One Book One MiddletownStranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land - 2015


Dr. Annie B. WilderMonday March 23 - 7:00 PM
Personal Empowerment Workshop for Women
Dr. Annie Wilder
Russell Library Hubbard Room




Tuesday March 24 - 7:00 PM
An Introduction to the Universe
Bob Crenlin, Astronomer and Author
Russell Library Hubbard Room

 An Introduction to the Universe is designed for nearly all ages, to explore the magic of our night sky. The audience will be introduced to the wonders of the universe waiting to be discovered in their own backyards. An Introduction to the Universe is a visual adventure, which explores the constellations, ancient sky mythology, our galaxy and includes a reading of Bob’s popular book, There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars. Books and moon gazer wheels will be available for purchase.

Wednesday March 25 - 12:30pm
Book discussion
Anne Paluck
MXCC Chapman Hall

Thursday March 26 - 7:00 pm
Book discussion
Marsha Bansavage, CT Humanities Council Scholar
Cromwell  Belden Public Library

Monday March 30 - 1:30pm
MILE Book discussion
Anne Paluck,
MXCC Chapman Hall

Monday March 30 - 6:30pm
Book Discussion
Estavan Vega and Melissa Crandall,
Portland Public Library

Wednesday April 1 - 7:00pm 2001 a film by Stanley Kubric
Film/discussion "2001: a Space Odyssey" 
Mark Longenecker,

Russell Library Hubbard Room
Film screening of the 1968 science fiction classic directed by Stanley Kubrick, followed by discussion led by Marc Longenecker, Technical and Programming Director, Wesleyan University’s Center For Film Studies.

Tuesday April 7 - 6:00 pm 
Discusion:"Stranger at 50, Reading Heinlein in 2015"
Brandie Doyle,
Russell Library Meeting Room 2

Led by Brandie Doyle, Russell Library Head of Circulation Services.  The One Book, One Middletown selection for 2015 is Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

The Man Who Fell to Earth a film by Nicholas RoegThursday April 9- 6:00pm
Film/discussion "The Man Who Fell to Earth"
Richard Alleva, Film Critic for Commonweal
Russell Library, Hubbard Room
Film screening of the 1976 film about an alien confronting earth’s greed and ruthlessness, starring David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark and Buck Henry, followed by a discussion led by Richard Alleva.

Previous Years Titles

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - 2014The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow cover

Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance - a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.

Ready Player One - 2013Ready Player One cover image

Ready Player One offers something for all readers. Set in the year 2044, at its heart it's a quest that plays out as a scavenger hunt in a virtual universe. You don't have to be a gamer or understand the 1980's references to enjoy it --it's also a suspenseful romance with an unlikely and loveable hero, a teenage boy named Wade Watts. You will enjoy cheering him on as he tries to beat the evil corporation to the finish line. The suspense will keep the reader riveted and the story of friendship, loyalty and love will warm your heart.


Unbroken - 2012
We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

UnbrokenA WW II story of Louie Zamperini, a track and field Olympian in the 1930s who was shot down over the Pacific and adrift for over a month until he was captured and held by the Japanese as a POW. A true story of "survival, resilience and redemption".


Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group on Thursdays at 7pm in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Due to such positive responses to this "One Book, One Middletown" program, the writing program has been extended. This series invites veterans to share their own stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends.

Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer, former journalist and lawyer. Her books include Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family’s Letters and At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry.  Liz has taught college English and conducted a playwriting workshop. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Middletown Connecticut

Russell Library is proud to join the  Middletown Rotary and the City of Middletown in the One Book, One Middletown literacy project.  The goal of One Book is get a lot of people in the area to read the same book at the same time and then encourage them to talk about it.  By doing so, we hope that more people (especially more young people) will enjoy reading.

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