Events Highlights

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:


“The Zookeeper’s Wife” and “Norman”

The Croton Free Library screens thought provoking, beautifully executed, and critically acclaimed films on select fall Fridays. The movies are free and open to the public, with library doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the film beginning at 7:15 p.m. (Screening licenses through Movie Licensing USA/Swank and MPLC.)

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” Adapted from the non-fiction bestseller, The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, this film of heroism in the face of the horrors of war stars Jessica Chastain Daniel Brühl and Johan Heldenbergh. During Hilter’s invasion on Warsaw, a young zookeeper and his wife save the lives of hundreds of people and animals, by providing shelter in the closed Warsaw Zoo – right under the Nazi’s eyes. (PG-13, 126 minutes)
Friday, October 6, 7:15 p.m.

“Norman” As the full film title “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” suggests, Norman – played by Richard Gere – is a small-time wheeler-dealer. A self-styled consultant, Norman becomes the friend of Israeli diplomat Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi ) at a low-point in Eshel’s career. When Eshel becomes Israel’s prime minister, three years later, Norman’s life changes dramatically. (R, 118 minutes)
Friday, October 13, 7:15 p.m.


Croton Comic Con 2017

On Columbus Day, the Croton Free Library transforms to welcome the entire fan-dom to the site of Croton-on-Hudson’s second annual Comic Con. Embark on a day (12:00 to 5:00 p.m.) of free adventures for all ages: Artists’ Alley, costume workshop and cosplay, gaming and activities, food and vendors, and prizes galore. Featured guests include the Balloonman (Chris Fuentes), The Legoman of New York (c3Brix) and Clive Young giving a presentation on George Lucas and the Creation of Star Wars. There will also be special appearances by the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion.
NOTE: Library services will not be available during this event
Monday, October 9, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Earring Design with Joan Lloyd

Express 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 teens and adults.
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Introduction to Babysitting

Potential babysitters build essential skills for responsible childcare through this four-hour course. Amanda Tucker, a second-grade teacher, gives hands-on instruction on several topics, including: interviewing and communication tips; ages/stages of young babies and toddlers; safety and first-aid; feeding and caring for children (including diaper changing). Amanda holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education and Special Education. She will administer a simple test at the completion of the course and distribute certificates. Bring paper and pen – and your lunch! For youngsters ages 10 and up. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Cupcake Decorating

Decorate cupcakes with seasonal themes at the library – with Susan O’Keefe of Croton’s own “Baked by Susan” shop. Have fun while learning sweet techniques and decorative tricks in this tasty, hands-on workshop. The results are sure to be pretty, and, of course, delicious! Seats limited. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Wednesday, October 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


How to Maximize Social Security

Many Americans think Social Security is simple and straightforward, but often it is not. Just recently, the bipartisan budget act made some significant changes to Social Security laws about claiming retirement and spousal benefits. Presenter Robert Leitner, a certified financial planner and registered investment advisor, helps consumers gather the information they need to make informed benefits decisions. Robert currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Estate Planning Council and Co-Chairs the Elder Law/Economic Security Council in Westchester.
Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.


Tea and Chocolate Tasting

Carolyn Poncato, the “Botanical Diplomat” of Vital A Tea, hosts a tea talk at the Croton Free Library. Carolyn elucidates the traditions and benefits of tea, as well as its cultivation and preparation. Attendees taste three different teas (black, white, green), paired with four very different organic chocolates. For our teen and adult patrons. Seats limited. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.


Halloween Hauntings with Michèle LaRue

Century-old ghosts inhabit the library, during professional actress Michèle LaRue’s performance of Halloween Hauntings – two American tales of suspense. Written back in the days of ominously flickering candles and kerosene lamps, “The Shadows on the Wall” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1903) and “The House That Was Not” by Elia Wilkinson Peattie (1898) continue to startle. In the wake of a sudden mysterious death, “The Shadows on the Wall” gathers four siblings in a familiar but threatening New England parlor. “The House That Was Not” lures an unsuspecting new bride across the Nebraska prairie. Michèle LaRue who has specialized in performances of literature from America’s Gilded Age for 25 years, portrays all eight characters of the two tales.
Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.


A Spooktacular Animal Adventure with Animal Embassy

Meet some of the animals that haunt our dreams, make our skin crawl, and the hair stand up on the back of our necks! Making a pre-Halloween visit to the library, these animal ambassadors are perfectly at home in the shadows and in swamps, and are on the prowl under the moonlit sky. Join Animal Embassy to get up-close and personal with these amazing beasts, and learn to appreciate the beauty of these often misunderstood creatures — such as the Pink-toed Tarantula, Dumeril’s Boa, Axolotl, and even more surprise animal guests.
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.


Read the Artist Statement

On Display September 9 - October 30
Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2-4pm