News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Reader's Theater presents 'RED' by John Logan Red by John Logan

A group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz will present RED  by John Logan on Monday, December 1 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room.  Abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art.  He works feverishly for the next two years aided by his young assistant, who then gains the confidence to challenge him.  Will his crowning achievement also become his undoing?  Light refreshments will be served.  

Reader’s Theater productions are funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Writing Workshop Series with Author Steve Liskow

Steve LiskowAuthor Steve Liskow will present the final session in his writing workshop series on Saturday, December 6 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room.  “I’ve Got a First Draft:  Now What?”  In today’s competitive market, a first draft is nowhere near good enough to show to an agent or editor.  Steve offers a practical approach on how to polish your work.  He starts with the major issues (character, plot, structure, and pacing), then tackles smaller but crucial problems including dialogue, transitions, and tense.  He offers hints on proof-reading and copy-editing, and the all-important beta reader to help you make your writing as strong as it can be.  Please bring writing materials (or a laptop) and be ready to participate in exercises and discussion.

A former actor, theatrical director and English teacher, Steve now serves as a mentor and panelist for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. His short stories have earned an Edgar nomination from Mystery Writers of America and the Black Orchid Novella Award from the Wolfe Pack.

Hedda Kopf Discusses Masterpieces by Henry James and Edith Wharton

Portrait of A Lady by Henry JamesHedda Kopf will conclude this discussion series featuring Portrait of a Lady and The House of Mirth on Wednesday, December 10 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room.  In both novels, we will explore the “moral reference” of the author as he or she creates characters that are bound by their roles in society. Both James and Wharton are particularly interested in how women’s dreams, ambitions, and possibilities are constrained and thwarted by the time and place in which they live. We will also look at the way the authors create indelible psychological and sociological studies of the privileged and the “others.” 

Hedda Kopf is an adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.  She teaches Literature and Women's Studies. Ms. Kopf has created and facilitated book discussions for the Connecticut Humanities Council and the Southern Connecticut Library Council and has led book discussions at Russell Library since 1985.  This series is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.  The novels will be available at the checkout desk in the lobby.

Roger Ceresi’s All Starz Concert

Roger Ceresi’s All Starz will perform on Saturday, December 13, 2pm, in the Hubbard RoomRoger Ceresi and the All Starz.  This exciting 8 piece horn band driven by Ceresi “delivers high energy East Coast Swing, rhythm and blues and a bit of rock and roll for your soul.”  These amazing musicians have performed throughout the world including San Francisco, New Orleans, Newport, Boston, Canada and Italy.  Their credits go back to the early 1960’s appearing with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Rawls, Pat Benatar, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, Roomful of Blues, the Drifters and Gene Pitney.  The band has performed at Waterfire in Providence for the past 8 years.

Fall Film Series

When Cary Grant’s suave wit and impeccable timing met Howard Hawk’s razor sharp yet elegant direction, the results were sheer perfection.  Join us for four films from their stunning collaboration, and learn why they worked so well together. Monkey Business starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe

Monkey Business (1952) – Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cary Grant plays a chemist, through his work he stumbles across a youth-inducing drug.  Ginger Rogers plays his wife, Marilyn Monroe his secretary, and they all regress info hysterics.  Hawks once again keeps Grant in delirious, constant motion. This movie also involves a chimp!!



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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