Events 

  1. Sun Dec. 4

    Sunday: Library Open 1pm-5pm Russell Library is open Sundays 1pm-15pm from October 2, 2022 - March 26, 2023.
  2. Mon Dec. 5

    Play Pals! Come play with us in the Hubbard Room while we are under construction! Join us each week on Monday mornings to connect with other families and explore the power of play. A variety of toys will be out for free play including building materials, crafts, sensory toys and imaginative play. This is a great opportunity for children not yet in school or homeschool children to get together. The activities we have planned are aimed at children age 1-5, and a caregiver, but all ages are welcome! ...
  3. Mon Dec. 5

    Stress Balls For Teens with QPlus at Russell Library! Join Russell Library and our friends from QPlus as we make a stress ball while we talk about what causes us stress and how to manage it, including sharing various stress relief/management techniques, identifying ‘warning signs’ for when you need to take a self care break, and how to decide what type of self care is necessary (sure, blast your favorite song, but also have some water). This session will take place at Russell Library in the Teen Area (located on the first floor). For young people...
  4. Tue Dec. 6

  5. Tue Dec. 6

    Family Storytime! Join us for a fun family storytime in the Hubbard Room where we will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event starts). Space is limited, so please let us know how many people will be in your party (all young people any caregivers = the number of people attending.) We know family schedules can change from week to week, so please register for each session you plan to attend! F...
  6. Tue Dec. 6

  7. Tue Dec. 6

    Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks (online) Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recent New York Times Bestselling novel Horse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  8. Wed Dec. 7

    American Job Center Info Table in the Lobby at Russell: AJC Ambassador Darlena Young American Job Center Table Darlena Young, from the American Job Center (AJC) Ambassador in the South-Central Region of CT with Singquel Short, Communication Specialist will be available to speak with patrons, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 11AM-1PM. From Darlena: "It’s our mission to serve our communities by helping people live their best lives and would love to come and share information about our job opportunities, programs, and training services available at the American Job Centers. Pleas...
  9. Thu Dec. 8

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Interviewing For Your New Job in 2023 with Deb Krawiec Interviewing For Your New Job in 2023 with Deb Krawiec Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Christy Billings cbilli...
  10. Thu Dec. 8

    Homeschool Hands-On: STEM We are inviting homeschooling families with children ages 6-12 in our communitity to connect with Russell Youth and Familiy Learning librarians! The librarians will have a vareity of science based activities to work on while we all get to know each other. This is a great opportunity to meet with other families and provide the library feedback on ways to best work with homeschooling families for future meet ups. The activities we have planned are aimed at children 6-12, and a caregiver. Plea...
  11. Thu Dec. 8

    Paws Study Our friends from Pawsitive Therapy will be at the library Thursday evening from 6-7 pm in the teen space. Stop by to enjoy a quiet study session and spend some calming time with therapy dogs. This program is intended for young people ages 10 (remember: a caregiver should remind in the building for young people 11 years old and under. Thank you!) No registration required, this is a drop in program. Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of...
  12. Thu Dec. 8

    Books and Brews: Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah. Our December title is Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah. Copies available at the Borrowing Desk. Join us IN PERSON at Stubborn Beauty Brewing at 180 Johnson St, Middletown, CT. Questions? E-mail Christy Billings at cbillings@russelllibrary.org Sponsored by the Friends of Russell Library. Place a hold for curbside pick-up or E-copies are available at www.russelllibrary.org. No purchase is required.
  13. Fri Dec. 9

    Book Sale Friends of Russell Library Book Sale Dates December 9-11, 2022 in the Hubbard Room Hours Friday, December 9th, 9am-5pm Saturday, December 10th, 9am- 5pm Sunday, December 11th, 1pm-5pm
  14. Sat Dec. 10

    Book Sale Friends of Russell Library Book Sale Dates December 9-11, 2022 in the Hubbard Room Hours Friday, December 9th, 9am-5pm Saturday, December 10th, 9am- 5pm Sunday, December 11th, 1pm-5pm
  15. Sat Dec. 10

