General Adult Programs

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

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Knitting and CrochetingKnitting & Crocheting Circle

Tuesdays from 1 PM - 3 PM

*The circle meets weekly throughout the year.

Please note for winter months: 

The club meets December 3 - 17;  January 7 - February 25.

Enjoy the company and experience of fellow yarn crafters.

Information for Seniors

Thursday, Nov. 7
12 – 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.


Fall Book Discussions

10 AM – 12 PM
Sept. 27: Our Mutual Friend by
Charles Dickens
Oct. 25: A Book of Common Prayer
by Joan Didion
Nov. 22: The God of Small Things by
Arundhati Roy
Dr. Neal Kreitzer, Ph.D., leads these literary explorations. Books will be available at the 2nd floor reference desk. Call 845-352-5700, ext. 244.

Digital Photography Workshops

Tuesdays,  Nov. 5, 12 & 19
6 – 8 PM
Instructor: Collette Fournier, Professor of photography, RCC
Learn about digital cameras in this three-week workshop with an emphasis on composition, accessories and tips for creating more meaningful photographs. Please bring your digital camera and laptop with Photoshop software. An assignment will be given to explore pre-visualization, composition and
storyboarding. While commitment to all three sessions is required, first session is a must. Limited to 16 participants. Registration begins Sept. 23.

World War I: The Great War: 100 Years After
Thursday, Nov. 14,
7 – 8:30 PM

Presenter: Tom DeStefano, teaches American History at Bergen Community College

Explore the causes of World War I and the opposing alliances — the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance. Consider how the United States, originally a neutral nation, got involved. Learn about the role of trench warfare and how new military weapons affected the outcome of the war. Registration begins Oct. 10.

Addiction Awareness & Prevention
Wednesday, Dec. 18
6:30 – 8 PM
Presenter: Stacy Casden, Coordinator of the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Certification Program at Rockland
Community College
Take part in a discussion about how friends and family become aware of addiction, and about the “soft” approach of prevention.

Women’s Self Defense Tuesday, Jan. 14,
7 – 8 PM

Instructor: Grand Master Raymond Portante, East Coast Martial Arts
Learn useful techniques of self defense, as well as some basic common sense steps to avoid dangerous situations. Wear loose fitting clothes and sneakers. Check with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise regimen. Registration begins Dec. 18.

A Modern-Day Exodus & the Soviet Jewry Movement
Sunday,  February 9,
2 PM

Award-winning author Dr. Emil Draitser will discuss this fascinating topic,lending depth with his own experience and expertise. He will then present his new book Farewell, Mama Odessa, to be published this January. Set in the summer of 1979 at the height of the movement to free Soviet Jewry and dedicated to its activists, Farewell, Mama Odessa is an autobiographical book that explores the reasons for Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union, describes his characters’ anxiety as they make their way to America and the challenges they face in a new land. Dr. Draitser is the author of 12 volumes of artistic and scholarly prose, including Stalin’s Romeo Spy; Shush! Growing Up Jewish under Stalin: A Memoir; and Forbidden Laughter: Soviet Underground Jokes. He is also a professor emeritus of Russian at Hunter College.Books will be available for purchase.

Angels Among Us

Wednesday, Feb. 12
7 – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Tara Hanley, certified Law of Attraction Life Coach and Reiki Master
Learn about the different types of angels; their purpose and their specialties; and how to connect and understand their signs and messages. Explore your own intuition and do some hands-on work with angel cards. Join us for a fun night with our angelic friends!
Registration begins Jan 22.



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

The Thrill of Action on Paper

Wednesday, Nov. 13
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Instructor: Marilyn Benkler, Art teacher
How do you create action on a piece of white paper? Learn the concept, then create an action picture using colored paper, scissors and glue.

Materials fee: $3. Limited to 16
participants. Registration begins Oct. 16.

What if You Can Draw?
Wednesday, Nov. 20
6:30 – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Marilyn Benkler, Art teacher

Draw a recognizable simple object with lights and shadows creating the appearance of dimension using paper and pencil.

Materials fee: $2. Limited to 12 participants. Registration begins Oct. 16.

Adult Paint Night:Tree of Life
Wednesday, Dec. 18
7 – 8:20 PM

Instructor: Brandon Dorney, Art Kids Academy
The fantasy world of Gustav Klimt inspires this project. Create a dreamlike painting of swirling branches in metallic paint with accents of oil pastels. Limited
to 25 participants. Registration begins Nov. 25.

Refunk Your Junk: Remake Your Old Jewelry into Something New!
Sunday, Jan. 5,
2 – 4 PM

Instructor: Cari Skier, Mixed Media Artist
Do you have a drawer full of single earrings, broken bracelets, chains with missing links, charms or pendants? Or maybe a vintage brooch from grandma? Learn how
to design something new. All tools and materials provided. Bring your old junk jewelry (and pliers if you have them). Limited to 15 participants. Registration begins Dec. 9.

Vision Boards
Sunday, Jan. 19,
1 – 4 PM
(Snow date: Feb. 2)

Instructor: Peyton Powell, Educator
Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Visualize your 2020 goals by creating a vision board: a collage of affirmations, inspirational words, pictures and quotations to help you embark on a journey of personal growth. We will have art supplies and a plethora of recycled magazines to create your collage; however, you are welcome to bring your own magazines, stickers or decorations as supplemental material. Limited to 25 participants. Registration begins Dec. 16.



WEDNESDAYS, Nov. 6 & Thursday, Nov. 7

5:45 – 8:45 PM

Save money and reduce points! Both sessions must be attended. Open to drivers of all ages. Fee: $25. For information and to register call Ian Prastien at (201) 522-5892. 

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)

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.


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

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