The Library will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day


Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu

The documented history of acrobatics in China goes back more than 2000 years. Li Liu gives a one-woman performance, including: hand balancing, plate spinning, ribbon dancing, Chinese yo-yos and foot juggling. Li explains some of the rituals of Chinese New Year, teaches audience members some basic Chinese phrases, and encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place. Celebrate Chinese New Year and explore the traditions of China through this program, appropriate for all ages.
Friday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.


Paper-Cutting with Local Artist Sine Hjort

Young artists learn to use paper cutting to tell stories and create beautiful pictures. Paper-cutting artist Sine Hjort introduces students to the tradition of paper cutting, beginning with simple designs and frequently used basic patterns. Working with folded paper and scissors, participants will enjoy experiencing the “magic” of unfolding their own paper cutting, and revealing the picture they have made. Registration is required. Register by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the library during open hours.
Saturday, February 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., grades 2 through 4; 1:30 to 3:30 p,m., grades 5 and up.


Intro to Coding and Modeling for Teens and Tweens

In this course, you will learn the basics of computer programming and how it applies in your daily life. You will also be given an introduction to 3D printing and will be able to create your own 3D models. Those that have already taken this class are encouraged to attend. This class will be taught by students Michaela Fitzgerald and Elisa Maiolo. This program is for students in grades 5 through 8. Registration Required. SIGN-UP HERE
Tuesday, February 27, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The Traitor’s Wife Panel Discussion

Our One Village, One Book pick for 2018 is The Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plot to Betray America by area resident Allison Pataki. Join us in the Library’s Ottinger Room for a community panel discussion where local history experts help us understand the Hudson Valley’s Revolutionary-era role in the traitorous acts of Benedict Arnold. The panel discussion is open to the public and no tickets are required.
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.


The Spine – Anatomy, Common Injuries, and Prevention

Croton-based physical therapist Kelly J. Keesey presents an overview of how the human spine functions – and malfunctions. Learn how common spine injuries can be prevented and treated. Kelly (MPT, CSCS, cert. MDT, YT) – who is the owner of Old Post Physical Therapy – has been practicing physical therapy for 18 years. After graduating from Duquesne University, Kelly has devoted much of her continuing education to studying the spine. Please join us for this 45- minute presentation with a 15-minute question and answer session to follow.
Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.


Collective Brass Presents “Beautiful, Bright and Fast”

Collective Brass performs classical music spanning the centuries. This delightful program offers classical favorites, beautiful melodies and breathtaking energy. “Beautiful, Bright and Fast” features music originally written for brass, as well as arrangements of virtuosic pieces originally for piano and voice. The musicians of the quintet (all of whom are members of the West Point Band) – Carl Stanley and Bill Owens, trumpet; Drew Mangus, horn; Alaina Alster, trombone; Keith Kile, tuba – present works by Bach, Debussy, Monteverdi, Mozart and more.
Sunday, March 11,2:00 p.m.


Calling Authors of Adult and YA Fiction and Non-Fiction

The Croton Free Library honors published authors hailing from, working in and/or writing about Croton-on-Hudson and its neighboring environs. A Celebration of Local Authors is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018. The afternoon includes readings, book signings, and a reception toasting the writers. Interested in participating? The library asks authors to fill-out this application and drop it off at the Library or email their information to by March 16. Time slots for readings are limited. Preference will be given to authors who are part of the Croton community and who have not appeared at the library before.
Deadline to apply: March 16, 2018. Event: Saturday, April 14, 1:00 p.m.


“While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II” with Dr. Diane Cypkin

Take a sentimental journey with Diane Cypkin to the time of the Greatest Generation. A talented educator and vocalist, Professor Cypkin skillfully tells the stories of the love songs of World War II. Among the anecdotes Diane shares is how “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” became a smash single for the Andrews Sisters, as well as how “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” was sold for a pittance but became a gold mine. Hear well-known songs and their little-known history in this entertaining and educational program.
Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.


Allison Pataki discusses The Traitor’s Wife

Allison Pataki will be visiting the Library on Tuesday, March 20. The author presentation and Q&A will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing. Books will be available to purchase the day of the event. Space is limited so Croton Free Library card holders may pick up a maximum of two free tickets per family at the reference desk beginning Saturday, March 3. Any remaining tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 12.
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.


Peter Calo Hosts

Unplug and take center-stage – blues, folk and acoustic rock welcome. Songwriter and award-winning guitarist Peter Calo hosts the evening and offers a tune or two himself. Peter has released several CDs of his original songs and was a senior band-member for Carly Simon for many years. Soloists, duos and trios may sign up to perform one or two well-prepared songs. 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. Adults and teens, high school age and older.
Deadline to sign up: March 23, 2018. Saturday, April 7, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert.


Kizuna Daiko, Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble

Explore the musical and cultural history of Taiko drums with the Kizuna Daiko ensemble. These percussion instruments have been used in Shinto temples, in rural villages and in Samurai armies for centuries – in ceremonies, festivals and battle. Ensemble players – Chika Croteau, Akiyo Furukawa-Lieberson and Les Von Losberg – provide demonstration of three sizes of Taiko drums and create an enthralling visual and musical experience. The performance is followed by a 15-minute workshop that allows audience members to come up and try their hands at the drums.
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m.


The Desert Walk Series by Yoon Cho

On Display January - February 2018

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2:00-4:00pm
The Desert Walk Series explores the relationship with our environments. Through her walk performances captured in the series, the artist searches for life in the barren desert landscapes along with her superimposed silhouette drawings of biological life forms such as seeds, embryos, and pollen. Artist Statement