Teen Events & Programs

Teen MeditatingAn Introduction to Meditation for Teens

Wednesday, June 24, 3-4:30pm
Hubbard Room
Ages 11 and up

Today’s world is extremely stressful and demanding, particularly for teens. One remedy for that is meditation, or mindfulness, a simple act which can offer the practitioner support, clarity and calm. We are very pleased to be offering an hour and a half program which outlines techniques and benefits, along with an explanation of what meditation is and is not. There will be a practice time as well as a time for questions.  Hillary Gauvreau, a writer and teacher, has long been involved in meditation, massage and other healing practices. We are very fortunate to have her for this program and hope that you will join us.  Ages 11 and up, please.

Jamaliah's Henna Creations

Monday, June 29, 3:00pm
Hubbard RoomJamilah's Henna Creations
Ages: 11 and up
*Registration Begins June 22

Henna is a plant derived dye that has been used on hair and skin since ancient times. Popular in North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia, it is now seen in our culture as well. We are very pleased to present Jamilah’s Henna Creation, which will be a program of film and discussion of the history and variety of henna creations. This will be followed by the application of designs on those attending the program.
* Registration is required, and begins on Monday, June 22 at 9:00am, in person or by phone – (860) 344-8479.

Program will repeat on August 10, with registration beginning on August 3!

Beneath the Mask- Summer Reading Film Series

The Princess Bride
Thursday, July 2, 2pm. 
Hubbard Room

A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive in a classic tale of love and adventure. The beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the nasty Prince Humperdinck, while Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) attempts to save her. Along the way he meets an accomplished swordsman and a giant, both of whom become his companions in his quest. Join us in this delightful and much beloved film. 

MPAA rating: PG.  Free popcorn will be provided.

Otakus of Russell Library Unite!  An Introduction to Martial Arts

Tuesday, July 14
Hubbard Room

Our friends from Cromwell Martial Arts will be putting on a display of a variety of martial arts, including audience participation. We have been fortunate enough to host Cromwell Martial Arts in the past, in a program both instructive and enjoyable.  We anticipate another fine presentation.
These are drop-in programs, so come and enjoy the fun!

Beneath the Mask- Summer Reading Film Series

The Mask
Thursday, July 16, 2pm
Hubbard Room

A quiet bank clerk is turned into a cartoon character with strange abilities usually only available in animation, all through an ancient mask he finds.

MPAA rating: PG 13. Free popcorn will be provided.

Batman Begins
Thursday August 20, 2pm

Hubbard Room

Teen Doodling Program

Thursday, July 23, 2pm
Teen Area
Ages: 12-18
Drop-in, no registration

Bring your creative mind to this fun, relaxing doodle program.  We’ll have paper and drawing implements, and plenty of books to look at for inspiration.  Refreshments will be served.

An Introduction to the Witch's Dungeon

Thursday, August 6, 2pm
Hubbard Room
No registration

Quietly tucked away in nearby Briston. CT is a treasure trove of monster memorabilia, The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. Cortlandt Hull, the curator, will visit us and present a visual presentation tracing the history of movie makeup from great horror movies as well as a display of original horror and science fiction makeup, headpieces and appliances. Bring your camera!

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Otakus - Anime / Manga ClubManga Drawing for Otakus

Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 7:00pm
Ages 11 & up
No registration required

Otakus is Russell Library’s teen group for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Meeting twice a month, we view anime shorts, discuss our favorite manga series and explore the culture that has produced such art forms. Food, music, costumes, arts and other expressions of Japan are all parts of Otakus. This is a drop-in program, so come and enjoy the fun!