News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Jazz Up Close: Performance and Discussion with Victor Lewis

Victor Lewis
Saturday, September 12
2:00 p.m.
Hubbard Room

Resonant Motion, Inc. and series curator Noah Baerman presents the third of four installments in the 2015 Jazz Up Close series. Renowned drummer and composer Victor Lewis will be featured in a trio with bassist Henry Lugo and pianist Noah Baerman. A native of Omaha, Lewis has appeared on hundreds of albums. He has had extended tenures in the bands of such jazz legends as Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, George Cables, Kenny Barron and J.J. Johnson as well as being a co-leader and core member of Bobby Watson’s Horizon. His albums as a bandleader include Know It Today, Know It Tomorrow, Family Portrait, Three Way Conversations and Eeeyyess.  Many artists have recorded his compositions. He is on the jazz faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
 This program is made possible by a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts.

Three Toy Theater Tales: A Puppet ShowToy Theater Don Carlos Con Alas

Tuesday, September 15
6:30 pm
Hubbard Room

Great Small Works from New York City, Facto Teatro from Mexico City and Barbara Steinitz from Berlin, are teaming up to present three stories for family audiences. This program is part of a tour throughout the New England states.
The three tales performed are: Don Carlos Con Alas (Don Carlos With Wings), based on a story by Eraclio Zepeda; Lyzer the Miser, based on an Isaac Bashevis Singer story; and Duraznos Azules (Blue Peaches), based on a Mexican folk tale.
Both Great Small Works and Facto Teatro have curated International Toy Theater Festivals in New York City and Mexico City. Among other awards, Great Small Works has received a 2005 Puppeteers of America Jim Henson Award for Innovation in the Field of Puppetry, a 1997 Village Voice OBIE Award grant, and a 1997 UNIMA Citation for excellence in puppetry. No registration is required. This event is co-sponsored by La Boca Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Main Street, Middletown.

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

One Hour With YouTuesday, September 15,
12 noon
Hubbard Room

This film discussion series will begin with One Hour With You, directed by Ernst Lubitsch in 1932. 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 three movies in the series include: Scarface (1932), Baby Face (1933) and Dames (1934).

The Body in a Library: Dance Performance by EikoEiko Otake The Body in the Library

Thursday, September 17
6:30 – 7:30pm Performance
Followed by Discussion

Award winning dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake will be performing “A Body in a Library” as part of her solo series, “The Body in Places” in the public spaces of Russell Library in Middletown, CT on the evening of September 17th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a discussion after the performance.

Eiko and her husband and partner Koma have performed as a duo since 1972. They have garnered many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Fellowship, and the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in modern dance. Begun in 2014, “A Body in Places” is Eiko’s first solo project.
“The Body in Places” has included several separate, discrete performances over the past year, beginning with “The Body in Fukushima”. The vacant, desolate areas surrounding the Daiichi Nuclear Plants damaged during the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 were the places Eiko danced as photographer and videographer William Johnston captured her movement.
Last February, Eiko danced “The Body in the Library” at the Olin Library at Wesleyan University. This past summer, Eiko danced “A Body in a Station” in Fulton Center in New York City and in the Cordoba Arts Center at the American Dance Festival. The performances are evocative and intimate encounters in which Eiko acts upon and reacts to the place and people surrounding her.

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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