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Sunday Concert


March 8 at 2pm

Blarney Stew is a group of seasoned professional musicians playing acoustic instruments. Utilizing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, stand-up bass and percussion the band performs a mix of Irish crowd-pleasers, traditional Celtic music as well as the occasional reinterpreted country classic.

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 Mar. 9 is "THE TRADEOFF: Privacy in a Digital World"

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.

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, March 10 at 7pm

Spice of India, 125 Main St., Nyack

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom’s characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

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

Wednesdays, March 11 – April 29
from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Classes meet 8 times for 2 hours each.

The Rockland County Department of Health gives this fall-prevention program for older adults which helps to develop your confidence. You will learn to set realistic goals for exercising and increasing your activity. These positive changes will reduce your risk of falling at home.

Please call Barbara Plasker at the RC Department of Health at 364-2501 to register.

Defensive Driving Class

The second session will now be held March 11 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. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Meditation Series: Finding Peace

Thursday, March 12 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

Scholar-led Book Discussion

SNOW DATE: Thursday, March 12 at 7pm

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

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

Jersey Boys

March 18 at 2pm

Here's the big screen adaptation of the Broadway show "Jersey Boys", itself loosely based on the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, an American rock and pop singing group.

134 minutes.
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Sunday Concert

Young Masters Recital Series

March 22 at 2pm

Jason Stoll performing Haydn, Schumann, Scriabin, Brahms

Southern Californian pianist, Jason Stoll, began piano studies at the age of five. In 2009, he received a Bachelors of Music in piano performance from California State University Northridge where he was the recipient of the Bronislaw-Gimpel Award, the Arts Council Scholarship, and Outstanding Piano Student. Competitively, he was the winner of the "Young Artists of Tomorrow" concerto competition, and the CSUN concerto competition. He also placed second in the MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California) regional solo competition, and was a semi-finalist in the first American Paderewski piano competition. As a native of Lancaster, CA, Jason was invited twice by the MTAC (Antelope Valley Branch) to be featured as a soloist in the "Young Artists of the Antelope Valley" concert.

For the past five summers, Jason has been a participant at several music festivals including the Adamant Music School, the Aspen Music Festival and Pianofest in the Hamptons. While in residence at these festivals, Jason has worked with distinguished faculty members from several prestigious universities and conservatories. In the spring of 2010 and 2012 Jason was a featured soloist in the Adamant Music School's 68th and 70th Anniversary recitals at Weill Recital Hall.

Jason is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he received his Master's of Music degree (2012). He is also on the faculty at the Bronx Conservatory of Music and is an active accompanist and chamber musician.


Demystify Your Kindle

Wednesday, March 25 from 6pm - 7pm

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

Wednesday, March 25 from 7pm - 8pm

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 Tablet

Wednesday, March 25 from 7pm - 8pm

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

Gardening Inspiration!

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


Thursday, March 26 at 7pm

Herbs have enhanced our senses and have made our food more palatable since before history was recorded. Learn some of the fun facts as well as the practical aspects of having an herb garden of your own. This course will also instruct participants on how to preserve herbs.
Presented by Jan Krasilovsky, Master Gardener.


Celebrating Women's History Month

Perspectives on Women and Technology: Past, Present and Future

Saturday, March 28 from 1:30 - 4pm

In celebration of Women’s History, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents women panelists with different backgrounds and areas of expertise, such as: an engineer, librarian, professor of neuroscience, business executive, college assistant dean and computer educator.

Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee and Hon. Harriet Cornell will join us.

In addition, we will remember our past member and officer, Mimi Korb.

Come for an enjoyable afternoon and expand your horizons! All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Real Reads! Nonfiction Book Discussion

Monday, March 30 at 7pm

The Race Underground: Boston, New York and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
by Doug Most

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America’s place in the world.

Join librarians Christy and Joanne.

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

Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm

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.


One-On-One Sessions
Wednesday, April 8
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.
It's helpful to also take the class on Mar. 31.
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
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.
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, regularly performs throughout 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.

“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.”

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.
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.

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 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.

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, 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. Don’t miss her great insights and photos.

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.
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