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(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.


SEPTEMBER 18 | PRESENTATION

Alzheimer’s Detection and Prevention

Jessica Flores, of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, offers a presentation designed for the general public – “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body.” Learn about lifestyle habits that we can adopt at any time in life to help keep our brains and bodies healthy as we age, and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. The presentation draws on the latest research on treating and preventing memory loss. Register in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours.
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.


SEPTEMBER 20 | MUSIC

Mezzo-Soprano Kelly Guerra with Pianist Michael Skelly

Peruvian-American mezzo-soprano Kelly Guerra and classical pianist Michael Skelly return to the Croton Free Library to present a sparkling program, including Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs,” passionate settings of Pablo Neruda’s poetry. Kelly Guerra was most recently noted as a “standout” in the Wall Street Journal for her performance at the Tanglewood Music Center as Mrs. Doc in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. This 2019-2020 season, Kelly will be an Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist, performing the role of Stephano in Roméo et Juliette. 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 evening of collaborative music featuring works by Charles Ives, Gustav Mahler, Alma Mahler, and Peter Lieberson, including moving selections especially appropriate for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15).
Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.


SEPTEMBER 27 | MUSIC

Tamuz Nissim Quartet

Jazz vocalist and rising star Tamuz Nissim appears at Croton Free Library with featured artists – guitarist George Nazos, bassist Harvie S and drummer Tony Jefferson. Tamuz performs alongside some of New York City’s most acclaimed musicians, in clubs like Blue Note, Jazz Forum, The 55 Bar, Cornelia Street and others. Her latest album, “Echo of a Heartbeat,” received rave reviews, made it to the “JazzWeek” charts, and is being played in over a 100 radio stations worldwide. The Tamuz Nissim Quartet performs songs from recent discography – including jazz standards, vocalese, and “originals that are so smart they can bend light” (C. Michael Bailey, “All About Jazz”).
Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.


OCTOBER 1 | FLU VACCINATION CLINIC

Free Shots Given by Pharmacists

The professionals of Croton’s local Save Mor Pharmacy bring flu shots to the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library. The vaccinations are given to those 6-years-old and over; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Interested parties should drop in during the clinic’s hours with their health insurance cards. In addition, a limited supply of free shots is available to those without insurance – on a first-come-first-served basis. Please direct pharmaceutical questions about the vaccine (for instance, nasal spray delivery or higher doses for seniors) to Save Mor Pharmacy, 914-271-2900.
Tuesday, October 1, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


OCTOBER 2 | PRESENTATION

“They Said ‘No’ to Nixon” with Author Michael Koncewicz

Kirkus Reviews calls author Michael Koncewicz’s recently published work “excruciatingly timely.” They Said ‘No’ to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power (University of California Press, 2018) uncovers those within President Richard Nixon’s administration – including his own appointees – who quickly blocked Nixon’s attacks on the IRS, the Justice Department, and other sectors of the federal government. Michael Koncewicz is the Cold War Collections Specialist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. He previously worked for the National Archives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, where he contributed to the museum’s nonpartisan Watergate exhibit.
Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.


OCTOBER 4 | MUSIC

The Lisa Andrea Project

Flutist Lisa Andrea’s classical training and love of many musical genres infuse her band’s performances with melody, groove and stylistic variety. Vocalist Denisse Vera, guitarist Saul Cosme, bassist Sean Smith and drummer Daniel Criado join Lisa on stage. Featuring Colombian singer Denisse Vera, the evening includes originals, jazz standards, and songs from Argentina, Colombia and Puerto Rico to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15). Lisa’s compositions and flute playing can be heard on Leon Parker’s critically acclaimed Columbia recordings. Currently working on a studio recording, the Lisa Andrea Project has been performing locally at the Beanrunner Cafe in Peekskill.
Friday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.


OCTOBER 6 | MUSIC

Flutist Lynn Tsai in Recital

Taiwanese-American flutist Lynn Tsai offers a lovely afternoon of classical music at her new hometown library. The recital includes works by Bach, Ganne, Piazzolla, Mozart and Yiruma, and features guest artists Luana Ayres (piano) and Yuting Wu (cello). Dr. Lynn Tsai – a Westchester-based performing and teaching artist – made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2009 as a winner of the Artist International Competition. Lynn pursued her doctoral studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Some of her recent performance highlights include performing Shulamit Ran’s East Wind for the Pulitzer-prize-winning composer, herself, in Las Vegas, and Hisatada Otaka’s Flute Concerto, op. 30 with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the university’s annual concerto competition.
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.


