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Russell Library presents stories of Middletown community members, exciting library happenings, and book recommendations hand-picked by our wonderful librarians. Middletown Strong: Looking up with Russell Library is full of love and community spirit.

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Russell Library presents stories of Middletown community members, exciting library happenings, and book recommendations hand-picked by our wonderful librarians. Middletown Strong: Looking up with Russell Library is full of love and community spirit.

    Wesleyan Film Studies︱Mike Slowik

    Wesleyan Film Studies︱Mike Slowik

    In today's episode, you'll enjoy Kim Spachman's conversation with Mike Slowik, Associate Professor at Wesleyan University in the College of Film and the Moving Image. Professor Slowik is the author of After the Silents: Hollywood Film Music in the Early Era, 1926-1934 and is also a 2003 alumnus of Wesleyan University.  Enjoy!

    Book & Film Recommendations

    After the Silents: Hollywood Film Music in the Early Era, 1926-1934
    by Michael Slowik
    Minari Rated PG-13, 2020

    I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids
    by Kyle Schwartz
    The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
    How to Disappear Completely by Ali Standish
    Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

    This podcast uses music by Ashutosh, under a creative commons license:
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    • 42 min
    Prepare to Get Work︱Bob Carlson

    Prepare to Get Work︱Bob Carlson

    In this episode, Christy chats with Bob Carlson, Russell Library's Program Coordinator for the Job & Career Group.  Bob and Christy discuss their mission of preparing community members to get work. If you've lost your job or are looking to change careers, this episode is for you. Enjoy!

    Russell Library Job & Career Services: https://russelllibrary.org/other-services/
    United States Coastguard Auxiliary: https://www.cgaux.org/

    Book Recommendations

    Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
    The Greatest Beer Run Ever by John "Chick" Donohue & J.T. Molloy


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    • 37 min
    Middletown Pride︱Part 2

    Middletown Pride︱Part 2

    In todays episode, you'll enjoy two fantastic interviews. Ayanna Wright chats with Karly Koski, Incoming President of the Middletown High GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and Kate Bond speaks with Dolly Haddad; mother, member of the City's LGBTQ+ Advisory Council and City Commissioner for the LGBTQIA+ Commission. Thank you for listening!

    middletownpride.org
    uconnfertility.com

    Book Recommendations

    Princess Puffybottom... and Darryl by Susin Nielsen
    Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
    Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
    Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
    Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Years

    We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
    We Unleash the Merciless Storm  by Tehlor Kay Mejia
    The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

    This podcast uses music by Ashutosh, under a creative commons license:
    Time by ASHUTOSH | https://soundcloud.com/grandakt
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    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Honoring Juneteenth ︱ Portland Social Justice Coalition

    Honoring Juneteenth ︱ Portland Social Justice Coalition

    In today's episode, Christy Billings speaks with Liz Hibino, Kristy Fuller and Erin Livensparger of the Portland CT Social Justice Coalition. Learn more about the importance of Juneteenth and how you can celebrate locally this year!

    Organizations Worth Mentioning
    artistsforworldpeace.org
    ctbailfund.org
    blacklivesmatter.com
    www.ceio.org
    sistersattheshore.org

    Book & Podcast Recommendations
    The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan
    Pod Save the People- crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-the-people

    Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah Willis & Barbara Krauthamer
    Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

    This podcast uses music by Ashutosh, under a creative commons license:
    Time by ASHUTOSH | https://soundcloud.com/grandakt
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    • 44 min
    Middletown Pride︱Part 1

    Middletown Pride︱Part 1

    In today's episode, we enjoy three amazing interviews for Part 1 of Pride month. Kim talks to Christopher Forte, Assistant General Counsel for the City of Middletown, who spearheaded the inaugural Middletown Pride event. Cate chats with Sal Uccello, founding member of the City's LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee and a City Commissioner for the LGBTQIA+ Commission. Lastly, Christy interviews Jesse Nasta, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Wesleyan and the Executive Director of the Middlesex Historical Society. You won't want to miss these conversations!

    https://middletownpride.org/
    https://www.mchsct.org/

    Book & Media Recommendations
    https://www.facinghistory.org/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Sin_(TV_series)

    Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
    Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love
    This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Wings for All︱Rita & Marc Barham

    Wings for All︱Rita & Marc Barham

    In today's episode, Ayanna will sit down with Rita & Marc Barham of B&B Wings and Things. Marc and Rita prove that it's possible to satisfy vegans and meat-eaters under the same roof. Whether you're an omnivore or fully plant-based, you'll find savory and sweet offerings that are sure to bring a smile to your face. If you're still not convinced that a vegan wing will hit the spot, they'll let you sample one on the house!

    Book Recommendations
    The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
    Life After Death by Sister Souljah

    Immigrant Cookbook by Leyla Moushabeck
    Skinny Taste by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones
    Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge
    by Carrie Clickard
    The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen

    This podcast uses music by Ashutosh, under a creative commons license:
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    • 1 hr 5 min

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