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Wednesday Movie Matinee

Blue Jasmine

April 1 at 2pm

Poignant, romantic, and mesmerizing, writer/director Woody Allen's latest masterpiece centers around Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), a former New York socialite teetering on an emotional tightrope, balancing between her troubled east coast past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Having moved into her sister's humble apartment, Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations, and the dreams of reclaiming her past life's glamour. Join a powerful cast for an intimate portrayal of the battle between fantasy and reality which rages within us all.

98 minutes.
Rated: PG-13
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Meditation Series: Finding Peace

Thursday, April 2 at 10:30am

Relaxation and meditation can greatly benefit our lives. Carole Brill uses music, breath gentle Qi Kung exercises and simple meditation techniques which you will also be able to practice at home.

This is an ongoing program. Join in at any time.

Cost: Nyack School District residents: $5
Out-of-District: $10

AARP Tax Aide


As a service to our users, Valley Cottage Library provides copies of selected Federal and New York State tax forms as well as a set of reproducible forms. Also available will be income tax books and tax guides which circulate for 14 days.

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 provide the service. Assistance will be available in the library on Fridays from 10AM to 2PM, February 6 - April 10.
No reservations are required.

Proof of health insurance
Social Security cards for all listed on return
Picture ID
W-2 forms from employer
Great Decisions 2015

The Foreign Policy Association brings you:

Great Decisions 2015

Interested in International Affairs and US Foreign Policy?

Meets every other Monday at 7pm
The topic on April 6 is "Syria: The World's Largest Refuge"

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Topics included this year: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Syria's Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century.

Each participant is expected to purchase a $20 Great Decisions workbook. Information about the discussion schedule and purchase of the workbook will take place at the first meeting.
Registration is required.


For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association visit their website.

Librarian-Led Daytime Discussion

Tuesday, April 7 at 2pm

The Bookman’s Tale by Charles Lovett

A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
Resume Help - One-on-One Sessions

Wednesday, April 8

Eileen Grimm career counselor for over 30 years, will take you through the steps needed to create a resume that fits you and your needs.

Because of her experience with diverse groups of people from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds, Ms. Grimm is able to tailor her counseling sessions to meet the unique needs of her clients.

Four half-hour sessions:
6:30-7pm, 7-7:30pm, 7:30-8pm, 8-8:30pm
Register for one starting March 31 for a half-hour session with Eileen for individual help with your resume.

6:30 - 7pm

7 - 7:30pm

7:30 - 8pm

8 - 8:30pm
John Scott Armchair Walking Tour

The History of Nyack in 55 Sketches

Thursday, April 9 at 2pm

Bill Batson, artist and author of the Nyack Sketch Log, will present a new program from his recently published compilation of sketches and essays about this one square mile village where his family has lived since the 1890s.
Also at Nyack Library on Wed., April 8 at 7pm.

Scholar-led Book Discussion

Thursday, April 9 at 7pm

Stoner by John Williams

Discussion led by Prof. John Speight

John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

"John Williams's Stoner is something rarer than a great novel - it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away."
-The New York Times Book Review

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

Jiayi He, Harmonica Virtuoso

April 12 at 2pm

You have to see and hear him to believe it!

Jiayi He, world-class award-winning harmonica virtuoso, has received numerous awards at international festivals and competitions in England, Germany, Israel, Japan and the United States. He has served as a member of the judging committees in the Asia-Pacific Harmonica competition in Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Korea and Singapore

He regularly performs throughout the U. S., Europe and Asia and has appeared on national and international television - ABC, NBC, News 12, Queens Public Television, Sino Television and others. He has recorded for movies and CDs and has soloed with many major symphony orchestras...too many to list.

Composers, such as Naresh Sohal, Michael Isaacson, Zane Merritt and Mui Kwong Chiu, have written special harmonica works for Jiayi.

