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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAMS

BUILD A BETTER WORLD for YOU! Stop by the library and experience the joy of reading.

Join our SUMMER READING CLUB! Submit your reviews and earn chances to win great prizes.

Play BOOK BINGO!


Cool off from the heat and enjoy our programs, meditate, watch a movie, learn about art or about guitar, play mah jongg or join a book discussion.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ADULT SUMMER READING CLUB.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A REVIEW



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.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

This summer you can choose to take a one day course or split it into two sessions.

Saturday, August 19 from 10:15am - 4:15pm

OR Wednesdays, September 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.
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.
BOOK TALK CAFE

Summer Reading Wrap Up

Monday, August 21 at 7pm



Meet us at the Brookside Tavern and Smokehouse in Valley Cottage (across from the library) to share the great books we read over the summer. The Adult Summer Reading prize winners will be announced.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

The Eagle Huntress

August 23 at 2pm


Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress.

Documentary & Foreign Language Film with English subtitles
Rated G
87 minutes
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, August 24 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.

NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVE

Thursday, August 24 from 1-7pm



Life-saving blood donations from blood drives help many patients enjoy another tomorrow. Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Five million patients will need blood this year.

Please consider joining us in giving the gift of life.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Fences

August 30 at 2pm


Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes a passionate look at former baseball player Troy Maxson as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down.


Rated PG-13
139 minutes
POETRY IN THE SUMMER

A Summer Poetry and Music Celebration
by Ramapough Poets and Friends

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM


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.
Community participation welcome! Bring an original poem of yours to read.

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. Refreshments will be served.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

La La Land

September 6 at 2pm


Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams - and finding each other - in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.


Rated PG-13
128 minutes
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Thursday, September 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.
HOSPICE FACTS AND MYTHS DISPELLED

Thursday, September 7 at 7pm

Here's what you should know about Hospice.



Hospice is compassionate care at the end of life and involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's wishes. Generally, provided in the patient's home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Emotional and spiritual support is extended to the family and loved ones.

Medicare, private health insurance and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria. It is part of the Medicare Program.

This program is designed to answer all your questions. Hospice is NOT about giving up hope. Join us this evening to learn what we have to offer.

Presented by Carol Galione, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Untied Hospice of Rockland.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

SUNDAY CONCERT

3D RHYTHM of LIFE

September 10 at 1:30pm


Latin-Tropical-Soul band that shares a musical journey for all to enjoy. They’re celebrating 16 years as a performing, recording and 2x Grammy nominated band with their new CD - FANTASY.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

COOKBOOK CLUB

Part Book Club, Part Community Potluck!

Balaboosta

by Einat Admony

Monday, Sept. 11 at 7pm



Admony's debut cookbook features 140 of the recipes she cooks for the people she loves¯her children, her husband, and the many friends she regularly entertains. Here, Einat’s mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite, Persian) seamlessly blends with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City’s most beloved kitchens.

Everyone comes to the table with a dish to share. Join librarians Katie and Ashley for good eating and socializing with friends.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to pick out a recipe to cook and bring.


LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, September 12 at 2pm

To The Bright Side of the World

by Eowyn Ivey


Set in the Alaskan landscape this is a breathtaking story of discovery and adventure, set at the end of the nineteenth century, and of a marriage tested by a closely held secret.

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

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Moonlight

September 13 at 2pm


A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


Rated: R
111 minutes
BOOK AND PUB CLUB: SUMMER SCHOOL!

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)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm

MEET: O'Donoghue's Tavern, 66 Main St., Nyack



In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendia family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

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.
BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION

Mathilde Wesendonck
Isolde's Dream


by Judith Cabaud

Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7pm


Author Judith Cabaud will be here to read and discuss the subject of her newly released book - Mathilde Wesendonck's influence on Wagner's music.

Ms. Cabaud will also share stories of her research, family and life from Brooklyn to France.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments will be served.

AUTHOR
JUDITH CABAUD was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from New York University. Then, after studying at the Sorbonne in Paris and in Clermont-Ferrand, where she obtained her licence ès lettres, she settled in France. For many years, she worked as a teacher, a writer, a journalist and a music critic at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. She lives in Andelaroche, France.

