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REGULAR HOURS

(September - June)

MONDAY 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
TUESDAY 10:00 am-9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 10:00 am-5:30 pm
THURSDAY 10:00 am-9:00 pm
FRIDAY 10:00 am-5:30 pm
SATURDAY 10:00 am-5:00 pm
SUNDAY 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Summer hours will go into effect after July 4th

Holidays
The library is closed on all legal holidays, including Christmas Eve, but it is open on Election Day.

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.

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*THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR SCHEDULED CHILDREN”S PROGRAMS JUNE 18th THROUGH JUNE 22nd*

BOOK BUDDY ORIENTATION

Monday, June 18th from 4:00 to 4:45 pm 

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 June 18th at 4:00 pm. For kids entering grades 4th and up.

 

* NEW PROGRAM * STORIES AND MUSIC WITH AMY

Monday June 25th from 1:30 to 2:00 pm 

Starting Friday, June 15th, Stories & Music will be on Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

It’s time for great stories, classic kids’ songs, new music and lots of dancing! 

Join songwriter-guitarist Amy Hersh, who has previously performed at the Ossining Public Library and the Clearwater Festival for stories and songs! 

 

* NEW PROGRAM * MOMMY & ME FITNESS

 FRIDAY June 29th from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Come and enjoy your workout with your new baby!

This is a great opportunity to build a strong bond with your baby while  building back strength in your own body.  This class is specifically geared towards postnatal mothers, targeting key areas of the body for an effective workout. This class incorporates strength training with things like squats, curl presses, and toning those muscles all while keeping your baby close.   (Bring your yoga mat or a towel.)

This class is taught by Caryl DePalma, a local personal trainer and NASM certified.


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 

Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 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 (Replaced by Stories & Music for summer)

(Ages 6 months - 5 years old) 

Fridays 10:15-10:45 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 Little Flower Yoga Mindfullness teacher and holds a M.S. in Ed. Her classes cultivate a curious exploration of movement, breath and sound in a supportive space.

“Join us today and stretch into a book”

Moms and Infants Support Group

Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 p.m. 2nd Saturday of the month (July 7) from 10:30 to 12:30

*great for working mamas!*

This month Moms & Infants will be meeting on Saturday, July 7 from 10:30 to 12:30


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. & Playgroup will meet Tuesday June 26th at 11:00 a.m.*

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 3rd & 17th 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 3 years.  Please bring your baby blanket, towel or yoga mat!  *30 minute playtime after program.*


MONTHLY PROGRAMS

* NEW PROGRAM* Mommy & Me Fitness 

June 29th, July 6th and July 27th, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

For mothers and babies, ages Newborn to Crawler.

Come and enjoy your workout with your new baby!

This is a great opportunity to build a strong bond with your baby while  building back strength in your own body.  This class is specifically geared towards postnatal mothers, targeting key areas of the body for an effective workout. This class incorporates strength training with things like squats, curl presses, and toning those muscles all while keeping your baby close.   (Bring your yoga mat or a towel.)

This class is taught by Caryl DePalma, a local personal trainer and NASM certified.

Babywearing

July 10th, 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 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. 

*NEW PROGRAM* Kids Bingo  

Every Monday at 3:30 p.m. during the summer!

Come for fun, filled afternoon of BINGO! Meet new friends, get some prizes and have a snack.  A great way to mellow out after a busy day at school. For kids ages 5 and up. 

Therapy Dog 

June 25th 4:00 to 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 16th, 11:00 a.m. 


TO ALL PARENTS/CAREGIVERS: If your child is not well enough to attend school or participate in their daily routine, please do not bring them to any programs or activities at the Croton Free Library. We understand and empathize with parents when their children are sick but do not want to risk the health of other program attendees. Thank you.