Teen Events & Programs

Otakus - Anime / Manga ClubOtakus

Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
September 27 - Hubbard Room Bunraku Puppets

October 11 - Meeting Room 3
October 25 - Hubbard Room: Come celebrate Halloween by dressing up as your favorite character in Cosplay and enjoy a Halloween Party!

Ages 11 & up
No registration required
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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!

Teen Advisory Council

Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Teen Area

Earn community service hours, plan library activities, test out new library technology, and much more. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to join TAC, please contact Heather at hscussell@russell.lioninc.org.
For students entering grades 7 to 12.   
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Snap Circuits

Monday, September 26, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Make an alarm clock, radio, or doorbell ring with Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits snap easily together to teach the basics of circuitry. Members of the Teen Advisory Council will be on hand to help out!
Grades 5 to 9.
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Bunraku Puppetry

Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Hubbard Room

Bunraku is a form of puppetry practiced in Japan. We will be introduced to the traditions of this ancient art form and learn the basics of manipulating a simple “American Bunraku” style puppet. 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. Ages 11 & up.  
This is a drop-in program, so come and enjoy the fun!

Robots at the Library!

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Hubbard Room,
Grades 5 to 12

Are you interested in robotics, science, or engineering? The First Robotics team from Mercy is coming to the library to demonstrate their competition robot. Try engineering for yourself with a hands-on project prepared by the students.
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Preparing for College

Fridays October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 3:00 to 5:00pm
Meeting Room 3

For teens and young adults who are concerned about knowing how to manage finances, these four workshops presented by Mr. Timothy L. Cooper of March for Education and Ms. Vivian Dominquez of Wells Fargo Bank will help give you a good start! Friday, October 7th is on the “Basics of Banking”; Friday October 14th is on “Budgeting”; Friday October 21st is on “Credit”; and Friday October 22nd is on “College”.
Sponsored by March for Education and Wells Fargo Bank.

Magic! The Gathering

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Activity Room
Grades 5 to 12  

Are you new to Magic! Or an old pro? Either way, come to the activity room to try play some Magic! The library has two board games for new players, and a card set, please bring your own cards if you have them.
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Reading Buddies

Monday, October 24, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Activity Room
For students ages 6 to 8

Do you love reading? Or are you a struggling reader? Members of the Teen Advisory Council will help you learn to love reading or continue love reading by being YOUR reading Buddy! Bring your own favorite books or come find one in the library. Your reading buddy with give you a book to go home with!
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Homeschool Book Club

Monday, October 24, 10 to 11 am
Teen Area
Grades 7 to 12

For the first time, the Russell Library is offering a book club for homeschooled students! The first book will be The Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Copies of the book can be found at the library, please contact Heather Scussell to get one! Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.