Kids’ Programs

Here you’ll find programs for children, most of which are held in the children’s room. The children’s programs held in the Ottinger Room are listed on the Events page. Registration is not required unless noted. You can register in person, or by phone (271-6612) during library hours.

Also check out our new monthly calendar, which shows both recurring and special events, and sign up for our email newsletter.

Please note: Parents/caregivers must remain in the library while children in 3rd grade and younger are attending programs.


SUMMER READING GAME 2017


NEW PROGRAMS

Songs Come to Life in Read-a-Loud Picture Books With Lori Jo

Come Sing, dance and act out songs that turned into picture books.

In this class we will sing a variety of songs that turned into picture books. We will act out the parts through singing, dancing, movement and the use of props and instruments. Learn new songs, and sing some of your favorites. We will also learn and explore how to be in a band using instruments. Allow Lori Jo to open and foster the natural gift of music found within each child, and foster their talent through fun, playful and engaging activities that are age appropriate. Get your mojo working because we are going to have big fun! For kids ages 1 to 7 years old

Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:30

June 26th  through August 9th 

Book Buddy Orientation

Looking for fun community service?  Join the Croton Free Library Book Buddy program! 
It’s a great way to get to know your community, and receive community service hours and volunteer hours while doing so.  As a book buddy you will also get to help the children’s room staff with all kinds of cool and fun programs, including LEGOs, movies and arts and crafts.  You will also be paired with younger children to help them read in a one-on-one setting. The Book Buddy program is for those entering grades 5th and up.  For more information stop by our orientation on Monday afternoon, June 19th at 4 p.m.  Can’t make it to the orientation call the Croton Free Library for more information at 914-271-6612.

Teen Pop - Up: Kokedama

Come learn the Japanese garden art of Kokedama. It is an ancient mode of plant display where a moss ball is the supported part for a plant. These decorative plants will make great Father’s Day gifts.
Thursday afternoon, June 15th at 4pm. For tweens and teens. 

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Legos, Grades K-2

Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

A free build Lego program.

Kids Arts & Craft Lab

Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Learn how famous artists work, and make art with your friends! Take home what you make.  For ages 3 and up. 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON).

Pre-school Storytime

Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Movers & Shakers

Thursdays from 10:45-11:15 a.m. 

A fun half-hour of music, rhythm, sounds, rhymes and DANCE!!  Spontaneous music and movement are vital to the creative educational process.  Amy Gardiner, with a Master of Arts in Education leads this group for pre-schoolers aged 4 months to 3 years. 

Lego Club, Grades 3 and up

Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

A more advanced Lego program with ongoing projects.

FIESTA! With Flor 

Fridays 10:30-11:15 a.m. 

A fun free Bilingual (English/Spanish) music program for children ages 0-5 years old with a parent/caregiver. Flor Bromley teaches Spanish through music, movement, puppetry, and theatre based games.

Storybook Yoga: Infant & Toddler

(Ages 6 months - 5 years old) 

Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Encourage your little ones to stretch and move as we act out familiar stories from our favorite authors through creative movement & yoga.  Kristy Cohen has taught Yoga to children of all ages for over a decade. She is a Certified Yoga Kid’s Yoga Teacher and holds a M.S. in Ed. Her classes cultivate a exploration of movement, breath and sound in a supportive space.

Moms and Infants Support Group

Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 p.m. &

2nd Saturday of the month, July 8th 10:30-12:30 p.m.
*great for working mamas!*

This warm and welcoming group is open to all mothers and infants looking for companionship, community, advice and support regarding breast feeding, sleep, postpartum questions, sibling settling, returning to work, and other new family challenges. The group is open to all, including pregnant women who would like to join the community of new moms. Siblings of infants and babies welcome! Our support group is run by Katherine Whiteside, a certified Postpartum Doula (Childbirth International)

Playgroup

Fridays 3:00-5:00 p.m. &

4th Tuesday of the month from 11:00-1:00p.m, June 27th

Come meet and socialize with other parents and caregivers.  Play with brand new toys just for this age group! For babies, infants and toddlers ages birth to 36 months. 

 

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMS

Babytime   

July 18th 10:30-11:00 a.m.

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month

Come join us for songs, rhymes, books, laughter, movement and fun for our youngest patrons and their caregivers.  This interactive one-on-one program is a great opportunity to introduce early literacy skills while bonding with your little one. Babytime is a program for lap-babies, crawlers, and “no-so-steady” walkers.  For children age birth to 2 years.  Please bring your baby blanket, towel or yoga mat!  


MONTHLY PROGRAMS

Babywearing

July 11th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

2nd Tuesday of the month

Wanting to meet other parents and caregivers in the community? Then come to Babywearing International of Rockland/Westchester’s meeting on October 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at the Croton Free Library. Come learn how to safely and comfortably wear your baby, while also learning the benefits of babywearing for both child and caregiver! If you have questions regarding your baby carrier please feel free to bring your carrier and we can help answer your questions. Babywearing International meetings are always free and open to the public. No registration necessary.  If you have questions please call the Croton Free Library at 914-271-6612. 

Therapy Dog 

Monday, June 26th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

Come read to a certified therapy Dog, ALOHA! ALOHA is a great listener! Aloha is a retired guide dog from Guiding Eyes for the Blind and now a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dog International (TDI).  Aloha is part of a reading program through TDI called “Tail Waggin’ Tutors.”  This program is for children learning how to read, and for those already reading.  All ages welcome.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Saturday Stories & More

Stories, songs and a craft for children of all ages.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m.