Ongoing Adult Classes & Events

Mah Jongg, Mexican Train and Scrabble Group Meet-Up
1 - 3 PM

Mah Jongg is a 2,000 year old Chinese tile game of skill and chance for all ages and genders. The game is sociable, competitive, addictive, and FUN!!! It’s also known to help to improve your memory skills.

Whether you are an experienced player or newbie, now is your chance to play Mah Jongg at the library, meet new people and have fun!


Virtual Conversational Italian Class
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.


Local Knit and Crochet Circle
Sundays through the end of May
1 - 3 PM (no meeting 4/16 and 5/7)

Join local knitters and crocheters to come together for Knit Circle! Knitters and crocheters come together to work on their own projects and show off their work. Bring your own project and join us. Please note: this is not a class to learn how to knit/crochet.

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


Chess Club
Meets first and third Wednesdays (starting in June)
6:30 - 8 PM

For all levels and ages. Details to come.


Hudson Valley Queer Knitting Circle
Meets second and fourth Sundays
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Queer Knitting Circle is a place for LGBTQ+ folks and allies of all ages to gather, socialize, and work on their fiber projects. All crafts are of course welcome here! Masks required.


Nature Walks with Minnewaska State Park Educator Nick Martin
Second Fridays 8:30 - 10:00 AM (rain/snow 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.
Gardiner Library Birding Walks 2021: A Summary Through
Photos and Words
Gardiner Library Birding Walks 2022

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.


Slow Jam
Third Sundays 3:30 - 5:15 PM (resumes in May)
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.


Bluegrass Jam with Deb Murphy
Meets fourth Wednesdays
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Interested in playing bluegrass with other local musicians? Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 for a Bluegrass Jam. All are welcome to share songs, learn new tunes and make new friends in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere.


Senior Resource Help Desk with Karen Harding
Fourth Thursdays (starting in May)
3 - 4 PM

Do you have questions about Medicare or Prescription drug plans? Do you need help understanding Medicare in general, or how the plans work ? Do you need help finding out how to access services for seniors? Do you have questions about dental care or how your dental insurance works?

Join Karen Harding for coffee and donuts at these informal meetings where she can answer your questions about any of these things and direct you to help in applying for Medicare, Extra Help, Medicaid and other services.

Karen Harding is an Independent Insurance Broker from Gardiner. She specializes in Medicare Supplement and Advantage plans and Life Insurance.  Karen also has a background in teaching and dentistry and enjoys helping people understand their insurance options.


Community Reiki: Individual 20 Minute Reiki Sessions
Meets first Sundays
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.

Community Writing Workshop with Grace Bialecki
Meets Second Tuesdays of the month (on hiatus August and September)
7 - 8:30 PM
Registration requested for each monthly meet-up.
Register on the calendar for the date you wish to attend.
Walk-ins also welcome.

Gardiner Library's community writing workshop will encourage participants to start writing creatively and learn how to develop a writing practice. Explore different avenues for inspiration via reading and discussion of outside texts, writing prompts, and reading our work aloud. By emphasizing open exchange and exploration, the workshop will leave its attendees with tools to develop their writing in the genre and form of their choice. 

The goal of the course is to encourage artistic exploration and writing in any form, so the classroom environment will be welcoming, supportive, and consistently respectful. While giving feedback, the focus will be on what the author is aiming to achieve, as well as the work’s positive elements and potential.
Grace Bialecki is a writer, literary coach, and workshop facilitator. Her work has appeared in various publications including Catapult and Epiphany Magazine where she was a monthly columnist. Bialecki is the co-founder of the storytelling series Thirst, and the author of the novel Purple Gold.