Friday, December 02, 2016

Gershwin! and Jazz Up Close at Russell Library - December Schedule


Big news!

After nearly two decades, we are releasing an updated brand identity that includes a new logo, tagline, colors and font.

Our design goal was complex in its simplicity: capture the energy we feel as we serve the people of Middletown. We partnered with The Pita Group to help us design this new look. We met with staff, trustees, and surveyed our patrons. Over and over we heard that Russell Library needed an update, a modern look that reflects the culture in which we live and the high demand for innovative services.

Throughout the process, we reaffirmed our great strengths and discovered areas where we can do so much more. We learned that we need to turn outward to work directly with our community to reach our collective aspirations. And, finally, it ignited a need to create more learning experiences and to improve access to resources for people of all ages.

We hope that you like our new look.  We believe it matches who we are in the 21st century.  Please let us know what you think! We look forward to seeing you in the library - it's "a great place to be."
All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!

Emil Altschuler, violin
Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Thursday, December 8
Hubbard Room

Enjoy an evening resounding with the timeless classics of the American master, George Gershwin - with acclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler and dynamic piano   virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi.
Jazz Up Close:
Spanning Generations

Featuring:  Godwin Louis, alto saxophone    
Sunday, December 11 
Hubbard Room

Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the third event of the 2016 Spanning Generations performance and discussion series. Saxophonist and composer Godwin Louis leads a quartet with bassist Henry Lugo, drummer Allan Mednard, and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman. 

Free; no registration. Additional sponsors: Middletown Commission on the Arts and The Friends of the Russell Library.
Film Series:
Race to the Rescue 
Classic Hollywood Adventures
Tuesday, December 20
12 noon
Hubbard Room 

Captain Blood (1935) 

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star. Comments by Scott Higgins, professor of Film Studies and chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University, will follow the screening.

We Were There:
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 6:30pm
December 1, 8, 15 and 22
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. For further information, contact: Christy Billings (860) 347-2528, ext. 158 or
Make Holiday Cards and Gift Cards 
- with MS Publisher, Word and Excel

Wednesday, December 7
2 - 4pm 
Meeting Room 3 

Free, drop-in. Bring a flash-drive, if you have one.
For further information: 860-347-2528, x 153
Friends of the Russell Library
Book Sale

Friday - Sunday
December 9 - 11
- during library hours
Activity Room

Featuring recently published (2014 - 2016) and "coffee table books" at great prices ---and suitable for gift giving.  

Saturday, December 10
11am - 12pm 
Hubbard Room

With instructor Jeff Hush. No prior experience, or mats, necessary; free.
Russell Readers
Tuesday, December 13
Meeting Room 2

The Semplica-Girl Diaries by George Saunders, from 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

For more information, email:
Poet's Corner

Friday, December 16 
1pm - 2pm 
Information Area

Middletown's Poet Laureate Susan Allison will be available to talk poetry.
Computer Classes

All classes are held in Meeting Room 3.
One-on-one instruction is available by appointment: 860-347-2520.

For full descriptions:  Computer classes

Story Times for Young Children

These programs are drop-in, no registration:
Wonderful Ones - Mondays at 10:30am
 Baby Rhyme Time - Wednesdays at 1:30pm
                            - Thursdays at 10:30am
Preschool Power - Thursdays at 1:30pm

Reading Buddies

Monday, December 12    
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Activity Room

For students ages 3 to 10; please register: 860-344-8479
Dragons and Dreams

Tuesday, December 27
Activity Room

Learn about the changing states of matter through the tale of Dragons & Dreams, a story that features interactive and explosive experiments with dry ice, fog, bubbles and flying rockets! 
Ages 5 and up; drop-in.
Inside Out!

Tuesday, December 27 
2 - 4pm
Hubbard Room 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy, Fear,
Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader,
Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith (1 hr 42 mins.) Popcorn provided!

Hour of Code
Monday, December 5 
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Meeting Room 3

Teens in grades 7 - 12 will do hands-on unplugged activities and get started on to learn more about computer science. Drop-in, no registration.
Candy Sushi!

Thursday, December 15
6 - 7pm
Hubbard Room

Combine candy and rice crispies to make a delectable treat that
looks just like sushi! For grades 5 and up. Please register: 860-347-2520.

Milford Nutcrackers 

A collection of hand-painted, limited edition, American-made nutcrackers.

Photography by Artemis T. W. 

Glimpses of culture and natural beauty from recent travels in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The Art Guild of Middletown
Paintings by Guild members - with prose and poetry inspired by the art, throughout December. 


Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 10 am
December 1, 8 and 15
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.

December 15: LinkedIn Photo shoot

Brain Health and the Work Search:
The Powerful Medicine of Words 
Tuesday, December 13
Hubbard Room 

Dr. Helen Evrard, presents an interactive workshop about how words can help you deal with depression. An open Q and A will follow; registration is requested: 
Free Resume Reviewing  

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.  

These services are funded by generous support from a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Middletown and the Friends of the Russell Library. 

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. 

Call the Information Desk to register: 860-347-2520
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.
Overcoat Drive

Throughout December, our library is collecting overcoats for its Jobs and Career Program. Help jobseekers get interview ready with a professional outer layer. Clean, gently used men's and women's overcoats in solid colors, such as black, gray and navy are needed. Drop off at the Circulation Desk, thank you! 
Russell Library 
123 Broad Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Monday and Friday           10am - 6pm

Tuesday and Thursday      10am - 8pm

Wednesday                             1 - 8pm

Saturday (year round)       10am - 2pm

Sunday (October - March)        1 - 4pm

Closed Saturday, Sunday,
and Monday, December 24, 25 and 26 for Christmas.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! - from the staff of Russell Library
Remember: Your library has great databases, e-books and 
digital magazines that you can access anywhere, anytime!

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Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457

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