Saturday, January 30, 2016

Russell Library's Eclectic Schedule for February

February 2016 Programs  
                                    All programs are free and open to the public.


Something's happening daily; free concerts, t'ai chi, history, children's, animals, veterans, dogs, writers, culture . . .

Michael Brown  

Free concert, on piano:

Thursday, February 4
Hubbard Room

Works by Faure, Mendelssohn, Brown, and Bernstein will be featured in this performance by Pianist and Composer
Michael Brown. Winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown has been described by The New York Times as a 'young piano visionary" and 'one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers."

Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library; no registration.

T'ai Chi For Balance 

Saturdays at 10:30am
February 6, 13, 20 and 27
Hubbard Room

Tom Cushing teaches a fun and relaxed approach to Hun Yuan Tai Chi which incorporates fluid movement with qigong for health. This weekly 60 minute class is open to all ages. Drop-in, no registration. Space is limited, so come early. 

Funded by the Department of Health, City of Middletown.

Phil Klein: The Dog Listener
Saturday, February 13
Hubbard Room

A workshop to help you better understand and train your dog. Learn how canines see the world, the underlying reasons for unwanted behaviors and how to communicate with your dog. 

Bring your questions, but no dogs please! Drop-in, no registration.

Steven Liskow
 Writing Workshops

Saturdays, February 20 & 27
Hubbard Room

Part 1: 
Characters Create Story

Complex characters will move your story along and make your readers care. This
workshop combines techniques from drama, screenwriting, and modern fiction
to create characters that will help you build a dynamic plot. 

Part 2: 
Says Who

One of the most overlooked and crucial decisions concerns who actually tells your story: we'll look at advantages and demands of different narrators or perspectives.

Drop-in, no registration. 

This two part series sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

West African Dance:
A Workshop with Abdou Sarr

Sunday, February 21
Hubbard Room

A master teacher of the sabaar and djembe dances from Senegal, West Africa, Mr. Sarr will be giving a demonstration/workshop which will also include some singing, or call and response, some basic Wolof phrases, stories about his childhood in Senegal, and why he dances. 

All ages and abilities are welcome; drop-in, no registration.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Proud to Be in the Service

Thursday, February 25
Hubbard Room

In conjunction with an exhibit of photographs from his new book, 
Professor William H. Foster III will speak and answer questions about 
African American military service during World War II.
Drop-in, no registration.

Hip Hop Culture Slam

Sunday, February 28
Hubbard Room

Middletown's own B-Boy Bryan "Ling Ba Flare" Giles teams up with Djs N.E.B and Sotorious to lead an exhibition of the four artistic pillars of hip hop culture, featuring MC Arthur Ray and others. 

All ages are welcome. Drop-in, no registration. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.


Russell Readers 
Tuesday, February 9 
Meeting Room 3


We will discuss "The Gay Old Dog" by Edna Ferber from the anthology, 101 Best American Short StoriesDiscussions are based on the Great Books Foundation method.

For more information:
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 7 pm
February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Meeting Room 2 

All Veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write about their experiences for their own benefit or to share with others. 
Author Elisabeth Petry leads the workshop; facilitator and contact person at the library is Christy Billings.  (860) 347-2528 or

This program is being sponsored with funds from The Friends of the Russell Library.


Gaming Guild
Monday, February 1
Meeting Room 3

If you like Minecraft, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, board games, or electronic games, this is the club for you! Explore our Minecraft
server...the club has laptops, cards, and an XBOX 360! Bring your own cards
and geek out! Grades: 7 to 12. Drop-in; no registration.

Teen Advisory Council

Wednesday, February 3 
Meeting Room 3

Join the Russell Library Teen Advisory Council (TAC); earn community service hours, help plan library activities. If you cannot make it to this meeting, but would like to join, contact Heather at

Grades: 7 to 12. Please register in person or by phone: 860-347-2520.

Teens: Master Builder's Club

Monday, February 8 
Meeting Room 3 

Try Lego© Picture Creator, create your own inventions and/or learn how to program the Library's NEW Lego© Mindstorm EV3. The club meets
on the 2nd Monday on each month. Grades: 7 to 12. Drop-in, no registration.

