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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.
Income Tax Assistance for Our Users!

Fridays from 10am to 2pm


As a service to our users, the Valley Cottage Library will again provide 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. )

Older 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.
No reservations are required.

What you need to bring with you:
SSN cards
W-2 forms
Last year's return
Photo ID
Checkbook if you want direct deposit


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.
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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Tuesdays, March 21 & 28 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.

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: O'Malley's, 108 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 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.
CAREER HELP - Half Hour Individual Help Session

Wednesday, March 22 from 1-3pm


Now is the time to find the right career for you!
Register for one of four half-hour, one-on-one sessions with Eileen Grimm, career counselor with 30 years’ experience and former Director of Rockland County Guidance Center.

You can use the time for resume help or any career questions you may have.

CLICK HERE FOR 1-1:30pm SESSION.

CLICK HERE FOR 1:30-2pm SESSION.

CLICK HERE FOR 2-2:30pm SESSION.

CLICK HERE FOR 2:30-3pm SESSION.


WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Snowden

March 22 at 2pm


Oliver Stone tackles the untold story behind Edward Snowden's controversial decision to expose the NSA's shocking surveillance activities in this politically-charged thriller.


Rated: R
2 hours 15 minutes
UNDERSTANDING PROPERTY ASSESSMENT & THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS

Wednesday, Mar. 22 at 7pm


This program is designed to provide town property owners with a better understanding of their property assessments and the overall grievance process.

Scott Shedler Town of Clarkstown Assessor will speak.
Supervisor George Hoehner will be attending.

FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, March 16 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.

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.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN

Women’s History Month
Cognitive Interventions for Healthy Aging

Saturday, March 25 at 2pm


The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Rockland County Branch in conjunction with the League of Women Voters present a program for Women’s History Month on Cognitive Interventions for Healthy Aging.

Our speaker, Dr. Anna MacKay-Brandt from the Nathan Kline Institute, is a psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology and geriatrics. She will discuss how cognitive changes as we age and how cognitive changes are related to brain changes. She will review interventions aimed to reduce age-related changes.

Everyone’s invited and refreshments will be served.
SUNDAY CONCERT

Anna Veleva

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

MARCH 26 at 1:30pm



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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".

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. NEXT MEETING: March 27

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association visit their website at www.fpa.org.
COOKBOOK CLUB - PART BOOK CLUB, PART COMMUNITY POTLUCK!

Thursday, March 30 at 7pm

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

by Kristen Miglore


Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this deliciously successful program.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on March 30th to share with other participants!
HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION

Conscious Living
A Heartfulness Meditation Series

A 6-Week Series - Saturdays, starting April 1 thru May 6 from 10:30-11:30am



A follow-up to last winter’s Heartfulness Meditation program.

Train yourself to become a positive, happy person through Heartfulness Relaxation, Rejuvenation and Meditation techniques that help you connect with your Inner Self.
Learn practical insights and approaches to transcend 5 of the most common conditions that consciously, or unconsciously, affect our health and well being and hold us back from living fully.

Week 1 - Becoming aware of your Anger and channeling it purposefully.
Week 2 - Recognizing your Anxieties and learning to handle them with Courage.
Week 3 - Confronting Fear and overcoming it.
Week 4 - Conquering Envy.
Week 5 - Pulling yourself out of Depression. The opportunity to live joyfully.
Week 6 - Moving from a Negative state of Being to a Positive state of Being.

Instructor: Supriya Reddy

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


EARTH DAY CELEBRATION!

Meet and Greet with Nature, Outdoor and Environmental Organizations
Saturday, April 1, 10:30am - 12:45pm


Join the festivities!

Meet your local nature, outdoor and environmental organizations and discover your new favorite non-profit, plus new outdoor activities and educational resources. These groups have year round activities and throughout the year there are walks, service events meetings and more. These events are appropriate for a variety of ages, abilities and interests. Where do you fit in? Come and find out!

Visit each group’s table to get a head start on all they have to offer, then find a seat. In speed-dating fashion at 11am each group will introduce you to their organization in 10 minutes or less. After presentations, you’ll have a chance to re-visit their tables to ask questions and gather more information.
Refreshments will be served.

