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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS


Adults, flex those reading muscles! Summer reading is not just for kids!


Read books and submit reviews for your chance to win weekly prizes and be entered into the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.

Don't delay! Run on over to the Information Desk now to register.




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.

Valley Cottage Library is hosting its 2nd annual
Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10am - 4pm.

We are looking for artisans who are proficient in their craft. This is a juried show. If you are interested in selling your craft, please EMAIL 10 photos of your work to jmcnally@rcls.org with your contact information. We cannot meet artisans individually. If your work is accepted we will contact you.

Cost for a space is $25.


The Revenant
August 24 at 2pm

Inspired by true events and the winner of 3 OSCARS®,

The Revenant follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy).

Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain. This boldly original (Calvin Wilson, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH) epic adventure captures the extraordinary power of the human spirit in an immersive and visceral experience unlike anything you have ever seen

Rated R
157 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox


Thursday, August 25 from 10:30am - 12pm

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.



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.

Select Mondays at 7pm (Next meeting - Aug. 29)

Live a healthier life! This 8 session program for adults is based on current reliable methods that work. It incorporates nutrition, activity and behavioral modification methods. We will have breaks between classes to help you learn to live a healthier life on your own.

COST: $10


Monday, August 29 at 7pm

Let's wrap up our Adult Summer Reading program!

Come for dessert and conversation to your favorite café. We’ll each get a chance to recommend a favorite book read and share what we've loved. Plus, as always, you’ll get more great resources and our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced!

Best of Enemies

August 31 at 2pm

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America.

Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult - their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born.

Rated R
87 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment


IN OUR GALLERY: September 1 - 28
Summer in Valley Cottage

The gallery will be filled with photos taken of our town by Valley Cottage and Nyack School District residents! See the beauty of Valley Cottage with pictures of people, places and things.

Reception: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1-3pm.


1. Must be taken this summer and in Valley Cottage.
2. Photos must be mounted on/or in 11x14 or 16x20 WHITE matte board.
3. Photo must stay on wall until Sept. 29.
4. You must be a Nyack School District resident.


Tuesday, September 6 at 2pm

Girl Waits With Gun

by Amy Stewart

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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


September 7 at 2pm

Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), son of deceased world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, has boxing in his blood. Looking to win his own title, Adonis heads to Philadelphia and convinces his father's rival-turned-friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), to train him – even as Rocky battles his own deadly opponent outside the ring.

Rated PG-13
133 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video

Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7pm

Looking for the writer within?

Join our librarian, Sean, for an informal monthly discussion about writing, featuring writing prompts and exercises to beat the block.

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

Next sessions:
Oct. 5
Nov. 2
Dec. 7


Part Book Club, Part Community Potluck!
Don't miss this deliciously successful program with librarians Ashley and Katie.

Thursday, September 8 at 7pm

Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d'Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails

Today’s style of entertaining calls for fuss-free party foods that are easy to make and just as delicious as ever.

With more than 200 recipes for tasty pre-dinner bites, substantial small plates, special-occasion finger foods, and quick snacks to enjoy with drinks, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is the new go-to guide for any type of get-together.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to pick out a recipe.


Young Masters Recital Series

Michael Noble, Classical Pianist

September 11 at 1:30pm


Carole Brill - Founder/Director - Young Master Recital Series

American pianist Michael Noble is developing an international reputation as an insightful and captivating performer with a repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Claude Ledoux. After giving his first recital at the age of six, he has gone on to perform concerts across Europe, Asia, and North America. A prizewinner of numerous competitions including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition (Carmel, CA), Gold Medal at
the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and two-time laureate of the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands, Michael has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium) and his playing has been hailed as “poetic” ( Het Nieuwsblad ), “elegant, stylish, and powerful” by the Peninsula News (California), and “excellent” by the Tulsa World (Oklahoma).

