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:
OCTOBER 24 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
“The Halloween Spook-tacular” with Mad Science
Prepare for science tricks and treats as Mad Scientists present their most famous elixirs. Witness how Mad Scientists prepare their costumes with a bit of FLASH and flare! Observe the results of Balloon Bob’s candy consumption and how to take care of his full belly. Cauldrons of frothing witches’ brews and warlock potions complete your experience with the most “maddening” Halloween show ever! Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 28 | WORKSHOP
Job Search That Works!
A free workshop for recent college grads or current college students.
- Assess yourself in terms of skills and interests
- Explore your options through career research and networking
- Narrow down your search through a focused plan
- Understand branding, resume development and effective job search strategies
OCTOBER 29 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
October 29th Halloween Festivities!
Halloween Party. It’s a costume party with Halloween games and Bingo, prizes and tricky treats (like “worms in dirt” dessert) for snack-time. All ages are welcome to drop in. Wednesday, October 29, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 29 | ‘TWEENS & TEENS
Spooky Reading of Haunting Tales
Christina Moore, an audiobook narrator who has recorded some 300 books, reads something spooky, creepy and revolting! And, there’ll be snacks! Grades 5 and up. Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Sign up Begins NOVEMBER 1 | BROADWAY & CABARET SHOWCASE
Cris Groenendaal, Showcase host
Calling all serious singers – seasoned performers and aspiring voice students alike. Give us a song! Cris Groenendaal (who starred as the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway) hosts the Broadway & Cabaret Showcase at the Croton Free Library. Sue Anderson, musical director for several Broadway shows, will accompany Cris and all other performers. Come as an audience member or register as a participant. Singers sign up to give a concert-quality performance of one or two well-prepared songs in the Broadway or cabaret genres. Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (email@example.com), or visit the library to register. High school age and older. Registration deadline, November 21. Saturday, December 6, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert (free, open to the public).
NOVEMBER 1 | MUSIC
Songs from Around the World
The Children and Women Singers of Croton present traditional music from Sweden, France, Israel, USA, Canada and Congo. The evening of songs from around the world highlights Latin rhythms from Colombia (Cumbia), Argentina (Zamba), Uruguay (Candombe) and Mexico (Huapango). The choral concert includes guest artists — Gunnar Anderson (piano) and Boris Morocho (guitar, percussion). Director Nurt Astrid Villani, a native of Colombia, studied choral conducting at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris. Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
NOVEMBER 2 | MUSIC
Bob Meyer Trio
Steven Frieder (saxes), Luke Franco (guitar) and Bob Meyer (drums and cymbals) offer a delightful evening of their own compositions, complemented with great jazz standards and favorite selections from the Great American Song Book (made famous on stage and screen). The trio’s performances incorporate wide-ranging ideas from various musical genres, including classical chamber music, swing, funk, modern jazz and bebop. Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m.
NOVEMBER 8 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
The Balloon Man
Chris Fuentes, of the Westchester Balloon Company, brings his unique storytelling style to the Croton Free Library, as he re-creates the characters of artist Eric Carle, entirely with balloons. Meet the balloon personalities inspired by books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?; Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother?, The Grouchy Ladybug, and A House for Hermit Crab. Storytime takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures – and loads of audience participation. Please sign up children (accompanying adults do not need to register), so that we have materials for attending youngsters. Saturday, November 8, 11:00 a.m.
NOVEMBER 9 | MUSIC
Songs of Chivalry and Courtly Love
Hear the music of medieval Europe brought to new life by two modern troubadours, vocalists and instrumentalists Peter Walker and Christopher Preston Thompson. Experience the days of daring deeds and dauntless devotion through the music of Wolkenstein, Ventadorn, Vögelweide, Machaut, and others. The performers are core members of The Broken Consort, an exciting medieval and chamber music ensemble whose work has been described as “early music turned early magic.” The concert features authentic early instruments – hurdy gurdy and bagpipe (Peter) and harps (Christopher). Sunday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.
NOVEMBER 23 | FALL BOOK & BAKE SALE
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, November 23.
Explorations: Color, Composition and Light
Photography by Berl Brechner
On display in the Ottinger Room through October are 27 selected images—including unique views of local settings—by Croton resident Berl Brechner, a professional news, magazine, and aviation photographer who has presented in many fine-arts photo exhibitions.