Kids: Welcome to the
Russell Children's Department!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten! If you read one book a night: you will have read about 365 books in one year; 730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. A keepsake journal will be provided by Altrusa FREE to the first 50 families to sign up for the purpose of tracking the books read.

Sponsored by Altrusa International of Central Connecticut.

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: Tips for Parents, Parent’s Guide to Social Networking & Cyberbullying.  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.