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:
APRIL 17 | INTERGENERATIONAL 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. Now open to all ages. 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.
APRIL 23 | “THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY”
The Croton Free Library Association Annual MeetingThe Croton Free Library Association, “The Friends of the Library,” invites you to attend its Annual Meeting in the Ottinger Room at the Library. The meeting is open to the public, but only members can vote for the open seats on the Board of Trustees, Association Officers and other business put before the members. Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
MAY 1 | TEEN ART WORKSHOP
Zentangle with Instructor Jill GreenbaumDiscover the art of Zentangle: A fast, fun way to get both focused and chill! It’s a simple method for creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. “Tangling” develops creativity, a sense of relaxed alertness, along with an increased sense of calm. This workshop includes all the materials you need: Italian paper tiles, pencil, Micron pen and tortillion. Come tangle with Jill, a certified Zentangle teacher, and experience the “Zen” element of this art form and method, which was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. You’ll leave with your own works of art and a new way to step away from the daily pressures of school. The workshop and the materials used during it are free. Grades 6 and up. Register by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) during open hours. Friday, May 1, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
MAY 2 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
“Once Upon a Story,” A Bilingual ShowJoin us for a new interactive, bilingual show. Actress, singer/songwriter, storyteller and puppeteer Flor Bromley shares stories about unexpected discoveries – with original music, loads of laughter and a fun puppet. Tales include “Kitty” (based on the story Kitty’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes), and the original story “Librito,” about a little book that travels in search of his own destiny. Flor Bromley, who is originally from Peru, performs her musical/storytelling shows and concerts all around New York. Her new children’s bilingual album will be coming out soon. Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.
CANCELED, NO NEW DATE UNTIL FALL | HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
New York City’s Water System and The New Croton Dam
MAY 6 | TEEN 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 7 and up. Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
MAY 8 | MUSIC
“My Blue Heaven” with Terry Blaine and Mark ShaneVocalist Terry Blaine and pianist Mark Shane pay homage to the marvelous treasure trove of music from America’s Golden Age of Swing, with a brand new show called “My Blue Heaven.” Rooted in early blues and swing, the performance offers a unique take on classic gems from the Great American Songbook. Jazz singer Terry Blaine has enjoyed a multi-faceted career that includes live performance, TV/radio, recordings, studio work, songwriting, production, and hospice music therapy. Mark Shane’s piano, featured in the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” adds a distinctive new voice to the tradition of hot ensemble playing. Mark has played with Benny Goodman, worked with all-star alumni from the great bands of Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, and serves as musical director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Ladies Sing the Blues.” Terry and Mark look forward to bringing this joyful music to audiences of all ages. A swingin’ time is guaranteed for all! Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
MAY 13 | TWEEN WORKSHOP
Earring Design with Joan LloydExpress 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 students in grades 4 through 6. Wednesday, May 13, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
MAY 17 | SPRING BOOK & BAKE SALE
Sweet BargainsVolunteer to set up and clean up, staff the sale or bake, by calling the Croton Free Library, 914-271-6612. Come browse and buy, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Early bird admission, $10; shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, May 17.
MAY 29 | MUSIC
Songs from Around the WorldThe Children and Women Singers of Croton present traditional music from Sweden, France, Russia, Africa, USA, Canada and Congo. The evening of songs from around the world highlights Latin rhythms from Colombia (Cumbia, Porro), Argentina (Zamba), Uruguay (Candombe) and Mexico (Huapango). In addition, the chorus performs works in Italian and French extolling the beauty of spring. The choral concert includes guest artists — Gunnar Anderson (piano), Santiago Morocho (guitar, percussion). Director Nurt Astrid Villani, a native of Colombia, studied choral conducting at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris. Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.
MAY 30 | MUSIC
“The Great American Art Song” with Catherine Campbell Nesbit and Julie MajchrzykThe Croton Free Library presents an evening of “The Great American Art Song,” vocal music that “crosses over” between the world of opera and musical theater. Local residents, sopranos Catherine Campbell Nesbit (Broadway actress/singer and choral director) and Julie Majchrzyk (opera singer and oratorio soloist) perform works by American composers from the 20th and 21st Century: Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, Florence Price, Ned Rorem, Ricky Ian Gordon, Maury Yeston, and William Bolcom, among other wonderful composers. Audiences are very familiar with “The Great American Songbook.” What is an art song? Come find out during this entertaining evening of music, as Julie and Catherine uncover gems of the past and hits of the future. Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
SIGN UP NOW | YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE
Classical Music Recital for High School StudentsSign up to be a part of the Croton Free Library’s annual Classical Young Artists’ Showcase. Students in 7th through 12th grade (a wider age group, new this year) are invited to give a recital-quality performance of up to 8 minutes of well-prepared classical music. Instrumentalists and vocalists presenting solo and group pieces welcome. The library’s piano is available for use. Performers must provide their own accompanists (who may be adults). Registration begins immediately, and closes May 30. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (email@example.com). Saturday, June 13, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 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
TAKE A WALK IN CROTON
“Take a Walk in Croton” is a new gallery exhibit at Croton Free Library. The exhibit highlights four walking tours developed by Croton Friends of History with photographs of historic houses and architecture in Croton. The audience is also invited to add post-it comments to a bulletin board telling about their favorite walks in Croton and personal experience with the historical sites. In addition to the brochures available from the Croton Friends of History, there are google maps links that allow one to follow the tours.
VIEW THE WALKING TOURS