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January

Happy Valley Library Book Group: New Year’s Party

Thursday, January 2, 6:30-8 pm

Let’s talk books! We’ll discuss our favorite reads of 2019, what we’re looking forward to reading in 2020, and have other fun, book related, or not!

Click here for the full list of what this group has read.


Mah Jongg

Fridays, 12:30-3:30 pm

Those who enjoy playing American Mah Jongg are invited to join our fun and friendly group! Be sure to bring your current National Mah Jongg League cards. Contact the library if you would like to learn to play.


Pinochle Club

Monday, January 6, 1:30-3:30 pm

Join our friendly group on the first and third Monday of the month to play this fun and challenging card game.


Note Night

Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-7:30 pm

Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features Natalia Hougen performing Russian and Gypsy folk songs and romances.


Classic Movie Night: Dinner at the Ritz (1937)

Thursday, January 9, 6-7:45 pm

Relive classic films from the silver screen or enjoy them for the first time. Casual moviegoers and film buffs alike are welcome to come and share a cinematic experience at the library. This month’s film is Dinner at the Ritz, a murder mystery filmed in Paris and along the French Riviera, starring David Niven and Annabella.


String-Along

Sundays, January 12 and 26, 2-5 pm

Bring your acoustic guitar, fiddle, ukulele or other stringed instrument to the Happy Valley Library and share some tunes with other musicians. Adults of all skill levels are invited to drop in and play some American traditional Bluegrass or Folk music in a casual, jam-style setting. Bring a song you know to share.


Genealogy Club

Mondays, January 13 and 27, 2-4 pm

Searching for family roots? All are welcome to come and share questions, strategies, and organizing tips. Insights are discovered and pathways revealed as we attempt to solve the mysteries of our ancestors’ elusive stories!


The History of Go

Thursday, January 16, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn the storied history of Go (aka Weiqi and Baduk), a Chinese board game that is over 2500 years old. We’ll discuss Go’s place in Japanese culture and highlight high-stakes games between rival Go houses in the Japanese imperial court.


Chinese Hammered Dulcimer Concert

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-7:45 pm

Jing Lu began studying YangQin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) at age four, and she was quickly identified as a child prodigy. She is one of the few Chinese Dulcimer musicians who to have performed at Carnegie Hall. Showcasing music of the YangQin and Guzheng (Chinese zither), she will perform traditional, folk, modern, and pop styles of Chinese music. She will be joined by Eric Einspruch (Yangqin), Amanda Chan (Yangqin),Seline Dai (Yangqin), and Henry Kong (Dizi: Chinese bamboo flute).


Learn to Play Go

Thursday, January 23, 6-7:45 pm

Go (aka Weiqi and Baduk) is one of the world’s oldest board games. In Go, two players compete to surround both territory and sometimes their opponent’s stones in a strategic battle of minds. Learn the simple rules of the game and play against other new players. Space is limited. Contact the library to reserve a seat.


Tao Calligraphy

Thursday, January 30, 6-7:45 pm

Tao Calligraphy is a unique style of Chinese calligraphy written with one stroke. It is not only a beautiful art, it can help people relax and achieve a calm, peaceful, and meditative state. Learn to release stress, anxiety, and other negative energy through tracing and writing Tao calligraphy. Taught by Dr. Rulin Xiu. Space is limited. Contact the library to reserve a seat.


February

Pinochle Club

Monday, February 3, 1:30-3:30 pm

Join our friendly group on the first and third Monday of the month to play this fun and challenging card game.


Craft Night: Kokedama

Tuesday, February 5, 6:30-7:45 pm

Come make your own Kokedama hanging plant. Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil wrapped with string. All materials provided. Space is limited. Contact the library to reserve a seat.


Happy Valley Library Book Group

Thursday, February 6, 6:30-8 pm

Read the book selection for the month and come to the library to discuss the book with other readers. This month we’re reading The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. Did you like it or not? Did something surprise you or make you think twice? Come share your thoughts!

Click here for the full list of what this group has read.


Mah Jongg

Fridays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 12:30-3:30 pm

Those who enjoy playing American Mah Jongg are invited to join our fun and friendly group! Be sure to bring your current National Mah Jongg League cards. Contact the library if you would like to learn to play.


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Saturday, February 8, 12-1:30 pm

This program from The Alzheimer’s Association® explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, and details the risk factors and three general stages of the disease. Learn about FDA-approved treatments, what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research, and some helpful resources.


String-Along

Sundays, February 9 & 23, 2-5 pm

Bring your acoustic guitar, fiddle, ukulele or other stringed instrument to the Happy Valley Library and share some tunes with other musicians. Adults of all skill levels are invited to drop in and play some American traditional Bluegrass or Folk music in a casual, jam-style setting. Bring a song you know to share.


Note Night

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-7:30 pm

Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features singer-songwriter James Jeffrey-West.


Classic Movie Night: Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Thursday, February 13, 6-7:45 pm

Relive classic films from the silver screen or enjoy them for the first time. Casual moviegoers and film buffs alike are welcome to come and share a cinematic experience at the library. This month’s film is Apartment for Peggy, starring Jeanne Crain and William Holden.


Stories from West Africa

Thursday, February 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

Stories are meant to be told. In African cultures, stories entertain, inspire, and provoke. The more we share the more we realize how similar we are. Join Habiba Addo as she shares her favorite stories from West Africa.