Ongoing Adult Classes & Events

Virtual Conversational Italian Class
Wednesdays (on summer break, will resume in September)
5:30 - 6:30 PM

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.

Al-Anon Meetings
Sundays 6:30 - 7:30 PM
This is a hybrid meeting, taking place in-person and on Zoom.
Join by Zoom here:
Meeting ID: 867 327 422
Passcode: 294349

Al‑Anon is a mutual support program that welcomes people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. The best place to learn how Al-Anon works is at an Al-Anon meeting. Personal contact is an important element of the Al-Anon program.

Additional Al-Anon meetings are listed on and

Nature Walks with Minnewaska State Park Educator Nick Martin
Fridays 8:00 – 9:30 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.

Ukuleleans! Ukulele Club 
Second Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
No registration required. Currently meets indoors with masks required.

*All ages welcome, from beginner to experienced.

Join The Ukuleleans! Our aim is to encourage one another along as we have fun with this uniquely upbeat instrument. Individuals will have the opportunity to perform for the group, if they desire, building confidence to perform in front audiences.

Jeff Pfeffer has been playing the ukulele for 20+ years, giving lessons to beginners along the way. He has performed locally in nursing homes and hospitals, as well as open mics and other venues. He particularly enjoys tin-pan-alley, novelty songs, and
sing-a-longs, with a focus on performance.

Second Sundays 4:00 - 5:30 PM
$10 at the door. Cash only.

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!

Slow Jam
Third Sundays 3:30 - 5:15 PM
No registration 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 PM
Go to the calendar to see book picks.

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.

Hybrid Blue Marble Reads: Environmental Reading Group with
Joan Parker

Meets second Thursday every other month beginning February 2022
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Meets in-person or via Zoom.
Contact Nicole at for the Zoom link if attending virtually.

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.

Go to the calendar to see book picks.
Copies can be checked out from the Gardiner Library.

Community Reiki: Individual 20 Minute Reiki Sessions
Sunday, May 1, June 5 and October 2
noon - 2:00 PM
First-come, first-served. See COVID protocols below.

Reiki is both the energy of the universe and the Japanese system of sharing this energy with others. Recipients sit in a chair or lie on a comfortable table, clothed, while the practitioner lightly places hands on or above the recipient. The effect is of peace and deep rest for the recipient. 

HV Community Reiki has been providing Reiki sessions to the public since 2017 at the Gardiner Library. When the pandemic began, the group continued to send distant Reiki to one and all, each month. H.V. Community Reiki practitioners possess multiple certifications that can include Reiki I and II as well as Master level certifications in various styles including Usui/Tibetan, Komyo, Karuna, and Animal Reiki.

Reiki practitioners and clients will remain masked at all times. Reiki tables will be spaced a safe distance apart and windows will be open for airflow. Reiki tables will be sanitized between clients, and practitioners will begin each session with sanitized hands. All practitioners are fully vaccinated and boosted.