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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS
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.
HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION

Learning to Let Go of Stress

Saturdays, January 14, 21 & 28 from 10:30-11:30am



This technique teaches people to connect with their heart and to ignore their thoughts. Thoughts are the biggest roadblock in addition to the perception that we don’t have time. Meditation does not conflict with any religious beliefs, only enhances your inner search. A 10-minute guided relaxation technique will also be part of the program. Instructor: Supriya Reddy

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SUNDAY CONCERT

Nicholas King

Sunday, January 15 at 1:30pm



Nicholas King, classical pianist, will perform Brahms, Debussy, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt.


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American pianist Nicholas King, hailed by LA Weekly as “making his mark in the classical music world” is becoming recognized as an accomplished solo and chamber music performer. A Los Angeles native, King has performed in major concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Austria, France and Poland. A recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the 2008 Jack Kent Cooke Award, Nicholas currently holds the distinction of being the first freshman to have ever won The Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould School (RCM) Concerto Competition.

King’s passion and altruism has inspired him to give his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations. Before the age of 10, Nicholas raised more than $35,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His amazing acts of kindness at an early age drew national media attention and culminated with a live performance on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. His continued philanthropic efforts were recognized by the United States Government, which bestowed upon Mr. King at the age of 11, the Congressional Medal of Recognition. King has continued to develop his philanthropic efforts as the founder and director of Art of Giving Back (AGB) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young classical musicians, giving back to the community and revitalizing classical music. With an international roster of nearly 40 volunteer artists, AGB serves as a supportive community and a resource for young rising artists by providing guidance and assistance. The organization is establishing residencies in universities nationwide in order to provide artistic community enrichment and student instruction.

King completed his studies with Angela Cheng at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he is obtained an Artist Diploma on a full scholarship. He holds a Performance Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music–Glenn Gould School and previously studied at Loyola Marymount University. King counts Marc Durand and Dr. Wojciech Kocyan as mentors and major musical influences.

For more about his organization, visit www.ArtofGivingBack.org.
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.
KNITTING SQUARED2

CLASS 2: Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30pm (We will extend for snow dates if necessary)

This is for advanced beginners and up. We’ll take 11 sessions to learn 9 different stitch patterns while knitting 9 different squares. At the end of 9 sessions you’ll know 9 new stitch patterns. We’ll take 2 more weeks to assemble the squares to make a 16 x 16” pillow cover. Instructor: Elda Zamparo. You’ll need size 7 needles and 2 oz. 100% soft cotton yarn of any color(s) you like. For complete material list needed, please register and it will be emailed to you.

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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)

Tuesday, January 17 at 7pm

Meet: Casa del Sol, 104 Main St., Nyack

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue


The unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie is you're 21 and 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.
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, January 19 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.

SUNDAY CONCERT

Eric Wollman and
Persons of Interest

featuring Jim Donica on bass and Peter Grant on drums.

January 22 at 1:30pm (snow date – 1/29)

Evocative! All Original, Instrumental Fusion Music!



Eric Wollman is a master guitar player and composer of jazz and jazz-fusion.

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He has toured extensively with Mike Clark and performed with some of the most prominent names in jazz-fusion including Kenwood Dennard, Delmar Brown, Adam Holzman and Zack Danziger. He has also played with many of the top names in jazz including John Handy, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely and Ron McClure

Eric can be seen performing in venues all over the New York metropolitan area with his jazz and jazz-fusion groups, featuring Jim Donica on bass and Peter Grant on drums. His most recent collaboration is with saxophonist Woody Witt, adding his originals to the mix.
BEADING

Introduction to Peyote Stitch

Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30pm (snow date: 2/6)


This peyote stitch bracelet is a beginner project, suitable for adults as well as teens. This workshop allows for a considerable amount of creativity, as participants can choose from a wide array of colorful glass beads. Peyote stitch is one of the fundamental bead-weaving techniques.

Amy Kanarek will instruct. Amy has been a display coordinator, teacher, mom, little girls’ dress designer, tutor, cantor and teacher again. She is very happy to spend most of her time designing and creating with beads.

Cost: $10 for materials.


