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:
MARCH 31 | MUSIC
“Mustang Sally Gets the Blues” with the Broken Reed Saxophone QuartetJazz vocalist Tammy Scheffer with the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet present a concert of rock songs based on the blues, imaginatively recomposed by Charley Gerard — “Mustang Sally Gets the Blues.” The group has performed throughout the tristate area and toured in Austria, and has recorded three CDs. The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet — Jenny Hill (soprano), Charley Gerard (alto), Justin Flynn (tenor), and Dimitri Moderbacher (baritone) – returns to the stage at the Croton Free Library with featured artist Tammy Scheffer, who has been a creative voice in NYC’s vibrant jazz scene for almost a decade. Most recently she released a new EP with Morning Bound, an adventurous jazz¬rock trio that was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “innovative, provocative and alluring.”
Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 2 | CRIME FICTION IN CROTON
An Afternoon of Murder, Mystery and MayhemMeet three local authors – Maggie Barbieri, John Roche and Shaun Coen – as they discuss their latest books. We will have readings from the panel of mystery writers and answers to some of our most pressing crime fiction questions.
• Maggie Barbieri is the author of three mystery series, including the Murder 101 series, the Maeve Conlon Lies series, and her latest (writing as Maggie McConnon), The Belfast McGrath Mysteries. In this new series, a celebrity chef returns home to cook – and solve mysteries – in her Irish family’s wedding catering venue.
• John Roche’s first novel, Bronx Bound, taps into some of his own experiences as an award-winning newspaper journalist for more than 20 years in the Bronx, where he was born and raised, and in Westchester, where he currently resides. He will be discussing Bronx Bound, as well as his second crime novel now in progress.
• Shaun Coen is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed in New York City and its metropolitan area, Chicago, and Maryland. The Pot O’Gold Murder, his first novel, features hard-living Detective Eileen Ryan, who is called upon to investigate the murder of a popular Irish bartender with whom she had an affair.
A meet-and-greet reception follows the presentation. Books will be available for purchase and signing. (Prices range from $5.00 to $15.00, by check or cash only.) A portion of the proceeds benefits the Croton Free Library.
Sunday, April 2, 1:30 p.m.
APRIL 7 | 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, April 7 & 28, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
APRIL 21 | SEMINAR
Cyber Scams, Don’t Fall for ThemLearn how to protect yourself on-line. Did you know that cyber scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered the “crime of the 21st century?” Cyber scams are devastating to many seniors and can leave them in a very vulnerable position. The Croton Harmon High School Programming Club hosts a seminar on cybersecurity for patrons of all ages to help increase their on-line safety savvy. All internet users welcome, no matter what level of computer expertise.
Friday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.
APRIL 22 | MUSIC
Singer/Songwriter Marc Berger with Joe FloodSinger/Songwriter Marc Berger and “acoustic magician” Joe Flood perform original compositions, including songs from Marc’s critically acclaimed album, Ride. Inspired by Marc’s lifelong love affair with the American West, Ride presents ten cinematic songs capturing the vastness and romance of the West. Marc has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has opened shows for Bob Dylan, and other national acts. His song “The Last One” was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for over 25 years. Joe Flood – on mandolin, fiddle and guitar – has played with The Band, Blues Traveler, Eric Andersen and many other notable artists.
Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 23 | MUSIC
Pianist Michael Skelly & Mezzo-Soprano Kelly NewberryClassical pianist Michael Skelly returns to the Croton Free Library to present a sparkling program of solo piano works, and art songs from Europe and the Americas – with rising star Kelly Newberry. Noted as “a compelling narrator” (Opera News) for her performance in First Songs at the Morgan Library in 2015, Peruvian-American mezzo-soprano Kelly Newberry is a passionate and multi-faceted musician whose repertoire traverses the baroque to the present. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kelly holds a master’s degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program. Michael Skelly has been a full-time member of the piano faculty at Columbia University for over 30 years. Michael, who resided in Croton-on-Hudson for decades, has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Enjoy an enthralling afternoon with the music of Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Debussy, Guiridi, Montsalvatge and Schubert.
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.
APRIL 24 | MOBILE SHREDDER
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 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
APRIL 25 | ANNUAL MEETING
Become more civically engaged at the Croton Free Library Association Annual Meeting
Come cast your vote on April 25th at 7PM 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. As added incentive, there’ll be snacks!
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
APRIL 30 | MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE
Women Rising, Scars and AllPerformance artist Marcy B. Freedman joins the musicians of Skin Against Metal to present a program of words, images and music to honor women of a certain age. During the past year Marcy Freedman was engaged in a project to explore “the pros and cons of aging, when you are female.” And, after moderating several discussion groups, Marcy was inspired to write the monologue that is presented in Women Rising, Scars and All. Her collaborators, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino of Skin Against Metal provide an ambient soundscape, as well as musical interludes.
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.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.