10:00 AM10:00

Art & Animation Workshop

Taught by local sculptor, Courtney Puckett and local animator, Nicole Antebi. The workshop is scheduled for June 8th and 9th at the Akin Free Library, ages 12 and up. Combining drawing, collage, flipbook animation, and green screen techniques, the workshop is informed by specimens and habitat from the Olive Gunnison Natural History Collection.

 Please read fly for specific sessions and times!

Register here:

Venmo: @courtney-Puckett-2


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NEW DATE: Bird Walk
9:00 AM09:00

NEW DATE: Bird Walk

Alan Peterson, DVM, MS, co-education chairman of the Ralph T Waterman Bird Club of Dutchess County, will lead a tour of the vicinity of Akin Free Library on Saturday, May 19 at 9am. Spring migration will be in full swing. Come join us for a leisurely nature walk, meet some new people, and sharpen your bird identification skills.

For those wanting to work on their bird call skills or learn something new, we recommend the following resources:

Bird ID Skills: How to Learn Bird Songs and Calls

A Beginner’s Guide to Common Bird Sounds and What They Mean

Happy birding!

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Master Storyteller Jonathon Kruk 'Spiritual Stories for the Spring'
7:30 PM19:30

Master Storyteller Jonathon Kruk 'Spiritual Stories for the Spring'

Admission: $15

Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk will offer a program for adult seekers. Selections for this first event feature fables from Aesop, parables of Jesus and Jataka Tales from past lives of the compassionate Buddha.  
All religions are based on the truth found in myths. Often tales lead with examples of ways to find inner peace.   This is the first of a storytelling series showing paths toward enlightenment, performed in the intriguing setting of The Akin Free Library.  
Kruk has been engaging audiences for thirty years with authentic fairy tales, the lore of the Hudson, and dramatic solos, at Sleepy Hollow.  He's been featured on the Today Show, the BBC, and CBS Sunday Morning.  He appeared last year at The Akin Free Library with gritty love stories for broken hearts.   
Kruk will be accompanied by Steve "Shiva" Kelman on various stringed instruments.  

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3:00 PM15:00





 PAWLING, NY, JUNE 1, 2018: It’s an unseasonably hot April night in 1965. The social revolutions rocking America have mostly bypassed Burr, a tiny rural community in western Oklahoma. Like much of the state, Burr remains as it’s always been: Religious. Conservative. And 100% white. When an unknown young African-American woman is found murdered on the railroad tracks outside town, most of Burr would rather look the other way. The town’s police chief, troubled local hero and ex-Marine Emmett Hardy, doesn’t have that luxury. A lover of books and jazz in the land of football and country & western, Emmett is an outsider in a place he knows like the back of his hand. In his search for the killer, he’s forced to slice through layers of hate and hypocrisy to confront the ethical rot at the town’s core, while being haunted by the vision of a life and love that might have been.

NY Times bestselling novelist Anne Hillerman (Cave of Bones, Spider Woman’s Daughter) calls Where the Hurt Is “poignant and funny, studded with characters who haunt your imagination long after you’ve read the final page … Emmett Hardy emerges as a complicated, passionate and flawed lawman in the spirit of Joe Leaphorn and Walt Longmire. The story flows like the vintage jazz the sheriff loves, marked by surprising riffs, changes in cadence, and an ending that balances harmony and discord. The rich, evocative setting captures the best and worst of small town, post Dust Bowl Oklahoma. The story grabs you simultaneously by both the heart and the imagination until, at the end, you’re left wondering how author Chris Kelsey managed to tell such a fine tale and what he’ll dream up next.”

About the Author: Chris Kelsey is an acclaimed jazz saxophonist/composer and music writer. The Oklahoma native has recorded more than 20 albums of his original compositions for the CIMP and Unseen Rain labels, as well as his own Saxofonis and Tzazz Krytyk imprints. He’s written extensively on music for Jazz Times, Jazziz, and The All Music Guide, among other publications. Kelsey’s CD, What I Say: The Electric Miles Project, won the 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Tribute Album. Kelsey now lives in Pawling, NY, where he teaches, writes, and composes. He is currently Director of Instrumental Music at Trinity-Pawling School. Where the Hurt Is is his first novel.

