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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
AARP TAX AIDE

As a service to our users, the library will again provide copies of selected Federal and New York State tax forms as well as a set of reproducible forms. Forms will be available starting Monday, January 29. Also available will be income tax books and tax guides which circulate for 14 days.

INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE
Fridays from 10am to 2pm, Feb. 2 to April 13


Taxpayers with low or moderate income can receive free assistance with preparation of their personal income tax returns. Specially trained volunteers through the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provide this service.
Assistance will be available in the library on Fridays from 10am to 2pm, Feb. 2 to April 13.

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU.
June Sundvik's Book Sale

Life on Old Mill Road from 1760 to 1960
by June Sundvik



Written by long time Valley Cottage resident, artist and author June Sundvik.
Discover the history of Old Mill Road in Valley Cottage!

June Svahn Sundvik was born at home and lived on Old Mill Road almost all her life. She received and was able to gather a lot of information and photographs of the many historical families on Old Mill and so she decided to tell the story about their lives and the history of the homes they lived in.

COPIES OF HER BOOK ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR CIRCULATION DESK NOW.


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.
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.
GENTLE YOGA

6 Tuesdays, starting January 9 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.

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


REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS SEPARATELY.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JAN. 16.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JAN. 23.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FEB. 6.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FEB. 13.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FEB. 27.



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. Bring your yarn and tools. Come on in to knit, crochet and socialize. Bring friends and/or meet new people.
GREAT DECISIONS 2018 - PREPARE TO DISCUSS THE WORLD

Monday, Feb. 5 at 7pm

America's largest discussion program on world affairs.


This FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.

Meet every other Monday for 8 sessions to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED THIS YEAR:
The Waning of Pax Americana?
Russia’s Foreign Policy
China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation
Media and Foreign Policy
Turkey: a partner in crisis
U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
South Africa’s Fragile Democracy
Global Health: Progress and Challenges

The Foreign Policy Association provides compelling video presentations of facts and nonpartisan, thought-provoking analyses of the Great Decisions facing the US today.

Information, schedule and purchase of the $30 workbook takes place at first meeting.

Click here to visit their website.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



CHOCOLATE TASTING WITH CHEF & AUTHOR KIM HENDERSON

Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 1pm

(snow date 2/13)
Enjoy two hours of chocolate tasting 15 different chocolates with Kim Henderson, author of theTastefully Small series.

Kim Hendrickson has catered for the Bizarre Food Show, New York Metropolitan, the Penguin Repertory Theatre and Slangman’s World.

She is a regular presenter at the World Tea Expo, John Campbell Folk School and culinary events throughout the New York area. She is a chef and the author of Tastefully Small Finger Sandwiches and Tastefully Small Savory Bites. She lives in New York.

Presented by the Garden Club of Nyack.
LIMITED SEATING.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, February 6 at 2pm

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman


Eleanor struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she is thinking. Everything changes when she meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

Join librarians Ashley, Katie and Sean for a discussion.

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

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

I Am Not Your Negro

February 7 at 2pm


Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

DOCUMENTARY
Magnolia
Rated - PG-13
94 minutes
ADULT(ISH) - FRIEND SPEED DATING

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Thurs., Feb. 8 at 7pm



Friend Speed Dating – meet some new people and leave with some new friends.

We hear from 20/30s that they struggle to find new friends in the area. While many are finding each other on Meetup.com or other library programs, we thought it would be helpful to dedicate an entire program to intentionally getting to know new people.

We're hoping you make a lot of new friends and have a lot of fun!


SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7pm

Autumn

by Ali Smith


Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends—Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984—look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love—and stories themselves.

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
Long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book

Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow.
Refreshments served.
Snow date: 2/22


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

SUNDAY CONCERT

Don Falzone Trio
with Thomas Wendt and featuring pianist Jim Ridl

February 18 at 1:30pm


An acoustic trio playing Classic Jazz repertoire from the great American Songbook and original compositions that are featured on Don Falzone's CDs Stand Clear of the Closing Doors and August Quartet.

