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Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison: Calling All Poets!

Friday, February 16, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

CALLING ALL POETS! Shy poets, famous poets, infamous poets, sly poets, wanna be poets, poetry lovers, poet lovers, poets who would never attend such an event, even the verse averse! Let's gather together and bring our creative energies into one room--the possibilities are amazing and endless! Please bring your favorite poems to share, original or otherwise.
Drop in; no registration.

NAACP presents a Black History Extravaganza

Saturday, February 17, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Hubbard Room
Drop in; no registration

African dance, African American art, and a variety of other pieces of Black History will be shown.

Author visit with Ibi Zoboi- American Street

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 – 2:30pmAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi
Hubbard Room
For all ages

Drop in; no registration

Join us as we welcome author Ibi Zoboi to Middletown! Ibi was born in Haiti and immigrated to New York with her mother when she was four years old. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich, and her next YA novel, Pride, are forthcoming. Patrons are welcome to bring their copies of American Street to be signed by the author. Light refreshments will be served.
For all ages.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 20, @7:00pm
Meeting Room 2

This month, our Classic Mystery will be The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (2009). ‘It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: a dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.’

Veterans of Color film screening

Thursday, February 22, @6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Veterans of Color chronicles the challenges 31 African American male and female veterans faced during their military careers and their later adjustments to civilian life. In the film, veterans speak directly from the realities of their experiences, enabling audiences to better understand the realities of war.  After participating in some of the bloodiest combat missions in American history, many veterans of color returned home to face even fiercer battles dealing with housing and job discrimination, racial hatred, and other hardships.

Adult Coloring for Stress Reduction

Friday, February 23, @11:00am
Hubbard Room

Come and enjoy a stress-free environment while you color beautiful pictures!

The library provides materials, or you may bring your own. 

Harlem QuartetFree Concert: Harlem Quartet  

Saturday, February 24, 1:30 – 3:15pm
First Church Middletown (Sanctuary), 190 Court Street, Middletown

The Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with a varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world, from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between. The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D'Rivera. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.
This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library, First Church Middletown and Connecticut Humanities.

Yoga in the Hubbard Room

Sunday, February 25, @2:00pm
Hubbard Room

No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor will be Jeff Hush, founder of Food and Movement Therapy and a local instructor of Family Yoga, Tai Chi and Chair Yoga. Come experience how practicing yoga can help you feel calmer and more energetic, and learn how it can also help support a stronger immune system and better sleep patterns. If the weather is nice, yoga will be held in the courtyard.
Drop in; no registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library

Racial Justice Book Club: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Tuesday, March 6 @ 6PM
 Meeting Room 2

Join us for a discussion of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Copies of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will be available for check-out. Contact Christy Billingscbillings@russelllibrary.org or call 860-347-2528 ext 160.

This book club is open to anyone, no registration necessary. The Racial Justice Book Club will meet the first Tuesday of the month through June of 2018. The Racial Justice Book Club is in partnership with the Middletown Racial Justice Community.

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