Tuesday, February 23, 2016

March Events Schedule for Russell Library


Russell Library
Russell Library 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT

 


COMING EVENTS AT RUSSELL LIBRARY



Russell Library Hours for March 2016

Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown is open 9am-8:30pm Monday through Thursday; 9am-6pm on Fridays; Saturdays 9am-5pm. Sunday hours 1pm – 4pm. The Library will be closed Friday, March 25 and Sunday, March 27. 



All library programs are free of charge.

EXHIBITS


Ray Mount Puppets from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

March 1 – March 31, 2016. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Puppets from the Ray Mount Puppet collection at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry will be on exhibit in the lobby case at the Russell Library this March.


Ray and Betty Mount began performing hand puppet shows in San Francisco in the 1950's. Later moving to Branford, Connecticut, they continued performing, primarily at colleges and universities. Ray Mount's adaptation of George Peele's Elizabethan play, "The Old Wives' Tale" was performed several times in the Northeast in the 1960's and 70's.


This exhibit is part of the Shakespeare 400 Passport by ArtFarm.



Jean Maynard Paintings  

March 1 - March 31, 2016. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Jean Maynard grew up on Long Island's south shore and later lived in Wickford, Rhode Island, near Narragansett Bay, for several years. The nearness of the sea is frequently seen in her work. Her love of flowers and architecture are also recurring themes.

For more than twenty years she has been a member of the French Connection, a group of painters who paint together eight months of the year. She is also a member of the Art League of Middletown.

She has studied in Les Gras, France, and earned a MALS degree from Wesleyan University.



Middletown Art Academy Show

March 18 – April 30, 2016. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Middletown Art Academy will exhibit works by students and instructors in celebration of World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. MAA will host an opening reception on Sunday, March 20 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room.




ONGOING PROGRAMS



The Russell Writers Online Forum.  Participate any day, any time, from the comfort of your own computer. Register and log in for this online writing group where you can post your work for critique, provide feedback for your fellow Russell Writers, exchange ideas and tips, and participate in the monthly writing prompts. Go to: http://russellwriters.freeforums.net. Beginning and experienced writers welcomed! For more information, contact Michele Rousseau at shellywriter@sbcglobal.net



PROGRAMS



Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

Tuesday, March 1, 6:00 to 7:30pm. Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. The clinic is open to any Connecticut homeowner facing foreclosure. The clinic will offer homeowners information about court and the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program from the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, loan workouts from HUD/CHFA-certified housing
counselors at Catholic Charities, and resources for homeowners facing foreclosure from the

Connecticut Department of Banking.

As with all library programs, it is free of charge. 

Sponsored by State Representative Matthew Lesser. Drop-in, no registration.



Baby Rhyme Time

Wednesday, March 2, 1:30pm. Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Looking for something to do with your infant or toddler?  Come join us for Baby Rhyme Time, a program for babies one year old and under and their caregivers.  We’ll sing songs and learn rhymes, finger plays and more in this fun, interactive program.

Ages: Babies one year old and under with their grown-ups

Drop-in, no registration required.



Teen Advisory Council

Wednesday, March 2 from 3:30 to 4:30pm.  Meeting Room 2, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Grades: 7 to 12. Come join the new and improved Russell Library Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC meets on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3:30-4:30pm. Earn community service hours, plan library activities, decorate bulletin boards, and much more. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to join TAC, please contact Heather at hscussell@russell.lioninc.org.

Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2528.



Great Reads: A Book Discussion Series with Hedda Kopf:

Contemporary Voices - the African American Experience in Poetry and Prose

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Open City by Teju Cole, a Nigerian/German American writer dramatizes “what happens to a mind that takes things in.” Walking through the streets of New York post 9/11, Cole’s protagonist meditates on “history and culture, identity and solitude” and creates a new way of understanding what it means to be an American.

Hedda Kopf lectured on Women’s Studies and Literature at Quinnipiac University for many years. She now teaches at the Institute for Learning in Retirement and is the author of Understanding Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. Ms. Kopf has created and facilitated book discussions for the Connecticut Humanities Council and the Southern CT Library Council and has led book discussions at Russell Library since 1985. Drop-in, no registration required.

The discussions are sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.



Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance

Thursday, March 3 at 7:00pm. The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown, Connecticut. Performing a variety of dances, both modern and traditional, The Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance will show off the rapid leg and foot movements of Irish stepdancing. Erin Mulcahy, T.C.R.G., is the owner of the school and will discuss the different styles of dances as well as the options to dance both competitively and recreationally.  The Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance opened in 2009 and offers classes in Middletown, Glastonbury and East Hartford.

Drop-in, no registration required.



We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 7:00pm. Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This series, in its third year, invites Veterans to share their stories and photos in their own voices. All Veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and share their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. We encourage new members to visit us this winter to see what we are all about! Currently, we have servicemen from combat, and non-combat situations from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom. We hope to hear from other Iraq War Vets, and those who have served in Afghanistan
Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer and former journalist and lawyer. Her first book, a collection of letters that she edited, was Can Anything Beat White?:A Black Family's Letters. Her second is At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and Commander of the American Legion Milardo-Wilcox Post 75, Middletown, Connecticut.
The workshop facilitator and contact person from the Russell Library is Christy Billings. She can be reached at (860) 347-2528 or cbilling@russell.lioninc.org.
This program is being sponsored with funds from The Friends of the Russell Library.



Local Authors’ Fair Application Available

Friday, March 4 at 9:00am. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. The application for our first Local Authors’ Fair to be held on Saturday, June 4th will be available at the library and online on the library’s website. The deadline for applications is April 4th. This is an opportunity for local authors to promote their books to the public and to network with one another.



First Saturday Stories

Saturday, March 5 at 10:00am. Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. It’s Favorite Stories Saturday!  On the 1st Saturday of every month, a Children’s Librarian will share her favorite stories with you! Drop by for stories and stay to make a craft together. The stories are selected for the 3-5 year old audience and their caregivers, but siblings are welcome. Get a great start on your 1st Saturday. See you soon! Ages: 3-5 year olds.

Drop-in, no registration



Hula Hoop Fitness

Saturday, March 5 at 10:30am. The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This upbeat, aerobic workout blends the invigoration of cardio with a mind-body connection while improving balance, flexibility and core strength. We will hoop at the waist, hips, arms, while moving and flowing with the hoop. Hula-hooping is for everyone…. don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a hoop in years! These sturdy, specially designed adult sized hoops are simple to use!

Meg (Gem) Geyser is an experienced fitness instructor and teaching artist with a passion for movement, music, dance, and exercise. Her classes are designed to encourage and facilitate confidence, playfulness, and joy.

Drop-in, no registration



Wonderful Ones Registration

Monday, March 7 at 9:00am. Children’s Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Babies 12-23 months and their caregivers will enjoy this lap-sit program that includes rhymes, songs, puppets, books and age-appropriate play.  This is a wonderful way for little ones to start their week.  Children should be 12 months old by the first class. The sessions are scheduled on the following Mondays: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, and 18, from 10:00 to 10:45am. Due to high demand this program is open to Middletown residents only. 

Registration is required and begins at 9:00am on Monday, March 7, in person or by phone: 860-344-8479.



Russell Library’s Gaming Guild

Monday, March 7 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Grades: 7 to 12. If you like Minecraft, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, board games or electronic games this is the club for you! Explore Middletown’s Minecraft server and create your own space. The club has laptops, decks of cards, and an XBOX 360 with plenty of games! Bring you own cards and geek out on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30pm in Meeting Room 3 on April 4, May 2, May 16, June 6 and June 20.

Drop-in, no registration.

Otaku - Anime / Manga Club

Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Ages 11 & up. Do you enjoy Anime, Manga, Cosplay, or gaming? Then Otakus is for you! Otakus is Russell Library’s teen group for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Meeting twice a month, we view anime shorts, discuss our favorite manga series and explore the culture that has produced such art forms. Food, music, costumes, arts and other expressions of Japan are all parts of Otakus.

Ages 11 and up. Drop-in, no registration. 



Russell Readers

Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 to 8:20pm. Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Join us as we discuss “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald from the collection 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Discussions are based on the Great Books Foundation method in which readers talk in open gatherings, under a leader, about the great issues that have shaped civilization as reflected in the readings. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8:20pm in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. For more information about participating in the group or acquiring the text, contact Chantal Foster at (860) 573-2946 or email Chantal.foster@comcast.net. 

The discussions are sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.



Twos are Terrific Registration

Wednesday, March 9 at 9:00am. Children’s Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Twos are Terrific registration begins Wednesday, March 9th at 9:00am, in person or by phone: (860) 344-8479 and continues until all slots are filled. Twos are Terrific is a program for two year olds and their caregivers that includes stories, songs, play, crafts and music. The sessions are scheduled on the following Wednesdays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, and 20 from 10:00 to 10:45am..