Participating Groups/Individuals include:

1) Strawtown Environmental Studio
2) Rockland Sierra Club
3) Keep Rockland Beautiful
4) Rockland Audubon Society
5) Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, Nicole Laible, Environmental Management Assistant
6) Rockland Conservation and Service Corps, a program of the Rockland County Youth Bureau, Kathy Galione, Project Coordinator
7) Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County


An Opening Reception will follow from 12:30-2:30pm. Exhibiting in the Gallery are photographs from the 2014 People's Climate March in NYC taken by exhibiting photographer, Susan Freiman.

This photography exhibit showcases the people and messages from the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City. Over 400,000 people attended this amazing event. The photos reflect the diverse, worldwide community fighting climate change/global warming, including people from Rockland County (the Rockland contingent included Catholic Sisters as well as many others). Statements from March participants will accompany the exhibit. After Pope Francis declared his support for fighting climate change/global warming, a small book with many of these photos was sent to the Vatican via the US Embassy to the Holy See.





SUNDAY CONCERT - Young Masters Recital Series

Jun Luke Foster
performs Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and more on piano.

April 2 at 1:30pm


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

At Yale, Jun Luke pursued piano studies through the Yale School of Music, and performed at festivals including the Gijón International Piano Festival (Gijon, Spain), Pianofest in the Hamptons, and PianoSummer at New Paltz. In recognition of his “extraordinary achievements and his extraordinary promise” as a musician, along with his “technical mastery and expressive depth,” the University awarded him the 2014 Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the performing arts.

In 2014, he enrolled in the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Professor Hung-Kuan Chen and served as a teaching fellow in the graduate division.



Naloxone Training

Monday, April 3 at 5:30pm


Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of an opiod overdose such as Heroine or prescription painkillers. Learn what to do in case of an overdose and how to administer the lifesaving, overdose-reversal agent. Participants will leave with an overdose kit containing Naloxone.

Training is administered by Ed Dubee, RN of the Blaisdale Addiction Treatment Center in Orangeburg, NY.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
BEE FRIENDLY BACKYARDS

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County

Bee Friendly Backyards

Tuesday, April 4 from 1 - 2:30pm


Our native bees and insects are struggling; we can help to improve their lot and preserve their important role in our ecosystems. This class will show participants how to attract native bees and insects to backyards and gardens by creating beautifully designed, pollinator-friendly habitats. Presented by Master Gardener, Sam Amdurer.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, April 4 at 2pm

Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett


One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

HOSPICE FACTS AND MYTHS DISPELLED

Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm

Here's What you should know about your Medicare Hospice Benefit.



First, it IS a Benefit and it is part of the Medicare Program. Hospice is compassionate care at the end of life. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient's home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria.

This program is designed to answer all your questions about Hospice. Hospice is NOT about giving up hope, it’s about making the most of the time you have left. Choosing palliative or hospice care is about living the best possible life.

People who choose hospice care are not giving up hope; they are in fact redefining it. Although there may no longer be a possibility of curing their illness, they redirect their hope into mending and restoring relationships, spending quality time with those they love and finding peace and comfort. Most patients spend about three weeks in hospice, but it would benefit them to spend more time getting their needs met during the final chapter of their lives.
Presented by Carol Galione, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Untied Hospice of Rockland.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Coming Home

April 5 at 2pm


Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.

Foreign Language Film - Mandarin with English subtitles
Rated: PG-13
109 minutes
Studio: SONY
CALIFORNIA WINE TASTING

April 5 at 7pm
California Dreamin’… about Wines


Join Janet Wheeler, certified wine expert, who has returned from wine tasting in California to bring some of her favorites for us to try.

How did California become the undisputed leader of the US wine industry? Come and find out how history, geography and gold all contribute to the great wines of the great state of California.
COST: $5.
After you register, please pay at the Circulation Desk at least one week before program.


REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 1.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Thursday, April 6 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.

