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:
SEPTEMBER 19 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Jeffrey and The Bossy Frog
Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog of The Bossy Frog Band thrill young audiences with their banjo-driven, costume-character-dancing, 100% interactive music concert. Their show has been enjoyed by over 100,000 children and families! And, their latest recording, “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE!)”, is a Parents’ Choice Award winner. Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 20 | THEATRE
M&M Presents “Unrequited Loss”
M&M presents the Westchester premiere of two new plays by award-winning local playwright Albi Gorn that depict rocky journeys down love’s tortuous path. Ripped from today’s headlines, PARADISE ENOW tells the story of two unlikely lovers who must delicately navigate their political differences until circumstances bring them face to face with a decision that cuts deeply into the heart of their disparate social views. LETTING GO is a bittersweet tale of a relationship gone awry, as a young man’s ex-lover comes to visit, and while exploring a photo album of their past together, attempts to explain why she left him. With veteran director, Robin Joseph and M&M favorites Carly Lichtenstein and Peter Lillo playing the two sets of lovers. Saturday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 26 | MUSIC
The Worlds of “Rhapsody in Blue”
with Pianist Peter Muir
Commemorate George Gershwin’s birthday at the Croton Free Library with this solo piano recital celebrating the diverse musical styles that came together to form Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1924. Pianist Peter Muir presents The Worlds of “Rhapsody in Blue”: George Gershwin and the Making of an American Classic. Beginning with an exploration of the European styles that influenced Gershwin, and moving to the American genres of ragtime, jazz and blues, the recital includes works by: Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Bartók, W. C. Handy, Zez Confrey, and Gershwin himself. The program culminates in a performance of Gershwin’s masterpiece, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 27 | Job Search Skills Super Saturday
Four Workshops for Job Seekers
Brush up on your job search skills and learn the latest techniques to present yourself in a highly competitive job market. Business etiquette consultant and trainer Jeanne Nelson and career counselor Lyn Nelson take you through the steps in four consecutive workshops:
- Constructing the Modern Resume
- Nailing the Interview
- Networking Online: Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile
- Networking Face to Face: How to Work a Room (Full of Strangers)
OCTOBER 5 | AUTHOR PRESENTATION:
Erica Harth’s Croton-on-Hudson in her Mystery “Red Hill Blues”
Author Erica Harth sets her new mystery “Red Hill Blues” in the village of Croton-on-Hudson. Home to a small group of leftist intellectuals, writers and artists, Croton’s “Red Hill” came under siege in the 1950’s by the likes of J. Edgar Hoover and Joe McCarthy. Erica Harth makes this time and place the setting of her murder mystery – replete with spies, political passion, intrigue, and F.B.I. surveillance. Erica Harth, a professor emerita of Humanities and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University, grew up in Croton-on-Hudson during this period. In her presentation, she discusses the village as a setting vital to her book and reads selections from “Red Hill Blues” (available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions). Co-sponsored by the Croton Free Library and the Croton Friends of History, the presentation is followed by Q&A and refreshments. Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 17 | THEATRE
M&M Presents “Painting Churches” by Tina Howe
M&M stages Tina Howe’s “Painting Churches,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, at the Croton Free Library. In “Painting Churches” Gardner and Fanny Church (portrayed by M&M veterans Kurt Lauer and Carol Eagen) prepare to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, shows signs of senility, as his wife, Fanny, valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. Their daughter, Mags, who is a rising star in the art scene, comes to help and hopes that by painting her parents, she can come to terms with them. Mags is played by WHUD Radio personality and co-host of Mike & Kacey in the Morning, Kacey Morabita Grean. Jim Petrillo directs. Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 22 | WORKSHOP
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 22, 7:00 p.m.
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 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. Spooky Reading of a Tricky Tale. 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.
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. There will be a reception on Sunday, September 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.