Mel Bay Publications, Inc published his book "Recital Pieces for Chromatic Harmonica". Jiayi has performed at Shea Stadium as part of the pre-game show for the New York Mets. He has performed solo at the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations.

New York City Mayor Bloomberg attended his seminar and learned how to play harmonica at Harmonica Mass Appeal 2012.

Jiayi-He is currently on the faculty of the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.

“I use my collections to show the audience different types of harmonicas including Chromatic, Tremolo, Diatonic, Bass and the largest and smallest harmonica in the world. I have 300 harmonicas.”

History of Lederle Laboratories

Monday, April 13 at 7pm

Local photographer, environmentalist, author and activist George Potanovic, Jr. will discuss his book, “Honoring Our Heritage: Celebrating the People, Science and Innovation at Pearl River,” which traces the 105-year history of Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y. from its founding by Dr. Ernst Lederle to its present status.

Come enjoy this informative presentation filled with interesting facts, photographs, postcards, artifacts, short stories, a timeline and news events to provide a biographical sketch of a company, a community and its people.

The Book & Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm

O’Malley’s Bar and Restaurant, 108 Main St., Nyack

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

This is the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel

April 15 at 2pm

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson

100 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Inner Spirit Art

Fridays, April 17 & 24, May 1 & 8 from 10:30am – 12pm

Express yourself creatively in this 4-week workshop with artist Christine Penksa. Have fun experimenting with a variety of art materials including watercolor and acrylic paints. Create art purely for yourself in a relaxing atmosphere without expectations. Each class will begin with an art exercise to help you tap into your Inner Spirit!
No previous experience required.
Cost: $5 per class for supplies.


Technology Training

Intro to Facebook

Fri. April 17 at 11 am

Want to join Facebook to connect with friends and family but not sure how to get started? This hands-on course will teach you how to create a Facebook account, understand privacy settings, find Friends, and post and share on your Timeline.

Mandala Workshop

Saturday, April 18 from 2-4pm

Explore your creativity, with artist Jamie Gaviola, through sacred mandala art. Learn about the origin and uses and experience techniques for centering and finding symmetry. You will participate creating a large scale collaborative mandala as well as create your own unique work of mandala art.
Cost for supplies:
Nyack School District - $10
Out-of-District - $15

Sunday Concert

Young Masters Recital Series

Classical pianist Jun Luke Foster performing Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and Schubert

April 19 at 2pm

Jun Luke Foster is a young American musician and pianist. He believes music is a gift for all of us to share -- a gift that can give expression to our joy, bring comfort in times of pain, and pull the heart toward worlds of new possibility. In the hope that studying many areas of life would enrich what he could convey to listeners through music, he declined offers of undergraduate admission from music conservatories and chose to pursue a broader college education. He graduated from Yale University in 2014, summa cum laude, with a degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics. Critics have praised his "enchanting playing that pulled me in from the very beginning" (East Hampton Star, July 30, 2013), and a "firm yet delicate touch and flying fingers [that] rendered the whole listening pleasure one of ease and confidence in his mastery of the piece" (Times Herald-Record, August 3, 2010). Recent prizes include First Prize in the Princeton Festival Piano Competition (2012), First Prize in the Yale University Friends of Music Recital Competition (2011), and Grand Prize in the New York Grand Prix International Piano Competition, Junior Division (2008). As First Prize Winner of the 2010 Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, he performed Beethoven's 5th Concerto with Vladimir Feltsman and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra and the Long Island Philharmonic, and has performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. He was awarded the 2014 Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the performing arts by Yale University, along with the David C. DeForest & Townsend Premiums Prize for public speaking. In September 2014, he enrolled in the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Hung Kuan Chen.

Gardening Inspiration!

Get ready to garden! Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland will be here to show you the way.


Thursday, April 23 at 7pm

Organically grown vegetables are possible on patios, balconies and decks just steps away from the kitchen. With the addition of colorful annuals, they are attractive elements to the landscape.
Presented by Vivienne Dieckmann, Master Gardener.