Future Dates:
April 6
May 4
June 1
VALLEY COTTAGE COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP

Saturday, April 8th from 10am - 2pm


Show your civic pride and help spruce up your community!
We're hosting a neighborhood Great American Cleanup event again. In conjunction with Keep Rockland Beautiful, the Library will be sending out groups of volunteers to help remove unsightly garbage and refuse from our hometown.

All cleanup supplies will be provided. Community service letters will be available.

Register to participate at www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org.
Questions? Contact Christy Blanchette at cblanche@rcls.org

OFFICE FOR THE AGING SERVICES JUST FOR YOU

April 12 at 11am


Getting older is not easy but it can help to know what is out there in the County for you. Don't wait until an emergency happens to look for help.

Find Out All About the Services Available at the Office For Aging
Presented by Tina M. Cardoza- Izquierdo, Director

PLUS

What can HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program) do For You?
Presented by Donna Gloc, HIICAP Coordinator.

The Office for the Aging has great resources that you may not know about. Come in with your questions and concerns. Tina and Donna are happy to help!

Refreshments served.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



CAREER HELP - "FOCUSING ON RESUMES" WORKSHOP

Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30pm


Resumes are so important in getting the job your want!

Eileen Grimm, career counselor with 30 years experience and former Director of Rockland County Guidance Center, will take you through the steps needed to create a resume that fits your style as well as covers topics on interviews, job searching, networking and more.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

INTRODUCING ADULT(ISH)

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

Thursday, April 13 at 7pm


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

REAL READS! NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION

Monday, April 17 at 7pm
His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis


To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and a man whose “statue-like solidity” concealed volcanic energies and emotions.

Join librarians Christy and Joanne for discussion.
GENTLE YOGA

Tuesdays, April 18 & 25, May 2 & 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.
Shelly Blatt has been teaching for 7 years. “I believe that the connection to the pose is more important than the perfection of the pose. It's your body and your practice.”

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



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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, April 18 at 7pm

Meet: O’Donoghues, Nyack

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies


The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.

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.
TRACKS - Together Railroads and Communities Keeping Safe

Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm


This is a community outreach program in partnership with the MTA Police Department, designed to educate the Metro-North Community about rail safety. Their mission is to educate as many drivers, passengers, pedestrians and individuals that live and/or work in or around the communities Metro-North Railroad serves.

The program covers three topics: grade crossings, rider safety and trespassing.

This program is for students of all ages, pedestrians, drivers, property owners and train riders! Join us!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

CAREER HELP - Half Hour Individual Help Session

Wednesday, April 19 from 6-8pm


Now is the time to find the right career for you!
Register for one of four half-hour, one-on-one sessions with Eileen Grimm, career counselor with 30 years’ experience and former Director of Rockland County Guidance Center.

You can use the time for resume help or any career questions you may have.

CLICK HERE FOR 6-6:30pm SESSION.

CLICK HERE FOR 6:30-7pm SESSION.

CLICK HERE FOR 7-7:30pm SESSION.

CLICK HERE FOR 7:30-8pm SESSION.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Sully

April 19 at 2pm


On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

96 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING DISCUSSION

Thursday, April 20 at 7pm

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead


The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

This discussion will be led by Dr. David Turk.

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

Saturday, April 22 from 11am to 3pm


The BLS (Basic Life Support) Healthcare Provider Course is designed to provide 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 intended for anyone and everyone! From Babysitters, lifeguards and parents to teachers, nurses, doctors.

$65 per person- includes American Heart Association Certification Card

Roderick Guerzon is a certified BLS Instructor for the AHA, aligned with Holy Name Medical Center Community Training Center, Teaneck, NJ

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

SUNDAY CONCERT

April 23 at 1:30pm

The Bad, Bad Band O' Bad Boys


American jug band music at its gourmet finest! The band consists of four master musicians and about fifteen instruments – some homemade. Presenting the Blues, Ragtime and Stomps of The Memphis Jug Band, Gus Cannon, Louis Armstrong and others primarily from the American South and Midwest of the 1920’s. A high energy, fun-filled experience which will change your life, turn your sandwich into a banquet and make you the lover you always wanted to be!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Loren Korevec: Piano, Jug, Fiddle, Banjo and Vocals
Loren has appeared in every joint in Rockland for many years in addition to many TV commercials and broadcasts. He spent 12 years as “Pianist to the Stars” at Elaine’s in NYC. He’s toured with numerous bands including The Tokens. Loren is currently touring with The The Band Band and Tim O’Donohue’s Liffey Mud Band.

