News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Reader’s Theater Performs “The Belle of Amherst”Belle of Amherst

A group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz will present “The Belle of Amherst” at 7pm on Monday, January 5 in the Hubbard Room.  This one-woman play is about Emily Dickinson’s private life, thoughts and dreams.  Her poetic genius comes to life in this adventure full of passion, poetry and heart. Even for those people who know little about this superb American poet will find the drama absorbing.  

Light refreshments will be served.  Reader’s Theater productions are funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Free Public Screening of Jeremy Seifert’s Documentary Film “GMO OMG”

GMO OMGJeremy Seifert’s documentary "GMO OMG" will be shown on at 7pm on Thursday, January 15 in the Hubbard Room. This award-winning documentary is an entertaining yet hard-hitting investigation of how laboratory-assisted genetic modification of food affects the world around us.

Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide-scale experimentation of modern biotechnology. 

"GMO OMG" follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How did our food system become hijacked by chemical companies? Is there still time to heal the planet, feed the world, and ourselves?

Connecticut was the first state to pass a labeling bill for GMO foods. This film shows why it was necessary.  Members from Connecticut Families against Chemical Trespassing (ConnFACT), formerly GMO Free CT, will be present to introduce and discuss the film afterwards.

The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on the BeatlesBeatles

Before the Beatles ever wrote their own songs or performed on stage, they were inspired to do so by American rock 'n' roll records.  This 90-minute multimedia program will illustrate the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and other American recording artists from the 1950's on the Beatles.  Beatles scholar and musician Aaron Krerowicz will present this program.

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)

Join Robert Scata from CT Emergency Management and Homeland Security for an informational presentation about EFFAK on Tuesday, January 27 from 1-2pm in the Hubbard Room.  EFFAK  is a simple tool to help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural disaster or national emergency. It helps users identify and organize key financial records and serves as a quick reference to their most important financial documents. Scata will also discuss how to prepare yourself for a disaster.  Many helpful hand outs will be available at this free community program.

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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