Due to high demand for this program, registration is limited to Middletown residents only.



Preschool Power Registration

Thursday, March 10 at 9:00am. Children’s Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Preschool Power registration begins Thursday, March 10th at 9:00am, in person or by phone: (860) 344-8479 and continues until all slots are filled. Preschool Power is a fun, energetic mix of stories, finger plays, puppets, music, dance, and crafts; we’ll also have time to just play! Come enjoy stories old and new.  We’ll be using craft materials, so dress appropriately!

The sessions are scheduled on the following Thursdays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, and 21 from 10:00 to 10:45am.



Friends of the Russell Library Book Sale Featuring Women’s History Books

Friday, March 11, 9:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday, March 12, 9:00am to 5:00pm., Sunday, March 13, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Children’s Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This month’s Friends’ Book Sale will feature books about women’s history, books by women, and books about women! The Friends’ book sales help the library with funding for a wide variety of programs. From large art books to the littlest children’s books, there is something for everyone! CDs and DVDs are also available! Come support your library!



Ensemble Schumann Concert

Saturday, March 12 at 2:00pm. The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This lively and colorful trio – Thomas Gallant, Oboe, Steve Larson, Viola, and Sally Pinkas, Piano, present works by their name-sake Robert Schumann, as well as by Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns, Charles Loeffler, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich, and others. Gallant, Larson and Pinkas have each performed at notable venues, including Lincoln Center, the Frick Collection, Carnegie Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, Wigmore Hall in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the festivals at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart. Performing together since 2005, Ensemble Schumann has been featured at the prestigious Da Camera Series in Los Angeles, at the Clark Art Museum in Massachusetts and on Live From Fraser on WGBH- Radio in Boston.

The trio’s recent debut CD release, Romantic Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano on the MSR Classics label, has been hailed as '...exquisite music, exquisitely played, and exquisitely recorded…” by Fanfare Magazine. Audiophile Audition praised their '... stunning performances and amazingly radiant tonal qualities ...”. Ensemble Schumann's next CD, an all-Mozart program (with the Adaskin String Trio) will be released in 2016.

The concert has been funded by The Friends of Russell Library.



Dance Fitness

Saturday, March 12 at 10:30am. The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This class is an interval-style, calorie-burning dance party that can be

adapted for any level of fitness. Easy to follow routines set to various world rhythms

deliver a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning,

balance, and flexibility. Beginners welcome! Learn how dance can motivate you to become a healthier you!

Meg (Gem) Geyser is an experienced fitness instructor and teaching artist with a passion for movement, music, dance, and exercise. Her classes are designed to encourage and facilitate confidence, playfulness, and joy.

Drop-in, no registration.



Master Builders’ Club

Monday, March 14from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meeting Room 2, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Did you who enjoyed the Builder’s Club in the Children’s department, but feel too old to continue? Then this club is for you!  Compete in Challenges, create pieces of artwork by using the Lego© Picture Creator, and be creative by making your own inventions.  Learn how to program the Library’s NEW Lego© Mindstorm EV3. The Master Builder’s Club meets on the 2nd  Monday on each month from 3:30 to 4:30: April 11, May 9, and June 13.

Grades: 7 to 12. Drop-in, no registration.



Chasing Justice Through the Ruins: Film Series with Richard Alleva

Tuesday, March 15, 12:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. The first film of this series is The Truce (1996), directed by Francesco Rosi. When Russian soldiers liberated the Auschwitz death camp, most of the inmates faced a bewildering, arduous journey home. Chemist Primo Levi, and Italian Jew who later became one of Europe’s greatest writers, had to trek through Eastern Europe to get back to Turin. This adaptation of Levi’s book, The Reawakening, is both an epic adventure story (some of it surprisingly funny) and a quiet, introspective look at a man trying to regain his faith in humanity.

World War II left much of Europe ruined. Great cities had been reduced to rubble, and the citizens of the defeated countries began to realize that their former leaders had perpetrated despicable acts. Movie critic Richard Alleva introduces and analyzes four classics that capture the postwar situation in a way that’s both candid and thoroughly entertaining. In each movie a person tries to recover something precious that was stolen from him or her by the chaos of war. The remarkably varied selections include a thriller, a comedy, and two of the most heartbreaking dramas ever made.

