Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 23 - 4:00 pm

Hester Velmans Speaks on Her Book Slipper at Library

As part of Women’s History Month, local author Hester Velmans will speak on her book Slipper, a retelling of the Cinderella story, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library, on Saturday, March 23, at 4 pm.

Velmans says, “The fairy tale is the frame on which I set out to hang a more realistic story—what might really have happened to someone living in the 17th Century …. I was interested in the essence of Cinderella—the romantic longing, the childhood / adolescent dream that some day you’ll be recognized as someone more special than you are now—but without the magic.”

Reviewers say: “Part romantic love story, part fairy tale, part feminist commentary, this is a wonderful, old fashioned novel to be savored.”— Daniel Klein, best-selling author.   “A satisfying blend of history and myth that breathes new life into Cinderella.”  —Kirkus Reviews

Hester Velmans is a novelist and translator of literary fiction. Born in Amsterdam, she has lived in Europe and New York City. After a career in TV news, she moved to Western Massachusetts to devote herself to writing. Her children’s book, Isabel of the Whales, was a national bestseller.  She is a recipient of the Vondel Prize for Translation and a National Endowment of the Arts Translation Fellowship.


Thursday, March 28 - 6:00 pm

Cartoonist Barbara Slate Teach Art of the Graphic Novel

Cartoonist Barbara Slate will teach the Art of the Graphic Novel, a 4-session workshop series for teens and adults, on four consecutive Thursdays from 6-8 pm at the Roe Jan Library beginning March 28. Students will learn how to create a graphic novel, with emphasis on the creative process and how to write a character study, create layouts, and focus on the narrative of the story. No experience or drawing skills are necessary.

Participants must commit to all four sessions. Advance registration is also required: please call 518-325-4101 or visit the Roe Jan Library.

Barbara Slate has written, drawn, and created over 300 stories for Marvel, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. She is featured in the book, A Century of Women Cartoonists, and is the author of You Can Do a Graphic Novel.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.



Tuesday, April 2 - 6:00 pm

Reading and Discussion Program: The Serious Side of Food at Library

The Roe Jan Community Library presents a 7 session Reading and Discussion program, “The Serious Side of Food,” facilitated by Tessa Edick of FarmOn! Foundation based in Copake.  The program will meet Tuesdays: April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 11, 25, from 6:00-8:30pm. Participants should plan on attending all 7 sessions.

With texts selected by noted restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, the series will explore an aspect of our culture that often gets taken for granted: food. Food provides both nourishment and pleasure, of course, but under the surface of each meal lies a series of complex interactions and entanglements. Working with histories, novels, and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates. Texts include historical accounts, novels, and narrative nonfiction.

Tessa Edick is founder and director of FarmOn! Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  FarmOn! seeks to promote honest and responsible food, combine agricultural and entrepreneurial training for the next generation of farmers and create impactful food experiences.  The foundation owns and runs the 217-acre Empire Farm in Copake and hosts events and programs.

Participants in the library program should plan on attending all 7 sessions. Space is limited. Register by visiting the library or calling 518-325-4101. Several copies of the books for discussion are available to borrow. The reading list can be found at https://humanitiesny.org/our-work/programs/reading-discussion/the-serious-side-of-food/.

This program is funded by a grant from Humanities NY.



Tuesday, April 9 - 6:45 pm






Notice is hereby given that there has been presented to the Hillsdale Town Board proposed Local Law No. 1 of the year 2019.

Said Local Laws, if enacted, will chnge definition of minor project in zoning code

Draft Local Law #1

Therefore, the Hillsdale Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on said proposed Local Law on April 9, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Town Hall, Route 23, Hillsdale, New York, at which time all interested persons will be heard.


Tuesday, April 9 - 7:00 pm

April Town Board Meeting

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Accept minutes
  3. Brief Presentation by Consolidated, Jaime Montes, Director, Content Acquisition, Digital TV & Strategic Partnerships
  4. Franchise Agreement Timeline
  5. Announcements/Correspondence (Cipkowski)
  6. Public Comments
  7. County Update (Cipkowski)
  8. Highway Superintendent’s Report (Briggs)
  9. Town Clerk’s Report (Doolan)
  10. Fire District (Hanselman)
  11. Tax Collector (Hanselman)
  12. Town Board Reports: Human Resources (Tiger), Infrastructure (Ward), Parks (Sims), Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  13. Committee Reports: Broadband (Dash), CAC (Lewis), Clean Energy (Carty), Development and Marketing (Carty/Ward) Housing (Levy), Safe at Home (Lapenn)
  14. Old Business/New Business
    • Hillsdale WWTP
    • Whippoorwill Improvement Project Update
  15. Amendments
  16. Public Comments
  17. Pay Bills
  18. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, May  @ 7 pm