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Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 28, 11:30am – 1:15pm
Hubbard Room

Join us for a discussion of the Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton, starting with the short story The Blue Cross from the collection The Innocence of Father Brown. Written as the deliberate antithesis of Sherlock, Father Brown uses his intuition and knowledge of human nature to solve crimes and redeem criminals. I caught him, wFather Brownith an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread, - Father Brown
Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We will also be screening film versions of the movies on a Wednesday evening before the discussion. Discussions will be casual and fun, and those who have not read the books or seen the movies are encouraged to attend.
Copies of each month's book will be available at the Russell Circulation Desk 30 days prior. Please contact the Information Access & Adult Learning Department at Russell Library; infodept@russelllibrary.org; 860-347-2520 for more details or to suggest a book.
Drop-in, no registration.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Meeting Room 3

The above program repeats at this alternative time.

Alice’s Ordinary People - Film Screening

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Middletown’s NAACP will present this film which profiles Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement in Chicago. Alice’s life story reads like a history of the movement. In 1966, Dr. King came to Chicago. Alice and her husband James Tregay, marched with him, often at great personal risk. It was at this time that Dr. King joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the Reverend James Bevel to form Operation Breadbasket. Breadbasket fought racism on many fronts, but its main task was jobs for African Americans, particularly from those businesses drawing profits from the African American community. Under the leadership of Reverend Jackson, the months that Alice and her “ordinary people” spent picketing led to real change. But it was through her Political Education class, that Alice’s had her most significant impact.

Sponsored by The NAACP.

The Light Between OceansBooks to Blockbusters: A Film Series

Thursdays at 2:00pm and 6:00pm
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6

Hubbard Room

Did you miss these films at the theater? Enjoy them for free at the library!

March 2: The Light Between Oceans, A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting row boat.  This movie based on the bestselling book by M. L. Stedman stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.   Rated PG-13, 130 minutes.

March 9: The Girl on the Train, one of the most checked out books at public libraries in 2016, has come to the big screen.  A gripping psychological thriller, based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name, tells the story of an alcoholic divorcee who becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation. Rated R, 112 minutes.

March 16: Indignation, based on the book of the same name by Philip Roth. Logan Lerman plays a Jewish student adjusting to college in 1951 Ohio.  Rated R, 111 minutes.

March 23: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on the book of the same name by Ransom Riggs.  When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes.

March 30: A Man Called Ove is based on the book by Fredrick Bachman. Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

April 6: Queen of Katwe, based on the book by Tim Crothers, is the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Rated PG, 124 minutes.

International Women's Day

Sunday, March 5, 1:30pm
Hubbard Room

A panel of women of different nationalities will speak on the conditions and concerns that affect women in their countries. Open to all.
Drop-in, no registration.
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

Racial Justice Book Club (First Tuesday of the month)

Tuesday, March 7th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Meeting Room 2

We will discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. As one reviewer said, “This the sort of book you could pick apart sentence by sentence for a year and at the end of that year just shake your head in despair. What Coates has done…is passionately and profoundly lay out the sad state of race relations in this country. Coates strings words together in a most elegant tapestry that forces the reader to think carefully and internalize the grim realities of life as a victim of racism in this country. Read so that ye may weep and know the truth.”
Copies of Between the World and Me will be available at the check-out desk. For more information, contact Christy Billings by emailing cbillings@russelllibrary.org or by calling 860 347-2528 Ext. 122.
This book club is open to anyone and will meet regularly with a new book each month. No registration is necessary. Copies of the next book, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, will be available on March 28th for the April 25th meeting.

Film Screening: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)

Tuesday, March 14, 12:00pm
Hubbard Room

When the wealthy heiress Lady Cavendish dies mysteriously at her estate in Styles, retired Belgian detective Hercule Poirot comes in to find out who killed her and why. This episode is from the Agatha Christie’s Poirot TV series and stars David Suchet and Hugh Fraser. Like mysteries? Join the Classic Mystery Book Discussion group at Russell Library the last Tuesday of every month at noon and 6:30 p.m. Copies of each month's book can be found at the Circulation Desk. 
Drop-in, no registration.

Poet’s Corner: Women Poets

Friday, March 17, 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

Middletown's Poet Laureate Susan Allison will be sharing poetry of women poets. Participants are invited to bring their favorite poems by women.
All ages welcome.
Drop-in, no registration.

Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong for Health and Healing

Saturday, March 18, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Hubbard Room

Join us for a one hour interactive workshop with Master Teacher David Chandler. In this workshop, David will share the history of Tai Chi, and participants will learn and experience basic principles and movements.  Tai Chi is a popular complimentary health practice, taught throughout the world.   Health benefits include improvement of symptoms of a number of health issues including arthritis, diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, pain, fibromyalgia, mental health disorders, to name a few.  Benefits of regular practice also include improvement in flexibility, strength, balance, focus, mood, stress management and overall sense of well- being.   No experience is necessary for this fun and informative workshop.   David Chandler has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 40 years.  He holds a Master’s degree in Integrative Health and Healing and teaches in various locations throughout Connecticut.  You can learn more about him at www.eaglesquesttaichi.com

Learn to Manipulate a Marionette

Tuesday, March 21, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

In celebration of World Puppetry Day and National Day of Puppetry, adults and children are invited to come and learn the basics of manipulating a “string puppet”, also known as a marionette.
All ages are welcome.
Drop-in, no registration. 

Survivors Swing Band!

Survivor's Swing BandRescheduled to Saturday, April 22, 1:30
Original Date: Sunday, February 12, 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

The Survivors Swing Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. In honor of Valentine’s Day, they will be playing classic melodies from the Swing Era for concert goers listening -- and dancing - pleasure! Bring a dance partner, or come with friends and family to enjoy some of America’s most beloved songs.
The band features musicians from all over Connecticut, each with many years of experience. Lauren Humpage is on bass and vocals; Jeremy Alston on drums; Jules Bashkin on alto sax; Greg Butko on reeds; Bill Steinhauser on banjo and guitar; and Sandra Wittman on piano. Based in Connecticut, the group plays the classic melodies from an era gone by--hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era--plus many of the wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed.
This concert is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

 

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