All showings are at noon. Drop-in, no registration.



Teen Crafternoons

Wednesday, March 16 from 3:30 to 4:30pm, Meeting Room Two, Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown. Come and explore your creativity with a variety of projects using a host of different materials and techniques! Teen Crafternoons meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month: April 20, May 18, and June 15. Grades: 7 to 12. 

Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2528.



Canceled: Health Exchange Information for Patients and Providers: Consumers:

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Conversations on Health Information Technology. March 16 at 6:00pm, Hubbard Room. The State wants to hear from you about how technology is changing the way you manage your health.  Come join us to learn more about health technology initiatives in the state, how technology can transform and enhance your health and your relationship with your health care providers.  Also, this is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on these initiatives.  A light dinner will be provided.  Please RSVP sarju.shah@uconn.edu  to participate in this conversation.



Teen Tech Thursdays

Thursday, March 17 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This technology series for teens allows all sorts of experimentation! Try out new technologies such as robotics, engineering, and coding!

Registration is required and begins in person or by phone, 860-347-2528.



How Families Can Help Their Loved One with a Mental Illness

Saturday, March 19 at 2:00pm. The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Dr. Lloyd Sederer, author of The Family Guild to Mental Health Care, will speak about how families may help their loved one with a mental illness. 'Mental illness is painful and difficult for families to face and endure...' so writes Dr. Lloyd Sederer in his book. As a professor and Medical Director for the New York State Office of Mental Health, Dr. Sederer is an accomplished speaker and advocate for de-stigmatizing mental illness and improving services. He is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post (where he is Medical Editor for Mental Health) and U.S. News and World Report.

Drop-in, no registration.



Middletown Art Academy Opening Reception

Sunday, March 20, 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Middletown Art Academy will exhibit works by students and instructors in celebration of World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.



Reader’s Theater: Shipwrecked: An Entertainment, the Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

Monday, March 21, 7:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Reader’s Theater is live drama enacted by professional actors, directed by Richard B. Kamins. The play this month will be Shipwrecked: An Entertainment, the Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont by Donald Margulies. The breathless story of a Victorian gentleman and seafaring wanderer springs to life like a theatrical pop-up book; the audience is left to judge whether he is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man. We can also consider the possibility that the hero of this true story based on an untrue story is a little of each.

Drop-in, no registration.

Reader’s Theater is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.



Russell Library’s Gaming Guild

Monday, March 21 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street,  Middletown. Grades: 7 to 12. If you like Minecraft, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, board games or electronic games this is the club for you! Explore Middletown’s Minecraft server and create your own space. The club has laptops, decks of cards, and an XBOX 360 with plenty of games! Bring you own cards and geek out on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 in Meeting Room 3 on April 4, May 2, May 16, June 6 and June 20.

Drop-in, no registration.



Otaku - Anime / Manga Club

Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Ages 11 & up. Do you enjoy Anime, Manga, Cosplay, or gaming? Then Otakus is for you! Otakus is Russell Library’s teen group for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Meeting twice a month, we view anime shorts, discuss our favorite manga series and explore the culture that has produced such art forms. Food, music, costumes, arts and other expressions of Japan are all parts of Otakus.

Ages 11 and up. No registration required. 



Wesleyan Student Presentations on Early Native Americans in Middletown


Saturday, March 26, 10:00am to 11:45am. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. These presentations are based on research conducted by select students from the Wesleyan class, “Decolonizing Indigenous Middletown: Native Histories of the Wangunk Indian People,” taught by J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology. The class focused on the sparsely documented history of the Wangunk Indian Tribe, the indigenous people of the city of Middletown, also known as Mattabesett who presided over both sides of the Connecticut River in present-day Middletown, Portland, and East Hampton, and beyond. All semester, students conducted archival research at the Middlesex County Historical Society and collectively produced a Wikipedia entry about the Wangunk people.

The panel event will feature four presentations moderated by Kauanui: “Addressing the Wangunks: Tribal names as place names in Middletown's Proprietors Records from 1650-1730,” by Iryelis Lopez; “Leaving, Returning, Staying: Wangunk Migration Patterns,” by Maia Reumann-Moore; “Settler Militias, Security, and Smallpox: Bills to the Town of Middletown from 1751 to 1785,” by Abby Cunniff; and “Corn, Coffins and Highways: Material Histories of Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Erasure,” by Yael Horowitz. This is a diverse group of students keen to present their research to the community-at-large.



