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Artisans & Craftspeople Wanted!

Valley Cottage Library will be hosting its 4th annual craft fair!
Saturday, December 1
10:00am to 4:00pm

We are seeking those who are proficient in their craft and are interested in selling at our well-attended event. This is a juried show and unfortunately we cannot meet artisans individually, but PLEASE EMAIL 10 photos of your work to: cpape@rcls.org with your contact information. No phone calls please.
Cost for Space is $30
Submission Deadline is Friday, October 5
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.

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.

Artists Avoiding Censorship

Tuesday, September 25
7:00 – 8:30pm

**This is a new date (was previously scheduled for September 18)**

THE OPEN EYEArts Talks with Cliff Tisdell
How have artists throughout history cleverly managed to avoid personal and professional harm and still express themselves? We go all the way back to the renaissance and see Veronese's tangles with the church and why writers like Rod Serling worked in science fiction/fantasy as well as the coded visual language of slave art in America and contemporary protest art.
Registration is required - click here to register.
Book and Pub Club: The Immortalists

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!
It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side. A traveling psychic claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children - four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness - sneak out to hear their fortunes.
Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at O'Donoghue's Tavern, 66 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. 21+ only.
3 Golden Rules for Weight Loss

Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm
Many people are looking to lose weight and lean up. And yet it seems so hard! Is it possible to lose weight without suffering? And how do we overcome bad habits and cravings?
It IS possible to enjoy the process of losing weight. In this talk you will learn how to avoid boring and difficult diets AND how to overcome urges and cravings! All using whole foods that are both nutritious and delicious and by using some basic skills I will teach you. Anyone can do this!
Registration required. Click here to register.
Sunday Concert: Akiko Kobayashi

Sunday, September 23 at 1:30pm
Akiko Kobayashi, with an accompanying pianist, will be performing a classical violin recital featuring works by Bach and beyond.
Akido has performed diverse solo violin and violin and piano duo programs ranging from Telemann to Stravinsky. Her duo programs highlight the chamber music nature and partnership inherent in sonatas ranging from Bach to Poulenc, and audiences have often commented on the organic nature of the duo collaboration.
Registration is required. Click here to register.
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!
Evening Meditation

Wednesday, September 26
7:00 - 8:00pm

For those who are unable to attend Carol Brill's daytime sessions.
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.
No registration.
Young Masters Recital Series: Kyle Walker

Sunday, September 30 at 1:30pm
A strong advocate for social equality, pianist Kyle Walker believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language can, the understanding of which he brings to both traditional Western repertoire and that of the living world-wide composers with whom he collaborates.
Walker is a founding member of Artists By Any Other Name based in NYC. The group endeavors to increase the accessibility of classical music by encouraging it’s symbiosis with other art forms, including dance, drama, poetry, and visual art.
As an advocate of social justice Walker is a member and chamber music director of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra which supports NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Movie Matinee: The Post

Wednesday, October 3 at 2:00pm
The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 1h 56min | Biography, Drama, History | 12 January 2018 (USA)
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Wading Through Watercolors

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Registration is required and is for all 4 sessions

Sometimes people can feel out of their depth when exploring new creative outlets. “Wading through Watercolors” breaks down the basic techniques of watercolors in a relaxing environment with plenty of hands-on instruction. Local artist, Jayne Conte, combines years of experience and a passion for art in her class, and helps even the most novice painter create true works of art. Each week the class will dive into a new painting - Jayne demonstrating while the class follows suit, or students can work on personal pieces. A list of all required materials will be provided at registration. Get your feet wet with “Wading through Watercolors!” Registration is for all 4 sessions: Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10:30am-12:30pm.
Registration is required. Click here
Free for Nyack School District residents.
Cost for Out-of-District patrons: $15 - to be brought to first class.
Burr Johnson Trio