OCTOBER 11 | DANCE AND MUSIC

Flamenco with Rebeca Tomas and Juan Pedro Jimenez Relinque

A duo performance from the Palo Seco Flamenco Company features flamenco dancer Rebeca Tomas and guitarist/vocalist Juan Pedro Jimenez Relinque. The concert showcases the dance and music of Southern Spain in a vibrant and entertaining production full of color, rhythm and emotion. Explanations and questions intermix with high-energy performance pieces and audience participation. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) at the Croton Free Library.
Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.


OCTOBER 20 | MUSIC

MUSIC: “All in a Day’s Work” with Soprano Laura Stelman Jaeger and Pianist Mark C. Mitchell

At home with both opera and Broadway, Croton-on-Hudson’s own Laura Stelman Jaeger offers “a cabaret of career confessions.” Laura, who received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master’s from Indiana University, is joined by fellow Croton resident, pianist Mark C. Mitchell. Mark has been the music director, conductor and/or pianist for well over 50 Broadway, off-Broadway, national tour and regional productions. Come to Laura’s home library for a fall afternoon of favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander and Ebb, Stephen Schwartz — as well as the music of up-and-coming theater composers, Rachel J. Peters and Michael R. Jackson.
Sunday, October 20, 2:00 p.m.


OCTOBER 27 | MUSIC

“Clarão,” Brazilian Music with Kristen Mather de Andrade

The Croton Free Library presents clarinetist and vocalist Kirsten Mather de Andrade in concert with the musical talents of Sergio Krakowski (pandeiro), Vitor Gonçalves (accordion), Cesar Garabini (guitar), and Eduardo Belo (bass). The ensemble plays “Choro,” a style akin to jazz but not fully improvised, which developed in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro. The group also performs traditional music from the interior and the northeast of Brazil. The afternoon features much of the new music from the album Kirsten is currently recording, entitled “Clarão” (meaning “flash” or “gleam”).
An hour prior to the concert, attendees can learn about the music of Brazil through Sergio Krakowski’s pre-concert talk sponsored by the Croton-on-Hudson Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Sergio dedicated his whole life to the pandeiro, also known as the Brazilian tambourine. A complete “hand drum kit”, this instrument has always been considered a symbol of Brazilian music and culture. During the talk, Sergio also relates his personal immigration experience.
Sunday, October 27, Pre-concert talk, 2:00 p.m.; Concert, 3:00 p.m.


OCTOBER 30 | MUSIC

“Money Matters: Everything You Should Have Learned in School, But Didn’t” with Veronica Karas

Passionate about helping individuals make financially sound decisions, author Veronica Karas has made it her mission to equip people with the tools necessary to navigate through difficult economic times. Veronica offers an educational presentation on ways to take control of personal finances, including how to maximize your savings so they are effective and efficient and the basics of investing and how it all relates to your financial future. A certified financial planner, Veronica currently works for Captrust, and during this talk shares her expertise without obligation. Veronica published her book – Money Matters: Everything You Should Have Learned in School, But Didn’t – in February 2019.
Wednesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.


SIGN UP BY NOVEMBER 8 | BROADWAY & CABARET SHOWCASE RETURNS

Misty Ann Sturm, Master of Ceremonies

Sign up now to sing. Calling all serious singers – seasoned performers and aspiring voice students alike. Give us a song! Acclaimed soprano Misty Ann Sturm (who starred as Lily in “The Secret Garden”) hosts the Broadway & Cabaret Showcase at the Croton Free Library. Pianist Tyler Walker will accompany Misty and all other performers. Singers sign up to give a concert-quality performance of one or two well-prepared songs in the Broadway or cabaret genres. Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (lskelly@wlsmail.org), or visit the library to register. High school age and older.
Register by November 8. Saturday, November 23, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert (free, open to the public).


Exhibitions

OTTINGER ROOM GALLERY

Organized by Artist, Carla Rae Johnson

Artist, Carla Rae Johnson conceived of this creative, collaborative project involving bound notebooks following a series of national and international social/political events in 2016/17. In 2018, she invited artists, writers, as well as other creative and critical thinkers to join in this endeavor. A selection of notebooks from “Arc of the Moral Universe” will be on exhibition at the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library in September/October 2019. Artist Statement.

September 4 through October 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2:00-4:00 pm

Readings and Conversations: Sunday, September 22, 2:00-3:30 pm