Gary Solomon: Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Washboard
Native Rocklander, Gary is a highly sought after bass player who has toured the world with many fine musicians including Steve Forbert and Maria Muldaur. A fine musician, Gary is the founder of The The Band Band, The Pachyderms and other greats.

Erik Lawrence: Sax, Flute, Slide Whistle, Sweet Potato
Erik has toured with a long list of great musicians including Chico Hamilton, Joan Osborn, Steven Bernstein/Henry Butler and Aretha Franklin among many others. Erik spent many years traveling with the Levon Helm Band where he won two Grammies. He is about to leave on a month long tour of South America with the Levin Brothers Band so if you happen to be in Tegucigalpa on a Saturday night, why not look them up?

Monroe Quinn: Guitar, Banjo
Monroe studied for over ten years with jazz guitar great Remo Palmier. He has performed with such artists as Billy Preston, Micky Dolenz, Peter Noone, Neil Innes, Joey Mallond of Badfinger and Denny Laine from Wings and The Moody Blues. Quinn’s first CD, I’ll Dream of You, which includes the talents of pianist Derek Smith, was featured on 88.3 FM WBGO and chosen as one of the “highlights of the year” on “Jazz From the Archives.” Quinn’s own transcriptions of solos by Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and others have been published by the Hal Leonard Corporation. In addition to his work as arranger, studio musician and solo guitarist, Monroe can be heard playing live with many artists in the tri-state area. His musical range comfortably spans pop, rock, jazz, dixieland, fusion and classical.

A WALK THROUGH THE BRONX OF YESTERYEAR

Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm


This is a 90-minute nostalgic retrospective of your Bronx of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s presented by Steve Samtur. This fun walk down memory lane includes close to 500 never-before-seen photos of your Bronx the way it was.

We will share our memories of the Bronx including the Grand Concourse, Art Deco, Bronx Delis (East and West), Freedomland, Fordham Road, Movie Theatres including the Loew’s Paradise, Parkchester, Yankee Stadium, parks, shopping, schools, transportation and so much more.

Stephen M. Samtur is a 1961 graduate of Clinton High School. He publishes the “Back to THE BRONX” magazine, and maintains the website Back in the Bronx.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.




PORTRAIT DRAWING IN PENCIL WITH ARTIST JANICE BARAGWANATH

4 Fridays, April 28, May 5, 12 & 19 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


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


PLANT PROPAGATION

Tuesday, May 2 at 12pm


Plant Propagation:
Every gardener wants more plants! This talk will show you how to take cuttings of your (or your friends) favorite house plants and outdoor plants and poof! Make more plants! She will also cover how to start plants indoors from seed and a special outdoor seed starting technique called winter sowing.
Presenter: Donna DeSousa, a Master Gardener Volunteer from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, May 2 at 2pm

The Association of Small Bombs

by Karan Mahajan


When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb.

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

Touched with Fire

May 3 at 2pm


When two poets with bipolar disorder meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.
Rated: R
110 minutes
LIONSGATE

Stay after for a discussion led by Eileen O'Brien-Cardona of NAMI.
Sponsored by NAMI Rockland (National Alliance on Mental Health)
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
SUNDAY CONCERT

THE BELLE TONES

May 7 at 1:30pm


Great ready for a fun afternoon!
The Belle Tones are a beautiful, classy, All-American female trio that sings, dances, tells jokes, and honors our Veterans. These versatile entertainers are a hit wherever the group performs.

Influenced by the "Great Groups in Music History", their repertoire includes popular music from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's as well as countless Patriotic Tunes, Broadway Classics, Jazz, and Holiday Music.