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Local celebrities Red Rooster to perform at Akin Free Library
8:00 PM20:00

Local celebrities Red Rooster to perform at Akin Free Library

PAWLING, NY -- Red Rooster, the New York based folk collective headed by Jay Erickson and Nathaniel Zilkh, is a favorite of people from the Mid-Hudson Valley and beyond.  Giving free concerts and often playing with a host of musicians, Red Rooster brings people together.  The Akin Hall Assoc. takes pleasure at hosting Red Rooster at the Akin Free Library.  This the first concert of the season.   It is a benefit to support futures performances.

Jay Erickson and Nathaniel Zilkha will perform an acoustic act.

Jay and Nat both graduates of Princeton and current residents of Pawling, founded and currently head the Red Rooster band. They assume the roles of lead vocalist and lead guitarist, respectively.  The band was founded in 1998 as a primarily acoustic act, borrowing from bluegrass, blues, and folk, but has since evolved into a "highly original and eclectic band with a sound all on its own." It maintains its roots in Americana yet showcases diverse influences from other genres of music such as gospel and hip hop.

By combining qualities from a broad mix of musical genres, Red Rooster contributes to defining the ever-growing, transforming American cultural landscape. Their music encapsulates everything "from Appalachia to the Delta to destinations unknown." As described by Relix, they are a "...a unique patchwork quilt of musicians and influences—bluegrass, folk, country and other Levon Helm colors... ...confident and patient Americana pace."

 Red Rooster has distinguished itself as a genre-breaking band, and as such has appeared at top performance venues such as the Newport Folk Festival. Their concert at the Akin Hall is not to be missed. The show is free, but donations are encouraged. 



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7:30 PM19:30

"Broken Hearts & Fine Flowers" - Faerie Tales for Adults

Performed by Jonathan Kruk Master Storyteller

With music by Steve Kelman

February 16, 2018 7:30-9pm
Free, but donation encouraged.

Once upon time faerie tales enchanted adults.  They were gritty, rather erotic and terrifying. This performance features tales of love, heartbreak, and wisdom for older teens and adults.

Come join us in a gracious old stone. Listen to "The Girl Who Cried Flowers" an intriguing love story with a twist.  See if you would wear "The Happy Man's Shirt."

Come ready for an engaging theatrical performance, grippingly Grimm, and lyrically lovely.

For information about the event contact Library Director at 607.684.3785 or


Jonathan Kruk Biography

Born in El Paso Texas, raised in Westchester, NY Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and day dreams. He toured the country in a Volkswagen beetle, watered Henry Kissinger’s office plants, and regaled his rambunctious brothers with bedtime tales.

Jonathan made storytelling his full-time career in 1989. Now, he’s renowned for performing at the Old Dutch Church, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and “A Christmas Carol” in with all sixty shows selling out every year since 2010. His “Legend” show won an award at the United Solo Theater Festival, Theater Row, New York City, 2015.

Tens of thousands of children have listened and learned from Jonathan’s National Arts Standards based school programs. A master of the art, Kruk engages young children with finger fables and fairy tale theater. Jonathan books programs at over 200 different venues every year.

Kruk’s television features include; CBS Sunday Morning, BBC Great Train Journeys, The Travel & History Channels. He’s a regular on WAMC’s “Listen with the Lights On.” Jonathan’s performed at Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, NYC Dragon Boat Races, the Hamilton Theater, Rahway, NJ, the New-York Historical Society, & the California Center for the Arts. Currently, he’s storyteller in residence for the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

He’s recorded eight award winning CDs at The Loft Studio in Bronxville. The Rainbow Dragon, Barkface & Rootnose, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Revolution on the River, Halloween Tales, Once Upon the Hudson, and Santa on the Hudson Jonathan was selected “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley.”

Kruk’s keynoted at; School Library Media Specialists of NYS, Parents as Reading Partners NYS, Archdiocese of NY, NYS Environmental Educators, National Native Plants Conference, Greater Hudson Heritage Network, & Rockland County Teachers

He’s performed ritual urban theater with Gabrielle Roth, and served as teaching artist with Early Stages. He’s a BOCES approved artist educator. Married to filmmaker Andrea Sadler, they live a cottage in Cold Spring on Hudson. He has a daughter Zosia. He is a Desmond/Fish Library trustee, past President of the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce, Philipstown Democrats Committee and an Eagle Scout.

Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller, M.A. Edu. / 845 216.9087 / www.jonathankruk.comJonathan Kruk, performing “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”Photos by Alex Kruk &


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