Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library

Adult Services

November Programs

Dhrupad, the Ancient Music of India

Sunday, November 1, 2 pm
Payton MacDonald and Branan Dubh conduct a concert of Dhrupad. 700 years old, this music is characterized by long-held tones, gorgeous drones, and exciting rhythmic interplay. Don't miss this unique and inspiring concert!

NYS Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program

Monday, November 2, 7 pm
This presentation by the NYS National Guard covers a broad range of emergency preparedness topics, including developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert. Participants receive a training certificate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Wandering Jews of NYC

Thursdays, November 5, 2 pm
This arm-chair tour of Jewish NYC is presented by Oscar Israelowitz. Explore old neighborhoods such as Jewish Harlem & the Lower East Side, view magnificent temples such as Temple Emanuel & the Central Synagogue, and listen to musical interludes with Cantors Yossele Rosenblatt & Richard Tucker.

Resume Writing Workshop

Thursday, November 5, 6:30 pm
Get some career help from your library! Polish your resume or get some tips. This program is made possible by a New York State Library Literacy Grant.

History of the 1950's & 60's Through Popular Song

Sunday, November 8, 2 pm
Relive this colorful time in our history with Marc Black in this humorous program. Listen and sing along with the pop, rock, and folk songs of the time in this thought-provoking, multi-media show.

Introduction to Canasta

Tuesdays, November 10 - December 8, 10:30 am
Canasta is regaining its popularity - learn how to play! For beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills. Class size limited, register now.

Films of Bollywood: Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

Tuesday, November 10, 1 pm
Bollywood is know for great comedy and these funny Hindi movies are some of the best around. Enjoy the romantic comedy, Chhoti Si Baat where a shy accountant gets love coaching to help him witn the love of an attractive woman. 123 minutes.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Tuesday, November 10, 1:30 pm
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal counsel and representation for the protection of a person's right to the basic necessities of life, as guaranteed by law. A representative will be available to discuss services offered.

Career Help: Individual Counselling Session

Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm
Thursday, November 12, 1 pm - 3 pm
Get some career help from your library! Get one-on-one advice from a professional. Sessions are 1/2 hour long and registration is required. This program is made possible by a New York State Library Literacy Grant.

Careful What You Wish For

Monday, November 16, 6:30 pm
Written by Judy Stadt, this humorous and charming play is about Mabel and Harriet, both married to now-dead Barry, the circumstances that force the two woman together, and Mabel's improbable request. Enjoy Judy's reading of this play.

Lunch & a Movie

Tuesday, November 17, 1 pm
Enjoy a new-release movie or a favorite from the past on our big screen. Bring lunch - popcorn and beverage provided!

Amazing MOLA Art of the Kuna Indians

Wednesday, November 18, 1 pm
KUNA women created multilayered fabric designs that replaced body painting. These panels of brilliant colored fabrics are MOLAs. Art historian Irene Wisoff presents a slide-lecture and demonstrations of this art.

Cooking with Chef Shawn: Cuisine of India

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 pm
Learn how to cook easy classical Indian foods. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION open now for Haverstraw Library cardholders and begins November 4 for all others. $3 non-refundable fee due at registration.

Films of Bollywood: Bahurani (1989)

Tuesday, November 24, 1 pm
Bollywood is know for great comedy and these funny Hindi movies are some of the best around. Enjoy the romantic comedy, Bahurani where a big city boy reluctantly marries a village girl and then tries to leave. 153 minutes.

Victorian Tea

Monday, November 30, 6:30 pm
Kim Hendrickson serves two kinds of tea and scones. See how Victorian Christmas traditions define today's holiday traditions, watch how scones are made, and take home a recipe. Bring your own tea cup! IN-PERSON REGISTRATION open now for Haverstraw Library cardholders and begins November 4 for all others. $2 non-refundable fee due at registration.

December Programs

Introduction to Canasta

Tuesdays, December 1 - 8, 10:30 am
Canasta is regaining its popularity - learn how to play! For beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills. Class size limited, register now.

Wine Lovers Journey: You Be the Judge

Tuesday, December 1, 7 pm
Blind taste test and learn how to judge wines. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION for Haverstraw Library cardholders begins November 2, and begins November 23 for all others. $3 non-refundable fee due at registration. Must be 21.

Share the Holidays with Jeff Sherer's Memory Lane

Wednesday, December 2, 1 pm
Enjoy standards such as White Christmas and Baby, It's Cold Outside and stars like Bing Crosby and Darlene Love in a great video format.

One Fine Tapestry: A Carole King Tribute

Sunday, December 6, 2 pm
Gerard and Diane Barros perform Carole's own hits and numerous chart toppers that she composed for other performers.

Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies

Monday, December 7, 7 pm
Throughout history espionage and codebreaking have been instrumental in the rise, fall, and preservation of world powers. James Gannon provides the full story behind the critical intelligence breakthroughs that altered the course of history in the 20th century.

6-Hour Defensive Driving Class

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 8 & 9, 5:45 pm - 8:45
Sponsored by Empire Safety Council. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee payable by check to Ian Prastien, due at registration. Space is limited. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit.

