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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!

Video Games: A Crash Course on Computer Gaming, presented for parents by Stephen Duetzmann

Tuesday, July 17, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Video Games: A Crash Course will help parents navigate the gaming world by presenting a wealth of information about the games kids want to play, how parents can choose games for their children, and how to find inventive ways to get good deals on the games you purchase. Stephen Duetzmann is the Editor in Chief of Engaged Family Gaming, a website, podcast, and community on gaming with families. His website is: engagedfamilygaming.com
This presentation is for parents and guardians of video gamers.
Drop in; no registration.

Scrabble Wednesday

Wednesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2:00pm. 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!

Technology Drop-In Hours

Wednesday, July 18, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Information Services Area

Still getting acquainted with your Kindle, iPad, or Android device? Did you upgrade your laptop but still don’t feel comfortable with it? Russell Library is hosting a new technology workshop in its Information Area. Teen volunteers will be available for basic instruction, including downloading library e-books, magazines, and music. Bring your charged device along with any passwords needed to get started. The library is happy to help with questions, but it is unfortunately not able to fix broken equipment, to download software, or to remove viruses. Members of our teen volunteer group will be available for initial 30 minute sessions. 

Fiddlers’ Workshop

Wednesdays, July 18, and 25, August 1, 8, 15, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

The Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club (CBOTFC) is sponsoring a series of six (6) FREE fiddling classes which will offer fiddle players the opportunity to meet and to practice well-known tunes with one another. Classes will be held on six Wednesday evenings from July 11 through August 15, from 6:00pm to 7:45pm. 
Class enrollment is limited to fifteen (15) adults, 18 years of age and above. Participants must have some knowledge and skill playing the fiddle. CBOTFC will provide instructors, music instructions, and in certain cases, instruments. Classes are taught by ear, but sheet music will be available. 
Students are encouraged to bring their own fiddle and bow, but instruments may be loaned out for a $50 deposit.  
Registration is required, and a pre-class questionnaire must be answered. Sign up at the Russell Library online events calendar at russelllibrary.org.
For more information call: Ginny Worrell at (860) 798-4509 or email vrgnia959@sbcglobal.net
or Edward Rosado at (860) 345-3654 or edymarge@aol.com

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: Book Discussion and Antarctic Adventure

Thursday, July 19, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

During the 2015-16 Antarctic research season, National Geographic filmed one of their most challenging television series ever, and Russell Library’s own Deb Barberi was there as well! Deb will show a short film of her trip to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, and then Christy Billings will facilitate a discussion of the book Where'd You Go, Bernadette: a novel by Maria Semple, part of which takes place in Antarctica. Stay cool in the summer heat, and marvel at Deb’s images and memories of her adventures with whales, penguins, seals, and glaciers. Questions? (860) 347-2528 x 160.
Copies of Where'd You Go, Bernadette will be available for check-out at the front desk.

Crafts for Adults and Adult Coloring

Fridays, July 20; August 10, 17, 24, 31, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come explore the world of crafts for adults! Each month, we have a new type of craft to try. The library will provide materials to complete the craft. If you have a certain craft or project in mind, you may bring your own materials and share your knowledge and expertise with others. Check our events calendar the week of the workshop to see what craft we will be doing. We will also have Adult Coloring pages available for those who do not wish to participate in the craft activity. 

After-Hours Family Dance Party

Friday, July 20, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Activity Room

Do you like to dance? Miss Laura does! Join us at this after-hours program for a fun hour of movement and dance, including parachute play, shakers, scarves and more!
For ages 3 - 6; siblings and families welcome!
Drop in; no registration.

Book Talk With a Walk

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

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.

July: Previous One Book on the Riverbend titles!

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.

Yoga in the Courtyard

Saturday, July 28; August 18, 11:00am
The Courtyard

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.
In the case of rain, the class will be held in the Hubbard Room.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion: The Case of the Missing Servant

Tuesday, July 31, 7:00pm
Meeting Room 2

We will be reading and discussing The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall (2009). The portly Vish Puri is India’s most accomplished detective, at least in his own estimation, and is also the hero of an irresistible new mystery series set in hot, dusty Delhi. Puri’s detective skills are old-fashioned in a Sherlock Holmesian way and a little out of sync with the tempo of the modern city, but Puri is clever and his methods work. Copies are available at the circulation desk.

Books and Brews off-site book discussion at Stubborn Beauty Brewery

Thursday, August 2, 6PM-7:30PM
Stubborn Beauty, 180 Johnson Street, Middletown

Join us off-site for the August 'Books and Brews' Book Discussion at Stubborn Beauty Brewery featuring a novel set in France called, You me everythingby Catherine Isaac. Single mom, Jess takes her young son to visit his father in France in the hopes of bringing them closer together, but troubles at home threaten to pull them back.

As one reader said, “You, Me, Everything is a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions at times, but it's a brilliant read and I loved being along with them for the journey… Catherine Isaac's writing feels so like real life - in many ways but, at its heart, just in the way she portrays dialogue and actions - it all feels natural and so convincing.”

