News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Michael Brown, PianistPianist Michael Brown Concert

Thursday, February 4
7:00pm
The Hubbard Room

Works by Faure, Mendelssohn, Brown, and Bernstein will be featured in this performance by Pianist and Composer Michael Brown.

Winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Michael Brown has been described by The New York Times as a 'young piano visionary” and 'one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” Mr. Brown is equally committed as a pianist and composer; his unique artistry is reflected in a creative approach to programming that often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions. 

A native New Yorker, Mr. Brown earned dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano and Composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. His early teachers were Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent, and he has worked with pianists Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode. He spent three summers at Marlboro Music and has made appearances at the Ravinia, Caramoor, Moab, Manchester, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Music Mountain, Chamber Music Sedona, Rheingau Musik, Beijing International, and Kyoto International festivals. His awards include First Prize in the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition; Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Award; and prizes in the Honens and New York International Piano competitions. He was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Piano at Brooklyn College. Mr. Brown is a Steinway Artist

Tom CushingT'ai Chi for Balance

Saturday, February 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30-11:30 am
The Hubbard Room

T'ai Chi classes start on February 6 and run for four Saturday mornings throughout February. The class will be led by Certified Instructor Tom Cushing.  
Tom Cushing teaches a unique and integrative T’ai Chi Style call Hun Yuan T’ai Chi which incorporates the fluid movement of traditional T’ai Chi forms with qigong for health. Tom offers a fun and relaxed approach to T’ai Chi and easy access to the health benefits of Hun Yuan Taiji through 60 minute T’ai Chi classes which are open to all ages and designed to benefit all students.

Drop-in, no registration. Space is limited, however, so come early.
The program is generously funded by the Department of Health, City of Middletown.

Take Your Child to the Library DayTake Your Child (or Grandchild) to the Library Day

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Children's Acrtivity Room
10 AM

In celebrartion of Take Your Child to the Library Day, a Children's Librarian will share her favorite stories with you! And we will give each child a surprise gift from the Poet Laureate of Middletown! Drop by for stories and stay to make a craft together. The stories are selected for the 3-5 year old audience and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome.

Dog ListenerPhil Klein - The Dog Listener

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Hubbard Room
2-4 PM

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 evening!

WritingCharacters Create Story: Steven Liskow Writing Workshop

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Hubbard Room
2 PM

Modern fiction relies on complex characters who will move your story along and make your reader care.  Using examples from recent stories and films, this workshop combines techniques from drama, screenwriting, and fiction to create characters that will help you build a dynamic plot. 

A former actor, director, and English teacher, Mr. Liskow is now a member of the International Thriller Writers and Private Eye Writers of America and serves as a mentor and panelist for the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. His short stories have earned an Edgar nomination, the Black Orchid Novella Award, and two Honorable Mentions for the Al Blanchard Story Award.

The Whammer Jammers, his first self-published novel, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. The Kids Are All Right, his most recent Zach Barnes novel, is a finalist for the Shamus Award for best Indie Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America. Blood On The Tracks, the first 'Woody' Guthrie Novel, won Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Novel Awards for 2014. The second book in that series, Oh Lord, Won't You Steal Me a Mercedes Benz, appeared in April 2015.

Drop-in, no registration.

Abdou SarrWest African Dance: A Workshop with Abdou Sarr

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Hubbard Room
2 PM

Abdou Sarr is a master teacher of the sabaar and djembe dances from Senegal, West
Africa. Abdou is extraordinary, dynamic, and very engaging He is currently dancing and teaching in arts in education settings with several highly respected performing groups in Massachusetts and the Northeast. Abdou also teaches private classes, and dances in professional concert performances with several artist groups. All ages and abilities are welcomed.
The workshop contains much more than learning Senegalese Djembe or Sabaar
dances. Students will learn some singing or call and response, hearing about Abdou's childhood in
Senegal, why he values education and why he dances. Abdou will teach the students
some basic Wolof phrases.

Drop-in, no registration.

William H. Foster reading from Proud To Be In The ServiceWWilliam Foster

Thursday, February 25
7:00pm

The Hubbard Room

In conjunction with an exhibit of photographs from his new book, Proud To Be In The Service, Professor William H. Foster will be reading and answering questions about African Americans who served in the military during World War II.
Professor Foster is a long-time researcher of images of African Americans in print and has been an expert commentator for CNN News and National Public Radio. In November, he presented at the AltCom Comics Festival in Malmo, Sweden and the 2012 Comics Forum in Leeds, England.
Drop-in, no registration.

 

WritingSays Who: Steven Liskow Writing Workshop

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Hubbard Room
2 PM

Modern fiction relies on complex characters who will move your story along and make your reader care.  Using examples from recent stories and films, this workshop combines techniques from drama, screenwriting, and fiction to create characters that will help you build a dynamic plot. 

A former actor, director, and English teacher, Mr. Liskow is now a member of the International Thriller Writers and Private Eye Writers of America and serves as a mentor and panelist for the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. His short stories have earned an Edgar nomination, the Black Orchid Novella Award, and two Honorable Mentions for the Al Blanchard Story Award.

The Whammer Jammers, his first self-published novel, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. The Kids Are All Right, his most recent Zach Barnes novel, is a finalist for the Shamus Award for best Indie Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America. Blood On The Tracks, the first 'Woody' Guthrie Novel, won Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Novel Awards for 2014. The second book in that series, Oh Lord, Won't You Steal Me a Mercedes Benz, appeared in April 2015.

Drop-in, no registration.

Mental Health Matters Series: First Aid for Mental Health

Friday, March 4
First Aid for Mental Health

This workshop is limited to twenty participants. Call (860) 347-2520 to register.

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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