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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
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.
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, April 27 from 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 meditating for over 30 years.
This is an ongoing program.

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

PORTRAIT DRAWING IN PENCIL WITH ARTIST JANICE BARAGWANATH

4 Fridays, April 28, May 5, 12 & 19 at 10:30am


An introduction to portrait drawing for students of all ages and levels of experience. Learn how to create realistic portraits in pencil while improving visual awareness. Emphasis will be on attaining a likeness through proper placement of the features. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given in identifying proportions, shapes, angles and values.

Bring a pad of Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper 9" x12" (or similar), two well sharpened HB pencils and a kneaded eraser.
Nyack School District Residents Cost: $10.
Out-of-District Cost: $15


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION

Conscious Living
A Heartfulness Meditation Series

A 6-Week Series - Saturdays, starting April 1 thru May 6 from 10:30-11:30am

YOU CAN STILL ATTEND!



A follow-up to last winter’s Heartfulness Meditation program.

Train yourself to become a positive, happy person through Heartfulness Relaxation, Rejuvenation and Meditation techniques that help you connect with your Inner Self.
Learn practical insights and approaches to transcend 5 of the most common conditions that consciously, or unconsciously, affect our health and well being and hold us back from living fully.

Week 1 - Becoming aware of your Anger and channeling it purposefully.
Week 2 - Recognizing your Anxieties and learning to handle them with Courage.
Week 3 - Confronting Fear and overcoming it.
Week 4 - Conquering Envy.
Week 5 - Pulling yourself out of Depression. The opportunity to live joyfully.
Week 6 - Moving from a Negative state of Being to a Positive state of Being.

Instructor: Supriya Reddy

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


GENTLE YOGA

Tuesdays, May 2 & 9 at 10:30am


Class for all levels focusing on alignment and breath, moving at a gentle pace. If you are new to yoga, have been practicing for years or anywhere in between then this class is for you.
Shelly Blatt has been teaching for 7 years. “I believe that the connection to the pose is more important than the perfection of the pose. It's your body and your practice.”

Free to Nyack School District residents.
Cost for Out-of-District patrons: $5 per class.



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

PLANT PROPAGATION

Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm


Plant Propagation:
Every gardener wants more plants! This talk will show you how to take cuttings of your (or your friends) favorite house plants and outdoor plants and poof! Make more plants! She will also cover how to start plants indoors from seed and a special outdoor seed starting technique called winter sowing.
Presenter: Donna DeSousa, a Master Gardener Volunteer from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, May 2 at 2pm

The Association of Small Bombs

by Karan Mahajan


When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Touched with Fire

May 3 at 2pm


When two poets with bipolar disorder meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.
Rated: R
110 minutes
LIONSGATE

Stay after for a discussion led by Eileen O'Brien-Cardona of NAMI.
Sponsored by NAMI Rockland (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Thursday, May 4 at 7pm


Looking for the writer within?

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 santonucci@rcls.org

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

Future Date:
June 1
SUNDAY CONCERT

THE BELLE TONES

May 7 at 1:30pm


Great ready for a fun afternoon!
The Belle Tones are a beautiful, classy, All-American female trio that sings, dances, tells jokes, and honors our Veterans. These versatile entertainers are a hit wherever the group performs.

Influenced by the "Great Groups in Music History", their repertoire includes popular music from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's as well as countless Patriotic Tunes, Broadway Classics, Jazz, and Holiday Music.

You'll be clapping along!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



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.
GREAT DECISIONS 2016

The Foreign Policy Association brings you:
Great Decisions 2016
Interested in International Affairs and US Foreign Policy?
Meets every other Monday at 7pm. NEXT MEETING: May 8

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: The Future of Europe, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, Latin America’s Political Pendulum and more.
Each participant is expected to purchase a $25 Great Decisions workbook. Information about the discussion schedule and purchase of the workbook will take place at the first meeting.

Registration is required.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association visit their website at www.fpa.org.
THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN GUITAR

Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm


From the early Martin guitars through the development of steel-string guitars, examine the chronicles of this popular instrument with custom guitar builder and owner of Iron Horse Instruments, Alex Glasser.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


INTRODUCING ADULT(ISH)



A new meet-up for 20- to 30-somethings!

** BAD ART NIGHT **

Thursday, May 11 at 7pm


No talent needed... or wanted. Let’s make something truly awful!
Prizes for the worst art.

SUNDAY CONCERT - YOUNG MASTERS RECITAL SERIES

Ana Gligvashvili and James Rosenblum
perform Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and more on piano.

May 14 at 1:30pm



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Praised for her ability to “capture hearts” by Musical America, Georgian pianist Ana Gligvashvili has appeared as a soloist as well as chamber musician at various concerts venues such as Steinway Hall, Columbia University’s Faculty House and Roone Arledge Auditorium, NYC Consulate of Poland, Ukrainian Institute of America, Bohemian National Hall and NYC Consulate of Germany.