Bassist Don Falzone has been playing professionally for over thirty years. His musical career has been extremely diverse. He has performed, toured or recorded with many other great artists including Dave Alvin, Marianne Faithful, Leni Stern, David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Tom Waits, Victoria Williams, Bo Diddley, Marc Ribot, David Lynch, Syd Straw, Jewel, Robin Holcomb, Howard Levy, and kd Lang, to name a few.

Jim Ridl is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher residing in the New York City area. He performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar’s IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain, and the Tim Horner Quintet.

Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14. He maintains a busy freelancing schedule with Pittsburgh's top jazz artists such as Dwayne Dolphin, Joe Negri, Sean Jones, Dave & Maureen Budway, Kenia, the Latin jazz group, Salsamba, and the newly re-formed Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. In 2013 performed with pianist Alan Broadbent for the Nyack NY Library Concert Series. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty at the Afro-American Music Institute in Homewood.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



Defensive Driving Course

Tuesdays, February 20 and 27 from 5:45 - 8:45pm

Snow date: 2/28
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 $25 made payable to Ian Prastien is required at the first class.
Class starts promptly at 5:45pm.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Raisin in the Sun

Feb. 21 at 2pm


A groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award(r) winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve their piece of the American Dream.

Originally a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959.[1] The title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred"[2]) by Langston Hughes. The New York Drama Critics' Circle named it the best play of 1959.
RETRO CRAFT NIGHT - SHRINKY DINKS!

Calling all 20 and 30-somethings!

Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7pm



Shrinky Dinks consist of large flexible sheets which when heated in an oven shrink to small hard plates without altering their color or shape.

Think of the fun we can have! Just bring your imagination and a friend!
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Thursday, Mar. 1 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 s.antonucci@rcls.org

Participants will actively engage with written word to garner a deeper appreciation for the writing process and its output.

UPCOMING DATES:
Mar. 1
SUNDAY CONCERT

Young Masters Recital Series

Classical pianist, Mariel Mayz performs Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin and original compositions.

March 4 at 1:30pm


Snow Date - 3/18
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

New York native Mariel Mayz is a pianist and composer. She is currently working on the publishing and recording of her solo piano compositions, as well as preparing her upcoming solo piano recitals in the US, Portugal and Spain. Mariel was recently appointed the Assistant to the Director of the Gijon International Piano Festival; as well as Vice Director of the Porto Pianofest, in which she has helped to launch its first summer season in Porto, Portugal.

Mariel has received distinctions such such as the “Outstanding Accompanist Award” for the Music in the Parks Competition. She participated in the NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase and was presented with the Tito Puente Scholarship Award, and an outstanding performance ranking at the Young People’s Audition held by the R.C. Music Teacher’s Guild. Having studied piano from a very early age, she completed all levels of the NYSSMA and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music piano examinations- where she achieved the highest distinction mark in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Ms. Mayz made her debut with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen, and thereafter continued to perform in places such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, Pardington Hall, the Carnegie Room, Tenri Cultural Institute, and many other venues. Mariel enjoys a variety of other musical genres, such as jazz, gospel and improvisation, which she has studied with Jean-Michel Pilc and Mac Brandon.

Additionally, Mariel’s experience with musical theater has been developed in her work with many Broadway vocalists and choreographers, as well as her musical direction of many productions at New York University.

Mariel Mayz has been invited to a number of summer festivals, including the Pianofest in the Hamptons and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. She regularly attends the Gijon International Piano Festival, Spain, where she has had the opportunity to perform, and work closely with pianists such as Logan Skelton, Jean Salnier, Dominique Weber, James Giles, Marc Durand, Julian Martin, Robert MacDonald and Roberto Plano. Mariel received her bachelor’s degree from New York University under the instruction of Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez and Seymour Bernstein. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree with Geoffrey Burleson at CUNY Hunter College.

Mariel Mayz Website
REAL READS! NON-FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION

Thomas Jefferson - The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Monday, March 5 at 7pm


In this magnificent biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Meacham, gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era.

