News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Tobacco Use Cessation Workshops with Middlesex Hospital

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon
Meeting Room 2, (On January 10th the workshop will meet in Meeting Room 3)

Through these workshops you will learn: how to deal with triggers and cravings; how to manage withdrawal symptoms; healthy lifestyle ideas; what you should know about e-cigarettes; about the dangers of first and second-hand smoke. Earn incentives for attending and additional incentive for quitting!

Limited seating is available; Registration is recommended. Call 860-358-5420.

Ships for the Trade & the Rise of the Middletown Customs Port

Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Hubbard Room

A Vanishe PortBrenda Milkofsky will speak on the history of shipbuilding in the lower Connecticut River Valley in the 18thand 19th centuries. As examined in the 'Vanished Port” exhibit currently on display, Middletown was uniquely situated to play a major role in the West Indies Trade. The fertile Central Valley to the north yielded the produce desired by the sugar-producing islands of the Caribbean and the Connecticut River to the south provided a navigable pathway to the sea. Thus the Valley was a perfect landscape for the development of the shipbuilding industry evolving into a lucrative trade that lasted for some 200 years. During this period, plentiful wood and falling water attracted skilled artisans who built thousands of vessels, most of them for the Caribbean trade. It is this astonishing record that made for the establishment of a Federal Customs House, uncommonly located 32 nautical miles from salt water.
Brenda Milkofsky was the founding director of the Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock in Essex and retired as their Senior Curator. Most recently, Brenda designed & managed the 'Vanished Port” exhibit.

A Vanished Port: Middletown and the Caribbean, 1750-1824 is a recently opened exhibit at the Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown, that illuminates the culture of prosperity that grew from Middletown’s trade relationships with the slave-worked sugar plantations of the English Caribbean.

Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Len Suzio len Suzio

Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 to7:30 PM
Hubbard Room

Come discuss the upcoming State Legislative Session and other concerns with the senator for the 13th Senator District, Senator Len Suzio.
Drop-in, no registration.

In the case of inclement weather, please check for any cancellations.

Classic Mystery Novel Discussion Group: A Study in Scarlet

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Hubbard Room

Study in PinkRussell Library now hosts monthly gatherings for mystery genre fans. Each session will focus on a classic mystery novel. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We will also be screening film versions of the movies, when a movie version is available. Discussions will be casual and fun, and those who have not read the books or seen the movies are encouraged to attend. Copies of each month's book will be available at the Russell Circulation Desk 30 days prior. Please contact the Information Access & Adult Learning department at Russell Library (; 860-347-2528).
This month, the featured mystery is A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the first Sherlock Holmes novel (1887). "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it". When disabled war veteran Dr. John Watson finds a London flat mate, he finds himself as an assistant to a "consulting detective" in a series of strange suicides.  
Don't have time to read the book? Watch a movie version with us on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM in the Hubbard Room! Sherlock: A Study (2010) in Pink starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. TV-14. Run time 1 hour 28 minutes. 
Ages 18 and up.
Drop-in, no registration.

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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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