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Adult Programs

PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - *See registration procedures on the right

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Adult Computer Classes

Concert and Theater Performances

Art Exhibits and Receptions

Book Clubs

Special 8-week Program - Stories of My Life:An eight week workshop for people 55+
-Please sign up for all eight weeks- During the first three sessions, experienced memoir workshop facilitator Catherine Wald will help students shape their memories into 1 - 3 short stories that can be shared with family and friends - and most important, give them new perspectives on their own lives. Participants are asked to bring their writing implement of choice and also three photos that represent meaningful times in their lives. In the next four sessions, participants will integrate these stories with images and use a variety of techniques to create an altered book they can display and share with friends, family and descendants. The instructor, Lavinia Wiggins, will teach surface design (random vs. deliberate marks,) image transfer, adding elements, paper casting, niches and fold outs as well as creative doodling. We will end with a reception. Even students who are not writers or visual artists will put shape to their stories and produce a beautiful and engaging book to share with others and to display at the library for the month of May! Register Online

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm
Library Theater: Much Ado About Nothing
A production by the excellent Red Monkey Theater Group, a new dramatization of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's comedy of love, wit, deception, revenge, and redemption. This 90-minute adaptation, directed by Tal Aviezer, is set in the late 1940s, just after the close of World War II, and will feature period costumes and music, including classics of swing and big band as well as original choreography and original songs composed and performed for the production. No registration, doors open at 1:45 pm.

Monday, February 27 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by Joan Lloyd. Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women's Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am
Kripalu Yoga
Phyllis Solar is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga in Stockbridge, MA. A regular practice of yoga has been shown to produce physical benefits including reduced anxiety, stress, & blood pressure levels, and increased flexibility, strength, endurance, energy, and relaxation levels. Experience this compassionate approach to yoga and join Phyllis on an exploration of self-discovery and transformation without having to twist your body into a pretzel. This enriching class is open to beginners as well as well seasoned practitioners. Space is limited and registration is required. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. This program is sponsored by Physician One Urgent CareRegister Online

Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 pm
ELEPHANT TALES
A Special Inter-Generational Story and Craft Program

Senior citizens / children ages 9-12.
Come listen to a tale and tell a few of your own, while you work to create a patchwork elephant portrait to commemorate your experience together.*
*You can bring your own partner or pair up at the workshop. Call or Register Online

Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 pm
FOR WOMENS HISTORY MONTH "MILDRED E. STRANG AND HER IMPACT ON LOCAL SCHOOLS"
Historical Society Program By Mary Anne Ruvo, team leader of Yorktown Historic House Tour and active in Yorktown. Who was Mildred E. Strang. She was born and raised in Yorktown and dedicated her life as a teacher, educator, and administrator and leader here for 39 years. She started her career in 1928 with 500 students in Yorktown and retired in 1969 with an enrollment of over 5000 students with six new schools built during that time. Yorktown went from a small town agricultural community in 1930 to the population explosion in the 1960's. Ms. Strang's influence was ever present. She was a phenomenal woman and referred to as "a leader among her peers". Hear about her lasting impact on the community and its schools. All are welcome. No registration.

Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Relay for Life Workshop
Looking to get more involved with your community through Relay for Life? Join us for our Relay Workshop where you'll learn what Relay for Life is, how to start a team & what to do when your team is set up! This is perfect for participants who are looking for fundraising ideas or need a little bit of Relay inspiration! Register Online

Monday, March 20 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by Joan Lloyd. Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women's Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm
Garden Talk: Incorporating Beautiful and Beneficial Native Plants Into Your Garden
Sponsored by the Garden Club of Yorktown, by Lynn Becker, Trout Lily Garden Design owner and founder A life-long gardener, Lynn Becker received her certificates in Horticulture and Landscape Design from the New York Botanical Garden. She also studied at and now instructs at the Westchester Native Plant Center in Valhalla. She will help us choose and display the prettiest and most-attractive (in more ways than one) native plants to add to our new or existing gardens. The Garden Club of Yorktown, talk sponsor, will be featuring many of these natives at our annual plant sale on May 13. All are welcome. No registration.

