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The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Join musician Aaron Krerowicz and explore the music of The BeatleSgt. Pepper Logos on Saturday, April 26 at 1pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  Since its release in 1967, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has often been regarded as the single greatest rock album, and one of the first rock concept albums.  This 90-minute multimedia presentation will observe and discuss the landmark album track by track, citing musical and historical precedents, and illustrating the development of the songs through excerpts from interviews with the band members and clips of discarded takes.

An avid teacher and Beatles scholar, Aaron Krerowicz graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Theory & Composition in 2008; from Boston University in 2010 with a Master’s of Music in Composition; and from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford with a Graduate Artist Diploma in the same discipline in 2012.

Reader's Theater Performs - "Time Stands Still"

Time Stands StillA group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz will present Time Stands Still on May 5 by Donald Margulies at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.

Sarah, a photojournalist, and James, a foreign correspondent, are trying to find happiness in a world gone crazy.  Their's is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and, together, making a difference. Then their own story as a couple takes a sudden turn.

Future readings include, and Independence on June 9.  Refreshments will be served.  Reader’s Theater is funded by the Friends of Russell Library.


The Muses Go to the Movies

This series led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva concludes with Dreamchild on DreamchildTuesday, May 20, at noon in the Hubbard Room.  Moviemakers have often found great drama in the lives of creative people, even if a little fictionalizing has to spice the facts. From February through May Richard Alleva, film critic for Commonweal Magazine, will present four of the best “biopics” ever made, entertainments that delve into the sometimes painful, sometimes exhilarating, lives of artists and reveal how those lives culminated in masterpieces. Richard will not only talk about the movies but also try to separate biographical fact from filmmaking fiction.

Dreamchild (1985) On the 4th of July, 1862, the mathematician Charles Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, boated down a river with some children while telling them a story about a certain little girl named Alic who fell down a ribbit-hole into a place called Wonderland. It was the birth of the greatest children's book ever written.

Viewers are invited to bring a sandwich and the library will serve dessert and beverages.  This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. Future film:




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Resources for Parents

Community Foundation of Mddlesex County logoRussell Library is pleased to announce the addition of a series of Parenting Bags to the Children’s Department. Each bag is focused on a particular topic in child rearing such as breastfeeding or getting the child to sleep, and contains both books and DVDs which address these topics. Bags are available in either English or Spanish and circulate for three weeks. These bags are funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and we thank them.


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