News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Understanding Shakespeare: An Interactive Workshop!

Wednesday, October 7
6:30 pm

The Hubbard Room
Ages: 15 and up

Understanding Shakespeare is an immersion into Shakespeare. This interactive workshop will include a quick dip into the language of Shakespeare, including metrical structure, rhythm, literary devices and rhetoric plus secret tools for understanding the text. In signature ARTFARM style, this workshop will be on our feet, off the page and into our mouths! Don’t be afraid! Seasoned aficionado or new to the Bard, all are welcomed to come and play!

Limit 20. To register, please call 860-347-2520 or email

Finding your Elusive Ancestor in Connecticut Governmental Records

Thursday, October 8,
1:30 pm

The Hubbard Room

The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants presents “Beyond the Barbour Collection: Finding your Elusive Ancestor in Connecticut Governmental Records”, a talk by Mel Smith from the Connecticut State Library. The Connecticut State Library's History and Genealogy Unit is well known for its extensive collection of historical and family research materials including several state-wide Connecticut Genealogical Indexes.  These indexes include the noted Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records which contains important information on thousands of your Connecticut ancestors. However, not all births, marriages or deaths were recorded in town or church records, while other records have been lost over time. Sometimes you need to go beyond the Barbour Collection to find evidence of your ancestor. Sometimes you need to turn to other resources.  lease join reference librarian Mel Smith who will help you navigate Connecticut governmental records for a clue in finding your elusive Connecticut ancestor! Drop-in, no registration.

Fall Noontime Movie Series: Pre-Code Hollywood: Sin on the Silver Screen

Scarfce 1932 Howard HawksTuesday, October 20,
12 noon
Hubbard Room

This film discussion series will continue with Scarface, directed by Howard Hawks in 1932. Paul Muni rises, rises, and falls in Howard Hawks' hard-hitting gangster classic loosely based on the exploits of Al Capone.

During the early 1930s Hollywood studios lured depression-era audiences to the movies with sex, drugs, profanity, violence, and more sex. Filmmakers delivered crime and infidelity with a frankness that was shocking for its day, and that still packs a punch. This would all change in 1934 when producers bowed to pressure from reformers and instituted the Production Code Administration, a system of self-censorship that enforced long-neglected rules for moral representation. Join us this fall for a revealing survey of comedies, musicals, and dramas from the “pre-code” era. See what popular films could show and say before American cinema cleaned up its act. Scott Higgins, Professor, Chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University will facilitate a discussion of four films that were made during the “Pre-Code” era. 

As always, bring your lunch, all movies start at noon and the library will provide beverages and dessert. The remaining two movies in the series include: Baby Face (1933) and Dames (1934).



If you are looking for things to do with your children and grandchildren:

  • Check out a Museum Pass (including KidCity)
  • Visit our Children's Department
  • Borrow children's books, DVD's and audiobooks
  • Play on the AWE Early Literacy Stations
  • Use computers with Internet Filters for age appropriate computer content

Lunch and Learn Series

These noontime programs are presented by experts in a variety of fields. Topics include health issues, travel tips, fashion advice, organization techniques, resources for caregivers and more. Bring your lunch; we provide beverages and dessert.

Computers and Technology

Hands-on computer classes are offered each month. Topics include introduction to computers, internet, and basic to intermediate Word and Excel. In addition, thirty computers are available for public use. For patrons who are sight impaired the library has an adaptive computer that magnifies the image and can read aloud information on the screen.

For the Visually Impaired

Russell Library offers a varied selection of large print books. You will also find a diverse collection of books on tape and CDs. A catalog of large print titles is available upon request. An Optolec reading machine, which enlarges print, is located in the Information Department.

If you need accommodations for a disability, please call 347-2528, ext. 135, in advance.

In the Community

Book Discussion Groups

Titles are chosen by the participants, and lively discussion groups are facilitated by the Older Adult Specialist from the library. Whether the book is a current best seller or a familiar classic, the interaction is always interesting and enjoyable.

Homebound Library Cards

This service is for patrons residing in Middletown apartments or health care facilities who are unable to travel to the library. A library volunteer will deliver library materials to you. This includes books, magazines, DVDs, and books on tape.

Life Long Learning

Russell Library offers discussion-based educational programs to patrons residing in facilities in our community. The Older Adult Specialist leads spirited discussions on art, travel, history, the
topics are endless. Patrons are encouraged to express ideas, opinions and memories. Special requests are encouraged

Get Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader is required to view, print and download pdf documents.
Download this free software.