1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program, for families with children up to 5 years old, with the goal of helping you read 1000 books together prior to your child's first day of kindergarten. Each time you read 100 books bring in your reading log to receive special recognition, collect a prize, and mark your child's progress on our "Wall of Fame"
For more information, or to register, please visit the Children's Room.This program is made possible by funding from the Groton Education Foundation.
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Generous funding provided by the Mystic Rotary Club and the Library's Kroeger Porter Fund.
The library will be offering our regular storytime program this winter. Scheduled to meet weekly, these classes consist of stories, finger-plays, and crafts.
The winter storytimes will begin the second week of January; register now using the links below!
Three Year Old
Session One: Monday @ 10:30 am
Four and Five Year Old
Session One: Tuesday @ 1:15 pm
Storytimes last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public. Due to demand, class size is limited and registration will be done on a first come, first served basis.
Friday Afternoon Wii U Gaming
Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, October through December
Get your game on with other kids and teens starting October 13. Join casual tournaments and game with your friends.
Gaming offers an outlet for creativity and problem solving, while the Library provides an atmosphere of community and sharing. Games are appropriate for ages 9 and up. Come join in on the fun!
Teen Art Series
Monthly at 1:00 pm
Stop by the Mystic & Noank Library for free art classes aimed at kids and teens age 10 and up. Classes will cover various mediums of art, from paint to sculpture. Art movements or current exhibitions taking place at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum provide new inspiration for each program.
This series is free and made possible as part of an outreach program with the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Class size is limited; register through the library’s EventKeeper calendar. Exercise your brain and create!
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Help us upgrade our Children's Room with items like these!
These are some items on our 'wishlist' of ideas! We dream of comfy seating, colorful displays, efficient and stylish work spaces to better serve you... help us renovate our very busy areas for young patrons of all ages with a gift today!
Exploring Connecticut’s Natural Wonders
Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 pm
A wondrous slideshow for all ages!
It isn’t the kind of place we imagine when we think about natural wonders—but the fact is that Connecticut is a place where amazing discoveries about dinosaurs, geology, and wild habitats have been made for centuries.
With intriguing slides, animations and video, this exciting program takes audiences on a tour of places that record where our region was flooded by vast flows of molten rock, where dinosaurs prowled immense lakes, where the last Ice Age left its marks—and the great variety of wild places we have to explore in our state today.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Save Your Sanity Over the Holidays!
Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Nov. 9 & 16, Dec. 7 & 14
Mindfulness Meditation Over Four Thursday Sessions!
Kristin of Skillful Meanz is returning to offer four one hour sessions (12:30-1:30 p.m.) to help you “Keep Calm & Carry On” during the often hectic holiday season.
These class will cover mindfulness of breath, of body, of thoughts, and of emotions, and will consist of some discussions and some guided meditations. The goal is to get you started on developing a personal practice of your own that you will continue into the New Year!
Registration is required for this free series of classes; please sign up using the links below!
Closed for Thanksgiving
The library will be closing early at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
The Library will resume normal hours on Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Patrons may return library materials in our outdoor book drop during closed hours.
Have a safe and pleasant holiday.
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Charter Oak Credit Union Matching Program
We are thilled to announce that Charter Oak Credit Union is offering their Matching Gifts program to its Members again. Now until November 22, any donation (up to $500) will be matched. Thank you for considering making a gift to the library's Annual Fund as your gift will be doubled!
Submit the form, with your gift, to the library. That's it! We do the rest and you can feel great knowing that your Credit Union is generously supporting us and many other local charities. Thank you Charter Oak Credit Union and you, its members!
Children of Abraham: A Talk by Tom Verde
Monday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
Journalist and Islamic Scholar Tom Verde speaks about the conflict in the Middle East.
It seems that the only task harder than keeping track of the violence in the Middle East is explaining it. To the outside observer, the region’s politics and perpetual unrest are confounding and complex. Yet, viewed within the context of history, the reasons behind these troubles are less difficult to grasp.
This presentation will shed light on the roots of the conflict in the Middle East and provide a basic understanding of how it reached the crises it faces today, from Jerusalem to Egypt to Syria, to Iraq, and beyond.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration required.
PeaceLove Workshop: Mandala Poetry
Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm
PeaceLove, a Rhode Island-based art studio with a nationwide mission, is changing how people think about mental health. It provides expressive arts programming to help individuals and communities create peace of mind.
Julianne Johnson of Mystic River Residential Care, who supports PeaceLove's artistic efforts, has created such a program for our community with her new offering: Mandala Poetry. Students will learn to make Mandala Poetry that is as visually stimulating as it is emotionally expressive. Patrons must be 15 years or older in order to participate - seats are limited to twelve.
Registration is required; please sign up here.
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