News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Escape the Ordinary!  Adult Summer Reading Program

June 1 – August 14
The Russell Library will kick off the Adult Summer Reading Program June 1.  Join us for our Superhero kickoff event at the Circulation desk and take a selfie with Captain America! Writing a brief review of the book you’ve read earns an entry into our weekly drawings for a Downtown Middletown Gift card.  The first drawing will be held June 15. Pick up a Reading BINGO card and explore new genres and interests. Sponsored by the Friends of Russell Library--our favorite Superheroes!

Readers TheaterVelocity of Autumn

The Velocity of Autumn
By Eric Coble,
Monday, June 22- 7 PM
Hubbard Room


  This play swirls around Alexandra, an 80-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In her corner are her wit, volcanic passion, and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block.  Enter her estranged son Chris, who returns after 20 years, crawls through a second-floor window, and becomes the family's unlikely mediator. No sooner does he utter the words "Hi, Mom," when the emotional bombs start detonating. Wickedly funny and wonderfully touching.  This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Amy Gallatin & StillwatersAmy Gallatin & Stillwaters

Thursday, June 11,
7-8:30pm
Hubbard Room

The powerhouse duo of Amy Gallatin and renowned resophonic guitarist Roger Williams—20 and 40 year veterans of the New England music scene--joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards, served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein.  The result is a toe-tapping blend of heartfelt vocals, soaring harmonies and red-hot picking, traditional yet modern and distinct.  Americana radio host Ed McKeon says: "Amy's vocals, with the power and tone of her voice, are tempered by Roger's baritone which has been sanded smooth by cigarettes and, shall we say, maturity. The song selections are perfect, the harmonies glorious, the sentiments wonderfully maudlin (like any good old country song)."  The two are enhanced on mandolin and vocals by Roger's son, Berklee College of Music student JD, who--in the time-honored tradition of musical consanguinity complements his father's style perfectly--and by veteran bassist Eric Levenson, formerly with Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys and later with Boston City Limits.  This program is being sponsored with funds from The Friends of the Russell Library.

 

If you are looking for things to do with your children and grandchildren:

  • Check out a Museum Pass (including KidCity)
  • Visit our Children's Department
  • Borrow children's books, DVD's and audiobooks
  • Play on the AWE Early Literacy Stations
  • Use computers with Internet Filters for age appropriate computer content

Lunch and Learn Series

These noontime programs are presented by experts in a variety of fields. Topics include health issues, travel tips, fashion advice, organization techniques, resources for caregivers and more. Bring your lunch; we provide beverages and dessert.

Computers and Technology

Hands-on computer classes are offered each month. Topics include introduction to computers, internet, and basic to intermediate Word and Excel. In addition, thirty computers are available for public use. For patrons who are sight impaired the library has an adaptive computer that magnifies the image and can read aloud information on the screen.

For the Visually Impaired

Russell Library offers a varied selection of large print books. You will also find a diverse collection of books on tape and CDs. A catalog of large print titles is available upon request. An Optolec reading machine, which enlarges print, is located in the Information Department.

If you need accommodations for a disability, please call 347-2528, ext. 135, in advance.

In the Community

Book Discussion Groups

Titles are chosen by the participants, and lively discussion groups are facilitated by the Older Adult Specialist from the library. Whether the book is a current best seller or a familiar classic, the interaction is always interesting and enjoyable.

Homebound Library Cards

This service is for patrons residing in Middletown apartments or health care facilities who are unable to travel to the library. A library volunteer will deliver library materials to you. This includes books, magazines, DVDs, and books on tape.

Life Long Learning

Russell Library offers discussion-based educational programs to patrons residing in facilities in our community. The Older Adult Specialist leads spirited discussions on art, travel, history, the
topics are endless. Patrons are encouraged to express ideas, opinions and memories. Special requests are encouraged

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