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:


The Balloonman, Chris Fuentes

Giant balloon sculptures and tales of extraordinary adventure – Chris Fuentes, of the Westchester Balloon Company, brings his unique storytelling style to the Croton Free Library. Watch Chris construct the heroes of his stories – illustrating the summer reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Experience your imagination taking off: Storytime takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures and loads of audience participation. Please sign up children (accompanying adults do not need to register), by visiting or calling (914-271-6612) during library hours.
Saturday, August 27, 11:00 a.m.


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, September 2 and 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Discover the Adirondacks with Peter W. Kick

Explore mountain majesty with author Peter W. Kick. Peter offers expert advice as a New York State licensed guide on how to enjoy fun and safe adventures in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Author of several hiking, canoeing and cycling guides for AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) and Norton Publishing, Peter presents slides, maps and commentary from the newly revised, 2nd edition of his Discover the Adirondacks guidebook. He also brings with him some of the essential equipment for visiting backcountry destinations. Those who knew Croton’s native son and major mountain fan, Matt Potel, have the added incentive to attend, as Matt features in Peter’s book, Desperate Steps—Life, Death and Decisions Made in the Mountains of the Northeast. Come learn more about the Adirondacks that Matt loved so well!
Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.


Introduction to Babysitting

Potential babysitters build essential skills for responsible childcare through this four-hour course. Amanda Tucker, who is a current kindergarten teacher, gives hands-on instruction on several topics, including: interviewing and communication tips; ages/stages of young babies and toddlers; safety and first-aid; feeding and caring for children (including diaper changing). Amanda holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education and Special Education. She will administer a simple test at the completion of the course and distribute certificates. Bring paper and pen – and your lunch! For youngsters ages 10 and up. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Sing-Sing Prison with Dana White

Freelance writer and editor Dana White, the current Ossining Village Historian, is fascinated with telling, in images and words, the story of Ossining – from its downtown to its waterfront to the prison within its borders. In her presentation, Dana, who was recently appointed to the first Board of Trustees for the Sing Sing Prison Museum, spotlights the enthralling history of the notorious Sing Sing. This evening’s presentation is a collaboration between the Croton Free Library and the Special Libraries Association / Hudson Valley Chapter.
Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.


Introduction to 3D Printing

This is an introduction to the process of 3D printing. Assistant Library Director, Jesse Bourdon, will demonstrate how 3D models are created and how they are prepared for printing, and will show a 3D printer in action. Whether you are curious how 3D printers work or are interested in possibly volunteering your time to help others use it, you should attend.
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.


Jazz Artist Tony Jefferson

Drummer and vocalist Tony Jefferson continues his adventures in vocalizing, as his eclectic taste in music informs his growing multidirectional repertoire. Tony is a versatile musician, and a “fixture” on the New York jazz scene as an accomplished drummer, whose singing prompted The New York Times to say this: “… at his most lyrical, he [Tony Jefferson] invites comparison with Mr. (Freddy) Cole and his brother, Nat. But he is also given to flights of improvisatory fancy calling to mind the scat singing of Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin.” Tony presents a diverse program of music, including timeless standards, classic jazz, Brazilian, classic soul and blues.
Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.


Summer Art Show - Doreen O’Connor

The show includes paintings of Croton Point and Riverside Park as well as scenes from Monhegan Island, Mr and Ms. O’Connor’s family farm in Dutchess County. Most of the new work has been painted en Plein Air or on site. This mode of work has become the artist’s favorite way to work when conditions allow. There certainly are interesting challenges inherent in Plein Air from too much wind or paint drying too quickly to insects invading but it is also, according to Ms. O’Connor, a lot of fun.

On Display in the Ottinger Room, July 2 through August 31

Reception: July 16, 2:00-4:00 P.M.


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.

Botanical Art Exhibit

On Display in the main gallery, June to August.
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