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Adult Summer Reading Ongoing
Registration Begins
Build A Better World Summer Reading

Monday, June 5, 10:00 am

Our Adult Summer Reading Program's theme this year is 'Build a Better World.' Read books AND win Downtown Middletown Gift Cards! Ongoing registration begins June 5th at the Borrowing Desk. The program begins June 12 and runs through August 25th. How do you participate? READ! Once you have read a book (it can be any kind of book!), fill out a review form with the Title, Author, your name and email. The reviews will be collected at the Borrowing Desk. Each review has a chance to be picked for one of our four drawings. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! The four dates of drawing for the gift cards are: June 23rd, July 14th, August 4th and August 25th.

And the Oscar Goes to . . . Summer Film Series

Wednesdays, 2:00pm and 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Join us for our summer film series, featuring some of the Oscar winning films of 2017!
June 21: Moonlight
June 28: Arrival
July 5: Lion
July 12: Hell or High Water
July 19: Hidden Figures
July 26: Fences

Adult Coloring—Build a Better World

Tuesdays, June 27, 3:00pm
Meeting Room 2

Classic Mystery Book Discussion – Rebecca

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30pm
Meeting Room 3

Fiddlers’ Workshop

Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 and 12, 10:30am
Hubbard Room

The Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club (CBOTFC) will sponsor this 6-week, 2-hour, hands-on fiddling tutorial free of charge. Students must be 18 years or older and have played some type of violin or fiddle music in the past. Students will learn to play traditional fiddle tunes by ear. Music CDs and sheet music will be provided. Violins will be available on loan, but if you own an instrument, please bring it with you. The CBOTFC was formed in 1972 to promote and preserve old time fiddle music for public enjoyment.
Registration is required and space is limited. Please register online at www.russelllibrary.org  For more information, call the library at (860) 347-2520.

Classic Mystery Series Film Screening: Charlie Chan: The Black Camel

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Detective Charlie Chan must solve the stabbing of a Honolulu actress with only the help of a similar cold case file and a psychic. 1931. Starring Warner Orland. Run time: 1 hour, 11 minutes. No rating. A brief introduction to the film will be followed by a discussion of the first Charlie Chan book (The House Without a Key) on Tuesday, July 25th, 6:30pm in Meeting Room 2. Copies available at the Borrowing Desk.
Drop in; no registration.

Hidden Figures the movie 

Wednesday, July 19, 2:00pm
The Hubbard Room

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Hidden Figures is the Oscar nominated, STEM supporting story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. The movie is based on the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
This showing is for families with children. Rated PG. 127 minutes.

Cultural Connections

Friday, July 21, 3:30pm
Hubbard Room

Women of all nationalities are invited to come and meet other immigrant women in order to help one another adapt to American culture. Get help with local resources and network. Share stories and tips and make new friends. Children are welcome. Fluency in English is not necessary. 
Drop in; no registration.

Classic Mystery Discussion Group

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

July's mystery classic is The House Without a Key, the first Charlie Chan mystery by Earl Derr Biggers.
Sign-up suggested but not required. Sign up on line, in person, or by calling 860-347-2520. 

Yoga in the Courtyard

Saturday, July 29, 11:00am

No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor will be Jeff Hush, founder of Food and Movement Therapy and a local instructor of Family Yoga, Tai Chi and Chair Yoga. Come experience how practicing yoga can help you feel calmer and more energetic, and learn how it can also help support a stronger immune system and better sleep patterns. In case of rain, the program will be held in the Hubbard Room.
Drop in; no registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

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