Teen Events & Program - Events Calendar

Summer Reading Buddies

Wednesdays, July 26, 2:00pm
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2:00pm or 2:30p
Storytelling Room

Members of the Teen Advisory Council will ‘buddy up’ with kids between the ages of 3 and 10, whether they’re beginning, confident or reluctant readers, to share their own love of reading. Kids can bring their own books or choose one at the library, and they’ll be given a book to take home. This program is FREE and continues through August 23. A snack will be provided afterward.
Registration is required; sign up on line, in person at the Youth and Family Learning desk, or by phone at (860)-344-8479.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Bring Your Own Book

Fridays, July 28, 1:00pm
Friday, August 18, 1:00pm
Activity Room

Bring Your Own Book is a fun game in which players search books – chosen at the library, or brought from home -- for the best phrases to satisfy prompts such as: tastiest name for a candy bar, or advice for graduating seniors. How about ‘Good night! What a stink!’ from Beezus and Ramona for the name of a candy bar, or, as advice for graduating seniors from Charlotte’s Web: ‘Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more. People are incessant talkers—I can give you my word on that.’ 
For ages 8 and up. 
Drop-in; no registration.

Teen Art Boot Camp

Tuesday, July 18, 6:00pm - Storytelling Room
Tuesdays, July 25, August 1 & 8, 6:00pm - Activity Room

Maddy Geores returns to teach a series of workshops this summer. She graduated from Middletown High School in 2016 and taught a four part workshop for teens that summer. Information on the specific arts covered in these workshops will be announced later in the summer.
For students in grades 7 - 12.

Registration is required. Sign up on-line, in person at the Youth and Family Learning desk or by calling 860-344-8479 so that we can plan for supplies. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Teen Job Group 

Thursday, August 17, 3:00pm
The Hubbard Room
For students entering grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18)

For young adults planning to apply for employment, college, or a volunteer position, Russell Library Job Group’s own Robert Carlson will be offering two special presentations covering everything from resumes to applications to how to dress for an interview.
For high school students.
Drop in; no registration.

Special Topics Art Workshop

Mondays, July 24 & 31, 3:30pm
Activity Room

This workshop previews the upcoming series Maddy Geores is offering teens this summer. Maddy graduated from Middletown High School in 2016 and taught a four part workshop last summer.
Registration is required.  Sign up on line, at the Youth and Family Learning desk or by calling 860-344-8479 so we can plan for supplies.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Teen Gaming Workshop

Thursdays, July 27; August 3 & 10, 3:00pm
Activity Room

Do you like to play video games, board games or card games? Or do you want to make and play games as a career? Then come to the Russell Library's three-part Teen Gaming Workshop! A real life game creator, Brandon Patten, will show you what he does every day!
Registration is required. Register at Russell Library Event Calendar, in person, or at 860-344-8479.

Fitness and Self-defense for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts 

Thursday, July 27, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Students from Cromwell Martial Arts will teach basic fitness and self-defense techniques. Some sections will focus specifically on safety for teens who will be heading off to college in the fall, including preventive tips, verbal de-escalation, basic control and restraint, and defense and disarming techniques.
Registration is required. Sign up online, in person at the Youth and Family Learning desk or by calling 860-344-8479.

Careers in Literature for Teens

Thursday, August 3, 6:00pm
Meeting Room 3
For students in grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18)

C.J. Malarsky, a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, writes for middle school and young adult audiences. She brings her expertise and experience with careers in children’s literature to this free workshop.
For students in grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18).
Registration is required. Register at Russell Library Event Calendar, in person, or at 860-344-8479.

Teen Job Group

Thursday, August 17, 3:00pm
The Hubbard Room
For students entering grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18)

For young adults planning to apply for employment, college, or a volunteer position, Robert Carlson, an award winning member of Russell Library’s Jobs and Career Programs, will cover everything from resumes to applications to how to dress for an interview.
For students entering grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18).
Drop in; no registration.

Fairy Houses for all ages

Thursday, August 17, 6:00pm
Activity Room

Want to attract a fairy or a gnome to your home? Plenty of environmentally friendly supplies will be available for you to create your own fairy or gnome home, but participants are welcome to bring additional materials as well: moss, feathers, fabric, ribbon, shells--whatever a fairy or gnome might fancy.
Adults and families are welcome.
Drop in; no registration.

Storytelling for Teens

Thursday, August 17, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room
For students entering grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18)

Youth and Family Services Librarian Laura Larsen holds a BFA in Theater Arts, and has been storytelling for over 20 years. She will explain how to pick the best stories for different audiences and situations, and offer techniques for presenting those stories effectively. She'll also tell a couple of stories, time permitting!
For students in grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18).
Drop in; no registration.

Teen Writing Workshop

Tuesday, August 22, 3:00pm
Meeting Room 2
For students entering grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18)

Join the discussion about your favorite young adult books and authors with Connecticut YA author Shari Arnold, who will be talking about how she came to be an author and the writing process, as well as giving advice to aspiring authors.
For students in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18).
Registration is required. Register at Russell Library Event Calendar , in person, or at 860-344-8479.