Roe Jan Community Library

This year marks the 100th birthday of the Roe Jan Community Library, which serves Hillsdale, Copake, and Ancram. The 3-year-old new building on Rt. 22 just south of Hillsdale has been such a fantastic thing for our community. First of all, it’s a really nice, comfortable, bright and airy space. And there is so much going on there–from Toddler Wiggle Time, to book groups, writers’ groups, yoga class, art exhibits, concerts, author’s presentations, and various workshops.

To commemorate the big birthday, I was asked to make a photographic portrait of the community, which features people using the library, staff, donors, board, the concerts and art shows. We also decided to make some of the portraits of folks outside of the library–in their homes, or doing what they do outside. I’ve enjoyed this tremendously as it gave me the chance to document all that’s going on, and meet lots of interesting and talented people, and so many volunteers who give their time so generously.

Saturday June 8, from 5-7:30pm is the 4th annual gala to be held at Camp Pontiac in Copake. It will be a lively event with cabaret performance by Laurel Massé, jazz by The Mike Schiffer Trio, silent and live auctions, and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs, as well as a slideshow of the photographs I’ve been working on. Here are a few to show you what I’ve been up to:

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The Roeliff Jansen Community Library


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Sculptor Leon Smith created the large green chair that sits outside the library.

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The Troy Children’s Chorus in concert

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Librarian Beth Adams leads Toddler Wiggle Time

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High School student, runner, library youth team member Louisa Dodds

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Major donor, Ben Lipstein



B. Docktor specializes in capturing the spirit, mission, and energy of programs for institutions, businesses, non-profits, schools, dance companies. Whatever your organization does–it’s important to document it. To document your organization’s programs, call me at 518-329-6239.

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