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:


Tea and Chocolate Tasting

Carolyn Poncato, the “Botanical Diplomat” of Vital A Tea, hosts a tea talk at the Croton Free Library. Carolyn elucidates the traditions and benefits of tea, as well as its cultivation and preparation. Attendees taste three different teas (black, white, green), paired with four very different organic chocolates. For our teen and adult patrons. Seats limited. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.


Halloween Hauntings with Michèle LaRue

Century-old ghosts inhabit the library, during professional actress Michèle LaRue’s performance of Halloween Hauntings – two American tales of suspense. Written back in the days of ominously flickering candles and kerosene lamps, “The Shadows on the Wall” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1903) and “The House That Was Not” by Elia Wilkinson Peattie (1898) continue to startle. In the wake of a sudden mysterious death, “The Shadows on the Wall” gathers four siblings in a familiar but threatening New England parlor. “The House That Was Not” lures an unsuspecting new bride across the Nebraska prairie. Michèle LaRue who has specialized in performances of literature from America’s Gilded Age for 25 years, portrays all eight characters of the two tales.
Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.


A Spooktacular Animal Adventure with Animal Embassy

Meet some of the animals that haunt our dreams, make our skin crawl, and the hair stand up on the back of our necks! Making a pre-Halloween visit to the library, these animal ambassadors are perfectly at home in the shadows and in swamps, and are on the prowl under the moonlit sky. Join Animal Embassy to get up-close and personal with these amazing beasts, and learn to appreciate the beauty of these often misunderstood creatures — such as the Pink-toed Tarantula, Dumeril’s Boa, Axolotl, and even more surprise animal guests.
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.


“The Big Sick”

The Croton Free Library screens thought-provoking, beautifully executed, and critically acclaimed films on select fall Fridays. The movies are free and open to the public, with library doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the film beginning at 7:15 p.m. “The Big Sick” – “a joyous, generous-hearted romantic comedy” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) – is based on the real-life relationship and culture clash between the Pakistan-born stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his future wife, Emily Gordon. Co-written by the couple, this “awkward true story” stars Kumail Nanjiani (as himself) and Zoe Kazan (as Emily). Kumail is forced to face his own family’s expectations for his future and Emily’s feisty parents, when Emily becomes suddenly and seriously ill. (R, 120 minutes, 2017)
Friday, November 3, 7:15 p.m.


“Speak for Yourself, John”

Written by Croton-on-Hudson resident Sydney Blake, “Speak for Yourself, John: A Play about the Pilgrims” presents a humorous, unconventional treatment of one of America’s favorite legends. “Speak for yourself, John” is a line from “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, about a love triangle among John Alden, Priscilla Mullins and Miles Standish. Since this love triangle never actually occurred outside of Longfellow’s imagination, Sydney Blake sets the record straight and tells the real story. Just in time for Thanksgiving, a local troupe of actors gives a staged reading of the new play, directed by Myrlin Valerio.
Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.


The Amaranthus Ensemble with Bari Mort, Piano

The Amaranthus Ensemble presents a recital of classical chamber music works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ginastera and Schumann. Pianist Bari Mort joins the Amaranthus Ensemble – Rachel Crozier, violin; Aaron Bernstein, violin; Piotr Kargul, viola; Nancy Torrente, cello. Pianist Bari Mort, currently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, was a member of the New York Chamber Ensemble for 10 years and has appeared with the International String Quartet, Musica de Camera, Phoenix Chamber Players, Da Capo Chamber Players and the American Symphony, among others.
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.


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 tweens and teens.
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Sign up to Perform

Calling all serious singers – seasoned performers and aspiring voice students alike. Give us a song! 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, will accompany Cris and all other performers. Come as an audience member or register as a participant. Singers sign up to give a concert-quality performance of one or two well-prepared songs in the Broadway or cabaret genres. Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (, or visit the library to register. High school age and older. Registration deadline, November 22.
Saturday, December 9, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert (free, open to the public).


Sweet Bargains

Volunteer to set up and clean up, staff the sale or bake by calling the Croton Free Library, 914-271-6612.
Come browse and buy, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19. Early birds: admission, $10; shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 18.


Read the Artist Statement

On Display September 9 - October 30
Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2-4pm