Librarian led discussion.


LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, March 6 at 2pm

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles


In 1922, Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.

Join librarians Ashley, Katie and Sean for a discussion.

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

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Maudie

March 7 at 2pm


Based on a true story of an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maud (Hawkins) to be his housekeeper.
HUDSON RIVER: HISTORY, THREATS & A CLEAN WATER FUTURE

Thursday, March 8 at 1pm



Outreach Coordinator, Jen Benson from Riverkeeper will be here to speak about the Hudson River.

The Hudson River is not your typical river. In fact, most of the Hudson is actually a tidal estuary where salt water from the ocean combines with freshwater from northern tributaries.

Because the Hudson River is a tidal estuary, meaning it ebbs and flows with the ocean tide, it supports a biologically rich environment; making it an important ecosystem for various species of aquatic life. For many key species, it provides critical habitats and essential spawning and breeding grounds.

This program is sponsored in part by the Garden Club of Nyack.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SUNDAY CONCERT

March 11 at 1:30pm

Olga Vinokur and Dan Gnip


"Acclaimed pianist Olga Vinokur, who has gained international recognition for her impassioned performances and elegant musicianship, returns to the library with a program of masterpieces by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin among others.

New York Times has described her playing as “an exquisite performance” and BBC magazine called Olga “superlative.” She will be joined by her 10 year old son, Dan Gnip for four-hands piano duos."

VISIT OLGA VINOKUR'S WEBSITE

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

CHAIR YOGA

Tuesdays, Mar. 13, 20 & 27 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 MAR. 13.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MAR. 20.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MAR. 27.
BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION

Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm

Roads: A Novel



Marina Antropow Cramer has written her first novel, Roads.

The world knows Dresden’s fate. Roads is the story of one family lucky enough to escape with their lives as Dresden burns behind them. But as the war ends, they are separated and their trials continue.

Born in postwar Germany into a family of refugees from the Soviet Union, Marina Antropow Cramer has enjoyed the benefit of lifelong ties to the Russian expatriate community on both sides of the Atlantic.

Join her this evening as she reads excerpts from her book.
Copies of Roads will be available for purchase and signing.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
ADULT(ISH) - GAME NIGHT!

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Thurs., Mar. 15 – Game Night


Join us for a fun evening! Bring your favorite board games or play one of ours.
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, March 15 at 7pm

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

One of Time’s Top 10 Novels of the Year • One of The Washington Post’s Ten Best Books of the Year.

Discussion led by Dr. David Turk.
Refreshments served.
Snow date: 3/22

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

WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE

Monday, March 19 at 7pm


Learn hands-on techniques in order to physically prepare yourself for unexpected situations and how to avoid them. Instructor, Master Raymond Portante, is a 7th degree black belt in Taekwondo and owner of East Coast Martial Arts.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MAR. 27.
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 Leavers by Lisa Ko

Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm

MEET: O'Donoghue's Tavern, 66 Main St., Nyack


FINALIST FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

Lisa Ko’s powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

Join librarians Ashley, Katie and Sean for an in-depth discussion of this novel.

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

Jackie

March 21 at 2pm


Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
20th Century Fox
Rated: R
100 minutes
COOKBOOK CLUB

Part Book Club, Part Community Potluck!

Thursday, Mar 22 –
Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten



Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new!
Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on Thursday, January 11th 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.

VC PROMPTS *New Program*

Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 7pm


Beat the block with writing prompts and exercises every other month. For more information, email Sean at s.antonucci@rcls.org
SUNDAY CONCERT

Originally Jan. 14
September 16 at 1:30pm

The American Music Legacy



Performers, soprano Phyllis Lynd and tenor Sean Mahony, will sing the great songs of The Great American Songbook that have left their mark on the American music scene and has lasted for decades. Featuring the music from each of the great eras, including Sinatra, duets by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert and others.

Celebrating the music of America!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.





FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, Feb. 8 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.

















































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