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June Sundvik's Book Sale

Life on Old Mill Road from 1760 to 1960
by June Sundvik

Written by long time Valley Cottage resident, artist and author June Sundvik.
Discover the history of Old Mill Road in Valley Cottage!
June Svahn Sundvik was born at home and lived on Old Mill Road almost all her life. She received and was able to gather a lot of information and photographs of the many historical families on Old Mill and so she decided to tell the story about their lives and the history of the homes they lived in.
COPIES OF HER BOOK ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR CIRCULATION DESK NOW.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING

Want to learn how to use your computer or digital device?
Our librarians can help you learn a variety of technological skills including beginner computer orientation, e-readers and e-books, email, Facebook, Goodreads, digital magazines and more. Nyack School District residents only.

Ask for Reference at 845-268-7700 to set up a one-on-one appointment.
OPEN MAH JONGG PLAY

Mondays from 2-4:30pm
Mah-jongg lovers, come join your fellow mahjong enthusiasts for a fun afternoon of mah-jongg play.
No registration is required, just bring your own game equipment.
No instruction is provided.
Open to beginners and experts.
All are welcome to attend.
YARN THERAPY

Tuesdays from 11:30am-12:30pm
If you like to knit or crochet or would like to learn, join our “therapy” sessions. This program is for all levels. Someone will be on hand to help beginners. Bring your yarn and tools. Come on in to knit, crochet and socialize. Bring friends and/or meet new people.
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursdays - 10:30am - 11:30am
Experience deep relaxation and peace with music, mindfulness and other simple tools you can use in your daily life. Meditation can be effortless and deeply nourishing. All levels welcome. Carole Brill, instructor, has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years.
This is an ongoing program.
Nyack School District residents: $5. Out-of-District: $10.

Scholar Led Book Discussion: Slaughterhouse-Five

Thursday, December 13 at 7:00pm
'Slaughterhouse-Five' by Kurt Vonnegut.
Discussion led by Dr. David Turk.
Book & Pub Club: The Female Persuasion

Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00pm
The Valley Cottage and Nyack Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30- somethings.
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world.
Join librarians, Ashley and Katie, to discuss The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer at Casa del Sol, 104 Main St. Nyack.
21+ only.
Bill Batson's Nyack Sketch Log II Book Signing and Talk

Wednesday, December 19 at 2:00pm
Nyack Sketch Log: Volume 2 is a supplement to Volume 1, and compiles Bill Batson’s weekly sketches and short essays previously published online on NyackNewsAndViews.
The memoir-driven narratives and idiosyncratic pen and ink illustrations chronicle the homes and history, houses of worship and businesses in and near the Village of Nyack, where the author’s family has lived since the 19th century.
Topics include the aspirations of small business owners, the community’s efforts to commemorate underground railroad conductors and a local playwright's celebration of Nelson Mandela’s unheralded theatrical accomplishments!
Click here to register.
Movie Matinee: I, Tonya

Wednesday, December 26
2:00 – 4:00pm

I, Tonya (2017)
R | 2h | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 19 January 2018 (USA) Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
No registration.
Movie Matinee: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
2:00 – 4:00pm

Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)PG-13 | 1h 34min | Documentary , Biography | 29 June 2018 (USA) An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.
No registration.
VCWrites

Thursday, January 3, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm

Join our librarian, Sean, for a monthly writing workshop. Participants share their work via email a week before each meeting, and then receive feedback at the monthly sessions. For more information, email Sean at s.antonucci@rcls.org
Gentle Yoga

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
10:30 – 11:30am

6 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 29 & February 8, 15, 19 at 10:30am (there will be no session on January 22 due to another program previously scheduled for the Community Room)

In gentle yoga, you take time to feel your body move. Breath and movement are pathways to keep the organs healthy and the joints lubricated. Mostly, gentle yoga helps you have a sound mind to dictate and nurture the cells in the body. Class for all levels moving at a gentle pace. Mary Callan will be our instructor. Registration is required.
Cost: Free to Nyack School District residents. $5 per class for Out-of-District.
Rockland County Office of the Aging Information Table

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
12:30 – 3:30pm

The Office for the Aging is on the move bringing our services to you. We know it is sometimes hard to get to us so we are going out and about Rockland to answer your questions. We will have staffers from our office that can answer questions and help you with available services.
No registration.
Telling Your Life Story: A Writing Workshop

