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What is it about Racism?

Saturday, February 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Hubbard Room

This presentation and discussion-style workshop takes on dismantling the strongholds of racism by using an open-minded approach to engage all people. People will be invited to unpack some of the more difficult elements of racism.   
Everyone is welcomed to join in this conversation and find out what more can be done on a personal and professional level to address racism where it lives.
Drop-in, no registration.
Produced and funded by Speak FIRE Communication.

Cultural Connections Women’s Group

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Hubbard Room

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

Living Large in 18th Century Middletown Judge Seth Wetmore House, Middletown, CT

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00pm
Hubbard Room

Perched high above Washington Street is Middletown’s finest example of Georgian Colonial architecture, the Judge Seth Wetmore House. The painted parlor was of such high quality that it was dismantled and is now on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. But the house began on a less elevated and sobering note: the foundation was dug by Judge Wetmore’s three enslaved workers, Milt, Cuff, and Will.
In the fourth installment of the 'Vanished Port” speakers’ series presented by the Middlesex County Historical Society, Bill Hosley will discuss 18th - century Middletown architecture with an emphasis on the Wetmore House. Famous visitors to the house included Aaron Burr, the Marquis de Lafayette, and noted theologians Jonathan Edwards and Timothy Dwight. They would have enjoyed lively conversations in the parlor with its “corner shell cupboard with sun-burst decoration; marbleized fluted pilasters at either side of the fireplace opening, and its fine over-mantel painting,” as described by the Greater Middletown Preservation Trust.

Yoga In The Hubbard Room!

Saturday, February 25th
11:00 to 12:00 PM
Yoga with Jeff Hush
Hubbard Room

No prior experience necessary, and no mats will be used. Our instructor for the class will be Jeff Hush, founder of Food and Movement Therapy and a local instructor of Family Yoga, Tai Chi and Chair Yoga. Come experience what Yoga flow can do to assist you in feeling calmer and also more energetic. Learn how it helps in having a stronger immune system and better sleep patterns.
The series is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Selma - Film screeninng

Saturday, February 25
12:30 PM to 2:15 PM
Hubbard Room

Selma is a 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel,Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinsonas President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and Common as Bevel.

The film premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014.

Selma had four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director and Best Actor and won for Best Original Song. It was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.

Classic Mystery Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 28, 11:30am – 1:15pm
Hubbard Room

Join us for a discussion of the Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton, starting with the short story The Blue Cross from the collection The Innocence of Father Brown. Written as the deliberate antithesis of Sherlock, Father Brown uses his intuition and knowledge of human nature to solve crimes and redeem criminals. I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread, - Father Brown
Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches. We will also be screening film versions of the movies on a Wednesday evening before the discussion. 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, February 28, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Meeting Room 3

The above program repeats at this alternative time.

Alice’s Ordinary People - Film Screening

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

Middletown’s NAACP will present this film which profiles Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement in Chicago. Alice’s life story reads like a history of the movement. In 1966, Dr. King came to Chicago. Alice and her husband James Tregay, marched with him, often at great personal risk. It was at this time that Dr. King joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the Reverend James Bevel to form Operation Breadbasket. Breadbasket fought racism on many fronts, but its main task was jobs for African Americans, particularly from those businesses drawing profits from the African American community. Under the leadership of Reverend Jackson, the months that Alice and her “ordinary people” spent picketing led to real change. But it was through her Political Education class, that Alice’s had her most significant impact.

Sponsored by The NAACP.

Survivors Swing Band!

Survivor's Swing BandRescheduled to Saturday, April 22, 1:30
Original Date: Sunday, February 12, 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

The Survivors Swing Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. In honor of Valentine’s Day, they will be playing classic melodies from the Swing Era for concert goers listening -- and dancing - pleasure! Bring a dance partner, or come with friends and family to enjoy some of America’s most beloved songs.
The band features musicians from all over Connecticut, each with many years of experience. Lauren Humpage is on bass and vocals; Jeremy Alston on drums; Jules Bashkin on alto sax; Greg Butko on reeds; Bill Steinhauser on banjo and guitar; and Sandra Wittman on piano. Based in Connecticut, the group plays the classic melodies from an era gone by--hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era--plus many of the wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed.
This concert is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.


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