DECEMBER 19 | TEEN/TWEEN PROGRAM

Mug Cakes

Come spend an hour learning to make a tasty treat in our creative space. Mug cakes are easy and personal cakes that you can create in just 5 minutes! Participants will have a choice of 3 recipes: Cookies & Cream, Peppermint swirl (Gluten free), or Cinnamon Roll (vegan). Bring your own microwaveable mug (at least 8 ounces), so you can make one to eat and one to go!This workshop is for teens and tweens in grades 5th-12th. Registration Required
Wednesday, December 19, 4:00 p.m.


DECEMBER 31 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Rockin’ New Year’s Craft

Join us in ringing in the New Year a few days early. We’ll be making festive New Year’s hats and reading New Year’s stories, while we count down to the ball drop. Light refreshments will be served. For children of all ages. Registration Required.
Monday, December 31, 1:30 p.m.


JANUARY 19 | MUSIC

“Turning Back Time” with Soprano Laura Stelman Jaeger and Pianist Mark Mitchell

At home with both opera and Broadway, Croton-on-Hudson’s own Laura Stelman Jaeger offers “an intimate cabaret,” chronicling life’s twists and turns from conservatory to cancer and beyond. Laura, who received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master’s from Indiana University, is joined by fellow Croton resident, pianist Mark Mitchell. Mark has been the music director, conductor and/or pianist for well over 50 Broadway, off-Broadway, national tour and regional productions. Come to Laura’s home library to warm up a chilly evening with vocal works by favorite composers, from Bernstein to Sondheim, Rodgers to Rossini.
Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.


JANUARY 26 | STUDENT ART WORKSHOPS

Paper-Cutting with Local Artist Sine Hjort

Young artists learn to use paper cutting to tell stories and create beautiful pictures. Paper-cutting artist Sine Hjort introduces students to the tradition of paper cutting, beginning with simple designs and frequently used basic patterns. Working with folded paper and scissors, participants will enjoy experiencing the “magic” of unfolding their own paper cutting, and revealing the picture they have made. Registration is required. Register by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the library during open hours.
Saturday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, grades 1 through 4; 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., grades 5 and up (including adults).


JANUARY 27 | MUSIC

The Hudson Valley String Quartet Presents “The Bad Boys of the Quartet: Ravel and Beethoven”

When one thinks about musicians rebelling against tradition, classical music does not instantly come to mind. Yet Beethoven and Ravel composed some of the most avant-garde music of their time, and it was not always a comfortable experience for their audiences or their critics. The Hudson Valley String Quartet - Marka Young, David Fiedler, violins; Lauren Buono, viola; Jeanne Fox, cello - explores both the “badness” and the greatness of Ludwig van Beethoven’s quirky and beautiful Opus 59, #3 quartet, and Maurice Ravel’s sensuous, iconic quartet written in 1903. Taking great music local, the Hudson Valley String Quartet is dedicated to bringing great string quartet literature to the Hudson Valley’s concert scene.
Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.


Exhibitions

Listening to Jazz: The Journey

Solo Exhibition
Sheilah Rechtschaffer

Artist Sheilah Rechtschaffer is presenting a continuing body of work at the Croton Free Library. Her focus continues as a visual artist and how she has integrated that experience with listening at the same time to jazz music. The paintings can be accessed through the process of QR Codes on smart phones. The works in the exhibition were made over the past year in watercolor, ink and pencil employ a visual vocabulary of color, form, and gesture that emulates jazz improvisation. Full Press Release.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2:30-4:00pm

Artist’s Talk: Saturday, December 1, 2:30-4:00pm

On Display November 1 - December 26