    Dungeons & Dragons in the Library "Candlekeep was the famous library-fortness that stood proud as a bastion of enlightenment and knowledge on the Sword Coast for many centuries. It housed magnificent collection of books and scrolls of lore, considered the greatest collection of the writings in all of Faerun." Join us at the library where we will solve mysteries and survive dangerous encounters at one-shot D & D adventures! No experience needed: sessions will begin with a quick introduction to the rules, and we w...
  16. Sat Dec. 10

    Author Talk with Fredrik Backman: Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove (Online) Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel, The Winners, the third installment of the Beartown series. Click here to register.
  17. Sun Dec. 11

    Sunday: Library Open 1pm-5pm Russell Library is open Sundays 1pm-15pm from October 2, 2022 - March 26, 2023.
  18. Sun Dec. 11

    Book Sale Friends of Russell Library Book Sale Dates December 9-11, 2022 in the Hubbard Room Hours Friday, December 9th, 9am-5pm Saturday, December 10th, 9am- 5pm Sunday, December 11th, 1pm-5pm
  19. Sun Dec. 11

  20. Mon Dec. 12

    Play Pals! Come play with us in the Hubbard Room while we are under construction! Join us each week on Monday mornings to connect with other families and explore the power of play. A variety of toys will be out for free play including building materials, crafts, sensory toys and imaginative play. This is a great opportunity for children not yet in school or homeschool children to get together. The activities we have planned are aimed at children age 1-5, and a caregiver, but all ages are welcome! ...
  21. Mon Dec. 12 - Thu Dec. 15

  22. Tue Dec. 13

    Family Storytime! Join us for a fun family storytime in the Hubbard Room where we will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event starts). Space is limited, so please let us know how many people will be in your party (all young people any caregivers = the number of people attending.) We know family schedules can change from week to week, so please register for each session you plan to attend! F...
  23. Wed Dec. 14

    A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America: Author Talk with Nicole Eustace (Online) You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America. On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. In Covered...
  24. Thu Dec. 15

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Don't Let Your Resume Leave You Out in the Cold Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
  25. Thu Dec. 15

    Paws Study Our friends from Pawsitive Therapy will be at the library Thursday evening from 6-7 pm in the teen space. Stop by to enjoy a quiet study session and spend some calming time with therapy dogs. This program is intended for young people ages 10 (remember: a caregiver should remind in the building for young people 11 years old and under. Thank you!) No registration required, this is a drop in program. Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of...
  26. Sat Dec. 17

    The Polar Express: a Read Aloud with Councilman Phil Pessina All aboard for The Polar Express! Our conductor, Phil Pessina, will enchant children with a live reading of the holiday classic, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. What would happen if a mysterious train stopped in front of your house on Christmas Eve? If you still believe, it would take you on a journey to the North Pole where you’d meet Santa and his hundreds of elves getting ready for the most magical night of the year. But before Santa begins delivering gifts to children around the wo...
  27. Sun Dec. 18

    Sunday: Library Open 1pm-5pm Russell Library is open Sundays 1pm-15pm from October 2, 2022 - March 26, 2023.
  28. Mon Dec. 19

    Play Pals! Come play with us in the Hubbard Room while we are under construction! Join us each week on Monday mornings to connect with other families and explore the power of play. A variety of toys will be out for free play including building materials, crafts, sensory toys and imaginative play. This is a great opportunity for children not yet in school or homeschool children to get together. The activities we have planned are aimed at children age 1-5, and a caregiver, but all ages are welcome! ...
  29. Tue Dec. 20

  30. Tue Dec. 20

    Family Storytime! Join us for a fun family storytime in the Hubbard Room where we will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event starts). Space is limited, so please let us know how many people will be in your party (all young people any caregivers = the number of people attending.) We know family schedules can change from week to week, so please register for each session you plan to attend! F...
  31. Tue Dec. 20

    Board of Trustees Meeting https://middletownct.gov/129/Agendas-Minutes
  32. Wed Dec. 21

    American Job Center Info Table in the Lobby at Russell: AJC Ambassador Darlena Young American Job Center Table Darlena Young, from the American Job Center (AJC) Ambassador in the South-Central Region of CT with Singquel Short, Communication Specialist will be available to speak with patrons, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 11AM-1PM. From Darlena: "It’s our mission to serve our communities by helping people live their best lives and would love to come and share information about our job opportunities, programs, and training services available at the American Job Centers. Plea...
  33. Thu Dec. 22

