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April 2014

From Midleton to Middletown: An Irish Immigrant’s Story

Ellen Fitzgibbons emigrated from Ireland in the late 1800’s to make a better life for herself and her family.  This exhibit in the lobby display case presents stories, documents, and records that were discovered in the process of researching her life in Middletown, CT and reveals the true story of why she left Midleton, Ireland to settle in Middletown, Connecticut.

The Irish of Middletown:  A Glimpse into the Past

This display offers a glimpse into the lives of the Irish who settled in Middletown between the early 19th and 20th centuries.  It includes a host of photographs and documents that illuminate what life was like for the Irish in Middletown, along with images of individuals and events that shaped the Irish experience.

Ireland in Photos

Jason Neely will be displaying a selection of photos from a recent trip to Ireland during the month of March.  Highlights of the trip included the Aran Islands, Cashel, and the monastic ruins at Clonmacnoise.  A number of the photos that are on display were selected for the West Hartford Art League's juried show, Exposures, earlier this year.

Jason Neely is a librarian and photographer from Middletown, CT.  He enjoys photographing a wide range of subjects, the natural world and travel are two of his favorites.  A photo that he took of his dog, Sidney, jumping through his living room appeared in the August 2009 issue National Geographic Magazine. The manager of the rock band Weezer saw the image and soon, the photo of Sidney was gracing Weezer’s 2009 release, Raditude.

Art Show!!!!   Pre K artwork

Nearly 1000 artists will have their work on display in the Children’s Activity Room of the Russell Library from April 5 – April 30.  The artwork pieces represent a moment in time of children from ages birth – 5 in Middletown’s preschool and child care programs. 

Don’t forget your cameras!  It’s your chance to capture a memory with your budding artist!

May 2014

Perfect or Perfectly Natural?  Photography by Marilyn Mills

Marilyn Mills photographed some of the Russell Library staff to have fun and also make some serious points.  She is alarmed at the extent to which digital editing is used to transform many celebrities’ natural appearances into ideal, flawless people. This concept inspired her to create portraits of real people at Russell Library and then experiment with their looks.  As Marilyn started altering her library models, she began to see the staff as naturally gorgeous. Come to the library and see if you can identify various versions of these people.

Children’s Art Work from The Independent Day School

The Independent Day School will be exhibiting art work by its students in the glass case in the foyer of the Russell Library in Middletown for the month of May.  The school is located at 115 Laurel Brook Road, Middlefield, CT and educates students from Middletown and thirty two surrounding towns from ages 3 to grade eight.  The art teacher is Madeline Smith.