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  1. Hello Summer Storytime 3 (Online)

    June 29, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Summer has arrived! Time to put away your jackets and boots and make room for flip-flops and beach towels! Join us for our “Hello Summer” storytime series! Together we will welcome the splendorous new season with songs and stories bursting with sunshine! Pick up supplies to create a fruit juice summer craft (Limit 2 craft kits per household). Please Note: there is one craft for the entire series. This is part 3 of a series. Virtual dates for our Hello Summer Storytime series are: 6/15, 6/22, and 6/29 Will be doing an Outdoor Farmer's Market storytime with this theme on Friday 6/25 at 10:30! Sign up for that here: This virtual program is for children ages birth-6. Registration is required. We have a limited number of supply kits which will need to be picked up at the Russell Library prior to the online event. If you sign up for a kit after you register a librarian will email you to confirm your supply kits are ready for you at the desk! After you hear from us you can: Pick your kit up during library operating hours (Monday-Saturday: 9-5pm) or Call us at 860-347-2528 and set up a curbside appointment! Supplies for this virtual program were provided by the Friends of The Russell Library.

  2. LGBTQ Youth and How to Support them with QPlus (Online)

    June 29, 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    This training with QPlus will cover some basic identity vocabulary, including the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. We will explore why these identities are so important, how and why youth in this community are at higher risk than cisgender heterosexual peers, and best practices for including and honoring those identities when working with youth. There will be space for questions throughout the event and at the end. This virtual program is for adults. Registration is required and will close 1 hour before the event begins. If you have any questions, please contact us at This program is produced in partnership with Middletown Pride! Mel Cordner (they/them) is the founding leader of Q , a Connecticut queer youth organization dedicated to uplifting and empowering queer youth through programs like open mics, “adulting crash course” workshops, weekly game nights and support groups, and GSA support. Mel has years of experience running programs and events for youth, and facilitating trainings for adults and youth alike on topics like gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, consent, college activism, and youth culture and leadership development. They work to support young folks within and ‘around’ the ‘system.’ They are an educator, advocate, writer, and all-around loudmouth genderqueer whose mission is to shake things up and leave a place more colorful than they found it. Q Plus is grassroots, community-based, youth-led, and (at least for now) volunteer-run. We are a group of teens, young adults, and older adult supporters. We work to create more youth accessible spaces, uplift youth voices, and empower youth, through programs like open mics, “adulting crash course” workshops, game nights, support groups, and GSA meetups. Our overall goal is to create space for queer youth to be authentically and entirely themselves. Every event and program we create is born of a need identified by queer young people, rather than suggested by adults. Our plan is to continue changing and evolving as the needs of queer youth continue to change and evolve. For more information on QPlus, please check out their website:

  3. Home Buyers Workshop Online

    June 29, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Online

    June is "Homeownership Month!" Join Rosa Carrero, Assistant Vice President, Community Outreach Officer from Liberty Bank in Middletown, to learn about: What you need to know before purchasing a home First-time homebuyer programs Down payment assistance programs Getting credit ready for home ownership Registrations required for the virtual link.This program will take place via Zoom. Links will be sent prior to the program. This program is held in partnership with Liberty Bank and Middlesex Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of Russell Library. Questions? Christy Billings or Rosa Carrero: