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All Programs Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library 

Russell Readers: Brownies by ZZ Packer

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

Join us to discuss Brownies by ZZ Packer 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. For more information contact Chantal Foster at (860)573-2946 or Chantal.foster@comcast.net.
Drop in; no registration required.

Finding and Using Low Cost / No Cost Technologies

Wednesday, November 14, 12:15pm – 5:00pm
Activity Room

State Education Resource Center representatives will discuss and demonstrate a variety of low-cost/no-cost technologies that are available for students with disabilities and learning differences, both for at home and in school learning.
All ages.
Registration required; register at https://19-28-042.eventbrite.com

Scrabble Wednesday

Wednesdays, November 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:00pm
Meeting Room 3,

Carol Whitfield will lead players in scrabble games for ages 12 - 112.
We will have dictionaries, score sheets and scrabble boards. Bring your brains! 
For ages 12 to 112.

Just drop-in or sign-up online and get an email reminder!

Social Security Explained

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Peter Leppones, CFP, an assets manager with Apella Capital, will present tips on navigating the Social Security system to maximize your benefits, potentially increasing your monthly payments and providing more protection for your loved ones. 
Drop in; no registration required.

Film: Veterans of Color; hosted by the Veterans’ Writing Group

Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

African Americans served in some of the bloodiest combat missions in American history, even when their country treated them as lessor citizens. Then many Veterans of color faced even fiercer battles when they returned home to face housing and job discrimination, racial hatred, and other hardships. In the film, Veterans speak directly about their experiences. NR; running time 60 minutes. See a trailer and learn more at: http://www.veteransofcolor.org
Drop in; no registration required. Everyone is welcome.
Sponsored and hosted by the Russell Library Veterans' Writing Group. 

We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays, November 15* and 29**; December 6, 13, 20 and 27,
6:30pm, Meeting Room 2

  *November 15, The Hubbard Room. The group will present excerpts from their soon-to-be-published book, and show the film Veterans of Color.  The public is cordially invited to this event.
   **November 29 the group will host Paul-Stephen Varszegi, founder of the US Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Group. The public is cordially invited to this event.

No registration required.

Led by Elizabeth Petry, the Veterans' Writing Group invites all active or retired Veterans to document their stories and experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. New members are always welcome and recent Vets are especially encouraged to attend. The group recently signed a contract to publish a book of their collected writings.  The workshop facilitator is Christy Billings. She can be reached at (860) 347-2528 x 160 or cbillings@russelllibrary.org

Mittens Drive

November 15 - December 12 - Lobby

Once again, the Russell Library will be holding a “MITTENS” Drive from November 15th through December 12th. New mittens, gloves, scarves and hats will be collected to be distributed to Community Organizations. There will be a bin in the main Lobby to deposit your donations. We appreciate your assistance in helping us help others.

The Friends of the Russell Library Holiday Book Sale

Friday, November 16, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Activity Room

Friends' book sales offer something for everyone and help the Friends fund a wide variety of Library programs. Just in time for holiday gifting, November’s sale features the best of the year’s offerings in art books, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, and other fine materials. Donating books is as easy as purchasing them: bring your books to the Library, or email the Friends for possible pick-up: friendsatrussell@gmail.com.

Concert: Classical Harmonica Player Jia-Yi He with a String Quartet

Saturday, November 17, 1:30pm
Hubbard Room

Jia-Yi He, a world-class harmonica virtuoso, has received numerous awards in international festivals and competitions, and participated in the America’s Got Talent TV show. He will appear here with a string quartet. This concert is part of our 'Immigrant Artist' series.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Commission on the Arts. 

Readers Theater presents Church and State by Jason Odell Williams

Sunday, November 18, 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

In the wake of a school shooting, the devoutly Christian wife and the liberal Jewish campaign manager of a Republican U.S. senator try to contain the damage an off-the-cuff comment on guns and God creates during the senator’s bid for reelection. This look at how religion and politics relate is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting. Readers Theater is live drama enacted by local actors. Richard Kamins and Anne Cassady direct.

Mike Shalin--The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography

Monday, November 19, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

25 year veteran sportswriter Mike Shalin presents his recently published scrapbook-style book featuring photos of BoSox legends by longtime photographer Steve Babineau. Mr. Shalin is currently one of the official scorekeepers at Red Sox games, and a Baseball Hall of Fame voter.

The Immigrant Cookbook: A Book Discussion and Tasting

Monday, November 26, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

The Immigrant Cookbook, compiled by Leyla Moushabeck, contains a rich variety of recipes from many ethnic communities in the United States. We will discuss the book and sample some of the recipes!
The Immigrant Artist series is sponsored by the Middletown Commission on the Arts. 

Classic Mystery Book Discussion: Cover Her Face: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, book 1 by P. D. James

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00pm
Meeting Room 2

Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Cover Her Face is P. D. James's electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery.
Drop in; no registration required.

Career Training Programs Offered at MxCC for SNAP Recipients

Wednesdays, November 28, 4:00pm
Meeting Room 2

Recipients of SNAP benefits can learn about career training programs at Middlesex Community College.
Drop in; no registration required.

Connecticut Poetry Society

Wednesday, November 28, 6:00pm
Meeting Room 2

The Middletown Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society meets to review poems. All are welcome. 

DNA and Genealogy

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

Nora Galvin, C. G., a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, will discuss ethnicity aspects of DNA testing, shared DNA segments and how they can be used to identify common ancestors, testing strategies, and how to collect data into a format useful for comparing multiple matching people. 

Paul-Stephen Varszegi: Founder of the US Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Group; hosted by the Veterans’ Writing Group

Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

The US Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Group helps Veterans facing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) improve the quality of their lives by engaging them in physical wellness and fitness activities which involve teamwork and shared goals. With 16,000 members in 12 states, Trumbull native Varszegi’s original idea has improved the lives of countless Veterans and their families.
Drop in; no registration required.
Hosted by Russell Library’s Veterans’ Writing Group.

Crafts for Adults

Friday, November 30, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come explore the world of crafts for adults! The library will provide materials as well as an Adult Coloring page for those who prefer. 
Drop in; no registration required.

Yoga in the Hubbard Room

Saturdays, December 1, 29, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Yoga promotes well-being, a stronger immune system and better sleep patterns. Led by Jeff Hush, founder of Food and Movement Therapy.  No prior experience is necessary, and no mats will be used.
Drop in; no registration required.

Racial Justice Book Discussion: So You Want To Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Tuesday, December 4, 6:00pm
Meeting Room 2

NY Times bestseller author Oluo explores the complexities of today's racial landscape, from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement. Copies of each month’s book will be available for check-out. Contact Christy Billings: cbillings@russelllibrary.org or 860 347-2528 ext 160.

This book club is open to everyone; no registration required.

The Racial Justice Book Group meets monthly in partnership with the Middletown Racial Justice Coalition. We will not meet in January, 2019.


First Friday Book Discussion: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, OFFSITE

Friday, December 7, 7:00pm
RaMa LuNa Center for Yoga & Well-being, 282 Main Street Ext., Middletown, in the Palmer Eye Care building, next to CVS.

"I’ve left some clues for you. / If you want them, turn the page. / If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please." So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the NY Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Copies of the book are available at Russell Library. Christy Billings, facilitator, can be reached at 860-347-2528 x 160 or cbillings@russelllibrary.orgRachel Payne hosts at RaMa LuNa: 860-800-5862.

Sign-ups are preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome.

Co-sponsored by RaMa LuNa Yoga and Russell Library.

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