Visit our StoryWalk at Crystal Lake. This month’s story is From Egg to Butterfly. Watch the video below for details about this project and see how to do the butterfly yoga pose!

Reimagining School Readiness

Many schools focus on children’s ability to name letters, hold a pencil, and count to 10 as the only indicators of “school readiness”, but research shows that children through age eight need to develop other crucial skills to achieve continued success in school and in life. It is never too early or late to develop these skills!

These crucial skills are divided into three main categories:

Watch for these symbols in the newsletter and around the Youth and Family Learning Department to find useful tips on how to prepare your child for school.

Summer Fun at Russell Library

We have  A LOT going on this summer. Click to see all the exciting events and activites!

Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

During the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, students compete to determine which school reads the most books, categorized on the student population and grade level.

Email the Children's Department

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.

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.



Over 120 animated stories designed to strengthen early literacy skills. (Russell Library card required.)

Book Match

Need help finding your children something great to read? Fill out one of our online forms and our librarians will curate book recommendations just for your family!

Downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Magazines

Downloads are available 24/7. (Russell Library card required.)


Work with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. (Russell Library card required.)

Middletown Early Childhood

Health & Child Development, Preparing For School, and Community Resources.

researchIT CT

Online reference databases: history, science, biography & more. Also, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, ebooks, audiobooks. (No library card required.)

Universal Class

Over 500 courses including parenting, homeschooling, special education, teacher resources, how-to & much more! (Russell Library card required.)