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Library Hours
Regular Hours (September–June) MONDAY  1:00 pm–9:00 pm
TUESDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
THURSDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
FRIDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
SATURDAY  10:00 am–5:00 pm
SUNDAY  1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Summer Hours (July–August) MONDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
TUESDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
THURSDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
FRIDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
SATURDAY  10:00 am–3:00 pm
SUNDAY  closed

Holidays
The library is closed on all legal holidays, including Christmas Eve, but it is open on Election Day.

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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:

Also check out our new monthly calendar, which shows both recurring and special events, and sign up for our email newsletter.


MAY 1 |  TEEN ART WORKSHOP

Zentangle with Instructor Jill Greenbaum

Discover the art of Zentangle: A fast, fun way to get both focused and chill! It’s a simple method for creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. “Tangling” develops creativity, a sense of relaxed alertness, along with an increased sense of calm. This workshop includes all the materials you need: Italian paper tiles, pencil, Micron pen and tortillion. Come tangle with Jill, a certified Zentangle teacher, and experience the “Zen” element of this art form and method, which was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. You’ll leave with your own works of art and a new way to step away from the daily pressures of school. The workshop and the materials used during it are free. Grades 6 and up. Register by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) during open hours. Friday, May 1, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.


MAY 2 |  CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

“Once Upon a Story,” A Bilingual Show

Join us for a new interactive, bilingual show. Actress, singer/songwriter, storyteller and puppeteer Flor Bromley shares stories about unexpected discoveries – with original music, loads of laughter and a fun puppet. Tales include “Kitty” (based on the story Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes), and the original story “Librito,” about a little book that travels in search of his own destiny. Flor Bromley, who is originally from Peru, performs her musical/storytelling shows and concerts all around New York. Her new children’s bilingual album will be coming out soon. Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.


MAY 2 |  HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

New York City’s Water System and The New Croton Dam

CANCELED, NO NEW DATE UNTIL FALL


MAY 6 |  TEEN WORKSHOP

Cupcake Decorating

Decorate cupcakes at the library with Susan O’Keefe of Croton’s own “Baked by Susan” shop on Grand Street. Have fun while learning a few professional decorating techniques in this tasty, hands-on workshop. The results are sure to be pretty, and, of course, delicious! Seats limited. Call (914-271-6612) or visit the library to sign up. Registration required. Grades 7 and up. Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


MAY 8 |  MUSIC

“My Blue Heaven” with Terry Blaine and Mark Shane

Vocalist Terry Blaine and pianist Mark Shane pay homage to the marvelous treasure trove of music from America’s Golden Age of Swing, with a brand new show called “My Blue Heaven.” Rooted in early blues and swing, the performance offers a unique take on classic gems from the Great American Songbook. Jazz singer Terry Blaine has enjoyed a multi-faceted career that includes live performance, TV/radio, recordings, studio work, songwriting, production, and hospice music therapy. Mark Shane’s piano, featured in the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” adds a distinctive new voice to the tradition of hot ensemble playing. Mark has played with Benny Goodman, worked with all-star alumni from the great bands of Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, and serves as musical director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Ladies Sing the Blues.” Terry and Mark look forward to bringing this joyful music to audiences of all ages. A swingin’ time is guaranteed for all! Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.


MAY 13 |  TWEEN WORKSHOP

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 students in grades 4 through 6. Wednesday, May 13, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


MAY 15 |  WESTCHESTER COUNTY MOBILE SHREDDER

Free Shredding

Spring cleaning? Need to safely rid your files of old documents? The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be stationed in the parking lot of the Croton Free Library for your use. Each person is permitted a maximum of 4 file boxes, approximately 10” x 12” x 15” each box. All bindings and metals must be removed and no bound or hardcover ledger books are accepted. First come, first served. Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


MAY 17 |  SPRING BOOK & BAKE SALE

Sweet Bargains

Volunteer to set up and clean up, staff the sale or bake, by calling the Croton Free Library, 914-271-6612. Come browse and buy, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Early bird admission, $10; shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, May 17.


MAY 29 |  MUSIC

Songs from Around the World

The Children and Women Singers of Croton present traditional music from Sweden, France, Russia, Africa, USA, Canada and Congo. The evening of songs from around the world highlights Latin rhythms from Colombia (Cumbia, Porro), Argentina (Zamba), Uruguay (Candombe) and Mexico (Huapango). In addition, the chorus performs works in Italian and French extolling the beauty of spring. The choral concert includes guest artists — Gunnar Anderson (piano), Santiago Morocho (guitar, percussion). Director Nurt Astrid Villani, a native of Colombia, studied choral conducting at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris. Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.


SIGN UP NOW |  YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE

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 (a wider age group, new this year) 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 begins immediately, and closes May 30. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (lskelly@wlsmail.org). Saturday, June 13, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.

 


Exhibitions

DANTE’S NEEDLE

and other fresco paintings

by Michael Biddle

On display in the Ottinger Room March 1 to April 30, 2015.
Reception Saturday, March 14, 2:00-4:30pm


TAKE A WALK IN CROTON

“Take a Walk in Croton” is a new gallery exhibit at Croton Free Library. The exhibit highlights four walking tours developed by Croton Friends of History with photographs of historic houses and architecture in Croton. The audience is also invited to add post-it comments to a bulletin board telling about their favorite walks in Croton and personal experience with the historical sites. In addition to the brochures available from the Croton Friends of History, there are google maps links that allow one to follow the tours.

VIEW THE WALKING TOURS

WALK 1 | WALK 2 | WALK 3 | WALK 4