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 PROGRAMMING  DECEMBER 24th through DECEMBER 28th

PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS!

 

 

  PRE-BALLET

MONDAY DECEMBER 17th 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

For ages 4 & 5 years 

This dance class is based on preliminary dance curriculum which focuses on ballet skills which build a base of fundamental movement skills in children of the age group required,  regardless of their coordination level.  Although based on basic movements of classical ballet, the approach is creative and fun. Children learn and enjoy the basic movements of classical ballet with arm and feet positions, skipping, leaping and many other fundamental skills.  This is a wonderful activity for children to not only work on their gross motor skills, but to enhance their interaction skills as well. Class is taught by Amy Gardiner.  Amy is certified with a MA in Arts Education and a minor in Dance Education.

 BRING YOUR BALLET SHOES!

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

 

 

HOLIDAY CRAFT

TUESDAY DECEMBER 18th 3:00 p.m.

FOR AGES 2 AND UP

Come spend an afternoon and make some fun HOLIDAY crafts, to give to someone special or decorate your house with! Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact the Croton Free Library 914-271-6612 www.crotonfreelibrary.org 

Space is limited!

Registration required.

 

 

MUG CAKES

Tweens & Teens

Wednesday, December 19th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come spend an hour learning to make a tasty treat in our creative space.

Mug cakes are easy personal-sized cakes that you can create in just 5 minutes! Participants will have a choice of 3 recipes: COOKIES & CREAM, PEPPERMINT SWIRL (Gluten free), CINNAMON ROLL (vegan) Please bring your own microwavable mug (at least 8 ounces). Make one to eat and one to go!

This event is for kids in grades 5th through 12th.

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED

 


 

*NEW PROGRAM*  PARENTS AND TODDLER SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAY DECEMBER 20th 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The Parent and Toddler Support Group is a warm and welcoming meeting open to all parents and their toddlers.  This group is professionally facilitated by a certified postpartum doula (CPD:CBI) and offers parents a growing community, non-judgemental support, and plenty of friendly encouragement as they navigate the wonders of their growing children. There is no fee to attend, no registration is required, and siblings are welcome. Come when you can and leave when you need to.

 

*NEW PROGRAM* Rock n’ Roll Babies & Toddlers

Fridays, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

It’s time for great stories, classic kids’ songs, new rock n’ roll music and lots of dancing! Meet songwriter-guitarist Amy Hersh, who has previously performed at the Ossining Public Library and the Clearwater Festival for stories and songs! Ages Birth and up.

 


WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Legos, Grades K-2

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

A free build Lego program.

Kids Arts & Craft Lab

Wednesday DECEMBER 5th, 12th  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.

Come listen to stories and sing songs. For ages 3 and up. 

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 

(Ages 6 months - 5 years old) 

Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 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 (December 8th) from 10:30 to 12:30

*great for working mamas!*

This month Moms & Infants will be meeting on Saturday, October13th 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 DECEMBER 18th 10:30 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   

DECEMBER 4th & 11th 10:30-11:00 a.m.

1st & 2ND Tuesdays of the month (DECEMBER ONLY)

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

Mommy & Me Fitness 

*DADS WELCOME TOO!*

DECEMBER 14TH 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

For mothers and babies, ages Newborn to Walker.

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

December 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 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. 

Kids Bingo  

Monday December 10th 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

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 

December 17th 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, December 22nd, 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.