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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Saturday, December 2 from 10am - 4pm


Valley Cottage Library is hosting another craft fair! We will offer shoppers an assortment of handcrafted festive holiday gifts including jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, paper crafts, knitted and crocheted items and ceramics. It will be the perfect place to purchase unique handmade gifts for the holidays. Come shop and visit with
local artisans while enjoying carolers and more!

We still have room! If you are an artisan and would like to participate in this event, please email jmcnally@rcls.org with 10 photos of your craft. This is a juried show and we will contact you if you are accepted.
TECHNOLOGY TRAINING

Want to learn how to use your computer or digital device?
Our librarians can help you learn a variety of technological skills including beginner computer orientation, e-readers and e-books, email, Facebook, Goodreads, digital magazines and more.

Ask for Reference at 845-268-7700 to set up a one-on-one appointment.
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, October 19 from 10:30am - 11:30am


Experience deep relaxation and peace with music, mindfulness and other simple tools you can use in your daily life. Meditation can be effortless and deeply nourishing. All levels welcome. Carole Brill, instructor, has been meditating for over 30 years.
This is an ongoing program.

Nyack School District residents: $5. Out-of-District: $10.

JOHN SCOTT ARMCHAIR WALKING TOUR

The Old Nyack Turnpike

Thursday, October 19 at 2pm


Bob Goldberg returns with a classic trip down one of Rockland’s most fabled roads.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

This program will also be at Nyack Library on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30pm.
BOOK DISCUSSION - THE DARK TOWER SERIES

The Gunslinger by Steven King

Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7pm


Meet Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Join James Wright as we discuss this first book in the Dark Tower Series as Roland begins his journey toward the Dark Tower. Just who is this gunslinger and why the obsession with the Tower? Where does Roland come from? How and why has his world moved on?

(If there is interest, we will continue on Oct. 26 at 7pm)

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
OPEN MAH JONGG PLAY

Mondays from 2-4:30pm


Mah-jongg lovers, come join your fellow mahjong enthusiasts for a fun afternoon of mah-jongg play.
No registration is required, just bring your own game equipment.
No instruction is provided.
Open to beginners and experts.
All are welcome to attend.
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY MARKET & ADVERTISE YOUR BRAND ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Monday, Oct. 23 at 7pm


Learn how to drive online traffic to your brand from social media expert, Dan Garcia of Sociamerica Inc. The focus of this 3-part series is not only gaining the attention of your audience but also holding their attention.
By series end, all participants will gain knowledge about social media marketing strategies, social media advertising, preparing authentic content for your profile and
more!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR OCT. 23.
GENTLE YOGA

Tuesdays, Oct. 17 & 24 at 10:30am


Class for all levels focusing on alignment and breath, moving at a gentle pace. If you are new to yoga, have been practicing for years or anywhere in between then this class is for you.
Gentle yoga is a bridge between moving in flow and staying stationary. It is a midway where there is equilibrium and bliss in every pose.

Mary Callan is our instructor.

Please register for each class separately.

Free to Nyack School District residents.
Cost for Out-of-District patrons: $5 per class. Please pay at beginning of class.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR OCT. 17.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR OCT. 24.




YARN THERAPY

Tuesdays from 11:30am-12:30pm


If you like to knit or crochet or would like to learn, join our “therapy” sessions. This program is for all levels. Someone will be on hand to help beginners. Come on in to knit, crochet and socialize. Bring friends or meet new people.
Refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Gifted

October 25 at 2pm


The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother.

20th Century Fox
Rated - PG-13
108 minutes
ONE-ON-ONE INDIVIDUAL CAREER COUNSELING

Thursday, October 26 from 6 to 8:30pm


Looking for a new career?

Register for an opportunity of a half-hour individual session with Eileen Grimm, career counselor with 30-years experience and former director of Rockland County Guidance Center.
Use the time for resume help or career counseling questions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 6-6:30PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 6:30-7PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 7-7:30PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 7:30-8PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 8-8:30PM.

Sponsored by the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS). This program is partly funded by the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.


"FRIENDS" TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT

Thursday, October 26 at 7pm


Are you a Friends Nerd?
How much do you really know and remember about Rachel, Ross, Joey, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler on Friends?
We invite you to a fun-filled night of trivia and good times as we compete for prizes. Come alone or bring your friends!

ADULT(ISH) THROWBACK HALLOWEEN PARTY

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Friday, Oct. 27 at 7pm


Join us after hours for a HALLOWEEN PARTY like those we had as kids:

  • pumpkin painting

  • trick-or-treating

  • a costume contest and more!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

SUNDAY CONCERT

Strings, Winds and Beats

October 29 at 1:30pm


Ragas- the classical melodies of India are in tune with nature. They vary according to the time of the day and the season of the year.They have a great power to impart peace and joy. Sitar, the most celebrated 18 string instrument of India and the Bansuri- the soulful wind instrument create a beautiful interplay of strum and breath. Accompanying alongside are the tonally rich mathematically complex tablas, the drums of India. Steve, Indro and Naren will present you an afternoon of sublime music of eastern Mystics.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



MUSICIANS:
Steve Gorn - (On Bansuri – Bamboo Flute) is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording “Miho – Journey to the Mountain”, as well as the Academy Award-winning documentary film, “Born into Brothels.” He has played at concerts and festivals all over the world.

