Events 

  1. Mon May 23

    Way off the Rack Art Exhibition by Middletown Pride Join Middletown Pride, the New Haven Pride Center, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts for an exhibition exploring some of Middletown's finest performance artists. This exhibition will feature seven unique vignettes highlighting the craft, style, and personalities of these incredible artists.
  2. Tue May 24

    Storytime on Zoom! Join us for a morning of songs, stories and movement in our Virtual storytime for Birth-5 year olds! Our fabulous youth librarians will share favorite stories, some new and some classics! So get your cameras rolling and join in the fun! This virtual program is for children ages birth-6. Registration is required (and will close an hour before the event begins). New craft kits will come out on the first and third Friday of each month! Pick one up anytime the library is open (while supplies ...
  3. Tue May 24

    Career Workshop: Gary Gekow, Networking for Jobseekers The Art of Networking Job fairs, corporate hiring events, Meetups and other online social media platforms are just some of the avenues where people can promote their networking skills. While attending these events and dropping off a resume is a good start, deeper engagement is required in today’s job market. We will discuss networking strategies to better enhance your employment attainment prospects. Gary Gekow has over 30 years of employment consulting and recruiting experience in the Boston ...
  4. Thu May 26

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Joe Vitulli Job Seekers Toolkit 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 Billing...
  5. Thu May 26

    Mystery! Mystery! is a Russell Library-run book club for mystery lovers. The book group discusses a new mystery novel every month. The group meets on Thursdays at 3pm, the last Thursday of the month (or, if Russell is closed at that time, the latest Thursday in the month that we’re open). Starting July 29th, 2021, our meetings will switch back to in person at Russell Library in Meeting Room 2. Books are available at the Circulation desk. No registration required. Questions? Contact Amy Slowik. Click...
  6. Mon May 30

    Memorial Day - City Hall Closed City Hall will be closed on 5/30 in observance of Memorial Day.
  7. Mon May 30 - Tue May 31

    Library Closed: Memorial Day The library is closed for the holiday.
  8. Mon May 30

  9. Tue May 31

    Storytime on Zoom! Join us for a morning of songs, stories and movement in our Virtual storytime for Birth-5 year olds! Our fabulous youth librarians will share favorite stories, some new and some classics! So get your cameras rolling and join in the fun! This virtual program is for children ages birth-6. Registration is required (and will close an hour before the event begins). New craft kits will come out on the first and third Friday of each month! Pick one up anytime the library is open (while supplies ...
  10. Tue May 31

  11. Wed Jun. 1

    Middletown Pride Flag Raising and Kick-off of Pride Month! 9AM- Ceremony @ Middlesex Health 10AM- Kick-Off @ Rainbow Crosswalk 11AM- Flag Raising @ City Hall
  12. Wed Jun. 1

    Music and the great outdoors at Harbor Park! Join Everyone Outside, Russell Library, and children's musician Emmy Brockman for a morning of music, nature, and fun at Harbor Park. There will be a guided nature exploration followed by the chance to build your own musical instruments out of natural materials. Children can then use their instruments and play along with songs and stories about science, nature, animals, and more! This outdoor program is for children ages 1-5. Siblings and families welcome! We will meet on the steps facing t...
  13. Wed Jun. 1

  14. Wed Jun. 1

    Drag Queen Story Hour at Crystal Lake (Outside) Join us for an outdoor storytime for Pride month with some of our Drag Queen friends at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park. We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids ages 4-8 and their families. We encourage attendees to bring a blanket to sit on since we will set up in the grass by the pavillion that day. For kids age 4-8 (Pre K - 3rd Grade), siblings and families welcome! Registration is encouraged (and will close 24 hours before the event begins). Covid Library Event guidelin...
  15. Thu Jun. 2

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Dr. Marcia LaReau Dr. Marcia LaReau: The post-pandemic workplace: What you need to know... — New opportunities — Tips for changing career direction — New technologies in the jobsearch — Mobile Apps: When to use them and when not. 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 virtu...
  16. Fri Jun. 3

  17. Fri Jun. 3 - Sat Jun. 4

    Middletown Pride Charity Drag Show @ Jerry's Pizza Join us for our Middletown Pride Charity Drag Show at Jerry's Pizza, hosted by Middletown's own Astra S'Lay and DJ Ambrosia Black, a featuring performances from some of the state's best performance artists! All funds raised go to support Connecticut's two LGBTQIA+ community centers- the Triangle Community Center and the New Haven Pride Center.
  18. Sat Jun. 4

