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:


Pianist Michael Skelly & Mezzo-Soprano Kelly Newberry

Classical pianist Michael Skelly returns to the Croton Free Library to present a sparkling program of solo piano works, and art songs from Europe and the Americas – with rising star Kelly Newberry. Noted as “a compelling narrator” (Opera News) for her performance in First Songs at the Morgan Library in 2015, Peruvian-American mezzo-soprano Kelly Newberry is a passionate and multi-faceted musician whose repertoire traverses the baroque to the present. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kelly holds a master’s degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program. Michael Skelly has been a full-time member of the piano faculty at Columbia University for over 30 years. Michael, who resided in Croton-on-Hudson for decades, has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Enjoy an enthralling afternoon with the music of Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Debussy, Guiridi, Montsalvatge and Schubert.
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.


Free Shredding!

Spring cleaning? Need to safely rid your files of old documents? To celebrate the end of the tax season, the Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be stationed in the parking lot of the Croton Free Library for your use. Each person is permitted a maximum of 4 file boxes, approximately 10” x 12” x 15” each box. All bindings and metals must be removed and no bound or hardcover ledger books are accepted. First come, first served.
Monday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Become more civically engaged at the Croton Free Library Association Annual Meeting

Come cast your vote on April 25th at 7PM in the Ottinger Room at the Library to elect new members of the Library’s Board of Trustees and officers for the Croton Free Library Association. This is a great chance to hear more about what’s happening at the Library, meet the volunteers who work closely with the professional staff to make the Croton Free Library a place that truly serves the entire community, and learn how to become more involved in the Library. Voting is limited to current members of the Croton Free Library Association. Become a member by donating HERE or by making a donation in-person in the Library or at the Annual Meeting. As added incentive, there’ll be snacks!
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.


Sophisticated Coloring Designs

Colorists, 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, April 28, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Women Rising, Scars and All

Performance artist Marcy B. Freedman joins the musicians of Skin Against Metal to present a program of words, images and music to honor women of a certain age. During the past year Marcy Freedman was engaged in a project to explore “the pros and cons of aging, when you are female.” And, after moderating several discussion groups, Marcy was inspired to write the monologue that is presented in Women Rising, Scars and All. Her collaborators, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino of Skin Against Metal provide an ambient soundscape, as well as musical interludes.
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

May the fourth… be with you. Celebrate Star Wars Day at the Croton Free Library, with the screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – just released on DVD. In this prequel to the original Star Wars movie (“Star Wars: A New Hope”), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) fights to save the Rebellion against the evil of the Empire by seeking out a way to destroy its new super weapon – the Death Star. (Rated PG-13, 2 hours and 13 minutes.)
Thursday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.


“Lewis and Clark”

Two brave friends begin the perilous journey of the Corps of Discovery in Traveling Lantern’s live theatre production of “Lewis and Clark.” Join our daring explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, as they scout and map the unknown beauty of our newly expanding nation. Help them find their way as they meet Native Americans, canoe down mighty rivers, and become the first representatives of the United States to see the grandeur of the Northwest, as they follow the sunset to the Pacific Ocean.
Saturday, May 6, 11:00 a.m.


“Last Romance” by Joe DiPietro

M&M Performing Arts Company presents Joe DiPietro’s “The Last Romance” – a heart-warming drama/comedy about the transformative power of love. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph (a widower) decides to take a different path on his daily walk – one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol’s reticence, and his sister’s jealousy, Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost. Veteran director Maureen Howard heads up this production, featuring Carol Eagen, Dick Smith, Ann Signorelli and Janet Tinari.
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.


Lecture/Recital with Pianist Alexandra Beliakovich

Alexandra Beliakovich, the versatile Belarusian-American pianist and educator, performs works by Beethoven, Beliakovich, Prokofiev and Schumann. A prize winner in several piano competitions, she performs regularly as a soloist and with orchestra. A keen researcher, Alexandra is committed to exploring the undiscovered and unjustly forgotten piano miniatures. She recently received her Doctor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 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 adults and teens.
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Home Birth Documentary and Panel Discussion

Curious 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.
Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.


Sweet Bargains

Volunteer to set up and clean up, staff the sale or bake – by calling the Croton Free Library, 914-271-6612. Early bird admission: $10 to shop 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Free and open to the public for browsing and buying:
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.


Classical Music Recital for High School Students

Sign up to be a part of the Croton Free Library’s annual Classical Young Artists’ Showcase. Students in 7th through 12th grade are invited to give a recital-quality performance of up to 8 minutes of well-prepared classical music. Instrumentalists and vocalists presenting solo and group pieces welcome. The library’s piano is available for use. Performers must provide their own accompanists (who may be adults). Registration opens May 1 and closes June 1. Register in person, by phone (914-271-6612) or by e-mail (
Saturday, June 17, rehearsal 3:00 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.


Jerry Pinkney: The Studio as Muse

An artist looks to his studio for inspiration

The Ottinger Room Gallery exhibition focuses on independent works, pastel, watercolors, and mixed medium on paper. Many of these works are being exhibited for the first time. Also on view are drawings and prints from popular children’s books.
The works in the library gallery cases consist of working drawings for a pop-up book, sketchbooks, watercolors as well as working tools.

On display through April 2017