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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS

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.

Fridays from 10am - 2pm starting Feb. 6

As a service to our users, Valley Cottage Library will again provide copies of selected Federal and New York State tax forms, as well as a set of reproducible forms. Forms will be available starting Monday, February 1. Also available will be income tax books and tax guides which circulate for 14 days.

Older 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 (AARP) provide the service.

Assistance will be available in the library on Fridays from 10am to 2pm, February 5 - April 8. No reservations are required.

Tax-payers are asked to bring the following records:

• photo identification

• Social Security card (and cards for any dependents)

• a copy of last year’s return

• all tax-related forms received, such as W-2s from each employer, 1099Rs for pension or annuities, Social Security 1099, or other 1099 for interest or dividends

• unemployment compensation statements

• state income tax refund statement

• documentation relating to any tax adjustments or credits you may be entitled to such as tuition statements, child and dependent care expenses, real estate taxes, car excise tax, mortgage interest, charitable donations, home energy efficiency item purchases, and year-end statements from investment accounts.

Young Masters Recital Series

Jun Luke Foster

Feb. 7 at 1:30pm

An extraordinary young classical pianist, Jun Luke Foster was a first prize winner in the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in 2010. At his performance of Beethoven’s 5th with the Hudson River Philharmonic, the Times-Herald Record wrote that “his fluid, flawless solo playing was justly rewarded with a rousing multiple ovation.”

According to the Times Herald-Record, “Foster's firm yet delicate touch and flying fingers rendered the whole listening pleasure one of ease and confidence in his mastery of the piece…This personable and talented young man has a bright future in the music world.”

Mr. Foster will be performing compositions from Bach, Chopin, Scriabin and more.


Carole Brill - Founder/Director - Young Master Recitals
GREAT DECISIONS 2016: International Affairs and US Foreign Policy

The Foreign Policy Association brings you the opportunity to discuss and learn about important matters pertaining to international current events.

Meets Monday, Feb. 8 at 7pm
Topic of the evening: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.

The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the half-hour segments on DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Topics included this year: The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, Climate Change, Cuba and the US and more.

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 Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 9 at 2pm

Kitchens of the Great Midwest
by J. Ryan Stradal

When Lars’ wife falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
Keep Calm & Color On (for adults 18+)

Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 6:30-8:30pm

Coloring for grown-ups - a soothing, fun activity that reduces stress, boosts creativity, improves brain function and improves relationships with others!

We will provide coloring pages, pencils and markers but feel free to bring your own pencils and markers and coloring sheets. Refreshments served. Seating is limited so please register.



Thursday, February 11 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.


Anna Veleva

February 14 at 1:30pm

A St. Valentine's Day Concert of Opera Arias and Romantic Art Songs

Selections from La Boheme, Romeo and Juliet, La Traviata, Turandot, Norma, The Land of Smiles and more.

Soprano Anna Veleva has received international acclaim as one of today's most gifted and versatile opera stars.

She has been recognized internationally for her opera and concert performances.

Highlights include the lead soprano roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Carmen, The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville produced by Columbia Artists Management.

Mrs. Veleva has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall- Stern Auditorium, J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sofia National Opera House and Plovdiv Opera in Bulgaria.

Anna is prizewinner of the "G. Zl. Cherkin" and the "Monjushko" Opera competitions.

Important figures who mentored and contributed to her career are Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Aprille Millo and Alec Baldwin.

The media has hailed her as "The New Opera Hope".


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, February 16 at 7pm

Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume is an epic, which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesn't conclude until nine o'clock tonight [Paris time].

Join librarians Ashley and Katie is you're over 21 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.


Feb. 17 at 2pm


Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep star in this powerful drama, inspired by true events, about the women willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain.

107 minutes.
Studio: Universal

Friday, Feb. 19 from 1:30-3pm

Join other Seniors on the third Friday of each month for a smorgasbord of activities. Some days we'll have informational talks or play boardgames, dabble in the arts, try some crafts or just talk and meet new people. Come enjoy refreshments and conversation.

This program will be a work in progress. Help us mold it into a success for you. Please register online or by calling 268-7700.


How to Prepare for a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 2pm

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7pm

Joe Marraccino, formerly of the Federal Reserve, will review the Fed's financials to give insights into its primary missions and inner workings. With many market analysts anticipating higher interest rates in the coming years, Joe will talk about how best to prepare for rising rates.


