Events for Adults

The Library, while committed to providing an oasis of calm and quiet, enthusiastically makes room for discussion and engagement. Our programs — always free — represent a range of interests as eclectic and inclusive as our community. Supported by the Friends organization, the Library screens films, presents concerts, holds art workshops, and hosts author talks and lecture series.

Planning such events, we have the enviable advantage of a rich pool of resident talent upon which to draw: writers, scholars, educators, scientists, musicians, and other accomplished individuals eager to share their expertise and experience. Widespread attendance by the public enlarges the scope of the Library and affirms its pride of place in village life.

Senior Art Workshop

March 1
10:00 a.m.

Learn how to draw a portrait in this 2 hour workshop with artist, Emily Denise.

All materials will be supplied and a small breakfast will be served.

Emily Denise is a professional artist and art teacher. Ms. Denise has shown her work in galleries and now runs her own studio in Tarrytown.

Space is limited. Email to register.

Legacy and Reception: Painters of the Hudson River School Today

March 3
3:00 p.m.

A visual presentation by Dashiell Jordan, Head Librarian at the Academy of Art at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation.

A look at the Hudson River School from their successful reception to their eclipse by other art movements, and their eventual revival and rediscovery in the 20th century.


“Keeping It Real” Book Club

March 8
11:00 a.m.

The Hastings Public Library’s non-fiction book club will be discussing Good Talk, by Mira Jacob.

Good Talk is a graphic novel that touches upon relationships, cultures, politics, families and living in NYC in the first decades of the 21st century.

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk of the Library.

Email to register or for more information.

Mahjong Group

11:30 a.m.

If interested in playing Mahjong at the Library, call (914) 478-3307 or visit the Circulation Desk and leave your name and number.

Players will need to bring:

  1. Card from Mahjong League
  2. Mahjong set

Knitting and Crocheting Group

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

At the present time, we have reached our maximum number of participants. Please know this is not a teaching group, but a social gathering for knitters and crocheters to work on individual projects.

For more information or to be added to the waiting list, please contact Reference Librarian, Jeanne Bastone:

Memoir Workshop

Future sessions TBA

4 2-hour sessions led by Rachel Levine; identical programs offered in the daytime or evening.

Many of us want to share our story. Sometimes just for our family, sometimes for the world. Whatever your reason, memoir writing can be an exciting, fun, possibly transformative experience. Whether you have already started, have something in mind, or don’t know what to write about, this workshop is for you.

No writing experience required.

Enrollment is limited to 12 people per program.

Email Reference Librarian, Regina Kelly, at for more information or call the Library.


The Seed Exchange

The Seed Exchange is at the Hastings Public Library!

Thanks to Katie Tolson and the Hastings Pollinator Pathway, the Fred and Louise Hubbard Heirloom Seed Collection has been revived.

The drawers of a vintage card catalog are labeled with the genre of seeds therein: flowers, herbs, vegetables and native plants. And, there is a clear container on top of the card catalog where you may place seeds you would like to contribute.

For questions or more information please stop by the exchange or go to the Hastings Pollinator Pathway website.