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Adult Summer Reading

Calling all adults! Don't let the kids have all the fun.
Sign up for VCL's Adult Summer Reading Program for a chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize of a basket of bookish goodies! Participation is easy: read a book, submit a review, and you'll be entered to win great prizes!
Summer reading runs from: June 16 - August 18

To register, click HERE

Upon first registration, VCL's Evanced registration system will send a confirmation. To receive reminders and other communication, please accept the initial confirmation email within 24 hours. Contact the library at 845-268-7700 if you do not receive the initial email.

Back by popular demand for the summer: Book Bingo! Pick up a Bingo sheet at the Information Desk or click here to print one from home. Complete the Bingo sheet and return it to the library to be entered into a raffle for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Check out our Guide to Summer Reading HERE to submit a book review, get book lists, and read patron reviews.
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.


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. Nyack School District residents only.

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

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.

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.
and will resume on Tuesday, September 11.


Thursdays - 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 practicing meditation for more than 30 years.
This is an ongoing program.
Nyack School District residents: $5. Out-of-District: $10.

Hula Hoop Fitness

Tuesdays: July 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:00pm
Click here to register.
Local certified hula hoop fitness instructor, Brittny Popolizio, will teach you the basics of hula hoop fitness. Channel your inner child just for fun or integrate this into your regular fitness schedule to mix things up a bit. Either way, you may surprise yourself with some hidden hula hooping skill. Hoops will be provided or you are also welcome to bring your own. Registration is required and includes all 4 sessions (Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:00pm) Cost: Free to Nyack School District residents. $5 per class for Out-of-District.
Defensive Driving Class

Saturday, July 21 from 10:15am - 4:45pm
This 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 10:15am. The library opens at 10am.
Book & Pub Club: In Cold Blood

Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00pm
Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Prohibition River, 82 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. 21+ only.
Movie Matinee: Moonrise Kingdom

Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00pm
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 1h 34min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (USA)
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing.
Adult(ish) Retro Craft Night: Rock Painting

Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm
Join Ashley and Katie for a fun night of rock painting. Bring your creativity, we'll provide the supplies.
Valley Cottage Writes

Thursday, August 2 at 7:00pm
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
Artists' Reception: Rockland Photography Club

Saturday, August 4 from 1:00-3:00pm
Membership in the Rockland Photography Club is open to all photography enthusiasts, from novices to professional photographers. Club members participate in field trips and meetings. Meetings feature diversified programs, talks by experts, workshops, model shoots, critiques and monthly competitions. Our meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00 pm in the Clarkstown Community Center in New City, located at 31 Zukor Road, New City, NY 10956-4301. Come and visit us - guests are always welcome.
Daytime Book Discussion: White Houses

Tuesday, August 7 at 2:00pm
Join librarians Sean, Ashley, and Katie to discuss White Houses by Amy Bloom.
Lorena Hickock meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. As her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR's own lovers.
Movie Matinee: The Florida Project

Wednesday, August 8 at 2:00pm
The Florida Project (2017)
R | 1h 51min | Drama | 10 November 2017 (UK)
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
Movie: Richard II (Hollow Crown)

Thursday, August 9 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 15 at 2:00pm

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king. Initial Release: June 30, 2012 for the Hollow Crown series Director: Rupert Goold Starring: Ben Whishaw
Unlocking the Mystery of Your Dreams

Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00pm
Presented by author of Speaking From Spirit, RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello.
Working with the dream state is an invaluable tool for consciously connecting to your intuition and spirit. We will discuss how to interpret dreams and how to use the dream state for purpose and transformation. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Scholar Book Discussion: Richard II by William Shakespeare

Thursday, August 16 at 7:00pm
The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.
Discussion led by Dr. David Turk.
Adult(ish) Day Camp

Saturday, August 18 from 12:00-3:30pm
Why should the kids have all the fun? Make a craft, play a game, eat a snack, and make a friend! In collaboration with the New City Library. This event will take place at the New City Library. Please register here.
Book & Pub Club: Robopocalypse

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00pm
Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united.
Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. 21+ only.
Mya O'Malley Author Talk

Thursday, August 23 at 7:00pm
Join us for a conversation with prolific local author, Mya O'Malley.
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently resides with her family. Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. She earned her undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. Mya is a published writer of contemporary romance and paranormal romance/mysteries.
Presently, Mya's novels have been published by Solstice Publishing, Clean Reads, TouchPoint Press, and Blue Tulip Publishing. Mya spends her free time honing her skills in photography, painting, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. Mya loves to travel; she has visited several amazing locations such as Aruba, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada. Mya is currently working on her eleventh novel.
Movie Matinee: The Lovely Bones

Wednesday, August 22 at 2:00pm
The Lovely Bones (2009)
PG-13 | 2h 15min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller | 15 January 2010 (USA)
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Poetry in Summer

Thursday, August 30 at 7:00pm
A Summer Poetry and Music Celebration by Ramapough Poets and Friends During this unique evening of words and music, Ramapough Poets and friends will collaborate to perform the words and music of poetry, followed by an open reading.
Come listen to music and poetry,view the art on exhibit in the gallery, and join the celebration! Program is free and open to the public. Community participation welcome! Registration is required - click here to register.
Valley Cottage Writes

Thursday, September 6 at 7:00pm
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
Daytime Book Discussion: How to Stop Time

Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00pm
Join librarians Ashley, Sean and Katie to discuss How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. Refreshments served. A love story across the ages - and for the ages - about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
Valley Cottage Writes: Prompts

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00pm
Beat the block with writing prompts and exercises!
Sunday Concert: The American Music Legacy

September 16 at 1:30pm
(Originally Jan. 14)
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!
Registration is required.
Cookbook Club

Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm
Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new! Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion of Half Baked Harvest: Recipes from my Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard. Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on September 24th to share with other participants!

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