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:


APRIL 28 | WORKSHOP

Sophisticated Coloring Designs

Colorists, 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, April 28, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


APRIL 30 | MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE

Women Rising, Scars and All

Performance artist Marcy B. Freedman joins the musicians of Skin Against Metal to present a program of words, images and music to honor women of a certain age. During the past year Marcy Freedman was engaged in a project to explore “the pros and cons of aging, when you are female.” And, after moderating several discussion groups, Marcy was inspired to write the monologue that is presented in Women Rising, Scars and All. Her collaborators, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino of Skin Against Metal provide an ambient soundscape, as well as musical interludes.
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.


MAY 4 | AFTERNOON MOVIE

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

May the fourth… be with you. Celebrate Star Wars Day at the Croton Free Library, with the screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – just released on DVD. In this prequel to the original Star Wars movie (“Star Wars: A New Hope”), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) fights to save the Rebellion against the evil of the Empire by seeking out a way to destroy its new super weapon – the Death Star. (Rated PG-13, 2 hours and 13 minutes.)
Thursday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.


MAY 6 | THEATRE FOR CHILDREN

“Lewis and Clark”

Two brave friends begin the perilous journey of the Corps of Discovery in Traveling Lantern’s live theatre production of “Lewis and Clark.” Join our daring explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, as they scout and map the unknown beauty of our newly expanding nation. Help them find their way as they meet Native Americans, canoe down mighty rivers, and become the first representatives of the United States to see the grandeur of the Northwest, as they follow the sunset to the Pacific Ocean.
Saturday, May 6, 11:00 a.m.


MAY 6 | THEATRE

“Last Romance” by Joe DiPietro

M&M Performing Arts Company presents Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance” – a heart-warming drama/comedy about the transformative power of love. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph (a widower) decides to take a different path on his daily walk – one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol’s reticence, and his sister’s jealousy, Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost. Veteran director Maureen Howard heads up this production, featuring Carol Eagen, Dick Smith, Ann Signorelli and Janet Tinari.
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.


MAY 7 | MUSIC

Lecture/Recital with Pianist Alexandra Beliakovich

Alexandra Beliakovich, the versatile Belarusian-American pianist and educator, performs works by Beethoven, Beliakovich, Prokofiev and Schumann. A prize winner in several piano competitions, she performs regularly as a soloist and with orchestra. A keen researcher, Alexandra is committed to exploring the undiscovered and unjustly forgotten piano miniatures. She recently received her Doctor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 p.m.


MAY 10 | 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 adults and teens.
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


MAY 15 | DOCUMENTARY

Home Birth Documentary and Panel Discussion

Curious about the benefits of home birth? The Croton Free Library screens the recently released documentary – “Why Not Home? The Surprising Choice of Doctors and Nurses” – created by Jessica Moore, a nurse-practitioner. In this film, we see doctors, nurses, and midwives who attend birth in the hospital and chose home birth, as they look at risk, safety, and birth experience in the U.S. After this short documentary, Susan Schmidt, CNM and Cathy Gallagher, CNM – nurse-midwives who chose planned home birth for themselves – moderate a panel discussion with women who have recently delivered at home. Susan and Cathy, who are experienced midwives with years of practice in both hospital and birth center settings, currently have a practice in Croton-on-Hudson and will be available to answer questions on home birth.
Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.


MAY 20 & 21 | 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. Early bird admission: $10 to shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Free and open to the public for browsing and buying:
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.


JUNE 17 | SIGN-UP IN MAY FOR YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE

Classical Music Recital for High School Students

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 June 1. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (lskelly@wlsmail.org).
Saturday, June 17, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.


Exhibitions

Jerry Pinkney: The Studio as Muse

An artist looks to his studio for inspiration

The Ottinger Room Gallery exhibition focuses on independent works, pastel, watercolors, and mixed medium on paper. Many of these works are being exhibited for the first time. Also on view are drawings and prints from popular children’s books.
The works in the library gallery cases consist of working drawings for a pop-up book, sketchbooks, watercolors as well as working tools.

On display through April 2017