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(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

Regular hours will go into effect after Labor Day

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

The Library will be CLOSED
Monday, September 7 for Labor Day

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:


Presented by Jeanne Nelson and Lyn Nelson of PROWESS Workshops

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 will take you through the steps to organize and perfect your professional job search through four consecutive, instructive and entertaining workshops: Constructing the Modern Resume, Nailing the Interview, Networking Online: Optimize LinkedIn for Your Job Search, and Networking Face to Face: How to Work a Room (Full of Strangers). Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For all job seekers, including students seeking internships, new grads, and young and seasoned professionals. Bring your lunch along (there will be a 30-minute midday break).
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Volunteer Information Meeting

We know the Library is always lending out its materials, but we’re hoping you’ll want to lend your talent, time, and energy to the Library. Please join us at an informational meeting to find out how you can help the Library with special events such as the Croton Free Library Association’s twice-yearly Book and Bake Sale, the recently launched Creative Learning Collective (CLC) and more exciting programs in the works. Send any questions or thoughts to
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Food in Film with Host Timothy Auld

The Croton Free Library launches 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
Please note: These are the correct titles for the dates. If you picked up a flyer in August, you will have seen “Big Night” on a different (and incorrect) date. COMING ATTRACTIONS: “The Hundred-Foot Journey” Based on the novel by Richard C. Morais. Starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Film features French and Indian cuisine. (PG, 122 mins.)
Friday, September 18, Pre-Screening Discussion, 7:00; Showing, 7:30.


Introduction to Babysitting

Potential babysitters build essential skills for responsible childcare through this four-hour course. Amanda Tucker, who is a current kindergarten teacher, gives hands-on instruction on several topics, including: interviewing and communication tips; ages/stages of young babies and toddlers; safety and first-aid; feeding and caring for children (including diaper changing). Amanda holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education and Special Education. She will administer a simple test at the completion of the course and distribute certificates. Bring paper and pen – and your lunch! For youngsters ages 10 and up. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Teens on Machines: T-Shirt Backpack Workshop

Learn sewing machine basics with fiber artist and author Kate Perri, while making a great backpack out of your favorite T-shirt! Bring one or two printed T-shirts and your imagination! T-shirts should be freshly laundered (no sweatshirts, please). 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 12 to 18. Seating limited; registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Friday, September 25, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.


“Gornucopia” by Albi Gorn

M&M Productions presents four quirky comedies from award-winning playwright Albi Gorn. A couple who dreams a bit too vividly, a family with way too many skeletons in their closet, old friends who don’t know each other at all, and a husband who needs his wife’s forgiveness for a totally unforgivable act – add up to a fun and fascinating performance. Gornucopia features actors Becca Quinn, Michael Lichtstein, Maggie Kramer and Albi Gorn.
Friday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.


Demystifying Medicare and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

The Westchester Library System’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking presents an engaging overview of our healthcare system of older adults. This interactive program helps those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65 or assisting others in their healthcare decisions. The presentation lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include: original Medicare; Medicare Advantage plans; prescription drug plans (Part D); Medigaps (supplemental plans); various cost-saving programs (e.g., MSPs, Extra Help, EPIC). Walk-ins welcome, but pre-registration is requested (so that adequate take-away materials can be provided). Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, September 26, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Libby Richman & Co. Presents “Jazz at the Movies”

Saxophonist Libby Richman leads Libby & Co. – with pianist Hiroshi Yamazaki, bassist Fred Weidenhammer, and drummer Jerome Morris. The afternoon features “Jazz at the Movies” – film music and movie themes that have become jazz standards – including “On a Clear Day,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Tonight,” and other favorites. With deep roots in classical music, Libby’s sound echoes many other influences including Latin and popular genres. Libby has appeared at such NYC clubs as Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Bitter End, The Garage, and Cleopatra’s Needle.
Sunday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.


Post-Earthquake Nepal

Gyaljen Nuru Sherpa, the owner of the Jewel of Himalaya restaurant in Yorktown Heights and community activist in his native Nepal, comes to the Croton Free Library with an informative presentation on the current state of Nepal after the devastating earthquake and after-shock that took place in April and May 2015. Born in the Everest region of Nepal, Nuru understood that it would take years to rebuild post-earthquake, and he helped found the non-profit organization “Help and Save Nepal, Inc.” Nuru believes in “giving back” to his native land and has been part of Nepal’s Climate Reality project for five years, raising awareness of infrastructure needs in the Himalayas. In Nepal, he was also chairperson of the Forest User Group and president of the Sherpa Youth Group.
Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.



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.