Sunday, October 7 at 1:30pm
We are a trio of guitar, bass, and drums, playing a fusion of Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Blues. Our goals are to put forward fun and complex compositions in a bed of highly energetic playing. Music for musicians. We strive to play music that is as much fun to play as it is to listen to. The band has shared tones with some of the best players you will likely hear. It is so much fun to play together with true believers in excellence in instrumental music. The songs are usually very involved and intricate (true to the style of fusion). But there is also groove oriented material and even some vocals. Lots of MIDI guitar stuff which really increases the overall presence of the band.
Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Rockland County Office for the Aging

Tuesday, October 9, 1:30-4:30pm
Informational Table
The Office for the Aging is on the move bringing our services to you. We know it's sometimes hard to get to us so we are going out and about Rockland to answer your questions. We will have staffers from our office that can answer questions and help you with available services.
Daytime Book Discussion: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Tuesday, October 9
2:00 – 3:00pm

Join librarians Ashley, Sean and Katie to discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Refreshments served.
Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of John Singer, a lonely deaf-mute, and a disparate group of people who are drawn towards his kind, sympathetic nature. The owner of the café where Singer eats every day, a young girl desperate to grow up, an angry drunkard, a frustrated black doctor: each pours their heart out to Singer, their silent confidant, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways they could never imagine.
Matter of Balance

Tuesdays starting October 9th through December 4th from 2:15-4:15pm
The program will NOT meet on Tuesday, November 6th due to election day polling at the library

Every day in Rockland County, about five older adults visit the Emergency Room for treatment of a fall-related injury. Two out of five are hurt badly enough and need to stay in the hospital, often because the fall caused a hip fracture or brain injury. In New York State, falls are the leading cause of injury for those over 65. The good news is... falls can be prevented!
The Rockland County Health Department offers the free nationally recognized A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Program. Trained facilitators conduct eight, two-hour sessions for 10 to 12 participants. You will learn how to:
Reduce your fear of falling
Set realistic goals for increasing your activity
Do simple exercises to increase your strength and balance
Change your environment to reduce your risk of falling
Registration is required. Click here to register for all 8 sessions.
Adult(ish) Mario Cart Wii Races

Tuesday, October 9
7:00 – 9:00pm

A program for 20 to 30-somethings. Come play Mario Kart Wii!
Movie Matinee: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Wednesday, October 10
2:00 – 4:00pm

Did you Read the Book? Join the Discussion Tuesday, October 9 at 2:00pm? Now is the time to Watch the Film.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
G | 2h 3min | Drama | 31 July 1968 (USA)When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter. No registration.
Scholar-led Book Discussion: The Agony & the Ecstasy

Thursday, October 11

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michelangelo in which both the artist and the man are brought to vivid, captivating life.
Discussion led by Dr. Camille Serchuk
Sunday Concert: Bluz Hounds

Sunday, October 14
1:30 - 3:00pm

The Bluz Hounds are a traditional acoustic blues trio from Northern New Jersey. Jeff Scalia plays guitar & sings, Tony Sky plays harmonica & sings, and Patrick LeDonne plays various percussion. This type of music has been known to cause adrenaline rushes & heart palpitations, so listen responsibly. Enjoy! Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Movie Matinee: Phantom Thread

Wednesday, October 17
2:00 – 4:00pm

Phantom Thread (2017)
R | 2h 10min | Drama, Romance | 19 January 2018 (USA)
Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. No registration necessary.
Evening Movie: Young Frankenstein

Wednesday, October 17
6:00 – 8:00pm

Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 1h 46min | Comedy | 15 December 1974 (USA)
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Overcoming Reading, Math, & ADD/ADHD Challenges Naturally & Drug Free

Thursday, October 18
7:00 – 8:30pm

Suzanne Buchauer MA Education will will do a presentation based on the book: The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald Davis. This presentation will give a summary of the content of the book: What is Dyslexia? Picture Thinker vs. Word Thinker, What is Disorientation? The presentation will be followed by Q&A. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Defensive Driving Class

