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Summer Reading Programs – Exercise Your Mind! Sign-up Begins!!

Monday, June 13th at 9:00am  Summer Reading
Children’s Activity Room

Age: 3 - Entering Grade 3 in the Fall

Come to the Russell Library, sign up and receive your official reading log!

This summer we're challenging you to read different types of books and to read in different places.

For every five books you will recieve a prize, or a raffle ticket for a change at a bigger prize! Don't forget to check our schedules for storytimes, crafts and more going on all summer!
Sign-up by coming down to see us OR give us a call at: 860-344-8479.

Get Your Game On - Sign-up Begins!!

Summer ReadingMonday, June 13th at 9:00am
Children’s Activity Room
Entering Grades 4-6 in the Fall

Russell Library rocks the summer with Get Your Game ON! Read. Write. Play.  For every book you read AND write a review about, you get ONE raffle ticket.  You choose the books, and how many you want to read and review.  Need a challenge?  Play our Game on Gamer Card game.  Come in to the library and pick a card, any card.  Each card has a challenge on it.  Should you choose to do the challenge, you get a raffle ticket.   Wrapped Book challenge returns!  Pick a wrapped book from the display and a special review form. Don’t unwrap it yet, check it out and take it home.  Unwrap it at home, read it and review it.  You get two raffle tickets for taking on this challenge!  It’s summer reading your way.  Don’t forget to check out our schedules for what’s happening at the Russell Library this summer.
Sign-up online, or in person by coming down to see us OR give us a call at: 860-344-8479.

The Beautiful Girl Project with Shannon Marzella

Wednesdays, July 20 OR July 27 Beautiful Girl Project with Shannon Marzella
3 to 4 pm

Meeting Room 3
Students entering grades 5 to 12

The Russell Library is hosting the Beautiful Girl Project, which teaches girls in grades 5-12 emotional literacy through expressive writing. Using a combination of mindfulness, poetry, and discussions, girls read poems and engage in writing that is self-reflective and allows them to reflect on issues such as self-esteem, body image, and peer relationships in order to cultivate self-compassion and respect for themselves and others. Come to EITHER meeting. Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Mix-It Up Colors

Color WheelFriday, July 1, 11:00am
Children’s Activity Room

Fourth of July is right around the corner so prepare by bursting into color.  Paint with one color OR mix colors together to see what you get!  Be prepared to get messy! We’ll be using washable paint, but come with old clothes or wear smocks just in case! 
Ages:  grades K-3
Drop-in, no registration

OrigamiOrigami plane

Tuesdays, July 5 and 19, 6:30-7:30pm
Children’s Activity Room

Are you an expert or do you want to learn simple origami? Join us every other Tuesday night in July & August to explore the Japanese art of paper folding - Origami. Let your fingers guide your imagination.
Ages: 7 & up.
Drop in, no registration.

4th Annual Fairy and Gnome Workshop

Fairy House from previous yearThursday, July 7, 1:30- 3:30pm
Children’s Activity Room

Join us in creating a special place for wee folk to live.  We will provide lots of decorations from the natural world and beyond.  If you have special items you’d like to put on your house, or something you’d like to share with others, bring them along! Don’t forget to bring your imagination for this fun, whimsical program!
Ages: 8-12.
Registration is limited and required and begins on Wednesday, July 6th at 1:00pm in person or by calling the Children’s Services Desk at (860) 344-8479.

Cool Collagescollage

Friday, July 15, 11:00am
Children’s Activity Room

Let your artistic side shine in this cool collage program.  Create art with bits and pieces from our collection of great materials.   
Ages: grades K-3
Drop-in, no registration

Chalk it up!Chalk it Up!

Friday, July 22, 11:00am
Children’s Activity Room

Make a chalk painting. We’ll experiment with ways to use chalk: draw, paint, and sprinkle! 
Ages: K-3
Drop-in, no registrationCreativity


Open Art!

Friday, July 29, 11am,
Children’s Activity Room

Color, paint, draw or whatever inspires you!  There will be a variety of materials on hand for you to use to create your own works of art.
Ages: grades K-3.
Drop-in, no registration.

Repeating Programs

Baby Rhyme TimeBaby Rhyme time image

Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 20, 27
Activity Room
Ages: Birth-12 months and their grown-ups
Drop-in, No Registration

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.
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Time for Twos!

Mondays, July 11, 18 & 25, 10:00am
Children’s Activity Room

We’ll have open play, craft materials and a chance to share songs, music and a story together. What a great way to start your week!
Ages: Two year olds and their caregivers.
Drop-in, no registration.

Summer Stories

Tuesdays, June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19 & 26 and through August 16Summer Stories
Children’s Activity Room

Join us for new stories and old favorites, music and a craft! You & your caregiver are sure to have a great time & meet new friends too!
Ages: 3-6 with caregiver*
Drop-in, no registration.
*Daycares/PreK providers, please call for dates for your groups personal story time!

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Builder's Club

Lego Balloon CarFridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
July 15
Ages: 5-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Due very small parts we ask that children be
5 – 12 years old!

Children ages 5 - 12 are invited to join the Builders’ Club 4-5:30pm on Fridays (see dates above), in the Activity Room.  Join us for afternoons of building with the bricks we all know and love.  Come build with your favorite interlocking blocks!  Each week we will have a challenge, and if you’re lucky, your creation will be chosen to be displayed in our glass case.  Due to the small pieces utilized, we ask that only those children 5 – 12 years of age be actively involved in the program and that they stay and help put pieces away.  Perhaps your “littles” would enjoy our newly reopened Parenting Room.
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Family Game Night

WednesdayPing Pong paddles, July 13
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Children’s Activity Room

Come down to Russell Library for Family Game Night.  Try your hand at some oldie but goody games; test your skills at something new.  Backgammon, checkers, chess & foosball will be some of the games on hand for you to enjoy!  Sit back and enjoy a simple game of cards if that's your pleasure.

No registration necessary, just a love of gaming the old fashioned way.
All Ages - Drop-in

Parsley Games

Thursdays, June 23 & 30; July 7, 14, 21 & 28
11 am
Children’s Activity Room

No, you won’t be eating parsley!  However, you will be playing live action role playing games called “Parsley Games”, we will explore interactive fiction games in this gaming program.  Come and explore gaming the truly old fashioned way.  No vegetables will be consumed during this program!  Due to the challenging nature of the games, this program is only for kids in the grades 4-6.
Drop-in, no registration


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