Otakus of Russell Library Unite!

Tuesdays at 7pm:
February 9 - Meeting Room 2
February 23 - Hubbard Room
- featuring: Cromwell Martial Arts

Otakus is Russell Library's Teen Group for fans of anime, manga and all things Japanese. Drop by and join in the fun; ages 11 and up.

Teen Crafternoon
Wednesday, February 17
Meeting Room 3

Get creative (and messy!), make art in an untraditional 
way, with a squirt gun! 

Grades: 7 - 12; free; please register at: 860-347-2520.

Teen Tech Thursdays

Thursday, February 18 
Meeting Room 3

We'll use to learn computer coding, with hands-on unplugged activities.Grades: 7 to 12. Please register at 860-347-2520.


Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 6
10 am 
Activity Room

A Children's Librarian will share her favorite stories with you; also, a gift from the Poet Laureate of Middletown and a craft time. Drop in; for 3 - 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome!

Baby Rhyme Time

Wednesdays at 1:30pm
February 3, 10, 17 & 24
Children's Activity Room

Songs, rhymes and fingerplays for babies 12 months and under and their grown-ups. Drop-in, no registration required.

Valentine Card Craft
Friday, February 12
Children's Activity Room

Make a card for your Mom, Dad, grandparents or even your sweetie pie! 
We'll have all the materials to make a beautiful Valentine card for someone you love! For ages 3 and up. Drop-in, no registration.

Builders' Club

Friday, February 19  
Activity Room

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to join us for an afternoon of building with the plastic bricks we all know and love. Due to the small pieces, children must be 6 and overDrop-in: no registration. 

More Children's Programs...
See our website for more children's programming:


Proud To Be In The Service:
Images of African Americans Who Served in the U.S. Military During World War II
An exhibit of b/w photographs from William Foster III, on the second floor. 
Mr. Foster will speak here on Feb. 25 at 7pm.

Ten Years of
Shakespeare in the Grove
In celebration of their ten-year anniversary, posters from each of ARTFARM's Shakespeare in the Grove productions are on exhibit in the first floor alcove gallery.

The Faeries of Fernwood Forest 

Handcrafted art dolls by Susan Doyle Tolis will be on display in the lobby case. 
The artist earned a B. F. A. in Puppetry and an M. A. in Costume Design. She is the Costume Shop Manager in the Theater Department of the University of Connecticut.


Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 9:30 am
February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Hubbard Room

Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. Topics and presenters will vary from week to week. Call 860-347-2528, ext. 121 for further information.

Social Media for Job Seekers 

Tuesday, February 9
6 - 8pm
Hubbard Room 

Heather Turner demonstrates which social networks can be used to enhance your online resume and portfolio, how to customize and clean up your profile's use, leverage connectors, and search engine optimization to find your perfect job. Please register at 860-347-2520 or

Computer Classes

Computer classes are free and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

All classes are open to everyone but, advanced classes may have prerequisites.

Call Information Services: 860-347-2520 for further details, or see:

Free Resume Reviewing  


Learn how potential employers filter and determine which prospective candidates move on to interviews. The  Library offers confidential resume critiquing and in-depth interview coaching appointments several times each month with certified resume writers. 

Call (860) 347-2520 to sign up for a 60 minute appointment.  
If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice.

These services are funded by generous support from the Friends of the Russell Library and a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Middletown.

Career Coaching
Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center,
James Kubat, gives private, confidential career coaching through appointments at Russell Library. Please bring a resume (if you have one) to the appointment. You must register and/or cancel at the Information Desk or by calling (860) 347-2520. You will receive a reminder call prior to the appointment.

Practice Job Interviews

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your practice interview, either by phone 
or at Russell Library.

Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up for a 60 minute session.

Russell Library 
123 Broad Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Monday - Thursday    9am - 8:30pm

Friday                           9am - 6pm 
                          Saturdays:                     9am - 5pm

Sundays                         1pm - 4pm

Holiday closings: Sunday and MondayFebruary 14 and 15
           in observance of Presidents' Day

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