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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Saturday, December 2 from 10am - 4pm


Valley Cottage Library is hosting another craft fair! We will offer shoppers an assortment of handcrafted festive holiday gifts including jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, paper crafts, knitted and crocheted items and ceramics. It will be the perfect place to purchase unique handmade gifts for the holidays.

Come shop and visit with local artisans while enjoying CAROLING BY NYACK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, FACE PAINTING BY JAMIE GAVIOLA, GIFT WRAPPING and more!
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.
BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION

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.


SUNDAY CONCERT

November 19 at 1:30pm

Young Masters Recital Series

JOSEPH HAUER PERFORMING BACH, BEETHOVEN, LISZT AND MOZART


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer has performed at venues and series throughout New England and the Midwest, including the Kennedy Center, Avram Theater, NYU’S Frederick Loewe Theatre, Young Masters Recital Series (New York), Freeport Community Concert Association, Britton Recital Hall (Ann Arbor), Overture Hall (Madison), and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (Appleton).

Based in New York City, Hauer is a Piano Accompanist at NYU Steinhardt, Brooklyn College, and the Lucy Moses School, and was the Piano Accompanist Assistant at the 2016 Sitka Fine Arts Camp. He served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze.


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 or meet new people.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Alone in Berlin

November 29 at 2pm


How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson & Emma Thompson) are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes.

Rated - R
95 minutes
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, Nov. 30 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.

JOHN SCOTT ARMCHAIR WALKING TOUR

The South Nyack Historical Trail Signs
- Andrew Goodwillie

Thursday, Nov. 30 at 2pm



The South Nyack Trail Signs Committee has been creating the informational signs that will line the Esposito Trail in 2018.
South Nyack Village Trustee and Trail Sign Committee member, A. Goodwillie, gives us a preview of these new historical markers.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

This program will also be at Nyack Library on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6:30pm.
VCL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Saturday, December 2 from 10am - 4pm


Valley Cottage Library is hosting another craft fair! We will offer shoppers an assortment of handcrafted festive holiday gifts including jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, paper crafts, knitted and crocheted items and ceramics. It will be the perfect place to purchase unique handmade gifts for the holidays. Come shop and visit with
local artisans while enjoying carolers, face painting and more!

We still have room! If you are an artisan and would like to participate in this event, please email jmcnally@rcls.org with 10 photos of your craft. This is a juried show and we will contact you if you are accepted.
CHAIR YOGA

Monday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 10:30am


Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Instructor: Mary Callan.

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

PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS SEPARATELY.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DEC. 4.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DEC. 11.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DEC. 18.



LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2pm

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles


In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Join librarians Ashley, Katie and Sean for a discussion.

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

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Tuesdays, December 5 & 12 from 5:45 - 8:45pm


This 2-day, 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 $23 made payable to Ian Prastien is required at the first class.
Class starts promptly at 5:45pm.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

The Dressmaker

Dec. 6 at 2pm


A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth.
Rated - R
118 minutes
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7pm

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley


Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring "masterpiece ... one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" (Wall Street Journal) must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit in the face of our "brave new world"

Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.

Discussion led by Prof. Stephen Kiss.
Refreshments served.


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

VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Thursday, Dec. 7 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.
SUNDAY CONCERT

December 10 at 1:30pm

BY GEORGE!

Performed by NEW YORK CABARET UNLIMITED

Celebrating the Music of George and Ira Gershwin


George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
ADULT(ISH) - LEGO: BUILD IT!

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7pm


Join us for an evening of open playtime with everyone's favorite construction material.
SUNDAY CONCERT

December 17 at 1:30pm

Young Masters Recital Series

Classical pianist MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA performing Chopin, Debussy, Poulenc


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Pianist and chamber musician Margarita Rovenskaya has performed extensively in the US and abroad, with recitals in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall.

Margarita is currently based in New York, where she regularly concertizes and enjoys teaching as piano faculty at several studios and schools.

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)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Tuesday, December 19 at 7pm

MEET: O'Donoghues, 66 Main St., Nyack


- A New York Times and USA Today bestseller
- Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year
- Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

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

Dangal (FF)

December 20 at 2pm


Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

Foreign Language Film: Hindi with English subtitles.
Rated: NR
161 minutes
GENTLE YOGA

6 Tuesdays, starting January 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.
Gentle yoga is a bridge between moving in flow and staying stationary. It is a midway where there is equilibrium and bliss in every pose.

Mary Callan is our instructor.

Please register.

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


REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 1.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, January 9 at 2pm

Valiant Gentlemen

by Sabina Murray


An epic and bold novel of friendship and betrayal set across four continents and a 40 year timespan. Reimagining the lives and intimate friendships of humanitarian and Irish patriot Roger Casement; his closest friend, Herbert Ward; and Ward’s wife, the Argentinian-American heiress Sarita Sanford, in Valiant Gentlemen Sabina Murray takes the reader on an intimate journey, from Ward and Casement’s misadventurous youth in the Congo to Ward’s marriage to Sarita and their flourishing family life in France, to Casement’s covert homosexuality and eventual involvement in Irish politics. Valiant Gentlemen is a uniquely human account of some of early 20th century’s larger historical figures from a master writer of historical fiction.

Join librarians, Katie, Sean and Ashley, for an interesting discussion.

Refreshments served.

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

COOKBOOK CLUB

Part Book Club, Part Community Potluck!

Thursday, Jan 11 –
Myers and Chang at Home by Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowitz


Thursday, Mar 22 –
Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten



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 at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on Thursday, January 11th to share with other participants! Everyone comes to the table with a dish to share. Join librarians Katie and Ashley for good eating and socializing with friends.

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)

The Shining by Stephen King

Tuesday, January 16 at 7pm

MEET: Prohibition River 82 Main St., Nyack


Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start, but the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Join librarians Ashley, Katie and Sean for an in-depth discussion of this novel.

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

Allied

January 24 at 2pm


In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard

Paramount
Rated - R
124 minutes
ADULT(ISH) - GAME NIGHT!

Calling all 20- and 30-somethings!

Thurs., Jan. 25 – Game Night

Tues., Feb. 27 – Retro Craft Night – Shrinky Dinks!

Thurs., Mar. 15 – Game Night

Thurs., Feb. 8th 7PM – Friend Speed Dating – meet some new people and leave with some new friends.


Join us for a fun evening! Bring your favorite board games or play one of ours.




































































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