News & Events

Overcoat Drive

Throughout December

Our library is collecting overcoats for its Job and Career Program! Help make people interview-ready with a fine, professional layer to wear over their suits and dresses! Clean, gently used men’s and women’s overcoats of all sizes are needed. Longer wool coats in dark colors, including black, gray, and navy blue, are especially welcome. Drop off the coats at the Circulation Desk. Call (860) 347-2528 ext. 135 or 171 for more information.

Yoga In the Courtyard (or The Hubbard Room!)

Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Courtyard or the Hubbard Room (depending on weather)

No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor for our 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.

Make a Holiday Card – for Adults

Wednesday, November 30, - 2:00pm
The Hubbard Room

Do you value hand-made items? Would you like to make a one-of-a-kind card for a special person this holiday season? The library will provide a selection of materials, with some directions for making pop-up cards and other specialty cards. If you have your own pens or paints, bring them along!
Drop-in, no registration required.

Free Concert: Gershwin! With Thomas Pandolfi and Emil Altschuler

Thursday, December 8, - 7:00 PMEmil Altschuler
The Hubbard Room

Sounds of the Jazz Age come alive in an evening resounding with the timeless classics of American master, George Gershwin. Revel in the urbane elegance of 'An American in Paris.” Swoon over the aching simplicity of 'Embraceable You.” Marvel at the fascinating rhythms of 'Rhapsody in Blue.” Bask in the haze of Summertime and the unforgettable melodies of 'Porgy and Bess” will melt our wintery hearts.
thomas PandolfiAcclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler is a master of his instrument who performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who has been showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. Altschuler and Pandolfi have performed together at the Russell Library in previous years, to the satisfaction of audiences both young and old. 

This concert is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Jazz Up Close with Godwin Louis Godwin Louis

Sunday December 11, - 2:00 PM
The Hubbard Room

Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the third event of “Spanning Generations” as part of the 2016 Jazz Up Close series. For this event alto saxophonist and composer Godwin leads a quartet also featuring bassist Henry Lugo, drummer Allan Mednard, and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman.
Harlem-born Godwin Louis was raised in Bridgeport, CT and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, eventually graduating from Berklee College of Music and subsequently the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance. Coming to wider attention as a finalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Godwin has performed with a wide variety of artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr., Cindy Blackman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Phillip Bailey, Gloria Estefan, and Billy Preston. Godwin has received the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and the Jazz Gallery's "New Works Commission" and has recently appeared on recordings by Dr. Michael White and Herlin Riley. As an educator, humanitarian and ambassador, Godwin has traveled from Ghana to China to help promote cross-cultural understanding and introduce thousands to America’s indigenous art form, through public concerts, master classes, and jam sessions.

This event is funded by the Middletown Commission on the Arts and The Friends of the Russell Library.

Poet’s Corner Susan Allison

Friday, December 16, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Information Area, Second Floor

Middletown's Poet Laureate Susan Allison will be available to talk poetry to patrons in the information area on the second floor. Look for the sign saying 'Poet's Corner'.

Fall Noontime Movie Series
Race to the Rescue: Classic Hollywood Adventures

Tuesday, December 20, - 12 noon
Hubbard Room

Join us for a look at the roots of cinematic action and adventure with this series about swashbuckling heroes and tales of derring-do. Stories of danger, courage, and physical action have been a staple of Hollywood from the very start. By rendering drama in purely visual terms, the genre helped filmmakers master the medium and brought popular audiences to the theater.  Featuring the films of Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, and the Saturday matinee heroes of the great movie serials, we will discuss the enduring appeals of adventure movies and how they’ve changed over the years.Captain Blood starring Errol Flynn

Captain Blood (1935). Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star in the film that made them one of Hollywood’s greatest screen couples. Flynn is a political prisoner who escapes slavery to plunder the seven seas. De Havilland is the Jamaican Governor’s daughter who buys Flynn at an auction and then relies on him to come to her rescue. This swashbuckling adventure set the model for Adventures of Robin Hood and countless action epics of the 1930s and 40s. It also features Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill, and Guy Kibbee. We present a selection of weekly chapters from the action and adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s. Each episode offers fifteen to twenty minutes of non-stop daring and ends in an inescapable cliffhanger. Come and see Dick Tracy, Batman, Perils of Nyoka, Daredevils of the Red Circle, and other movies that thrilled a generation of young filmgoers.
Scott Higgins is professor of Film Studies and chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University. His latest book MATINEE MELODRAMA is about action serials of the 1930s and 1940s.
The series is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Cultural Connections Women’s Group

Wednesday, December 21, 5:30 to6:30 PM
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, tips and make new friends.
Children are welcome. Fluency in English is not necessary.
Drop-in, no registration.

Family Film Screening: Inside Out

Tuesday, December 27 - 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Hubbard Room

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted when her father starts a new job across the country. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith. Running time: 1 hr 42 mins. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Builders Club for Adults!

Tuesday, December 27th, 6:00pm - 7:30 pm.
Hubbard Room

Adults of all ages are invited to join in the fun as we build with interlocking blocks. Bring your own figures if you have them, but the library will supply a variety of bricks. Children must be carefully supervised if they are accompanying the adults. 
Drop-in, no registration.


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