Scholar-Led Evening Book Discussion

Thursday, February 25 at 7pm
(Snow date: 3/1)

Washington Square
by Henry James

One of the most instantly appealing of James's early masterpieces, Washington Square is a tale of a trapped daughter and domineering father, a quiet tragedy of money and love and innocence betrayed.

Discussion led by Prof. John Speight

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


March 1 at 7pm

Join Frank Pawlowski Ed.D. as he discusses the extraordinary effect meditation has to reduce stress-related responses, improving concentration, enhancing clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one’s life personally, professionally and spiritually.

Frank Pawlowski Ed.D., retired Assist. Superintendent of Business and Finance from a NYS Public School District.


March 2 at 2pm

Rated R
121 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate

Winter Art Exploration with Artist/Teacher Marilyn Benkler

Fridays from 10:30am-12pm

No experience necessary!
Register for each class individually. $5 per class.

March 4 - Squares Suggest Something Special!
Stimulate your hands and imagination by developing an art piece with a single object drawn into a multitude of squares then, with unusual designs, color with markers. Use your hands and imagination to grow a creative art form.

March 11 - Drawing the Dance of Dots
Dots dramatically heighten and excite Expressionism. Join me as we develop a delightful drawing of the joy of the dance of dots using markers on paper. Experience and learn about this unique form of art originated by Georges Seurat.


Tuesday, March 8 at 2pm

The Turner House
by Angela Flournoy

This story brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures and the ways in which our families bring us home.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

Saturday, March 12 from 2-4pm

The Women’s History Committee of the American Association of University Women (A.A.U.W.) will be having a program about U.S. military women and veterans.

Major Shauna Hann and Col. Lisa Shay of West Point will give an historical perspective of women in the military.

Lieutenant Colonel Tanya Estes also of West Point will tell about her experiences flying Apache helicopters.

Anngela Vasser Cooper M.S.W., President and CEO of the Women Veterans Association of the Hudson Valley, will speak about women veteran’s health care, homelessness and unemployment.

Join us for this informative program.

Young Masters Recital Series

Nicholas King, classical pianist, performing Brahms, Chopin and Debussy.

March 13 at 1:30pm

American pianist Nicholas King, hailed by LA Weekly as “making his mark in the classical music world” is becoming recognized as an accomplished solo and chamber music performer. A Los Angeles native, King has performed in major concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Austria, France, and Poland. A recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the 2008 Jack Kent Cooke Award, Nicholas currently holds the distinction of being the first freshman to have ever won The Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould School (RCM) Concerto Competition.

His performances have been enthusiastically received–his July 2010 concerto performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall garnered a standing ovation. As a result of his Jury’s Choice Award at the American Paderewski Competition, King was invited to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Torun Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Hall of the Arthus House in Torun, Poland in August 2010. In May 2012, he was invited to perform in a piano showcase at Carnegie Hall. King has appeared on National Public Radio affiliates and other outlets in California, Alaska, and Ohio. His 2008 performance of Beethoven’s “Waldstein” sonata was broadcast to over 26 million listeners.

King’s passion and altruism has inspired him to give his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations. Before the age of 10, Nicholas raised more than $35,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His amazing acts of kindness at an early age drew national media attention, and culminated with a live performance on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. His continued philanthropic efforts were recognized by the United States Government, which bestowed upon Mr. King at the age of 11, the Congressional Medal of Recognition. King has continued to develop his philanthropic efforts as the founder and director of Art of Giving Back (AGB) –a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young classical musicians, giving back to the community and revitalizing classical music. With an international roster of nearly 40 volunteer artists, AGB serves as a supportive community and a resource for young rising artists by providing guidance and assistance. The organization is establishing residencies in universities nationwide in order to provide artistic community enrichment and student instruction.

King currently studies with Angela Cheng at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he is pursuing an Artist Diploma on a full scholarship. He holds a Performance Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music–Glenn Gould School, and previously studied at Loyola Marymount University. King counts Marc Durand and Dr. Wojciech Kocyan as mentors and major musical influences.


Carole Brill - Founder/Director - Young Master Recitals

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, March 15 at 7pm

Olives, 118 Main Street, Nyack

Speak by Louisa Hall

A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence - illuminating the very human need for communication, connection and understanding.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie.

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

Defensive Driving Course

March 15 - 16 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:
June 14 & 15
Sept. 13 & 20
Dec. 6 & 13

Cathy Miller, Dried Flower Expert

Wednesday, Mar. 16 at 1:30pm

After 35 years of creating and teaching, former White House floral designer and dried-flower expert Cathy Miller is still sharing her talent and knowledge. Cathy Miller is author of Harvesting, Preserving and Arranging with Dried Flowers.

