News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

The Muses Go to the Movies

Still form the movie Sylvia 2003This series led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva continues with Sylvia on Tuesday, April 15 at noon in the Hubbard Room.  Moviemakers have often found great drama in the lives of creative people, even if a little fictionalizing has to spice the facts. From February through May Richard Alleva, film critic for Commonweal Magazine, will present four of the best “biopics” ever made, entertainments that delve into the sometimes painful, sometimes exhilarating, lives of artists and reveal how those lives culminated in masterpieces. Richard will not only talk about the movies but also try to separate biographical fact from filmmaking fiction.

Sylvia (2003) The great American poet Sylvia Plath married the equally great Britsih poet Ted Hughes and it turned out to be a marriage made in hell.  Her posthumous collection, Ariel, became one of the landmark books of the century.  Strong performances by Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel (James Bond) Craig will keep you riveted.

Viewers are invited to bring a sandwich and the library will serve dessert and beverages.  This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. Future film: Dreamchild on May 20.

Money Smart Week

Reader's Theater Performs - "The Last Romance"Last Romance

A group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz will present The Last Romance by Joe DePietro on Monday, April 7 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  On an ordinary day in a routine life, elderly widower Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk, one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love.

Future readings include Time Stands Still on May 5, and Independence on June 9.  Refreshments will be served.  Reader’s Theater is funded by the Friends of Russell Library.

Free Family Portraits at the Russell Library! April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention MonthJoin us on Saturday, April 12, from 1-4pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown for free family portraits. The library will be partnering with Help Portrait Middletown and Help Portrait Hartford to provide free, high quality portraits to families.  To help raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month, local photographers, makeup artists and volunteers will help you and your family look your best. Community organizations will be present at the event offering literature and education to access services for those in need.  This event is open to the public and all are invited to get their portrait taken and to learn how to prevent child abuse.


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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