Ana Gligvashvili holds Master’s degree in piano performance from Mannes College, The New School of Music and Bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State Conservatory, Georgia. She studied with Victor Rosenbaum, Jerome Rose and Revaz Tavadze among others. Currently, Ana Gligvashvili is a member of the adjunct piano faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where she is pursuing her post master's degree with E. Andjaparidze.

James Rosenblum teaches and performs piano. He is based in New York, New York, on the Upper West Side. He regularly performs classical music at Tratoria Machiavelli on 86th Street and Columbus Avenue. He has studied with Julian Martin, Arkady Aronov, Jean-David Coen, Evelyne Crochet, Tomer Lev, and Natalie Zhu, among others.
COOKBOOK CLUB - PART BOOK CLUB, PART COMMUNITY POTLUCK!

Monday, May 15 at 7pm

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs

by Julia Turshen


The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as "small victories" in the funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this deliciously successful program.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on May 15th to share with other participants!
BOOK AND PUB CLUB

Valley Cottage Library has 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, May 16 at 7pm

Meet: Maura's Kitchen, 81-83 S. Broadway, Nyack

The Mothers by Brit Bennett


Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize Finalist
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Vogue Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

Join librarians Ashley and Katie if you're 21 & 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.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Hacksaw Ridge

May 17 at 2pm


The true story of army medic and conscientious objector Desmond Doss who, during WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.



Rated: R
139 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING DISCUSSION

Thursday, May 18 at 7pm

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.

One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.

This discussion will be led by Dr. Vara Neverow.

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

May 21 at 1:30pm

The Burr Johnson Band



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The Burr Johnson Band will perform live jazz/fusion with a conversation about jazz, its history and influences.

A trio of guitar, bass and drums, playing a fusion of Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Blues. The goals are to put forward fun and complex compositions in a bed of highly energetic playing. Music for musicians. They strive to play music that is as much fun to play as it is to listen to. The band has shared tones with some of the best players you will likely hear. It is so much fun to play together with true believers in excellence in instrumental music. The songs are usually very involved and intricate (true to the style of fusion). But there is also groove oriented material and even some vocals. Lots of MIDI guitar stuff which really increases the overall presence of the band.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE MOVIE

Cartel Land

May 31 at 2pm


In this Academy Award® nominated film (Best Documentary Feature, 2016), director Matthew Heineman gains unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Rated: R
101 minutes
SUNDAY CONCERT - YOUNG MASTERS RECITAL SERIES

Francesca Khalifa
performs Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Schman and Liszt.

June 4 at 1:30pm



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The Italian- Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa was the winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, awarded by Paul Badura-Skoda. She was also a finalist at the Alink- Argerich Foundation Piano Competition “Citta’ di Schio” in 2007. Recent performances include solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the “Claudio Abbado” Theatre (Ferrara), “Piccolo Coccia” Theatre (Novara), Eglise de Saint Merry (Paris), Kapelzaal (Leiden), Saklad Auditorium and Greenfield Hall (New York), and Concert Hall and Barness Recital Hall (Tampa). Upcoming engagements include solo recitals in Israel as well as a chamber concerts in New York City at Spectrum and at the University of Central Florida in collaboration with the violinist Nicole Paglialonga (Virginia Tech Music Faculty) and the flutist Elizabeth Crone (Yamaha artist and Virginia Tech Music faculty).

Francesca has collaborated with the “G. d’Arezzo” Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto KV 414 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto Op. 54); the Utrecht Conservatory String Orchestra, performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1; and the Hoorn Osterkerk Kammerorkestra (Saint- Saens “Carnival of the Animals”). Also active as a chamber musician, Francesca was the pianist and a founder of the van Eyck Piano Trio, featured at many chamber music festivals throughout The Netherlands (Zaltbommel Schumann Festival and Hoorn Osterkerk Kammer Musik Festival) and France. Her clarinet and piano duo with Giulia Zannin won Third Prize at the “Asti International Chamber Music Competition” in Italy. She has also worked as collaborative pianist for the studios of clarinettist Milan Rericha (Lugano) and violists Katie Aagard and J.T. Posadas (Tampa).

Francesca Khalifa is a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory of Music (master of music) and Konservatorium Wien (Chamber Music) . Awarded the President’s Piano Trio Fellowship of the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2012, Francesca moved to the United States and pursued a second master’s degree at USF while also serving as Teaching Assistant. During the summer of 2015, she joined the Faculty of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem as a professor of piano and she was a guest artist for masterclasses and performances for the Conservatory’s branches in Bethlehem and Ramallah. In Spring 2016, Francesca will return to Bethlehem for a master class, where she will also conduct a workshop on teaching techniques for the piano department of the Edward Said Conservatory.
Currently Francesca earned an Advanced Certificate Diploma from NYU, where she has joined the studio of Professor Jeffrey Swann and has been awarded the Steinhardt Talent Scholarship. While pursuing the Advanced degree, Francesca has been teaching as Adjunct Faculty at NYU as well as maintaining her own private studio.

