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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
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Adult Summer Reading

Calling all adults! Don't let the kids have all the fun.
Sign up for VCL's Adult Summer Reading Program for a chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize of a basket of bookish goodies! Participation is easy: read a book, submit a review, and you'll be entered to win great prizes!
Summer reading runs from: June 16 - August 18

To register, click HERE

Upon first registration, VCL's Evanced registration system will send a confirmation. To receive reminders and other communication, please accept the initial confirmation email within 24 hours. Contact the library at 845-268-7700 if you do not receive the initial email.

Back by popular demand for the summer: Book Bingo! Pick up a Bingo sheet at the Information Desk or click here to print one from home. Complete the Bingo sheet and return it to the library to be entered into a raffle for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Check out our Guide to Summer Reading HERE to submit a book review, get book lists, and read patron reviews.
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.

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.
YARN THERAPY WILL BE ON BREAK FOR THE SUMMER.
Last session will be June 26 and will resume on Tuesday, September 11.

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.

GENTLE YOGA

6 Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 & July 3 & 10
at 10:30am

see below to register to each date individually

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.

Cost: Free to Nyack School District residents.


$5 per class for Out-of-District.

Click here to register for June 19
Click here to register for June 26
Click here to register for July 3
Click here to register for July 10
Photography in the Garden

Monday, June 18 at 1:00pm
Learn simple tips for stunning garden photography.
Feel free to use your new-found skills on the library grounds.
Registration is required.
Click here to register.

sponsored in part by the Garden Club of Nyack
REAL READS book discussion

Monday, June 18 at 7:00pm
Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off.
BOOK & PUB

Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00pm
Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!
In The Power the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of The Power by Naomi Alderman. 21+ only.
The Beatles 50 Years Later

Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00pm
The Beatles 50 years later
presented by Barry Wiesenfeld

A respected musicologist once referred to The Beatles as one of the most transforming entities of 20th century music and claimed that they changed the course of popular music forever. Can that possibly be true? Were they really so much more than just four rock ‘n roll “mop tops”? What made them such a strong force that they’re still popular now, more than 50 years later?
In this single-session class we will explore the phenomenon that was The Beatles – their growth, originality, musical innovations, and lyric depth.
Join us for the discussion!
Registration is required - click here to register.

Barry Wiesenfeld is a freelance musician, a published author and is on the music faculty of SUNY and Ramapo College. He has accompanied Grammy-winning artists, performed on three continents, and has played on numerous recordings, radio and TV.
In addition to “The Beatles” class, Barry offers an introductory lecture series entitled, “How Music Works,” which explored the components of music and how they all fit together.
Hopper House Presentation

Saturday, June 23 at 10:30am
Nina Berlingeri and one or two Nighthawks from their teen leadership program (named after Hopper's well-known painting from 1942) will be presenting on Hopper's formative years, which includes his early life and inspiration found in his home of Nyack. Bring your questions - there will be a Q&A to follow.
Click here to register.
Movie Matinee: Inside Peace

Wednesday, June 27 at 2:00pm
Criminal offenders, plagued by a lifetime of violence, addiction and bad choices, find their way to the Peace Class in a Texas prison where they discover their humanity and struggle to change. Inside Peace follows Trinidad, David and Jake for four years from their time in prison to their return to the outside world. They begin to drop their tough facades and transform the way they interact with people and their surroundings, as they put their lives back together from the inside out.
Please join us after the movie for a discussion about this moving and hope-filled film.
No registration necessary.
Saturday Concert: Forever Young

Saturday, June 30 at 1:30pm
Registration is required - click here to register.
The members of FOREVER YOUNG play lead, rhythm and bass guitar, keyboard, saxophone and drums. The group plays 50s, 60s and 70s oldies from the likes of Dion & the Belmonts and The Duprees to Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. With four strong and experienced lead singers backed by lots of tight doo wop style group harmony and instrumentation, we are able to provide a nice variety and range to our sound.
The FOREVER YOUNGsters are all veteran musicians, and are residents of Rockland and Westchester Counties. The group was established in 2000.
Members of FOREVER YOUNG include:
- Stu Iselin: Keyboard & Vocals - Ira Bernstein: Bass & Vocals - Barney Griffin: Lead Guitar & Vocals - Peter Karanikis: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals - Al Vaccaro: Saxophone - Bruce Pollack: Drums
Hula Hoop Fitness

Tuesdays: July 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:00pm
Click here to register.
Local certified hula hoop fitness instructor, Brittny Popolizio, will teach you the basics of hula hoop fitness. Channel your inner child just for fun or integrate this into your regular fitness schedule to mix things up a bit. Either way, you may surprise yourself with some hidden hula hooping skill. Hoops will be provided or you are also welcome to bring your own. Registration is required and includes all 4 sessions (Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:00pm) Cost: Free to Nyack School District residents. $5 per class for Out-of-District.
Valley Cottage Writes

Thursday, July 5 at 7:00pm
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
Daytime Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 10 at 2:00pm
Join librarians, Katie, Sean and Ashley, for a discussion of The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman.
Refreshments served.
Reconnecting with his group of childhood friends after one of them committed suicide, thirty-year-old Mikey needs to confront dark secrets from his past involving his father to assess how they may be impacting his current emotional stupor.
Movie Matinee: A Wrinkle in Time

Wednesday, July 11 at 2:00pm
A Wrinkle in Time

(2018) PG | 1h 49min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg's father's disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings - Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.
Create a Beaded Lanyard

Wednesday, July 11 at 7:00pm
Registration is required - click here to register.
Make your own beautiful, beaded lanyard to hold your reading glasses or display your work badge. Local beading enthusiast Gina Schaefer will guide you through the process and make sure that you go home with a lovely finished lanyard. There are three color schemes to choose from on the day of the presentation.
Cost: Free to Nyack School District residents.
$10 for Out-of-District.
Telling Your Life Story: A Writing Workshop

Thursday, July 12 at 1:30pm
Registration is required. Click here to register.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!
Scholar Book Discussion: A Wrinkle in Time

Thursday, July 12 at 7:00pm
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow
Join us as we re-read this timeless children’s classic through an adult lens.

