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.
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Brenda 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.
Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 to7:30 PM
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.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Russell 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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