Francesca was mentored by German Diez, a former pupil and assistant of Claudio Arrau. To honour him Francesca is currently documenting his education and background in collaboration with the musicologist Victoria von Arx.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, June 6 at 2pm

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman


Must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale
Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

WADING THROUGH WATERCOLOR

Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30am



Sometimes people can feel out of their depth when exploring new creative outlets. Local artist Jayne Conte breaks down the basic techniques of watercolors in a relaxing environment with plenty of hands-on instruction. She combines years of experience and a passion for art in her class and helps even the most novice painter create true works of art.
Each week the class will dive into a new painting - Jayne demonstrating while the class follows suit. A list of all required materials will be provided at registration.

Free for Nyack School District residents.
Cost for Out-of-District patrons: $15 - to be brought to first class.

REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 22.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SPRING SOJOURN

Spring Bus Trip to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Wethersfield Home, Carriage House and Gardens

Thursday, June 8 from 7:30am to 5:30pm


Join us for a lovely day steeped in history and touring one of the most beautiful garden estates you may never have heard of ~ right here in New York State!
Our first stop starts with a guided tour of FDR's home followed by a self-guided tour of the  Presidential Library and Museum. The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center offers an introductory film, helping visitors learn more.

We'll have a delicious lunch at a lovely restaurant in Millbrook, NY.

In the afternoon, we’ll have a guided tour of Wethersfield House, Carriage House and Gardens, situated at the highest point in the region which provides panoramic views of the Catskills and the Berkshires.

COST:
Nyack School District resident - $83
Out-of-District - $93

Payment in cash or check made payable to VALLEY COTTAGE LIBRARY within 72 hours of registration. You will be asked to select your lunch from 3 choices when you come in and pay.

The bus will depart from Valley Cottage Commuter Parking Lot, 1 Lake Road, Valley Cottage - NOT THE LIBRARY - at 7:30am and return at approximately 5:30pm.

Registration is required. Nonrefundable.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Registration ends May 25.


SUNDAY CONCERT

DOO WOP and OLDIES!

Forever Young

June 11 at 1:30pm


The show is primarily oldies and “doo wop” music...those great old songs (with lots of harmony and where you can actually understand the lyrics)
from the 50s and 60s (although occasionally we’ll throw in something a little more recent).
Their audiences love dancing to this music and we invite them to sing along as the spirit so moves.

Forever Young formed in 2000 with all the guys being Rocklanders.
Band members include:
Stu Iselin Keys and vocals
Ira Bernstein Bass and vocals
Peter Karanikis Rhythm guitar and vocals
Barney Griffin Lead guitar and vocals
Al Vaccaro Sax and vocals (Oops, imported from Yonkers.)
Bruce Pollack Drums

REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 1.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Tuesdays, June 13 & 20 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.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE MOVIE

Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years

June 14 at 2pm


Academy Award-winner Ron Howard's authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles' phenomenal early career. It's based on the first part of The Beatles' career (1962-1966), the period in which they toured and captured the world's acclaim. Ron Howard's film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, 'The Beatles.'

106 minutes
JULY ART GALLERY EVENT

YOU ARE INVITED
In Our Gallery
July 2017
Community Art Show!
Summer Selfies


Calling All Nyack School District Amateur and Professional Artists

Let’s fill the gallery with the faces of the people in our community!

We will be accepting any 2D medium:
photographs, drawings, paintings, linotypes, engravings, collages, etc., of yourself, family, friends and/or pets.

ONLY RESIDENTS OF NYACK SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY PARTICIPATE.


- Submit up to 2 pieces of artwork from June 15 - 28 to the Information Desk.
- Artwork must be framed & ready to hang.
- On the back of each art piece put artist's name, email, title and value.
- Art will not be for sale.
- Artwork must stay on the wall for the whole exhibit and may be picked up
on July 31.
- For ages: 14 and Up.

We cannot promise that all submissions will be displayed.
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING DISCUSSION

Thursday, June 15 at 7pm

A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award


A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

This discussion will be led by Dr. David Turk.

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

Valley Cottage Library has 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)

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm

MEET: Cinco de Mayo, 173 Main St., Nyack



From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie if you're 21 & 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.
HOSPICE FACTS AND MYTHS DISPELLED

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7 AT 7PM

Here's What you should know about your Medicare Hospice Benefit.



First, it IS a Benefit and it is part of the Medicare Program. Hospice is compassionate care at the end of life. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient's home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria.

This program is designed to answer all your questions about Hospice. Hospice is NOT about giving up hope, it’s about making the most of the time you have left. Choosing palliative or hospice care is about living the best possible life.

People who choose hospice care are not giving up hope; they are in fact redefining it. Although there may no longer be a possibility of curing their illness, they redirect their hope into mending and restoring relationships, spending quality time with those they love and finding peace and comfort. Most patients spend about three weeks in hospice, but it would benefit them to spend more time getting their needs met during the final chapter of their lives.
Presented by Carol Galione, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Untied Hospice of Rockland.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

















































































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