Below is a list of programs for kids and adults, scheduled to take place in the library’s Ottinger Room. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. Additional programs for kids (like storytime and book groups) and ongoing exhibitions can be found here:
OCTOBER 1 | MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR
Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott MedalistJoin the Croton Free Library as we celebrate the art and artistry of hometown hero Jerry Pinkney, winner of the Caldecott Medal among several other prestigious honors. Get to know our local celebrity and one of his latest projects, the recently released picture book In Plain Sight (by Richard Jackson). Brought to life by Jerry’s beautiful illustrations, In Plain Sight is both a search-and-find game and a touching story of a growing relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter. The library is hosting three activities in one day to share our enthusiasm for Jerry’s new book:
• Scavenger Hunt for children, in the spirit of the search-and-find game in Jerry’s new book, for ages 6 to 8, and 9 and up. Space is limited and registration is required.
• Jerry Pinkney reads In Plain Sight and signs copies of the book (available for purchase for $20). Those in attendance are eligible for a FREE RAFFLE to win an author visit to a local school.Open to the general public. All welcome.
• Jerry Pinkney’s Art Workshop for children, for ages 6 and up. Registration is required (sign up separately for Scavenger Hunt and Art Workshop).
Register by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the library during open hours. Any and all attendees of the day’s activities, including the reading and signing, will be eligible for some wonderful special prizes.
Saturday, October 1, times as follow: Scavenger Hunt, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Reading and Signing, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Art Workshop, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 7 | WORKSHOP
Sophisticated Coloring DesignsColorists, drop in and unwind. Color beautiful, stress-relieving designs, and relax! (The hardest part is choosing from our sophisticated coloring books and picking your hues from our collection of high-quality pencils.) Enjoy a cup of tea with us, and cast off the cares of a busy week. For our teen and adult patrons.
Friday, October 7, 21, November 4, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 10 | CROTON COMIC CON
On Columbus Day, the Croton Free Library transforms to welcome the entire fan-dom to the site of Croton-on-Hudson’s very first Comic Con. Embark on a day (12:00 to 8:00 p.m.) of free adventures for all ages: Artists’ Alley, costume workshop and cosplay, gaming and activities, food and vendors, and prizes galore. Hourly performances and presentations take place in the library’s Ottinger Room, with the schedule topped off by an action-packed movie.
The BalloonmanConstructing giant balloon sculptures and comic-book characters, Chris Fuentes, of the Westchester Balloon Company, brings his unique storytelling style to Croton Comic Con. Watch Chris create some of your favorite superheroes. Reading the comics takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures and loads of audience participation. Show at 1:00 p.m.
Etch-A-Sketch Artist, Bryan Lee MaddenWatch the creation of intricate character portraits and cityscapes. Bryan Lee Madden projects his works-in-progress on a large screen through a video camera, allowing his creative process to unfold before your very eyes. Bryan explains that he uses full-sized Etch-A-Sketch toys, but that all his artwork is preserved, because the sand/aluminum powder is removed to prevent shaking and erasing. Show at 3:00 p.m.
Lego Man of New YorkCody Wells, the Lego Man of New York, judges Lego structure contests, leads Lego free-build activities, and provides fabulous Lego prizes – including a 20 by 20 inch custom Lego portrait– all at Croton Comic Con.
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OCTOBER 15 | THEATRE
Constellations by Nick PayneM&M Productions presents Constellations, Nick Payne’s spellbinding, romantic journey, which begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know — delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny. As The New York Times said about Payne’s “gorgeous two-character drama”: “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating? … This story of parallel universes is universal in every sense of the word.”
Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 21 | MUSIC
“Together Wherever We Go”: An Evening of Musical TheatreAward-winning soprano Misty Ann Sturm joins forces with tenor Ben Thomas and pianist Tyler Walker to bring an entertaining evening of musical theatre to Misty’s home library in Croton-on-Hudson. “Together Wherever We Go” features solos and duets from West Side Story, The Light in the Piazza, The Last Five Years, and many others. Misty Ann Sturm, who starred as Lily in The Secret Garden and is currently the cantor at St. James’ Church in Manhattan, collaborates with two exceptional musicians: Tenor Ben Thomas, a native of Auburn, Alabama, is renowned for his operatic career in the Southeast, and holds a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Pianist Tyler Walker returns to the Croton Free Library, following his very well-received solo recital earlier this year, to accompany the duo.
Friday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 26 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Halloween Festivities!Halloween Party. It’s a costume party with Halloween games and prizes and tricky treats for snack-time. All ages are welcome to drop in.
Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Spooky Reading of a Tricky Tale. Christina Moore, an audiobook narrator who has recorded some 300 books, reads something spooky, creepy and revolting! (Students will remember her from her popular reading of A Tale Dark and Grimm at the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School last year.) And, of course, there’ll be snacks! Grades 5 and up.
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 30 | PRESENTATION
Causes and Prevention of Knee and Shoulder PainWhether you are an athlete or an office worker, you know that knees and shoulders are prime locations for aches, pains and injuries. Kelly J. Keesey — owner of Old Post Physical Therapy (Croton-on-Hudson) — shares her expertise on the tender loving care and conditioning of knees and shoulders. A physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and yoga teacher, Kelly describes the anatomy of the knee and shoulder and the most common injuries that occur in these body parts. She focuses on ways to prevent these injuries from occurring, as prevention is the best medicine. A question and answer and discussion period follows the presentation.
Sunday, October 30, 2:00 p.m.
The Magic of the Light
On Display in the Ottinger Room September and October
Reception: Saturday, September 3, 2:00-4:00 P.M.