He has performed in such venues as Carnegie's Weill and Zankel halls, the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Sunset Center (Carmel, CA), and the Royal Dublin Society (Ireland), and has been a guest artist at festivals including the Gentsche Festspiele, the Lake George Music Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Festival. Additionally, he has been featured in numerous concert series including the Carmel Music Society, Müzewest Concerts, Trinity Concert Series and Quatre Mains among others.

Michael has been featured as soloist with the Tulsa Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra and has upcoming performances with the Monterey Symphony. Additionally, he has worked with the most renowned artists in the field including Gary Graffman, Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, John O'Conor, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Robert McDonald and members of the Tokyo and Brentano Quartets.

In 2008, Michael attended the Paris Conservatoire to work with Nicholas Angelich. Following this, he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively where he was a student of Nelita True. He received his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music where he worked with Peter Frankl and Melvin Chen and is now a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts there.

Michael recently completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation where he focused on contemporary music with political connotations under the guidance of Daan Vandewalle. In addition to his activities as a performer, Michael is the co-founder and director of the Brussels-based ‘Music of Changes,’ a concert series that presents dynamic programs juxtaposing contemporary music with that of the past.

During the past season, Michael performed throughout Western Europe, Thailand and the United States, and the current season will see him concertizing as soloist and with harpist Chelsea Lane - as part of Duo Aeterna - throughout Western Europe and the United States.

For more information, please CLICK HERE.
ALZHEIMER'S - Know the 10 Signs

Early Detection Matters

Monday, September 12 at 7pm

This program will provide information about memory loss versus normal aging. Also learn about the risk factors, the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's and the resources to help.

Presented by Jody Addeo, Community Engagement Manager for Westchester & Rockland counties Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley Chapter




September 14 at 2pm

Critics are raving about this ''must see'' drama which tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma.

Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. However, they are trapped in a windowless, 11-by-11-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ''Room.''

As Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

Rated R
118 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate

September 14 at 7pm

The Photographer
by Emmanuel Guibert and Didier Lefèvre

Guibert adapts Didier Lefèvre’s photo-journal from a 1986 trip to Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders.

Join librarians Sean and Katie.

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


September 20 and 27 from 5:45-8:45pm

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. A check for $23 made payable to Ian Prastien is required. Class starts promptly at 5:45pm.

Upcoming dates:
Dec. 6 & 13


Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have 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)

Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm

Meet:Prohibition River, 82 Main St., Nyack

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fistby Sunil Yapa

Set amid the heated conflict of Seattle's 1999 WTO protests, it quickly becomes clear that the throng determined to shut the city down, are testing the patience of the police and what started as a peaceful protest is threatening to erupt into violence.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie is you're 21 and over, and under 40 for a fun evening of lively discussion.

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

Defensive Driving Course

September 20 & 27 from 5:45-8:45pm

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. A check for $23 made payable to Ian Prastien is required. Class starts promptly at 5:45pm.

Upcoming dates:

Dec. 6 & 13


Gardening Inspiration
with the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension
Saturdays at 10-11AM

Sept. 24 - Improve an Existing Lawn

This important presentation will help homeowners improve their lawns themselves by following several simple practices. It will discuss organic versus synthetic products, will recommend fertilizing procedures, will explain soil pH testing, and will demonstrate methods of weed and crabgrass control.
Presenter: Jeff Schwartz, Master Gardener.

Endurance Jazz Concert
Presented by Sorin Zlat Quartet

September 25 at 1:30pm

The Sorin Zlat Quartet, featuring Sorin Zlat on piano, Woody Witt on sax, Peter Grant on drums, Jim Donica on bass with Vocalist Mihaela Alexa will be performing a jazz concert of standards and originals.


