News & Events

Free Public Screening of Jeremy Seifert’s Documentary Film “GMO OMG”

GMO OMGJeremy Seifert’s documentary "GMO OMG" will be shown on at 7pm on Thursday, January 15 in the Hubbard Room. This award-winning documentary is an entertaining yet hard-hitting investigation of how laboratory-assisted genetic modification of food affects the world around us.

Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide-scale experimentation of modern biotechnology. 

"GMO OMG" follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How did our food system become hijacked by chemical companies? Is there still time to heal the planet, feed the world, and ourselves?

Connecticut was the first state to pass a labeling bill for GMO foods. This film shows why it was necessary.  Members from Connecticut Families against Chemical Trespassing (ConnFACT), formerly GMO Free CT, will be present to introduce and discuss the film afterwards.

The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on the BeatlesBeatles

Before the Beatles ever wrote their own songs or performed on stage, they were inspired to do so by American rock 'n' roll records.  This 90-minute multimedia program will illustrate the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and other American recording artists from the 1950's on the Beatles.  Beatles scholar and musician Aaron Krerowicz will present this program.

Preschool fairPreschool Information Fair

Parents and their children are invited to meet representatives from local preschool programs and ask questions about curriculum and tuition on Saturday, January 24, 10:00-12 noon in the Children’s Activity Room.  The snow date is Saturday, January 31.  A craft area for children will be provided.  Don't delay - begin your search for preschool enrollment.  Inclusion in this fair is for informational purposes only and does not constitute endorsement of individual programs by the Russell Library

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)

Join Robert Scata from CT Emergency Management and Homeland Security for an informational presentation about EFFAK on Tuesday, January 27 from 1-2pm in the Hubbard Room.  EFFAK  is a simple tool to help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural disaster or national emergency. It helps users identify and organize key financial records and serves as a quick reference to their most important financial documents. Scata will also discuss how to prepare yourself for a disaster.  Many helpful hand outs will be available at this free community program.

Joe Crookston Concert

Sunday February 1
Hubbard Room

Joe Crookston

From Ithaca, New York: "writer, singer, guitar picker, claw hammer, banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible", Joe Crookston will pull you into his magical, musical world... a grand celebration of us all.

Free Concert; No Registration.


Jon Katz, author: Saving Simon; How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of CompassionSaving simon

Saturday February 14
2 PM
Hubbard Room

Spend Valentine's Day afternoon with best-selling author Jon Katz.  He will talk about his latest book, Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.  Of this book, Jon Katz, says..."there is no doubt that Simon changed my life.  He opened my heart and soul, jarred me into a true understanding of the power of compassion, and cracked open long buried feelings and emotions...every morning, his bray, his "call to life", stirs my own aspirations and gratitude."
(Snow date, March 7, 2015)

The Many Faces of Laurence Olivier; a Film Discussion Series

Tuesday February 17
12 Noon
Hubbard Room
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet

Film critic Richard Alleva begins this series with “Oivier and Shakespeare.”  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.   It is in his Shakespeare films, three of which he directed himself, that we feel the full magnetism of Olivier. In this first program of the series Richard Alleva will offer a panoramic view of Henry V, Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear, and you will delight in the protean genius of an actor with a thousand faces.

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.  Upcoming films are Wuthering Heights (March 17), The Entertainer (1960), and Sleuth (1972).

Ko-Eun Yi Piano ConcertKo-Eun Yi Pianist

Saturday February 21
2 PM
Hubbard Room

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ko-Eun Yi has played with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. Ko-Eun was a Top Prize winner in the World Piano Competition, Widemann Competition, Kosciuzko Foundation Chopin Competition, and E-Competition, performing in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Phillips Gallery in Washington, DC. She is from Seoul, Korea and graduated with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, completed her Professional Studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University.

New Library Resource

NewThe Russell Library now subscribes to, which offers high quality, current video tutorials in topical areas such as software, technology, creative processes and business and job seeking skills.   Click on the “create profile” link to set up your own account using your Russell Library barcode and a password that you select.  is available from within the library as well as remotely. 

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