Friday, March 31, 2017

WW1, Jazz Up Close and Money Smart Week at Russell Library


April 2017

All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Saturday, April 1
10am - 2pm
Activity Room

A keepsake journal will be provided FREE to the first 50 families to sign up.  
Kickoff event sponsored by Altrusa Int'l of Central CT. 

Racial Justice Book Group

Tuesday, April 4
6pm - 8pm
Meeting Room 2 

We will discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

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

Wednesday, April 12, 7pm
Wednesday, April 19, 7pm

Thursday, April 27,  3pm - 7pm

 Click on the program title for a full description. 
All programs will take place in the Hubbard Room.

April 5 - 29
World War One Posters:  

Food Will Win the War 

Food conservation posters, in the 2nd floor Information Services area. 

Knowledge Wins
a small collection of  posters promoting the work of the Library War Service, 
in the 1st floor A/V alcove area.

Readers' Theater

Thursday, April 13
Hubbard Room

Live drama performed by CT actors; the play: Mrs. Mannerly
by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directed by Carolyn Kirsch, featuring Richard Kamins and Anne Cassady. 

Drop-in. Sponsored by The Friends and The Middletown Commission on the Arts.

Jazz Up Close

Free performance and discussion:
Thursday, April 20
Hubbard Room

Drummer, percussionist, and composer Sunny Jain will lead a quartet also featuring bassist Henry Lugo and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman along with Mike Bomwell, on soprano saxophone. 

Survivors Swing Band

Free concert:
Saturday, April 22
Hubbard Room

This seven piece band plays classic melodies from the Swing Era
for concert goers listening, and dancing pleasure!


Computer Classes

All classes are held in Meeting Room 3.

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

Queen of Katwe

Film screening

Thursday, April 6
2pm and 6pm 

We Were There
Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays at 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2
April 6, 13, 20 and 27

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

April 7 - 8 
Friday      10am - 6pm 
Saturday  10am - 2pm

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

Compassion Counts: Opioid Addiction 

Friday, April 7
11:30am - 2pm
Hubbard Room

There is Hope, Healing and Recovery - Dr. Jeffrey Shelton will deliver the key note speech for this community conversation. Panelists will include individuals with lived experience.
Registration is required. Please register by visiting:

Get better acquainted with your library!

 Take a tour, attend a database class, see My Library Week Schedule 

Classic Mystery Film:
Haunted Honeymoon 

Tuesday, April 11
Hubbard Room

Film screening: Haunted Honeymoon (1940) based on the Dorothy L. Sayers' novel Busman's Honeymoon.

Mystery readers/fans: book discussion on April 25 . . .

Russell Readers

Tuesday, April 11
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, April 21
Hubbard Room

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Middletown's Poet Laureate; drop-in.

Classic Mystery Novel Discussion:
Whose Body?

Tuesday, April 25
 12noon, Hubbard Room
 and 6:30pm, Meeting Room 2      

We will discuss Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers' first Lord Peter Wimsey novel.


Saturday, April 29
11am - 12pm 
Hubbard Room

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


Intro to Sign Language

for Teens

Wednesdays, April 12 and 19
6 -7pm
Activity Room

- led by Gabriella Castorena, who will introduce Deaf Culture and the basics of sign language; please register: 860-344-8479

Couponing for Teens

Wednesday, April 26
Activity Room

Learn the couponing game, and save money! 
For grades 7 -12; please register: 860-344-8479.


Backstage at the Ballet
Monday, April 10
12 - 1pm
Hubbard Room 

Connecticut Ballet presents: come see what it takes to put on a full ballet -- from costumes to choreography!  

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, April 10   
2 - 4 pm 
Hubbard Room

Members of the Teen Advisory Council will read Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and watch the film with children ages 3 to 10; please register: 860-344-8479.

 STEM Buddies 

Monday, April 24
Activity Room              

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

Week of the Young Child
April 24 -28, 2017
- is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, come celebrate with us!


Stand Out in Your Job Search
Tuesday, April 4
Hubbard Room                 

Kathy McAfee, America's Marketing Motivator

  • Personal Branding 
  • Networking 
  • Communication best practices

Russell Library Job Group

Thursdays at 10 am

April 6, 13, 20 and 27
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.


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.

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                                 closed

Holiday closing: Good Friday - April 14

Russell 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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