Hedda Kopf will lead a discussion of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel on Thursday, December 5 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This series explore the way writers/artists represent the creative process in their novels and memoirs. Poets, musicians, and graphic artists are figures in these compelling works that take us back to World War I and forward to our present time.
Fun Home – A Family Tragicomic graphic memoir has been acclaimed as a “pioneering work” and “true literary achievement.” Bechdel’s captivating images enhance the power of her complicated story about her difficult father, her own sexuality and the family they were a part of.
The next and last session will be held on December 19. We will discuss Regeneration by Pat Barker.
Hedda Kopf is an adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She teaches Literature and Women's Studies. Ms. Kopf has created and facilitated book discussions for the Connecticut Humanities Council and the Southern Connecticut Library Council and has led book discussions at Russell Library since 1985. This series is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. The novels will be available at the checkout desk in the lobby.
Ready to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Act but would like some assistance? If so, join us for Enrollment Day at the Russell Library on Saturday, December 7. We will be booking one-half hour appointments for those who would like to obtain insurance coverage for individuals or families from 10:00 to 3:30. A state certified “navigator” will walk you through the entire process from the beginning to end. To make an appointment, please call the Information Department at Russell Library at 860.347.2520. Don’t delay, the deadline for applying for insurance coverage that takes effect on January 1, 2014 is December 15th.
River Valley Services and Russell Library are cosponsoring this series which ends with “Living Successfully with Mental Illness” on Saturday, December 7 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. A panel of people who live with a mental health diagnosis will share their experiences of Hope in Recovery. The program will include successes in moving from homelessness to independently living in the community, experiences of working in a competitive job, creating and enhancing personal and family relationships and living a life that is thriving and not just surviving.
This film discussion series will conclude with Imitation of Life, on Tuesday, December 10, 12 noon in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Acclaimed Hollywood director Douglas Sirk defined the movie melodrama in four gorgeous films of the 1950s. Sirk, who began his career directing the work of Berthold Brecht in Germany, immigrated to America during the rise of fascism. His lush popular melodramas starring the likes of Jane Wyman, Lana Turner, and Rock Hudson were dismissed by critics of the time. Since then, they have been hailed as masterpieces of visual elegance and ironic critique.
These movies are over the top, but also under the skin of 1950s America.
Scott Higgins, a film historian and an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, will lead a discussion following each movie. Viewers are invited to bring a sandwich and the library will serve dessert and beverages. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.
Join “re Vera Duo” on a tour through Europe and beyond on Saturday, December 14 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This classical duo featuring Spanish pianist, Paula Biedma and American soprano, Amanda Kohl will be sharing an afternoon of music showcasing gypsy influences, with works by Donizetti, Verdi, Rachmaninov and more.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master’s of Music degree from Indiana University. She has participated in notable concert series throughout New England with superb reviews. Paula graduated with high honors from Conservatorio Padre Antonio Soler in San Lorenzo del Escorial and received her Graduate Professional Diploma from the Hartt School of Music. She has performed numerous times as a soloist and with chamber groups in different settings all over Spain and in the New England area with great acclaim.
If you have Irish ancestors who came to Middletown or Northern Middlesex County, the Russell Library would love you to share your photos and your memories and preserve Middletown’s history. For more information on how to participate, call or email Denise Russo. Phone: 860-347-2528 ext. 164. Email: email@example.com
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Russell Library is pleased to announce the addition of a series of Parenting Bags to the Children’s Department. Each bag is focused on a particular topic in child rearing such as breastfeeding or getting the child to sleep, and contains both books and DVDs which address these topics. Bags are available in either English or Spanish and circulate for three weeks. These bags are funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and we thank them.