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Author Kevin Lacz – The Last Punisher  Last Punishser

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 to 7:45 PM
Hubbard Room

After graduating from Xavier High School, Kevin Lacz joined the SEALs and served alongside Chris Kyle with SEAL Team 3 during the Battle of Ramadi (which is the focus of his memoir, The Last Punisher, published by Simon and Schuster). He also went on to serve as the technical advisor to Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood for the Oscar-nominated American Sniper film and ended up playing himself onscreen in the movie.
Kevin is an accomplished public speaker and certified Physician’s Assistant who currently travels the country meeting and motivating folks to improve themselves and those around them. He will be discussing the book and signing copies. Bring your own copy, or purchase one at the event.
Books provided by Broad Street Books.

Drop-in, no registration.

Preschool Information FairPreschool Information Fair

Saturday, January 21, 10:00am – 12:00noon
Children's Activity Room

Parents and their children are invited to meet  representatives from local preschool programs and ask questions about curriculum and tuition. 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.)

In case of inclement weather, the snow date is Saturday, January 28.

Tobacco Use Cessation Workshops with Middlesex Hospital

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon
Meeting Room 2, (On January 10th the workshop will meet in Meeting Room 3)

Through these workshops you will learn: how to deal with triggers and cravings; how to manage withdrawal symptoms; healthy lifestyle ideas; what you should know about e-cigarettes; about the dangers of first and second-hand smoke. Earn incentives for attending and additional incentive for quitting!

Limited seating is available; Registration is recommended. Call 860-358-5420.

Ships for the Trade & the Rise of the Middletown Customs Port

Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 - 8:00 PMA Vanishe Port
Hubbard Room

Brenda Milkofsky will speak on the history of shipbuilding in the lower Connecticut River Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries. As examined in the 'Vanished Port” exhibit currently on display, Middletown was uniquely situated to play a major role in the West Indies Trade. The fertile Central Valley to the north yielded the produce desired by the sugar-producing islands of the Caribbean and the Connecticut River to the south provided a navigable pathway to the sea. Thus the Valley was a perfect landscape for the development of the shipbuilding industry evolving into a lucrative trade that lasted for some 200 years. During this period, plentiful wood and falling water attracted skilled artisans who built thousands of vessels, most of them for the Caribbean trade. It is this astonishing record that made for the establishment of a Federal Customs House, uncommonly located 32 nautical miles from salt water.
Brenda Milkofsky was the founding director of the Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock in Essex and retired as their Senior Curator. Most recently, Brenda designed & managed the 'Vanished Port” exhibit.

A Vanished Port: Middletown and the Caribbean, 1750-1824 is a recently opened exhibit at the Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown, that illuminates the culture of prosperity that grew from Middletown’s trade relationships with the slave-worked sugar plantations of the English Caribbean.

len SuzioTown Hall Meeting with State Senator Len Suzio

Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 to7:30 PM
Hubbard Room

Come discuss the upcoming State Legislative Session and other concerns with the senator for the 13th Senator District, Senator Len Suzio.
Drop-in, no registration.

In the case of inclement weather, please check www.SenatorSuzio.com for any cancellations.

Yoga In The Hubbard Room!

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 to 12:00 PM Yoga
Hubbard Room

No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor for the 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.
The series is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Classic Mystery Novel Discussion Group: A Study in Scarlet

Study in PinkTuesday, January 31, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Hubbard Room

Russell Library now hosts monthly gatherings for mystery genre fans. Each session will focus on a classic mystery novel. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We will also be screening film versions of the movies, when a movie version is available. Discussions will be casual and fun, and those who have not read the books or seen the movies are encouraged to attend. Copies of each month's book will be available at the Russell Circulation Desk 30 days prior. Please contact the Information Access & Adult Learning department at Russell Library (infodept@russelllibrary.org; 860-347-2528).
This month, the featured mystery is A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the first Sherlock Holmes novel (1887). "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it". When disabled war veteran Dr. John Watson finds a London flat mate, he finds himself as an assistant to a "consulting detective" in a series of strange suicides.  
Don't have time to read the book? Watch a movie version with us on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM in the Hubbard Room! Sherlock: A Study (2010) in Pink starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. TV-14. Run time 1 hour 28 minutes. 
Ages 18 and up.
Drop-in, no registration.

Classic Mystery Novel Discussion Group: A Study in ScarletStudy in Pink

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30pm. Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. The above program repeats at this alternative time.


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