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(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
Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day



SIGN UP BY MAY 28 | YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE

Classical Music Recital for Students
in Grades 7 through 12

Sign up to be a part of the Croton Free Library’s annual Classical Young Artists’ Showcase. Students in 7th through 12th grade 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 closes May 28. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (lskelly@wlsmail.org).
Saturday, June 8, rehearsal 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 1 | FAMILY EVENT

Shared Stories Open Minds

Kick off pride month and join students from the Croton Harmon High School for Shared Stories Open Minds. GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) of Hudson Valley is collaborating with the Croton Free Library and students from the Croton Harmon High School to offer a free diversity program. High school students will read and discuss age-appropriate books containing themes of gender roles, sexual orientation, diversity and acceptance to younger students and their families. For grades K-4, the read-aloud selection is And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, and for grades 5-8 the read aloud selection is I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. There will be related craft projects and snacks. Registration required; sign up in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, June 1, 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.


JUNE 5 | PRESENTATION

An Introduction to Crystal Meditation and Reiki

According to presenter Amy Luke, including crystals in your meditation practice brings a dimension of inner exploration, clears negativity, raises consciousness, and deepens intuition and insight. And when a bit of Reiki energy is added, this yoga and meditation practitioner finds that emotional and physical stress release, and areas of imbalance wash away. Curious about energy healing and meditation? Join local resident Amy Luke, for this inward journey into connection and alignment with the vibrant health. Registration required; sign up in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 10 | WORKSHOP

Amateur Radio (Ham) Antenna Build

If you are interested in amateur (ham) radio, the Peekskill/Cortlandt Amateur Radio Association (PCARA) will have a project demo to build a basic antenna for use on UHF or VHF frequencies (good for amateur radio AND other stuff like marine VHF). The PCARA will show you the basics, and you can try to make one yourself. If you have a question on radios, show up, and we will try to answer and help. Use of soldering irons (and solder) are limited to PCARA members for safety but demonstrations will be available.
Monday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.


JUNE 12 | PRESENTATION

Book It: The Nontraditional World of Artists’ Books with Elinor Stecker-Orel

Booklovers think of books as being a stack of pages bound together between covers. But artists’ books are different. They are innovative, unique, handmade books created with unusual bindings, distinctive shapes, and nontraditional materials. The pages may be thin as tissue paper, hard as wood, or clear as glass. Elinor’s presentation spotlights artists’ books made with such unorthodox objects as sneaker innersoles, teabags, dominoes, slices of fruit … books that delight the eye and intrigue the imagination. Elinor was formerly senior editor at Popular Photography magazine, and she has written hundreds of articles for various publications, including National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Time, U.S.A. Today and Woman’s Day.
Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 14 | WORKSHOP

Fiber Drawing Workshop

Explore a variety of drawing methods used by contemporary textile artists taught by exhibiting artist, Mary McFerran. After creating a simple line drawing, participants will learn how to machine stitch and hand embroidery on fiber materials. Materials provided. Limited to 8 participants. Registration required. For ages 15 and up.
Friday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


JUNE 14 | MUSICAL LECTURE

Star-Spangled Mystery with Marc Ferris

Written in 1814, “The Star-Spangled Banner” holds an important – and controversial – place in United States history and continues to inflame passions to this day. In this presentation, author Marc Ferris relates the fascinating hidden history about our national anthem. Marc punctuates his presentation with live musical renditions of the original version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and other tunes considered for anthem status in this broad sweep of American music and political history. Join Marc Ferris, the author of the acclaimed book Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem, on Flag Day at the Croton Free Library.
Friday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.


JUNE 15 | SUMMER READING GAME ENTERTAINMENT

The Balloonman, Chris Fuentes

Giant balloon sculptures and tales of outer space – 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 – illustrating the summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories!” Story-time takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures and loads of audience participation. Count down to a summer full of reading with us and fuel your imagination for lift-off.
Be sure to drop by the Children’s Room this summer to learn about the fun activities taking place in the Croton Free Library. Find out how children can share their reading to earn prizes, by signing up for the Summer Reading Game.
Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m.


Exhibitions

OTTINGER ROOM GALLERY

FIBER DRAWINGS

By Mary McFerran

Exploring the use of scissor cuts, stitches, chalk, layers, mono-chrome and color on assorted textiles and paper, these drawings are inspired by the spaces created between trees that have shed their leaves. Deciduous trees are abundant in our Northeast area and during winter months, I feel surrounded by the shapes they reveal. They express open spaces in life, preparing for change and renewal.

May 4 through June 28, 2019

Reception Sunday, May 5th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


LIBRARY GALLERY

New York World’s Fair 1964-65
“Were you There?”

Share your memories of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair in the Croton Library Gallery. Currently running from May through June, the exhibit includes memorabilia from the New York World’s Fair. Photos of landmark structures and sculptures in Flushing Meadows, the site of the World’s Fair, are by Ed Martz, a Croton resident, formerly of Queens.

May through June 2019