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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 will go into effect after July 4th

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

THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY, JULY 4
AND SUNDAY, JULY 5

Summer Hours will begin Monday, July 6


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:


JULY 2, 16 & 30 | E-BOOK SEMINARS

Download E-Books to Your Mobile Device

Summer’s here and the perfect time to take books on your travels. If you have a library card and a mobile device, you can download e-books for free. Croton Free Library’s Jesse Bourdon (Assistant Director/Digital Initiatives and User Services) will show you the basics of using the library’s OverDrive service to download books to your particular device. You will need to bring these things: 1. the knowledge of how to use your mobile device; 2. your library card (or barcode number) and your library PIN; 3. your mobile device, of course! Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. Seating limited; register for one of the following sessions.
Thursday, July 2, 16 and 30, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


JULY 8 | 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. This program is brought to you by the CLC/Creative Learning Collective, Croton Free Library’s commitment to making connections to share knowledge within the community. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For students entering grades 5th-8th.
Wednesday, July 8, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


JULY 14 | TEEN MOVIE

Guardians of the Galaxy

In this PG-13 blockbuster, an unlikely cadre of intergalactic criminals must work together to save the universe from villainous control. Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy has been compared favorably with the original Star Wars by critics. It is a sci-fi heroic adventure with plenty of action and humor — plus a talking bionic raccoon!
Tuesday, July 14, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


JULY 15 & 22 | WORKSHOPS

Stitch to a Beat or a Botanic with Mary McFerran

Join in a workshop of traditional and non-traditional approaches to the craft of embroidery. Stitch a rap lyric or botanical flowers, or your own idea. Learn preparation of embroidery floss, hoop and basic embroidery stitches. These workshops are held in conjunction with “Her Stitches,” an exhibition at the Croton Free Library (June 5 to August 30), which brings together a selection of women’s needlework, combining historical and contemporary examples. The workshops are free of charge and materials are supplied. No experience necessary. This program is brought to you by the CLC/Creative Learning Collective, Croton Free Library’s commitment to making connections to share knowledge within the community. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For students entering grades 5 and up, and adults.
Wednesday, July 15 and 22, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


JULY 17 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

The Balloonman, Chris Fuentes, Presents Tales of Superheroes

Giant superhero balloon sculptures and tales of extraordinary adventure – Chris Fuentes, of the Westchester Balloon Company, brings his unique storytelling style to the Croton Free Library. Watch Chris construct the heroes of his stories, and experience your imagination taking off. Storytime takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures – and loads of audience participation. Please sign up children (accompanying adults do not need to register), by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) library hours. Come play the Summer Reading Game, “Every Hero Has a Story,” with us through August 8. Programming made possible by the Croton Free Library Association, the Croton Rotary Club and Keating Electric.
Friday, July 17, 7:00 p.m.


JULY 25 | MUSIC

Jazz Quartet iiii (Four)

Come hear the next generation of jazz greats: iiii (read “Four”), a New York-based collaborative band of four young musicians, has already begun to emerge as a prominent force in the music world. The group has been dubbed a “group of pure radiance” by Anthony Dean-Harris, editor-in-chief of Nextbop, and released both a self- titled debut album and an EP, “Run iiii Cover” in 2013. Featuring vocalist Laila Smith, pianist Paul Bloom, bassist Connor Schultze, and drummer Jeremy Dutton, iiii mixes jazz sensibilities with R&B, singer-songwriter, and hip-hop influences to forge a new and captivating sound. In addition to playing as a band, the members of iiii are all accomplished jazz musicians in their own right, and have performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and many more. According to iiii, their musical influences include, but are not limited to: Christopher Nolan, Little Dragon, Johann Sebastian Bach, Cooper Vacheron, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, James Blake, Paul Simon, Chance the Rapper, Dr. Seuss, and Virgil.
Saturday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.


Exhibitions

SEWN

by Mary McFerran

“Sewn” is a solo exhibit of artwork by Mary McFerran. The show features textile pieces that the artist has created since 2011, when she began experimenting with embroidery and other surface manipulation techniques. Ms. McFerran describes her work as personal narrative, frequently inspired by political and emotional themes.

Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6:00-8:00 P.M.


Her Stitches

“Her Stitches”, an exhibition at the Croton Free Library from June 5- August 30, 2015, brings together a selection of women’s needlework, combining historical and contemporary examples. Several authentic colonial samplers will be on display, in addition to photo reproductions of samplers from the 18th and 19th century.

The samplers are early forms of artistic and instructional tools created by women whose livelihood depended on their ability to sew clothing and linens for their families. Contemporary works include a variety of pieces from women in the Northeastern United States who find inspiration and sometimes subversion in the centuries-old tradition of needlework.

The following contemporary artists are included: Barbara Drillick, Donna Chambers, Joyce Sullivan, Linda Long, Nancy Mirman, Natalya Aikens, Nike Cutsumpas, Paula West, Judy Scheck, Mary McFerran, Gail Ellsperman

In conjunction with the exhibit, two stitching workshops will be held at the Croton Library “Stitch to a Beat or a Botanic,” July 15 and 22, from 3pm to 5pm. Please call the Library at 914-271-6612 to sign-up.

Curated by Mary McFerran for the Croton Free Library Gallery, 171 Cleveland Drive Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520. For more information, contact maryk.mcferran@gmail.com