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Youth Cards Are Now Fine Free!

We want all of Middletown’s youth to have (and use!) their library card. For this reason, Russell Library has eliminated daily overdue fines for Juvenile and Young Adult materials checked out on youth accounts (for residents under the age of 18) effective June 2017.

In addition to fine free library cards, Middletown’s children and teens can take advantage of several amnesty incentives between June – August 2017. Youth who sign up for our Summer Learning Program may have up to $10 in existing fines forgiven from their account. We will also waive the late fee when they return any overdue or billed materials from the Juvenile and Young Adult collections. Both of these incentives expire on August 28, so don’t delay! Sign up and bring back today!

Introducing Beanstack

Beanstack is a free service that helps children, teens, and adults discover great books and join Library programs. When you sign up for Beanstack, you will get weekly book recommendations based on your age, reading level, and interests. You may also participate in online programs like 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Summer Learning activities.

To get started, visit, click “Register an Individual or Family,” and follow the prompts to set up your account



Tween Blog

Welcome to the new, and improved Totally Tween Blog! More multimedia, more fun for you! Here you'll find book trailers, Nutmeg and Cookies, polls and more! Join us for some multimedia fun!

Nutmeg and Cookies Presents:



Roller Girl
A Snicker of Magic
Gaby Lost and Found
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
Eddie Red Undercover
Space Case

Kids Events and Programs

Russell Library Online Databases for Homework & Research

Basic Encyclopedias, Biography Resource Center covers current and historical figures, Magill's on Literature, includes plot summaries and criticism.

Ask a Librarian

You may email us if you have a brief question. This service is meant for brief factual questions (a definition, a date, etc.). More involved research may require a trip to the library.

Reminder for parents:
Your child and the Internet

We encourage you to coach your child in safe and careful use of email and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

The National Crime Prevention Council has created an excellent website to help you in your conversations with your child.  The website offers clear information on: Bullying, Cyberbulling and Home and Neighborhood Saftey in their resources section.  Continue your conversations with your child throughout the year as you are their best safeguard in this technological world.  Click here for the National Crime Prevention Council web site.

Russell Library has installed software on its Children’s Department computers to restrict access to generally objectionable web sites.  However, the “filtering” software is not foolproof and Russell Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet or its use by library patrons. 

AWE Station

The Russell Library Adds Early Literacy Station The Russell Library announces the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station, a complete educational solution loaded with 50 educational software titles for kids ages 2-10. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. The ELS has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and discovery. Seven curricular areas will be available using the ELS: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts & music and reference.