Saturday, October 20
10:15am – 4:45pm

Valley Cottage Library at Community Room
Description: 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.
Young Masters Recital Series: Mariel Mayz

Sunday, October 21
1:30 – 3:00pm

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. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Managing Stress with EFT

Tuesday, October 23
6:30 – 8:00pm

EFT draws on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and blends it with cutting-edge insights of Western psychology. The result is a stress relief modality that can help you finally understand and eliminate those negative feelings and thought patterns that have been holding you back and even making you ill.By “tapping” on the body’s meridian points - the same parts of your body manipulated during an acupuncture session - you can quickly dissolve the energetic blocks that have been hindering your physical or emotional recovery.Think of it as needle-free, emotional acupuncture that can help you break free from what ever is holding you back! Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Book & Pub Club: Frankenstein

Tuesday, October 23
7:00 – 9:00pm

**Fifth Anniversary Party**
The Book and Pub Club is the book club for 20- to 30- somethings that meets at the bars and restaurants in Nyack to discuss books over food and drinks.

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts; but upon bringing it to life he recoils at the creature's hideousness.

Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Prohibition River, 82 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 21+ only.
John Scott Armchair Tour: History Trail Through South Nyack

Friday, October 26
2:00 – 3:30pm

History Trail through South Nyack presented by Andrew Goodwillie
This presentation will cover a number of themes including the arrival of the railroad; the development of the surrounding area and the growth and fate of businesses in its vicinity; railroad closure and transformation to parkland; and the devastation of South Nyack with the Tappan Zee Bridge and I-287 State Thruway. Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Sunday Concert: Masterwork Conversation: Gypsy Fire

Sunday, October 28
1:30 – 3:00pm

There is perhaps no more mythical figure in music than the gypsy: wild and free, with eyes that pierce the soul and a virtuosity that empties the pockets, the gypsy can turn a phrase from a smile to a tear within a single note. The greatest musicians have tried to capture their improvisatory nature in pieces that pay homage to the gypsy musician. Franz Liszt drew inspiration from the nomadic tribes of his Hungarian homeland, while Johannes Brahms too found freedom in the ease of their manner. Rachmaninoff in Russia was taken to gypsy camps by his piano teacher and was musically caught with their mystic charm. From whirlwind rhapsodies to lively dances, Gypsy Fire is bound to ignite your musical spirit! Registration is required.
Click here to register.
Movie Matinee: A Ghost Story

Wednesday, October 31
2:00 – 4:00pm

A Ghost Story (2017)
R | 1h 32min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 27 July 2017 (Australia)
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife. No registration.
Water-Wise Techniques in the Garden

Thursday, November 1
1:00 – 3:00pm

Michael Wilson has a background in both Horticulture and Environmental Studies. he is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and is the Horticultural Laboratory Technician for Cornell University Cooperative Extension Service of Rockland County. He is a member of the US Study Team for the Aral Sea Disaster in Uzbekistan and has researched the environmental impact from the cultivation of cotton in that region. Michael retired in 2009 after 20 years at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ and previously trained at the NJ Botanical Garden at Skylands in Ringwood, NJ.
Michael's topic is Water-Wise Techniques in the Garden. He will discuss various methods of water conservation along with drought tolerant plant material. Part of the focus will be the concept of Right Plant/Right Place in conjunction with garden bed preparation. The use of ground covers as turf alternatives and to reduce the area of lawn will be reviewed. The program will end with suggested native plants for use in the garden. Registration is required.
Click here to register.

Thursday, November 1
7:00 – 9:00pm

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
Adult(ish) Game Night

Thursday, November 8
7:00 – 9:00pm

A program for 20 to 30-somethings. Bring your favorite board games or play one of ours.
Scholar-led Book Discussion

Thursday, November 8
7:00 – 8:30pm

On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow
Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naiveté and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.
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