Russell Library sponsors the Edna and Benjamin Shenker Creative Writing Contest annually. The contest is held in memory of Mrs. Shenker who was an avid reader and library user, and Dr. Shenker, a wonderful supporter of the library. Young writers are encouraged to write a short story or poem on a suggested theme that changes each year.
In honor of Jack & Sybil Paton, their family and the Friends of the Russell Library present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter.