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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.
FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursdays 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.

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.
REAL READS! Nonfiction Book Discussion

Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Monday, Dec. 5 at 7pm


Read the book that inspired the Broadway play!

A robust full-length portrait of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.

Join librarians Christy and Joanne for an interesting discussion.

Books are available for checkout now.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

December 6 & 13 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.


GET GRAPHIC! GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION

December 6 at 7pm

Acme Novelty Library #20: Lint
by Chris Ware


The entire life—from birth till death—of Jordan Wellington Lint.

Join librarians Sean and Katie.

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

Wednesday, December 7 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.

FINDING PEACE THROUGH MEDITATION

Thursday, December 8 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.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY TREATS

Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7pm


If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, the holiday season can pose a real challenge. Knowing what to eat before and during holiday gatherings can be a dilemma! With office parties, get-togethers with friends, school parties etc., it seems like there is a party every week!

Registered Dietitian, Jaclyn Padovano, from ShopRite of West Nyack will be offering tips on how to stay on track while still enjoying your favorite foods. Jackie will also be featuring a healthier cookie recipe for you to try and take home so that you can keep up with your healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the sweetness of the holidays.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
SUNDAY CABARET

New York Cabaret Unlimited
performs
“The Fred Astaire Show”

December 11 at 1:30pm


The popular vocal group of New York Cabaret Unlimited returns for a wonderful staged program featuring the best numbers, sung and choreographed, from eleven of the great Astaire films, including Band Wagon, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Royal Wedding and more.

Vocalists Michael Fisher, Gary Skidmore, Rhonda Liss and Regina Leon
Geoff Morrow, Bassist
Linda Levine, Narrator
Walter Levine, arranger, director and pianist.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, December 13 at 2pm

The Small Backs of Children

by Lidia Yuknavich


A grieving mother becomes obsessed with her best friend’s award-winning photograph of a child fleeing a war-torn Eastern European village.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
KEEP CALM & COLOR ON

Tuesdays, December 13 at 7pm


CANCELLED!
Coloring for grown-ups! Join us for a fun activity that reduces stress, boosts creativity and improves brain function. Come with friends or come alone and meet new people! We’ll provide coloring pages and pencils but feel free to bring your own. Refreshments served.

THE BOOK & 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, December 13 at 7pm

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

Boy Snow Birdby Helen Oyeyemi


A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.

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

Love Actually

December 14 at 2pm


Funny, charming and heartwarming, this delightful romantic comedy follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Rated R
135 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
SUNDAY CONCERT - Young Masters Recital Series

Margarita Rovenskaya

December 18 at 1:30pm


Classical pianist Margarita Rovenskaya
returns to perform
Bach, Brahms, Haydn, Prokofiev.



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Pianist and chamber musician Margarita Rovenskaya has performed extensively in the US and abroad, with recitals in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. Winner of the Mary Smart International Concerto Competition, Westminster Piano Concerto Competition, Connecticut Young Artist Competition, and American Fine Arts Festival, Margarita has also performed and studied internationally at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany and the International Academy of Music at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy, as well as festivals such as the Summit Music Festival, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Beethoven Institute at Mannes, and Round Top Festival Institute, where she was the orchestral pianist of the US premier of Frank Ticheli’s Clarinet Concerto. In 2010, Margarita also premiered Christopher Dietz’s Sonoromoro for chamber orchestra, piano and percussion. In the summer of 2014, she ran the international Summit Music Festival as General Manager, where she also performed both solo and chamber music.

Margarita especially enjoys chamber music. In summer of 2013, she performed in the Manchester Music Festival chamber series. In the summer of 2015, Margarita was Visiting Artist and Piano Fellow at the Heifetz Institute, where she coached and performed chamber music. Margarita has also performed several trios in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie hall as a winner of the Chamber Music Prize at the American Festival of Fine Arts.

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

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



WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

December 28 at 2pm


Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh new start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the Loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec and dog Tupac.

When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

Rated PG-13
101 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES

Wednesday, January 4 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.
HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION

Learning to Let Go of Stress

Saturdays, January 7, 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

LIBRARIAN-LED DAYTIME DISCUSSION

Tuesday, January 10 at 2pm



The Children
by Ann Leary

The story of a New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.

Join librarians Ashley and Katie for this discussion.

This title will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
KNITTING SQUARED2

11 Tuesdays starting January 10 at 7pm (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.
WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE

GENIUS

January 11 at 2pm


Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth star in this stirring drama about the friendship between Thomas Wolfe and editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway).

Rated PG-13
98 minutes
Studio:Lionsgate
VALLEY COTTAGE WRITES: TEENS

Wednesday, January 11 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 dates:
Feb. 8th
Mar. 8th
COOKBOOK CLUB - PART BOOK CLUB, PART COMMUNITY POTLUCK!

Thursday, January 12 at 7pm

Nigellissima

by Nigella Lawson


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.
SUNDAY CONCERT

Nicholas King
THE 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 Dreamersby 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.
SUNDAY CONCERT

January 22 - Eric Wollman
Persons of Interest (snow date – 1/29)
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. In Amy's adult life, she has worn many hats: display coordinator, teacher, mom, little girls’ dress designer, tutor, cantor and teacher again. Though she enjoys her part-time teaching position, she is very happy to spend most of her time designing and creating with beads.
Cost: $10 for materials.
GENTLE YOGA

Tuesday, January 24

Upcoming dates:
Jan. 31
Feb. 7 &
Feb. 14 (snow date: 2/28)
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.

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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.**

Not Rated
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.
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 will be available for check out approximately one month before the discussion date.
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 Jan. 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.

For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association visit their website at www.fpa.org.
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 dates:
Mar. 8th
WADING THROUGH WATERCOLOR

Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm



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.

Upcoming dates:
Feb. 8, 15 & 22
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.














































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