Shakespeare Film Series: Shakespeare and Laurence Olivier

Saturday, March 26 at 1:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. During the first 15 years of the “talkies”, static camerawork, pompous acting and waxworks staging delivered the Bard’s plays dead on arrival to bored audiences. Then a young actor, Laurence Olivier, returning to wartime Britain after a brief, meteoric career in Hollywood, was tasked by Winston Churchill to take Shakespeare’s patriotic play, Henry V, and turn it into a spectacle that would be both effective propaganda and great art. Shakespeare on screen has never been the same since.

Commonweal Magazine’s film critic, Richard Alleva, will show scenes from all three of Olivier’s adaptations –Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III—and discuss the techniques that made them both memorable and groundbreaking. The afternoon will conclude with a long excerpt from Othello, Olivier’s most controversial performance, acclaimed in Britain as the greatest performance of the Moor in a century, and denounced in America as grotesque and racist.

The film series is part of the Shakespeare 400 Passport in partnership with ArtFarm.

Drop-in, no registration. This series is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.



Jazz Up Close with Noah Baerman

March 31, 7:00pm, The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.

Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the first event of “Spanning Generations” the 2016 Jazz Up Close series. Alto saxophonist Caroline Davis kicks off this year’s series with a quartet featuring drummer Jay Sawyer, bassist Henry Lugo and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman.

Mobile since her birth in Singapore, Caroline Davis was a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene for years, earning a PhD in Music Cognition from Northwestern University along the way with dissertation research on jazz communities and honing her distinctive saxophone sound with “a balance of passion and polish that younger horn players often lack” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader). She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, leading the Caroline Davis Quartet and co-leading the trio Whirlpool and the R&B indie band, Maitri, in which she also sings. Davis is a distinctive composer as well, which is particularly evident on her latest album, the widely acclaimed Doors: Chicago Storylines. She has collaborated in various contexts with a diverse group of musicians, including Matt Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Bobby Broom, Greg Saunier, Dennis Carroll, Erin McKeown, Allison Miller, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Billy Kaye.

This program is made possible by the generosity of the Middletown Commission on the Arts.





JOB & CAREER PROGRAMS



Job Group

Thursdays March 3, 10, 17 and 31 at 9:30 am. – noon, The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Each Thursday a different topic related to careers is discussed. Presenters range from local business people to nationally renowned authors and career counselors. A one-hour networking session follows the presentation. Upcoming presentations include Networking for Jobseekers, Protecting Money, Avoiding Scams and Managing Debt, and Dress for Success.



Depression and Unemployment Dr. Helen Evrard

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 6:00-8:00pm. The Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Language and deep word meanings are explored and applied to improve self-confidence and overcome doubt and fear. You’ll discover valuable concepts from ancient stoic wisdom, social psychology, and more. Each participant will receive a personal word for inspiration, and a random participant will leave with a free copy of the book. 

Dr. Evrard is the author of “Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and the co-creator with Middletown artist Kimberly Barcello of the companion Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that allow selection of a single word for reflection, insight, and discovery.  She is the producer/host of “Your Mind Matters,” airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, offering conversations with researchers, practitioners, and everyday people who deal with mental health issues. In this interactive workshop she’ll share her personal journey with depression, and help participants minimize its impact on themselves or others while continuing efforts for fulfilling employment.



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, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. One-hour sessions are available. Please call 860-347-2520 for more information and to sign up. You will receive a reminder call prior to the appointment. 



Career Coaching

James Kubat, an Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, gives private, confidential career coaching through appointments on evenings 6-8pm at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Please bring a resume (if you have one) to the appointment. Please call 860- 347-2520 to sign up for a one-hour appointment.  You will receive a reminder call prior to the appointment.  If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice.



Resume Review

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown, offers confidential resume critiquing and in-depth interview coaching appointments weekdays with business professionals. Please call 860-347-2520 to sign up for a one-hour appointment. 



Computer Classes

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown, offers a variety of computer-training sessions. Classes introduce beginners to computers and provide a session on the internet or Microsoft Word. Advanced classes are offered on programs such as Microsoft Power Point and Excel. Please call 860-347-2520 to sign up for a one-hour appointment. 

Funding for the Jobs and Career program comes from the Community Development Block Grant.

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