Join us also for A Wrinkle in Time (2018) movie screening on Wednesday, July 11 at 2pm.
Valley Cottage Writes: Prompts

Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00pm
Beat the block with writing prompts and exercises!
Cookbook Club

Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm
Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new! Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion of Bring It: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining by Ali Rosen
Register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on July 19th to share with other participants!
Defensive Driving Class

Saturday, July 21 from 10:15am - 4:45pm
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 to register. A check for $25 made payable to Ian Prastien is required at the first class. Class starts promptly at 10:15am. The library opens at 10am.
Book & Pub Club: In Cold Blood

Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00pm
Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Prohibition River, 82 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. 21+ only.
Movie Matinee: Moonrise Kingdom

Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00pm
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 1h 34min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (USA)
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing.
Adult(ish) Retro Craft Night: Rock Painting

Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm
Join Ashley and Katie for a fun night of rock painting. Bring your creativity, we'll provide the supplies.
Valley Cottage Writes

Thursday, August 2 at 7:00pm
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
Artists' Reception: Rockland Photography Club

Saturday, August 4 from 1:00-3:00pm
Daytime Book Discussion: White Houses

Tuesday, August 7 at 2:00pm
Join librarians Sean, Ashley, and Katie to discuss White Houses by Amy Bloom.
Lorena Hickock meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. As her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR's own lovers.
Movie Matinee: The Florida Project

Wednesday, August 8 at 2:00pm
The Florida Project (2017)
R | 1h 51min | Drama | 10 November 2017 (UK)
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
Movie: Richard II (Hollow Crown)

Thursday, August 9 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 15 at 2:00pm

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king. Initial Release: June 30, 2012 for the Hollow Crown series Director: Rupert Goold Starring: Ben Whishaw
Unlocking the Mystery of Your Dreams

Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00pm
Presented by author of Speaking From Spirit, RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello.
Working with the dream state is an invaluable tool for consciously connecting to your intuition and spirit. We will discuss how to interpret dreams and how to use the dream state for purpose and transformation. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Scholar Book Discussion: Richard II by William Shakespeare

Thursday, August 16 at 7:00pm
The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.
Discussion led by Dr. David Turk.
Adult(ish) Day Camp

Saturday, August 18 from 12:00-3:30pm
Why should the kids have all the fun? Make a craft, play a game, eat a snack, and make a friend! In collaboration with the New City Library. This event will take place at the New City Library. Please register here.
Book & Pub Club: Robopocalypse

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00pm
Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries are joining forces with a book club geared toward 20- to 30-somethings!
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united.
Join librarians, Katie and Ashley, at Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack for a discussion of Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. 21+ only.
Movie Matinee: The Lovely Bones

Wednesday, August 22 at 2:00pm
The Lovely Bones (2009)
PG-13 | 2h 15min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller | 15 January 2010 (USA)
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Mya O'Malley Author Talk

Thursday, August 23 at 7:00pm
Join us for a conversation with prolific local author, Mya O'Malley.
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently resides with her family. Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. She earned her undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. Mya is a published writer of contemporary romance and paranormal romance/mysteries.
Presently, Mya's novels have been published by Solstice Publishing, Clean Reads, TouchPoint Press, and Blue Tulip Publishing. Mya spends her free time honing her skills in photography, painting, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. Mya loves to travel; she has visited several amazing locations such as Aruba, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada. Mya is currently working on her eleventh novel.
Poetry in Summer

Thursday, August 30 at 7:00pm
A Summer Poetry and Music Celebration by Ramapough Poets and Friends During this unique evening of words and music, Ramapough Poets and friends will collaborate to perform the words and music of poetry, followed by an open reading.
Come listen to music and poetry,view the art on exhibit in the gallery, and join the celebration! Program is free and open to the public. Community participation welcome! Registration is required - click here to register.
Valley Cottage Writes

Thursday, September 6 at 7:00pm
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
Daytime Book Discussion: How to Stop Time

Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00pm
Join librarians Ashley, Sean and Katie to discuss How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. Refreshments served. A love story across the ages - and for the ages - about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
Valley Cottage Writes: Prompts

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00pm
Beat the block with writing prompts and exercises!
Sunday Concert: The American Music Legacy

September 16 at 1:30pm
(Originally Jan. 14)
The American Music Legacy

Performers, soprano Phyllis Lynd and tenor Sean Mahony, will sing the great songs of The Great American Songbook that have left their mark on the American music scene and has lasted for decades. Featuring the music from each of the great eras, including Sinatra, duets by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert and others.
Celebrating the music of America!
Registration is required.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Cookbook Club

Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm
Have dinner with your neighbors while learning to cook something new! Join librarians Katie and Ashley for a community potluck/discussion of Half Baked Harvest: Recipes from my Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard. Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on September 24th to share with other participants!





















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