News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Helping Caregivers Care for Themselves: Essential Mind-Body Techniques

Saturday, December 5Mental Health Matters
2:00pm to 3:30pm
The Hubbard Room

Learning how to relax in difficult times can be hard, and caring for those with mental illness can be especially stressful. Stress reduction techniques can help us renew our physical and mental energy when the challenges of care-taking are part of our daily life. Dr. Toise will discuss the way that stress impacts our bodies and minds and introduce simple techniques that research has shown increase well-being and reduce anxiety, insomnia, and mental fatigue. Using gentle yoga breathing and relaxation techniques, Dr. Toise will show you how you can cultivate equanimity and tranquility while coping with the challenges of care-giving. This is part of our Mental Health Matters series.
Dr. Toise is a research psychologist specializing in health psychology and behavioral medicine. She has directed research at Yale-New Haven Hospital on the efficacy of integrative medical techniques. She is a yoga therapist, and has presented and written nationally and internationally on integrative medicine and patient care.
Drop-in, no registration.


Meet Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison

Susan Allison photo by Jason NeelySunday, December 6
2:00 pm

The Hubbard Room

Middletown's new Poet Laureate Susan Allison will read poems old and new. She will be available to sign copies of her book, Down by the Riverside Ways. John Basinger, in a review of the book, states: "Some poets produce highly polished and showy zirconium studded with many well-behaved commas. Susan Allison has created poems that seem to have become naturally what they are as diamonds emerge from carbon under pressure, not laid out on black velvet, but set in mother earth."
Rennie McQuilken, Connecticut's Poet Laureate and publisher, says, “Susan Allison has done for Middletown, Connecticut, what Williams did for Paterson, New Jersey: she has seen past its pedestrian surface to its mythical underpinnings. She has written a book whose passion, honesty, and visceral style make it an important contribution to the world of poetry.”
Susan Allison has offered poetry readings and performances throughout Connecticut since 1989. In 1991, she founded NEAR,Inc./ The Buttonwood Tree, where, in addition to running a performing arts series, she taught photography and writing classes to teen mothers. As a teacher, she taught creative writing for seniors at Middlesex Community College, has been a visiting writer at Macdonough School, and facilitated the Woman’s Writing Circle at the Community Health Center. She also instituted the “Kids Arts” summer program for the City of Middletown.

Roger Ceresi's All Starz

Saturday, December 12, Roger Ceresi's All Starz
2 PM
Hubbard Room

Roger Ceresi’s All Starz is an exciting 8 piece horn band that '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.  

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

DamesTuesday, December 15,
12 noon
Hubbard Room

This film discussion series will conclude with Dames, directed by Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley in 1934. Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell blackmail a millionaire moralist into backing a risque stage spectacular choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

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.

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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