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News & Events: Women's History Month

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PDF iconA selection of events at Russell Library celebrating Women’s History Month

One hundred years ago, women who worked outside the home were the exception. Now, women work in all sorts of professions. Our events and exhibits this month celebrate women’s work both past and present, and those who have helped to pave new ways in art, politics and literature.    


Sacred Circles:  Mandalas for the Soul by Rose Amodeo Petronella
Throughout February and March

Mandalas are circle designs found in spiritual traditions around the world.  They represent health and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. The mandalas in this exhibit began as a spiritual healing exercise during a difficult time of life and evolved into a form of prayer, which continues years later. 
Rose Amodeo Petronella is a spiritual director, retreat leader and retired minister in the United Church of Christ.  She recently published Honoring the Soul: Mandalas for Inspiration and Insight.  She will also be giving a workshop on Friday, March 31st beginning at 10:30am on Drawing Mandalas For Insight Into Life’s Issues. All materials will be provided. Registration for the workshop is suggested, please call (860) 347-2520; drop-ins accepted if there's room.

Never Done: a collection of domestic handicrafts
Lobby Case, throughout March

As part of a series of events that celebrate Women’s History Month, we are exhibiting samples of domestic handicrafts traditionally produced by women. From embroidery to crochet, needlepoint to knitting, basketry and quilting, such work was undervalued in western culture until feminist movement of the 1970’s. Gleaned from the staff of the Russell Library, these pieces were created by female relatives (mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts) of staff members, and several artistic members of the female staff.


International Women's Day

Sunday, March 5, 1:30pm
Hubbard Room

A panel of women of different nationalities will speak on the conditions and concerns that affect women in their countries. Open to all.
Drop-in, no registration.
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

Poet’s Corner: Women Poets Resist

Friday, March 17, 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

Middletown's Poet Laureate Susan Allison will be sharing poetry of women poets. Participants are invited to bring their favorite resistance poems by women or poems of their own.
All ages welcome.
Drop-in, no registration.

Learn to Manipulate a Marionette - (dedicated to the memory of Margo Rose)

Tuesday, March 21, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

In celebration of World Puppetry Day and National Day of Puppetry, adults and children are invited to come and learn the basics of manipulating a “string puppet”, also known as a marionette. This lesson is dedicated to the memory of Margo Rose, a puppeteer inducted into Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1997. Margo performed with the Tony Sarg marionettes, was a founding member of the Puppeteers of America, and, created shows and films with her husband as The Rufus Rose Marionettes. She designed and built several of the puppets on the Howdy Doody television program, and was a mentor to many contemporary puppeteers.
All ages are welcome.
Drop-in, no registration. 

Cultural Connections Women’s Group

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Meeting Room 3

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 and tips and make new friends.
Children are welcome. Fluency in English is not necessary.
Drop-in, no registration.

Concert: The Atwater-Donnelly Trio

Sunday, March 26, 2:00pmAtwater Donnelly
Hubbard Room

The highly praised husband-wife team of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly are joined with Cathy Clasper-Torch in this very unique blend of instruments, vocals and clogging. An astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, and violin help to provide the background for the songs and stories concerning Images of Women in Folk Music. The final member of this trio is Cathy Clasper-Torch, who has played and performed on piano, violin, viola, and er-hu (Chinese violin) since childhood. Cathy is in great demand in the Southern New England folk circuit for her easy stage presence, virtuosity, and improvisational skills. Since 2003, Cathy has absorbed much of the Atwater~Donnelly repertoire and is now a staple in Atwater~Donnelly regional concerts, contributing a deeply rich third dimension and mastery, knowing just where to add an exquisite cello line, an exuberant burst of old-time fiddle, and a third and utterly unique voice.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, March 28, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

Join us for a discussion of one of the founding mystery-detective novels, The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. When the wealthy heiress Lady Cavendish dies mysteriously at her estate in Styles, retired Belgian detective Hercule Poirot comes in to find out who killed her and why. This is the first of the Hercule Poirot mysteries. We will also be screening related films earlier in the month. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches. 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; infodept@russelllibrary.org; 860-347-2520 for more details or to suggest a book.
Drop-in, no registration.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30pm – 7:45pm.
Meeting Room 3

The above program repeats at this alternative time.

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Book Discussion

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Hubbard Room

This book discussion will be based on My Own Words, a new autobiography by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  
'The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.'
Copies of the book will be available at the Russell Library’s Circulation Desk by February 28. It is also available as an electronic resource on Overdrive. Please contact the Information Access & Adult Learning Department at Russell Library; infodept@russelllibrary.org; 860-347-2520 for more details.
Drop-in, no registration.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Demonstration

Friday, March 31, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Hubbard Room

As part of our Women's History Month events, Linda Rusczek will be giving a hands-on demonstration of rigid heddle loom weaving. Rigid-heddle looms are easy to store, quick to set up, and, most importantly, fun to weave on. They’re great looms for beginning weavers and seasoned veterans alike.  
All ages.
Drop-in, no registration.

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