    MIDDLETOWN PRIDEFEST Middletown PrideFest is an all afternoon street fair on the South Green that combines exhibitors, entertainers, food, activities for all ages, featuring our Pride March down the entirety of Main Street (2-4pm), our Pride Rally (4-6:30 pm), and our Pride Showcase Concert (7-10 pm) featuring some of the best drag performance artists in the state!
  19. Mon Jun. 6

    Craig & Fred Young Readers' Edition Book Discussion on Zoom! Join Russell Library for a virtual book discussion on Zoom of the Young Readers' Edition of Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, And How They Rescued Each Other by US Marine Craig Grossi! This program is intended for ages 8 and up! Please register below, registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have any questions, please contact us at kidsdept@russelllibrary.org If you would like a copy of the Young Readers' Edition of Craig & Fred: call us at 860-347-...
  20. Tue Jun. 7

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. For kids age 0-6 (Babies - first grade), siblings and families welcome! In the event of inclimate weather we will move this program indoors to the Activity Room! Covid Library Event...
  21. Thu Jun. 9

    Job and Career Workshop with Dr. Marcia La Reau Dr. Marcia La Reau: Managing your Digital Jobsearch —Defining your digital identify and footprint — Managing your digital presence — Social media tips — Video resumes 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 ses...
  22. Thu Jun. 9

    Middletown Pride Band Night Join us for our first ever Middletown Pride Band Night at Wadsworth Mansion! Enjoy hours of entertainment on the beautiful green with vendors, food trucks, and more. Performances by The Carrie Ashton Band, Love N' Co, The Barbie Stigma, and Sister Funk!
  23. Thu Jun. 9

    Books and Brews: The House In the Cerulean Sea Books and Brews RETURNS Our JUNE title is House In the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light. The House in the Cerulean Sea is an encha...
  24. Sat Jun. 11

    Middletown Pride Downtown Cleanup with Cinder+Salt Join us downtown for our Annual Street Cleanup in collaboration with Cinder + Salt!
  25. Sat Jun. 11

    Music and Movement with Mr. Pete! Come join us as we move and grove with Middletown resident, and music teacher Peter Van Siclen, a.k.a. Mr. Pete that will get children and parents alike moving and singing along. Folk songs from around the world mix with classic kids songs and fun originals. Expect songs about animals, sailing ships, dinosaurs, fairies, digging in the dirt, cars and fairy tales. Children will hear all the instrument families: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, and even get to play along. Get ready to laugh...
  26. Sun Jun. 12

  27. Sun Jun. 12

    Silent Dance Party with QPlus at First Church Join Russell Library and our friends from QPlus for a Silent Dance Party on Sunday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. Food and refreshements will be available. This event will take place at First Church. Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of your household is experiencing Covid symptoms or is quarantining, we ask that you stay home. Directions: Here is a link to the loca...
  28. Mon Jun. 13

    Baby Rhyme Time! Welcome back babies! Looking for something to do with your infant or toddler? Come join us for Baby Rhyme Time, a program for babies one year and under and their caregivers. We'll sing songs, learn rhymes, finger plays and more in this fun, interactive program. For babies birth-12 months and their caregivers. Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of your household...
  29. Tue Jun. 14

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. For kids age 0-6 (Babies - first grade), siblings and families welcome! In the event of inclimate weather we will move this program indoors to the Activity Room! Covid Library Event...
  30. Thu Jun. 16

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Donald Wittman LinkedIn Teardown Don Wittman, Advanced LinkedIn Trainer, will be our featured speaker. Don has researched and shared break-through LinkedIn strategies in his Advanced LinkedIn Workshops that have changed the way jobseekers are using LinkedIn. He will share solutions to being found on LinkedIn that he has taught to professional job seekers and executives. Learn how to use an Inbound Marketing Strategy to land smarter and faster to get ahead in a competitive marketplace. Don Wittman is the author of The Job Seeke...
  31. Thu Jun. 16

    Animal Senses with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at Crystal Lake Join Russell Library and our friends from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center for a fun session where we will meet live snakes, turtles, frogs and owls and investigate how they use their senses to survive in the wild! This event will take place at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park. For young people ages 6 and up. Siblings and families welcome! Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event begins). Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if...
  32. Fri Jun. 17

