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:
DECEMBER 9 | SILENT FILM
Comedic Genius Harold Lloyd and Pianist Jesse BellerThe gift of laughter launches the holiday season at the Croton Free Library. Harold Lloyd stars in the black-and-white, silent film The Kid Brother (1927, 82 mins). Harold Hickory (Lloyd) is the youngest and most timid member of the prominent Hickory family of Hickoryville. Harold cannot live up to the tough strength of his father Sheriff Jim Hickory or his brothers Leo and Olin. But when Mary Powers (Jobyna Ralston) is threatened by a medicine show charlatan, Harold uses his wits instead of his muscles to protect his true love. Jesse Beller provides live, original accompaniment – his annual holiday gift to the library – with extraordinary style and flair.
Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 10 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Lego Man of New YorkCody Wells, Lego Man of New York, leads Lego free-build activities for elementary-school-age students. Kids can build their own structures and also contribute to the group creation of a Lego holiday village (which will remain on display in the library through the winter break). Cody will inspire hours of Lego fun, and award prizes to the best original structures constructed during the program. The Lego free-build lasts for three hours, and youngsters can feel free to drop in anytime from 10:30 to 1:30.
Saturday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 12 | BOOK CLUB
Mother-Daughter Book ClubIt will be a time of bonding and interesting discussions on great works of young adult literature. The target age group of the daughters is 10-14 years of age. Our next meeting and discussing of books we would like to read for the upcoming year will be Monday, December 12th at 7pm. There will be snacks and refreshments served. Please try to RSVP in advance at our Circulation desk or by phone (914) 271-6612.
Monday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
DECEMBER 14 | TWEEN/TEEN 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 tweens and teens.
Wednesday, December 14, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
JANUARY 8 | ILLUSTRATED LECTURE
“Great Women Artists of the 20th Century” with Marcy B. FreemanThe illustrated lecture “Great Women Artists of the 20th Century” celebrates the last century as a period of great accomplishment for women painters, photographers, video and performance artists. Marcy B. Freeman demonstrates this point with the work of such artists as Georgia O’Keefe, Joan Mitchell, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic, Pipilotti Rist, and many others. Marcy, an artist and art historian, maintains a studio in Peekskill, which is full of art in a diverse range of media. Her work has been included in more than 350 exhibitions around the country. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Croton Free Library and the Croton Council on the Arts.
Sunday, January 8, 2:00 p.m.
RESCHEDULED DATE, FEBRUARY 11 | BROADWAY & CABARET SHOWCASE
Cris Groenendaal, Master of CeremoniesCome to the cabaret! Cris Groenendaal (who starred as the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway) hosts the Broadway & Cabaret Showcase at the Croton Free Library. Sue Anderson, musical director for several Broadway shows, accompanies Cris and all other performers. The annual showcase is always a crowd-pleaser. Hear Cris, Sue, your family, friends and neighbors, including: Rick Ahneman, Timothy Auld, Alex Dyer, Emily Groenendaal, Jonathan Hiller, Elissa Leone, Antonia Julie Martinez, Tina Mayer, Julia Monaco, Michael Schwartz, AnnMarie Sykes, Richard Smith and Boris Teodoro. (Performer line-up is subject to change.)
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
On Display in the Ottinger Room November 2 - December 29
Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2:00-4:00 P.M.