News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Great Reads Book Discussions with Hedda KopfThe News from Spain

Author/scholar Hedda Kopf will lead discussions of two very different short story collections beginning on Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room.  We will encounter an extraordinary array of characters (some taken from history) and situations that span centuries and take us into the future.  The first session will be Joan Wickersham’s The News From Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story; it explores the many ways relationships grow, endure, change or end.  One reviewer described her collection as one that  “… makes you slow down and listen, and then watch for people to reveal themselves.”  On April 15 we will discuss The Tenth of December by George Saunders.  The books are available at the checkout desk in the lobby.

Noah Baerman’s Jazz Up Close: Performance/Discussion with Freddie Bryant

 Noah BaermanResonant Motion, Inc. presents the first of four installments in the 2015 Jazz Up Close series on Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm in the Hubbard Room.  Guitarist Freddie Bryant presents a quartet featuring drummer Willard Dyson, bassist Henry Lugo and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman. Bryant’s resume is as diverse as it is impressive. He has made a name as a first-call New York jazz musician in groups like Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and Tom Harrell’s band, but also has a graduate degree from Yale in classical guitar and has worked with giants of world music including Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, Malian singer Salif Keita and klezmer clarinetist Glora Feldman. He is also an accomplished bandleader and will be featuring music from his recent albums Dreamscape and Live Grooves . . . Epic Tales.  For his Jazz Up Close appearance, Freddie will intersperse musical selections with discussion of his process and inspiration and Q&A with community members in attendance. This program is cosponsored with Russell Library and made possible by a generous grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts.  Free and open to the public.


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).


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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