with Dr. Frank Pawlowski

Tired of living in a turbulent world? Learn a simple yet effective method to still a restless mind and unlock the door to lasting happiness.

Call Barry to register at 844 359-2811 | Space is limited

with Dan D'Angelo

$123/mo* | 42 mos | $3442 down. What’s the first thing you see when you look at a car leasing ad? The monthly payment, right? With over 18 years experience in auto sales and leasing, Dan D’Angelo explains why the most important single element in a lease ad is the *asterisk. He decodes the sneaky small print, so you can evaluate the real-world qualifications, terms and costs associated with committing to a lease.

Walk-ins are welcome / Signups requested

Veterans who have been meeting at the library for an 8-week writing seminar facilitated by David Surface, founder of the Fordham-Westchester Veterans Writing Workshop, will read their stories in front of an audience. All selections are works produced in the seminar and bound together in an anthology available for purchase at the reading.

Refreshments will be served. The Veterans Writing Workshop is a collaborative effort of Fordham-Westchester, Bridges Independent Living and the Blauvelt Free Library, with a grant from the Ramapo-Catskill Library System.  

Behringer Room | Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask you to call Barry at 845 359-2811 to register so we are sure to have enough refreshments on hand

The Friends of the Library will travel by coach to NJPAC for a film screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a live musical score by the New Jersey Symphony | Details to follow

Coach bus leaves the Library at 6pm | Please plan to arrive by 5:45pm for loading

Non library private club meeting

This is the first of an 8-week Veterans Writing Workshop presented by instructor, David Surface on Mondays at 6:30 pm, starting February 3rd. The course will be available free of charge to all veterans and currently serving service members. The library hopes to attract 12 students for the program.

The course is open to writers of all skill levels. New authors can benefit from weekly peer review and support from more seasoned scribes, while Mr. Surface draws upon 20 years of experience as a writing instructor to keep the literary "boat" on course. There are no rules about subject matter -- it can be about military experience, life afterward, or on any other topic.

After the last session on March 30, writings will be collected and published in an anthology by Veterans Writing Workshop. On Monday, May 4 at 6:30 pm, there will be a reception and story reading by the authors in the Library's Mary Behringer Wing. Refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in learning more, please come to the Introduction/Q&A with Mr. Surface on Monday, January 27 at 6:30 pm. He will explain what the Veterans Writing Workshop is and how it works. Several short videos will be shown. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

This workshop is presented by Veterans Writing Workshohp in association with Bridges Independent Living Center, and partially funded by a grant from Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Registration is required. Phone us at 845 359-2811, or email bkoch@rcls.org to sign up.

Meet David Surface of Veterans Writing Workshop, who will give an overview of the 8-week writing class that he will present at the library, Mondays at 6:30 pm, starting February 3rd. The course will be available free of charge to all veterans and currently serving service members. The library hopes to attract 12 students for the program.

David will show several short videos (check one out here) and discuss the program so that possible attendees can decide whether to enroll. However, this Info/Q&A meeting should be of interest to anyone who might have a friend or family member who is a veteran and would like to tell Their Story.

Walk-ins are welcome, but if you'd like to phone us at 845 359-2811, or email bkoch@rcls.org we'd love to know you're coming. Refreshments will be served.

Join Library Director, Laura Grunwerg, as she explores the relationship of Nyack's native son, renowned painter Edward Hopper, to the Blauvelt family. Hopper's double-Dutch roots reveal that he is descended from no less than six of the original Blauvelt children who settled lands belonging to the Tappan patent, a 5,000-acre land grant deeded to them by the Tappan Indians, a sub-tribe of the Lenape. This hour-and-a-half long presentation showcases Hopper's art and provides fascinating contextual material for the Blauvelt and Hopper family bloodlines.

Taking Chance (NR) | 1 hr 17 min
Starring Kevin Bacon, Tom Eldredge, Nicholas Art

Based upon the experiences of Marine Lieutenant Colonel, Michael Strobl, who escorts the body of a fallen Marine to his hometown from the Iraq War.

Films introduced by Paul Kaufman with delicious homebaked treats by his wife, Linda

Big (PG) 1988 | 1 hr 44 min
Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
1 Oscar

Fantasy in which a 12-year-old boy's wish to become an adult transforms him into a thirty-year-old who lives and works in Manhattan as a product developer for a toy company. The pressures of adult life and the romantic attentions of a co-worker has him yearning for his lost childhood.

Movies are introduced by Paul Kaufman with homebaked snacks by his wife, Linda

The County Exective's Office will sponsor a discussion on shared services. Open to the public... more information to come as it is released.

Private non-profit group.

A group of seniors who asked the library for a space to bring in a writing teacher to help them craft "letters to the future". Registration is closed.

The Rockland County Office for the Aging will prepare seniors and those with certain disabilities for enrolling in the Federal Health Insurance Program.

You don't have to be enrolled in the program this year to have your questions answered. You may be an advocate for a family member or preparing for enrollment in a few years. Why not come to the meeting and have your questions answered?

With a Song in My Heart (NR) 1952 | 1 hr 57 min
Starring Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, Thelma Ritter, David Wayne
1 Oscar, 3 Golden Globes

A biographical story of actress and singer, Jane Froman, who is crippled in a plane crash en route to perform for the troops during World War II and finds herself in a love triangle with her husband and a wounded pilot.

