News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Great Reads Book Discussions with Hedda Kopf

Tenth fo DecemberWednesday, April 15, 7pm
Hubbard Room

Author/scholar Hedda Kopf will conclude this discussion series with The Tenth of December by George Saunders .  Hailed as Saunders’ fourth and best collection of short stories, this work is “A visceral and moving act of storytelling…No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky , the disenfranchised”  according to Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times.  The book is available at the checkout desk in the lobby.  Light refreshments will be served.  This program is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

The Lunchbox:  Film screening and discussionThe Lunchbox

Thursday , April 16, 7pm
Hubbard Room

The Lunchbox, written and directed by Ritesh Batra,  is a wonderfully intimate film about two lonely people whose disparate lives are accidentally connected when a lunchbox gets delivered to the wrong person. Indira Karamcheti, Assoc. Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University, will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the showing.

Beginning Meditation with Hillary Gauvreau

Saturday, April 18, 2 - 3:30pm
Hubbard Room

Meditation requires no equipment, can be done anywhere for any length of time and offers enormous support for all manner of creativity or crisis. The intention of this presentation is to inspire us to start meditating. We will explore: Simple methods that can be started right now; inspiring us with benefits and debunking the excuses that prevent us from meditating. There will be instruction in two mediation techniques and time for us to practice, ask questions and share. Registration is requested; call the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2520. Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

Natural Products Workshop

Ann Buchanan, owner of Ann's Good Stuff, will lead this workshop from 1:30 - 3:30pm on Sunday, April 19 in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. If there is enough interest it will be repeated at the same time on Sunday, April 26.  Learn how to actually make some salves, lotions and infused oils to take home with you.  Good Stuff offers skin care and bath products made from quality, natural ingredients like butters, oils, herbs and essential oils.  Although this workshop is free, registration is required and limited to 15 people per session. For more details or to reserve your place, call the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2520. Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

The Many Faces of Laurence Olivier; a Film Discussion Series - The Entertainer

Tuesday April 21- 12 NoonThe Entertainer starring Laurence Olivier
Hubbard Room

Film critic Richard Alleva continues this series with The Entertainer. 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.   

Olivier and the Angry Young Men - By the late 1960's a revolution of realism and social critiicism was sweeping through British theater.  Playing the washed-up song-and-dance man Archie Rice in John Osborne's play, The Entertainer, the actor gives one of his most moving performances ...and shows surprising skill at tap dancing.

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.  The upcoming film is Sleuth (May 19).

Family ZumbaFamily Zumba

Saturday, April 25, 1:00pm
Children’s Activity Room
No Registration - Drop In
All Ages

Join us for a fast paced, high energy Family Zumba program with Tracy Brody! We will learn new dance moves while getting some fun exercise at the same time.  So get your dance shoes on and come on down to Russell Library for Zumba fun!

Chair Yoga Class

Saturday, April 25, 1:00 - 2:30pm
Hubbard Room
Registration Requested

 Sandra Kopell from Yoga in Middletown will teach a Chair Yoga Class. 
This is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga position and poses through creative use of a yoga chair.  The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body.  Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses.  Chair Yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. Registration is requested; call the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2520. Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

Introductin to MELT

Saturday, May 2, 10-10:45am and 11:00-11:45am
Hubbard Room

Joanne Wilcox, Certified MELT Method Instructor, will teach two introductory classes, to the MELT Method back to back. Class size is limited to 12 in each.  Class participants need to bring a yoga mat and registration is required.  For more details or to reserve your place, call the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2520. The MELT Method® (MELT) is a self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain in just ten minutes a day. Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.

Introduction to Yoga Nidra

Wednesday, May 6, 7 – 8:30pm
Hubbard Room

Join us with Cynthia Wolcott, a local Yoga instructor, who will lead us in a 90 Yoga Nidra session, appropriate for all ages.  Yoga nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.  Registration is requested. For more details or to reserve your place, call the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2520. Funding provided by a City of Middletown Health Grant.



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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