Teen Events & Program - Events Calendar

All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library


October 16 @ 6:30pm
Youth Area
For grades 2 and up (age 7 +)

Drop in; no registration

Explore the Japanese art of paper folding.
For grades 2 and up (age 7 +).
Drop in; no registration.

Bodies, Curiosity and Four Walls: a Theater Workshop with Toto Kisaku

Saturday, October 20, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Oddfellows Playhouse, Washington Street, Middletown.

Congolese Theater Artist Toto Kisaku will teach a day-long workshop for theater students, teachers, and theater professionals. Lunch will be provided. Mr. Kisaku, an award-winning playwright, actor, director, and producer whose work focuses on social justice, was born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2015, the Congolese government kidnapped and prepared to kill him because of the content of one of his plays. This past summer, his play, Requiem for an Electric Chair, which told the story of his imprisonment, was presented at the New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival. 

This free workshop is limited to 15 participants, age 16 and up.
This event is part of Russell Library’s Immigrant Artists series funded by a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts. Russell Library is partnering with ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse to present this workshop.  

Fall Session of Reading Buddies

Thursday, November 1, 6:30pm
Activity Room

Reading with a Reading Buddy can help children at all levels improve their reading skills.  Kids can bring a favorite book or choose one at the library, and every child goes home with a free book.
For kids in grades pre-k - 6 (ages 3 - 10).
Drop in; no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and Russell Library's Teen Advisory Council.

DI-NOvember Film Screening: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Tuesday, November 6, 12:00pm
Hubbard Room

'A volcano threatens the dinosaurs with extinction.'  Patrons may bring their lunch. Run time: 2 hours 9 minutes.  MPAA rating is PG-13.
This program is open to all ages. 
Drop in; no registration required.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and the Teen Leadership Institute of the North End Action Team.

Teen NaNoWriMo Write-In

Tuesday, November 6, 3:00pm
Storytelling Room

Meet other aspiring teen writers while you jump start your 2018 National Novel Writing Month project. Light refreshments will be provided.
For teens in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18).

Drop in; no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Family Game Night

Wednesday, November 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Activity Room

Join us for a fun night of board games with the entire family!  Try your hand at some new games or get reacquainted with some classics. Family + Games = Family Game Night! 
For all ages.
Drop in; no registration required.

Free Yoga Workshop

Saturday, November 10, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Hubbard Room

This free yoga workshop is open to the public.  Mats will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own mats, water, towels, or other supplies.
All ages.

Drop in; no registration required.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

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 currently in grades 7 to 12 (ages 12-18). Registration is required so please sign up ASAP!

In order to volunteer at Russell Library, each student must:

1. Hand in an application for Fall 2018 by Wednesday September 18th at 5 pm for this orientation session. Application for Fall 2018 here: Fall Teen Volunteer Application (drop off your application at the library or email it to hscussell@russelllibrary.org)

2. Sign up for and attend one of the scheduled Teen Volunteer Orientations.
The next Orientation session will be: November 19, 6 to 7:30 pm.

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