Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Russell Library - June Programs

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

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!
Local Authors' Fair

Saturday, June 4
10am - 1pm
Hubbard Room

Fourteen local writers will present their books and talk about the inspiration behind their works . . . an occasion for writers to connect with interested readers and new audiences.
Yoga in the Courtyard - Family Yoga 

Saturday, June 11

Learn about the calming and energizing effects of yoga. No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor will be Jeff Hush. 
Ages 6 and up are welcome. 

- In case of rain, the class with be held in the Hubbard Room. 
  Free; sponsored by The Friends.
Michael Pestel and Peter Standaart  

Free concert:
Rites and Passages

Saturday, June 11

This open-air concert in the library's inner courtyard will feature flutist Peter Standaart and multi-instrumentalist Michael Pestel, as they employ the flute as a 'shamanic vessel of change'. The concert will feature two world premiers: a work for solo flute by Egyptian composer Philemon Kirlles, and a spatial composition for four flutes by Michael Pestel. Other works by Bach, Debussy, and Jolivet will be re-conceptualized for the unique performance space; (in case of rain, the concert will take place in the Hubbard Room). No registration.  
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.
Adult Summer Reading Program:
Exercise Your Mind!

Signup begins Monday, June 13

Earn raffle tickets by submitting book reviews; there are weekly drawings and a grand prize! 
Sign up at the circulation desk.
Jazz Up Close:
- with Noah Baerman and special guest, 
Monnette Sudler 

Thursday, June 16
Hubbard Room

Guitarist/vocalist Monnette Sudler will perform in a trio featuring Henry Lugo on bass and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman. Adept at straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde music and R&B, she has collaborated with a diverse cast of musicians, including Grover Washington, Jr., Sam Rivers, Kenny Barron, Khan Jamal, Cedar Walton, Shirley Scott and many more. 

Free; no registration. Presented by the non-profit Resonant Motion, Inc. with a generous grant from The Middletown Commission on the Arts.
Adult Coloring
Wednesdays at 6:30pm
June 15 and 22
Hubbard Room

Pick up a crayon or colored pencil and de-stress! Materials provided. 
Free; drop-in, no registration.
Readers' Theater

Monday, June 20
Hubbard Room

Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy are brought together in a blistering (and comedic) battle of wits. Live drama read by Connecticut actors. 
Directed by Anne Cassady and Richard Kamins. 

Free; no registration. Sponsored by The Friends.
Chasing Justice Through the Ruins
Film Series

Tuesday, June 21
Hubbard Room

The Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Film critic Richard Alleva will introduce, screen and discuss The Bicycle Thieves (1948) director Vittorio de Sica's masterpiece.

Bring a sandwich, if you like. Dessert and beverages provided; no registration.
Sponsored by The Friends.
Russell Library Announces 
New Public Service Hours
Russell Library announces a change in public service hours to lower operating costs in the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.  

The new hours, effective July 5, 2016, will be:
                 Monday and Friday                 10 am - 6 pm  
                 Tuesday and Thursday            10 am - 8 pm
                 Wednesday                              1 pm - 8 pm 
                 Saturday (all year)                  10 am - 2 pm   
                 Sunday (Oct. through March)    1 pm - 4 pm 

Access to online services through the Library's website with a library card, will not be affected.

Matthew K. Poland, Library Director

We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 7 pm
June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
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 - Saturday
June 10 - 11
9am - 5pm

- in the Activity Room

This month humorous books will be featured.
Proceeds fund library programs!
Russell Readers 
Tuesday, June 14     
Meeting Room 2

 We will discuss By the River by Joyce Carol Oates 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.
Teen Summer Reading Kick Off!

Monday, June 13
Teen Area

Sign up for the Russell Library's Summer Reading Game for teens entering grades 7 to 12. ---enjoy some snacks and games to get in the summer spirit.

Beginning June 13, sign up at the Info Desk, or call 860-347-2520.
Otakus of Russell Library Unite!

Tuesdays at 7pm:
June 14 - Meeting Room 3
June 28 - 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 Advisory Council

Thursday, June 23
Teen Area

Students entering grades 7 to 12 are invited to join 
the Russell Library Teen Advisory Council. Earn community service hours and plan library teen activities. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to join TAC, please contact Heather at 

Please register in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.
Teen Book Buzz

Monday, June 27 
Teen Area


- Need to find something good to read this summer? Come to the Book Buzz to find out what's hot in YA lit and find the perfect books for your summer!
No registration required. Students entering 7 to 12 grades.
Teen Book Club
Thursday, June 30 
Teen Area

Start off your summer with a powerful quick read, Audacity, by Melanie Crowder, the inspiring story of Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights led to the largest strike by women in American history. Please come ready to discuss the book, which can be found at Russell, or we can obtain a copy from another library. Please register at 860-347-2520. For students entering grades 7 to 12.

Summer Reading Programs

Sign-up begins:

Monday, June 13
Children's Desk
or, 860-344-8479

Age: 3 - Grade 3: Exercise Your Mind! Read books and win prizes!

Grades 4 - 6: Get Your Game On! Sign-up online from 
or phone or, in person.

Baby Rhyme Time

Wednesdays at 1:30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
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, June 4
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!
Summer Stories
Tuesdays at 10am

June 14 and 28
through August 16

Hubbard Room

Join us for new stories and old favorites, music and a craft! You and your caregiver are sure to have a great time & meet new friends too!
Ages: 3-6. Drop-in, no registration.
Family Game Night

Wednesday, June 15 
6 - 8pm 
Activity Room 

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

Friday, June 17  
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:

Natural Inspiration: 
Paintings by Ellen Dougan 

Surrounded by farmland and woods growing up, nature has remained a strong element of the artist's life and work. Ms. Dougan's paintings are exhibited throughout the library.

Missing U 
and Other Abstract Paintings: 
Catherine Filloramo Thrall 

Abstract paintings and drawings on paper in gouache, watercolor, ink and acrylic. Ms. Thrall's featured piece, Missing U, is an abstract alphabet, in the Information Area on the second floor.  
Metal and Clay: Four Artists
Four ceramic artists are featured, two of whom also work in metal: Marcia Eager, Marcy LaBella, Cheryl Tuttle, and Art Tuttle, all members of the Wesleyan Potters Guild. The works are on display in the lobby case beginning June 6.


Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 9:30 am
June  2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
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.

How to Maintain your Income 
in the New Global Economy

Tuesday, June 7
Hubbard Room

Dr. Marcia  LaReau will discuss the new paradigms that are changing the employment landscape. Drop-in; no registration.
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 
                     June 4 and 11                     9am - 5pm
                   June 18 and 25                    10am - 2pm

Sunday                                 closed

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