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All Programs Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library

Veterans of Color film screening

Thursday, February 22, @6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Veterans of Color chronicles the challenges 31 African American male and female veterans faced during their military careers and their later adjustments to civilian life. In the film, veterans speak directly from the realities of their experiences, enabling audiences to better understand the realities of war.  After participating in some of the bloodiest combat missions in American history, many veterans of color returned home to face even fiercer battles dealing with housing and job discrimination, racial hatred, and other hardships.

Adult Coloring for Stress Reduction

Friday, February 23, @11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come and enjoy a stress-free environment while you color beautiful pictures!

The library provides materials, or you may bring your own. 

Harlem QuartetFree Concert: Harlem Quartet  

Saturday, February 24, 1:30 – 3:15pm
First Church Middletown (Sanctuary), 190 Court Street, Middletown

The Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with a varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world, from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between. The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D'Rivera. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.
This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library, First Church Middletown and Connecticut Humanities.

Yoga in the Hubbard Room

Sunday, February 25, @2:00pm
Hubbard Room

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. If the weather is nice, yoga will be held in the courtyard.
Drop in; no registration.

We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, @6:00pm
Meeting Room 2,

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group which invites Veterans to share their stories and photos in their own voices. All Veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and share their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. New members are encouraged to visit to see what the group is all about! Currently, service people from combat and non-combat situations from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraqi Freedom attend regularly. We hope to hear from other Iraq War Vets, and those who have served in Afghanistan.  Elisabeth Petry is a writer and former journalist and lawyer. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is Commander of the American Legion Milardo-Wilcox Post 75, Middletown CT.
The workshop facilitator is Christy Billings. She can be reached at (860) 347-2528 or cbillings@russelllibrary.org

Performance 20/20 Brass Quintet: Hartt School’s Honors Music Program

Saturday, March 3, 1:30pm
Hubbard Room

Performance 20/20 is the Honors Chamber Music Program of The Hartt School. It comprises a select group of gifted undergraduate and graduate instrumental performance majors who share a strong commitment to chamber music. Performance 20/20 members are offered full scholarships and the opportunity to study and perform chamber music in a professional atmosphere in addition to their other degree-required courses. Among the standout ensembles in the Hartt Performance 20/20 program is the Brass Quintet – trumpeters James McAloon, Jr and Laura Egyed, French hornist Shondra Texeira, trombonist Rob Earhart, and tubist Danielle Kendall.

American Association of University Women: International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 4, 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

International Women's Day celebration will include open discussions, cultural exhibits, entertainment, special guests and refreshments.    

Sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women).

Racial Justice Book Club: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Tuesday, March 6 @ 6PM
 Meeting Room 2

Join us for a discussion of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Copies of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will be available for check-out. Contact Christy Billingscbillings@russelllibrary.org or call 860-347-2528 ext 160.

This book club is open to anyone, no registration necessary. The Racial Justice Book Club will meet the first Tuesday of the month through June of 2018. The Racial Justice Book Club is in partnership with the Middletown Racial Justice Community.

Paper Crafts for Adults: Papier-mâché I

Friday, March 9, @11:00am
Hubbard Room

, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Paper is a versatile material that is used around the world for various crafts. From three dimensional sculptures to a wide array of two-dimensional creations, we will explore paper! We continue our investigation into paper sculpture by learning the basics of Papier-mâché.

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to bring their own ideas, imaginations and willingness to learn.

Authors 06457! Frances Moulder and Juan Goglio

Saturday, March 10, 11:00am
The Lobby

Our two Connecticut authors are Juan Goglio and Frances V. Moulder. Juan Goglio is the author/illustrator of The Adventures of Woody and Chuck, a children's book about two adventurous woodchucks from a small New England town, geared to 3- 8 year olds. Mr. Goglio and his friend and fellow author Jaime Vestergaard are professional organic gardeners, with first-hand experience dealing with woodchucks.
Frances V. Moulder, Ph.D, has written Exiting the Extraordinary, about people who return to an ordinary world after extreme experiences such as disasters, war, prison, great social movements, and reporting on or giving aid to people in such situations. There is a public misconception that experiences like this are uncommon or unusual, yet people who have gone through such experiences touch the lives of most of us -- they are family members, friends, co-workers, even we ourselves. Dr. Moulder is a retired professor of sociology. She is the recipient of several State of Connecticut Higher Education awards for academic and community service initiatives, which included designing a community research course, and programs on intercultural communication.  

