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Fundamentals of Google Analytics

Thursday, March 26, 2015 & April 2, 2015
10-11 AM
Hubbard Room
Pamela Chandra

Google Analytics is an online tool for measuring web traffic. The free service measures a variety of statistics, such as conversions, sales, and demographics. This class will provide an overview of how to use Google Analytics to measure website activity and performance, and what that data means for your business.

  • Introduction to Web Analytics
  • Google Analytics – How it works?
  • Most important features & settings
  • Terms & Definitions to read reports
  • 5 vitals reports – Analysis & Insights
  • ...and more
  • The Instructor is Pamela Chandra- Founder of Hedgehog Insights,

Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up!

Following Your Passion and Starting Your Own Business

Tuesday, April 7, 2015Dr. Bernadette Aleksey
Hubbard Room
Dr. Bernadette Aleksey

Are you looking to change careers? Do you want to do something different, exciting or maybe scary? Has small business ownership been one of your dreams? 

Dr. Bernadette Aleksey will tell you how she did just that. How after spending several years as a successful insurance actuary, she returned to college to study veterinary medicine, worked in a small veterinary clinic and finally opened her own animal hospital. 

Dr. Aleksey is owner of Adorable Pets Veterinary Center in Haddam Connecticut. Her practices specialize in preventative care, dental care, behavioral and nutritional counseling, acupuncture, laser therapy, Chinese herbs, hospice and emergency care. They schedule house calls and offer extended hours to meet the needs of friends and neighbors. Adorable Pets Veterinary Center is located at 1721 Saybrook Road, Haddam, can be reached at 860-554-5588 or by visiting

Please call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 to register.

Dealing with Depression for Job Seekers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Hubbard Room
Dr. Helen Evrard

Dr. Evrard is the author of “Positive Matters:  Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and the co-creator with Middletown artist Kimberly Barcello of the companion Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that allow selection of a single word for reflection, insight, and discovery.  She is the producer/host of “Mind Matters,” a radio show on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, which offers frank discussions of myriad aspects of the brain disorders we call mental illness.  In this interactive workshop she’ll share her own personal journey with depression, and tell participants about methods to keep it at bay.  Attendees will learn about the biology of depression, and then discover tools to prevent it from impacting their efforts for finding employment.

Language and deep word meanings are explored and applied to improve self-confidence and overcome doubt and fear.  You’ll learn how simple and free techniques can boost your self-image, while minimizing the impact of negative messages.  Each participant will receive a personal word for inspiration, and a random participant will leave with a free copy of the book.

Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up!

Ongoing Programs

Russell Library Job Group

Take the opportunity to network with other job seekers, as well as get the advice of expert professionals. Guest speakers will focus on the job market and provide industry information. The group meets 9:30-noon on Thursdays in The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your face-to-face practice interview at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. 45 minute sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Job Coaching Appointments

James Kubat , Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will offer individual career coaching sessions.  All appointments are confidential and can be arranged in person at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520.  Please bring a resume if you have one.  You will receive a reminder call a week in advance.  We ask that you confirm your appointment within 3 days of that call.  To cancel an appointment, please call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 at least 48 hours ahead of time so that another job seeker may be served. 

Resume Review and Interview Coaching

Business professional Jeff Thierfeld offers in-depth resume review and interview coaching.  Sessions are held three Saturdays each month.  To sign up for a 1 hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice. We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Practice Phone Interviews

This service is being offered by Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Phone interviews are a fundamental part of the job search process and need to be treated as seriously as the face-to-face interview. Improve your interviewing skills without leaving the comfort of your home. Bob Carlson will call you at your location and scheduled time. ½ hour sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.  

Much gratitude is due to our presenters, who contribute their valuable time and talents to Russell Library’s Career Program.

We also owe many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support makes it all possible:

  • Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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