News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Joe Crookston Concert

Sunday February 1
Hubbard Room

Joe Crookston

From Ithaca, New York: "writer, singer, guitar picker, claw hammer, banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible", Joe Crookston will pull you into his magical, musical world... a grand celebration of us all.

Free Concert; No Registration.


Jon Katz, author: Saving Simon; How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of CompassionSaving simon

Saturday February 14
2 PM
Hubbard Room

Spend Valentine's Day afternoon with best-selling author Jon Katz.  He will talk about his latest book, Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.  Of this book, Jon Katz, says..."there is no doubt that Simon changed my life.  He opened my heart and soul, jarred me into a true understanding of the power of compassion, and cracked open long buried feelings and emotions...every morning, his bray, his "call to life", stirs my own aspirations and gratitude."
(Snow date, March 7, 2015)


The Many Faces of Laurence Olivier; a Film Discussion Series

Tuesday February 17
12 Noon
Hubbard Room
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet

Film critic Richard Alleva begins this series with “Oivier and Shakespeare.”  By the time of his death in 1989, Laurence Olivier was generally recognized as the greatest British actor of the twentieth century.  This was mainly due to his titanic performances on stage, but some of his greatest work was done on film.   It is in his Shakespeare films, three of which he directed himself, that we feel the full magnetism of Olivier. In this first program of the series Richard Alleva will offer a panoramic view of Henry V, Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear, and you will delight in the protean genius of an actor with a thousand faces.

From February through May, Richard Alleva, film critic for Commonweal magazine, will present and analyze Olivier’s acting in the movies that established and consolidated a reputation and career that has never yet been equaled in the English-speaking world. And glimpses into his often troubled personal life may offer some illumination, too.  Upcoming films are Wuthering Heights (March 17), The Entertainer (1960), and Sleuth (1972).

Ko-Eun Yi Piano ConcertKo-Eun Yi Pianist

Saturday February 21
2 PM
Hubbard Room

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ko-Eun Yi has played with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. Ko-Eun was a Top Prize winner in the World Piano Competition, Widemann Competition, Kosciuzko Foundation Chopin Competition, and E-Competition, performing in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Phillips Gallery in Washington, DC. She is from Seoul, Korea and graduated with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, completed her Professional Studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University.

William FosterChanging Image of African Americans in Comic Books

Thursday, February 26
Hubbard Room

Comic book historian, Bill Foster returns to Russell with an exciting new presentation on the changing image of African Americans in comic books at 7pm on Thursday, February 27 in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  He will present a historical overview, with a specific focus on comic books from the 1950's and 1960's. “It is sure to be a hit with children of all ages!"

Caravan of Dreams; Author Beth Lapin Launches Latest Novel

Saturday, February 28Caravan of Dreams by Beth Lapin
Hubbard Room

Join author Beth Lapin when she discusses her latest novel Caravan of Dreams at 2pm on Saturday, February 28 in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  In 1896, Mrs. Victoria Williams was found dead on the railroad tracks in East Hartford. Her husband, the King of the Gypsies, had died recently. Who were these horse dealers and what was their story? These questions intrigued Middletown author Beth Lapin, as she searched for answers. Tracing lives, loves, and aspirations of English Gypsies arriving in mid-nineteenth century America, Caravan of Dreams is a rare insider’s view of a mysterious culture, a love story, an uneasy truce with wealth garnered from the Civil War, a mother’s excruciating bereavement, and the emotional cost of loss and injury.  Come hear her story of sleuthing and connections that led to the publication of her newest novel.  Autographed copies of Caravan of Dreams will be available for $15.

Beth Lapin has been writing and publishing since elementary school. She has two previously published novels, To Say Goodbye (a Wings ePress best seller) and its sequel, The Light Gets In.  Born and raised in Connecticut, Beth has lived in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Maryland, and all the states that begin with “C.” She enjoys kayaking, hiking, contradancing, and family genealogy. She currently lives in her home state.


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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