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 2 | MUSIC
Peter Calo and Friends, Julia Douglass and Robert Poe: An Evening of SongwritersGet to know Peter Calo and his fellow songwriters and friends, Julia Douglass and Robert Poe – through their observant, witty, moving and tuneful songs. “Calo is Captivating… Peter is a masterful guitarist,” says Steve Morse of The Boston Globe. And, audiences heartily agree. Peter – whom Time Out, London calls,”one of the most engaging performers in the biz” – is featured playing the guitar in the film “100 Foot Journey,” “Hairspray,” “Across the Universe,” as well as in the TV shows “Ray Donovan” and “The Affair,” and countless commercials. Peter Calo returns to the stage of his hometown library to perform his original songs, with Julia Douglass – whose works Billboard Magazine characterizes as “memorable melodies… with lyrics that depict thoughtful, touching, amusing and above all, uncannily true pictures of contemporary American life.” Robert Poe, voted ABC Radio Network′s Best New Unsigned Artist, joins Peter and Julia on-stage. Robert’s deep, rich voice reminiscent of the great early crooners of our time “mixes in some delta dirt and swamp water,” prompting one critic to dub him “The Swamp Crooner.”
Friday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 4 | PRESENTATION
Introduction to Alexander Technique with Karla DiamondEvery experience – whether physical, mental or spiritual – translates into muscular tension. Karla Diamond introduces you to F. M. Alexander and the method that he developed for changing postural habits and reducing this tension. His technique has been taught for over 150 years and is well known among actors and musicians, as well as those seeking to relieve chronic back and/or neck problems and those looking to improve their body usage. Come find out how you can move with less stress. Karla Diamond is a senior certified teacher of the Alexander Technique with 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught workshops in Sweden, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom and throughout the U.S., and has a private practice in Westchester. Registration required; sign up in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during library hours. This program is brought to you by the CLC/Creative Learning Collective, Croton Free Library’s commitment to making connections to share knowledge within the community.
Sunday, October 4, 2:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 7 | FAMILY PROGRAM
Home Alone with Joan LloydA 25-year EMT veteran, Joan Lloyd has designed her program “Home Alone” to address tween boys and girls who may be facing their first experiences of being left at home by themselves. Joan Lloyd defines an emergency, reinforcing how rare such an occurrence is, and covers first steps to take in fire, police and medical emergencies. Parents and other caregivers are also encouraged to attend so matters can be discussed at home. Registration required; sign up in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during library hours.
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 9 | TEEN MOVIE
The Avengers: Age of UltronReleased in theaters in May 2015, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (PG-13, 141 min.) stars the famous Avengers cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk). This fun film program is exclusively for teens – and includes pizza and snacks. Come see how great movies at the library look now: we have a new projector and a large wall area newly coated with projection screen paint to make your favorite Avengers larger than life.
Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
CONTINUES OCTOBER 16 | FALL FILM FESTIVAL
Food in Film with Host Timothy AuldThe Croton Free Library continues its new Friday film festival, with a smorgasbord of films featuring food, dining and the culinary arts. On select Friday evenings beginning September 18 through November 13, the series celebrates delicious, challenging and meaningful meals. Come at 7:00 for a pre-screening discussion of the evening’s movie, led by Timothy Auld, principal editor of the Emmy-winning TV cooking series America’s Test Kitchen. The films show at 7:30:
“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” September 18
“Julie & Julia,” October 16
“Eat Drink Man Woman” October 23
“Big Night,” October 30
“How to Cook Your Life,” November 6
“Pieces of April,” November 13
COMING ATTRACTIONS IN OCTOBER:
“Julie & Julia”Adapted by Nora Ephron (director) from Julie Powell’s autobiographical book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Stanley Tucci. The film features the recipes of Julia Child. (PG-13, 123 mins.)
Friday, October 16, Pre-Screening Discussion, 7:00; Showing, 7:30 p.m.
“Eat Drink Man Woman”Directed by Ang Lee (“The Wedding Banquet”). A master chef and widower serves his three non-traditional daughters dazzling Sunday meals in an attempt to keep them close to home. The film features intricate, traditional Chinese cuisine. Subtitled. (NR, 125 mins.)
Friday, October 23, Pre-Screening Discussion, 7:00; Showing, 7:30 p.m.
“Big Night”Written and directed by Stanley Tucci. Two brothers, a chef and a businessman, gamble everything on one night to save their restaurant. Starring Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub, and Stanley Tucci. The film features Italian cuisine. (R, 109 mins.)
Friday, October 30, Pre-Screening Discussion, 7:00; Showing, 7:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 18 | MUSIC
The Pablo Mayor-Folklore Urbano TrioPablo Mayor revisits the genre of Latin jazz (after his initial CD Aviso) with an intimate version of his renowned Folklore Urbano Orchestra. The Pablo Mayor Trio sheds new light on Pablo’s original compositions and arrangements of Colombian standards, with more opportunity for extended improvisations allowed by this jazz format. It is not, however, what one might expect from a typical Latin Jazz ensemble. In the signature style of Pablo Mayor, folk tradition is the utmost priority, propelled by Karina Colis who applies Colombian rhythms to the drum set, with Dave Hertzberg swinging on the bass. Pablo, himself, presents a fresh approach to the piano with his original Colombian method of piano playing which combines an in-depth study of Colombian rhythms with a long history of playing swinging Colombian salsa and charanga with maestro Eddy Zervigon and Orquesta Broadway.