Pacman to Minecraft – Videogames Then & Now

Monday, April 27 at 7pm

Videogames have been around for 35 years. Chris MacFinn, a local 3D animator and app developer, will take you from Pacman through Nintendo and Xbox to Minecraft. The stories behind the industry are enlightening and entertaining, including colorful characters, industrial intrigue and bitter rivalries. Learn how the game industry was founded, how Japan made it big and how we got to where we are today!

How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Information Sessions

Session 1 – Tuesday, April 28 from 6-8:30pm

We’ll cover the process of becoming a citizen: forms, requirements, cost, the 1-912 waiver and more.


Session 2 – Thursday, April 30 from 6-8:30pm

Covers line by-line completion of the N-400 application and what to expect going forward.

Wednesday Movie Matinee

The Book Thief

April 29 at 2pm

Based on the beloved best-selling book comes this profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel (Sophie N‚lisse) is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple (OSCARr Winner Geoffrey Rush* and Emily Watson**), her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).

131 minutes.
Rated: PG-13
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Technology Training

Intro to Computers for Absolute Beginners

Friday, May 1 at 11am

Learn to love a computer from the ground up. This hands-on course will teach you how to use a mouse, identify computer components and open and close files.

Librarian-Led Daytime Discussion

Tuesday, May 5 at 2pm

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

In a small seaside town in Haiti, the intertwined lives of a community are revealed when the daughter of a fisherman goes missing.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

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

Fri. May 8 at 11am

In this one hour, hands-on course, you will learn how to use email and to find an astonishing world of information on any subject.

UNLOCKED: A Family Emerging From the Shadows of Autism

Monday, May 11 at 7pm

UNLOCKED: A Family Emerging From the Shadows of Autism
by Susan Levin

A Poignant and Inspiring Story of a Family Whose Child Emerges from Autism.

Author, Speaker, and Family Wellness Coach, Susan Levin, will give a reading from her book, Unlocked, which is a depiction of her family's experience bringing her son out of autism. It is a story about family, commitment and the power of nonjudgmental love

The Book and Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm

Brickhouse Food and Drink
20 S. Broadway, Nyack

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humor.

Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel.

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


May 13 at 2pm

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats.

Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability – and his sanity.

107 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: Sony

Tasting Wines with a Difference

Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm

Wine expert Janet Wheeler will demonstrate how alternative winemaking techniques + different grapes = surprising results.
Join us for another educational and fun evening.

Cost: $5 to be paid at least one week after registration.

Museums of the Berkshires: The Clark Institute, Mass Moca, Norman Rockwell

Thursday, May 14 at 1pm

Art Historian Irene Wisoff will be here to give a slide presentation of the newest, the biggest and the most nostalgic museums in western Massachusetts have year round collections that include French Impressionism (the Clark), a complete display of American illustration artwork (Norman Rockwell) and three stories of mural size paintings from the entire career of contemporary artist Sol LeWitt (Mass MoCA).

Each site is unique: the Clark buildings are in a natural park-like setting of 140 acres, Mass MoCA uses the spaces of 25 nineteenth century factory buildings and the Norman Rockwell Museum and studio are surrounded by 36 acres of lawn, gardens and outdoor sculpture. The sites contribute to the enjoyment of the art.

Don’t miss Irene's great insights and photos of:
The Clark Institute
Norman Rockwell Museum

Scholar-led Evening Book Discussion

Thursday, May 14 at 7pm

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow

A ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination and the redemptive power of storytelling.

This story depicts the men of Alpha Company and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.

Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.

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

Saturday, May 16 from 2-3pm

Learn how to borrow free e-books through the library to read on your Kindle.
Please bring your device, its password, and your library card.


Demystify Your Nook

Saturday, May 16 from 3-4pm

Learn how to borrow free e-books through the library to read on your Nook.
Please bring your device, its password, and your library card.