Indrojit Roy-Chowdhary - (On Sitar – 18 String Instrument) is a full-time sitarist and the recipient of a Benenson Award for the Arts from Duke University. He performed on stages across the world. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught a sitar course.

Naren Budhakar - (On Tabla – Drums) has done a duet with Bobby McFerrin, recorded with Alicia Keys, performed for the Alvin Ailey dance company. His diverse genres include jazz, pop and Irish Celtic. He has played at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Getty Center as well as in Europe.
REAL READS! NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Monday, Oct. 30 at 7pm


Scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Discussion led by Mary Lou Dillon, bioethicist.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.


VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Thursday, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 at 7pm


Looking for the writer within?

Join our librarian, Sean, for a monthly writing workshop. Participants share their work via email a week before each meeting, and then receive feedback at the monthly sessions. For more information, email Sean at santonucci@rcls.org

Participants will actively engage with written word to garner a deeper appreciation for the writing process and its output.
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7pm

Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood


At once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

More cautionary tale than "fictional science", Margaret Atwood depicts a world that turns from the merely horrible to the horrific, from a fool's paradise to a bio-wasteland.

This is the first volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy.

Discussion led by Dr. David Turk.
Refreshments served.


This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, November 7 at 2pm

PACHINKO

by Min Jin Lee


Beginning in 1910 during the time of Japanese colonialization and ending many decades later in 1989, Pachinko is the epic saga of a Korean family told over four generations.

In Pachinko, Min Jin Lee says much about success and suffering, prejudice and tradition, but the novel never bogs down and only becomes richer, like a sauce left simmering hour after hour. Lee’s exceptional story of one family is the story of many of the world’s people. They ask only for the chance to belong somewhere—and to be judged by their hearts and actions rather than by ideas of blood traits and bad seeds.
--Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review

Join librarians, Katie, Sean and Ashley, for a discussion of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

Refreshments served.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Allied

November 8 at 2pm


In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard

Paramount
Rated - R
124 minutes
WINE TASTING WITH JANET WHEELER

Wine Tasting - A Rosé by any Other Name
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7pm


We will taste a variety of rosé wines and certified wine expert Janet Wheeler will talk about the different ways they are made, different countries they come from and why they have become extremely popular of late.
Cost: Nyack School District residents - $5 to be paid by Oct. 7.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION

Life on Old Mill Road
from 1760 to 1960


by June Sundvik

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!


Written by long time Valley Cottage resident, artist and author June Sundvik.

Because June Svahn Sunvik was born at home and lived on Old Mill Road almost all her life and remembered many of the families, she decided to tell the story about their lives and the history of the homes they lived in.

Join June Sunvik as she celebrates the launch of her book. She'll be talking about growing up on Old Mill Road and about the people who lived there. She'll also being showing some of the photos from her book on the big screen.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments will be served.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

COPIES OF HER BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR CIRCULATION DESK STARTING OCT. 1.


SUNDAY CONCERT

November 12 at 1:30pm

MASTERWORK CONVERSATIONS - Nights in the Garden of Spain

Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva



The Iberian Peninsula is an evocative land – by day the sun strikes the earth as an anvil, while the night overwhelms the senses with a garden paradise lush, sensual, and musical. Moorish delights, Christian ritual, Sephardic devotion, and the wild footsteps of flamenco dancers still linger in the night atmosphere. It is a land that has compelled musicians to sing, clap, stomp, dance, strum, and play the piano. The great masters of Spanish music, Issac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, and Enrique Granados worked like alchemists to capture the rare Spanish element and transmute it into the sound of the piano. Even the Frenchmen Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel were not immune from the allure of the Iberian Peninsula, and their Spanish flavored works have the native feel. Join us for a musical siesta that will make you stomp, clap, and shout “Olé!”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

COOKBOOK CLUB

Part Book Club, Part Community Potluck!

Dinner: Changing the Game
by Melissa Clark

and Food52 Baking for dessert!

Monday, November 13 at 7pm



Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new!
Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion of Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark and Food52 Baking.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on November 13th to share with other participants! Everyone comes to the table with a dish to share. Join librarians Katie and Ashley for good eating and socializing with friends.

BOOK AND PUB CLUB

Valley Cottage Library has created a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! We meet each month in a different local pub and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm

MEET: Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack


A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood.

Named one of BookRiot and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Books of the Year So Far.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
COMMUNITY CATS NEED YOUR HELP

Wednesday, November 15 at 7pm


Come join Tina Traster of Community Cats Initiative (CCI), a nonprofit education and advocacy group, for a seminar on feral cat management.

Learn about Trap-Neuter-Return, user-friendly traps, humane trapping and online resources.

Help lower the feral cat population the humane way.

In this one-hour seminar, we will touch on:
1. Feral cats, their history and behavior.
2. Demonstrating how to use user-friendly traps
3. The process of humane trapping and pre- and post-spay/neuter surgery care
4. The basics of cat colony care
5. Building good relationships with neighbors throughout the process

ONE-ON-ONE INDIVIDUAL CAREER COUNSELING

Thursday, November 16 from 6 to 8:30pm


Looking for a new career?