Sunday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 20, 27 NOVEMBER 3, 10, 17 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE CASUAL CONVERSATION HOUR
For Speakers of English as a Second LanguageWhether you say, “Ahoj,” “Bonjour,” “Apa Kabar,” “ Sveiki,” “Olá,” ”Salut” or “Hola,” drop in at the Croton Free Library and say “Hello” to Cris Groenendaal. Cris, who you probably know as a Broadway tenor, is also an experienced educator and will host five casual conversation hours starting on October 20. Drop in and practice your English conversation skills in a fun and informal setting. Speak only English in this conversation practice at your friendly neighborhood library for just an hour. No matter what your first language is, if you know some English and want to be able to feel more confident carrying on conversations in everyday situations, do not be shy! Each week, with your help, the group will pick a topic of conversation (especially focusing on life in Croton and its surrounding area). Please note that is not language or reading instruction, but rather spoken English practice. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity.
Five Tuesdays, October 20 and 27, November 3, 10 and 17, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
UNA HORA DE CONVERSACIÓN INFORMAL EN INGLÉS: Para los hablantes de Inglés como idioma segundo. No importa si Ud dice, “Ahoj,” “Bonjour,” “Apa Kabar,” “ Sveiki,” “Olá,”” Salut” o “Hello,” venir a Croton Free Library e decir “Hola” a Cris Groenendaal. Probablemente conoce Ud a Cris como un cantante tenor de Broadway, pero también es un educador con experiencia que ha organizado 5 horas de conversación informal empezando el 20 octubre. Venir y practicar sus habilidades de conversación en Inglés en un lugar informal y divertido. Debe Ud hablar solo en Inglés durante este hora de conversación informal. No importa su primer idioma, si quiere Ud mejorar su Inglés, no sea tímido. Cada semana, con su ayuda, el grupo escogerá un tema de conversación. Tener en cuenta que esto no le ayudará con la lectura, sino practicar hablar Inglés. Si conoce Ud a alguien que podría estar interesado, por favor dígales sobre esta oportunidad. Los martes siguientes: el 20 y 27 de octubre, y el 2, 10 y 17 de noviembre, de 7-8.
OCTOBER 23 | CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
Halloween Hand Sewing with Kate PerriLearn hand-sewing basics, cutting and pinning with Kate Perri, to create Halloween-themed decorations. Take home a googly-eyed ghost and other fun projects. Both boys and girls love this class! Kate Perri has taught sewing and quilting to adults and children for over 20 years in a range of venues, including her studio in White Plains. She has created many designs for quilts, accessories and special needs sewing, and has published two books on sewing and quilting. This program is made possible in part with funds from Westchester Library System’s Unlimited Possibilities Mini-Grant Initiative supported by Entergy, Con Edison and the H. W. Wilson Foundation. Ages 8 to 12. Seating limited; registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Friday, October 23, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 24 | SEMINAR
Community CPR and Emergency ResponseWhen faced with an emergency in the community, everyone wants to help. You can make sure you know what to do. The experts at Hudson Valley LifeSavers recognize the many demands on people’s time and have designed a condensed community course. In just one hour, train to make that crucial difference: learn to perform CPR; care for a choking child or adult; use an Epi Pen; provide EMS with the most essential information. Please note: This is not a certificate program. For teens and adults. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, October 24, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
OCTOBER 25 | MUSIC
Classical TrioAndy Stein (violin), Cynthia Peterson (piano), and Seth Jacobs (cello) present a program of chamber music, including the Faure A Major violin sonata, and Beethoven Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2. Andy Stein has had a distinguished and multifaceted career as violinist, saxophonist, and composer/arranger in the popular, jazz, and classical fields. He was a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, and is well known to listeners of A Prairie Home Companion as a member of the Guys All-Star Shoe Band. As a soloist and chamber musician, Cynthia Peterson has performed to acclaim for many years before audiences in the US and abroad. She has collaborated with players from the Berlin Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Orpheus and has worked closely with contemporary composers John Corigliano, Vincent Persichetti, and David Amram, among others. Seth Jacobs (cello) performs with many NY area groups, including the Chappaqua Orchestra, Westchester Collegium, and St. Thomas Orchestra. The three players are longtime Cortlandt residents in their first performance together.
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 28 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Halloween PartyIt’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 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 28 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Spooky Reading of a Tricky TaleChristina Moore, an audiobook narrator who has recorded some 300 books, reads something spooky, creepy and revolting! (Students will remember her from her popular reading of The Night Gardiner at the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School last year.) And, of course, there’ll be snacks! Grades 5 and up.
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
IN WATERCOLOR AND CHINESE INK
by Susan Lanzano
Susan Lanzano’s exquisitely delicate watercolors offer a unique interpretation of botanical painting. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with the natural world, she works in a range of styles, from spontaneous Oriental brush painting on raw rice paper, to highly realistic detailed renderings in the Western botanical tradition.
Reception: Sunday, September 20, 2:00-4:00 P.M.