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 27 | THEATRE
“All I Need to Know About Life I Learned on the Radio” with Kacey Morabito GreanThere are a few “rules of radio” that actually apply quite nicely to life: smile, keep moving forward, tell the truth. Then there are the life lessons a radio personality learns along the way. Kacey Morabito Grean has been waking up New York’s Westchester and the Hudson Valley for the past 15 years, as co-host of Mike and Kacey in the Morning. Kacey of 100.7 WHUD creates an inspiring and uplifting hour of entertainment with stories and music. Feel free to sing along! Presented by M&M Productions; with Q&A to follow. Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 11 | ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE
Peter Calo HostsSongwriter Peter Calo hosts an evening of acoustic music and offers a tune or two himself. Peter has been a senior band-member for Carly Simon, guitarist for the Broadway hit Hairspray, and musical consultant to director Julie Taymor for her film Across the Universe. Come hear your friends, family and neighbors perform, including: Joe Adami, Nenad Bach, Julia Douglass, Susan Kane, Keith Knoeppel, April Martin, Doug Olcott, John Power, John Walz, Jayne Whitman and Rachel Zieff, among others (performers subject to change). Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 12 | MUSIC
Klezmer!Come revel in the joyous music of the Westchester Klezmer Program. This intergenerational group, which performs the style of Eastern European folk and dance music known as klezmer, is the largest program of its kind in the country. Under the lively direction of Kenny Green and instruction of Croton resident Matty Mozzor, the musicians (from youngsters to elders) offer a crowd-pleasing good time. This concert is for the whole family. Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.
APRIL 15 | MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR
Workshop with Susan JeffersWho’s that with McDuff? It’s llustrator/author Susan Jeffers, who is coming down to the village to help us celebrate National Library Week. Learn to draw the irrepressible McDuff. Susan Jeffers reads from her books, copies of which will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Croton Free Library. Open to students in grade K through 2. Seating limited. Registration required. Wednesday, April 15, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
APRIL 15 | WELCOME THE NEW DIRECTOR
Reception for Yvonne CechCelebrate National Library Week and join us in welcoming Yvonne Cech, the Croton Free Library’s new Director. This will be a casual reception hosted by the Croton Free Library Board of Trustees and the Library Association. Open to the public. Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
APRIL 17 | YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM
Citizen Workshop with Vickie FremontCelebrate Earth Day a bit early this year! Bring your old discs (computer, CDs and DVDs) and discover how trash can become treasure. You’ll be amazed at the mobiles, pendants, bags and more that can result from your creative ingenuity. Instructing artist and environmentalist Vickie Fremont provides inspiration for some relaxing, Earth-friendly fun. Call (914-271-6612) or visit the library to sign up. Registration required. For middle- and high-school students. Friday, April 17, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
APRIL 17 | MUSIC
Crime Jazz with The Broken Reed Saxophone QuartetIt would be a crime to miss this musical treat, with the unusual sound of an all-saxophone quartet. The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, joined by drummer Jeff Hirshfield, promises an evening of honest, good fun – beginning with the theme songs of 1950s detective shows written by Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini and Nelson Riddle, and progressing to novel arrangements (by Charley Gerard) of rock classics such as Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun.” The artistry and talent of the individual members of the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet have been heard during appearances at the Juilliard School, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Kennedy Center and jazz festivals around the globe – performing with Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, the Diva Big Band and Washington Musica Viva. They have received rave reviews from the Washington Post and Saxophone Journal, and their music has been broadcast on TV and radio. Drummer Jeff Hirshfield has performed and recorded with some of the top names in jazz including Fred Hersch, Red Rodney, Mose Allison, and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 18 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Swimmy/Swimmer with PuppeTreeVermont’s PuppeTree brings Leo Lionni’s classic children’s book Swimmy to the Croton Free Library stage. PuppeTree’s founder Ann Legunn presents a wonderful multi-media production that blends shadow puppets, animation and projections. Swimmy features a classical music score that draws us into the undersea world and introduces children to the lyrical work of Debussy. The companion piece, Swimmer, also inspired by Lionni, is set on a picturesque New England river. A young girl recognizes the threats to her beloved river and learns to organize the people that live along its banks to change their behavior and preserve its magic. Swimmer boasts an original music score by Patrick Ross, a fifth-generation Vermont fiddler and composer. Visual artists, musicians, puppeteers and craftsman have worked over three years to bring this beautiful and inspiring show to life. Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.
APRIL 18 | MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR
Caldecott Medalist Jerry PinkneyIllustrator/author Jerry Pinkney visits his hometown library to help us celebrate National Library Week. Jerry shares the incomparable artwork of his newly released book, The Grasshopper and the Ants, his wonderful re-creation of the classic tale from Aesop. “Pinkney’s four-season watercolor palette is more vibrant than ever… From an unparalleled artist, another brilliant work.” (Kirkus Reviews). This latest book in his Aesop trilogy – which includes Caldecott Medal-winner The Lion and the Mouse, and The Tortoise and the Hare – features a playful grasshopper, who Jerry tells us is “an artist in his own right.” Jerry gives us a peek into his creative process during his visit through a demonstration. Come meet the artist and see for yourself if the grasshopper reminds you of anyone in particular. Copies of The Grasshopper and the Ants (Little Brown, 2015) will be available for purchase and signing, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Croton Free Library. Saturday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.
APRIL 22 | CHILDREN’S CULINARY WORKSHOP
Cupcake DecoratingDecorate cupcakes at the library with Susan O’Keefe of Croton’s own “Baked by Susan” shop on Grand Street. Have fun while learning a few professional decorating techniques in this tasty, hands-on workshop. The results are sure to be pretty, and, of course, delicious! Seats limited. Call (914-271-6612) or visit the library to sign up. Registration required. Grades 4 to 6. Wednesday, April 22, 3:30 p.m.
MAY 2 | HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
New York City’s Water System and The New Croton DamPopular speaker Carl Oechsner – author and president of the Croton Friends of History – leads a walk into the past. Explore the history of the Croton Aqueduct, the Croton Dam and New York City’s water system. The provision of water for New York City is one of the most elaborate feats of civil engineering in the history of North American urbanization. His overview of the elaborate city water supply system emphasizes the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct (1842) and the New Croton Dam (1907). Assemble at the Croton Free Library at 2:00 p.m. for this informative presentation, and then carpool to the New Croton Dam Park for your guided walking tour. Comfortable walking shoes recommended! Saturday, May 2, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
and other fresco paintings
by Michael Biddle
On display in the Ottinger Room March 1 to April 30, 2015.
Reception Saturday, March 14, 2:00-4:30pm