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(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 will go into effect after July 4th

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

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:


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.


Causes and Prevention of Knee and Shoulder Pain

Whether 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.


“Photography, A Window to the World” with Zelda Cutler

See the world through the eyes of three of the world’s greatest photojournalists: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Margaret Burke White and Roman Vishniac. Zelda Cutler (nee Carol Gootter), former photographer for The New York Times and Newsweek, presents the work of these photographers and elucidates the techniques they used to make their pictures great. Her presentation takes the audience through the U.S. and Europe to catch glimpses of the world that Cartier-Bresson, White and Vishniac captured with their eyes, their hearts, and their camera lenses.
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.


Honoring Illustrator Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Medalist

The Croton Free Library invites the public to join in a celebration of illustrator Jerry Pinkney and the release of his latest project, The Christmas Boot. Raise a toast to Jerry Pinkney, hometown hero and winner of the Caldecott Medal, as we share wonderful artwork, food and drink, music courtesy of guitarist Peter Calo, and great conversation. This evening is planned with adults in mind, giving lovers of good stories and beautiful illustrations a chance to meet and speak with Jerry Pinkney, who just this past year was given two lifetime achievement awards for his work: the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, for making “a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children,” and the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Christmas Boot(written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Dial Books, 2016) and other books illustrated by Jerry Pinkney will be available for purchase and signing. Space is limited and reservations are required to attend the publishing party. To respond call 914-271-6612 or e-mail
Friday, November 4, 7:30 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, November 16, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Call for Performers

Calling all serious singers – seasoned performers and aspiring voice students alike. Give us a song! Cris Groenendaal (who starred as the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway) hosts the Broadway & Cabaret Showcase at the Croton Free Library. Sue Anderson, musical director for several Broadway shows, will accompany Cris and all other performers. Come as an audience member or register as a participant. Singers sign up to give a concert-quality performance of one or two well-prepared songs in the Broadway or cabaret genres. Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (, or visit the library to register. Please note that rehearsal time this year is different from that of prior years. High school age and older. Registration deadline, November 19.
Saturday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert (free, open to the public).


Sweet Bargains

Volunteer to set up and clean up, staff the sale or bake ONLINE or by calling the Croton Free Library, 914-271-6612. Come browse and buy, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. , Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. Early birds: admission, $10; shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19.


The Magic of the Light

Fine Art Prints by Jim Christensen and Inese Moore

On Display in the Ottinger Room September and October

Reception: Saturday, September 3, 2:00-4:00 P.M.