The Library will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 26 due to weather and Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. We will be back to our regular schedule on Friday.
New Croton Free Library Director Named
The Trustees of the Croton Free Library have appointed Yvonne Cech as the new Director of the Croton Free Library starting December 15, 2014. Mary Donnery, long-time Director since 1986, will be retiring at the end of this year. Ms. Cech brings over 10 years of experience in both public library and educational library settings. READ MORE.
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:
DECEMBER 6 | BROADWAY & CABARET SHOWCASE
Cris Groenendaal, Showcase Host
Come to the cabaret! Cris Groenendaal (who starred as the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway) hosts the Broadway & Cabaret Showcase at the Croton Free Library. Sue Anderson, musical director for several Broadway shows, accompanies Cris and all other performers. The annual showcase is always a crowd-pleaser. Hear Cris, Sue, your family, friends and neighbors, including: Abbe Alvisio, Timothy Auld, Denise Bessette, Loretta Ciotoli-Murphy, Harry Cooper, Emeline DiCroce, Molly Holmes, Elinore O’Connell, Emily Riedel and Justin Crowe, Misty Sturm, Hannah Wolland and Julie Smith, Rachel Zief, among others (line-up subject to change). Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 10 | CHILDREN’S 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. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For grades 4 to 6. Wednesday, December 10, 3:00 p.m.
DECEMBER 10 | SILENT FILM
Comedic Genius Harold Lloyd and Pianist Jesse Beller
The gift of laughter launches the holiday season at the Croton Free Library. Harold Lloyd stars in two black-and-white silent films: the short, Get Out and Get Under (1920), and the feature, Girl Shy (1924). A young actor is late for his theatrical appearance in Lloyd’s short comedy, and he must prevent his rival from taking his place on stage. His anxious misadventures on the road are side-splittingly funny (also starring Mildred Davis and Fred McPherson). The stuttering Harold Meadows (Lloyd) is Girl Shy, but this has not prevented him from writing a manual on “The Secret of Making Love.” When Harold meets the love of his life, Mary Buckingham ( Robyna Ralston), his inability to take his own advice on wooing leads to hilarious results. Jesse Beller provides live, original accompaniment – his annual holiday gift to the library – with extraordinary style and flair. Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 12 | THEATRE
Wrecked by Greg Kalleres
Hudson Stage Company presents a staged reading of a new play by Greg Kalleres, Wrecked. In this harrowing and witty play, John and Victoria lead a storybook life with a marriage built on trust and communication. Their greatest strength as a couple is always being “on the same page.” When recounting the tale of minor car accident to unexpected guests, the perfect couple discovers that they have not been sharing the same viewpoint at all. The reading – featuring Eric Sheffer Stevens (HSC’s spring production of Caryl Churchill’s A Number), Chris Henry Coffey, Jenny Sheffer Stevens and Zoe Winters – is made possible, in part, by the generosity of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and ArtsWestchester. Q&A immediately following with all participating artists. Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 13 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Theater and Improv Workshop
Children in grades 3 and 4 (at Carrie E. Tompkins School) perform their original one-act play devised during grade school workshops. Their show, The Planet of Good and Evil, is a short fantasy fable for all ages. Following the young actors’ performance, teacher and director Denise Bessette invites any willing audience members to participate in some improv theater games. All are welcome to attend and participate. Ideal for children ages 6 to 13. Saturday, December 13, 2:00 p.m.
Portraits in Acrylic: 1994-2014
By Brook R. Maher
On display in the Ottinger Room November 2 to December 30, 2014. Reception Sunday, November 16, 3:00-4:30pm.