Ongoing Classes & Events

Virtual Conversational Italian Class
Wednesdays (break from 12/22/21-1/12/22)
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Contact Nicole at to receive the Zoom link.

This weekly class is designed for people who have some knowledge of the Italian language and would like to improve their conversational skills. The group is facilitated by Dr. Ornella Lepri Mazzuca, a native speaker of Italian. She graduated from the University of Urbino, Italy, with a Doctorate in English, French and Italian. She later earned an MA in Spanish and Linguistics and a PhD in Spanish Literature from the University at Albany.

Slow Stitch Club
Thursdays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact Carolyn at for more information.

Pack up your thread, needles, yarn, or hooks and join the slow stitch revolution. Any portable project qualifies: quilt, knit, crochet, felt, sew, embroider and more. Enjoy some "me time", a bit of socializing, show and share while artfully stitching a favorite project. Be privy to library tutorials and helpful services. 

Nature Walks with Minnewaska State Park Educator Nick Martin
Second Fridays 9:00 – 10:30 AM (rain dates third Friday)
Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking lot.
See a list of all the species of birds found on Nick's bird walks here.
Read Gardiner Library Birding Walks 2021: A Summary Through
Photos and Words

Join Nick Martin, Minnewaska Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes and bring binoculars.

SongClub with Debbie Lan
Second Sundays 3:30 – 5:00 PM

$10 at the door. Cash only. 
Meets outdoors weather permitting or indoors with masks. When outdoors singers may be unmasked with social distancing protocols in place.

SongClub is a drop-in singing experience aimed at bringing communities together through singing original arrangements of familiar songs in a safe and welcoming environment. The audience is the choir! Debbie Lan is a Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Choral Director. She directs and arranges a selection of eclectic songs for adult Community Voice Ensembles: Bloom, The B2’s, Tuesday Evening Voice Ensemble and the Resisterhood Choir.

Slow Jam
Third Sundays 3:30 - 5:15 PM
Meets outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with masks required.

Are you new at playing an acoustic instrument and would like to practice with some friendly, local musicians? Come join the Gardiner Library Slow Jam. The Slow Jam meets on the third Sunday of every month (outdoors) to play Old Time, Folk songs, Bluegrass, Western and other home spun type songs. Participants play at a slower pace so everyone will have a chance to learn the songs. All musicians and acoustic instruments are welcome. No audience, no pressure, just lots of fun.

Peg's Reading Circle - Book Club
First Wednesdays 3 – 4:00 PM
December book pick is
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff.
January book pick is
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict.

Join Gardiner Library's first director, Peg Lotvin, and discuss books chosen by the group. Originally called "The Teeny Tiny Book Club", Peg and a friend started this book club almost 20 years ago.

Blue Marble Reads: Environmental Reading Group with Joan Parker
Meets second Thursday every other month starting October 14
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Read a combination of modern fiction and non-fiction works through a filter to illuminate the relation humans have with our Blue Marble, a.k.a. Earth. Explore authors who are written word artists, experts in their field, and who share their wisdom.  Meets at the at the library (masks required) and remotely if unable to attend in person.

December's book pick is The Meadow by James Galvin.
Copies can be checked out from the Gardiner Library.