Thursday, March 02, 2017

Atwater-Donnelly Trio, Tai Chi and Physics at Russell Library - March Schedule of Events


March 2017


All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!

Atwater - Donnelly Trio
Free concert:
Sunday, March 26
Hubbard Room

Aubrey Atwater on banjo and guitar and Elwood Donnelly on mountain dulcimer are joined by Cathy Clasper-Torch, fiddler, cellist and vocalist in a  program called: Images of Women in Folk Music, which also includes mandolin, tin
whistle, harmonica, Appalachian clog dancing and French Canadian footwork.

Books to Blockbusters:
Film Screenings

Thursdays at 2pm and 6pm 
March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Racial Justice Book Group

Tuesday, March 7
6pm - 8pm
Meeting Room 2 

We will discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

- open to all. 
- meets monthly (first Tuesday) with a new book each month.
- for further information, contact Christy at:

We Were There
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2
March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

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

Friends of the Russell Library 
Book Sale

March 10 - 12 
Friday      10am - 6pm 
Saturday  10am - 2pm
Sunday        1 - 4pm

Come to the Activity Room, find bargains and help fund library programming!

Classic Mystery Film:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles 

Tuesday, March 14
Hubbard Room

Free film screening: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)

Mystery readers/fans: book discussion on March 28 . . .

Russell Readers

Tuesday, March 14
Meeting Room 2

"Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin , from 100 Years of the Best American 
 Short Stories.
For more information, email:

Poet's Corner
with Susan Allison
Friday, March 17
Hubbard Room

"Women Poets Resist" with Middletown's Poet Laureate, all are welcome; drop-in.

Tai Chi & Qigong 
for Health and Healing
Saturday, March 18 
11am - 12pm
Hubbard Room

David Chandler will teach the basic principles and movements. 
Free, no registration.

World Water Day:
A Physicist's Perspective

Wednesday, March 22
Hubbard Room 

Queens University of Belfast professor Bill Graham will speak about the science of water. A gentle wade through some of the current research at both Queen's and Wesleyan University will follow. 


Saturday, March 25
11am - 12pm 
Hubbard Room

With instructor Jeff Hush. No prior experience, or mats, necessary; free.

Classic Mystery Novel Discussion:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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

We will discuss 
The Mysterious Affair at Styles 
by Agatha Christie.

Joy Unleashed
Tuesday, March 28
Hubbard Room

The story of therapy dog, Bella; with author Jean Baur (and Bella!)

Computer Classes

All classes are held in Meeting Room 3.

One-on-one instruction is available by appointment: 860-347-2520.

Teen Tech Week

Sunday, March 5 - 11 

Teen Tech Week Scavenger Hunt 

Come to the Youth and Family Learning desk to pick up the clues and to sign up.

Maker Monday 
March 6 at 4:30pm

Take-apart Tuesday
March 7 at 4:30pm

Game Night: Brushbots
March 8 at 6pm

Above activities meet in the Activity Room.


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 

Twos Are Terrific   - Tuesdays at 10:30am

Preschool Power    - Thursdays at 1:30pm

see: Calendar for dates

Reading Buddies

Monday, March 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.

 STEM Buddies 

Monday, March 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

March 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.


Create Balance and Relieve Anxiety

Tuesday, March 7
Hubbard Room

- with Diane Lang; a workshop to help you learn the signs of "burnout" and ways to simplify your life.

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. 

Rose will present a workshop here on March 31 (the last day of the exhibit) 
from 10:30am - 12pm. Please call 860-347-2520 to register. 

Never Done: 
a collection of domestic handicrafts

In celebration of Women's History Month, samples of domestic handicrafts traditionally produced by women, such as embroidery, crochet, needlepoint, knitting, basketry and quilting are exhibited in the display case.

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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

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