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Homegrown String Band in Concert

The Homegrown String Band brings an American folk tradition into the 21st century. This family of musicians collaborates to develop an “organically grown” repertoire of original and roots music inspired by the classic sounds of rural America. The Jackofsky family (husband, wife, daughter) trio uses a full palette of instruments – including guitar, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo ukulele, baritone ukulele, harmonica and doumbek – to take the audience on a musical journey from ancient ballads of the British Isles to contemporary blues and bluegrass.
Sunday, March 24, 2:00 p.m.


The Croton Free Library presents Cupcake Wars!

A friendly competition where you get a chance to creatively decorate cupcakes in themed categories for grades 3-8. Coached by Baked by Susan!!! Judged by the Library Teen Advisory Board. Prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, March 30, 3:00 p.m.


Elinore O’Connell Presents Traditional Irish Music with a Touch of Jazz

In the spirit of the Irish seisiún or “session,” Elinore O’Connell and her band of traditional Celtic and jazz musicians offer a warm and lively evening. Listen to tunes played by accomplished local fiddler Sean Roarty and mandolin player Joseph Connolly. Elinore sings Celtic-inspired songs infused with American jazz, featuring bassist John Goldberg and pianist Julio Valenzuela. Elinore, who has made her mark as a jazz and Broadway singer, brings a bit of the Emerald Isle to her home library.
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.


Sonnet, Piano-Four-Hands Duo

Join us for an afternoon of piano four-hands music featuring Sonnet with pianists Mi-Won Kim and Bari Mort-Zieff. A program of delightful dances spanning three centuries of musical styles gives a lively welcome to early spring. Pianists Mi-Won Kim and Bari Mort each received their Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in Manhattan. Originally from Korea and New York respectively, they have successfully merged their inherently different origins and perspectives into a musical meeting of the minds.
Sunday, March 31, 3:00 p.m.


Croton Free Library Chess Club

Come and join our weekly chess club. Learn strategies, techniques and play games. Taught by Kenaya Massaline. All ages and all levels of experience welcome.
Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


The Croton Free Library honors published authors hailing from, working in and/or writing about Croton-on-Hudson and its neighboring environs. A Celebration of Local Authors is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, ushering in National Library Week (April 7 to April 13). The afternoon includes readings and book signings during an afternoon reception for writers and attendees. Authors present at regular intervals, including (in alphabetical order): Monique Brown, Richard L. Corsetti with Kevin Thomas, Tom Evans, Richard W. Haines, Antonio Longo, Mary T. Prenon, John MacLean, and Robert J. Stava. (Check the library’s website, crotonfreelibrary.org, for the final schedule of readings.) Attendees are invited to drop in for any of the readings, or stay the whole day! Books will be available for purchase with cash or check (with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the library). Saturday, April 6, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Free Shredding!

Spring cleaning? Need to safely rid your files of old documents? To celebrate the end of the tax season, the Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be stationed in the parking lot of the Croton Free Library for your use. Each person is permitted a maximum of 4 file boxes, approximately 10” x 12” x 15” each box. All bindings and metals must be removed and no bound or hardcover ledger books are accepted. First come, first served.
Monday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Presenter Janet Levine, a registered dietitian and dentist, shares her fascination with the effects of good nutrition on health. Janet explains how whole foods and common spices can prevent and reverse such problems as diabetes, and heart and gastrointestinal disease. A plant-based diet is also chosen by many athletes to achieve maximum performance. Janet demonstrates how to make a one of many possible nutrition-packed dishes with delicious ingredients. Registration is required, so that we can ensure that we have samples for attendees. Call (914-271-6612) or visit the library during open hours to sign up.
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.


Peter Calo Hosts

Unplug and take center-stage – blues, folk and acoustic rock welcome. Songwriter and award-winning guitarist Peter Calo hosts the evening and offers a tune or two himself. Peter has released several CDs of his original songs and was a senior band-member for Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb, Linda Eder and Sophie B. Hawkins for many years. This year, the Acoustic Showcase pays special tribute to Pete Seeger, whose birthday is just the day before, and performers are encouraged to select a song inspired by Pete. Soloists, duos and trios may sign up to perform one or two well-prepared songs.. Microphones are available, as is the piano. (Please do not plan on drums, amps, mixers or other sound systems.) Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (lskelly@wlsmail.org), or visit the library to sign up. Adults and teens, high school age and older.
Deadline to sign up: April 17, 2019. Save the date: Saturday, May 4, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert.


Croton Free Library Association Annual Meeting

Come cast your vote on April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Ottinger Room at the Library to elect new members of the Library’s Board of Trustees and officers for the Croton Free Library Association. This is a great chance to hear more about what’s happening at the Library, meet the volunteers who work closely with the professional staff to make the Croton Free Library a place that truly serves the entire community, and learn how to become more involved in the Library. Voting is limited to current members of the Croton Free Library Association. Become a member by donating HERE or by making a donation in-person in the Library or at the Annual Meeting.
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Botanic Garden, by Todd Logan

InBotanic Garden — a funny, poignant drama — Kate Goodman, a widow, is desperate to get out of a first date. She turns to the one person who can help: her deceased husband, Jake. Botanic Garden is an inventively constructed portrait of an imperfect marriage between people who always loved each other, even when they didn’t get along. Todd Logan’s heartwarming play charms audiences with the intricacies of a long-term relationship: the trials and joys, the loss and renewal. Starring veteran actors Karen Quinn-Panzer and Frank Panzer, the play is brought to the library by M&M Performing Arts Company.
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.


Up in Arms Presents “Tortoise & Hare’s Race to Health”

On your mark, get set, read! That’s what Benjamin Booksmart does to help his friend Terrence the Tortoise as he prepares for another race with Henry the Hare. Inspired by Aesop’s famous fable, the show features a cast of colorful, fun puppet friends who engage the entire audience through interactive songs and movement. Ideal for ages 3 through 8.
Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.


Demystifying Medicare and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

This presentation from Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (a project of the Westchester Library System) informs and guides those trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. Whether you already have Medicare, or are planning your retirement and contemplating healthcare coverage, this engaging, interactive program helps outline your options and future costs. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested. Sign up at the library in person or by calling 914-271-6612.
Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.



Marcy B. Freedman presents

Rethinking Past Work from a Feminist Perspective

An exhibition in honor of Women’s History Month. Full Artist Statement.

March 1 through April 30, 2019

Reception with brief remarks:
Saturday, March 9th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Reflections and Woven Dreams

March through April 2019

“We Control the Horizontal, We Control the Vertical”, a catch phrase from the ’60’s TV show “Outer Limits”, may come to mind upon viewing the spectacular work of Croton on Hudson photographers Jim Bourdon and Mary Jean Picciano, now at the Croton Free Library Gallery. It’s worth a visit to the Croton Free Library’s Gallery to see such original and interesting work by two local artists. Full Artist Statement.