Kids: Welcome to the
Russell Children's Department!

Summer Reading Programs – Exercise Your Mind! Sign-up Begins!!

Monday, June 13th at 9:00am. 
Children’s Activity Room
Summer Reading
Age: 3 - Entering Grade 3 in the Fall

Come to the Russell Library, sign up and receive your official reading log!

This summer we're challenging you to read different types of books and to read in different places.

For every five books you will recieve a prize, or a raffle ticket for a change at a bigger prize! Don't forget to check our schedules for storytimes, crafts and more going on all summer!
Sign-up by coming down to see us OR give us a call at: 860-344-8479.

Get Your Game On - Sign-up Begins!!

Monday, June 13th at 9:00am Summer Reading
Children’s Activity Room
Entering Grades 4-6 in the Fall

Russell Library rocks the summer with Get Your Game ON! Read. Write. Play.  For every book you read AND write a review about, you get ONE raffle ticket.  You choose the books, and how many you want to read and review.  Need a challenge?  Play our Game on Gamer Card game.  Come in to the library and pick a card, any card.  Each card has a challenge on it.  Should you choose to do the challenge, you get a raffle ticket.   Wrapped Book challenge returns!  Pick a wrapped book from the display and a special review form. Don’t unwrap it yet, check it out and take it home.  Unwrap it at home, read it and review it.  You get two raffle tickets for taking on this challenge!  It’s summer reading your way.  Don’t forget to check out our schedules for what’s happening at the Russell Library this summer.
Sign-up online, or in person by coming down to see us OR give us a call at: 860-344-8479.

Tween Blog

Welcome to the new, and improved Totally Tween Blog! More multimedia, more fun for you! Here you'll find book trailers, Nutmeg and Cookies, polls and more! Join us for some multimedia fun!

Nutmeg and Cookies Presents:


Space Case


Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

Elvis and the Underdogs

The Great Trouble

One Boy and His Dog

The One and Only Ivan

Liesl & Po


The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

Kids Events and Programs

Russell Library Online Databases for Homework & Research

Basic Encyclopedias, Biography Resource Center covers current and historical figures, Magill's on Literature, includes plot summaries and criticism.

Ask a Librarian

You may email us if you have a brief question. This service is meant for brief factual questions (a definition, a date, etc.). More involved research may require a trip to the library.

Reminder for parents:
Your child and the Internet

We encourage you to coach your child in safe and careful use of email and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

The National Crime Prevention Council has created an excellent website to help you in your conversations with your child.  The website offers clear information on: Tips for Parents, Parent’s Guide to Social Networking & Cyberbullying.  Continue your conversations with your child throughout the year as you are their best safeguard in this technological world.  Click here for the National Crime Prevention Council web site.

Russell Library has installed software on its Children’s Department computers to restrict access to generally objectionable web sites.  However, the “filtering” software is not foolproof and Russell Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet or its use by library patrons. 
Click here for a summary of our Internet Policy.

AWE Station

The Russell Library Adds Early Literacy Station The Russell Library announces the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station, a complete educational solution loaded with 50 educational software titles for kids ages 2-10. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. The ELS has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and discovery. Seven curricular areas will be available using the ELS: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts & music and reference.