If you wish to contact any of the children’s or teen librarians, simply send us an email! We will respond as quickly as we can.
Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales
Welcome to the 2021 Summer Reading Program! Come in to the library to register and receive a reading log. Every time you visit or see us out in the community, you can decorate a pre-cut critter to add to the “tank” (the big blue wall in the chidlren’s department.)
Connecticut Summer at the Museum -Free Admission for Kids
From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. The program is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to use recovery funds to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From art and children’s museums and historical sites to zoos, aquariums, and science centers, here’s a list of properties participating in #CTSummerMuseums. Please make sure you check each museum for online advance ticketing and reservations, as they may be required.
Please note: The companies that provide our databases often set residency restrictions. Russell Library cannot do anything to provide access to non-residents. If you are not a resident of Middletown, please see the resources that say No Library Card Required.
Downloads are available 24/7. (Russell Library card required.)
Our children’s department’s list for kids grade 3-5 that are vailable online from hoopla. (Russell Library card required)
Children’s literature in multiple languages from the world community. (No library card required.)
Join Julie Andrews for a new storytime podcast! Julie and her daughter, children’s author Emma Walton Hamilton, read their favorite children’s books. Every story comes to life with sound, music and activities. (No library card required.)
Our children’s department’s list of books for kids, Grades K-5 that are available online from hoopla. (Russell Library card required)
A list designed to help adults recommend age appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers. (No library card required.)
There’s plenty to do online at the CT Science Center! (No library card required.)
Activities, websites, and other information. Many of the activities are aligned with Common Core Standards and are intended for various grade levels. (No library card required.)
Online reference databases: history, science, biography & more. Also, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, ebooks, audiobooks. (No library card required.)
Fun science activities, which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together. (No library card required.)
Online content covering a vast array of topics. Fun, educational, and constantly updated! (No library card required.)
Follow the paths of characters Grace, Emma, and Kenji to see how their childhood interests translate into successful careers and opportunities to “give back” by volunteering. (No library card required.)
Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.
An elementary art teacher blog with art projects and lessons. (No library card required.)
Hear from buyers and vendors at a farmers’ market as they swap goods and learn about money. (No library card required.)
Librarians’ 2020 picks for Notable Children’s Digital Media. (No library card required.)
Activities for kids that do not involve a computer. (No library card required.)
Visit our YouTube channel for arts & crafts, science and more! (No library card required.)
Live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators. (No library card required.)
Many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. (No library card required.)