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Tobacco Cessation Workshops with Middlesex Hospital

Tuesdays, January 23, 30 and Feb. 6, @11:00am
Meeting Room 2

Through these weekly workshops, participants will learn how to deal with triggers and cravings; how to manage withdrawal symptoms; healthy lifestyle ideas; what everyone should know about e-cigarettes; and the dangers of first and second-hand smoke. Earn incentives for attending and additional incentives for quitting! The workshops run through February 6th. Seating is limited and registration is recommended. Call (860) 358-5426.
Presented by Middlesex Hospital through a grant from the City of Middletown.

Adult Coloring for Stress Reduction

Friday, January 26, @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. 

Yoga in the Hubbard Room

Saturday, January 27, @11:00am
Sunday, February 25, @2:00pm
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

Vintage Players presents: So Bea It

Sunday, January 28 @2:00pm
Hubbard Room

This new play by Carolyn Kirsch was performed to sold-out houses this past November at Oddfellows Playhouse! Put together an eccentric aunt, a nervous nephew, a beautiful love interest, a flamboyantly funny French waiter, and various well-meaning townspeople and, when stirred, you have the makings of a fun-filled, yet poignant stew. Just the thing to brighten spirits for a cold day in January! The cast includes: Cookie Quinones, Debra Hunt, Emma Kaskel, Gerry Matthews, Richard Kamins, Linda Kaskel, Jane McMillan, Carolyn Kirsch and Billy Johnstone.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, January 30, @6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana's No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, the case that tugs at her heart and lands her in danger is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.
Copies are available at the circulation desk. 

Vision Boards for Adults

Friday, February 2, @1:00pm
Hubbard Room

Come and create a vision board that will help you picture good things in the future year! Space and materials are limited to 15 participants. 

Sign up on-line, or call (860) 347-2520 and ask a librarian to sign you up. 

 

A Visit with Doc!DOC for Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 3, 10:00 – 11:30am
The Lobby
For all ages 
Drop in; no registration

Come and celebrate 'Take Your Child to the Library Day' with us! Special guest Doc will be in our front lobby from 10:00 - 11:30 and will be posing for pictures for FREE, so don't forget your camera!
For all ages. 
Drop in; no registration. 

Racial Justice Book Group: The Warmth of Other Suns

Tuesday, February 6, @6:00pm
Meeting Room 2
Drop in; no registration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson will be discussed. From the author: “In a story of hope and longing, three young people set out from the American South during different decades of the 20th Century en route to the North and West in search of the warmth of other suns. They were forced out by the limits of the caste into which they had been born. . . This book interweaves their stories and those of others who made the journey with the larger forces and inner motivations that compelled them to flee, and with the challenges they confronted upon arrival in the New World.”  Toni Morrison calls the book “profound, necessary, and a delight to read.” Tom Brokaw praises it as “an epic for all Americans who want to understand the making of our modern nation.” 
Copies of the book are available at the check-out desk.

Paper Crafts for Adults: Three Dimensional Masks

Friday, February 9, @11:00am
Hubbard Room

Paper is a versatile material that is used around the world for various crafts. From three dimensional sculptures to a wide array of two-dimensional creations, we will explore paper! We continue our investigation into paper sculpture by learning how to make patterns for three dimensional masks.
Adults ages 18 and up are invited to bring their own ideas, imaginations and willingness to learn.

Opening Reception for Pierre Sylvain Exhibition

Friday, February 9, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Throughout the Library
Drop in; no registration

The entire community is invited to take part! Come enjoy the paintings of Pierre Sylvain, meet the artist and learn about the inspiration and significance of his works. Refreshments will be served.

Classic Mystery Series Film Screening: Lying Lips

Tuesday, February 13, @12:30pm
Hubbard Room
Drop in; no registration

Today we will be screening Lying Lips, a 1939 film by Oscar Micheaux, starring Edna Mae Harris and Robert Earl Jones (the father of James Earl Jones). Lying Lips was the thirty-seventh film of Micheaux. The plot revolves around a nightclub singer who refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, doesn't believe she did it and sets out to prove her innocence.

Russell Readers

Tuesday, February 13, @6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

We will discuss “That Will Be Fine” by William Faulkner from the collection 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories.  Discussions are based on the Great Books Foundation method in which readers talk in open gatherings, under a leader, about the great issues that have shaped civilization as reflected in the readings.  The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:50 pm. For more information about participating in the group or acquiring the text, contact Chantal Foster at (860)573-2946 or email Chantal.foster@comcast.net
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Free blood pressure screening and information from the YMCA

Thursday, February 15, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
The Lobby

Gabrielle West, the Community Wellness Coordinator for the Middlesex YMCA, will be available to answer questions about the new Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. Come in and find out more about what your blood pressure means! 

Whose Streets? A Black History Month film screening

Thursday, February 15, @6:30pm
Hubbard Room

 Whose Streets? is a 2017 documentary about the killing of Michael Brown and the uprising in Ferguson, Mississippi. Directed by Sabaah Folayan and co-directed by Damon Davis, the film has been nominated for Critics' Choice and Gotham Independent Film awards. This film screening will be followed by a community discussion led by Jeff Hush. 
Sponsored in part by a grant from CT Humanities. 

Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison: Calling All Poets!

Friday, February 16, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

CALLING ALL POETS! Shy poets, famous poets, infamous poets, sly poets, wanna be poets, poetry lovers, poet lovers, poets who would never attend such an event, even the verse averse! Let's gather together and bring our creative energies into one room--the possibilities are amazing and endless! Please bring your favorite poems to share, original or otherwise.
Drop in; no registration.

NAACP presents a Black History Extravaganza

Saturday, February 17, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Hubbard Room
Drop in; no registration

African dance, African American art, and a variety of other pieces of Black History will be shown.

Author visit with Ibi Zoboi- American Street

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 – 2:30pmAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi
Hubbard Room
For all ages

Drop in; no registration

Join us as we welcome author Ibi Zoboi to Middletown! Ibi was born in Haiti and immigrated to New York with her mother when she was four years old. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich, and her next YA novel, Pride, are forthcoming. Patrons are welcome to bring their copies of American Street to be signed by the author. Light refreshments will be served.
For all ages.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 20, @7:00pm
Meeting Room 2

This month, our Classic Mystery will be The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (2009). ‘It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: a dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.’

Veterans of Color film screening

Thursday, February 22, @6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Veterans of Color chronicles the challenges 31 African American male and female veterans faced during their military careers and their later adjustments to civilian life. In the film, veterans speak directly from the realities of their experiences, enabling audiences to better understand the realities of war.  After participating in some of the bloodiest combat missions in American history, many veterans of color returned home to face even fiercer battles dealing with housing and job discrimination, racial hatred, and other hardships.


Adult Coloring for Stress Reduction

Friday, February 23, @11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come and enjoy a stress-free environment while you color beautiful pictures!

The library provides materials, or you may bring your own. 

Harlem QuartetFree Concert: Harlem Quartet  

Saturday, February 24, 1:30 – 3:15pm
First Church Middletown (Sanctuary), 190 Court Street, Middletown

The Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with a varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world, from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between. The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D'Rivera. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.
This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library, First Church Middletown and Connecticut Humanities.
 

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