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
1:30 – 3:00pm

Every life is unique and precious, and every life story deserves to be told. So how do you go about telling the story of your life? Judy Berkun has helped more than a dozen people put their unique stories into book form and would like to share her insights with this workshop. Get ready to write your story!
Judy's presentation has been enhanced and expanded and past participants are encouraged to come again.
Registration is required.
*snow date is Wednesday, January 9*
Daytime Book Discussion: Trinity

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
2:00 – 3:00pm

Join librarians Ashley, Sean and Katie to discuss Trinity by Louisa Hall. Refreshments served.
Managing Stress with EFT

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm
EFT draws on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and blends it with cutting-edge insights of Western psychology. The result is a stress relief modality that can help you finally understand and eliminate those negative feelings and thought patterns that have been holding you back and even making you ill.
By “tapping” on the body’s meridian points - the same parts of your body manipulated during an acupuncture session - you can quickly dissolve the energetic blocks that have been hindering your physical or emotional recovery.
Think of it as needle-free, emotional acupuncture that can help you break free from what ever is holding you back!
Registration is required.
Self-Publishing 101

Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm

Local author, Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons, will talk about self-publishing and will cover an overview of the changes in the publishing industry and a comparison of the traditional versus the self-publishing model.
As an author who has self-published two books and researched the pros and cons of each avenue in depth she will discuss how to approach a self-publishing project so the end product looks professional and how to navigate the many options and shades of self-publishing.
Registration is required.
Heartfulness Meditation

Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:30 – 11:30am

This is a 6-week series of Heartfulness Meditation.
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. Instructor: Supriya Reddy
Registration is required.
February 2nd will take place in the Glass Room.
Movie Matinee: Blackkklansman

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
2:00 – 4:00pm

BlacKkKlansman (2018)R | 2h 15min | Biography , Comedy , Crime | 10 August 2018 (USA) Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
Mandala Painting Workshop

Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 – 8:30pm

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. Leave the class with your own finished mandala and a new understanding of mandala art.
Cost for supplies: Nyack school district - $5. Out-of-district - $10.
Registration is required.
Heartfulness Meditation

Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:30 – 11:30am

This is a 6-week series of Heartfulness Meditation.
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.
Instructor: Supriya Reddy
Registration required. February 2nd will take place in the Glass Room.
Mitchell's Mellow Madness

Sunday, January 20, 2019
1:30 – 3:00pm

Mitchell Shedlarz, with the uber talented, world class musicians of "Mitchell's Mellow Madness" Band, loves to perform sophisticated and beautiful, but always familiar, jazz music in an upbeat, fun and happy style.
Registration is required.
Real Reads

Monday, January 21, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

led by Sean Antonucci and Christy Blanchette
Book and Pub Club: The Song of Achilles

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm

The Valley Cottage and Nyack Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30- somethings.
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Join librarians, Ashley and Katie, to discuss The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller at Upper Nyack Grill, 327 North Highland Ave. Nyack.
21+ only.
Adult(ish) Mario P-A-R-T-Y!

Thursday, January 24, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm

A program for 20 to 30-somethings. We have the Wii.
You bring the skills!
Join us for a party. A Mario Party.Bring friends.
Meet new ones.
Heartfulness Meditation

Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:30 – 11:30am

This is a 6-week series of Heartfulness Meditation.
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.
Instructor: Supriya Reddy
February 2nd will take place in the Glass Room.
Registration required.
Young Masters Recital Series: Brianna Tang

Sunday, January 27, 2019
1:30 – 3:00pm

Noted for her “impressive and excellent performances that display many colors and dynamics”, 19-year old Brianna Tang has been performing extensively in the United States and abroad.
Registration is required.
Movie Matinee: RBG

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
2:00 – 4:00pm

RBG (2018)PG | 1h 38min | Documentary , Biography | 14 September 2018 (Sweden)The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
Cookbook Club: Citrus: Recipes that Celebrate the Sour and the Sweet

Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:00 – 9:00pm

Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new! Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion of Citrus: Recipes that Celebrate the Sour and the Sweet by Catherine Phipps. Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on January 31st to share with other participants!
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