Holiday Food & Wine Pairing

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 pm
Chef Shawn and wine expert Joann DeGaglia pair winter food and wine geared for the holidays. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION begins November 10 for Haverstraw Library cardholders and December 2 for all others. $6 non-refundable fee due at registration.

Rockin' Around the Holidays with Nina Et Cetera

Sunday, December 20, 2 pm
The duo Nin Et Cetera performs classic holiday tunes by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and more, in 21st century fashion.

Numerology with Shira Plotzker

Monday, December 21, 6:30 pm
Psychic and numerologist Shira talks about the 9 numerology cycles and how they provide insight into your year ahead. She will also give each attendee insight into their personal vibrational year. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, beginning November 23 for Haverstraw Library cardholders and December 9 for all others.

Ongoing Programs

Better Choices, Better Health: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions

Wednesday, September 30 - November 4, 10:30 am
Workshop presented by the Rockland County Department of Health. Gain the skill you need to better manage your health conditions and improve the quality of your life. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, space is limited. Call 845-364-2501 to register.

Upcoming Programs

"Brothers" - Bobby Valli Sings Frankie Valli & Other Jersey Legends

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Bobby Valli, younger brother of Frankie, sings Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons hits in this free concert. He has been singing, writing, producing, and performing since the age of 15, and has recorded his own original works for major record labels. Bobby performs alone and with other musicians, including Tony Orlando and Bruce Springsteen. No tickets necessary, seating is limited.

Free Tax Help February 3 - April 14, 2016

Tuesdays, 3 pm - 7 pm
Thursdays, 10 am - 2 pm
Saturdays, 11 am - 2 pm
It's tax time, and AARP Tax-Aide is here to help! This free tax preparation service is for taxpayers with middle to low income, with special attention given to those age 60 and older. You may find them downstairs in our Community Room at the Main Library.

Please bring with you: photo ID; notices, booklets and forms received from the IRS and NYS; social security cards for yourself and your dependants; W-2 forms; ALL 1099 forms; forms indicating federal income tax paid; dependent care provider information; ALL receipts or cancelled checks for income and property taxes paid, and for charitable contributions; proof of health insurance coverage; and copies of Federal and State returns filed last year. For further information call: 1-888-AARP-NOW.

Revolutionary New York Bus Trip

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - Approximately from 8 am - 6:30 pm
Join noted Tour Leader Justin Ferate as we travel to NYC to discover and explore land marks of the American Revolution. We will address historic sites including: the April 22, 1774 New York Tea Party; a statue of New York Hero Nathan Hale; the site where the Declaration of Independence was read with George Washington in attendance; the location where Benedict Arnold traded the secrets of West Point with British officers; the site where the American soldiers were once bivouacked that later became the site of notorious British prisons; remnants of the site where the gilded statue of King George III was thrown down by American patriots and melted into musket balls to fight the British; Federal Hall National Memorial - the side of George Washington's Presidential Inauguration, St. Paul's Chapel, where George Washington worshipped afterwards; the sites of several Presidential mansions; and numerous other sites.

Our luncheon will be at Fraunces Tavern, historically associated with the Revolutionary patriotic secret society, the Sons of Liberty. This popular Revolutionary gathering place was once attacked with a British cannonball. In 1783, at the close of the Revolution, General George Washington said farewell to his officers in the Long Hall upstairs. There will be a docent led tour of the Fraunces Tavern Museum, operated by the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution - a group organized in the Centennial year of 1876 that is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the history of the American Revolution.

After our luncheon and tour, we will travel to Brooklyn to view the Prison Ships Martyrs' Monument, designed by the noted architect Stanford White. One of the most important Revolutionary War memorials in the nation, this handsome and majestic structure is the final resting place of more than 11,500 men and women who died in British prison ships once berthed where the Brooklyn Navy Yard is now located. We will also view sites related to the Battle of Brooklyn as well as the Vechte-Cortelyou House, known as the "Old Stone House at Gowanus." This site, which played a critical role in the Battle of Brooklyn, is where the Maryland 400 successfully fought to save the lives if the American forces - thus helping to ensure the creation of the United States.

This will be an invigorating and highly educational day. Don't miss this opportunity to discover American History in your own backyard!

The tour will consist of a combination of bus tours and brief walking tours on flat surfaces. Some steps may be included. Cost is $105 per person for Haverstraw Library cardholders and $110 for the general public. Fee includes transportation, admission, tours, lunch and all gratuities. Payment must accompany reservations. Check or money order is to be made payable to Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library (HKDPL). Trip is subject to cancellation if undersubscribed by February 12, 2016. Please note: Refunds will only be given if space can be filled by another guest prior to trip. A waiting list will be compiled and available spaces filled out on a first-come, first served basis.

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Evening Book Club

Join our latest book club! The Evening Book Club is for those who lead a busy life and cannot come during the day.

We meet every month on the 4th Thursday at 7 pm. Walk-ins welcome!

Senior Book Club


This small but active group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Rosman Center in the afternoon.

Call Cathy at 786-3800 x22 for more details.

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