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.


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.


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.  Hear your friends, family and neighbors perform, including Joe Adami,Brian Aspinwall, Chris Belden, Anne Carpenter, Tony Gordon, Kevin McCarthy, John Power, Vickie Raabin, Caroline Staples, Jayne Whitman and more (line-up subject to change).  
Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.


William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Red Monkey Theater Group and M&M Performing Arts Company present Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy in a fast-paced, 95-minute production. Director Tal Aviezer’s energetic, scaled-down adaptation aims to remove as many barriers as possible between the Bard’s words and the audience. With intimate staging, the production brings to life the enduring character of Hamlet and his essential humanity. The cast features Kate Berg, Germainne Lebron, Nick Leshi, Melinda O’Brien, Lawrence J. Reina, Gregg Shults and Mikel Von Brodbeck.
Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.


Vera String Quartet

Formed in 2015, the Vera Quartet – Pedro Rodriguez (violin), Patricia Quintero Garcia (violin), Inés Picado Molares (viola), Justin Goldsmith (cello) – quickly began to make a name for themselves. Since their inception, they have held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, completed their first international tour in South Korea, and been selected to participate in the 2018 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. National award-winning Vera Quartet is currently Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Cellist Justin Goldsmith of Croton-on-Hudson brings the Vera String Quartet to his hometown library to present Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in g minor, Op. 74, No. 3; Thomas Adès’s The Four Quarters, Op. 28, and Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major. Come hear these rising stars, as their auspicious musical career takes off.
Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.


Classical Pianist Gregg Michalak

Join us for a lovely afternoon of piano works by Beethoven, Debussy, Granados, Chopin and Liszt, performed by Gregg Michalak. Collaborating with many prominent artists and orchestras both as a soloist and in chamber music, Gregg Michalak continues to grow in reputation as an exciting and seasoned performer. He appeared at Bruno Walter Hall (New York City), and his playing was featured in the 2014 Broadway play “The Portrait,” as well as the 2017 production of “The Dressmaker’s Secret.” Gregg, who has just released a new CD of concertos by Beethoven and Mendelssohn on the Archive Classics label, is a member of the Vassar College music department.
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.


Demystifying Medicare and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

This presentation from Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (a project of the Westchester Library System) informs and guides those trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. Whether you already have Medicare, or are planning your retirement and contemplating healthcare coverage, this engaging, interactive program helps outline your options and future costs. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested. Sign up at the library in person or by calling 914-271-6612.
Monday, April 23, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


In/ /Outlaws

Paintings by Jeanne-Noel Mahoney and John Toth

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, March 3, 2:00-4:00pm
On display will be recent paintings by Jeanne-Noel Mahoney and John Toth, a mother-in-law, son-in-law team. Artist Statement

On Display March 2 - April 28