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Library Hours
Regular Hours (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 (July–August) MONDAY  10:00 am–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–3:00 pm
SUNDAY  closed

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

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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:

Also check out our new monthly calendar, which shows both recurring and special events, and sign up for our email newsletter.


MAY 29 |  MUSIC

Songs from Around the World

The Children and Women Singers of Croton present traditional music from Sweden, France, Russia, Africa, USA, Canada and Congo. The evening of songs from around the world highlights Latin rhythms from Colombia (Cumbia, Porro), Argentina (Zamba), Uruguay (Candombe) and Mexico (Huapango). In addition, the chorus performs works in Italian and French extolling the beauty of spring. The choral concert includes guest artists — Gunnar Anderson (piano), Santiago Morocho (guitar, percussion). Director Nurt Astrid Villani, a native of Colombia, studied choral conducting at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris.
Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 6 |  CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Croton Free Library presents a new setting of the humorous H. C. Andersen classic about pride, vanity, and daring to tell the truth. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is told with help of the harp, trombone, and an amusing assortment of percussion instruments! Performers Alyssa Reit, harp and storytelling, and Ric Becker, trombone and percussion, open the show with a folksong medley and an introduction to the instruments they are playing. Come hear the tale of the emperor’s fashion statement and its revealing results – in a brand new way.
Saturday, June 6, 11:00 a.m.


JUNE 6 |  THEATRE

The Salonnieres by Liz Duffy Adams

Hudson Stage Company presents a performance of Liz Duffy Adams’ play set in pre-revolutionary Paris – The Salonnieres. A young woman fresh from the convent finds herself promised in marriage to an older nobleman to pay off her father’s debts. She flees to the literary salon of her late mother’s dearest friends, aristocratic women who conceal radical politics within reinvented folk tales. But which of them is her fairy godmother, and which the cruel stepmother? Is the nobleman a Prince Charming or a Beast? Liz Duffy Adams is a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Women of Achievement Award, Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, Weston Playhouse Music-Theater Award, and MacDowell Colony residencies. Q&A follows the performance, which is directed by Evan Yionoulis, and made possible through grants from ArtsWestchester, NYSCA and the generosity of the Croton Free Library.
Saturday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 12 |  MUSIC

Eric Person Trio

Jazz standards and originals with soulful sophistication light up the late spring – with Eric Person, saxophone; Adam Klipple, organ, and Tony Jefferson, drums. Saxophonist Eric Person has performed, recorded and collaborated with jazz legends such as Dave Holland, Chico Hamilton, McCoy Tyner, John Hicks and World Saxophone Quartet. Since embarking on a solo career with his debut release, “Arrival,” his music has shown originality, creativity, beautiful complexities and depth. Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine stated, “Person is more than fine; he’s a major talent of his generation.”
Friday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 13 |  YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE

Classical Music Recital for Teens

Sign up to be a part of the Croton Free Library’s annual Classical Young Artists’ Showcase. Students in 7th through 12th grade (a wider age group, new this year) 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. THE LIBRARY NOW CAN PROVIDE AN ACCOMPANIST TO PARTICIPANTS. Music must be submitted by June 1, for those who wish to use the library accompanist. Registration begins immediately, and closes May 30. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (lskelly@wlsmail.org).
Saturday, June 13, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 27 |  SUMMER READING GAME KICK-OFF

“Tracy at the Bat” with Jay Mankita

Jay’s show is the fabulous kick-off to the Croton Free Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Game. The songwriter/guitarist’s interactive concert for children and families features songs about ordinary heroes and extraordinary adventure, from the baseball field to the farthest reaches of the unknown universe. Jay Mankita plays fun, funky songs on keyboard and guitar, and accompanies himself on an innovative, foot-driven percussion rig that he’s designed from found objects, recycled materials, and knocked-about, pried-apart drum gear. After the show, youngsters are invited to sign up for the Summer Reading Game, which runs from June 27 to August 8. During the summer, children share their reading to earn prizes, drop in for crafts, watch movies, play bingo and lots more.
Saturday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.


Exhibitions

PHOTOS BY MARJIE

by Marjie Zelman

On display in the Ottinger Room May 1 to June 30, 2015.
Reception Saturday, May 9, 2:00-4:00pm


TAKE A WALK IN CROTON

“Take a Walk in Croton” is a new gallery exhibit at Croton Free Library. The exhibit highlights four walking tours developed by Croton Friends of History with photographs of historic houses and architecture in Croton. The audience is also invited to add post-it comments to a bulletin board telling about their favorite walks in Croton and personal experience with the historical sites. In addition to the brochures available from the Croton Friends of History, there are google maps links that allow one to follow the tours.

VIEW THE WALKING TOURS

WALK 1 | WALK 2 | WALK 3 | WALK 4