Teen Events & Program - Events Calendar

All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library

Summer Meal Service at the Russell Library

Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Activity Room

For children from birth - 18 years old. (Please note, these meals are 'one size fits all' and are best suited for children 3 and older. We are unable to supply formula. If you require alternate meals for those with dietary restrictions, please contact library staff at 860-347-2528. 
Drop in, no registration. Meals are first come, first served!

Origami

Tuesday, July 17; August 21 @ 6:30pm
Activity Room

Explore the Japanese art of paper folding.
For ages 7 - 12 (grades 2 - 8).
Drop in; no registration.

Girls Who Code Summer Boot Camp, July Session

Tuesdays, July 17 and 24, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Thursdays, July 19 and 26, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saturday, July 21, 10:00am - 1:30pm
Storytelling Room

Computing skills are highly sought-after in the US job market, with demand growing at three times the national average. Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit, works with agencies such as the Russell Library to close the gender gap in technology and to prepare girls for tomorrow's jobs. The Library will offer 2 identical sessions of 5 classes each this summer; please sign up for either the July session or the August session. This program requires the use of computers; the library will supply some computers but participants who have access to a laptop should bring it to each session.
For students of all genders in grades 6 - 12 (ages 11-18).
Registration is required and space is limited to 10 students. Sign up on line, in person, or by phone at (860) 344-8479 beginning Friday, June 1.

Middletown Bookmobile

Wednesdays, July 18, 25 and August 1, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Near the Broad Street entrance

Children of all ages are welcome to visit the Middletown Bookmobile to choose free books they can take home to keep. In case of rain, a selection of free books will be available in the Activity Room.

Reading Buddies

Wednesdays, July 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 2:00pm
Story Telling Room

Does your child love reading? Or is he or she a struggling reader? Members of the Teen Advisory Council will help your child learn to love reading or continue to love reading by being his or her Reading Buddy! Bring your child’s own favorite books or find one in the library. Your child’s Reading Buddy will give your child a FREE book to take home!
For children entering pre-k - 6th grade (ages 3 - 10).
Drop in; no registration required. 

Scrabble Wednesday

Wednesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2:00pm. Meeting Room 3

Carol Whitfield will lead players in scrabble games for ages 12 - 112.
We will have dictionaries, score sheets and scrabble boards. Bring your brains! 
For ages 12 to 112.

Just drop-in or sign-up online and get an email reminder!

Pop-Up Book Fun

Thursday, July 19, @ 1:30pm
Storytelling Room

Come and explore our large selection of some of the coolest pop-up books you will ever see! We will also be making our own pop-up card!
For grades 1 - 6 (ages 6 - 12).
Drop in; no registration.

Snap Circuit Mania

Tuesdays, July 24; August 7 @ 3:00pm
Activity Room

We will have a variety of Snap Circuits on hand. 
For students in grades 3 - 6 (ages 8 - 12) and their families. 
Drop-in; no registration.

Gamers’ Realm

Wednesdays, July 25; August 8 @ 2:00pm
Totally Teen Area

Come explore some of our newest board and card games. Gamers can try their hand at Magic: the Gathering, Forbidden Island, Once Upon a Time and other favorites. 
For students in grades 4 – 7 (ages 10 - 13).
Drop in; no registration.

Teen Drawing Class: Narrative Art

Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm
Storytelling Room

In this introductory class, participants will learn basic line drawing concepts while they work on their own illustration. Emphasis will be on basic composition, selecting a drawing style, and the impact of creating an image using a single color. Each person will select the opening lines from a favorite book to illustrate. Participants may bring a favorite quote or select one provided by the library. Drawing materials will be provided. This is a hands-on-class for artists at all levels.
Recommended for individuals in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18).
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there’s room. Please sign up online or call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520.


Puzzle Mania

Thursday, August 2, @ 10:30am
Activity Room

Join the Youth and Family Learning Department for a morning of crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
For all ages.
Drop in; no registration.

Eat Right When Money Is Tight

Monday, August 6, 13, 20, 1:00pm
Activity Room

Learn how to eat well on a budget. A community nutrition educator from the Husky Nutrition Programs at UConn Health will be presenting the program. During this nutrition seminar, participants will learn strategies to save money while eating well. Weekly topics will be:
August 6: Unit Pricing/Buying Seasonally
August 13: Reading Labels
August 20: Choosing Frozen, Fresh, or Canned
Drop in; no registration required.
For patrons age 13 and up. (grade 7 +)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and the UConn Health and Husky Program.

Girls Who Code Summer Boot Camp August Session

Tuesdays, August 14 and 21, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Thursdays, August 16 and 23, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saturday, August 18, 10:00am – 1:30pm
Storytelling Room

Computing skills are highly sought after in the US job market, with demand growing at three times the national average. Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit, works with other agencies such as the Russell Library to close the gender gap in technology and to prepare girls for tomorrow's jobs. The Library will offer 2 identical sessions of 5 classes each; please sign up for either the July session or the August session. This program requires the use of computers; the library will supply some computers but participants who have access to a laptop should bring it to each session.
For students of all genders in grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18).
Registration is required and space is limited to 10 students. Sign up on line, in person, or by phone at (860) 344-8479 beginning Friday, June 1.

Teen Painting Class: Self Portraits

Thursday, August 23, 5:30pm
Hubbard Room

In this introductory class, participants will learn basic painting techniques while they work on a self-portrait. Emphasis will be on composition, color theory, and brush technique. The library will provide canvases, paint, brushes, and other artistic supplies. This is a hands-on class for artists at all levels.
Recommended for individuals in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18). 
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there's room. Please sign up online or call the information desk at 860-347-2520. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

 

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 going into grades 7 to 12 in September. In order to volunteer during the summer of 2018, each student must sign up for and attend one of the three scheduled Teen Volunteer Orientations.

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