BOOK DESCRIPTION
Truly great compositions originate at the juncture of genius and passion. In Mathilde Wesendonck, Isolde’s Dream, author Judith Cabaud calls on a host of heretofore undiscovered resources to tell the fascinating story of Mathilde Wesendonck, muse and paramour to Richard Wagner. In 1857, Richard Wagner’s character changed. He abandoned Der Ring des Nibelungen, the work of art he had begun composing nearly a decade earlier, tore through a short set of songs now known as the Wesendonck Lieder, and dove headlong into Tristan und Isolde, an opera whose seminal influence would ricochet down the ensuing century of Western romantic music. Why the dramatic shift? Wagner had been struck by lightning— her name was Mathilde Wesendonck and this is her story of love, fidelity, and sacrifice.

SUNDAY CONCERT

Young Masters Recital Series

September 24 at 1:30pm



Classical pianist Anna Keiserman will be performing Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Biography
Anna Keiserman was born in Ekaterinburg, Russia. At the age of 15 she made her debut with Volgograd Symphony National Orchestra.

She continued her professional education in Volgograd Serebriakov College in 1997. She is a winner of several national and international competitions.

Anna holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Moscow State Academy of Music by the name of Gnessins where she studied with Professor Vladimir Tropp. She has toured worldwide as a soloist and a chamber musician in such countries as the United States, Italy, Russia and Ukraine, and has performed as a soloist on the television and on the radio in Russia. Her recital programs are a combination of baroque, classical, 19th century and contemporary works. She has always been fascinated by the connections between architecture and music.

She finished her Master degree in Piano Performance in May 2013 from the University of Minnesota. NYU Steinhardt School of Music and Art, New York, granted Anna with the position of the adjunct faculty piano instructor starting from September 2013. She is actively performing in New York, including Bellevue Hospital Concert in memory of the September 9th, box office theatre of NYU and Columbia University faculty house concert series, Steinway Hall. Anna’s expressive playing and extraordinary musicianship has led her to perform at many important concerts and venues in USA.

Find out more about Anna on her WEBSITE

Carole Brill is founder/director of the Young Masters Recital Series.

YARN THERAPY

Tuesdays from 11:30am-12:30pm starting Sept. 26


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. Come on in to knit, crochet and socialize. Bring friends or meet new people.
Refreshments will be served.

OFFICE FOR THE AGING - “Satellite Office”

Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 11am-3pm


They'll be in the Gallery! Meet one of their knowledgeable staffers. They will answer questions & help you with information on the many services available to Rockland County Seniors. No appointment needed.
For more information, call 845-364-2110.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

The Founder

September 27 at 2pm


The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald and worked to create a billion-dollar burger empire.

Lionsgate
PG-13
115 minutes
JOHN SCOTT WALKING TOUR

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 2pm

"FRIENDS" TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT

Thursday, September 28 at 7pm


Are you a Friends Nerd?
How much do you really know and remember about Rachel, Ross, Joey, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler on Friends?
We invite you to a fun-filled night of trivia and good times as we compete for prizes. Come alone or bring your friends!

GENTLE YOGA

Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24 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.

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


There will be registration. It has not opened yet.
IRENE WISOFF ART LECTURE

Artists in Glass
Dale Chihully and Louis Comfort Tiffany
Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 1pm



Two artists who treat glass in very different ways.
CPR CERTIFICATION CLASS

Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11am to 3pm


The Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider Course provides a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. The course is for anyone and everyone! From Babysitters, lifeguards and parents to teachers, nurses, doctors.
COST: $65 per person- includes American Heart Association Certification Card
Interested persons may audit the class for free.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

The Sense of an Ending

October 11 at 2pm


Jim Broadbent leads an all-star cast in this gripping story based on the acclaimed novel about a man whose quiet life is upset by the consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
Lionsgate
Rated PG-13
108 minutes
FALL BUS TRIP

Innisfree Garden and Wine Tasting & Tour at Milbrook Winery
Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 8am – 6pm


This will be a special day! First to a beautiful garden recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens”. Innisfree is a powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design. Over fifty years in the making, it is the work of landscape architect Lester Collins.

We will lunch at one of Millbrook’s fine restaurants before heading for our wine tour and tasting adventure at one of NY State’s premiere wineries.

WINE TASTING WITH JANET WHEELER

Wine Tasting - A Rosé by any Other Name
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7pm


We will taste a variety of rosé wines and certified wine expert Janet Wheeler will talk about the different ways they are made, different countries they come from and why they have become extremely popular of late.
Cost: Nyack School District residents - $5. Out-of-district - $8




























































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