This series led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva continues with Hitchcock on Tuesday, March 18 at noon in the Hubbard Room. Moviemakers have often found great drama in the lives of creative people, even if a little fictionalizing has to spice the facts. From February through May Richard Alleva, film critic for Commonweal Magazine, will present four of the best “biopics” ever made, entertainments that delve into the sometimes painful, sometimes exhilarating, lives of artists and reveal how those lives culminated in masterpieces. Richard will not only talk about the movies but also try to separate biographical fact from filmmaking fiction.
Hitchcock (2012) The director Alfred Hitchcock, in his neurotic relationships with actresses and in his slippery dealings with movie moguls, certainly had enough drama in his life, and more than enough humor, to energize a movie. And Sacha Gervasi's film turns out to be not a definitive account of the making of Psycho, but rather a superb comedy of marriage, with Anthony Hopkins as the sly "Master of Suspense" and Helen Mirren as his exasperated but loyal wife and collaborator.
Viewers are invited to bring a sandwich and the library will serve dessert and beverages. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. Future films include Sylvia on April 15 and Dreamchild on May 20.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, author Alice Plouchard Stelzer will discuss her recently published book Female Adventurers on Wednesday, March 19 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This work profiles a dozen unsung heroes who are representative of all the courageous women who left comfort behind and migrated into the wilderness of New England in the 1630s. She will discuss the commitment that our foremothers made and the challenges they encountered. It is the first book that identifies and profiles unknown everyday women by name, thereby acknowledging their contributions to the beginning of our country.
Alice Plouchard Stelzer has been writing for over 25 years as a women’s magazine publisher and editor, newspaper editor, columnist, journalist and as a public relations consultant. During that time, she has also worked hard to find ways to support the women's community. The women's magazine she published highlighted women's successes. She loves women's history and is disappointed how little of it is published. Female Adventurers is Alice Plouchard Stelzer’s addition to the field. Alice has also been a mentor/coach for writers and has taught writing workshops on journaling, creativity, autobiography/memoir, and writing for your health.
Hailed as “a trio with brio” by the New York Daily News, the Lysander Piano Trio will bring its award-winning musical performance to Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown Thursday, March 27 at 7pm. The winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, this dynamic piano trio has also been awarded top honors at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2011 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (Grand Prize) and the 2011 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition (First Prize). Since its founding in 2009, the ensemble has enjoyed performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and David Rubenstein Atrium, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The trio features Itamar Zorman, violin; Michael Katz, cello and Liza Stepanova, piano. The Lysander Trio takes its name from the character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This concert is cosponsored by Russell Library and Congregation Adath Israel. The Edythe and Arthur Director Family Music Fund was established at Congregation Adath Israel to create new opportunities for the Adath Israel community as well as the Greater Middletown community to share experiences in music from around the world and through the centuries.
If you are looking for things to do with your children and grandchildren:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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