News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Adult Summer Reading Program: Exercise Your MindAdult Summer Reading2016

June 13th through August 19th

Weekly drawings for downtown Middletown gift cards and a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HD. Quick and easy sign up at the Circulation Desk. Earn raffle tickets by submitting reviews of books you are already reading this summer. Join us for Summer Reading Programs such as: Yoga in the Courtyard, Adult Coloring, Origami, and Brain Game Night.

Yoga in the Courtyard

Saturday, July 30th, 11:00am
The Courtyard,

No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor for our outdoor class will be Jeff Hush, founder of Food and Movement Therapy and a local instructor of Family Yoga, Tai Chi and Chair Yoga. Come experience what Yoga flow can do to assist you in feeling calmer and also more energetic. Learn how it helps in having a stronger immune system and better sleep patterns. In case of rain, the class with be held in the Hubbard Room.

This program is a part of Adult Summer Reading: Exercise Your Mind, and is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Crane origamiIntroduction to Origami

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00pm – 8:00pm.

The Hubbard Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Exercise your mind by transforming a flat piece of paper into a three dimensional figure! Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, is a unique exercise in spatial reasoning.
Ages 12 & Up. Drop-in, no registration.

Adult Coloring

Tuesday August 16 - 6:30Adult coloring book PM

Hubbard Room

Pick up a crayon or colored pencil and de-stress! The library will provide the materials, you just need to show up!
Over the past two years, interest in adult coloring has and continues to spread as adults rediscover a childhood pastime and embrace adult coloring as a new norm. Some may enjoy the craft’s therapeutic benefits. Others see sitting down with a box of crayons and a coloring book as an alternative to watching a flickering screen. 

Moblie devicesTeen Tech Help

Wednesday, August 17 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Room 3

The Russell Library Teen Advisory Council is hosting a night of free technology help. Students will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 in Meeting Room 3 to assist in all forms of technology. Bring your own device. 

Cultural Connections Women’s Group

Wednesday, August 17 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Hubbard Room

Women of all nationalities are invited to come and meet other immigrant women in order to help one another adapt to American culture. Get help with local resources and network. Share stories, tips and make new friends.
Children are welcome. Fluency in English is not necessary.
Drop-in, no registration.

Fairy and Gnome Houses for All AgesFairy House

Thursday August 18 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Hubbard Room

Our popular children's program is now offered to folk of ALL AGES! Using three-dimensional design concepts, with a wide variety of materials, we will create model homes for wee folk and fairies! All you need is your imagination and a desire to make things! The presenter has a Masters of Fine Arts degree and is a Teaching Artist with the State of Connecticut.

Drop-in, no registration


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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

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