One Book On the RiverbendBoys in the Boat cover

Boys in the Boat - 2017

In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team went to the Olympics in Berlin. Their struggle for victory, against many obstacles, inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression. 

Discussion will be led by Christy Billings, Co-Chair of One Book on the Riverbend. Contact info: cbillings@russelllibrary.org or (860) 347-2528 Ext 159

Copies of the Young Readers Version and the Full version of Boys in the Boat are available for checkout. This is a One Book on the Riverbend 2017 event. It is sponsored through a Middletown Rotary Grant and by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Russell Library’s One Book on the Riverbend Events

Boys of "36"American Experience: The Boys of '36

Tuesday, May 2nd at Noon
Hubbard Room
The Boys of “36.” “For Gold. For Country. For each other.


Join us for a film screening of “The Boys of 36”. This PBS Film based on the book, The Boys in the Boat, Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics, is a look at the sheer grit and determination that propelled the team to greatness. Featuring interviews with the author Daniel James Brown, historians and surviving children of the 1936 Washington team, The Boys of ’36 recounts their unexpected victory and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, giving hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression. Written By Aaron R. Cohen, Directed By Margaret Grossi.
Rated PG Running time 54 min.

Multi-Generational Book Discussion of Boys in the Boat

Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30PM
Meeting Room 3

Join us to discuss the 2017 One Book on the Riverbend title: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This Multi-Generational Book discussion of Boys in the Boat will be alongside the version written for Young Readers. This program is open to everyone from Junior High to Seniors.

Read the book along with a Parent, Grandparent, or a Friend and join us!

Book Discussion of Boys in the Boat

Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30PM
Meeting Room 3

Book Discussion: One Book on the Riverbend is composed of various organizations, schools, and public libraries of Cromwell, Portland and Middletown to promote literacy and community by the joy of sharing a good book.

Copies of Boys in the Boat are available for checkout. This is a One Book on the Riverbend 2017 event.

Film night, American Experience: The Boys of '36Boys of "36"

Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30
Hubbard Room
The Boys of “36.” “For Gold. For Country. For each other.

Join us for a film screening of “The Boys of 36”. This PBS Film based on the book, The Boys in the Boat, Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics, is a look at the sheer grit and determination that propelled the team to greatness. Featuring interviews with the author Daniel James Brown, historians and surviving children of the 1936 Washington team, The Boys of ’36 recounts their unexpected victory and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, giving hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression. Written By Aaron R. Cohen, Directed By Margaret Grossi.
Rated PG Running time 54 min.

Tales from the Connecticut River, Stories of Local Crew Coaches

Tuesday, May 30th 7PM
Hubbard Room

Crew Coaches tell the local stories of rowers vs. the elements. Join us to hear the true stories behind what goes into training to be a part of a Crew team.  Inspired by 2017 One Book on the Riverbend title: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Eating Like a Champion: How Elite Athletes Build Their Power

Wednesday, May 31st at 6:30PM
Hubbard Room

Do top athletes know anything special about food? Can the rest of us learn from them? What do the most important recent discoveries in biology teach us about food? Three key discoveries all agree on one thing: all calories are not created equal. Why are whole foods so much better for us than refined foods? Why do people who eat “clean” foods have so much more energy than the average person? Why do some people stay healthy, taking no pills even into old age?

Lecture from 6:30-7:30 and a Q&A to follow.

Jeff Hush founded of Food & Movement Therapy (www.famtusa.org) because he wanted people of all ages to know that health is built through our own practices and wise habits-not through medical interventions.

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