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Donate New Socks and Mittens!

Throughout December
The Lobby

Come celebrate the holidays by donating new socks and mittens. Russell Library staff will be collecting them throughout the month and pass them along to the local shelters.

We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

Veterans are invited to share their stories and photos in their own voices. We encourage new members to visit us to see what we are all about! Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry leads the group. She is a writer and former journalist and lawyer. Her first book, a collection of letters that she edited, was Can Anything Beat White?: A Black Family's Letters. Her second is At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, 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
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.
The group will not meet in January or February but will resume in March, 2018.

Film Screening: The Letter (1940) Classic Mystery Series

Tuesday, December 12, 12:30pm
Hubbard Room

In this 1940 classic film noir directed by William Wyler, the wife of a rubber plantation administrator (played by Bette Davis) shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense. However, a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing. Also starring Herbert Marshall and James Stephenson, the screenplay is by Howard E. Koch and is based on the 1927 play by W. Somerset Maugham

Middlesex County Historical Society: Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London by Eric D. Lehman

Thursday, December 14, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

In September 1781, CT native Benedict Arnold and a force of 1,600 British soldiers and loyalists took Fort Griswold and burnt New London to the ground. The brutality of the invasion galvanized the new nation. Eric D. Lehman will chronicle the events leading up to the attack and highlight this key transformation in Arnold—the point where he went from betraying his comrades to massacring his neighbors and destroying their homes. For more information on this presentation, please call 860-346-0746 or see https://mchsct.org
Sponsored by the Middlesex County Historical Society

Paper Crafts for Adults

Friday, December 15, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Paper is a versatile material that is used around the world for various crafts. Each workshop focuses on a different type of project. Come and explore paper! 
Adults ages 18 and up are invited to bring their own ideas, imaginations and willingness to learn.
Drop in; no registration

Concert: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem - Wintersong

Thursday, December 21, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

Looking for a little light in the darkness? Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem's WINTERSONG is a holiday program that skips over the canon and digs up the power and beauty at the roots of Christmas. From danceable, electric guitar- and banjo-driven carols and songs, to hushed settings of Tennyson and Longfellow, to fiddle-driven New Year’s songs from Cajun Louisiana, WINTERSONG is a surprising winter journey full of fierce poetry, wild joy and hope for humanity.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Adult Coloring for Stress Reduction

Friday, December 22, 11:30am
Hubbard Room

Come and enjoy a stress-free environment while you color beautiful pictures!
The library provides materials, or you may bring your own.

Wrap A Gift

Saturday, December 23 12:00noon to 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

Do you have gifts that need wrapping, but can't do it at home? Bring them in!
Please bring in your wrapping paper and other supplies you wish.
We will provide scissors, tape and some ribbons.

Drop-in, no registration.

Author/Illustrator David Hyde Costello Presents

Friday, December 29, 11:00am.
Hubbard Room

Join author/illustrator David Hyde Costello for a special program that features his books, drawing, music, and puppetry! With a background in theater as well as visual arts, David has painted scenery for plays and motion pictures including Amistad, Spider-man, and The Fighter. He is also a ukulele player, ‘self-taught through the productive use of procrastination.’ 
Drop in; no registration
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library

Yoga in the Hubbard Room

Saturday, December 30, 11:00am.
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.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library


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