Teen Events & Program - Events Calendar

All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library

Project Runway, Library Edition

Wednesday, May 23, 4:00pm
Activity Room

Fashionistas! Join us in our first Project Runway! Bring your ideas and any special fabric or trims. We will provide some materials for your creations, and models! 
For students in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 17).
Drop in; no registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio; a One Book on the Riverbend Book Discussion

Wednesday, May 23, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

The book begins with, 'My name is August. I won't describe to you what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.” Auggie is ten years old and wants to be just like everyone else. He is, however, far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to public school. Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, moving debut to be read in one sitting, passed along to others, and remembered long after the final page.
Read the book along with a parent, grandparent, or a friend and join us! Discussion will be led by Christy Billings, Chair of the One Book on the Riverbend committee.
Contact: cbillings@russelllibrary.org or (860) 347-2528 ext 160. Copies of Wonder are available for checkout.
This program is open to everyone from children age 6th grade to adults.
Sponsored through a Middletown Rotary Grant and by the Friends of the Russell Library. 

Mother-Daughter Book Discussion: Wonder: a One Book on the Riverbend Event

Wednesday May 30, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

We invite mothers and daughters to read the 2018 One Book on the Riverbend title: Wonder by R.J. Palacio and join us for this discussion. Auggie is ten years old and wants to be just like everyone else. He is, however, far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to public school. Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, moving debut to be read in one sitting, passed along to others, and remembered long after the final page.
Copies of Wonder are available for checkout.
Discussion will be facilitated by Teen Librarian Heather Scussel and by Christy Billings, Library Assistant in Programming and Community Engagement. Contact cbillings@russelllibrary.org or 860- 347-2528 x 160
This is a One Book on the Riverbend 2018 event. It is sponsored through a Middletown Rotary Grant and by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Tuesdays, June 5 or 12, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
or Saturday, June 9, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Activity Room

Teens, do you want to get more involved in your community or do you need to earn community service for school? Russell Library is the place for you! The Teen Department is looking for student volunteers going into grades 7 to 12 in September. In order to volunteer during the summer of 2018, each student must sign up for and attend one of the three scheduled Teen Volunteer Orientations. Plan to attend this session or one of the two remaining sessions:
Saturday, June 9 from 11 to 1 pm
Tuesday, June 12 from 5 to 7 pm.

Contact Teen Librarian Heather Scussell at hscussell@russelllibrary.org for any questions.

Scrabble Wednesday

Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2:30pm. Meeting Room 2 or 3,

Carol Whitfield will lead players in scrabble games for ages 12 - 112.
We will have dictionaries, score sheets and scrabble boards. Bring your brains! 
For ages 12 to 112.

Just drop-in or sign-up online and get an email reminder!

On the River: A Community Art Project

Saturday, June 16, @10:30am
Hubbard Room

In this hands-on art class, participants will work together to create a mural based on a well-known piece of art. Each person or small group will get one to three 12'' x 12'' paper squares with a section of the painting. They will be asked to replicate the lines, shapes, and general composition of the sample square using any materials, colors, or style that they wish. Materials will be provided. Artists are encouraged to bring in their favorite supplies if they’d like. As they finish, they will place their square on the wall based on the number on the back. The combined squares will reveal the piece of art chosen for the class.
This project is ideal for individuals interested in making art, and families with children in grades 1 and up (ages 6 +). Siblings welcome! 
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there’s room. Please sign up on line or call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520.