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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.
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

Next Session: Monday, April 23 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.
UPCOMING DISCUSSIONS OF THE REMAINING SESSIONS:
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.
This year's sessions are already underway. Stop in to listen or ask about next year's sessions.
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

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.

MEDICARE 101

Thursday, April 26 at 6:00pm
Rockland County Office for the Aging provides assistance to Medicare Beneficiaries through HIICAP. The Health Insurance Information and Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP) provides free, accurate, and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans.
Either Donna Gloc (HIICAP coordinator), or Shawn Mathew (HIICAP consultant) from Rockland County Office for the Aging will discuss Medicare basics, including what you need to know about Original Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Programs.
Additionally, other programs available will be discussed:
  • EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program)

  • LIS (Low Income Subsidy Program)

  • MSP (Medicare Savings Program)

Who can benefit from this program?
BENEFICIAL INSECTS IN THE GARDEN

Friday, April 27 at 1:00pm
Are your roses covered with aphids? Are caterpillars devouring your tomato plants?
There is no need to reach for the spray can when you can safely keep these pests under control using nature's own arsenal.
This program will teach you about the beneficial bugs, beetles, flies, and wasps that are your allies in the battle against plant-devouring insect pests.
Presented by: Dr. Susan Petro
Sponsored in part by the Garden Club of Nyack.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
CPR Certification Class

NEW DATE
Saturday, April 28 from 11:00am - 3:00pm

The BLS (Basic Life Support) Healthcare Provider Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.
The course is intended for anyone and everyone! From babysitters, lifeguards and parents to teachers, nurses, doctors.
Instructor: Roderick Guerzon is a certified BLS instructor for the AHA aligned with Holy Name Medical Center Community Training Center.
$65 per person- includes American Heart Association Certification Card.
(Bring fee to class.)

If interested, you may audit the class for free.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sunday Concert: Young Masters Recital Series - Robin Geisbrecht

Sunday, April 29 at 1:30pm
Robin will perform classical piano as part of the Young Masters Recital Series.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
PASTELS FOR BEGINNERS

click on individual dates to register
Tuesdays at 1:00pm
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22


Local artist, Joyce Byrnes, is a member of the Nyack Art Collective and the Pastel Society of America. Her work is held in private collections and has been exhibited in galleries, restaurants and libraries in Rockland County. She currently oversees Operations and Membership at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack.
This beginner's class will include individual instruction and demonstration in basic pastel techniques. We will go over materials used (different types of pastels and surfaces) and how to make dramatic paintings working from photographs (strong composition and values).

Materials:
  • set of at least 12 soft pastels (NOT oil pastels)

  • pastel paper, white or toned paper (9"x12" or 11"x14")

  • paper towels or rag

  • bring a table top easel if you have one
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION

Tuesday, May 1 at 2:00pm
Stay With Me
by Ayobami Adebayo

Join librarians, Katie, Sean and Ashley, for a discussion of Stay With Me. Refreshments served.
"[A] stunning debut novel…. At once, a gothic parable about pride and betrayal; a thoroughly contemporary—and deeply moving—portrait of a marriage; and a novel, in the lineage of great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie…. Adebayo, who is 29, is an exceptional storyteller. She writes not just with extraordinary grace but with genuine wisdom about love and loss and the possibility of redemption. She has written a powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking book." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Individual Career Help

Looking for a new career?
Tuesday, May 1
starting at 5:00pm
register for a half hour of One-on-One Individual Career Counseling

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.
5:00-5:30
5:30-6:00
6:00-6:30
6:30-7:00

Use the time for resume help or career counseling questions.

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.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00pm
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
PG-13 | 1h 51min | Biography, Drama, History
Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
VCWRITES

Thursday, May 3 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
ART RECEPTION: Fred Cabrera

Sunday, May 6 from 1:00-3:00pm

"The Study of Intimacy"
Self-taught New York based Artist with a passion to create.
SCHOLAR-LED BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, May 10 at 7:00pm

The Blue Manuscript
by Sabiha Al Khemir


The Blue Manuscript is the ultimate prize for any collector of Islamic treasures. But does it still exist and if so, can it be found? Sabiha Al Khemir's subtle, graceful narrative builds into a rich tapestry of love, hope, despair, greed, fear, and betrayal intensified at every turn by the uneasy relationship between Islam past and present, and between Islam and the West.
Discussion led by Dr. Camille Serchuk
Sunday Concert: Young Masters Recital Series - Jun Luke Foster

Sunday, May 13 at 1:30pm

Young Masters Recital Series

At Yale, he pursued piano studies through the Yale School of Music, and performed at festivals including the Gijón International Piano Festival (Gijon, Spain), Pianofest in the Hamptons, and PianoSummer at New Paltz. In recognition of his “extraordinary achievements and his extraordinary promise” as a musician, along with his “technical mastery and expressive depth,” the University awarded him the 2014 Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the performing arts.

In 2014, he enrolled in the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Professor Hung-Kuan Chen, and served as a teaching fellow in the graduate division.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Wednesday, May 16 at 2:00pm

The Square (2017)
R | 2h 31min | Comedy, Drama | 25 August 2017 (Sweden)

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
COOKBOOK CLUB

Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm

Smitten Kitchen: Every Day
by Deb Perelman


Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new!
Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion of Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe.
Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on May 17th to share with other participants!
SUNDAY CONCERT

Sunday, May 20 at 1:30pm

Trio Cabrini

Nuno Antunes - clarinet
Gina Cuffari - bassoon
Vlada Yaneva - piano

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
BOOK & PUB

Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00pm

American War
by Omar El Akkad


Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!

An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle. American War is a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at O'Donoghue's Tavern, 66 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of American War by Omar El Akkad. 21+ only.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Wednesday, May 30 at 2:00pm

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
PG-13 | 1h 33min | Documentary | 17 February 2017 (USA)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
VCWRITES: PROMPTS

Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00pm

Beat the block with writing prompts and exercises!
ADULT(ish) Spelling Bee

Thursday, May 31 at 7:00pm

While the middle schoolers battle it out at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., come test your spelling abilities at our first annual Adult(ish) Spelling Bee!

Prizes! Snacks! Fun!

Audience members welcome. Come cheer on your friends as they compete to be the Adult(ish) Spelling Bee Champion!

Adult(ish) is the Valley Cottage Library's meetup group for those in their 20s and 30s.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sunday Concert: Young Masters Recital Series - Jason Stoll

Sunday, June 3 at 1:30
Concert pianist, Jason Stoll, will be performing as part of the Young Masters Recital Series.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
GENTLE YOGA

6 Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 & July 3 & 10
at 10:30am

see below to register to each date individually

In gentle yoga, you take time to feel your body move. Breath and movement are pathways to keep the organs healthy and the joints lubricated. Mostly, gentle yoga helps you have a sound mind to dictate and nurture the cells in the body.

Class for all levels moving at a gentle pace. Mary Callan will be our instructor.

Cost: Free to Nyack School District residents.


$5 per class for Out-of-District.

Click here to register for June 5
Click here to register for June 12
Click here to register for June 19
Click here to register for June 26
Click here to register for July 3
Click here to register for July 10
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION

Tuesday, June 5 at 2:00pm

Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz


Join librarians, Katie, Sean and Ashley, for a discussion of The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Refreshments served.
INTRODUCTION TO ESSENTIAL OILS

Thursday, June 7 at 6:30pm

What is an essential oil? How do you use them? Which should you use? If you're interested in learning more about these healthful and beautiful smelling oils in your everyday life, come and join us to test, smell and taste these wonderful oils.
Presented by Mary Callan

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
VCWRITES

Thursday, June 7 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
SUNDAY CONCERT: Rhonda Liss

Sunday, June 10 at 1:30pm

LIFE, LOVE AND WHAT I’VE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY


Hear the music of Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Loesser, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and Michel Legrand performed by entertainer, Rhonda Liss.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00pm

Maudie (2016)
PG-13 | 1h 55min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 4 August 2017 (Ireland)

1930's rural Nova Scotia. Maud Dowley, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, smokes heavily to deal with the pain. Because of her unusual gait from the arthritis, she is often mistaken as a stupid, incapable woman, that perception which does make her feel stupid and incapable. That view is held by her surviving family, her brother Charlie and her Aunt Ida with who she lives. After an action by Charlie, Maud decides to seek some independence, she the only applicant for a posted job as housekeeper for brusque Everett Lewis, a poor fish seller. Despite not wanting to hire a cripple which only adds to their antagonism, Maud negotiates to get the job for room and board. Their antagonistic relationship ends up including Everett exacting beatings on Maud whenever she doesn't do what he wants. To keep herself happy, Maud begins to paint the interior of the house with happy pictures and paint similar pictures on small cards, these folk art pictures how she wants to see the world.
SCHOLAR-LED BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety, meaning, and love.
Discussion led by Dr. David Turk.
ADULT(ish) Game Night

Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm

A program for 20 to 30-somethings. Bring your favorite board games or play one of ours.
REAL READS book discussion

Monday, June 18 at 7:00pm

Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann


From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off.
BOOK & PUB

Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00pm

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!

In The Power the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of The Power by Naomi Alderman. 21+ only.
SUNDAY CONCERT

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!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



































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