tia for stories and activities every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

All ages welcome!

Please note there will be no Storytime Saturday on December 30th and January 6th.

Friends of Roe Jan Library Bookshop

Saturdays starting January 6

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The bookshop will be opening again on January 6th and will be staying open every Saturday from 10-2 (weather permitting). The Friends will be accepting donations from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Appointments are no longer required.

The Bookshop is located on the ground floor behind the Library. Take the right exit in the fork when entering the parking lot for the easiest access. Cash and check only. All proceeds support the Library.

Make sure to follow our social media pages for the latest updates and announcements. You'll also find information about upcoming events and programs, new book arrivals, and other odds and ends.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale. We are located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the traffic light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101 or visit us at the Library’s website.

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