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:
ARRIL 23 | YOUNG PEOPLE’S 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 students in grades 5 through 7. Wednesday, April 23, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The annual meeting of the Croton Free Library Association will take place on Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ottinger Room. Elections will be held for open seats on the library board of trustees and the Association board. The meeting is open to the public, but only members of the Association are entitled to vote. Please join us!
APRIL 25 | THEATRE
Actress CJ Critt Presents Evanovich Adventuresses
CJ Critt, the original voice of America’s Favorite Bounty Hunter, Stephanie Plum, will present an evening of guilt-free guilty pleasure, bringing to life the adventures of Stephanie, Granda Mazur, Lula, and a host of other memorable characters from the score of audio books she has narrated for NY Times best-selling author, Janet Evanovich. A staff writer for Disney Radio, a veteran of Broadway and regional stages, CJ has penned many solo shows and engaging musicals, but is best known for her spoken word and snarky comedy stylings on audio. This is a great way for Evanovich fans to celebrate the author’s April birthday. Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
APRIL 26 | ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE
Singer/Songwriter Peter Calo, Host
Songwriter Peter Calo hosts an evening of acoustic music 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. Come hear your friends, family and neighbors perform, including: Annie DiRusso, Leslie Hochberg, Jake Holmes, Suzanne Johnson, Susan Kane, Lisa Lipkin, John Power, Vickie Raabin, John Walz, Jayne Whitman and Margi Zintz, among others (performers subject to change). Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
MAY 3 | MUSIC
John Arrucci Quartet
Percussionist and composer John Arrucci presents music from his recent CD “Metaphors,” as well as new works in his signature fusion style. “His stylistic palette is tinged with new music, jazz and world music elements blended into what feels like an inevitable and organic entity,” Gordon Gottlieb. Arrucci’s work is featured on more than 70 recordings, scores for feature films and music for television. He has recorded and/or performed with Michael Brecker, John Patittucci, Gil Goldstein, Richard Bona, Mariah Carey, David Byrne and many others. His rich harmonic language provides fertile ground for lyrical improvisation. “Arrucci proves to be a percussionist of rare versatility,” writes Robin Tolleson, Modern Drummer Magazine. Joining John on stage at the Croton Free Library are Luke Franco, guitar; Marc Mommaas, saxophone; Peter Brendler, double bass. Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Spring 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, May 18.
MAY 31 | YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE
Classical Music Recital for High School Students
Sign up NOW to be a part of the Croton Free Library’s 9th annual Classical Young Artists’ Showcase. High-school-age students are invited to give a recital-quality performance of up to 8 minutes of well-prepared classical music. Instrumentalists and vocalists presenting solo and group pieces welcome. The library’s piano is available for use. Performers must provide their own accompanists (who may be adults). Registration begins immediately, and closes May 21. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (email@example.com). Saturday, May 31, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
Visions of South Africa
A collection of charcoal drawings and photographs by Phyllis Smith will be on exhibit in the Ottinger Room through April 28. There will be a reception Saturday, March 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.