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GARDENING INSPIRATION

Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County
present
TABLE TOP GARDENS: Bonsai and Terrariums

Tuesday, January 24 at 1pm



Outdoor gardeners who long to keep their thumbs “green” during the long, icy winter months will enjoy turning their attention to gardening indoors. This program will demystify the ancient and widely practiced art of the Bonsai. Also, it will demonstrate the techniques used to create beautiful terrariums and indoor garden baskets for any room in the house.

Enjoy a PowerPoint presentation and demonstration with Vivienne Dieckmann, Master Gardener of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland.

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REGENERATIVE FOODS FOR ENERGY & WEIGHT LOSS

Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm


Have you tried many diets only to find that the deprivation doesn't lead to permanent weight loss? Learn techniques that will help you become naturally thin without crazy diets and exercise programs, without having to have a ton of discipline or depriving yourself of things that make you happy. Want to stop the cycle of unhealthy eating? Are you ready to eat for energy and weight loss?

Join Karen Ranzi as she gives you the tools leading to pleasurable eating and sustained weight loss. She’ll also prepare a delicious warming winter dish.

Internationally acclaimed speaker and award-winning author, Karen Ranzi, M.A., has been a leading expert in the field of nutrition and child development for over two decades. By means of her education, life-changing personal experiences, and sincere desire to share her message, Karen has been able to guide thousands toward developing excellent health.

Karen Ranzi is the author of Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods, and her latest book, Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families: 115 Easy Recipes and Health Tips for Energetic Living. She also lectures and consults on the raw food diet and lifestyle.

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WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Tangerines

January 25 at 2pm


War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

**Foreign Film-subtitles are in English.**
NR
87 minutes
Studio: First Run Features
STOP AT THE RED APPLE

Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm (snow date: 2/8)

If you have ever stopped at the Red Apple Rest, the landmark restaurant is about to return the favor. Author Elaine Freed Lindenblatt will be here with the inside story of her family’s colorful eatery.

Take a 50-year armchair ride back along NY Route 17 and learn what it was like to grow up in a round-the-clock family business that served over one million customers annually.

Elaine’s book Stop at the Red Apple will be available for sale and signing.

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SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, January 26 at 7pm


TransAtlantic by Collum McCann
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

Three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.

Discussion led by Professor John Speight.

This title is available for check out now.
GREAT DECISIONS 2016

The Foreign Policy Association brings you:
Great Decisions 2016
Interested in International Affairs and US Foreign Policy?
Meets every other Monday at 7pm starting January 30

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: The Future of Europe, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, Latin America’s Political Pendulum and more.
Each participant is expected to purchase a $25 Great Decisions workbook. Information about the discussion schedule and purchase of the workbook will take place at the first meeting.

Registration is required.

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For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association visit their website at www.fpa.org.
WADING THROUGH WATERCOLOR

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 10:30am



Sometimes people can feel out of their depth when exploring new creative outlets. Local artist Jayne Conte breaks down the basic techniques of watercolors in a relaxing environment with plenty of hands-on instruction. She combines years of experience and a passion for art in her class and helps even the most novice painter create true works of art.
Each week the class will dive into a new painting - Jayne demonstrating while the class follows suit. A list of all required materials will be provided at registration.

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VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm

Looking for the writer within?


Join our librarian, Sean, for an informal monthly discussion about writing, featuring writing prompts and exercises to beat the block.

Participants will actively engage with written word to garner a deeper appreciation for the writing process and its output.

More sessions:

March 1

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, February 7 at 2pm

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett


When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

What Happened Miss Simone?

February 8 at 2pm


A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Not Rated
101 minutes
Studio: Eaglevision Europe
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES... TEENS

Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm


Join our librarian, Sean, for a teen-specific spin-off of the Valley Cottage Writes program.

Whether you are looking for feedback on your latest story, or inspiration for your next poem, our writing workshop will provide you with the space you need to develop your authorial voice.

Upcoming date:
Mar. 8th
ART LECTURE: DREAMS AND SHADOWS

The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell
Thursday, February 9 at 7pm



Cliff Tisdell, art historian, will be presenting a visual lecture on one of the most original American artists of the twentieth century and a native son of Nyack. He’ll look at the influence of high and low culture in Cornell’s life and art, from 19th-century French culture and the surrealists to vaudeville reviews and Houdini, a wide range of sources that make Cornell’s “slot-machines” of the 1940s and his work with experimental cinema so unique - all from an artist working out of his humble home in Queens.