She will be here to present a floral arranging demonstration.


Sponsored in part by the Nyack Garden Club.
Scholar-Led Evening Book Discussion

March 17 at 7pm

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

In 1905, the New York Times called it "a novel of remarkable power" and established Wharton as a major American writer who would later become the first women to receive the Pulitzer Prize for literature. It is said to have accurately revealed the morality and manners of the golden age of New York aristocracy.
Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow.

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

Sunday Concert

60 Minutes Around the World

with The Karkowska Sisters Duo

March 20 at 1:30pm

The Karkowska Sisters, Anna on violin and Kasha on piano, will take the audience on a breathtaking journey-adventure around the world with unforgettable stories, a healthy dose of humor and an amazing program of the most beloved classical music hits including G. Gershwin’s Summertime (arr. by Jascha Heifetz), the fireworks of Carmen Fantasy by P. Sarasate, Csardas by V.Monti, brilliant Souvenir d'Amerique (Variations on Yankee Doodle) by H. Vieuxtemps and MORE!!!


The Karkowska Sisters Duo is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ensemble. The Duo, First Prize Winners of International Competitions including WGUC International Radio Competition, Anna Karkowska – violin (Master of Music, Juilliard School of Music), Kasha Karkowska-piano (Master Degree from Chopin Academy of Music), has toured both North America and Europe and recorded for Polish National, Mexican and American TV and Radio including PBS (Buffalo). The sisters have performed in many prestigious concert halls including: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (NYC), Gusman Center for Performing Arts (Miami, Fl), National Grand Theater (Warsaw, Poland), National Center for the Arts (Mexico City, Mexico) and prestigious events: Pope John Paul II's Eightieth Birthday Gala (Chicago, IL), Closing Ceremony of “The Vanished World of Polish Jews” Exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum in NYC, UNICEF Charity Gala winning standing ovations, encores and rave reviews: “amazing” (Chicago Union Journal), “breathtaking, part shtick, part virtuosity…the audience went wild” (Southampton News). Through a series of unique outreach programs the duo is also educating new generations of music listeners. They have already performed and lectured for well over 100, 000 American students to a great success. They mesmerize audiences with the unbelievable virtuosity, exquisite musicianship, unforgettable stories and unique sense of humor. The Duo’s most recent discography includes “Virtuosity Through the Ages” and “Chopin and Wieniawski, The Soul of Poland” with world premieres of Anna’s own virtuoso variations and arrangements.
Cookbook Club


Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka

Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new!
Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion.

Please register in person to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on March 22nd to share with other participants!

Vegetarians/vegetarian substitutions welcome.

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


The Snow Queen's Daughter,
My Life with Asperger’s
A Tale from the Lost Generation

by Charli Devnet

Thursday, March 24 at 7pm

Author Charli Devnet will be here to discuss her memoir, The Snow Queen’s Daughter, My Life with Asperger’s. Although Asperger’s Syndrome was first recognized as a medical condition in 1944, few people in the 1960’s, when Charli Devnet was growing up, had ever heard of it. Children who seemed odd, even if highly intelligent, simply fell through the cracks. No one understood that they needed help and so no help was provided. Devnet has written a courageous book that will help us recognize and empathize with people who have this condition.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.


Mah Jongg - The Chinese Game of Skill & Luck

4 Tuesdays: March 29, April 5, 12 and 19

Regina Klenosky will teach you how to play Mah Jongg!
Master a social, competitive game that requires practice, strategy & a little bit of luck! Learn basic rules, including passing tiles, indispensable strategies and invaluable betting tactics.

The four classes are one hour long.
The sets and cards are supplied by the instructor.

Regina Klenosky has been a player and teacher for decades and has instructed both individuals and groups in the ancient Chinese game.

Sunday Concert

The Music Makers Perform

Mostly Gershwin, Porter and More!

April 3 at 1:30pm

A Matter of Balance

8 Mondays, April 4 - May 23
from 10am to 12pm

A program designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Trained facilitators (coaches) conduct eight two-hour sessions designed for groups of 10 to 12 participants. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and to set realistic goals for increasing activity. They also find ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The program serves adults who are ambulatory and able to problem-solve who are 55 and older.

For more information and to register for the class, contact Barbara Plasker at the Rockland County Department of Health at (845) 364-2501.


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