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:


Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Watching this adventure-filled sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, is an action-packed way to prolong summer vacation fun. The Guardians began as a group of intergalactic criminals forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. In Vol. 2, the Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt’s) true parentage. (PG-13, 2 hours/16 minutes).
Thursday, August 24, 3:00 p.m.


The Balloonman, Chris Fuentes

Giant balloon sculptures and tales of building community – 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 “Build a Better World!” Storytime takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures and loads of audience participation. Experience your imagination taking off, and celebrate a summer full of reading with us! Saturday, August 26, 11:00 a.m.


Lion & Beatriz at Dinner

The Croton Free Library screens thought provoking, beautifully executed, and critically acclaimed films on select fall Fridays. The season begins in September with “Lion” and “Beatriz at Dinner.” 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. (Screening licenses through Movie Licensing USA/Swank.)

“Lion” Adapted from the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, “Lion” stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. In the film, a five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he returns to India to find his lost family. (2017, PG-13, 120 minutes)
Friday, September 15, 7:15 p.m.

“Beatriz at Dinner” A holistic healer, born in Mexico, Beatriz makes a house call to treat a wealthy woman, who is hosting a dinner party that evening. When Beatriz is ready to leave, but cannot start her car, her client asks her to stay. As ethnic and economic prejudice surfaces during the course of the dinner, it is clear that Beatriz is invited but not welcome. This sharp comedy features actors Salma Hayek, Chloe Sevigny, and John Lithgow. (2017, R, 103 minutes)
Friday, September 22, 7:15 p.m.


Fiesta Concert

Flor Bromley and her Amigos bring their 45-minute bilingual show to the Croton Free Library. The Fiesta Concert gathers together music from all over the world, and combines it with storytelling and puppetry in one magical experience. Flor Bromley and musical friends play songs from her brand new bilingual album “Chiqui Music Boom,” a collection of songs that transports listeners to the world of childhood imagination. These songs, along with bilingual versions of popular children’s classics and fun puppetry, will have the whole family laughing and dancing, during an international cultural encounter.
Saturday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.


Pianist Sharon Chang in Recital

At the age of 8 in her native China, classical pianist Sharon Chang was regarded “a rising star” and “musically and technically refined.” (Chengdu Evening News). Before coming to the United States (at age 15), Sharon won the notable National Fourteen­City Piano Competition and Southwestern District Young Artists Competition, and studied at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. Sharon attended the University of Texas at Austin and Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. Sharon Chang’s afternoon recital at the Croton Free Library includes works by Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt.
Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.


Collected Photography of
Steven Mones

Come see a new presentation of photography. Many images are local to the Westchester area. All sales are donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s and the CFL.

Reception: Saturday, July 15, 12:30-2:30pm

On display July 1 - August 31