News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Learn About Lyme Disease

Wednesday, June 1 - 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Join Voices Against Lyme Disease as they share information about Lyme Disease -- how you get it, how to prevent getting it and what symptoms to look for.
Voices Against Lyme Disease is a statewide advocacy program that provides state officials, civic organizations and Connecticut families with educational information. They communicate the need for a better awareness and understanding of all Lyme Disease symptoms, the absolute necessity for funding in research as to quality/quantitative testing and cure, historical and more accurate collection of current statewide statistics and a clear picture of short term and possible long term effects and personal costs associated with being affected by Lyme disease and other illnesses transmitted by the same ticks.

Local Authors Fair

Saturday, June 4, - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

Come meet authors, buy their books and have them sign them for you at the First Annual Local Authors Fair! A wide variety of subjects and genres, both fiction and non-fiction, will be represented.
Authors include (in alphabetical order):
• Susan Allison
• Janet Barrett
• Sandy Berenbaum
• Robert B. Boyd
• Jessica Brooke
• Co-authors Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti
• Jennifer Eifrig
• Helen Evrard
• William Foster
• Beth Lapin
• Roy Lisker
• Steve Liskow
• Hanna Perstein Marcus
• Matthew J.A. Simmons
• Arthur Wiknik, Jr.
Refreshments will be served! Drop-in, no registration. This is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Yoga in the Courtyard

Saturday, June 11, - 11:00am
The Library Courtyard at Russell Library

Join us for a morning of “Family Yoga” to learn about the calming effect that yoga has while experiencing it in the great outdoors. No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor for our outdoor class will be Jeff Hush, founder of Food and Movement Therapy and a local instructor of Family Yoga, Tai Chi and Chair Yoga. Come experience what Yoga flow can do to assist you in feeling calmer and also more energetic. Learn how it helps in having a stronger immune system and better sleep patterns. In case of rain, the class with be held in the Hubbard Room. This program is a part of Adult Summer Reading: Exercise Your Mind.
Drop-in, no registration, all ages.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library

Rites and Passages:  Michael Pestel and Peter Standaart in Concert

Peter Standaart and Michael PestelSaturday, June 11, 2:00pm
The Library Courtyard

This open-air concert in Russell Library’s inner courtyard will feature flutist, Peter Standaart and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Pestel, as they employ the flute as a shamanic vessel of change. The notion of Rites and Passages will be seen, heard, and felt through the lens of political and ecological diasporas, avian migration, and personal transformation. The concert will feature two world premiers – a work for solo flute by Egyptian composer and oud player Philemon Abdellah Kirlles, and a spatial composition for four flutes by Michael Pestel. Other works by Bach, Debussy, and Jolivet will be re-conceptualized for the library’s unique performance space. In case of rain, the concert will take place in the library’s Hubbard Room.
Artist and musician Michael Pestel has built multi-media installations and performed on flutes, contr’alto clarinet, piano, diverse hybrid and invented instruments, such as the Birdmachine and Birdrawingtable, in concert halls, art galleries, city streets, parks, aviaries and natural places throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His focus over the past fifteen years on bird sound extends the spirit of Messiaen’s scored works into improvised and solo performances with live birds in aviaries and in the wild.
Peter Standaart is a consummate performer, having performed classical flute and experimental works.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Adult Summer Reading Program: Exercise Your MindAdult Summer Reading2016

June 13th through August 19th

Weekly drawings for downtown Middletown gift cards and a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HD. Quick and easy sign up at the Circulation Desk. Earn raffle tickets by submitting reviews of books you are already reading this summer. Join us for Summer Reading Programs such as: Yoga in the Courtyard, Adult Coloring, Origami, and Brain Game Night.

Readers’ Theater: The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

Monday, June 20, - 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

This comedy by Scott Carter is the last play in this season's Readers Theater offerings. A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a…stop me if you’ve heard this one. Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy are brought together in a blistering battle of wits. From Scott Carter (executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.
Reader’s Theater is live drama enacted by Connecticut actors, directed by Richard B. Kamins.
Drop-in, no registration. 
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library

Chasing Justice Through the Ruins: Film Series with Richard Alleva

book showTuesday, June21 - 12:00pm
Hubbard Room
The Bicycle Thieves

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.

The final film of the series is The Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio de Sica’s masterpiece is the most famous Italian film of the postwar, “neorealist” era. A worker, trying to scratch out a living in an impoverished Rome, depends on his bicycle to keep his job. When it’s stolen, his desperate search gives us a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and on the verge of tears. As one critic remarked, “The slight, humdrum drama is developed so that it has all the force of King Lear”. 

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

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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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