Monday, March 27 at 7:00 pm
Power of the Inbox - Email marketing is low cost and highly efficient
What is the first impression you give when they see your emails in their inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing. What email marketing really is (and isn't) and what it can do for your business. From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Join us and learn great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective marketing tools. You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences and network with peers. You'll leave with real-world insights and knowledge that you can put to work immediately to help your business succeed. Register Online

Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm
Clean Living 101: How To Reduce Exposure To Toxic Chemicals
By Jeanne Schumacher. Are the personal care and cleaning products you use each day actually safe? As a modern consumer, just how informed are you? In this eye-opening presentation, you will learn how to become an empowered, educated, and healthier consumer. You will get the knowledge and confidence you need to navigate the maze of choices you face every day. Shop smarter, live greener, and feel better.Register Online

Monday, April 3 at 6:00 pm
Paper Arts - Whimsical Shrines
With Lavinia Wiggins. Transform a simple tin (Altoid) box into a cleaver "shrine". The starting point is your choice, find and item or photo and then fill the box with relevant items. Your focus could be a person, event, feeling or sentiment; anything that resonates with you. This will be a fun class as we create backgrounds and assemble our items to produce a special art piece. Please bring: Scrapbook paper, or decorated paper to use as collage elements, Anything you may want to include in your shrine (papers, embellishments, ribbon, etc), Craft paint, 2-3 colors of your choice, Scissors, Glue (red sticky tape, quick dry glue not Elmer's) Instructor will bring supplies to complete the project. Any questions contact Ms. Wiggins at (914) 299-9899 laviniawiggins@yahoo.com. Register Online

Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 pm
VITAL HEALTH: A Path to Create Wellness through a Holistic Lifestyle
By Marianne Messina - Being a leader in your Life is a primary element to wellness. This is an interactive workshop to define holism while creating a plan toward leading wellness in one's life. Please join us to begin and or continue your journey toward healthy living.Register Online

Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 pm
Menopause and Treatment Options
Dr. Monica Grover, is a Double Board-Certified Physician in Family Medicine and Obstetrics. She specializes in Integrative Women's Health, which encompasses the fields of Primary and Preventative care, Gynecology, and Clinical Nutrition. She has a keen interest in the management of Menopause, and opening up conversations with her patients to feel more comfortable with this transitional state. Register Online

Monday, April 24 at 6:00 pm
Earring Making Workshop
Led by Joan Lloyd. Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women's Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. For Adults & Teens & Tweens. Register Online

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*Registration Procedures
The Programs are FREE, but ONLINE
Registration is required. You can register online or at the Reference Desk or call 914-245-5262 ext. 227. (Registration is not required for some programs, see details under each program description.)

For more information on Adult
Programming contact Melinda O'Brien at MOBrien@wlsmail.org or 914-245-5262
ext. 245

Senior Benefits Information Center
Drop in – no appointment needed Tuesdays, 10am – 1 pm
AND SAT. NOV. 19th, 10am - 3pm
 
Trained volunteers help older adults and their caregivers find programs and government benefits to help them stretch their budgets.  Find out about: Medicare health and prescription plans; Nutrition assistance; the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP); Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), and more. 


Weekly Drop In Programs

Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Quilting & Needlework
Bring your needlework project. All levels welcome - from beginner to advanced. No registration necessary.

Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Mah Jongg Drop In & Play
Bring your own tiles and sit down and play. No registration necessary. Beginners welcome.

Mondays 10:00 - Noon
Chess
Drop in and play. No registration needed. Not interested in chess? Bring a friend and play checkers, backgammon or another game of your choice. We have two small chess and checkers sets or bring your own. In the Story Hour Room.

Mondays 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Adult Coloring
"Coloring books are no longer just for the kids…" - Kelly Fitzpatrick, CNN Mondays, 4-7:30 p.m., beginning February 22, in the Community Room. Drop-In, no registration. Bring your own books and materials, or use ours. Socialize, listen to music and relax.

