Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Summer Fun! Reading, Children's and Teens' Programs at RussellLibrary

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

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!
Adult Summer Reading Program:
Exercise Your Mind!

June - August 19

Earn raffle tickets by submitting book reviews; there are weekly drawings and a grand prize! 
Sign up at the circulation desk.
Adult Coloring
Tuesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 20

Hubbard Room

Pick up a crayon or colored pencil and de-stress! Materials provided. 
Free; drop-in, no registration.
Yoga in the Courtyard - Family Yoga 
Saturday, July 30

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.
Russell Library Announces 
New Public Service Hours
To lower operating costs in the new fiscal year, Russell Library announces a change in public service hours effective July 5, 2016.  

                 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 www.russelllibrary.org with a library card, will not be affected.

Matthew K. Poland, Library Director

We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 7 pm
July 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 cbilling@russell.lioninc.org.

This program is being sponsored with funds from The Friends of the Russell Library.
Russell Readers 
Tuesday, July 12     
Meeting Room 2


We will discuss Friends by Grace Paley from the anthology, 101 Best American Short StoriesDiscussions are based on the Great Books Foundation method.

For more information: chantal.foster@comcast.net
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Summer Reading Programs

at the 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  www.russelllibrary.org 
or phone or, in person.
Mix-It Up Colors

Friday, July 1
Activity Room

Paint some fireworks, and maybe get messy! We'll use washable paint, but wear old clothes just in case! Grades K-3; drop-in.
Summer Stories
Tuesdays at 10am

July 5,12, 19 and 26
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.

Tuesday, July 5 and 19
Activity Room

Join us every other Tuesday night this summer to explore the Japanese art of paper folding. Ages: 7 & up. Drop in, no registration. 
Baby Rhyme Time

Wednesdays at 1:30pm
July 6, 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.
Parsley Games

Thursdays at 11am
July 7,14, 21 and 28
Activity Room

Explore interactive games and live action role playing, for kids in grades 4 - 6. Drop-in, no registration. 
4th Annual
Fairy House Workshop

Thursday, July 7
Activity Room

Join us in creating a special place for wee folk to live. We have lots of materials from the natural world and beyond that you can use, and you may bring some of your own if you wish.  
Ages: 8-12. 
Required registration is limited and begins on Wednesday, July 6th at 1pm
(860) 344-8479. 
Time for Twos!

Mondays at 10am 
July 11, 18 and 25
Activity Room

We'll have open play, craft materials and a chance to share songs, music and a story together. For 2 year olds and their caregivers. Drop-in. 
Family Game Night

Wednesday, July 13 
6 - 8pm 
Activity Room 

Board games, foosball, cards: all ages, drop-in.
Cool Collages

Friday, July 15
Activity Room

Create art with bits and pieces from our collection of great materials. 
For ages: grades K-3. Drop-in, no registration.
Builders' Club

Friday, July 15  
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. 

Chalk it Up!

Friday, July 22
Activity Room

Learn to make a chalk painting. We'll experiment with ways to use
chalk: draw, paint, and sprinkle! For grades: K-3. Drop-in, no registration.
Open Art!

Friday, July 29 
Activity Room

Color, paint, draw! There will be a variety of materials on hand for
you to create your own art. For grades K-3. Drop-in, no registration.
More Children's Programs...
See our website for more children's programming:

Teen Summer Reading

Sign up for the Summer Reading Game for teens entering grades 7 to 12, 
at the Info Desk, or call 860-347-2520.
Otakus of Russell Library Unite!

Tuesdays at 7pm:
July 12  and July 26
Meeting Room 3

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.

Wii® Sports Competition

Friday, July 15
3 - 4pm  
Teen Area

If you like to game and compete, join us for a friendly competition playing Wii® Sports! Grades 7 -12. Drop-in.
The Beautiful Girl Project

Wednesday, July 20
 (repeat: July 27)

3 - 4pm
Meeting Room 3

Shannon Marzella will use poetry, mindfulness and discussions to teach writing that is self-reflective and fosters thinking about issues such as self-esteem, body image, and peer relationships. 

The meeting will repeat on July 27; come to EITHER one. Girls in grades 7 - 12:
please register, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.
Teen Advisory Council

Thursday, July 21
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. Questions?please contact Heather at hscussell@russell.lioninc.org 

Please register in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.
Chocolate Olympics for Teens

Thursday, July 28
Teen Area

Do you like chocolate and games? Play Minute-to-Win-it type games and eat chocolate! Grades 7 to 12. Please register: 860-347-2520.
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.  
Lorraine Centrella: Paintings

Landscape paintings in acrylics incorporate color, design, texture, and composition inspired by the natural world; in the alcove space on the first 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.


Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 9:30 am
July  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.

 Job Search Boot Camp

Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm
Hubbard Room

July 19
Workshop 1
The Tools: Targeted Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Profile
July 26
Workshop 2Networking and Social Media: Leveraging LinkedIn

In this three-part Job Search Boot Camp 4.0 series, presenter
Jan Melnick will share the best strategies and insider secrets for job seekers. Workshop 3 is on Tuesday, August 2.

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 and Friday           10am - 6pm
Tuesday and Thursday      10am - 8pm
Wednesday                        1pm - 8pm
Saturday (year round)       10am - 2pm

Sunday                 closed until October                

Holiday closings this month:  July 2 - 4
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