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Dr. Marcia LaReau What Jobseekers need to know about Artificial Intelligenge and Automation. Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bo...
  34. Thu Dec. 22

    Mystery! What: Mystery! is a Russell Library-run book club for mystery lovers. The book group discusses a new mystery novel every month. When: The group meets on last Thursday of the month at 3pm (or, if Russell is closed at that time, the latest Thursday in the month that we’re open). Where: The group will meet in the Courtyard whenever weather allows. When weather does not allow, we will gather in Meeting Room 2. Books: Book copies are available at the Circulation desk. Click Here to See the List o...
  35. Thu Dec. 22

    Teen Advisory Board Are you a teen with ideas about Russell Library? Are you interested in sharing your ideas with peers and a librarian? Join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) to chat and brainstorm programs, books, and ideas for how to make Russell Library a great space for teens! This event will take place at the gaming tables in the teen area on the left side of the library, accessible through the lobby. This program is intended for young people ages 12 - 18. Please register below! Covid Library Event gu...
  36. Sat Dec. 24

    Library Closing at 1pm The library will close at 1pm for the Christmas holiday.
  37. Sun Dec. 25 - Mon Dec. 26

    Library Closed: Christmas The library is closed for Christmas.
  38. Mon Dec. 26

  39. Mon Dec. 26 - Tue Dec. 27

    Library Closed: Christmas The library is closed for the Christmas holiday.
  40. Tue Dec. 27

    Family Storytime! Join us for a fun family storytime in the Hubbard Room where we will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event starts). Space is limited, so please let us know how many people will be in your party (all young people any caregivers = the number of people attending.) We know family schedules can change from week to week, so please register for each session you plan to attend! F...
  41. Wed Dec. 28

    Board Game Bonanza Come in for an afternoon of board gaming at the library! Hang out, learn to play new games, or enjoy a game you may already know, no matter your ability level! (Pizza and snacks provided.) This program is intended for young people ages 12-18. (If you need a ride to or from the library from somewhere in Middletown to attend this program, we can help! Please register below and then fill out the form linked here: https://forms.gle/JVXUwfhKdqXB6Knp8 ) Registration is required and will close 24 ...
  42. Thu Dec. 29

    Virtual Job and Career Group Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
  43. Thu Dec. 29

    Board Game Bonanza Come in for an afternoon of board gaming at the library! Hang out, learn to play new games, or enjoy a game you may already know, no matter your ability level! (Pizza and snacks provided.) This program is intended for young people ages 12-18. (If you need a ride to or from the library from somewhere in Middletown to attend this program, we can help! Please register below and then fill out the form linked here: https://forms.gle/JVXUwfhKdqXB6Knp8 ) Registration is required and will close 24 ...
  44. Fri Dec. 30

    Family Movie Sing-Along! Join us for afternoon of sing-along fun as we watch the fantastical musical about a Colombian teenage girl who faces the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. (2021. Rated PG). This program is for all ages! Space is limited, so please let us know how many people will be in your party (all young people any caregivers = the number of people attending)! Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety if any member of your household is exper...
  45. Sun Jan. 1 - Mon Jan. 2

    Library Closed: New Years Day The Russell LIbrary is closed for the holiday.
  46. Mon Jan. 2

  47. Mon Jan. 2 - Tue Jan. 3

    Library Closed: New Years Holiday The Russell Library is closed for the holiday.
  48. Tue Jan. 3

  49. Tue Jan. 3

    Family Storytime! Join us for a fun family storytime in the Hubbard Room where we will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. We know family schedules can change from week to week, so please register for each week that you plan to attend! Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event starts). Space is limited, so please let us know how many people will be in your party (all young people any caregivers = the number of people attending.) F...
  50. Sat Jan. 7

    Dungeons & Dragons in the Library "Candlekeep was the famous library-fortness that stood proud as a bastion of enlightenment and knowledge on the Sword Coast for many centuries. It housed magnificent collection of books and scrolls of lore, considered the greatest collection of the writings in all of Faerun." Join us at the library where we will solve mysteries and survive dangerous encounters at one-shot D & D adventures! No experience needed: sessions will begin with a quick introduction to the rules, and we w...
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