Friday, August 05, 2016

More Summer Fun and Teen Art Camp at Russell Library!

  August 2016 Programs 

All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!

Introduction to Origami

Tuesday, August 9 
Hubbard Room

Learn the basics of the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.
Ages 12 - 99. Drop-in, no registration.

Adult Coloring
Tuesday, August 16

Hubbard Room

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

Teens Help With Tech 

Wednesday, August 17 
Meeting Room 3 

Do you need a teen to help show you how to use your smartphone, iPad or KindleThe Russell Library Teen Advisory Council is hosting a night of free technology help.  Bring your own device; all ages welcome. 
Drop-in, no registration.

Fairy and Gnome Houses
- for all ages

Thursday August 18
6pm - 8pm
Hubbard Room  

Our popular children's program is now offered to folks of ALL AGES! 
Using three-dimensional design concepts, with a wide variety of materials, we will create model homes for wee folk and fairies! 

Ages 9 -99; drop-in, no registration. The presenter is a CT Teaching Artist. 

Yoga in the Courtyard - Family Yoga 

Saturday, August 20

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.


We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 6:30pm
August 4, 11, 18 and 25
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, August 12    
Meeting Room 2


We will discuss Displacement by David Wong Louie from the anthology, 101 Best American Short StoriesDiscussions are based on the Great Books Foundation method.

For more information:


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 
or phone or, in person.

Time for Twos!

Mondays at 10am 
August 1, 8 and 15
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. 

Summer Stories
Tuesdays at 10am

August 2, 9 and 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.


Tuesdays at 6:30pm
August 2,16 and 30
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
August 3, 10 and 17
Children's Activity Room

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

Open Art!

Fridays at 11am 
August 5 and 12   
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.

First Saturday 
Favorite Stories and Crafts

Saturday, August 6
Activity Room 

Drop by for stories and stay to make a craft together.For 3-5 year olds; siblings are welcomeDrop-in, no registration.

Family Game Night

Wednesday, August 10 
6 - 8pm 
Activity Room 

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

Builders' Club

Friday, August 19  
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. 

Tween Storytime

Wednesday, August 24 

Thursday, August 25
Activity Room

Miss Melanie will read tales for ages 8 and up. 
Light refreshments; drop-in no registration.

Preschool Dance Party

Thursday, August 25 
Hubbard Room

Do you love to dance? Miss Laura does too! Come share the fun, dress cool, wear comfy shoes and be ready to boogie!
Ages: 3-6, no registration required.

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.

Teen Art Boot Camp

6 - 7:30 pm 
August 3, 10, 17 and 24

Join Maddie Geores, a recent Middletown High School graduate, to broaden your art horizons! Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of art making, and learn to take a sketch to a finished painting. 

This is a four-part workshop for students, grades 5 to 12. Please plan to attend all sessions. Please register, in person at the Information desk, or by phone: 

Otakus of Russell Library Unite!

Tuesdays at 7pm:
August 9  -  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.
August 23  -  Hubbard Room 
Free Lunch Studios Comic and Manga Workshop

DIY Back to School Supplies
for Teens

Wednesday and Thursday 
August 24 and 25 
2pm - 4pm 
Teen Area 

Drop by the teen area to decorate notebooks, tote bags, and phone cases to use for school supplies! 

All materials supplied; grades 7 to 12; registration NOT required.

End of Summer Teen Party
Friday, August 26 
3pm - 4pm 
Teen Area

Explore unknown parts of the library in the End-of-Summer Scavenger Hunt
filled with puzzles, challenges, games, and pizza! Prizes for the Teen Summer Reading Game will be drawn at the party. 

Grades 7 - 12; please register: 860-347-2520.

Middletown High School Murals

Beginning in 2009, senior class art students have embarked each year on a long term group project: producing a mural for the new school's corridors that would serve as a legacy to their graduating class. 

The Class of 2016 mural and the recently completed Class of 2014 mural will be shown in the library's main lobby through the end of August. Both were completed under the guidance of art teacher Patrick Shugrue. 

Natural Inspiration: 
Paintings by Ellen Dougan 

Missing U 
and Other Abstract Paintings: 
Catherine Filloramo Thrall 


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 10 am
August  4, 11, 18 and 25
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

Tuesday, August 2 
6 - 8pm
Hubbard Room

Workshop 3 -  The Game Plan: 
Insiders' Tips for Effective Job Search & Interviewing

Jan Melnik talks about the best ways to find a job today, the secrets to interviewing effectively and the top must-dos following every interview. 
Registration is requested but not required: 860-347-2520

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                

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