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:
FEBRUARY 22 | WORKSHOP
Earring Design with Joan LloydExpress 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, February 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 23 | SUPPORT GROUP
New Moms and Infant Support GroupThis warm and welcoming group is open to all mothers and infants looking for companionship, community, advice and support regarding breast feeding, sleep, postpartum questions, sibling settling, returning to work, and other new family challenges. The group is open to all, including pregnant women who would like to join the community of new moms. Siblings of infants and babies are also welcome! Our support group is run by Katherine Whiteside, a certified Postpartum Doula (Childbirth International). This program will be the first and third Thursday mornings of every month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Thursday evenings of every month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 2 & 16, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9 & 23, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 25 | FAMILY WORKSHOP
West African Drum CirclePeople of all ages and experience are invited to gather at the Croton Free Library for a community drum circle. Learn to play basic rhythms collectively on traditional West African Djembe and Djun drums of various sizes. In order to ensure that each participant has access to a drum, the workshop is limited in size. Registration is required. Register by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the library during open hours. Designed with children in mind, the workshop is, however, open to all ages.
Saturday, February 25, 11:00
MARCH 3 | 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, March 3 & 17, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
MARCH 5 | WORKSHOP
Healing Techniques – Integrating Native Peoples’ and Post-Modern TechniquesNative peoples all over the globe use healing techniques that involve our connections to ancestors and symbols of deep meaning. This workshop explores ways to use these profound connections to heal people living in the contemporary world. Local family therapist and social worker Dr. Gary Kogan has integrated some of these techniques to strengthen the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a proven technique. Attendees are given a chance to experience at least one technique in a gentle and playful way.
Sunday, March 5, 2:00 p.m.
MARCH 11 | CULTURAL EVENT
Fifty Wonders of Korea and Korea TodayExplore the richness of Korea’s artistic heritage and modern industrial achievements during this afternoon program, produced by the Korean Spirit and Cultural Promotion Project (a non-profit cultural education organization). The event begins with the screening of two short documentary films, spotlighting the hidden treasures of Korean art and modern Korea. Afterwards the presenters reenact a traditional Korean wedding ceremony and invite the audience to a complimentary sampling of Korean cuisine. Seating is limited. Registration is required. To sign up, call (914) 271-6612 or visit the Croton Free Library during open hours.
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
MARCH 12 | MUSIC
“I Love a Piano” with Pianist/Vocalist Peter MuirThe lecture-recital “I Love a Piano: Neglected Gems of the American Parlor” explores the musical pieces created to be played in American homes, for the entertainment of family and guests. With a Ph.D. in musicology, author and pianist/vocalist Peter Muir is an acknowledged authority on American vernacular music. Peter Muir presents music of the American parlor at its heyday, in the first two decades of the twentieth century, including the music of Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and others. Ragtime, popular songs, ballads, blues, and more, combine to bring to life the music of a bygone era.
Sunday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.
MARCH 19 | MUSIC
Arcadian Delights — Piping in the BaroquePeter Walker and Christa Patton perform music from the piping traditions of the palaces and parlors of the baroque — including music from Poland, Bohemia, France, and, of course, Ireland and Scotland. Commonly associated with Highland pipe bands, weddings, and funerals, bagpipes have been played throughout Europe and North Africa from the Middle Ages to the present day. Piping in the Baroque combines rural folk traditions with the art music of its time to reflect the aristocracy’s interest in the pastoral, and the idealized shepherds and nymphs of Arcadia. Described as a “rich-voiced” and “vivid” singer by a recent New York Times review, and an “impressive” and “exciting” piper by clevelandclassical.com, vocalist Peter Walker plays the bock, musette, uilleann pipes, and cornemuse. Christa Patton, historical harpist and early wind specialist, has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan with many of today’s premier early music ensembles.
Sunday, March 19, 2:00 p.m.
MARCH 24 | THEATRE
Much Ado About NothingM&M presents a production by the Red Monkey Theater Group: a new adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s comedy of love, wit, deception, revenge and redemption. This 90-minute comedy, directed by Tal Aviezer, is set in the late 1940s, just after the close of World War II. The production features period costumes and music — including classics of swing and big band – as well as original choreography by Katy Cocovinis. The cast includes Tal Aviezer, Jessica Rodwick, Mario Fuentes, Ed Friedman, Cameron Blair, Charly Bivona, Nick Leshi, Tom Spitzer, and Katy Wood.
Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
MARCH 25 | WORKSHOP
Creativity Workshop with Robin HutchinsonA two-hour workshop at the Croton Free Library lets your creative side surface. Explore ways to bring creativity into your daily life and apply it to everyday problem solving. Robin Hutchinson is dedicated to coaching inventors, artists and dreamers of all types in ways to bring ideas to fruition. Take time to identify and jump start your creative projects. Learn how to stay focused and bring your ideas to completion. Seating is limited. Registration is required. To sign up, call (914) 271-6612 or visit the Croton Free Library during open hours. For teens and adults.
Saturday, March 25, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
MARCH 26 | MUSIC
Sonnet, Piano-Four-Hands DuoSonnet, the four-hand piano duo of Mi-Won Kim and Bari Mort-Zief, lights up an early spring afternoon with timeless classics and the works of contemporary composers. Pianists Mi-Won Kim and Bari Mort each received their Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in Manhattan. Originally from Korea and New York respectively, they have successfully merged their inherently different origins and perspectives into a musical meeting of the minds. The recital features the music of Mozart, Brahms, Goldsmith and Biscardi, and includes George Gershwin’s “Rhaposody in Blue.”
Sunday, March 26, 3:00 p.m.
MARCH 31 | MUSIC
“Mustang Sally Gets the Blues” with the Broken Reed Saxophone QuartetJazz vocalist Tammy Scheffer with the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet present a concert of rock songs based on the blues, imaginatively recomposed by Charley Gerard — “Mustang Sally Gets the Blues.” The group has performed throughout the tristate area and toured in Austria, and has recorded three CDs. The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet — Jenny Hill (soprano), Charley Gerard (alto), Justin Flynn (tenor), and Dimitri Moderbacher (baritone) – returns to the stage at the Croton Free Library with featured artist Tammy Scheffer, who has been a creative voice in NYC’s vibrant jazz scene for almost a decade. Most recently she released a new EP with Morning Bound, an adventurous jazz¬rock trio that was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “innovative, provocative and alluring.”
Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
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.