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SUNDAY CONCERT

Anna Veleva

Opera singer Anna Veleva will perform selections from famous operas, romantic classical songs and arias.

February 12 at 1:30pm



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Soprano Anna Veleva has received international acclaim as one of today's most gifted and versatile opera stars.

She has been recognized internationally for her opera and concert performances.

Highlights include the lead soprano roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Carmen, The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville produced by Columbia Artists Management.

Mrs. Veleva has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall- Stern Auditorium, J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sofia National Opera House and Plovdiv Opera in Bulgaria.

Anna is prizewinner of the "G. Zl. Cherkin" and the "Monjushko" Opera competitions.

Important figures who mentored and contributed to her career are Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Aprille Millo and Alec Baldwin.

The media has hailed her as "The New Opera Hope".

INTRODUCING ADULT(ISH)


A New Meet-Up for 20- to 30- Somethings!

February 16 at 7pm


Join us for game night. Meet new people! Come alone or with friends!
Bring your favorite game or play one of ours.

MEDICARE 101

Thursday, February 16 at 7pm



An overview designed for those new to or soon to be eligible for Medicare and/or those already participating in Medicare who are looking for clarification on various aspects of Medicare and its supplementary programs.

Joan Andelman, Medicare Consultant & certified Medicare Counselor with the Rockland County Office for the Aging and Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program, (HIICAP) will be presenting.

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SUNDAY CONCERT - Young Master Recital Series

Kyle P. Walker
performs “Blacknotes”

February 19 at 1:30pm (snow date


A panoramic program aimed at closing the gap between traditional American art music and music influenced by African American culture.


Featuring excerpts from:
24 Negro Melodies by Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Down by the Riverside by Frederick Rzewski
Songs by George Gershwin

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A strong advocate for social equality, pianist Kyle Walker believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language can, the understanding of which he brings to both traditional Western repertoire and that of the living world-wide composers with whom he collaborates.
 
            His performances have been featured on media broadcasts including WQXR’s Mcgraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, NPR’s Public Radio East, and UNC-TV, to name a few. Recently, he made his solo debut at New York’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, performed the Schumann piano concerto with the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra, as well as presenting solo performances at Steinway Hall NYC, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Birmingham Jefferson Concert Hall in Alabama, and the innovative music and multimedia venue Spectrum NYC. His festival performances include the Tibor Varga Music Festival, Switzerland, The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, NC, The Ferrara Chamber Music Festival, VA, Enso String Quartet Chamber Music Festival, CT, the Beethoven Institute, NYC and PianoFest in the Hamptons, NY.
 
            Mr. Walker is the 1st prize winner of the 2013 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, also having taken 1st prize in The National Talent Hunt of Omega Psi Phi, and the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Young Artist competitions.
 
            As a chamber musician, he is a frequent collaborator in premiere performance projects with living composers such as Brian Erickson, Matthew Lyon, Timothy Messina and Joan Szymko, whose work he premiered at the American Choral Directors Association in Memphis TN.

           Walker performs with the newly founded “Artists By Any Other Name” based in NYC. The group endeavors to increase the accessibility of classical music by encouraging it’s symbiosis with other art forms, including dance, drama, poetry, and visual art. 
 
           Mr. Walker has performed in master classes with world-class presenters including Manahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Boris Berman, Robert McDonald, Paul Schenly, Adam Neiman and Julian Martin.
 
            A dedicated teacher, Walker maintains an extremely active teaching studio compiled of private students as well as on piano faculty at Fort Lee School of Music, The Music School of New York City, and The Wifi Music School.
 
            Kyle Walker received his Masters of Music from Mannes College, The New School for Music under the tutelage of Thomas Sauer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and has studied with Benjamin Hochman, Keiko Sekino, Henry Doskey, and Clifton Matthews. Walker has received generous support of his upcoming artistic endeavors from the Peter M. Gross Fund. 
 
          He is currently embarking on a solo performance project entitled BlackNotes, which aims to explore the divides and connections between White American and Black American Art Music.

Carole Brill is the Founder/Director of the Young Masters Recital Series.

