Our Summer Reading Game encourages kids to read for fun and keeps them entertained and engaged with a variety of activities during July and August. Going on vacation? Don’t worry—kids can take books with them and get back in the game when they return!

The program, which runs from June 24 to August 12, is open to kids of all ages, including pre-schoolers and teens. The kick-off is on June 24th, but kids can join anytime so stop by the library to sign up. If you are going into 5th grade or above, you can also sign-up to be a Book Buddy.

The game is simple. Once you sign-up, visit the Children’s Room every week to talk about the book or books you’re reading and get a prize!

Below is a list of weekly activities and special events for kids this summer at the library. Events that are part of the Summer Reading Game are marked with a ★.


WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

★ Monday Afternoon @ the Movies

Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 26 through August 7

Looking for a fun, relaxing way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon? Then check out our summer Monday matinee movies. Everyone is welcome! Movies are rated G and PG. Contact the library for more information at 914-271-6612. See the full list of movies below

Babytime

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

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!

Legos, Grades K-2

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

A free build Lego program.

★ Pajama Story Time

Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., June 27 through August 8

Come dressed in your coziest pajamas, and bring along your favorite stuffed animal and blanket, as we cozy up to read some bedtime stories and songs. For children ages birth to 7 years old.

Pre-school Storytime

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

★ Songs and Stories with Lori Jo

Wednesdays from 12:00-12:30 p.m., June 28 through August 9

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.

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).

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.

Moms and Infants Support Group

Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
2nd Saturday of the month, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.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.

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 from 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.

★ BINGO!

Fridays from 3:30-4:15 p.m., June 30 through August 11

Various Board Games, and Bingo with snacks and prizes! For Ages 5 years and up.

Playgroup

Fridays from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
4th Tuesday of the month from 11:00-1:00p.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.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Jeffrey & The Bossy Frog

Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m.

It’s the kick-off of our Summer Reading Program: “Build a Better World”! Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog of The Bossy Frog Band thrill young audiences with their banjo-driven, costume-character-dancing, 100% interactive music concert. Their show has been enjoyed by over 100,000 children and families! And, their latest recording, “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE!),” is a Parents’ Choice Award winner. After the show, youngsters are invited to sign up for the Summer Reading Game –which runs from June 24 to August 12. During the summer, children share their reading to earn prizes, drop in for crafts, watch movies, play bingo and lots more.

Sciencetellers Present “Pirates: Lost at Sea”

Saturday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Part scientist, part storyteller, our Scienceteller sets sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to build a new ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience help lead the exploration of the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure and more. Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist! The Summer Reading Game at the Croton Free Library continues through August 12: Children share their reading to earn prizes, drop in for crafts, watch movies, play bingo and lots more.

Balloon Man

Saturday, August 26 at 11:00 a.m.

The Balloonman, Chris Fuentes Giant balloon sculptures and tales of extraordinary adventure – Chris Fuentes, of the Westchester Balloon Company, brings his unique storytelling style to the Croton Free Library. Hear stories of challenges, victories and losses and the fun of playing - illustrated entirely with balloon sculptures!


BOOK BUDDIES

Are you looking for a fun community service project this summer? If you are going into grade 6 or above, you can become a Book Buddy! Read to youngsters in the Children’s Room at the Croton Free Library, during our Summer Reading Game (June 24 to August 12). Interested students should attend our orientation meeting on June 19th at 4:00 p.m.; we’ll have snacks. If you are interested, but cannot attend the meeting, call the library at 914-271-6612 and ask to speak to the children’s librarian.


TEEN SUMMER READING GAME

Come into the library on June 24 or anytime after and sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Game. Receive cool prizes and incentives for reading! Come in once a week, and tell one of the reference librarians about what you have read or are currently reading. More Info


AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

June 26 - Beauty and the Beast (PG)

July 3 - Sing (PG)

July 10 - Moana (PG)

July 17 - The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

July 24 - Trolls (PG)

July 31 - The Boss Baby (PG)

August 7 - The Secret Life of Pets (PG)