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SUMMER HOURS

(July - August)

MONDAY 10:00 am-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-3:00 pm
SUNDAY Closed

Regular hours will go into effect after Labor Day

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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 BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

For kids entering grades 5th and up.

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 Children’s Room and sign up today! For kids entering grades 5th and up.

 

 

SUMMER CRAFTS
Tuesday July 16th 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

For ages 2 years old and up.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Come spend an afternoon and cool off with us, making creative summer crafts.  Make them to decorate your space with or give to someone special. 

Light refreshments will be served.

 

*NEW PROGRAM*

MUSICAL ROUND-UP *SUMMER SESSION*

Beginning Thursday JULY 11th

from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For All Ages

  Musical Round-up in an innovative and interactive approach to music.  The seamless transistions from songs to songs uses amusing props and fun movements, making each class fun for all ages. Children are encouraged to express themselves through dancing, singing, and imaginative play.   

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

(registration required for all sessions)

*Program runs for 5 sessions

 

*NEW SUMMER PROGRAM*

SONGS THAT TURNED INTO BOOKS: MUSIC & MOVEMENT

WEDNESDAYS JULY 10th, 17th, 24th & 31 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

For all ages

In this class we will sing, dance and act out songs that were turned into books.  We will play instruments and create our own band.  Come join the fun.

Instructed by Lori Jo Siegel

 

*NEW SUMMER PROGRAM* 

LET’S MAKE ART LIKE ERIC CARLE

FRIDAYS JULY 12th, 19th & 26th

For ages 4 years old and up

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

In this class we will make our own exciting paper colors and designs to create collages like that of famous artist Eric Carle.   We will use special tools to create a variety of textures and designs, and use Eric Carle’s books as a source of inspiration.  


     

*NEW PROGRAM* POSITIVE BIRTH GROUP

Second Friday of the month

Friday July 12th 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Positive Birth Group is a FREE monthly gathering for expecting and new parents. We share stories, questions, support and encouragement about childbirth and life with a newborn.

We provide a warm and welcoming place to hear stories and ideas, to consider what you really want from your childbirth experience. We aim to challenge any fears or negative expectations you might have about giving birth and empower each other to expect and enjoy a positive birth - whatever that means to you.

Part of a global network of positive birth groups, everyone is welcome!

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.


*NEW PROGRAM*  PARENTS AND TODDLER SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAYS June 2oth & 27th 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.


 

 


WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Legos, Grades K-2

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

A free build Lego program.

Kids Arts & Craft Lab

Wednesdays June 5th, 12th, 19th  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. 

Lego Club, Grades 3 and up

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

A more advanced Lego program with ongoing projects.

 

 Rock n’ Roll Babies & Toddlers

*Mondays & Fridays, *Beginning July 8th* 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.

 

Moms and Infants Support Group

Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 p.m. 2nd Saturday of the month (June 22nd) 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 JULY, 16th & 30th at 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   

July 2nd & 23rd 10:30-11:00 a.m.

 1st , 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month *(JUlY 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

Babywearing

July 9th, 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. 

Therapy Dog 

Monday July 24th from 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.

 

Saturday Stories & More

Saturday July 20th 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

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

 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.