Events 

  1. Thu Aug. 18

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Platform to Employment Ben Bissell Platform to Employment Join us for guest speaker, Ben Bissell from Platform to Employment. Not all job seekers have the same needs or face the same barriers. Platform to Employment (P2E) is a nationally recognized solution, helping the long-term unemployed get back to work. For employers, P2E gives businesses a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during a trial work experience. The foundation of P2E is a preparatory program for job seekers which includes skills ...
  2. Thu Aug. 18

    Back to School Drive at Big Lots The Middletown Police Departments is hosting a Back to School Drive at Big Lots in Middletown on 8/18 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
  3. Thu Aug. 18

    Water Wonders with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at Crystal Lake Join Russell Library and our friends from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and take a close look at how water shapes and changes the earth, and how humans impact the water cycle. Hands-on activities include chemical water testing (pH & Nitrates), adding pollutants to the 3D Enviroscape, and becoming a drop of water in the water cycle game! This event will take place at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park. For young people ages 6 and up. Siblings and families welcome! Registration is requ...
  4. Fri Aug. 19

  5. Fri Aug. 19

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event s...
  6. Mon Aug. 22

    Come Build With Us! Come build with us in the Activity Room! Each Monday there will be different building toys available such as Legos, Lincoln Logs, Hotwheels tracks, and more. Follow our blueprints or simply build from your imagination. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity! This is a program for ages 4 and up. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event begins). Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of your household ...
  7. Mon Aug. 22

    Who's Lived in Your House? Using Land Records and Local Resources to Discover the History of Your Home Join us to discover the history of your home. Whether you want to learn how to document a historic property for preservation, to learn a bit more about your home’s prior residents, or to get a glimpse of an ancestor’s home, there are resources available to help. This program will teach you how to navigate land records to build a timeline of the home's ownership and how to use maps, photos, local histories, and more to help tell your home’s story. While this program will focus on resources to do...
  8. Mon Aug. 22

    The Beauty in Breaking: Author Talk with Michele Harper (online) Michele Harper is a female African American emergency room physician in an overwhelmingly male and white profession. As Harper learned to become an effective ER physician, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she understood that each of us is broken—physically and emotionally. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process. This author talk with Michele Harper will cover many of the lessons she...
  9. Tue Aug. 23

    Drop-in Covid Vaccine Clinic for Kids Age Group: 6 months - 11 years. The clinic will be set up on the library's Court Street lawn. In the event of rain, the clinic will be held inside the library. No appointments necessary! Click here for more information.
  10. Tue Aug. 23

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event ...
  11. Thu Aug. 25

    Virtual Job and Career Group: Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Christy Billings cbillings@russelllibrary.org This group is possible from a...
  12. Thu Aug. 25

    Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact - Author Talk with Liz Wiseman (online) Join us as we sit down in conversation with Liz Wiseman, New York Times Best Selling author, researcher, and executive adviser. Liz will talk about her latest book, Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact, and her other work. In Impact Players, Liz asks the question, why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions? In every organization, impact players are indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in cr...
  13. Thu Aug. 25

  14. Thu Aug. 25

    Middle School Summer Reading Work Session Attention young people! Stop by the library for a work session on the library lawn on Court St, to get you ready to go back to school. Bring your thoughts and ideas on your summer reading and brainstorm with your peers, a librarian and some of our friends who work at the Middletown Public Schools on how to translate what you read into a creative project. Haven't thought about anything school-related all summer? No sweat! Drop in anyways and hear what everyone has been up to-- maybe it will spa...
  15. Fri Aug. 26

  16. Fri Aug. 26

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event s...
  17. Fri Aug. 26

    Mystery! Mystery! is a Russell Library-run book club for mystery lovers. The book group discusses a new mystery novel every month. The group meets on Thursdays at 3pm, the last Thursday of the month (or, if Russell is closed at that time, the latest Thursday in the month that we’re open). Starting July 29th, 2021, our meetings will switch back to in person at Russell Library in Meeting Room 2. Books are available at the Circulation desk. No registration required. Questions? Contact Amy Slowik. Click...
  18. Sat Aug. 27

    Jazz Up Close presents Claire Daly and Steve Hudson Photo credit: Judy Schiller (L) and Shervin Lainez (R) Resonant Motion, Inc. returns to in-person presentations for its Jazz Up Close series for the first of two 2022 events, continuing the theme of “Layers of Collaboration.” For this event, saxophonist Claire Daly and pianist Steve Hudson will present and discuss their original compositions accompanied by bassist Henry Lugo and pianist, host, and series curator Noah Baerman. Claire Daly is a baritone saxophonist, flutist, and recording arti...
  19. Mon Aug. 29

    Come Build With Us! Come build with us in the Activity Room! Each Monday there will be different building toys available such as Legos, Lincoln Logs, Hotwheels tracks, and more. Follow our blueprints or simply build from your imagination. We supply the materials, you supply the creativity! This is a program for ages 4 and up. Registration is required (and will close 24 hours before the event begins). Covid Library Event guidelines: to ensure everyone's safety we request that if any member of your household ...
  20. Tue Aug. 30