More Programs for 2017

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Decorating Your Home to Sell: The Stress-Free Guide to Preparing Your Home to Sell Quickly and for Top Dollar!
You'll learn: Our top ten tried-and-true Do-It-Yourself home staging tips. What home buyers really want. The current climate of the Northern Westchester real estate market. How today's home sellers can edge out the competition. Bring your questions and enjoy this fun and interactive discussion. Presented by: Susan Atwell, home staging expert and President of AtWell Staged Home and Denise Giordano, Associate Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Register Online

Thursday, May 4 at 6:00 pm
Whole Food Plant-Based Living - Prescription for a Healthy Future
By Jeanne Schumacher. We have the power to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases, and to be healthier and happier than we ever imagined possible. A whole food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle is the key! A WFPB lifestyle aims to maximize consumption of nutrient-dense plant foods while minimizing processed foods, oils, and animal products. It encourages lots of vegetables (cooked or raw), fruits, beans, peas, lentils, soybeans, seeds and nuts (in small amounts) and is generally low in fat. Research shows that plant-based diets are a cost-effective, low-risk intervention that may lower blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels as well as increase weight loss and reverse many chronic diseases (diabetes II, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers and autoimmune diseases) as well as reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower heart disease mortality rates. Register Online

Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm
Hemingway's Paris, an illustrated talk
Elizabeth (Liz) Kemble will give an illustrated talk on "Hemingway's Paris." See the places that Hemingway frequented in Paris, such as La Closerie des Lilas, the café where he wrote his masterpiece, The Sun Also Rises, in a coffee fueled six-week sprint; as well as the famous people he associated with, such as Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald; and the painters that he says influenced his prose style (hint: Cézanne). See the places where Hemingway lived, worked, and partied, most of which are still in existence today. Learn the reasons that Hemingway went to Paris and how he got the chance to meet so many famous and influential people, such as Stein and Picasso. We will also discuss his relationships with his mentors, such as Sherwood Anderson and Stein, and with his "Paris" wives, Hadley and Pauline. Liz is the founder of Travellati Tours, providing themed, immersive, interactive travel tours for the cultural voyager; and the designer of the tour "Papa's Paris," a one-week stroll through the moveable feast that is Paris; details available at http://www.travellati.com/paris/. Register Online

Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Art Reception: Paint the Town Purple Art Exhibit
Join us for a Relay for Life Art Exhibit where artists of all ages throughout our community share their pieces of what the fight against cancer means to them. Enjoy light refreshments & and wonderful artwork. Artwork will be on view for the month of May. All are welcome. No registration.

Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm
Adult/Teen Theater Workshop
Daphne Platt of Ovation Acting, leads an "Actors' Studio" style workshop for new and experienced actors and playwrights. This two-hour workshop is a great way to learn, improve your skills, network and enjoy an evening of fun. Ovation Acting welcomes actors and playwrights who would like to a supportive, nurturing and creative environment. Even if you've never been on stage you will enjoy this workshop. Playwrights can bring short scenes; actors can bring a short monologue, or read some that will be available. For Adults & Teens.Register Online

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
Organizing 101: Conquer the Clutter
Got Clutter? Get Organized! This workshop is presented by Ellen Kosloff, Certified Professional Organizer. Please sign up online or at the reference desk. You will: -Define what "being organized" really means -Understand the 'paralysis' of clutter and how to break through it -Recognize why your previous organizing efforts may not have worked -Control the actual cost of clutter -Learn the 5-step process to organize anything Register Online

Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 pm
AN EVENING OF MURDER, MYSTERY AND MAYHEM
Crime fiction, murder mysteries and detective stories dominate the best seller lists. Three local authors will discuss how to write them, how they work and how to get published. Join Maggie Barbieri (Murder 101 and Once Upon a Lie series and writing as Maggie McConnon, The Belfast McGrath Mysteries), John Roche (Bronx Bound) and Shaun Coen (The Pot O'Gold Murder) for a Q & A, discussion and reading on Thursday, June 29 at 7 pm. All are welcome.

Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 pm
Paper Arts - DIY Notebook
With Lavinia Wiggins. Make your own little notebook, the perfect size to stash in your bag or car! We'll put together and decorate our book, learn a simple assembly method that you can recreate at home. The fun part is doing a simple collage accented by complimentary colors and subtle accents. Please bring: Decorated paper or paper to use for collage (not card stock), Focal point - photo or item, Craft paint, 2-3 colors of your choice, Stencils, Scissors, quick dry glue or matte medium and small paint brush or cosmetic sponge. You may also want to bring: papers, embellishments, ribbon, etc. Register Online

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