News & Events - Programs for Older Adults

Free Concert: Gershwin! With Thomas Pandolfi and Emil Altschuler

Thursday, December 8, - 7:00 PMEmil Altschuler
The Hubbard Room

Sounds of the Jazz Age come alive in an evening resounding with the timeless classics of American master, George Gershwin. Revel in the urbane elegance of 'An American in Paris.” Swoon over the aching simplicity of 'Embraceable You.” Marvel at the fascinating rhythms of 'Rhapsody in Blue.” Bask in the haze of Summertime and the unforgettable melodies of 'Porgy and Bess” will melt our wintery hearts.
thomas PandolfiAcclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler is a master of his instrument who performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who has been showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. Altschuler and Pandolfi have performed together at the Russell Library in previous years, to the satisfaction of audiences both young and old. 

This concert is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Fall Noontime Movie Series
Race to the Rescue: Classic Hollywood Adventures

Tuesday, December 20, at noon
Hubbard Room

Join us for a look at the roots of cinematic action and adventure with this series about swashbuckling heroes and tales of derring-do. Stories of danger, courage, and physical action have been a staple of Hollywood from the very start. By rendering drama in purely visual terms, the genre helped filmmakers master the medium and brought popular audiences to the theater.  Featuring the films of Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, and the Saturday matinee heroes of the great movie serials, we will discuss the enduring appeals of adventure movies and how they’ve changed over the years.Captain Blood starring Errol Flynn

Captain Blood (1935). Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star in the film that made them one of Hollywood’s greatest screen couples. Flynn is a political prisoner who escapes slavery to plunder the seven seas. De Havilland is the Jamaican Governor’s daughter who buys Flynn at an auction and then relies on him to come to her rescue. This swashbuckling adventure set the model for Adventures of Robin Hood and countless action epics of the 1930s and 40s. It also features Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill, and Guy Kibbee. We present a selection of weekly chapters from the action and adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s. Each episode offers fifteen to twenty minutes of non-stop daring and ends in an inescapable cliffhanger. Come and see Dick Tracy, Batman, Perils of Nyoka, Daredevils of the Red Circle, and other movies that thrilled a generation of young filmgoers.
Scott Higgins is professor of Film Studies and chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University. His latest book MATINEE MELODRAMA is about action serials of the 1930s and 1940s.
The series is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Family Film Screening: Inside Out

Tuesday, December 27 - 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Hubbard Room

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted when her father starts a new job across the country. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith. Running time: 1 hr 42 mins. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Overcoat Drive

Throughout December

Our library is collecting overcoats for its Job and Career Program! Help make people interview-ready with a fine, professional layer to wear over their suits and dresses! Clean, gently used men’s and women’s overcoats of all sizes are needed. Longer wool coats in dark colors, including black, gray, and navy blue, are especially welcome. Drop off the coats at the Circulation Desk. Call (860) 347-2528 ext. 135 or 171 for more information.



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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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