General Adult Programs

Adult programs requiring registration call 352-5700, ext. 244, or stop by the second floor reference desk.

Knitting and CrochetingKnitting & Crocheting Circle

Tuesdays from 1 PM - 3 PM

The circle meets weekly throughout the year.

Enjoy the company and experience of fellow yarn crafters.

Gardening Workshops

Featuring Master Gardeners from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland County.

Native Plants in Your Garden

Monday, April 23, 1 – 2:30 PM

Presented by Donna DeSousa

Discover a selection of native flowers, shrubs, and trees that will add beauty to your landscape, are easy to grow, and are readily available in garden centers. Learn how adding them to your garden will support the health of the local ecosystem. Registration begins March 26.

Dealing with Wildlife in Your Backyard

Monday, May 7, 1 – 2:30 PM

Presented by Ann Barry

This presentation will address the most common primary wildlife challenges in our area. It will cover the behaviors and habits of such common critters as deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and chipmunks, and it will suggest viable options for limiting their damage. Registration begins April 16.

Ornamental Grasses

Monday, June 11, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Presenter: Steven Becker, Master Gardener with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland

This program will introduce the characteristics and landscape uses of various genera of ornamental grasses grown in Rockland. Specific facts on purchasing, planting, and maintaining these grasses will help homeowners decide which grasses are best for their yards. Also included in this program is information on those grasses which are considered. Registration begins June 1.

Understanding Wine (Growing of Grapes)

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1– 2:30 pm 

Presenter: Mitchell Bittman

Explore the history of wine, the growing of grapes and the making of the final product, paying special attention to U.S. wines. Registration begins July 9.


                   CREATIVE CLASSES

Each class requires a materials fee of $5.
(Cash only, payable to the instructor on the day of class.)

Hamsa Necklaces
Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 – 8 PM

Instructor: Cari Skier, Mixed media artist

Create a beautiful pendant from
precut wood and decorate with
paint, cabachons and crystals.
Add colorful beads and charms
and hang your pendant from a
handmade vintage silk cord.
Limited registration begins April 9.


Introduction to Zentangle


Thursday, June 28, 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Instructor: Jill Greenbaum, certified Zentangle teacher

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from drawing repetitive patterns which provide creativity and relaxation. Instructor Jill Greenbaum examines the roots of this art, the steps to follow to draw tiles, and shows the ways to use this method in a variety of media. You will learn how to create your own Zentangle tiles. Materials fee: $5. (Cash only, payable to the instructor on the day of class). Limited registration begins June 1.


Adult Paint NightS

All classes: 7 PM – 8:20 PM
Instructor: Brandon Dorney,Art Kids Academy
Adult participation only.
Use watercolors and oil pastels to create
themed works of art.

Nighttime Owl Landscape
Thursday, May 24
7 PM – 8:20 PM

Monet’s Water Lilies

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Step into the amazing world of Monet’s brilliant waterscape designs. We’ll create a waterscape lily design using blended oil pastels and watercolor paint. Registration begins June 1.

Birch Tree Winter Landscape

Monday, Aug. 13, 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

We’ll take a look at some amazing folk artwork of Grandma Moses who was a self taught painter in America. Using birch trees as our inspiration we’ll create winter landscape paintings in water colors. Registration begins July 16.

Each class requires a materials fee of $5.00

(Cash only, payable to the instructor on the day of class).


Six-Hour Defensive Driving Course:

Wednesdays, May 9 & 16: 5:45 - 8:45 PM

Mondays, July 9 & 16: 5:45 – 8:45 PM

Wednesdays, August 15 & 22: 5:45 – 8:45 PM

Open to drivers of all ages. Drivers who complete ‘ESC’ 6-hour Defensive Driving course save 10% on their liability, personal injury protection and collision insurance for THREE YEARS and reduce FOUR points on their driving record. Both sessions must be attended. Both sessions must be attended. For more information and to register call Ian Prastien at 201-522-5892. (Fee: $25)

Open to drivers of all ages. Drivers who complete this ‘ESC’ course are eligible to save 10 percent on their liability, personal injury protection and collision insurance for three years and reduce four points on their driving record. Both sessions must be attended.

