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 20 | 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, January 20, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
JANUARY 21 | FAMILY PROGRAM
Simultaneous Chess Exhibition with Peter BarkmanLocal chess teacher, Peter Barkman, plays a simultaneous chess exhibition (a “simul”). For this particular exhibition, Peter prepares to play up to 20 opponents at once. Interested challengers need only to know the basic rules of the game. This fun and educational chess program is open to both children and adults, and child/adult teams are also eligible to participate. Registration is required. Register by visiting or calling (914-271-6612) the Croton Free Library during open hours. For children and adults.
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
JANUARY 27 | FAMILY PROGRAM
Professor Hackensneeze’s Wizard Academy with David EngelThe bumbling Professor Hackensneeze makes a visit from the Hogwarts Academy to teach kids, and their parental Muggles, the secrets of their magical powers. This loony Professor of Wizardry leads children on a zany and mystical day-in-the-life of a Wizard In Training (W.I.T.)! Magic potion recipes, wand etiquette, slapstick antics, talking trolls and a visit from his furry sidekick Mortimer are all part of this interactive show. Recommended for youngsters four years and older. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. “Presto Hilarioso!”
Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
JANUARY 28 | MUSIC
“Calo Solo” — Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist Peter CaloPeter Calo appears at his hometown library after recently releasing his fourth CD, “Time Machine.” Well-known for his work with Carly Simon, Peter toured with her for years, produced her release “Never Been Gone,” and contributed to the music featured in the audiobook format of her memoir, “Boys in the Trees.” Peter has also performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Linda Eder, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Julie Taymor, CrashTest Dummies, Joel Grey and more. This year, Peter performed to a sold-out Carnegie Hall audience as part of the” Lead Belly Tribute” concert. He is the featured guitarist on the upcoming Amazon Series, “Z for Zelda.” The Croton Free Library happily welcomes Peter Calo back for a concert that is free and open to the public.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
JANUARY 29 | PRESENTATION
“Divorce – A Survival Guide” with Attorney Bob CollinsDivorce demands that decisions be made on important issues, despite emotional turmoil — determining the logistics for parenting, relocating and absorbing the economic shock of a second household, dividing assets and liabilities, and allocating responsibility for future family expenses. Bob Collins, an attorney who has practiced family law and divorce mediation in New York for over 35 years, uncovers common myths that lead to costly errors. A local resident for decades, Bob Collins is the author of the training text (“Common Sense and the Crisis of Divorce”) that has been used to teach divorce mediators in New York and around the nation.
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 2 | 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, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9 & 23, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 4 | WORKSHOP SERIES
A Day of Wellness and Relaxation at the LibraryMental stimulation, stress alleviation and physical rejuvenation await participants in the Croton Free Library’s Wellness Day workshop series. Join us in exploring ways to enjoy a lifestyle full of positive energy.
Teens and adults are invited to register for one, some or all of the six workshops, led by local experts, and running consecutively
through the day.
10:00 Yoga, The Perfect Antidote to Stress,
with Kristy Cohen, Yoga Sol
11:00 Nutrition-Packed Smoothies,
with Susan Chasen, The Organic Teaching Kitchen
12:00 Chocolate-Dipped Treats,
with Mary Bernal, Library Staff
1:00 Balance Training Class and the Importance of Balance Training and Nutrition,
with Caryl DePalma, certified personal trainer (NASAM)
2:00 Posture, Breathing and Core Stabilization, with Kelly Kessey and Lynn Culbertson, Old Post Physical Therapy
3:00 Meditation Toolbox for Daily Life,
with Amy Reyer, Mindfulness/Meditation Educator
Space is limited to provide for individual attention. Registration required for each class, by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the library during open hours. If you own a mat, please bring it along. Open to teens and adults.
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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, Julia Monaco, Martina Portychova, Tina Mayer, Michael Schwartz, AnnMarie Sykes, Richard Smith and Boris Teodoro. (Performer line-up is subject to change.)
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 12 | MUSIC
Vent Nouveau Presents Works by Saint-SaënsRomance is in the air, as Vent Nouveau offers a pre-Valentine’s Day concert featuring works for winds by Camille Saint-Saëns. The woodwind ensemble of Vent Nouveau – dedicated to highlighting a wide range of wonderful yet underperformed repertoire for winds – perform solo and duo pieces, and combine forces to present “Caprice sur des airs Danois et Russes.” The afternoon recital takes place at clarinetist Kristen Mather de Andrade’s hometown library – the Croton Free Library. In addition to Kristen Mather de Andrade (clarinet), the ensemble includes other principal instrumentalists with the West Point Band — Katrina Owens (flute) and Anna Pennington (oboe) – as well as Jeongeun Yom (piano), a member of the music faculty at Manhattanville College.
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 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 a.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.