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)

Nobody's Foolby Richard Russo

Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm

Meet: Prohibition River, 82 Main St., Nyack


Sully has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years. Now, his long-estranged son is in imminent danger of following in his footsteps.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie is you're 21 and 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.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

RACE

February 22 at 2pm


Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history
thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Rated PG-13
134 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, February 23 at 7pm

Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe


The spectacular, history-making first novel about a young man’s coming of age by literary legend Thomas Wolfe, first published in 1929 and long considered a classic of twentieth century literature.

It's about a young man’s burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.

Discussion led by David Turk.

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

Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm


Looking for the writer within?

Join our librarian, Sean, for an informal monthly discussion about writing, featuring writing prompts and exercises to beat the block.

Participants will actively engage with written word to garner a deeper appreciation for the writing process and its output.
SUNDAY CONCERT - Young Masters Recital Series

Michael Noble, classical piano & Chelsea Lane, harp

Duo Aeterna

March 5 at 1:30pm



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American pianist Michael Noble is developing an international reputation as an insightful and captivating performer with a repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Claude Ledoux. After giving his first recital at the age of six, he has gone on to perform concerts across Europe, Asia, and North America.

American harpist Chelsea Lane began harp lessons at age eight in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members Anne-Marguerite Michaud and Gretchen Van Hoesen. Since then, she has performed solo and chamber recitals internationally, and has appeared with several major ensembles, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

Carole Brill is the Founder/Director of the Young Masters Recital Series.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, March 7 at 2pm

The Muse

by Jessie Burton


The story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that ties them together.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

March 8 at 2pm


A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Rated R
108 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES: TEENS!

Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm


Join our librarian, Sean, for a teen-specific spin-off of the Valley Cottage Writes program.

Whether you are looking for feedback on your latest story, or inspiration for your next poem, our writing workshop will provide you with the space you need to develop your authorial voice.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

March 14 & 21 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.

SUNDAY CONCERT

Carol Erickson
The Great American Songbook

Sunday, March 19



Carol Erickson performs as a vocalist in libraries, assisted living and healthcare facilities, senior centers, clubs and restaurants throughout NY, NJ and PA. She is a member of the Schumann and Montclair Music Clubs. Carol was a member of Carrie Jackson's Vocal Collective in Newark for 6 years having performed in several showcases and fund raisers.
Alan Rosenthal, jazz pianist, was born in NYC. As a child he studied classical piano with Nina Lugovoy and composition with Edward Simons. Alan began playing jazz in high school but continued classical training at the University of Chicago.. He has performed jazz extensively in NY--- The Village Gate, Cleopatra's Needle, the Central Park Boathouse and The Blue Water Grill to name a few.
GENEALOGY: FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS

Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm



Teasing out research leads on female ancestors can be difficult. Tony Lauriano, local resident and genealogy expert, will address the problem and give you solutions for finding the elusive female maiden names for genealogy research. Mr. Lauriano uses a PowerPt presentation and will have handouts for ready reference.

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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)

Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm

Meet: Spice of India, 125 Main St., Nyack

The Nixby Nathan Hill


Samuel Andresen-Anderson—professor, stalled writer—has a problem: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie is you're 21 and 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.
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING DISCUSSION

Thursday, March 23 at 7pm

This Side of Paradise

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


This Side of Paradise tells the story of Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy Princeton student who halfheartedly involves himself in literary cults, "liberal" student activities, and a series of empty flirtations with young women. When he finally does fall truly in love, however, the young woman rejects him for another.
After serving in France during the war, Blaine returns to embark on a career in advertising. Still young, but already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the young men and women of the '20s, described by Fitzgerald as "a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.

This discussion will be led by Dr. Vara Neverow.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
COOKBOOK CLUB - PART BOOK CLUB, PART COMMUNITY POTLUCK!

Thursday, March 30 at 7pm

Food52 Genius Recipes

by Kristen Miglore


Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this deliciously successful program.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
PORTRAIT DRAWING IN PENCIL WITH ARTIST JANICE BARAGWANATH

4 Fridays, April 28, May 5, 12 & 17 at 10:30am


An introduction to portrait drawing for students of all ages and levels of experience. Learn how to create realistic portraits in pencil while improving visual awareness. Emphasis will be on attaining a likeness through proper placement of the features. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given in identifying proportions, shapes, angles and values. Bring a pad of Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper 9" x12" (or similar), two well sharpened HB pencils and a kneaded eraser.
Nyack School District Residents Cost: $10.
Out-of-District Cost: $12


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