Romanian-born jazz pianist Sorin Zlat invites you to join him on an unforgettable musical journey. His newly released album, Endurance, which is centered on the power of love and family, captivates the listener with influences from the Latin, flamenco, and classical music styles combined with jazz and the melodious sounds of the Romanian doinas. The inspiration for this project came to him through much emotional turmoil as he channeled his younger’s sister battle with cancer into the beautiful and masterfully crafted melodies that is Endurance. The new harmonic and rhythmic depths of this album will take the audience through the emotions brought on by loss, pain, suffering, but also hope, faith, love, and joy. Besides his personal compositions, Zlat will perform renowned jazz standards from the jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Young, and Michelle Legrand, all of which he renewed to reveal new vistas of musical expression and his uncontestable technical virtuosity.

“Outstanding! An album reflecting the stature of the best, unrivaled, national and international awards champion, the best Romanian jazz pianist of our current times, composer, arranger, and Trio leader, Sorin Zlat. And according to his creations, someone who will always remain sculpted in our memories!” - Anca Romeci, Music Critic and Esteemed Journalist, The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Society

“Sorin Zlat – an offspring of the Romanian jazz community, fully recognized on the international stage and rewarded with numerous prestigious awards. Without a doubt, his evident technical virtuosity and ability to improvise, happily compliment his undeniable natural talent as a composer. Sorin Zlat – a true artist, fully described by his commitment, hard work, passion, creativity, and authenticity. May this first album be the first in a series of recordings meant to mark through the years the irrevocable progression to the peak of his artistic prominence.” - Florian Lungu – Producer and Host of Romanian Jazz Television and Radio Shows, Musical Critic and Composer

Sorin Georgian Zlat is an international award-winning jazz pianist, classical clarinetist, composer, and arranger. He started his performing career at the young age of thirteen when he was featured as a soloist with the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora”. Inspired by his father and grandfather, two accomplished European musicians, Sorin went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Piano Jazz from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude. As a young graduate, he created a repertoire comprising pieces of standard jazz and personal compositions, ranging through Latin and jazz, pop, and classical music, and which is orchestrated to reflect a unique interpretative style. With musical influences from Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane, his imaginative approach gained him instant recognition on the European and North American jazz scene. Among numerous other awards, he is the winner of the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, the 2013 Monaco Jazz Competition, and two-time winner of the “Best Jazz Musician of the Year” in his home country. He was recently signed by the European Muzza Foundation and A&A Records under which he released his first album “Endurance”. Sorin is touring the world as composer-pianist performing his composition as well as jazz standards, masterly interpreted in his inimitable style. A believer in continuously stretching his creative capabilities and expanding his knowledge, he is currently involved in numerous projects, from being commissioned for a jazz symphony to composing music for the film industry.

Woody Witt has been an increasingly significant musical force during the past decade as a tenor-saxophonist, a composer and as an educator. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Woody started on the clarinet in fourth grade, switching his focus to saxophone the following year. A professional musician from the age of 16, he studied at the University of Houston, earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a doctorate from the University of Houston’s Moores School Of Music. He has taught at Houston Community College since 2003, is an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston, and has conducted a countless number of workshops and master classes throughout the United States, France and Asia. As a tenor-saxophonist, Woody Witt has recorded over 25 CDs as a sideman and led nine CDs of his own (Woody Witt, Square Peg Round Hole, Live At Cezanne’s, A Conversation, Willows, Seasons Ago, First Impression, Pots And Kettles, and Absinthe: The Music of Billy Strayhorn). He has collaborated with such major jazz artists as trumpeters Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans and Jim Rotondi, saxophonists James Moody, David Liebman and Tim Armacost, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianists Joe LoCascio and Mark Levine, drummers Louis Hayes, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Hart, and singer Nancy King, has worked with the Houston Symphony, and has been featured on major third-stream works that blend together jazz and classical music. The winner of the 2010 Chamber Music America French American Cultural Exchange grant and the recent International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Taiwan, Woody is the booker and the artistic director at Houston’s top jazz club, Cezanne’s. Currently involved in several different group projects (including a saxophone-guitar-drums trios inspired by the Paul Motian Trio), Woody Witt is a consistently creative musician who is at the peak of his powers.

