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Summer Reading 2018

Reading Takes You Everywhere this Summer at the Russell Library!

Starting Friday June 1st 2018 sign up for the Summer Reading.  To get started, visit russelllibrary.beanstack.org, click “Register an Individual or Family,” and follow the prompts to set up your account.  Read, complete challenges, and attend events to be entered for fabulous prizes all summer long!

Scrabble Wednesday

Wednesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, 2:30pm. Meeting Room 2 or 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!

Educational Talk: Oh My Aching Joints!

Thursday, June 14, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Do you have shoulder, hip or knee pain? Have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis? Come learn effective strategies to cope with pain and improve mobility.

Sponsored by Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers of Middletown.

On the River: A Community Art Project

Saturday, June 16, @10:30am
Hubbard Room

In this hands-on art class, participants will work together to create a mural based on a well-known piece of art. Each person or small group will get one to three 12'' x 12'' paper squares with a section of the painting. They will be asked to replicate the lines, shapes, and general composition of the sample square using any materials, colors, or style that they wish. Materials will be provided. Artists are encouraged to bring in their favorite supplies if they’d like. As they finish, they will place their square on the wall based on the number on the back. The combined squares will reveal the piece of art chosen for the class.
This project is ideal for individuals interested in making art, and families with children in grades 1 and up (ages 6 +). Siblings welcome! 
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there’s room. Please sign up on line or call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520.

Book Talk With a Walk

Mondays during June, July and August
@ 12PM-1PM
Weather Permitting

Meet in the lobby of Russell Library where we will go off-site for a short walk and discuss books!
Grab your water bottle, lace up your sneakers and join us! Gentle pace and great discussion!
It is not necessary to have read the book. Come join us and hear about new titles and feel free to share books you love.

June : Previous One Book on the Riverbend titles!

6/18/18 Ready Player One
6/25/18 The Art of Racing in the Rain

July: Previous One Book on the Riverbend titles!

July 2nd No Discussion
7/9/18 Unbroken
7/16/18 To Kill A Mockingbird
7/23/18 The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
7/30/18 Boys in the Boat

August: Previous One Book Titles

8/6/18 Water For Elephants
8/13/18 The Soloist
8/20/18 Tuesdays With Morrie
8/27/18 The Kite Runner

Discussion will be led by Christy Billings, Chair of One Book on the Riverbend.
Contact info: cbillings@russelllibrary.org (860) 347-2528 Ext 160
This is a One Book on the Riverbend 2018 event. It is sponsored through a Middletown Rotary Grant and by The Friends of the Russell Library

YMCA’s Nutritional Education

Wednesday, June 20, 2:00pm
Meeting Room 2

Contact Middlesex YMCA's Community Wellness Coordinator, Gabrielle West for more information:GWest@midymca.org or (860) 343-6240. 
Registration is required.

This program is sponsored by the YMCA

Clara’s Journey: Why Our Piano Goes to the Woods

Thursday, June 21, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

Every summer, the piano at Russell Library, named after Clara Schumann, has a summer adventure in the woods. Come enjoy her music and story with Mara Bennett, Noyes dancer, and Carolyn Halsted, a Middletown composer and pianist who will play a selection of musical pieces used for Noyes Rhythm, including one of her own compositions.  Pianist Carolyn Halsted is a composer and pianist who teaches at Wesleyan University. Along with other pianists, she has worked with the Noyes Rhythm Summer Retreat for several years. Created by Florence Fleming Noyes in the early 1900s, Noyes Rhythm is a movement system that brings ease and strength to your body, while opening you up to great creativity in art and life. Many people of all ages, both dancers and non-dancers, have come to Noyes School of Rhythm to relieve stiffness, tiredness, and loss of inspiration. 

Drop-in; no registration. 

Yoga in the Hubbard Room

Saturday, June 23, 11:00am
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.

Medical Massage: What it is and How It Can Help You

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm
Hubbard Room

Learn about Medical Massage and its value. Simple ways to identify physical issues will be introduced. Useful stretches will be demonstrated and taught. Come prepared to get up and move, and ask questions! Paul Rice has been a Medical Massage Therapist for 15 years. He graduated from CCMT (now Cortiva Institute) with a Certificate in Medical Massage from Hartford Hospital. He has taken courses in Visceral Manipulation (Abdomen, Thorax and Pelvis), Craniosacral I, Myofascial, and also has training in Nerve Mobilization (Lower and Upper Extremities). He often use Acupressure and Energy work when doing medical massage. He worked almost 30 years in Emergency Medicine, 18 years as a Paramedic.

Drop-in; no registration.

Language for Brain Health Workshop, with Dr. Helen Evrard 

Tuesday, June 26, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Language and deep word meanings will be explored and applied to help participants improve self-confidence and overcome doubt and fear. In this interactive workshop Dr. Evrard will share her personal journey with depression, and help participants minimize its impact on themselves and others. Dr. Evrard is the author of Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire and the co-creator with Middletown artist Kimberly Barcello of the companion Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that allow selection of a single word for reflection, insight, and discovery.  She is the producer/host of 'Your Mind Matters,’ (currently on hiatus) airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, offering conversations with researchers, practitioners, and everyday people who deal with brain health issues. For more information go to: www.wordifference.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/workdifference.

Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join the Alzheimer's Association in going purple and raising awareness in June. The more people know about Alzheimer's, the more action we inspire. Go to www.alz.org/abam for more information on National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion: A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (a Miss Marple mystery)

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00pm
Meeting Room 2

Agatha Christie liked using nursery rhymes as a unifying theme, but A Pocket Full of Rye is the only Miss Marple book to use this method. In this ingeniously plotted classic, the nursery rhyme holds three clues to finding a cunning killer when a well-to-do household becomes infested with murder. Copies are available at the circulation desk.

Author Frank Connolly: Insider's View to City Hall

Wednesday, June 27, 6:00pm
Meeting Room 3

Author Frank Connolly of Portland, former town manager of North Branford, Newington, and Coventry, will speak on his experiences in municipalities from an insider's point of view. His novel Hidden Agenda: Inside Town Hall is loosely based on his three-decade career as an administrator in three Connecticut municipalities. It may be a work of fiction, but its plot, replete with back stabbing, ignited passions, behind-the-scenes schemings and rich characters — both unsavory and altruistic — reveals the entertaining and sometimes lurid nature of town government. This book and Local Government in Connecticut, 3rd Edition will be available for purchase.

Practicing Self Care: A workshop with Tateisha Perry

Thursday, June 28, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Life can be chaotic. Very often we get swept up in taking care of everybody and everything else except ourselves. Many of us need to recharge our own batteries! Whether you’re a teenager, a college student, a parent, a caregiver, or any or all of the above, everyone needs to pay attention to taking care of themselves. 

Tateisha Perry, owner of The Triplet Connection, LLC and a Marriage and Family Therapist, will present ideas anyone can adapt to add a little more self-care into their daily routine—simple things such as taking a walk or a bubble bath, or taking the time to exercise. Tateisha will also offer a quick meditation to demonstrate how meditation can help calm a busy mind. Tateisha has four children: 14 year old triplets and an eight year old boy.

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