News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Jazz Up Close with Noah Baerman featuring Steve Wilson

Jazz Up Close Steve WilsonSaturday September 10,
1:30 pm

Hubbard Room

Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the third event of “Spanning Generations” the 2016 Jazz Up Close series on Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 pm in the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room. For this event alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson joins bassist Henry Lugo and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman.  

Steve Wilson has become an indispensable part of the New York City jazz scene in the nearly thirty years since moving there from his native Virginia to join Out of the Blue, an all-star sextet of young musicians assembled by Blue Note Records. Since then he has been an important contributor to the bands of Chick Corea’s Origin, Maria Schneider’s Orchestra, Christian McBride’s Inside Straight, Buster Williams’s Something More, Ralph Peterson’s Fo’tet, Dave Holland’s Quintet and many other groups. A veteran of over 150 recordings, the most recent of his eight acclaimed albums as a bandleader is a live recording from the fabled Village Vanguard with his quartet, Wilsonian Grain. An in-demand educator, Mr. Wilson serves as Associate Professor of Music at City College of New York and is on faculty at the Juilliard School.  

This program is made possible by the generosity of the Middletown Commission on the Arts.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with David Chandler

Tuesdays, September 13, 20; 11:00am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Room 2

Mindfulness is defined as focusing one’s attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. David Chandler, M.S., in Integrative Health and Healing, will teach a one-hour workshop on Mindfulness Meditation. This is a practice that fosters mindfulness through a systematic method of focusing one’s attention. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome. 
This is a drop-in program.

Cultural Connections Women’s Group

Wednesday, September 21 - 5:30 to 6:45 PM
Hubbard Room

Women of all nationalities are invited to come and meet other immigrant women in order to help one another adapt to American culture. Get help with local resources and network. Share stories, tips and make new friends.
Children are welcome. Fluency in English is not necessary.
Drop-in, no registration.

Free Concert: The Caroline Doctorow Duo Caroline Doctrow

Saturday September 24, 1:30 PM
The Hubbard Room

Daughter of renowned author E.L. Doctorow, Caroline Doctorow's original folk songs and her very personal tribute to songwriters of the '60s IS folk music at its finest. She will be concentrating on the work of performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, among others. This promises to offer the listener a unique perspective of this significant period in our country's musical history. 

Caroline Doctorow is a chart-topping folksinger and songwriter, with a stirring voice that recalls Judy Collins and Sandy Denny. In addition to eleven solo albums, she released the first retrospective of the work of folk icons Richard and Mimi Fariña called AnotheCountry which received critical acclaim. She has just concluded a sold-out tour of venues in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas.

This concert has been funded by The Friends of Russell Library.


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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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