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:
JANUARY 4 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Curious George with Monica Levy
Come and monkey around with Monica Levy, as she uses music and movement to bring Curious George to life! Enjoy creative activities and music based on the adventures of this lovable mischievous character, created by Margret and H.A. Rey. Bring your imagination and be prepared to wiggle, jump and swing. Monica Levy is the director of the celebrated children’s program LeapSmart, which brings creative movement, yoga and gymnastics to youngsters throughout Westchester. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. Ages 2 to 5. Saturday, January 4, 11:00 a.m.
JANUARY 11 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Theater and Improv Workshop
Children in grades 3 and 4 (at Carrie E. Tompkins School) perform their original one-act play devised during grade school workshops. Following the young actors’ performance, teacher and director Denise Bessette invites any willing audience members to participate in some improv theater games. All are welcome to attend and participate. Ideal for children ages 6 to 13. Please note: This program was originally scheduled in December, and was postponed due to snow. Saturday, January 11, 12:00 p.m.
JANUARY 12 | MUSIC
Simon Boyar, Marimba
Croton-on-Hudson resident Simon Boyar brings his innovative marimba/percussion show to his home library. Reviewers have called Boyar “pyrotechnic and miraculous,” and he was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS’ New Jersey News “State of The Arts” for breaking new ground in percussive music making. As a classical soloist and section percussionist, Boyar has performed around the world and has appeared with artists such as John Adams, Lukas Foss, Evelyn Glennie, Joshua Bell, Andres Cardenes, Emanuel Ax, Gilles Vonsattel and many others. He has been a featured percussion soloist with dozens of orchestras and ensembles, including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Korean Symphony. He is also very active in the expansion of the modern percussion repertoire, and has featured in several premieres and recordings. A graduate of Juilliard, Boyar teaches at New York University. Boyar performs transcribed classical works as well as his own original music, as part of this unforgettable concert experience. Sunday, January 12, 2:00 p.m.
JANUARY 25 | WORKSHOP
How to Take Great Cell Phone Photos, with Sally Delmerico
Learn how to utilize all of the features in your specific cell phone camera, including iPhone and Android systems. Sally Delmerico discusses HDR, panoramic, grid, cropping, as well as basic photo editing. Photographer and educator Delmerico discusses lighting, composition, framing, white balance and metering, along with other techniques for enhancing photo quality. Her program covers basic digital techniques and demystifies the menus of a cell phone camera, and shows some helpful download-able applications. Participants are encouraged to bring their cell phones. Registration required. Teens and adults welcome. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. Saturday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.
JANUARY 26 | MUSIC
Tom Kohl, Mark Minkler, Jon Doty Jazz Trio
This jazz trio performs with energy, spontaneity and drive. Pianist Tom Kohl “is a thoroughly accomplished, experienced, thoughtful musician with the right stuff,” writes Eric Nemeyer, Jazz Improvisation Magazine. Mark Minkler, bass, has been on the New York area music scene for 31 years, and has performed with Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Gerry Mulligan, Jaki Byard, to name a few, and many singers, including Margaret Whiting, Blossom Dearie, Liza Minnelli and Liz Callaway. Mark also is a member of the New York Pops orchestra. New York based drummer/composer Jon Doty has performed with a diverse list of jazz and contemporary artists, in a variety of settings from jazz to R&B and big bands. Tom Kohl, Mark Minkler, and Jon Doty offer a musical afternoon to warm up the coldest weather, with rich harmonic originals, jazz standards, and selections from the great American songbook. Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
Charcoal Portraits by Loomis Mayer
Loomis Mayer is exhibiting charcoal portraits through December 31 in the Ottinger Room. There will be a reception for the artist on November 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring music by Christopher Reising.