Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Russell Library Programs for April 2016

April 2016 Programs  
All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!
Drumming Circle 
Saturday, April 2
Hubbard Room

Jocelyn Pleasant will teach us the health benefits of drumming with others in a 'drumming circle'. Think you can't keep a beat? Join the circle, and learn! 

Drop-in, registration not required; a Middletown Health Grant program.
Learn About Lyme Disease

Monday, April 4
Hubbard Room

"Voices Against Lyme Disease", a statewide advocacy program, will share information about the disease. Drop-in.
Introduction to 

Tuesday, April 5
9:30 - 11:30am 
Meeting Room 3

Learn how access to the library's database, free with your Russell Library card, can be helpful to you, both at home and at work. 
Drop-in, no registration.
One Book on the Riverbend
Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 5
Hubbard Room

Indira Karamcheti will lead discussion of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
Introduction to Shamanism

Thursday, April 7
Hubbard Room 

Gregory Besek will discuss a practice that involves reaching altered states of
consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world.
Drop-in, no registration.
Roy Lisker:
A Talk About His Life and Work

Thursday, April 7
Hubbard Room

Author, math-physicist, activist, artist, composer and world traveller, Roy has made Middletown his home base for 20 years. 
- Free concert -
Route 202: Thomasina Levy and Rob Brereton

Thursday, April 14
Hubbard Room

Two award-winning musicians make up this acoustic duo: dulcimers, guitars, drums and voice in a reportoire of folk, classical and new age music. 
Shakespeare On Screen 
Film Series

Saturday, April 16
Hubbard Room

The Tempest (2010)
Can a Shakespeare play work when you change the gender of its hero? Acclaimed stage director Julie Taymor has changed Shakespeare's Prospero into an equally fearsome Prospera; an all-star cast headed by Helen Mirren. 

Richard Alleva will introduce and discuss.
Drop-in, no registration.
Caryn Lin: From Bach 2 Rock 

Monday, April 18
Hubbard Room

In a multi-media interactive extravaganza, Caryn transforms sound through her electric violin and other devices and takes students from Bach to today's techno-wonders. This is a family concert, all ages welcome. Drop-in, no registration;
Readers' Theater

Monday, April 18
Hubbard Room

Live drama read by Connecticut actors. This month: Satchmo at the Waldorf
by Terry Teachout; directed by Anne Cassady and Richard Kamins. 

Drop-in; no registration. Sponsored by The Friends.
Chasing Justice Through the Ruins
Film Series

Tuesday, April 19
Hubbard Room

Film critic Richard Alleva will introduce, screen and discuss The Third Man (1949) starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

Bring a sandwich, if you like. Dessert and beverages provided; no registration.
Sponsored by The Friends.
Weight Loss: 
Getting a Grip on Letting Go

Part 1
Wednesday, April 20
Part 2
Thursday, April 21
Hubbard Room

Wholesome ways to achieve weight normalcy, with Certified Hypnotherapist Gregory Besek. Drop-in.
Drop-in, no registration. Sponsored by a City of Middletown Health Grant.
Entwyned Early Music  

Free concert:

Saturday, April 23
Hubbard Room

Entwyned Early Music will perform Popular Music from the Bard to Bach. The ensemble features lutes, voice, Baroque flute and viola de gamba and music of the great early composers from 1600 to 1750 including Bach, Handel,Telemann, Dowland, and Johnson. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library; registration is not required.
Money Smart Week
April 23 - 30

Monday, April 25 - 6pm
Basic Excel Household Budgeting

Tuesday, April 26 - 2pm
Introduction to Grants for Individuals

Tuesday, April 26 - 6pm
Using Excel to Manage Your Investments

Wednesday, April 27 - 2pm
Learn about Grants Databases

Wednesday, April 27 - 6pm
Social Security and Medicare

Friday, April 29 - 9am until 2pm
Cultivate Your Individual Donors - with Judy Margolin
Please call 860-347-2520 to register. This is the only Money Smart program for which registration is limited and required.

Early History of Golf Courses in Connecticut

Thursday, April 28 
Hubbard Room

Anthony Pioppi, the author of To the Nines,The History of The Minikahda Club Golf Course, and co-author of Haunted Golf will speak.

Who in the What is Poetry? 

Saturday, April 30 
Hubbard Room 

A poetry event with Susan Allison, Middletown's Poet Laureate.

We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 7 pm
April 7, 14, 21 and 28
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.
Russell Library Friends' Book Sale 

Friday - Sunday
April 8 - 10

- during library hours
  in the Activity Room

This month poetry books will be featured.
Proceeds fund library programs!
Russell Readers 
Tuesday, April 12 
Meeting Room 2


We will discuss "The Conversion of the Jews" by Philip Roth  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.
Gaming Guild
Monday, April 4
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.
Teen Advisory Council

Wednesday, April 6 
Meeting Room 3

Join the Russell Library Teen Advisory Council; earn community service hours, help plan library activities. Contact Heather: 

Grades: 7 to 12. Please register in person or by phone: 860-347-2520.
Teens: Master Builder's Club

Monday, April 11     
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:
April 12 - Meeting Room 3
April 26 - 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 Tech Thursdays

Thursday, April 14
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. 
Teen Crafternoon
Wednesday, April 20
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.

First Saturdays Favorite Stories

Saturday, April 2
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
April 6, 13, 20 and 27
Children's Activity Room

Songs, rhymes and fingerplays for babies 12 months and under and their grown-ups. Drop-in, no registration required.
My Garden Grows
- with Meredith Arcari
Tuesday, April 19 
Children's Activity Room

Teaching Artist, Meredith Arcari, will explore the natural link between the observational skills by both scientists and artists with children in grades 3-5. They will create a mixed media garden using textured paper, fabric and paint.
Please register beginning April 12: 860-344-8479.
Builders' Club

Fridays, April 15 and 29  
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. 

Fun with Yarn

Wednesday, April 20
Activity Room

You will have a spinning good time creating pom pom creatures, bracelets and yarn friends! Ages: 5 and up; drop-in, no registration.
Money, Money, Money!
Tuesday, April 26 
Activity Room 

Celebrate Money Smart Week with money themed stories and crafts for ages 3 - 6 years old. Drop-in, no registration.

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


Brownstone and Books:
The Foundations of Russell Library
A variety of items related to the beginnings of Russell Library 140 years ago will be on display in the lobby case.

Roy Lisker: Graphic Poetry and Other Multimedia 
Author, journalist, translator, editor, math-physicist, activist, artist, and composer will exhibit his artwork in the small "alcove gallery" area.

Middletown Art Academy
Middletown Art Academy has works by students and instructors on exhibit in the lobby and in the Information area on the second floor. These images celebrate World Water Day. 

Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 9:30 am
April 7, 14, 21 and 28
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.
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