Book Sale 2016!

Friday June 3 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Preview Party $5 admission and all items are 50% over marked prices.
Saturday June 4 during the Fair 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
June 6 - 10 during regular Library Hours, with most items half price on Friday June 10
Saturday June 11 9 a.m. - noon  $5 bag sale, with bags provided.

Library Fair 2016!

Saturday, June 4, 2016  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rain or shine!
The Fair features a plant sale by the Mystic Garden Club (all proceeds benefit the Library), a book sale inside and outside the Library, White Elephant for kids and one for grown-ups, Fudge from Franklin's General Store, baked goods, a food booth with hot dogs and soup from McQuade's Marketplace, children's activities including face painting and a scavenger hunt, music and more! The Silent Auction closes at 2 p.m. - be sure to get your highest bid in on the fabulous offerings from local merchants and friends.

Volunteers are needed before, during and after the Fair - please check the sign up book at the circulation desk. You will be glad you did. Bakers are also needed. Please bring your baked goods to the Library before 5 p.m. on Friday June 3.

Special Raffle on a Two Night Get Away for Two at the Spicer Mansion
Begins May 17 and ends Saturday June 11 at 11 a.m.
Tickets are $20, available at the Circulation Desk.

Tenth Annual Edible Books Festival

Groton Public Library
Sunday, April 3rd ~ 1:30

The three Friends of Libraries in Groton will be hosting the Tenth Annual Edible Books Festival on Sunday, April 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. What is an edible book, one might ask? It can look like a book, refer to a character or just have something to do with books but must be edible! Entrees must be submitted to one of the three Friends groups by Friday, March 21; forms are available at all three Libraries. You don't have to be a fabulous baker to come up with an entry; we have had entries over the years that feature bottle of soda and bunny-shaped peeps (Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss), a hard-boiled egg (Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand) or two pieces of toast (Toasts by Paul Dickson). Sometimes just browsing a book shelf at one of the Libraries is enough to get your imagination going or you can check out previous year's entries at the festival's website for ideas. You can enter as an individual, family or group. This is a great bonding idea for families or book groups!

The festival will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Rd, Groton CT and all are invited to attend this free, family-oriented event. There will be a chance to guess at the titles of this year's creations as well as to purchase a raffle ticket for a Friends book bag full of goodies from each of the participating Libraries. Don't be late to arrive as, once the guessing is done and the titles revealed, we have a chance to eat the entries and they quickly disappear.  This event has been enjoyed and anticipated by many over the years and has proven to be a great fun-raiser for the three Friends of Libraries in Groton.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bill Memorial Library (860-445-0392), the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library (860-536-7721) and the Groton Public Library Circle of Friends (860-441-6750); complete information and rules can be found at the three participating Libraries or on the websites (,,

Indoor Tag Sale 2016!

Friday, April 1st 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 2nd 10:00 a.m. ~ 3:00 p.m.

We have been collecting treasures and goodies, household items and toys for our 4th Annual Indoor Tag Sale! Come see what awaits you while knowing you're helping out the Library. We will continue to accept donated items until Wednesday, March 19. No clothing, furniture or large items, please! All proceeds benefit the Mystic & Noank Library!

Holiday Like-New Book Sale 2015

Monday, November 30th - Saturday, December 5th during Library hours
    The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library will be holding a special book sale during regular hours beginning on Monday, November 30th and ending at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. This sale features new and gently used books in many categories for all ages that are suitable for gift giving, as well as collectible books and other holiday items.
    The proceeds from the sale are used by the Friends to support the Mystic & Noank Library throughout the year. For more information, please call the Library at 860-536-7721. Information is also available at the Library website or on the Facebook page. This event is free and all are welcome.

Who are the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library?

The “Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library” was organized in 1979. Since Friends groups differ from one another as much as libraries do, we have evolved our own distinctive pattern.

Fund raising is an important part of our purpose, and it enables us to support a wide range of gifts and projects that would otherwise not be possible for the Library. We also inform the public of the Library's resources and services; we purchase library materials and equipment for which funds are not available; we sponsor programs at the Library for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public; and we encourage and support volunteer assistance at the Library.

Fund raising

The public probably knows us best for our annual Spring Fair in June, which is our chief source of funds. This event includes a plant sale, baked goods, fudge, a silent auction (thanks to the generous support of the area merchants), white elephant items, and a huge book sale.

We also hold a Like-New Holiday Book Sale after Thanksgiving. In addition, we have an on-going sale of books, Friends' book bags, t-shirts, Library postcards, and coverlets to add to the funds which we use to benefit the Library.

Gifts to the Library

The Friends Committee has purchased many items for the Library, ranging from the handrails for the Library Street entrance to the audio-visual equipment in the Ames Meeting Room. We also provide support for the Children's Summer Reading Program and Museum Pass Program. The Friends Committee contributes annually to the Library book budget and purchases needed multiple copies of best sellers. We help the Library as the need arises.

Volunteer Assistance

Friends aid the Library staff in many areas, including:
  • Book mending
  • Book shelving
  • Collection inventory
  • Delivery of books to assisted living residences
  • Sorting for book sales
  • Processing new materials
  • Helping with programs
  • Setting up the Christmas tree
  • Library mailings
  • Special Events
  • Serving on Friends Committees

Keeping patrons informed

We publish a newsletter six times a year, which is sent to all who have donated time or money to the Library in the last three years.


Library programs sponsored by the Friends have varied greatly,from story hours to local history, travelogues to health issues, and financial concerns to mystery writing. All are free and open to the public. They are generally held in the Ames Meeting Room.

How does one join the Friends?

There are two ways in which people can become Friends and show their support of the Library: through a donation to the Annual Fund or donation of time. Both are important and both are needed.

We also invite you to attend the Friends Committee meetings, usually the third Monday of each month, at noon in the Ames Meeting Room. There are no meetings in July or December. Bring your lunch and share our dessert. At the meeting, the Committee decides on programs, plans for the annual Spring Fair, Like-New Holiday Book Sale and other events, and discusses ways in which it can help the Library with purchases of equipment or other assistance.

Need more information? Call the Library and you will be put in contact with a member of the Friends Committee.

The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library:

  • is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.
  • exists for the benefit of the Mystic & Noank Library.
  • is an association of people interested in books and libraries.
  • welcomes your interest and participation.
  • holds its Annual Meeting, open to all, the third Monday of October at noon.