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 27 | FREE PLAY
Mah JonggDo you like to play Mah Jongg? Come enjoy the fun and mentally stimulating gameplay of this ancient Chinese game at the library. No instruction is planned for free play sessions. Please bring your own Mah Jongg sets and cards. Seating is limited; registration required. Sign up for the session by visiting or calling the library (914-271-6612) during open hours.
Wednesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
AUGUST 3 | PRESENTATION
Home Birth Documentary and Panel DiscussionCurious about the benefits of home birth? The Croton Free Library screens the recently released documentary – “Why Not Home? The Surprising Choice of Doctors and Nurses” – created by Jessica Moore, a nurse-practitioner. In this film, we see doctors, nurses, and midwives who attend birth in the hospital and chose home birth, as they look at risk, safety, and birth experience in the U.S. After this short documentary, Susan Schmidt, CNM and Cathy Gallagher, CNM – nurse-midwives who chose planned home birth for themselves – moderate a panel discussion with women who have recently delivered at home. Susan and Cathy, who are experienced midwives with years of practice in both hospital and birth center settings, currently have a practice in Croton-on-Hudson and will be available to answer questions on home birth.
Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 5 & 19 | WORKSHOP
Sophisticated Coloring DesignsColorists, drop in and unwind. Color beautiful, stress-relieving designs, and relax! (The hardest part is choosing from our sophisticated coloring books and picking your hues from our collection of high-quality pencils.) Enjoy a cup of tea with us, and cast off the cares of a busy week. For our teen and adult patrons.
Friday, August 5, August 19, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
AUGUST 5 | SILENT FILM
Harold Lloyd, Comedic Classic, and Jesse Beller, PianistJoin us for an evening starring comic genius Harold Lloyd in the silent black-and-white film classic “Safety Last.” Harold Lloyd’s character leaves his hometown girlfriend to “make good” in the big city. Trying to earn money quickly to impress his fiancée, he embarks on a building-climbing publicity stunt to attract business to the department store, where he is only a lowly clerk. Harold Lloyd’s daring physical feats have audiences holding onto their seats. Pianist Jesse Beller provides the extraordinary live and original accompaniment to this 1923 side-splitting comedy. And, an extra treat: the 1921 film short “I Do,” following a courting couple’s transition into family life and starring Mildred Davis.
Friday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 10 | TEEN WORKSHOP
Earring Design with Joan LloydExpress 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 tweens and teens.
Wednesday, August 10, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
AUGUST 27 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
The Balloonman, Chris FuentesGiant 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 – illustrating the summer reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” 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 (914-271-6612) during library hours.
Saturday, August 27, 11:00 a.m.
Summer Art Show - Doreen O’Connor
The show includes paintings of Croton Point and Riverside Park as well as scenes from Monhegan Island, Mr and Ms. O’Connor’s family farm in Dutchess County. Most of the new work has been painted en Plein Air or on site. This mode of work has become the artist’s favorite way to work when conditions allow. There certainly are interesting challenges inherent in Plein Air from too much wind or paint drying too quickly to insects invading but it is also, according to Ms. O’Connor, a lot of fun.
On Display in the Ottinger Room, July 2 through August 31
Reception: July 16, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Botanical Art Exhibit
On Display in the main gallery, June to August.
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