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Teen Art Series

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.

Saturday, October 21 – Pointillism, acrylic paint and canvas.
Saturday, November 18 – Pati Hill inspired Collage and copy machine art.
Thursday, December 28 – Hand painting canvas tote bags.
Saturday, January 27 – Sculpt your own coral reef, inspired by The Coral Reef Project by Tekla Zweir.

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!

Make-A-Plate at the M&N Library!

Come be a part of the platemaking tradition, our annual Mystic & Noank Library fundraiser in the Children's Room. During normal library hours for the month of October, you can come in and design your own custom plate. $10.00 per plate. Excellent gifts, the plates should arrive in time for holiday gift giving. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Room.

Teen Volunteers, we need you!

Interested in getting involved?

Throughout the year, the library offers a variety of fun and worthwhile volunteer opportunities for students in grades 6 to 12. Be sure to fill out a Volunteer Application.  When there is a need for help, we will contact you.

If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Youth Services at  or call the library at (860) 536-7721.

Scratch Programming Club

Saturdays at 10:00 am. This weekly club is for kids interested in learning fun and interactive Scratch programming! Participants will have the opportunity to create virtual games, music videos, art projects and more - all of their own digital design! Children ages 10 and up are welcome.

College Readiness Series

Tackling the College Application Essay
Monday, July 17  at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
With Emily Fry, Associate Director of Admission, Connecticut College and Holly Bogo, Assistant Director of Admission, Connecticut College
It’s a little-known fact that even the students who absolutely love to write struggle with the application essay. So if you’ve been biting your nails or tearing your hair out even a little, you’re not alone. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. This session will be led by current admission officers and will offer insight into how essays are reviewed and tips for writing your own personal narrative for the college application process.

How to Pay for College
Monday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
With W. Tom Polowy, MS Financial Advisor, Valark Financial Services
Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime’s biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents about how the financial aid system works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable. 
Please join us and learn:

• How the financial aid system works
• The primary sources of college funds
• What to expect with education loans
• Ideas for maximizing your funds
• Creative strategies for funding college costs
• Understanding College savings and investment plans 
• Current market outlook and where to invest for college

Tom is a fully insured and licensed financial advisor, specializing in college funding. He presents at financial aid nights for schools and communities in the greater Hartford area.
At Valark Financial Services, Tom focuses on the college funding to retirement transition, providing college funding consulting, retirement planning, and investment management. He is considered one of the area’s foremost authorities on college funding.

From Stress to Success
Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus
From Stress to Success is a presentation where students and their parents learn how to begin the process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then decide on the right fit college.  

Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards

The Nutmeg Book Awards encourage children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. 

Teen Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 7 - 8)

High School Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 9 - 12)


Book Awards

The Young Adult Library Services Association's mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature: Annually honors the best book written for teens based entirely on literary merit. The 2016 winner is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. See the complete list of winners and honor books.

Teens' Top Ten:  A teens’ choice list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year.

Morris Award:  Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The 2017 Winner, The Serpent King written by Jeff Zentner, published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company.

In a small southern town, senior year finds three misfit friends facing the prospect of their separate futures with both hope and dread. Dill fears he will never escape his snake-handling father’s poisonous legacy. However, Lydia, a fashion blogger, and Travis, a fantasy warrior, foresee hopeful futures.

Alex Awards:  Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing.

School Reading Lists

2017 Lists

2017 Groton Public School Summer Reading Lists

2017 Stonington Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

2017 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists

College Readiness

Throughout the year the Teen Department hosts several programs related to preparing for college for both students and parents. Program topics include how to pay for college and writing the college essay. Please check our events calendar to stay informed about these programs.

Helpful Websites

Fitch High School Guidance Department
Stonington High School Guidance Department
Undergraduate Writing Guide

Test Prep

The College Board
The Princeton Review

Applying to College

The Common Application
College Confidential
College Prowler
Campus Virtual Tours
College Search Site
Test Optional Schools

Scholarships and Financial Aid

“Weird” Scholarships
Financial Aid
Federal Student Aid
Student Loan Guide