We have open positions in the children’s room and circulation desk.

To all patrons, we will be undergoing a renovation starting Sunday, April 24 and some library services will be affected.

Events Highlights

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:


Shakespeare Goes to the Movies

During National Poetry Month, April, the Croton Free Library celebrates William Shakespeare with select film adaptations of the Bard’s plays. Joseph Merriam, faculty member in the English department at Croton-Harmon High School, hosts pre-screening introductions.

Othello. Directed by Oliver Parker, this tragedy of love and jealousy stars Laurence Fishburne as Othello, Irene Jacob as Desdemona, and Kenneth Branagh as the evil plotter Iago. (123 min., R).
Friday, April 29, introduction, 7:00 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m.


Mah Jongg Instruction

Experienced Mah Jongg instructors teach new players the basic moves of this ancient game from China. Enthusiasts praise Mah Jongg for its fun and mentally stimulating gameplay. Seating is limited; registration required. Sign up for the class by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) during open hours. Sessions of free play at the library begin May 11; see monthly calendar for dates. Wednesday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Christine Knowlton’s “Sense the Wind”

Blind sailors race across open water. Sense the Wind is a documentary journey led by four blind sailors – Matt, Nancy Philip and Inky – as they train and compete at the U.S. Blind Nations and press toward the Blind Sailing Worlds in Japan. On the water, teamwork and intuition take over and disabilities are no longer the focus. Join local filmmaker Christine Knowlton at a special screening and Q&A. Free and open to the public.
Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

MAY 11, 18, 25  | FREE PLAY

Mah Jongg

Do you like to play Mah Jongg? Come enjoy the fun and mentally stimulating gameplay of this ancient Chinese game at the library. No instruction is planned for free play sessions. Please bring your own Mah Jongg sets and cards. Seating is limited; registration required. Sign up for one, two or all of the sessions by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) during open hours.
Wednesdays, May 11, 18, 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Paul Schneeberger’s “Twilight’s Last Gleaming”

With Memorial Day just around the corner, the screening of “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” is an apt way to remember those missing in action. Virginia (Suzanne Shepherd) is losing the memory of her son who is missing in action in Viet Nam. Determined to find her son before she forgets him, Virginia begins hitchhiking and is picked up by a truck driver (Roscoe Orman) whose father is also missing in action. Together they discover a place where the war’s missing gather. Filmmaker Paul Schneeberger is also executive director of the non-profit organization Beyond Tribute. After the film, Paul takes questions about the making of “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” and talks about his experiences in Washington elucidating the goal of Beyond Tribute: transforming Memorial and Veterans’ Days to actually help our veterans and their families on the days that are meant to honor them.
Friday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.


“The Peanuts Movie”

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts crew (created by Charles M. Schulz) “star” in this recently released, animated feature film. Charlie Brown tries to win his sweetheart, while his heroic beagle Snoopy battles the villainous Red Baron. The movie features the voices of actor Noah Schnapp and Alexander Garfin and is directed by Steve Martino of “Ice Age” fame. (Rated G, 93 min.)
Monday, May 16 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Earring Design with Joan Lloyd

Express your creative side with artist Joan Lloyd, as she teaches you how to design and bead your very own earrings in this two-hour workshop. Choose from a vast variety of colorful beads to make one-of-a-kind earrings for yourself or a special someone. You’ll also have an opportunity to donate an additional pair of earrings of your own design to a local women’s shelter. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For adults and teens.
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Sweet Bargains

Volunteer to set up and clean up, staff the sale or bake – by calling the Croton Free Library, 914-271-6612. Early bird admission: $10 to shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. Free and open to the public for browsing and buying: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22.


Classical Music Recital for Teens

Sign up to be a part of the Croton Free Library’s annual Classical Young Artists’ Showcase. Students in 7th through 12th grade are invited to give a recital-quality performance of up to 8 minutes of well-prepared classical music. Instrumentalists and vocalists presenting solo and group pieces welcome. The library’s piano is available for use. Performers must provide their own accompanists (who may be adults). Registration opens May 1 and closes May 27. Slots still open. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (
Saturday, June 18, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.


Melissa Freebern: Oil Painting

On Display March and April

Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2:00-4:00 P.M.