You'll be clapping along!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN GUITAR

Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm


From the early Martin guitars through the development of steel-string guitars, examine the chronicles of this popular instrument with custom guitar builder and owner of Iron Horse Instruments, Alex Glasser.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


INTRODUCING ADULT(ISH)



A new meet-up for 20- to 30-somethings!

** BAD ART NIGHT **

Thursday, May 11 at 7pm


No talent needed... or wanted. Let’s make something truly awful!
Prizes for the worst art.

SUNDAY CONCERT - YOUNG MASTERS RECITAL SERIES

Ana Gligvashvili and James Rosenblum
perform Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and more on piano.

May 14 at 1:30pm



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Praised for her ability to “capture hearts” by Musical America, Georgian pianist Ana Gligvashvili has appeared as a soloist as well as chamber musician at various concerts venues such as Steinway Hall, Columbia University’s Faculty House and Roone Arledge Auditorium, NYC Consulate of Poland, Ukrainian Institute of America, Bohemian National Hall and NYC Consulate of Germany.

Ana Gligvashvili holds Master’s degree in piano performance from Mannes College, The New School of Music and Bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State Conservatory, Georgia. She studied with Victor Rosenbaum, Jerome Rose and Revaz Tavadze among others. Currently, Ana Gligvashvili is a member of the adjunct piano faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where she is pursuing her post master's degree with E. Andjaparidze.

James Rosenblum teaches and performs piano. He is based in New York, New York, on the Upper West Side. He regularly performs classical music at Tratoria Machiavelli on 86th Street and Columbus Avenue. He has studied with Julian Martin, Arkady Aronov, Jean-David Coen, Evelyne Crochet, Tomer Lev, and Natalie Zhu, among others.
COOKBOOK CLUB - PART BOOK CLUB, PART COMMUNITY POTLUCK!

Monday, May 15 at 7pm

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs

by Julia Turshen


The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as "small victories" in the funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this deliciously successful program.

Please register in person at the Information Desk to select your recipe. Make one batch of that recipe and bring it on May 15th to share with other participants!
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, May 16 at 7pm

Meet: Maura's Kitchen, 81-83 S. Broadway, Nyack

The Mothers by Brit Bennett


Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize Finalist
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Vogue Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

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.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

Hacksaw Ridge

May 17 at 2pm


The true story of army medic and conscientious objector Desmond Doss who, during WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.



Rated: R
139 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING DISCUSSION

Thursday, May 18 at 7pm

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.

One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.

This discussion will be led by Dr. Vara Neverow.

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

Cartel Land

May 31 at 2pm


In this Academy Award® nominated film (Best Documentary Feature, 2016), director Matthew Heineman gains unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Rated: R
101 minutes
SUNDAY CONCERT - YOUNG MASTERS RECITAL SERIES

Francesca Khalifa
performs Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Schman and Liszt.

June 4 at 1:30pm



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The Italian- Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa was the winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, awarded by Paul Badura-Skoda. She was also a finalist at the Alink- Argerich Foundation Piano Competition “Citta’ di Schio” in 2007. Recent performances include solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the “Claudio Abbado” Theatre (Ferrara), “Piccolo Coccia” Theatre (Novara), Eglise de Saint Merry (Paris), Kapelzaal (Leiden), Saklad Auditorium and Greenfield Hall (New York), and Concert Hall and Barness Recital Hall (Tampa). Upcoming engagements include solo recitals in Israel as well as a chamber concerts in New York City at Spectrum and at the University of Central Florida in collaboration with the violinist Nicole Paglialonga (Virginia Tech Music Faculty) and the flutist Elizabeth Crone (Yamaha artist and Virginia Tech Music faculty).

Francesca has collaborated with the “G. d’Arezzo” Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto KV 414 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto Op. 54); the Utrecht Conservatory String Orchestra, performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1; and the Hoorn Osterkerk Kammerorkestra (Saint- Saens “Carnival of the Animals”). Also active as a chamber musician, Francesca was the pianist and a founder of the van Eyck Piano Trio, featured at many chamber music festivals throughout The Netherlands (Zaltbommel Schumann Festival and Hoorn Osterkerk Kammer Musik Festival) and France. Her clarinet and piano duo with Giulia Zannin won Third Prize at the “Asti International Chamber Music Competition” in Italy. She has also worked as collaborative pianist for the studios of clarinettist Milan Rericha (Lugano) and violists Katie Aagard and J.T. Posadas (Tampa).

