Saturday, April 30, 2016

Russell Library May Calendar of Events

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

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!
Feng Shui

Tuesdays at 5:30pm
in the Hubbard Room

Part 1: May 3

Part 2: May 10

Gia Khalsa will teach this ancient Chinese art of placement for
health, prosperity, happiness and peace to enhance your home and your life.
Drop-in. Sponsored by the City of Middletown Department of Health.
The Dog Listener

Wednesday, May 4
Hubbard Room     

Certified Dog Listener Phil Klein will explain how canines see the world and the underlying reasons for unwanted behaviors. Bring your questions, but NOT your dogs! No registration.
World War I - Digitization Day
Saturday, May 7 
10am - 2pm
Hubbard Room 

Russell Library is partnering with the CT State Library and the Greater Middletown Military Museum to help preserve the history and memories of World War I. You are invited to bring your photos, letters and souvenirs to the library where they will be scanned, photographed, and returned to you. The images will be preserved and available for research in the CT Digital Archive. 
For more information contact librarian Denise Russo: 860-347-2520
NOT Liberty and Justice For All:
The Criminal Case of To Kill a Mockingbird

Monday, May 9
Hubbard Room

Elisabeth Petry will discuss one of the most eloquent appeals for tolerance and justice.
Metropolitan Klezmer  

Free concert:

Thursday, May 12
Hubbard Room

"Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre's history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core." - Time Out New York 
No registration. Co-sponsored by Congregation Adath Israel and The Friends of the Russell Library.
Readers' Theater

Monday, May 16
Hubbard Room

Live drama read by Connecticut actors. 
Directed by Anne Cassady and Richard Kamins. 

Drop-in; no registration. Sponsored by The Friends.
One Book on the Riverbend

Tuesday, May 17
in the Hubbard Room
2pm - Hey, Boo (2012) 

6pm - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Introduction by Commonweal film critic Richard Alleva.

Drop-in, no registration.
Max Corvo's Service in World War II

Thursday, May 19
Hubbard Room

Bill Corvo will give a presentation about his father's service in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II. 

Presented by The Middlesex County Historical Society
Shakespeare On Screen 
Film Series

Saturday, May 21
Hubbard Room

Throne of Blood (1957)

Japan's greatest movie director, Akira Kurosawa, puts the Scottish play on screen and Toshiro Mifune stars.
Richard Alleva will introduce and discuss. Drop-in, no registration.
for the Stressed and Depressed

Monday, May 23 
Hubbard Room 

Focus awareness on the present while calmly accepting feelings and thoughts; with Stephen Cuddy of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illlness), CT. 

Drop-in. Sponsored by the City of Middletown Department of Health.
Chasing Justice Through the Ruins
Film Series

Tuesday, May 24
Hubbard Room

A Foreign Affair (1948)

Film critic Richard Alleva will introduce, screen and discuss A Foreign Affair by director-writer Billy Wilder, starring Jean Arthur and Marlene Dietrich.

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

We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 7 pm
May 5, 12, 19 and 26
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 Readers 
Tuesday, May 10 
Meeting Room 2


We will discuss Everything That Rises Must Converge 
by Flannery O'Connor 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.
Russell Library Friends' Book Sale 

Friday - Saturday
May 13 - 14

- during library hours
  in the Activity Room

This month gardening books will be featured.
Proceeds fund library programs!
Otakus of Russell Library Unite!

Tuesdays at 7pm:
May 10 - Meeting Room 3
May 24 - 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.

Meet Your New Teen Librarian

Wednesday, May 17 
Teen Area 

Drop in for pizza and meet Heather!
Teen Tech Thursdays

Thursday, May 19
Meeting Room 3

Enliven your Teen Area by creating digital book trailers for your favorite books!  Grades: 7 to 12. Please register at 860-347-2520, or drop-in. 
Zentangle for Teens
Thursday, May 26 
Meeting Room 3

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way 
to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Chill with instructor Pam Hartz-Miller! 
Gr. 7-12. Please register: 860-347-2520

Book Voyagers

Mondays at 6pm
May 2, 9, 16 and 23
Children's Activity Room

CT Humanities Book Voyagers presents: "Tales from Around the
World", an interactive 4-session series for children in grades K-2. Join educator/
storyteller Sara deBeer for: Anansi the Spider, How the Chipmunk Got His Stripes, The Paper Crane and Strega Nona

Please call 860-344-8479 to register.
Baby Rhyme Time

Wednesdays at 1:30pm
May 4, 11, 18 and 25
Children's Activity Room

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

Saturday, May 7
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!
Family Game Night

Wednesday, May 18 
6 - 8pm 
Activity Room 

Board games, foosball, cards: all ages, drop-in.
Builders' Club

Friday, May 20  
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:


Rosa Ibarra
Born in Puerto Rico, educated in Paris and at the University of Massachusetts, 
Ms. Ibarra "focuses on the magnificence of women and children; my inspiration 
is born of subtle beauties..."  
In the Information area on the second floor.  

Daron Sutton: Photography 
Nature, landscapes, and architecture are the subjects of Mr. Sutton's photographs - in the main lobby and the "alcove" gallery area on the first floor.
Independent Day School
A sampling of three-dimensional clay pieces made by K - 8 students, under the guidance of art teacher Madeline Smith, are on display in the lobby case.


Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 9:30 am
May 5, 12, 19 and 26
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.

What's New in the Job World?

Tuesday, May 31
Hubbard Room

Dr. Marcia LaReau explains how changes in the job market are changing the landscape of the employment process.
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                         closed

Holiday closing: Monday, May 30, Memorial Day

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