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event ...
  21. Wed Aug. 31

    Narcan Training What is Narcan? NARCAN® nasal spray is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes. What You'll Learn You'll learn about rescue breathing, what Narcan is, how to administer it, Good Samaritan laws, and local prevention resources. Register Today! The first 15 registrants will receive a free Narcan kit! All Middletown residents are welcome. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  22. Thu Sep. 1

    Virtual Job and Career Group Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
  23. Fri Sep. 2

  24. Fri Sep. 2

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This family storytimes are repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. Fo...
  25. Fri Sep. 2

  26. Mon Sep. 5 - Tue Sep. 6

    Library Closed: Labor Day The library is closed for Labor Day.
  27. Tue Sep. 6

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event ...
  28. Thu Sep. 8

    Book Sale Friends of Russell Library Book Sale Dates September 8-10, 2022 in the main Reading Room at Russell Library! Hours Thursday, September 8th: 9am-8pm Friday, September 9th: 9am-5pm Saturday, September 10th: 9am-5pm
  29. Thu Sep. 8

    Virtual Job and Career Group Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
  30. Thu Sep. 8

    Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain World - Author Talk with Dr. Michele Borba (online) Join us in conversation with bestselling author and expert in child development, Dr. Michele Borba, as she discusses her book, Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Thrive. Data shows that today’s youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk-averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. So how can we teach them to be mentally strong and more successful? Dr. Michele Borba empowers educators and parents to help kids thrive in today’s...
  31. Thu Sep. 8

    Books and Brews: Phone Booth at the Edge of the World Our September title is The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina. Copies available at the Borrowing Desk. Join us IN PERSON at Stubborn Beauty Brewing at 180 Johnson St, Middletown, CT. Questions? E-mail Christy Billings at cbillings@russelllibrary.org Sponsored by the Friends of Russell Library. Place a hold for curbside pick-up or E-copies are available at www.russelllibrary.org. No purchase is required. More on author: Laura Imai Messina was born in Rome and gra...
  32. Fri Sep. 9

    Book Sale Friends of Russell Library Book Sale Dates September 8-10, 2022 in the main Reading Room at Russell Library! Hours Thursday, September 8th: 9am-8pm Friday, September 9th: 9am-5pm Saturday, September 10th: 9am-5pm
  33. Fri Sep. 9

  34. Fri Sep. 9

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This family storytimes are repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. Fo...
  35. Sat Sep. 10

    Book Sale Friends of Russell Library Book Sale Dates September 8-10, 2022 in the main Reading Room at Russell Library! Hours Thursday, September 8th: 9am-8pm Friday, September 9th: 9am-5pm Saturday, September 10th: 9am-5pm
  36. Tue Sep. 13

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event ...
  37. Tue Sep. 13

    Medicare: Which Plan is right For Me? Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older. You’re first eligible to sign up for Medicare 3 months before you turn 65. You may be eligible to get Medicare earlier if you have a disability. There are different kinds of plans available, and sometimes it is hard to make sense out of which one is right for you. Join us with presenter William Coleman, Medicare Specialist with American Senior Benefits. Mr. Coleman will explain the ins and outs of what to consider while evaluating benefits ...
  38. Thu Sep. 15

    Virtual Job and Career Group Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
  39. Fri Sep. 16

  40. Fri Sep. 16

    Storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market! Join us for an outdoor storytime at the Middletown Farmers Market at the Union Green! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This family storytimes are repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. Fo...
  41. Sat Sep. 17

    Native Pollinator Scavenger Hunt and Storytime at Long Lane Farm (Outside) Calling all young nature lovers! Join us for an exciting afternoon outdoors at Long Lane Farm for a storytime and plant scavenger hunt! Participants will be provided with the scavenger hunt, but we encourage you to bring chairs or a blanket, and bug spray! This program is intended for children and their caregivers ages 5 and up, siblings welcome! Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event starts. This session will take place at Long Lane Farm. 243 Long Lane Middletow...
  42. Tue Sep. 20

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event ...
  43. Tue Sep. 20

    Author Talk with Simon Winchester (online) Join us for a conversation with prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester. This author talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author's personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best selling author he is today. A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave eve...
  44. Tue Sep. 20

  45. Thu Sep. 22

    Virtual Job and Career Group Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
  46. Fri Sep. 23

    Library Closed 9am-1pm The library will be closed from 9am-1pm for staff training. We will be open from 1-5pm.
  47. Fri Sep. 23

  48. Sat Sep. 24

  49. Tue Sep. 27

    Outdoor Storytime under the Trees! Join us for an outdoor storytime under the trees on Russell Library's South side lawn! We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids birth to 6 years old and their families. Participants are welcome to bring chairs and blankets! This summer family storytime will be repeated twice a week: Tuesday at the Library and Friday at the Farmers Market! (Same books, same songs, on two different days so more people can enjoy!) Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event ...
  50. Thu Sep. 29

    Virtual Job and Career Group Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson rcarlson@russelllibrary.org or Christy Billings cbillings@russel...
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