News & Events

Film/discussion "2001: a Space Odyssey" 

2001 a film by Stanley KubricWednesday April 1 - 7:00pm
Mark Longenecker,

Russell Library Hubbard Room
Film screening of the 1968 science fiction classic directed by Stanley Kubrick, followed by discussion led by Marc Longenecker, Technical and Programming Director, Wesleyan University’s Center For Film Studies.


The Art of Zentangle

Saturday, April 4, 10am-12noon
Pam Hartz Miller
Hubbard Room

Learn the Art of Zentangle with Pam Hartz Miller, CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher). Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing method of drawing beautiful, repetitive patterns and is often described as a meditative art form.  It is a practice that is relaxing, boosts creativity, increases focus and results in beautiful creations. 

No art talent or experience is necessary. Unfortunately, class size is limited to 12, and registration is required.

For more details or to reserve your place, call the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2520. Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

(If there is enough interest, a second class will be offered Sunday April 12th, 1:30 – 3:30.)

Discusion:"Stranger at 50, Reading Heinlein in 2015"

Tuesday April 7 - 6:00 pm 
Brandie Doyle,
Russell Library Meeting Room 2

Led by Brandie Doyle, Russell Library Head of Circulation Services.  The One Book, One Middletown selection for 2015 is Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

Film/discussion "The Man Who Fell to Earth"

The Man Who Fell to Earth a film by Nicholas RoegThursday April 9- 6:00pm
Richard Alleva, Film Critic for Commonweal
Russell Library, Hubbard Room
Film screening of the 1976 film about an alien confronting earth’s greed and ruthlessness, starring David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark and Buck Henry, followed by a discussion led by Richard Alleva.

Laughter: Rx for Survival

Wednesday, April 8, 7pm
Dr. Joyce Saltman Dr. Joyce Saltman
Hubbard Room

This seminar, led by Dr. Joyce Saltman, will deal with the physiological benefits of laughter, studies on the mind-body connection, and practical (plus some not-so-practical!) suggestions on ways to bring more laughter into your life. The lecture combines scientific data with comedy, in an effort to provide a mirth-­provoking educational experience.
Dr. Saltman is a professor of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University, with graduate degrees in the fields of Special Education and Counseling. She developed a graduate course entitled, “The Enhancement of Learning Through Humor,” as well as a summer institute, “Healing, Education Laughter and Play (HELP).” In her previous life, her spirit of adventure led her to appear as a stand-up comedienne for dozens of organizations and clubs, including Dangerfield’s and Good Times in New York City. Dr. Saltman is an elected member of the Executive Board of the International Society of Humor Studies. 

Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

Indian Dance Performance by Virtuoso Rachna Agrawal

Rachna Agrawal

Rachna Ramya Agrawal, dancer, educator, and author, will perform the classical North Indian dance Kathak on Saturday, April 11, 3-4pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Expressive, sharp, alluring and precise, Kathak originated over 2000 years ago as a temple dance. It derives its name from ancient “Kathikas” of India, who were professional storytellers and recited verses from the great epics using explanatory gestures and music.  Their stories and dances formed part of the daily rituals of worship. The technical aspects of Kathak consist of intensive footwork and a variety of spins. Kathak is also filled with rich, highly stylized and dramatic expressions. Rachna has studied the Lucknow style of Kathak under Smt. Maya Rao and the Jaipur style of Kathak under Guru Rajendra Gangani. Rachna received a Master's degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. In addition to her degrees in dance, Rachna holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master's degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University and a Senior Diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti.  This program is for all ages and is funded by the Meigs Local History Grant from the Wesleyan University History Department.  

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