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Adult Services - ADULT PROGRAMS

Welcome to the Valley Cottage Library's

Adult Summer Reading Program

Click on Adult Summer Reading Club Guide and you'll find summer book lists, staff favorites and patron book recommendations guaranteed to keep you reading all summer.

Submit reviews of your favorite summer reads, using our online survey on the page or by writing a review and dropping it off at the library and you'll be entered to win great prizes.

There will be weekly prize drawings and a Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HD7 awarded at our Summer Reading Wrap-up Book Talk Café on Monday, August 24 (Don't forget to register for the café).

Keep the submissions coming all summer long!

Any questions, stop by, give us a call (268-7700), or send an email (maraffinoa@rcls.org or kkarkheck@rcls.org).

Adult Summer Reading Club Guide

Never Let Me Go

Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm

Academy Award® Nominees Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, co-star in this poignant and powerful film. about best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day), Never Let Me Go is an intriguing exploration of hope and humanity.

103 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: FOX Search Lights

Read the book, see the movie to compare them.
Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow on Thursday, August 13 at 7pm.

Librarian-led Daytime Book Discussion

Tuesday, August 4 at 2pm

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
by Francine Prose

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.

Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

This book explores the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

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


August 5 at 2pm

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

140 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: Sony Pictures

Inner Peace - Meditation Series

Thursday, Aug. 6 from 10am - 12pm

Relaxation and meditation can greatly benefit our lives. Carole Brill uses music,
breath, gentle Qi Kung exercises and simple meditation techniques which you
will also be able to practice at home. This is an ongoing program.

Nyack School District residents: $5. Out-of-District: $10.


Basic Zentangle® Workshop

Friday, Aug. 7 from 10:30am – 12pm

Come to one class or both and create beautiful images using structured patterns with this fun, easy to learn Zentangle® Method and art form. No previous drawing experience necessary. Come and discover the creative artist within! It’s a relaxing way for everyone, regardless of artistic ability, to create beautiful drawings.
Cost: $5 per person for materials.


Real Photography

Saturday, August 8 from 2-4pm

"F-stop, focal length, shutter speed – the world of photography can seem complex and intimidating at first, but we can help! Whether it’s film or digital, SLR or MILC, the fundamental aspects of creating art through photography remain the same. Join us for an interactive lesson designed to teach you the basics of how cameras work and how that knowledge can be applied to the artistic process.
You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions about the types of photography that interest you most.

Bringing your own camera is encouraged, but not required.


The Book & Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, August 11 at 7pm

Prohibition River
125 Main St., Nyack

Station Eleven by Emily St. John

A National Book Award Finalist

A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

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

American Sniper

August 12 at 2pm

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

132 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: Warner Home Video

Wednesday Movie Matinee

Wild Tales

August 19 at 2pm

Six short stories involving distressed people. Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism.

90 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: Sony Pictures

Book Talk Cafe


Monday, August 24 at 7pm

Wednesday Movie Matinee

Still Alice

August 26 at 2pm

Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
Also starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish.

101 minutes.
Rated: PG-13
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Librarian-led Daytime Book Discussion

Tuesday, September 1 at 2pm

The Tilted World
by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly

In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents—and find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.

Ingersoll finds a home for the infant with local woman Dixie Clay Holliver, unaware that she's the best bootlegger in the county and has many tender and consequential secrets of her own.

The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.

Join librarians Katie and Ashley.

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

Gone Girl

September 2 at 2pm

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble.

148 minutes.
Rated: R
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Defensive Driving Course

September 15 & 16 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.

The Book & Pub Club

Nyack and Valley Cottage Libraries have joined forces with a book club geared toward 21 to 30-somethings! Each month we meet in a different local bar and discuss a book over drinks. (21+ only)

Tuesday, September 15 at 7pm

Casa del Sol
104 Main St., Nyack

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.

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

September 20 at 1:30pm

An Afternoon with Irving:
The Words and Music of Irving Berlin

The popular vocal group - New York Cabaret Unlimited - has a fabulously staged performance featuring the songs of Irving Berlin from The Great American Songbook.

Featuring vocalists Rhonda Liss, Regina Leon, Michael Fisher and Gary Skidmore, with Linda Levine (narrator), Walter Levine (pianist and arranger) and Geoff Morrow (bassist).


Real Reads! Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Monday, September 21 at 7pm

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Join Mary Lou Dillon, bioethicist, to discuss this powerful book!

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

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