Discussion will be facilitated by Christy Billings, Library Assistant in Programming and Community Engagement at Russell Library. Contact info: cbillings@russelllibrary.org or (860) 347-2528 Ext 160

Copies of You me everythingby Catherine Isaac are available for checkout at Russell Library. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. Our thanks again to Stubborn Beauty for having us in their local space!

Thank Goodness it’s Friday Coloring

Friday, August 3, 3:30pm
Activity Room

Enjoy a relaxing Friday afternoon coloring with the Youth and Family Learning Department.
For all ages.
Drop in; no registration.

Eat Right When Money Is Tight

Monday, August 6, 13, 20, 1:00pm
Activity Room

Learn how to eat well on a budget. A community nutrition educator from the Husky Nutrition Programs at UConn Health will be presenting the program. During this nutrition seminar, participants will learn strategies to save money while eating well. Weekly topics will be:
August 6: Unit Pricing/Buying Seasonally
August 13: Reading Labels
August 20: Choosing Frozen, Fresh, or Canned
Drop in; no registration required.
For patrons age 13 and up. (grade 7 +)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and the UConn Health and Husky Program.

Make a Peace Crane

Monday, August 6, 2:00pm
Courtyard, (or Lobby if raining)

All ages are welcome to learn to make an origami peace crane.
Drop in; no registration required.

Solo Travel: Nina Lesiga

Thursday, August 9, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

More and more people are travelling solo, and they aren't all single. The 'new normal' is to go after your travel dreams in ways that combine safety, security, and confidence with spontaneity and flexibility to result in vibrant, authentic and fun travel for a party of one. Whether your destination is close to home and somewhat familiar or far-flung and exotic, solo adventures can expand perspective, boost happiness and contribute to fuller, more mindful living. Nina Lesiga offers fresh ideas about how to find your own travel ‘sweet spot.’

Crafts for Adults: Assemblages From Natural Materials

Fridays, August 10 and 17, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come explore the world of crafts for adults! Each month, we will have a new type of craft to try. The library will provide materials to complete the craft. If you have a certain craft or project in mind, you may bring your own materials, and share your knowledge and expertise with others. We will also have Adult Coloring pages available for those who do not wish to participate in the craft activity. 
Today we will make 'assemblages'. An assemblage is a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects. We will be using environmentally friendly materials such as pine cones, branches, feathers, and rocks. These creations may be placed outside in gardens, and will not pollute the environment or disturb wildlife. We will provide many materials, but please feel free to bring any natural materials that you would like to use. 
 Because of the popularity of this craft, and the limited materials, we are limiting it to 15 adults. There are two separate workshops, one on August 10th, and one on August 17th. You may register for one or both. 

Registration required. Register online or call (860) 347-2520

Classic Mystery Film Series: Murder Most Foul 

Tuesday, August 14, 12:30pm
Hubbard Room

Murder Most Foul (1964) is the fourth of four Miss Marple films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

Russell Readers: Harmony of the World by Charles Baxter

Tuesday, August 14, 6:30pm
Meeting Room 2

Join us to discuss Harmony of the World by Charles Baxter 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 at Russell Library. 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.

Drop in; no registration.

Technology Drop-in Hours 

Wednesday, August 15, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Information Services Area

Still getting acquainted with your Kindle, iPad, or Android device? Did you upgrade your laptop but still don’t feel comfortable with it? Russell Library is hosting a new technology workshop in its Information Area. Teen volunteers will be available to provide basic instruction, including downloading library e-books, magazines, and music. Bring your charged device along with any passwords needed to get started. The library is happy to help with questions, but it is unfortunately not able to fix broken computers, to download software, or to remove viruses. Members of our teen volunteer group will be available for initial 30 minute sessions

Author Visit: Abby Fabiaschi: I Liked My Life

Thursday, August 16, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Madeline Starling was a seemingly devoted wife and mother until her suicide. While her husband struggles to balance his high-profile career with unexpected single parenting, and their teenage daughter struggles with the guilt and anger she feels after her mother’s intentional death, Madeline struggles to make things right for the family she left behind. The result is an achingly beautiful portrait of a father and daughter trying to redefine their understanding of family, and a striking depiction of the power of unconditional love.  I Liked My Life is an acutely perceptive, candid debut.

Leonard Bernstein: An American Treasure 100th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, August 25, 11:00am
Hubbard Room

Bernstein was a virtuoso pianist and conductor who composed music ranging from Broadway musicals to classical; he was also an educator, a lecturer, an author and a TV personality. There was very little he couldn’t do extremely well.  Presenting this tribute will be Jeffrey Engel who has played cello with orchestras in France, including the Paris Opera, and has performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. He believes that lectures devoted to music history should be entertaining as well as informative, and to that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations. In 2010 he was selected by 'Litchfield Magazine' as one of the fifty most influential people in Litchfield County

Classic Mystery Book Discussion: The Daughter of Time            

Tuesday, August 28, 7:00pm
Meeting Room 2

This month’s book is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. It concerns a modern police officer's investigation into the alleged crimes of King Richard III of England. It was the last book Tey published in her lifetime, shortly before her death. In 1990 it was voted number one in The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time list compiled by the British Crime Writers' Association.[1] In 1995 it was voted number four in The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time list compiled by the Mystery Writers of America. Copies are available at the circulation desk

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