For more information and to register call 

Ian Prastien at 201-522-5892. (Fee: $25)


Drivers who complete this 6-Hour Defensive Driving course will save 10% on their liability, personal injury protection, and collision insurance for THREE YEARS and reduce up to FOUR points on their driving record (based on NYS regulations). The insurance reduction applies to any and all vehicles in which the student is the principle operator.

Proof of course completion is transmitted to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles and recorded on the student's driving record. Travel into traffic safety awareness with student participation, safety education films, and absolutely no formal testing. The course can be completed in two 3-hour sessions or one 6-hour session in order to fit the schedule of most students.

Hebrew Round Table

Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM

May 7, 14

Led by: Linda M. Zentman, Ed. D.

Conversational Hebrew for adults,

beginner level. Stymied by speed, at a loss for the right word? Can’t understand what you’ve heard? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. No tests and no tension. Just sit back and relax. Conversation will flow, and you’ll be a part of it. Limited to 15. Registration begins March 12.


An Afternoon of Poetry Reading

Sunday, May 20, 3 – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Prof. Denize Lauture, Saint Thomas Aquinas College

“The denizen’s journey continues.” This poet and children’s author will be reading, performing and signing his two recently published books of poetry: A Kiss to the Land, English book published by SubPress Group in California, and Les Lunes d’or du Cactus (The Gold Moons of the Cactus), French book published by Trilingual Press in Boston.

Registration begins April 23

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Information for Seniors

Friday, June 8, 11 AM – 2 PM

Rockland County Office for the Aging will provide information on the many services available to Rockland County seniors. Join us in the lobby area on

the first floor to find out about:

• Long Term Care (NY Connects) • Home Energy Assistance • Health Insurance Information • In-Home Services • Caregiver Respite

• Senior Employment Opportunities

... and more.

Mahjong lessons for beginners

Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 10:30 AM –11:30 AM

Instructor: Regina Klenosky


Learn how to assemble tiles into specific patterns. Formulate your hand by picking and discarding tiles. Beginners and amateurs improve their Mah Jongg skills: learning the basic rules, including passing tiles, indispensible strategies, and  invaluable betting tactics.

Master a social, competitive game that requires practice, strategy--and a little bit of luck!

While commitment to all 6 sessions is required, first session is a must. Participants: limited to 12. Registration begins June 1.


Rockland Recycling

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Jennifer Sheridan, assistant educator at the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority

Have you ever wondered what happens to the recyclables and trash that you put out at the curb for pick up?

Jennifer will share her knowledge on this topic with a presentation and a short video. Registration begins June 1.

Immigration Seminar - Know Your Rights

Saturday, June 23, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sponsored by Village of Spring Valley

In light of the recent immigration raids and arrests, it is more important than ever to know what you can do if faced with an immigration officer. Will discuss immigrant rights when confronted by immigration or ICE officers and the different ways of obtaining legal status in the U.S. Immigration attorney, Gisela Chavez-Garcia, will be available to answer all your immigration questions. Be informed and know your rights.


Selling on eBay

Thursday, July 12, 7 – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Rick Feingold, MBA, an Education Specialist trained by eBay. Learn from an eBay PowerSeller how to to sell successfully from start to finish. Registration required.

Mind Reading Game Show

Thursday, July 26, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Performer: Flavian

Flavian “Fever” is spreading and setting the world on fire with fun and exciting mental Marvels! Flavian will read your mind and make you laugh as he reveals answers to some very funny questions! Don’t miss this fun and exhilarating show!

The Beatles – 50 Years Later

Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: Barry Wiesenfeld, Musician, author, faculty of SUNY and Ramapo colleges

A respected musicologist once referred to The Beatles as one of the most transforming entities of 20th century music and claimed that they changed the course of popular music forever. Can that possibly be true? Were they really so much more than just four rock ‘n roll “mop tops”? What made them such a strong a force that they’re still popular more than 50 years later? In this single-session class we will explore the phenomenon that was The Beatles - their growth, musical innovations, lyric depth and originality. Registration begins July 16.

Understanding Wine

Wednesday, August 8, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Presenter: Mitch Bittman, Master Gardener with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland.

Understanding Wine For those who have an appreciation of wine which goes beyond just drinking it, this program will explore the history of wine as well as the growing of the grapes and the making of the final product. We also will discuss wines from around the world and the wines which do best in each region, paying special attention to US wines. Registration begins July 9.

For adult programs requiring registration, call 352-5700 x244 or stop by the reference desk on the second floor.

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