James Stephen Donica began his life and spent his formative years in Granada Hills California where he was an integral part of the Kennedy High School Jazz Ensemble. He was a natural for Cal State Northridge and under the tutelage of Gary Pratt he eventually became a member of CSUN’s “-A- band”. From Northridge Donica would be recruited by the late great Maynard Ferguson for two US tours and from a seedy Hollywood nightclub by the late great Joe Strummer for a tour of England and Scotland with “Joe Strummer AND THE Latino Rockabilly War”. He can be heard with the later on Trash City and Permanent Record. Upon return a road-weary Donica decided to further formalize his education by earning a degree in Jazz Studies from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Donica, an eclectic and talented bassist/composer, plays venues in NYC from the West Village to Broadway to Lincoln Center, as well as major cities across the US. Throughout his career he has played with the finest performers including, Joe Strummer, Maynard Fergusen, the Marvelettes, The Shirelles, Chita Rivera, Lorna Luft, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Bruce Barth, Frank Kimbrough, David Becker and many others. In the last few years Donica has been active on Broadway as part of the orchestra for The Visit and Allegiance and subbing on shows such as Evita, and If /Then. Donica has had an affinity for singer songwriter collaborations; as a result he's been matched up with great indie artists such as Violet, Chris Koch and Teeter Gray, and rocker Queen V.

He currently divides his time between NYC and in the Hudson Valley Village of Nyack with his new bride Carol and faithful hound, Charlie Hayden Beauregard-Donica.

Drummer Peter Grant was born and raised in New York City and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Peter is a creative and versatile musician who has been in demand in the New York recording studios and clubs for 35 years. He has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note to Royal Albert Hall, the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival in Japan, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the White House.
Peter has played on over 40 recordings with such artists as Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, New York Voices, Harvie Swartz, and Rodney Jones. Live performance credits include gigs with Astrud Gilberto, Peter Cincotti , Ben E. King , Dave Samuels, and European tours with Bob Dorough, and Linda Hopkins.

Peter is currently performing and recording with singer Tom Wopat and baritone sax player Claire Daly. He is on Wopats latest CD called I've Got Your Number and Daly’s cd entitled Baritone Monk.

Vocalist Mihaela Alexa holds a Master in Music Degree, the Performing and Canto sections, from the Romanian National University of Music. Starting at age 15, while a young student in the High School of Arts, she performed in numerous recitals and concerts. By 2012, she was playing in major concert halls in Romania, both as an opera soloist and as a member of the groups “Animosii” and the “Harmony” choir. Shows included the Musical Arts Week, Generation XXI and concerts with the National Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora”.

In 2010, she started playing jazz music along renowned jazz pianist Sorin Zlat Jr. Combining her training and experience as an opera singer with her love for jazz, Alexa started exploring new vistas of expression that ultimately brought her many awards, as well as notable collaborations with artists all over Europe. She appeared in numerous festivals, both nationally and internationally, as a solo performer or along the Sorin Zlat Trio. As an artist underwritten by the Romanian Cultural Institute, Alexa continues to perform on both national and international stages, as a jazz and opera lead singer. She joins us in this project to bring to the American public a piece of the Romanian cultural through interpretation of our own folklore with a jazz twist.

This concert was made possible by the generous support of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14 & 21 from 10:30am-12pm
A series of workshops in art experimentation with Christine Penksa. Give yourself time to play and not worry about the end result.

Sept. 30 - Experiment with Jacquard Silk Colors and use them to create a colorful abstract painting.

Oct. 7- Create a collage using beautiful tissue papers.

Oct. 14 - Design your own fabric using Jacquard Silk Colors and acrylic paint.

Oct. 21 - Create a painting in the style of artist Gerhard Richter with a squeegee and acrylic paint.

Cost: $5 per class for basic supplies. Please bring to class.


Thursday, October 6 at 7pm

TransAtlantic by Collum McCann


Three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.

Discussion led by Professor John Speight.

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

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