Drop in; no registration. 

Readers Theater - Presents 'Buyer and Cellar'

Monday, March 12, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

This play by Jonathan Tolins was written as a one-man comedy, but Readers Theater will be presenting it with five actors playing the separate parts. It tells the story of Alex More, a gay actor who gets a job working for Barbara Streisand curating her doll collection.
Drop-in; no registration.

Film Screening: Murder She Said

Tuesday, March 13, 12:30pm
Hubbard Room

Based on novel, 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christ, this film stars Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. The film was directed by George Pollock.

Drop-in, no registration.

Russell Readers

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Join us to discuss “The Whole World Knows” by Eudora Welty from the collection 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories.  Discussions are based on the Great Books Foundation method in which readers talk in open gatherings, under a leader, about the great issues that have shaped civilization as reflected in the readings.  The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:50 pm in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.   For more information about participating in the group or acquiring the text, contact Chantal Foster at (860)573-2946 or email Chantal.foster@comcast.net.
Drop in; no registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Sugar, Sugar! Recognizing sugar in your food and understanding its effects on the human body

Wednesday, March 14, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

What is sugar? Is one type of sugar considered healthier than another? What about ‘natural’ sugar? If you’ve ever wondered about the answers to these questions, join us for this free nutrition seminar by Gabrielle West, MS, Nutrition Counselor at Middlesex YMCA. You will learn how to read a nutrition label and recognize sugar, understand some of the physiological roles of sugar, and discuss the latest science regarding sugar’s effect on human health.
Drop-in, no registration. Sponsored by the YMCA.

Essential Oils 101

Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Join Elena Bigio, Wellness Advocate, who will discuss the healing benefits of essential oils and how they have helped many families and children. Come experience the oils first hand by trying them for yourself! Learn how to use essential oils to:
• Reduce stress and tension
• Promote mental alertness
• Assist with clear breathing
• Sooth sore muscles and joints
• Maintain an optimal gastrointestinal balance
• Help build and maintain a healthy immune system
• Help ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits
• Promote a clear, healthy complexion
• Cleanse and purify the air and surfaces
• Help manage hunger cravings and so much more!
Drop in; no registration. 

Poet's Corner with Susan Allison: Calling All Poets!

Friday, March 16, 4:00pm
Hubbard Room

CALLING ALL POETS! Shy poets, famous poets, infamous poets, sly poets, wanna be poets, poetry lovers, poet Lovers, poets who would never attend such an event, even the verse averse! Let's gather together and bring our creative energies into one room; the possibilities are amazing and endless! Please bring your favorite poems to share, original or otherwise.
Drop-in; no registration.

Free Concert: Kitchen Céilí

Saturday, March 17, 1:30pm
Hubbard Room

As their name implies, the Irish/New England band Kitchen Céilí aims to serve up healthy portions of spirited tunes and songs in an atmosphere of unpretentious good humor. Their repertoire includes the driving reels and lilting jigs and hornpipes one would find in an Irish pub session, as well as stately waltzes, slow airs, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, lovers, lawyers and computer programmers from both sides of the Atlantic. The band features George Wilson on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Dora Hast on tin whistle and recorders, and Stan Scott on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. Irish dancers will be featured. 
All ages are welcome.
Drop-in; no registration.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Introduction to Shadow Puppetry

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

As part of a celebration of World Puppetry Day, we will focus on the art of shadow puppetry. Shadow puppetry is an ancient form of theater. In this short introduction, participants will gain hands-on experience manipulating traditional figures from China, Turkey and Indonesia.
All ages are welcome. 
Drop-in; no registration. 

Along the Valley Line: Middlesex County Historical Society

Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

The Middlesex County Historical Society will sponsor an illustrated talk about the railroad by Max R. Miller, the author of Along the Valley Line. What is more American than riding the rails? The Connecticut Valley Railroad once carried both passengers and freight along the west bank of the Connecticut River between Hartford and Old Saybrook. Completed in 1871, today the railroad is known throughout New England for the nostalgic steam-powered excursion trains that run on a portion of the line between Essex and Chester. 

Adult Coloring for Stress Reduction

Friday, March 23, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come and enjoy a stress-free environment while you color beautiful pictures!

The library provides materials, or you may bring your own. 

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