Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Russell Library - February Events

Russell Library

Russell Library 123 Broad St., Middletown, CT




All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!
Visit with
Pete the Cat!

Saturday, February 4
Activity Room

It's "Take your Child to the Library Day!" Pete the Cat will be here to help us celebrate with stories and a craft. Drop-in. 
5,000 Years of Chinese Civilization 
Sunday, February 5
Hubbard Room

A presentation of traditional Chinese culture by the Connecticut Chinese Culture Association. This program will include a slide and video presentation as well as a short Chinese dance workshop; all ages; drop-in.

Letter from Italy
A New American Oratorio
Film screening: 

Thursday, February 9
Hubbard Room

Produced by Karyl Evans, and narrated by Meryl Streep, an award winning one-hour documentary of how two sisters collaborated with the Greater Middletown Chorale to tell the story of a WWII medic (their father), his return from war and the effects of PTSD on him and his young family.
Survivor's Swing Band

Sunday, February 12
Hubbard Room

This seven piece ensemble will play classic melodies from the Swing Era for concert goers' listening -- and dancing - pleasure! Families are welcome. 
Free; drop-in.
Father Brown: The Detective

Tuesday, February 14
Hubbard Room   

Film screening:The Detective (1954) starring Alec Guiness as Father Brown, amateur detective, on the case of a stolen work of art.
Run time: 1 hour 31 minutes. Rated G. Drop-in.

(Mystery readers, Father Brown fans: book discussion on February 28 . . .)
Russell Readers
Tuesday, Febuary 14
Meeting Room 2

The Cracked Looking-Glass by Katherine Anne Porter, from 
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories.

For more information, email:
Bending Gravity! Circus Fun! 
Tuesday, February 21 
Hubbard Room

Eric Girardi, juggler, top spinner, diabolo'ist, 
stilt-walker and yo-yo player, presents a mesmerizing performance of circus skills choreographed to music. 

Free; all ages; drop-in; sponsored by The Friends.
Living Large 
in 18th century Middletown 
Tuesday, February 22
Hubbard Room

In the fourth installment of the 'Vanished Port" speakers' series presented by the Middlesex County Historical SocietyBill Hosley will discuss 18th century Middletown architecture with an emphasis on the Judge Seth Wetmore House, which began on a sobering note: the foundation was dug by three enslaved workers. Presented by MCHS, in conjunction with their recently opened exhibit, A Vanished Port: Middletown and the Caribbean, 1750-1824. 

Saturday, February 25
11am - 12pm 
Hubbard Room

With instructor Jeff Hush. No prior experience, or mats, necessary; free.
Classic Mystery Novel Discussion:
The Blue Cross 

Tuesday, February 28
Hubbard Room 
12noon and 6:30pm      

The short story The Blue Cross from the collection 
The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton(1910). 

Computer Classes

Intro to Social Media
Tuesday, February 14
10:30am - 12pm
Intro to PowerPoint 2013
Tuesday, February 21  
2 - 3:30pm

Basic Excel 2013
Tuesday, February 28
2 - 3:30pm

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

Story Times for Young Children

These programs are drop-in, no registration:

Baby Rhyme Time   
- Wednesdays at 1:30pm
                                - Thursdays at 10:30am

Wonderful Ones       - Mondays at 10:30am 

Time for Twos         - Tuesdays at 10:30am

Preschool Power      - Thursdays at 1:30pm

see: Calendar for dates

Reading Buddies

Monday, February 13   
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Activity Room

Members of the Teen Advisory Council read one-on-one with children 
ages 3 to 10; please register: 860-344-8479
Twos Rock!

Tuesday, February 14
Hubbard Room

Wear comfy clothing and be ready to move and groove! Music, dance and a story for two year olds and their caregivers. Drop-in.
 STEM Buddies 

Monday, February 27
Activity Room              

Science fun for Grades 2-5 with members of the Teen Advisory Council. 
Please register: 860-344-8479 

Russell Library Job Group
Thursdays at 10 am
February 2, 9, 16 and 23
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.

Where to Find Jobs in 2017
Tuesday, February 14
Hubbard Room 

6 - 8pm 

- with Dr. Marcia LaReau

Registration is suggested: 860-347-2520 

Sponsored by The Russell Library Job and Career Group 
and the Family of Thomas J. Regan

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.

Sacred Circles:  
Mandalas for the Soul 
- by Rose Amodeo Petronella

Mandalas are circle designs found in spiritual traditions around the world.  They represent health and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Rose's mandalas began as a spiritual healing exercise and evolved into a form of prayer; she will present a workshop here on March 31, the last day of the exhibit. 

An Artist's Reception will take place in the Information Services area on Sunday, February 26 from 2 - 4pm.

Antique Valentine's Day Cards

Dating from the early twentieth century through the 1990's, iconic images of the romantic holiday in the lobby display case, throughout February. 
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

Holiday closings:

February 19 and 20 for President's Day

Russell Library has great databases, e-books and 
digital magazines that you can access anywhere, anytime!

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