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:
FEBRUARY 12 | SEMINAR
Preparing for a Long Life at Home: Designs for Greater Independence
This interactive, informational session offers practical living strategies for all rooms of the home that combine safety and comfort with style. Experts from the local firm In Place ReDesign Architecture, Catherine Martone and David Hallerman, discuss such important considerations as: stress-free movement through the home, more accessible bathrooms, improved kitchen set-ups, safe exits and entrances, and the pros and cons of smart-house technology.
Friday, February 12, 3:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 12, 19, 26 | FEBRUARY FILM SERIES
Identity and Memory
The Croton Free Library shows three fascinating films exploring identity and memory. Come at 7:00 for a casual pre-screening discussion of the evening’s movie. The films show at 7:30:
• “Mr. Holmes” Can a retired Sherlock Holmes unravel the clues that lead to the reconstruction of his own personal memory? Actor Ian McKellen plays the aging, legendary detective, with a new and wonderful interpretation of what may be the most human Sherlock yet. Come judge for yourself. (2015, PG, 104 min.)
Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
• “Memento” The hero of this riveting thriller tries to retain his short-term memories by tattooing his body with notes. Guy Pearce stars in the role of Leonard Shelby, an ex-insurance investigator, whose last memory is the murder of his wife. AMBI Pictures has announced that it will remake Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” Take a look at the Oscar-nominated original first. (2000, R, 113 min.)
Friday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
• “Still Alice” Julianne Moore won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor who fights for her personal identity, despite early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. (Please also see our listings for Alzheimer’s Detection and Prevention presentations for the general public, hosted by the library in February.) (2014, PG-13, 101 min.)
Friday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 13 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Teddy Bear Clinic with Lesley Phillips
Children, accompanied by a parent (or other caregiver), bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll to the Teddy Bear Clinic for a check-up. A play session, with the teddy bears as patients and children as doctors, is led by Lesley Phillips, a Certified Child Life Specialist from Hudson River Healing. The Teddy Bear Clinic is designed to help youngsters understand what to expect – and parents how to best support them — during medical exams. Ages 2 through 8, with accompanying adult. Registration required. Register by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the Croton Free Library during open hours.
Saturday, February 13, 11:00 a.m.
FEBRUARY 17 | WORKSHOP
Earring Design with Joan Lloyd
Express 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 adults and teens.
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 19, 26 | PRESENTATIONS
Alzheimer’s Detection and Prevention
Jody Addeo, of the Westchester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, offers two presentations designed for the general public. First, receive basic information everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. Then, learn about lifestyle habits that we can adopt at any time in life to help keep our brains healthy as we age, and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. The presentations draw on the latest research on treating and preventing memory loss. (In addition, consider joining us for our evening February film series, which complements the topics of these afternoon presentations.)
• The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Friday, February 19, 3:00 p.m.
• Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
Friday, February 26, 3:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 20 | JOB SEARCH SKILLS SUPER SATURDAY
Presented by Jeanne Nelson and Lyn Nelson of PROWESS Workshops
Brush up on your job search skills and learn the latest techniques to present yourself in a highly competitive job market. Business etiquette consultant and trainer Jeanne Nelson and career counselor Lyn Nelson will take you through the steps to organize and perfect your professional job search through four consecutive, instructive and entertaining workshops: 2016 Job Search Trends and Resume Refresh, Networking Face to Face: How to Work a Room (Full of Strangers), Networking Online: Optimize LinkedIn for Your Job Search, and Nailing the Interview. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For all job seekers, including students seeking internships, new grads, and young and seasoned professionals. Bring your lunch along (there will be a 30-minute midday break).
Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 23 | CROTON READS
Community Book Discussion
This year, our Croton Reads book selection is the all-ages book, Wonder by R. J. Palacio. We will have a fascinating panel of experts facilitating the discussion. Dr. Ed Fuhrman, Superintendent of Schools, Jeanine Isabella, School Counselor, Dr. Bob Milich, Clinical Psychologist, Danielle Alvarez Greer, Board Member of the Craniofacial Foundation of America and the Dankelson Family, whose son Peter has a craniofacial difference. Peter and his Mom, Dede are spokespeople for the Children’s Craniofacial Association. The Moderator for the evening is local resident Tina Jordan of Entertainment Weekly.
Don’t miss this rich discussion! Make it a family outing!
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 28 | THEATRE
“W.E.B. Du Bois, A Man for all Time”
Written and directed by Alexa Kelly, the play “W.E.B. Du Bois, A Man for all Time” entertains and enthralls, as it takes the audience on this near-100-year journey. Brian Richardson portrays W.E.B. Du Bois, an African-American born just after the Civil War. Du Bois broke many barriers: he attended and graduated from Harvard, studied in Europe and ran for Senator. He co-founded the NAACP, participated in establishing the United Nations, saw segregation declared unconstitutional, and died, in 1963, in Africa, on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said of his mentor, “History cannot ignore W.E.B. Du Bois.” This theatrical event is presented by M&M Productions, in conjunction with Pulse Theatre Ensemble.
Sunday, February 28, 2:00 p.m.
MARCH 3 | MEET THE AUTHOR
R.J. Palacio visits the Library
Meet the author!!! R. J. Palacio, author of the book Wonder, will be at the Croton Free Library on Thursday, March 3rd! She will be signing books from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the main library. (Bring your own, or buy one that day, $15.00 each – proceeds benefit the library.)
Ms. Palacio will be giving a presentation beginning at 7:00 pm on the 3rd. Tickets are required for this event due to limited space. Pick up your tickets at the Croton Free Library beginning February 11th. First priority will go to Croton Free Library cardholders. Two tickets per family, the tickets are free!
Thursday, March 3, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.(Tickets required)
Textile Collages by Judy Scheck
On Display January and February
Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2:00-4:00 P.M.