Demystify Your iPad/Android or Other Tablet

Saturday, May 16 from 4-5pm

Learn how to borrow free e-books through the library to read on your iPad/Android or other tablet.
Please bring your device, its password, and your library card.


Sunday Concert

Young Masters Recital Series

May 17 at 2pm

Garrett Ross performing Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin

Pianist Garret Ross enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With a perpetual interest in chamber music, Ross founded The Annual Chamber Music Festival in Houston, MN, now in its third year. Ross has performed for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center with cellist Ruth Marshall. Upcoming engagements include appearances at the Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul, MN, Music Northwest in Seattle, WA, and a subsequent performances for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series.

In the 2011-2012 season, Ross performed Rachmaninoff’s First Concerto with the Bethel University Philharmonic Orchestra, was soloist for the world premiere of Gregory Vajda’s Csardas Obstine for Piano and Orchestra with the Music in the Mountains and Texas Festival Orchestras, and was a winner in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition. Ross has performed and studied at the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Centre, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, AmerKlavier Institute at Steinway Hall, and PianoSummer at New Paltz.

Currently, Ross studies with Eteri Andjaparidze at NYU’s Steinhardt School where he also serves as adjunct instructor in piano. He completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota with Alexander Braginsky, where he was a teaching assistant. Ross also graduated from Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN with a BMus in Performance where he won first prizes in the Solo and Concerto Competitions. Ross has performed in masterclasses with various pianists including Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Vladimir Feltsman, Thomas Sauer, Jerome Rose, Pavlina Dokovska, and Alexander Slobodyanik, among others.



Get ready to garden! Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland will be here to show you the way.


Thursday, May 21 at 7pm

Making raised beds, planting companion crops, rotating crops and germinating seeds at home or buying nursery grown plants for your garden is important to successful crops. Utilizing various garden materials to combat adverse weather conditions and preparing the vegetable garden for winter will be discussed.

Presented by Steven Becker, Master Gardener.


Wednesday Movie Matinee

The Theory of Everything

May 27 at 2pm

This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.

The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh.

248 minutes.
Rated: PG-13
Studio: Universal Studios

Thursday Concert


Thursday, June 4 at 7pm

Enjoy a live musical story and tribute to the life and music of the man most consider the greatest singer of the 20th century. Journey through the fascinating life of Old Blue Eyes with Donnie Farraro - the most authentic sounding and look-alike Sinatra that you will ever see and hear!


Librarian-led Daytime Book Discussion

Tuesday, June 9 at 2pm

Neverhome by Laird Hunt

She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. NEVERHOME tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

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

June 9 & 10 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.

Introduction to Zinio

Tuesday, June 9 at 7pm

Learn how to checkout, download and read digital magazines on your computer, smartphone or tablet.


Wednesday Movie Matinee

Gone Girl

June 10 at 2pm

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble.

148 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Scholar-led Evening Book Discussion

Thursday, June 11 at 7pm

Euphoria by Lily King

Discussion led by Dr. David Turk

Loosely based on events in the life of Margaret Mead with fascinating looks into other cultures and how they are studied, and the sacrifices and dangers that go along with it.

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

Friday, June 12 at 11am

Learn how to track the books you’ve read and want to read, share titles with friends, write reviews and participate in a vast online community of readers.


Sunday Concert

June 14 at 2pm

Margarita Rovenskaya is joined by Holly Jenkins, violin, DJ Cheek, viola
and Kevin Mills, cello, performing piano quartets by Schumann and Mozart.


The Book & Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm

Olive’s, 118 Main St., Nyack

The Enchanted by René Denfeld

In an ancient stone prison, a death row inmate finds escape in books and reimagining life around him, while an investigator delves into his history in an attempt to get his sentence reduced.

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

Wednesday Movie Matinee

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

June 17 at 2pm

Stay after the movie for a discussion led by Eileen O'Brien from NAMI
(National Alliance on Mental Illness).

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-s pirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song.

102 minutes.
Rated: PG-13
Studio: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
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