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. For kids age 0-6 (Babies - first grade), siblings and families welcome! In the event of inclimate weather we will move this program indoors to the Activity Room inside the Russell Libr...
  33. Mon Jun. 20 - Tue Jun. 21

  34. Tue Jun. 21

  35. Tue Jun. 21

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. For kids age 0-6 (Babies - first grade), siblings and families welcome! In the event of inclimate weather we will move this program indoors to the Activity Room! Covid Library Event...
  36. Tue Jun. 21

    Career Workshop: Deb Krawiec from Arrow Career Consulting LLC.  Our featured speaker for our Career Workshop Deb Krawiec from Arrow Career Consulting LLC. 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....
  37. Tue Jun. 21

  38. Wed Jun. 22

    Middletown Pride - DIY Stress Balls Get ready to get your craft on with Middletown Pride! Join us and Q+ for a fun night of crafting for youths and young adults.
  39. Wed Jun. 22

    Stress Balls For Teens with QPlus (Outside) at Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park. For young people age 13 - 20. Registration i...
  40. Thu Jun. 23

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Catherine McLean: Company Research: What You Might Be Overlooking During Interview Prep Featured Speaker: Catherine McLean Company Research: What You Might Be Overlooking During Interview Prep Conducting company research is a surefire way to make yourself a memorable candidate AND to take control of any pre-interview jitters. Find out why many job seekers skip this critical step and learn 10 tips for conducting company research like a pro. For this session, please choose a job description that interests you and have it handy to use as a reference. Catherine McLean specializes...
  41. Thu Jun. 23

  42. Thu Jun. 23

    Drag Queen Story Hour at the Wadsworth Mansion! (Outside) Join us for an outdoor storytime for Pride month with some of our Drag Queen friends on the lawn of the Wadsworth Mansion! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids ages 4-8 and their families. We encourage attendees to bring a blanket to sit on since we will set up in the grass that day. For kids age 4-8 (Pre K - 3rd Grade), siblings and families welcome! Registration is encouraged (and will close 24 hours before the event begins). Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure e...
  43. Thu Jun. 23

    Middletown Pride Teen Movie Night @ Wadsworth Mansion Join us on Thursday, June 23 for another Family Movie Night at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate! This year, we are partnering with OutFilmCT and will be showing DramaRama. Escondido, California, 1994. It's the end of summer and Gene is preparing for his high school drama friends' final murder mystery slumber party. The theatrical hostess, Rose, will fly off to start college the next morning, followed by earnest Claire, magnetic Oscar, and sarcastic Ally. Yet Gene has bigger problems...
  44. Fri Jun. 24

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. For kids age 0-6 (Babies - first grade), siblings and families welcome! In the event of inclimate weather we will move this program indoors to the Activity Room inside the Russell Libr...
  45. Fri Jun. 24

    Middletown Pride Movie Night @ Wesleyan Join us for Middletown Pride's first movie event at Wesleyan University at Foss Hill! We are showing The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (Rated R) (Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes).
  46. Sat Jun. 25

    Outdoor Fairy Tale Storytime with Miss Stephanie Bring your imagination and your singing voices and join Miss Stephanie for a fairy tale storytime! We will hear classic stories and modern twists on your favorite tales and we will sing songs and rhymes to fit the theme. Wear your favorite dress up costumes, if you wish! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. This event is for children ages birth to 6, siblings and families welcome! This event will occur outside on the library lawn, weather permitting, o...
  47. Sun Jun. 26

    Middletown Pride Youth Open Mic Night Youth performers and audience members of all ages are welcome. Come share your art, poetry, drag, dance, song etc.
  48. Sun Jun. 26

    Youth Open Mic with QPlus (Outside) at Harbor Park Join Russell Library and our friends from QPlus for an Open Mic event on Sunday, June 26! Youth performers (and audience members of all ages) are welcome. Come share your art, poetry, drag, dance, song etc. This session will take place at Harbor Park. Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of your household is experiencing Covid symptoms or is quarantining, we ask tha...
  49. Mon Jun. 27

    Come Build With Us! Come build with us in the Activity Room! Each Monday there will be different building toys available such as Legos, Lincoln Logs, Hotwheels tracks, and more. Follow our blueprints or simply build from your imagination. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity! This is a program for ages 4 and up. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event begins). Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of your household ...
  50. Tue Jun. 28

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. For kids age 0-6 (Babies - first grade), siblings and families welcome! In the event of inclimate weather we will move this program indoors to the Activity Room! Covid Library Event...
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