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All Sewn Up

Tuesday, April 25, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Hubbard Room

Learn basic clothing maintenance and repair in order to reduce trips to the dry cleaner or tailor. Russell Library's workshop will provide guidance on fixing hems, sewing on buttons, and repairing split seams. Participants will also be able to learn how to iron a shirt, skirt, or pants. See how an investment in a package of needles, several spools of thread, an iron and an ironing board can mean real savings for your budget!

For ages 14+ only.
Registration suggested but not required. Please call the Information Services Desk at 860-347-2520 to register.

Getting Your Financial House in Order

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Hubbard Room

This free workshop is offered during Money Smart Week. Topics will include a current look at the markets and the economy, risks and returns of investing, budget and debt management, planning ahead for retirement and strategies for wise investing.

This informational workshop will be presented by Kathryn Dennen and Chad Burroughs, Northwest CT Chapter members of the Society for Financial Awareness. Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion: Whose Body?

Tuesday, April 25, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

This month we will be reading Dorothy L. Sayers' first Lord Peter Wimsey novel, Whose Body?
Copies of each month's book will be available at the library’s Circulation Desk 30 days prior. Please contact the Information Access & Adult Learning Department at Russell Library: infodept@russelllibrary.org, or call 860-347-2520 for more details or to suggest a book.
Drop-in, no registration.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Meeting Room 2

The above program repeats at this alternative time.

How to Pay for College without Bankrupting Yourself and Your Children

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

With education costs rising year after year, paying for college is a concern for most families. Additionally, the financial aid process can be confusing, intimidating, and often frustrating. Leave your checkbooks at home;, nothing will be sold at this seminar, just solid information for your financial aid planning.
Topics covered:
-How families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid
-Which colleges offer the best financial aid packages
-How to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile
-How private universities can cost less than a state school
-How students can potentially receive more free money and fewer loans

Presented by Peter Leppones, CFP, Financial Advisor at Apella Capital LLC.
Light refreshments provided.
Drop-in, no registration. 

Provided with support from The Friends of the Russell Library.

Middletown World War I Digitization Day

Thursday, April 27, 3:00 pm-7:00pm
Hubbard Room

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant piece of our history, the Russell Library will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories project to hold a digitization day event. Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War One by bringing your photographs, letters, documents, mementos, and other materials to be scanned or photographed. The digital images and stories will be added to a WWI collection in the Connecticut Digital Archive where they will be preserved for future generations.

For more information about this event, please contact the Russell Library at (860) 347-2520 or Christine Pittsley at (860) 757-6517 or go to CTinWWI@ct.gov.
Sponsored in part by the Connecticut State Library and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Healthy Me, Healthy Start

Fridays, April 28, May 26, June 23, 10:30am – 11:30am
Activity Room

This free, early childhood nutrition program is designed to support parents in establishing healthy eating habits in their young children.

Registration is required and is ongoing. To register contact the Youth and Family Learning Department, 860-344-8479.

Proposal Writing A to Z: Maximize Your Chances with Foundations

Friday, April 28, 10:00am – 5:30pm
Hubbard Room

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This full day workshop will feature the ins and outs of grant proposal writing. It combines a comprehensive review of the proposal writing process with practical advice to increase your chances of success with foundations. Participants will learn:
-Facts and fiction about foundation grants
-How to assess your organization's grant-seeking readiness and its funding needs
-Fundamentals of proposal customization
-Submission techniques designed to get your proposal noticed
-How to follow up and what to do if the answer is 'yes' or 'no.'

Judi Margolin, an independent consultant, workshop leader on grants and foundations will be the presenter. She served as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center in NYC and has published numerous books on the grants process.
 Lunch and refreshments provided.
Registration required, limit of 25 participants. Contact the Russell Library at 860-347-2520 to register.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. 

How to find a grant - Learn about Grants Databases Available at the Russell Library

Saturday, April 29, 10:30am – 12:00noon
Meeting Room 3

The Russell Library has access to several online resources which provide information on foundations, grants and the grant process. This session is a hands on event, there will be an overview of the various resources available at the Russell Library, and then time for participants to work on their own grant needs. Laptops are provided or you can bring your own. 
Registration is requested, but not required.

Yoga In The Hubbard Room!

Saturday, April 29
11:00 to 12:00 PM
Yoga with Jeff Hush
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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Monday, May 1, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Hubbard Room

One Book on the Riverbend logoFilm Screening: The Boys of 36:  (A One Book Event)

Tuesday, May 2, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

Racial Justice Book Group

Tuesday, May 2, 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Meeting Room 2
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Ava DuVernay's '13th' : Film Screening

Saturday, May 6, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hubbard Room

Film Screening: The Thin Man (1934)

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Hubbard Room



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