News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

The Dog Listener: Phil KleinDog Listener

Wednesday, May 4
Hubbard Room

Certified Dog Listener Phil Klein will present a workshop on understanding and training your dog. Learn how canines see the world and the underlying reasons for unwanted behaviors like hyperactivity, destructive chewing, incessant barking, toileting in the house, jumping on guests, and aggression. Learn the four main areas of canine communications, including the leadership signals that will eliminate or minimize these behaviors and turn your dog into a relaxed, joyful companion. BRING YOUR QUESTIONS, BUT NOT YOUR DOG for an enlightening event!


Middletown, Help Us Remember World War I

Saturday, May 7
10:00am to 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

Russell Library is partnering with the Connecticut State Library and the Greater Middletown Military Museum to help preserve the history and memories of World War I.  You are invited to bring your keepsakes, photos, letters, souvenirs & more, to the Russell Library where they will be scanned, photographed, and returned to you.  The images will be preserved and available for research in the Connecticut Digital Archive. 

For more information about the event, please contact Denise Russo at Russell Library at 860-347-2520 or Christine Pittsley at the Connecticut State Library at 860-757-6517 or

Metropolitan Klezmer: Quartet Special ConcertMetropolitan Klezmer

Thursday, May 12
Hubbard Room

Hailed as 'one of the finest American klezmer bands' by Songlines Magazine (UK), Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasures with astonishing agility and refreshing depth. MK's fifth album, Mazel Means Good Luck, was recorded live at The Emelin Theatre in 2014. Touring coast-to-coast and broadcast worldwide (on HBO, PRI, NPR, and others), this collaborative adventure of exceptional New York musicians under the leader ship of drummer-archivist Eve Sicular combines the best of downtown, classical and World Music scenes to create inspired interpretations and compositions around a panoply of eclectic Yiddish repertoire. 'Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre's history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.' (Time Out New York).
This concert is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library and Congregation Adath Israel.


Mindfulness for the Stressed and Depressed with Stephen Cuddy

Monday, May 23
Hubbard Room

Stephen M. Cuddy will teach a workshop on how to achieve a state of mindfulness.
Cuddy defines mindfulness as: 1. The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; and, 2. A mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Cuddy is a certified presenter and facilitator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He presents on mindfulness and other health topics and promotes healthy living.
Sponsored by the City of Middletown Department of Health.


Chasing Justice Through the Ruins: Film Series with Richard Alleva

A Foreign Affair 1948 Billy WilderTuesday, May 24

Hubbard Room
A Foreign Affair

World War II left much of Europe ruined. Great cities had been reduced to rubble, and the citizens of the defeated countries began to realize that their former leaders had perpetrated despicable acts. Movie critic Richard Alleva introduces and analyzes four classics that capture the postwar situation in a way that’s both candid and thoroughly entertaining. In each movie a person tries to recover something precious that was stolen from him or her by the chaos of war. The remarkably varied selections include a thriller, a comedy, and two of the most heartbreaking dramas ever made.

A Foreign Affair (1948) is the third film in this series. A Congresswoman visits postwar Berlin and finds herself in an emotional and sexual triangle with a shady American officer and his even shadier German mistress. Director-writer Billy Wilder pits Jean Arthur against Marlene Dietrich in one of the funniest yet most disquieting comedies ever made. As one character put it, "The Germans have to be gracious. They're too poor not to be be gracious."

Drop-in, no registration. This series is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.


Get Adobe Reader


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

Get Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader is required to view, print and download pdf documents.
Download this free software.