Movies are introduced by Paul Kaufman with homebaked snacks by his wife, Linda

Meet Joe Black  (PG-13) 1998 | 2 hrs 50 min
Starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani

A romantic fantasy in which Death assumes the form of a young man (Brad Pitt), who asks a media mogul (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth. In the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter (Claire Forlani).

Movies are introduced by Paul Kaufman with homebaked snacks
by his wife, Linda

Representatives of the Rockland County Office for the Aging will be in the library lobby to answer questions and explain programs.

"There are more than 65,000 people in Rockland County over the age of 60. We assist older residents and their families to get information about programs available to them. We provide a variety of programs, either through our own efforts or through partners. The programs are designed to maintain maximum independence in the home and provide employment and volunteer activities. Advocacy by and for the elderly is our prime activity."

Are you considering a move? You may have questions about how to go about it. Local Blauvelt resident and licensed real estate salesperson, Sharon Burke of BHG Rand Realty will answer your questions. Get up-to-date neighborhood news on the market, discuss trends and enjoy an informal evening discussion. Refreshments.

Please register at 845 359-2811 or email bkoch@rcls.org

Private meeting. Group will meet on first Monday of the month, starting in June, in the 2nd Floor Office Suite.

(Registration closed) The greatest names in Big Band Music performed at Camp Shanks during WWII when the Manse Barn was a USO Club. The Orangetown Museum, in collaboration with the Orangeburg, Tappan and Blauvelt Libraries, invites you to celebrate their new exhibit, Shanks Legacy (opening April 13) with a concert by the Reflections Jazz & Swing Orchestra, reprising the big band tradition with hits made famous by Count Basie, Banny Goodman and Woody Herman.

At the Manse Barn | 32 Old Tappan Road, Tappan, NY | Donations suggested | Concdert length 90 minutes

Jill Rosenfeld returns with a 4-week class for players who understand the basics.

Class is limited to 12 and players must commit to all four classes | Registration is required

Please bring a 2019 Mah Jongg card purchased from https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org which will be mailed to you the last week of March

Blauvelt Free Library Director, Laura Grunwerg gives a powepoint talk to visiting residents of Thorpe Village on her book, "One Hamlet, Many Blauvelts", a history of our home area that traces back, quite literally, to the entrance of the woolly mammoth, through the Indigenous Peoples who first populated the Tappan Slote,the stew of varied European cultures, and up to the present day. All of the superlatives used to promote adventure films apply to the history, which includes pirates, intrigue, a train-loving judge and a hamlet bent on establishing its own cultural center.

Enjoy a Saturday lunch and stage performance of the acclaimed "Steel Magnolias," which chronicles the lives of six Louisiana ladies.

COACH BUS leaves library at 9:15am / LUNCH 11:30am / CURTAIN 1pm / BUS RETURNS 5:30pm

Tickets are $80 cash or check made payable to > Friends of Blauvelt Free Library

Join us on a coach tour to the New York City piers for a boat trip around the island. Then ride a double decker, open-top Gray Line bus to see the sights in Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights while the locals are away for the Labor Day weekend. The combined tour takes about five hours.

$95 cash or check payable to The Friends of the Blauvelt Free Library
Open seating, coach leaves St. Catharine's lot at 8am
Box lunch will be provided

Call Joe Onativia at 656 648-0823 to register

The Friends of the Blauvelt Free Library and St. Catharine's Parish are taking over the 100-seat Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack for a private performance of the rousing musical La Cage aux Folles. A wine and cheese intermission adds to the fun.

$45 cash or check payable to The Friends of the Blauvelt Free Library
Open seating, no transportation provided, parking maps of Nyack will be available

Call Joe Onativia at 656 648-823 (and hurry, tickets are going fast)

Due to ongoing renovation/construction, we are cancelling the movie, Fabulous Baker Boys, originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th.

Led by Evelyn Murphy. Varied genre. May include a Skype or conference call with the author.
Snacks every meeting relate to the story. Books are available at front desk at the beginning of each month.
Call Evelyn at 845 480-4165 to register.

February 19 | Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions | Mario Giordano

A depressed retiree, who intends to drink herself to death, changes her mind after she finds the shotgun-riddled body of a 19-year-old woman on a beach and decides to investigate the murder.


Find common ground and unity in this divisive political climate. Share your thoughts and find a new understanding of what is happening in the world around us. Talk led by David and Gretchen Kane features the philosophy of G. I. Gurdjieff, who spoke about the importance of balancing the heart, mind and body.

Meets in the Community Room

Join the Friends of the Library for traditional Irish music at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The band is joined by fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster and Donald Leahey. Coach bus departs from the library at 1pm sharp. Bus loads at 12:45pm.

Learn the graceful movements of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese low impact
workout endorsed for seniors by doctors to strengthen tendons and bones
and enhance balance.

Saturdays, September 29 - October 17 | 10 - 11am | 8 sessions
Community Room | Limited to 12 adults

Register with Barry at 845 359-2811 | Free

Wear sneakers and loose clothing
Bring bottled water and a towel

The Music Box (PG-13) 1989 | 1 hr 54 min
Starring Jessica Lange and Armin Mueller-Stahl

An Hungarian-American immigrant who is accused of war crime against the Jews is defended by his daughter who struggles to uncover the truth.

Movies are introduced by Paul Kaufman with homebaked snacks
by his wife, Linda

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