News & Events

New Library Resource

NewThe Russell Library now subscribes to, which offers high quality, current video tutorials in topical areas such as software, technology, creative processes and business and job seeking skills.   Click on the “create profile” link to set up your own account using your Russell Library barcode and a password that you select.  is available from within the library as well as remotely. 

Belle of AmherstReader’s Theater Performs “The Belle of Amherst”

A group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz will present “The Belle of Amherst” at 7pm on Monday, January 5 in the Hubbard Room.  This one-woman play is about Emily Dickinson’s private life, thoughts and dreams.  Her poetic genius comes to life in this adventure full of passion, poetry and heart. Even for those people who know little about this superb American poet will find the drama absorbing.  

Light refreshments will be served.  Reader’s Theater productions are funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Free Public Screening of Jeremy Seifert’s Documentary Film “GMO OMG”

GMO OMGJeremy Seifert’s documentary "GMO OMG" will be shown on at 7pm on Thursday, January 15 in the Hubbard Room. This award-winning documentary is an entertaining yet hard-hitting investigation of how laboratory-assisted genetic modification of food affects the world around us.

Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide-scale experimentation of modern biotechnology. 

"GMO OMG" follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How did our food system become hijacked by chemical companies? Is there still time to heal the planet, feed the world, and ourselves?

Connecticut was the first state to pass a labeling bill for GMO foods. This film shows why it was necessary.  Members from Connecticut Families against Chemical Trespassing (ConnFACT), formerly GMO Free CT, will be present to introduce and discuss the film afterwards.

The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on the BeatlesBeatles

Before the Beatles ever wrote their own songs or performed on stage, they were inspired to do so by American rock 'n' roll records.  This 90-minute multimedia program will illustrate the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and other American recording artists from the 1950's on the Beatles.  Beatles scholar and musician Aaron Krerowicz will present this program.

Preschool fairPreschool Information Fair

Parents and their children are invited to meet representatives from local preschool programs and ask questions about curriculum and tuition on Saturday, January 24, 10:00-12 noon in the Children’s Activity Room.  The snow date is Saturday, January 31.  A craft area for children will be provided.  Don't delay - begin your search for preschool enrollment.  Inclusion in this fair is for informational purposes only and does not constitute endorsement of individual programs by the Russell Library

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)

Join Robert Scata from CT Emergency Management and Homeland Security for an informational presentation about EFFAK on Tuesday, January 27 from 1-2pm in the Hubbard Room.  EFFAK  is a simple tool to help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural disaster or national emergency. It helps users identify and organize key financial records and serves as a quick reference to their most important financial documents. Scata will also discuss how to prepare yourself for a disaster.  Many helpful hand outs will be available at this free community program.


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