Francesca Khalifa is a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory of Music (master of music) and Konservatorium Wien (Chamber Music) . Awarded the President’s Piano Trio Fellowship of the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2012, Francesca moved to the United States and pursued a second master’s degree at USF while also serving as Teaching Assistant. During the summer of 2015, she joined the Faculty of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem as a professor of piano and she was a guest artist for masterclasses and performances for the Conservatory’s branches in Bethlehem and Ramallah. In Spring 2016, Francesca will return to Bethlehem for a master class, where she will also conduct a workshop on teaching techniques for the piano department of the Edward Said Conservatory.
Currently Francesca earned an Advanced Certificate Diploma from NYU, where she has joined the studio of Professor Jeffrey Swann and has been awarded the Steinhardt Talent Scholarship. While pursuing the Advanced degree, Francesca has been teaching as Adjunct Faculty at NYU as well as maintaining her own private studio.

Francesca was mentored by German Diez, a former pupil and assistant of Claudio Arrau. To honour him Francesca is currently documenting his education and background in collaboration with the musicologist Victoria von Arx.

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, June 6 at 2pm

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman


Must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale
Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

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

WADING THROUGH WATERCOLOR

Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 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.

REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 22.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SPRING SOJOURN

Spring Bus Trip to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Wethersfield Home, Carriage House and Gardens

Thursday, June 8 from 7:30am to 5:30pm


Join us for a lovely day steeped in history and touring one of the most beautiful garden estates you may never have heard of ~ right here in New York State!
Our first stop starts with a guided tour of FDR's home followed by a self-guided tour of the  Presidential Library and Museum. The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center offers an introductory film, helping visitors learn more.

We'll have a delicious lunch at a lovely restaurant in Millbrook, NY.

In the afternoon, we’ll have a guided tour of Wethersfield House, Carriage House and Gardens, situated at the highest point in the region which provides panoramic views of the Catskills and the Berkshires.

COST:
Nyack School District resident - $83
Out-of-District - $93

Payment in cash or check made payable to VALLEY COTTAGE LIBRARY within 72 hours of registration. You will be asked to select your lunch from 3 choices when you come in and pay.

The bus will depart from Valley Cottage Commuter Parking Lot, 1 Lake Road, Valley Cottage - NOT THE LIBRARY - at 7:30am and return at approximately 5:30pm.

Registration is required. Nonrefundable.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Registration ends May 25.


SUNDAY CONCERT

DOO WOP and OLDIES!

Forever Young

June 11 at 1:30pm


The show is primarily oldies and “doo wop” music...those great old songs (with lots of harmony and where you can actually understand the lyrics)
from the 50s and 60s (although occasionally we’ll throw in something a little more recent).
Their audiences love dancing to this music and we invite them to sing along as the spirit so moves.

Forever Young formed in 2000 with all the guys being Rocklanders.
Band members include:
Stu Iselin Keys and vocals
Ira Bernstein Bass and vocals
Peter Karanikis Rhythm guitar and vocals
Barney Griffin Lead guitar and vocals
Al Vaccaro Sax and vocals (Oops, imported from Yonkers.)
Bruce Pollack Drums

REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 1.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Tuesdays, June 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. Class starts promptly at 5:45pm.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE MOVIE

Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years

June 14 at 2pm


Academy Award-winner Ron Howard's authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles' phenomenal early career. It's based on the first part of The Beatles' career (1962-1966), the period in which they toured and captured the world's acclaim. Ron Howard's film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, 'The Beatles.'

106 minutes
SCHOLAR-LED EVENING DISCUSSION

Thursday, June 15 at 7pm

A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award


A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

This discussion will be led by Dr. David Turk.

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

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm

MEET: Cinco de Mayo, 173 Main St., Nyack



From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

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.



















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