Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Russell Library March Programs - Step Dancing. Concerts, More

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

Special Programs

Irish Step Dancing 

Thursday, March 3
Hubbard Room

Modern and traditional step dancing from the Mulcahy Academy of Dance.
Drop-in, no registration required.

Ensemble Schumann  

Free concert:

Saturday, March 12
Hubbard Room

A lively and colorful trio, the members of the Ensemble: Sally Pinkas, piano, Thomas Gallant, oboe and Steve Larson, viola, present works by their name-sake Robert Schumann, as well as Max Bruch, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Michael White.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library; no registration.

How Families Can Help Their Loved One
with a Mental Illness

Saturday, March 19
Hubbard Room

A talk, and question and answer session with Dr. Lloyd Sederer, author of 
The Family Guide to Mental Health Care, and an advocate for de-stigmatizing mental illness and improving services. Dr. Sederer is Medical Director for the 
New York State Office of Mental Health and a contributing writer for 
The Huffington Post, where he is Medical Editor for Mental Health. 

Drop-in; no registration; funded by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

HER-story: A Writing Workshop 
with Elizabeth Thomas

Tuesday, March 29
Hubbard Room 

Elizabeth Thomas is a published writer, performer, educator and author of two poetry collections and a book on writing. In this creative writing workshop, designed for new and 'not so new' writers of all ages, Ms. Thomas will focus on the mother-daughter relationship. 

Jazz Up Close 2016:
Spanning Generations
Caroline Davis, Alto Sax

Thursday, March 31
Hubbard Room

Caroline Davis kicks off this year's Jazz Up Close series with a quartet featuring drummer Jay Sawyer, bassist Henry Lugo and pianist Noah Baerman, who is also the series curator. Ms. Davis lives in Brooklyn, leading the Caroline Davis Quartet and co-leading the trio Whirlpool and the R&B indie band, Maitri.

This free event is sponsored by the non-profit Resonant Motion, Inc. and 
a generous grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts.


We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 7 pm

March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
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.

Book Discussions with Hedda Kopf

Open City - by Teju Cole 

Wednesday, March 2

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - by Anthony Marra
Wednesday, March 30

Join in these lively discussions led by Hedda Kopf, longtime lecturer at Quinnipiac University. Drop-in; no registration. Sponsored by The Friends

Russell Readers 
Tuesday, March 8 
Meeting Room 2


We will discuss Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald 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.

Fitness can be Fun!

Saturdays at 10:30 am
Hubbard Room

March 5 - Hula Hoop Fitness 
Meg Geyser offers an upbeat, aerobic workout that blends cardio with a mind-body connection and improves balance, flexibility and core strength.

March 12 - Dance Fitness 
Meg Geyser presents a total workout, combining all elements of fitness - cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. Beginners welcome!
Drop-in, no registration. Space is limited, so come early. 

Funded by the Department of Health, City of Middletown.

Russell Library Friends' Book Sale 

Friday - Sunday booksales
March 11 - 13

- during library hours
  in the Activity Room

This month, featuring Women's History books.
Proceeds fund library programs!

Chasing Justice Through the Ruins
Film Series

Tuesday, March 15
Hubbard Room

Film critic Richard Alleva will introduce, screen and discuss The Truce (1997, Italy) directed by Francesco Rosi. 

Bring a sandwich, if you like. Dessert and beverages provided; no registration.
Sponsored by The Friends.

Readers' Theater

Monday, March 21
Hubbard Room

Live drama read by professional actors. This month: Shipwrecked: 
An Entertainment, the Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
by Donald Margulies; directed by Anne Cassady and Richard Kamins. 

Drop-in; no registration. Sponsored by The Friends.

Shakespeare  - and Laurence Olivier

Saturday, March 26
Hubbard Room

The first in a series (through May), part of Shakespeare 400 Passport, in partnership with ArtFarm. Commonweal film critic Richard Alleva, will show scenes from, and discuss: Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III

Drop-in, no registration.


Teen Advisory Council

Wednesday, March 2 
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.

Gaming Guild
Mondays, March 7 and 21
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! The club has laptops, cards, and an XBOX 360; grades: 7 to 12. Drop-in; no registration.

Teens: Master Builder's Club

Monday, March 14     
Meeting Room 2 

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:
March 8 - Meeting Room 3
March 22 - Hubbard Room

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, March 16
Meeting Room 2

Get creative and join us for some crafting fun!

Grades: 7 - 12; free; please register at: 860-347-2520, but drop-ins are welcome.

Teen Tech Thursdays

Thursday, March 17 
Meeting Room 3

Try out new technologies such as robotics, engineering,
and coding. Grades: 7 to 12. Please register at 860-347-2520, or drop-in. 


First Saturdays Favorite Stories

Saturday, March 5
10 am 
Activity Room

A Children's Librarian will share her favorite stories with you. Stay and make a craft together. Drop in; for 3 - 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome!

Baby Rhyme Time

Wednesdays at 1:30pm
March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Children's Activity Room

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

Builders' Club

Friday, March 18  
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:


Ray Mount Puppets 
from the Ballard Institute and Museum 
of Puppetry

Ray and Betty Mount began performing hand puppet shows in San Francisco in the 1950's. Later moving to Branford, Connecticut, they continued making puppets and 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 ARTFARM's Shakespeare 400 Passport.

Jean Maynard - Paintings 

Jean Maynard grew up on Long Island's south shore and  near Narragansett Bay. The nearness of the sea is frequently seen in her work. Her love of flowers and architecture are also recurring themes.
She is a member of a painters' group called the French Connection, and also of the Art Guild of Middletown.

Middletown Art Academy

Beginning March 19, Middletown Art Academy will exhibit works by students and instructors in celebration of World Water Day. There will be an Opening Reception in the Hubbard Room at 2pm on Sunday, March 20.


Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 9:30 am

March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
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.

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: March 25 and 27
Good Friday and Easter Sunday

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