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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
Defensive Driving Class

March 4 & 5 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 5 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

Thursday, March 5 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
You Can Draw!

Friday, March 6
from 10:30am - 12pm

The last class of a four-session workshop with artist, Judith deBiase, for people who have always wanted to draw but think they can’t (or people who would like to improve their drawing skills). Bring plain paper, pencils/pens and an open mind.

Cost: $5 per class for extra tools & materials.


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.

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.


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.
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.

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.

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
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
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.
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.

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

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