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October 5, 2017

On Columbus Day, October 9th, the Croton Free Library will be closed for usual business and will transform into the site of Croton-on-Hudson’s second annual Croton Comic Con. From 12 noon until 5:00 pm, embark on a day of adventure for all ages: costume workshop and cosplay, gaming and activities, food from Franki’s Sandwich Grill and vendors in Artists’ Alley, and prizes galore. Featured guests include Chris Fuentes, The Balloonman; C3Brix, The Legoman of New York; and author Clive Young, who will give a presentation on George Lucas and the Creation of Star Wars. There will also be special appearances by the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion.

Remember: Admission is free and open to the general public.

  • Take photos with iconic Star Wars characters.
  • Create or enhance your costume in our costume workshop.
  • Visit the vendors throughout the entire Library.
  • Play Tekken 7 or Injustice 2 on the PS4 in the Teen Room.
  • Purchase food from Franki’s Sandwich and Grill on the front lawn.


1:00 pm | Chris Fuentes, The Balloonman
While constructing balloon sculptures and comic-book characters, Chris Fuentes of the Westchester Balloon Company brings his unique storytelling style to Croton Comic Con. Reading the comics takes on a brand-new dimension with fabulous balloon sculptures and loads of audience participation.

2:00 pm | C3Brix, The Legoman of New York
Back by popular demand, C3Brix returns to Croton Comic Con with a LEGO obstacle course program open to all ages. There will also be a raffle held by the Croton Free Library Association for C3Brix to perform at the winner’s birthday party.

3:00 pm | Clive Young presents George Lucas and the Creation of Star Wars
Featuring lots of exciting, rare footage and flashy PowerPoint, Clive Young’s presentation on George Lucas and the Creation of Star Wars chronologically traces the history of the original Star Wars trilogy—A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—that writer/director George Lucas created between 1975 and 1983.

4:30 pm | Cosplay Contest
Throughout the day, anyone in costume is free to sign-up for the cosplay contest that is open to all ages. At 4:30 pm in the Ottinger Room, each contestant will be called on-stage to show off their costume. There will be three age groups: 11-and-under, 12-to-17, and 18-and-over. The winner of each group will be awarded a special prize. Costumes will be judged based on quality, accuracy, and effort.

Custom Build/MOC Lego Contest

Between now and Sunday, October 8th, submit a photo(s) of your custom LEGO creation to to be entered into the contest. Please include your name, age, and title of your work. The photos will be uploaded to the Croton Free Library Facebook page for judging by C3Brix at the end of Croton Comic Con. All ages are welcome to submit their designs.

Fabric Donations

We are currently accepting donations of fabric, trim, and costume jewelry for our second annual Croton Comic Con on October 9th.
Donations will be accepted in the Children’s Room during Library hours.

Save the date: The Croton Free Library Association’s Two-Day Book & Bake Sale is 11/18 and 11/19
Select Upcoming Releases

Origin by Dan Brown, 10/3

The Witches’ Tree by M.C. Beaton, 10/3

Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card, 10/10

Fairytale by Danielle Steel, 10/10

Grant by Ron Chernow 10/10

Killing Season by Faye Kellerman, 10/17

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks, 10/17

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela, 10/24

Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer, 10/24

DVD’s and Blu-ray’s 
Churchill 10/3
Baby Driver 10/10
Maudie, 10/10
Spider-Man: Homecoming, 10/17
Lady Macbeth, 10/17
War for the Planet of the Apes, 10/24
Annabelle: Creation, 10/24
Visit our website, give us a call, or stop in to place a hold.



“The Zookeeper’s Wife” and “Norman”
The Croton Free Library screens thought provoking, beautifully executed, and critically acclaimed films on select fall Fridays. The movies are free and open to the public, with library doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the film beginning at 7:15 p.m. (Screening licenses through Movie Licensing USA/Swank and MPLC.)

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” Adapted from the non-fiction bestseller, The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, this film of heroism in the face of the horrors of war stars Jessica Chastain Daniel Brühl and Johan Heldenbergh. During Hilter’s invasion on Warsaw, a young zookeeper and his wife save the lives of hundreds of people and animals, by providing shelter in the closed Warsaw Zoo – right under the Nazi’s eyes. (PG-13, 126 minutes)
Friday, October 6, 7:15 p.m.

“Norman” As the full film title “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” suggests, Norman – played by Richard Gere – is a small-time wheeler-dealer. A self-styled consultant, Norman becomes the friend of Israeli diplomat Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi ) at a low-point in Eshel’s career. When Eshel becomes Israel’s prime minister, three years later, Norman’s life changes dramatically. (R, 118 minutes)
Friday, October 13, 7:15 p.m.