Register for an opportunity of a half-hour individual session with Eileen Grimm, career counselor with 30-years experience and former director of Rockland County Guidance Center.
Use the time for resume help or career counseling questions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 6-6:30PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 6:30-7PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 7-7:30PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 7:30-8PM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 8-8:30PM.

Sponsored by the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS). This program is partly funded by the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

SPEAKING FROM SPIRIT

Thursday, Nov. 16 AT 7pm


Join us for a demonstration of mediumship with RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello followed by a discussion of RoseMarie’s new book SPEAKING FROM SPIRIT.

RoseMarie will bring forth those Spirits who seek to make connection with people in the audience. The connections and messages often affect the whole group deeply and profoundly. If you have ever wondered what Mediumship is or how it works here is your chance to experience it and get information.

Books will be available to purchase for $20 and personally signed by the author.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

ADULT(ISH) - GAME NIGHT!

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7pm


Join us for a fun evening! Bring your favorite board games or play one of ours.
SUNDAY CONCERT

November 19 at 1:30pm

Young Masters Recital Series

JOSEPH HAUER PERFORMING BACH, BEETHOVEN, LISZT AND MOZART


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer has performed at venues and series throughout New England and the Midwest, including the Kennedy Center, Avram Theater, NYU’S Frederick Loewe Theatre, Young Masters Recital Series (New York), Freeport Community Concert Association, Britton Recital Hall (Ann Arbor), Overture Hall (Madison), and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (Appleton).

Based in New York City, Hauer is a Piano Accompanist at NYU Steinhardt, Brooklyn College, and the Lucy Moses School, and was the Piano Accompanist Assistant at the 2016 Sitka Fine Arts Camp. He served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze.


WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Alone in Berlin

November 29 at 2pm


How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson & Emma Thompson) are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes.

Rated - R
95 minutes
JOHN SCOTT ARMCHAIR WALKING TOUR

The South Nyack Historical Trail Signs
- Andrew Goodwillie

Thursday, Nov. 30 at 2pm



The South Nyack Trail Signs Committee has been creating the informational signs that will line the Esposito Trail in 2018.
South Nyack Village Trustee and Trail Sign Committee member, A. Goodwillie, gives us a preview of these new historical markers.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

This program will also be at Nyack Library on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6:30pm.
VCL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Saturday, December 2 from 10am - 4pm


Valley Cottage Library is hosting another craft fair! We will offer shoppers an assortment of handcrafted festive holiday gifts including jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, paper crafts, knitted and crocheted items and ceramics. It will be the perfect place to purchase unique handmade gifts for the holidays. Come shop and visit with
local artisans while enjoying carolers and more!

We still have room! If you are an artisan and would like to participate in this event, please email jmcnally@rcls.org with 10 photos of your craft. This is a juried show and we will contact you if you are accepted.
CHAIR YOGA

Monday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 10:30am


Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Instructor: Mary Callan.

Cost:
Free to Nyack School District residents.
Out-of-District - $5 per class - to be brought to class

PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS SEPARATELY.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DEC. 4.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DEC. 11.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DEC. 18.



LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2pm

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles


In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Join librarians Ashley, Katie and Sean for a discussion.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Tuesdays, December 5 & 12 from 5:45 - 8:45pm


This 2-day, 6-hour course is open to ALL NYS licensed drivers. Participants are eligible to receive a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums and reduce up to 4 points.
Preregistration is required.

Please call 201-522-5892 to register.
A check for $23 made payable to Ian Prastien is required at the first class.
Class starts promptly at 5:45pm.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

The Dressmaker

Dec. 6 at 2pm


A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth.
Rated - R
118 minutes
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7pm

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley


Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring "masterpiece ... one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" (Wall Street Journal) must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit in the face of our "brave new world"

Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.

Discussion led by Prof. Stephen Kiss.
Refreshments served.


This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.

SUNDAY CONCERT

December 10 at 1:30pm

BY GEORGE!

Performed by NEW YORK CABARET UNLIMITED

Celebrating the Music of George and Ira Gershwin


George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
ADULT(ISH) - LEGO: BUILD IT!

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7pm


Join us for an evening of open playtime with everyone's favorite construction material.
SUNDAY CONCERT

December 17 at 1:30pm

Young Masters Recital Series

Classical pianist MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA performing Chopin, Debussy, Poulenc


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Pianist and chamber musician Margarita Rovenskaya has performed extensively in the US and abroad, with recitals in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall.

Margarita is currently based in New York, where she regularly concertizes and enjoys teaching as piano faculty at several studios and schools.

BOOK AND PUB CLUB

Valley Cottage Library has created a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! We meet each month in a different local pub and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Tuesday, December 19 at 7pm

MEET: O'Donoghues, 66 Main St., Nyack


- A New York Times and USA Today bestseller
- Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year
- Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Dangal (FF)

December 20 at 2pm


Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

Foreign Language Film: Hindi with English subtitles.
Rated: NR
161 minutes








































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