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Regular Hours (September–June) MONDAY  1:00 pm–9:00 pm
TUESDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
THURSDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
FRIDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
SATURDAY  10:00 am–5:00 pm
SUNDAY  1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Summer Hours (July–August) MONDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
TUESDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
THURSDAY  10:00 am–9:00 pm
FRIDAY  10:00 am–5:30 pm
SATURDAY  10:00 am–3:00 pm
SUNDAY  closed

The library is closed on all legal holidays, including Christmas Eve, but it is open on Election Day.
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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:

Also check out our new monthly calendar, which shows both recurring and special events, and sign up for our email newsletter.


Ride with Singer/Songwriter Marc Berger

Marc Berger performs songs from his critically acclaimed album, Ride, with Rich DePaolo on guitar and D’raz on accordion. Inspired by Marc’s lifelong love affair with the American West, Ride presents ten cinematic songs capturing the vastness and romance of the West, while exploring its deep roots in the American psyche. From the haunting message and beat of “Twister” to the challenge of taming a wild horse in “Take It on the Chin,” the evening’s performance takes you on a blazing tour of the Great American Frontier. “It’s the breathtaking grandeur of the high desert and plateaus suspended between the pioneer days and ten minutes ago” - FAME (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange). Marc has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and opened shows for Bob Dylan, and other national acts. Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.


The New NY Bridge Project with Brian Conybeare

Wonder what’s actually happening with The Tappan Zee Bridge? Brian Conybeare, the Special Advisor to the Governor for the New NY Bridge Project, visits the Croton Free Library for a special presentation co-hosted by the Library and the Croton Friends of History. Governor Andrew Cuomo has put together a team of international, national, and local experts to make sure that the design chosen for the New NY Bridge would make the Hudson River crossing much easier, more efficient, and environmentally protective of residents and marine wildlife. The new bridge is structured to last for at least 100 years, and to be mass-transit-ready, and pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. Brian Conybeare – well-known for his Emmy Award-winning reporting during his 16 years at News 12 Westchester – was appointed by Governor Cuomo in July 2012 to lead the project’s community outreach team. In his presentation, Brian discusses the overall New NY Bridge project including: the winning design-build team, the proposed design and features of the New NY Bridge, and the project schedule. Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.


Zentangle with Instructor Jill Greenbaum

Discover 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, March 20, 4:00 p.m.


Animals in Winter with 2 Hands 2 Learn

We turn up the heat in winter, but how do animals stay warm? Dropping temperatures and shorter days trigger fascinating changes in wildlife. Learn about migration, hibernation, torpor, survival strategies and adaptations. Handle fur and feathers, create a small animal habitat to take home, and snack on the type of food eaten by wintering birds. Grades K and up. Register by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) during open hours. This program was originally scheduled for January 24, but was snowed out. We are asking those interested in attending to register once again, as many schedules will have changed since the January date. Now the animals are coming out of their winter houses to play – just like we are. Learn all about it! Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.


“All I Need to Know About Life I Learned on the Radio” with Kacey Morabito Grean

There are a few “rules of radio” that actually apply quite nicely to life: smile, keep moving forward, tell the truth. Then there are the life lessons a radio personality learns along the way. Kacey Morabito Grean has been waking up New York’s Westchester and the Hudson Valley for the past 15 years, as co-host of Mike and Kacey in the Morning. Kacey of 100.7 WHUD creates an inspiring and uplifting hour of entertainment with stories and music. Feel free to sing along! Presented by M&M Productions; with Q&A to follow. Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.


Sign up Begins March 11

Unplug and take center-stage – blues, folk and acoustic rock welcome. Songwriter Peter Calo hosts the evening and offers a tune or two himself. Peter has been a senior band-member for Carly Simon, guitarist for the Broadway hit Hairspray, and musical consultant to director Julie Taymor for her film Across the Universe. Soloists, duos and trios may sign up to perform one or two well-prepared songs. Two microphones are available, as is the piano. (Please do not plan on drums, amps, mixers or other sound systems). Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (, or visit the library to sign up. Registration begins March 11. Adults and teens, high school age and older. Saturday, April 11, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert



Come revel in the joyous music of the Westchester Klezmer Program. This intergenerational group, which performs the style of Eastern European folk and dance music known as klezmer, is the largest program of its kind in the country. Under the lively direction of Kenny Green and instruction of Croton resident Matty Mozzor, the musicians (from youngsters to elders) offer a crowd-pleasing good time. This concert is for the whole family. Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.


Citizens Workshop with Vickie Fremont

Celebrate 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. For middle- and high-school students. Friday, April 17, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.


Crime Jazz with The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet

It 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.


Swimmy/Swimmer with PuppeTree

Vermont’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.


New York City’s Water System and The New Croton Dam

Popular speaker Carl Oechsner – author and president of the Croton Friends of History – leads a walk into the past. Explore the history of the Croton Aqueduct, the Croton Dam and New York City’s water system. The provision of water for New York City is one of the most elaborate feats of civil engineering in the history of North American urbanization. His overview of the elaborate city water supply system emphasizes the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct (1842) and the New Croton Dam (1907). Assemble at the Croton Free Library at 2:00 p.m. for this informative presentation, and then carpool to the New Croton Dam Park for your guided walking tour. Comfortable walking shoes recommended! Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.


Cupcake Decorating

Decorate 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.




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