Croton Comic Con 2017
On Columbus Day, the Croton Free Library transforms to welcome the entire fandom to the site of Croton-on-Hudson’s second annual Croton Comic Con. Embark on a day (12:00 to 5:00 p.m.) of free adventures for all ages: Artists’ Alley, costume workshop and cosplay, gaming and activities, food and vendors, and prizes galore. Featured guests include the Balloonman (Chris Fuentes), The Legoman of New York (C3Brix) and Clive Young giving a presentation on George Lucas and the Creation of Star Wars. There will also be special appearances by the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion.
NOTE: Library services will not be available during this event
Monday, October 9, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Earring Design with Joan Lloyd
Express your creative side with artist Joan Lloyd, as she teaches you how to design and bead your very own earrings in this two-hour workshop. Choose from a vast variety of colorful beads to make one-of-a-kind earrings for yourself or a special someone. You’ll also have an opportunity to donate an additional pair of earrings of your own design to a local women’s shelter. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For teens and adults.
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Introduction to Babysitting
Potential babysitters build essential skills for responsible childcare through this four-hour course. Amanda Tucker, a second-grade teacher, gives hands-on instruction on several topics, including interviewing and communication tips; ages/stages of young babies and toddlers; safety and first-aid; feeding and caring for children (including diaper changing). Amanda holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education, and Special Education. She will administer a simple test at the completion of the course and distribute certificates. Bring paper and pen – and your lunch! For youngsters ages 10 and up. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cupcake Decorating
Decorate cupcakes with seasonal themes at the library – with Susan O’Keefe of Croton’s own “Baked by Susan” shop. Have fun while learning sweet techniques and decorative tricks in this tasty, hands-on workshop. The results are sure to be pretty, and, of course, delicious! Seats limited. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Wednesday, October 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

How to Maximize Social Security
Many Americans think Social Security is simple and straightforward, but often it is not. Just recently, the bipartisan budget act made some significant changes to Social Security laws about claiming retirement and spousal benefits. Presenter Robert Leitner, a certified financial planner and registered investment advisor, helps consumers gather the information they need to make informed benefits decisions. Robert currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Estate Planning Council and Co-Chairs the Elder Law/Economic Security Council in Westchester.

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.

First Fall Pignic
The Pignic is an opportunity for guinea pig owners and those thinking of caring for guinea pigs to meet and greet. Bring your healthy pigs to play in our pens. We will have one for the sows and one for the boars and delicious piggy snacks for all. Not only is this an opportunity for pig play, but an educational experience for those who have questions about their cavies. We will discuss general care, breeds, breeding, diet and vets.Bring your library card to check out books on your wonderful pet piggies!
PLEASE NOTE: All pig participants will be inspected for illness and mites prior to play in the pen.
Thursday, October 19, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Tea and Chocolate Tasting
Carolyn Poncato, the “Botanical Diplomat” of Vital A Tea, hosts a tea talk at the Croton Free Library. Carolyn elucidates the traditions and benefits of tea, as well as its cultivation and preparation. Attendees taste three different teas (black, white, green), paired with four very different organic chocolates. For our teen and adult patrons. Seats limited. Registration required. Register in person or by phone (914-271-6612) during open library hours.
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Halloween Hauntings with Michèle LaRue
Century-old ghosts inhabit the library, during professional actress Michèle LaRue’s performance of Halloween Hauntings – two American tales of suspense. Written back in the days of ominously flickering candles and kerosene lamps, “The Shadows on the Wall” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1903) and “The House That Was Not” by Elia Wilkinson Peattie (1898) continue to startle. In the wake of a sudden mysterious death, “The Shadows on the Wall” gathers four siblings in a familiar but threatening New England parlor. “The House That Was Not” lures an unsuspecting new bride across the Nebraska prairie. Michèle LaRue who has specialized in performances of literature from America’s Gilded Age for 25 years, portrays all eight characters of the two tales.
Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

A Spooktacular Animal Adventure with Animal Embassy
Meet some of the animals that haunt our dreams, make our skin crawl, and the hair stand up on the back of our necks! Making a pre-Halloween visit to the library, these animal ambassadors are perfectly at home in the shadows and in swamps and are on the prowl under the moonlit sky. Join Animal Embassy to get up-close and personal with these amazing beasts, and learn to appreciate the beauty of these often misunderstood creatures — such as the Pink-toed Tarantula, Dumeril’s Boa, Axolotl, and even more surprise animal guests.
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.


Read the Artist Statement
On Display September 9 – October 30
Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2-4pm

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