Winter Storytime registration has begun!
We are offering storytimes this fall scheduled to meet weekly, these classes consist of stories, finger-plays, and crafts.
The winter storytimes will begin the week of January 7; register now using the links below!
Three Year Old
Session One: Monday @ 10:30 am
To sign up for storytime for three year olds, please visit the Event Calendar tab or call us for assistance.
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.
The MNL is on Goodreads!
Follow our new Goodreads page!
Access our new Goodreads page, which is available under the "How Do I..." section of our website! Find our book lists, including our summer reading selections, book club recommendations, staff picks and more! You are welcome to friend and/or follow us - we hope you will!
You can also recommend a book to us or message us about something you'd like to see the Library offer - whether it be a program, a new service, or an idea - or you can just say hello!
Our Goodreads Page: www.goodreads.com/Mystic_Noank_Library
If you would like help setting up your own Goodreads page, please contact the library at (860) 536-7721 or at email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Young Engineers' Club
Saturday, December 15th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is a fun program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that aims to encourage tweens ages 10 and up to become technology creators!
December 15th class at 10 a.m. will go over 3D modeling and how a 3D printer itself works. Students will be making snowflake ornaments for the holiday season! Everyone should bring their own laptops if possible.
Friday Afternoon Feature Films: Ocean's 8
December 14 at 3:00 p.m.Enjoy critically-acclaimed films on various Fridays at the MNL this Fall! Each screening will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room of the library. Come join us!The December 14th movie event will be a screening of Ocean's 8, an all-female ensemble comedy about a group of eight talented women who attempt to pull off a heist at the Met Gala. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Released 2018, Rated PG-13, Running Time: 110 minutes.Film Screenings are free thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.
Eastern Connecticut Woodturners Club: A Pottery Display!
The Eastern Connecticut Woodturners Club, a group that practices the fine art of woodturning, has lent us several beautiful pieces of wooden pottery to showcase in our display case for the month of November! Please stop by and enjoy these stunning works of art.
The Woodturners meet once a month and provide demonstrations, hands-on instruction, and show & tell. They welcome new visitors and have been active in promoting the woodturning craft since December 2017.
This exhibit is free and open to the public; no appointment is required.
CHEERS to 125 years!
Thank you to our sponsors!
December 2018 Tech Classes @ the MNL!
Announcing three tech classes for the month of December! Choice of either 10:15 am OR 5:30 pm session for each class; attendees should provide their own devices. Registration is required for each class; please sign up via the links below.
Monday, Dec. 3: Design Your Own Greeting Cards! - Create your own beautiful, personalized greeting cards for the holiday season using free programs on the web! By learning to use versatile design services like Inkscape and Canva, students will be able to make both digital AND print greeting cards for their co-workers, friends and family - all from the comfort of their own homes, without spending a penny!
Monday, Dec. 10: WordPress 101 - Create your own website or blog with this free online program that lets you build a completely customizable webpage! No coding required; thousands of templates allow you to design your own site as you like it. You'll be able to share stories, videos, photos and more with friends and family on a page that could range from a professional website to a just-for-fun blog!
Monday, Dec. 17: Editing Your Photos Online - Learn how to fix up and edit your all of your family and holiday pictures using FREE online photo editors! These sophisticated web options allow you to perform most of the editing tasks a Photoshop program would, and additionally let you enhance, remix and sometimes even store your pictures, as well as easily share the completed results through social media!
The True Story Behind December 25: A Talk By Tom Verde!
Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Journalist and scholar Tom Verde gives a talk on the historical significance of December 25!
While December 25 is certainly one of the most recognizable dates in the calendar, was it actually the date of Jesus' birth? If so, how do we know, and if not, how was it determined? The talk explores the history behind the date of Christmas, as well as various traditions associated with a holiday that were at one time banned when the holiday was closely associated with riots than reverence.
This talk is historical, not religious.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Library Programming/Marketing Coordinator
Applications Due by December 15, 2018
The Mystic & Noank Library seeks an enthusiastic and tech-savvy team player with strong writing and editing skills, an interest in library programming for adults and a commitment to the importance of the library in the community. This is a part-time position, 15+ flexible hours per week. Hourly rate is $17.00. Paid vacation time is accrued after 6 months.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Schedule, organize and implement adult library programs and exhibits and attend major library events.
Support Director of Development in event planning, gift acknowledgements, and deposits.
Assist in digital communication and outreach.
Other duties as assigned.
Effective and professional writing and verbal abilities with strong interpersonal skills are essential.
Successful candidate must be a reliable, self-motivated team player with an engaging attitude and commitment to excellent customer service.
Discretion and tact when engaging with the Library’s loyal and vocal advocates (both existing and prospective) is required.
Position requires advanced technology skills and the ability to multi-task.
High school diploma and technology skills required. Prior library experience, college degree are a plus. Familiarity with publishing software (MS Office Suite including Publisher and Constant Contact) required.
Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2018. No phone calls please.
Seated Guided Meditation
Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. in the Ames Room, Dec. 4-Dec. 18th
Join us for a new experience of Meditation beginning December 4th at the library on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 PM.
Leave the bustle of your day to settle peacefully into the moment. The group will sit and be gently guided in body-centered meditations, including mindfulness of breathing and a focus on relaxation of the body at rest.
Each session will include an introduction, followed by 10 minutes of guided relaxation, 24 minutes of guided sitting meditation practice, 5 to 10 minutes of contemplation time, followed by optional discussion.
Our guide is Pamala Lewis, who teaches guided meditations and Mindful Yoga at the Mystic Y, is the coordinator of the New London Community of Mindfulness, and is a devoted student and meditation practitioner of more than 25 years.
Tuesday, December 4th
Tuesday, December 11th
Tuesday, December 18th
Please come as you are. No experience required. Feel free to call us with questions.
Polar Express Holiday Railroad @ the MNL!
Monday, December 3, 2018 - Friday, January 11, 2019All Aboard! The Polar Express Holiday Railroad is now boarding in the Children's Reading Room again this year. First departure is Monday, December 3rd at 10AM. This is the 10th anniversary of holiday trains at our library. To celebrate, our old Polar Express has now been retired after many years of on time departures, not to mention remarkable endurance.Our new Polar Express is a new state of the art, remote controlled train, with many new features that will entertain young engineers, their PARENTAL GUIDANCE, not to mention library staff, who will be treated to the many new sounds our new locomotive will make through the New Year.The new technology brings some new responsibilities, however. The Controller will be at the desk in the children's room. Any adult is welcome to it, with the help of their young engineers. It must be returned to the desk when done. The controller is intuitive and easy to use. The speed control works best with a slow start. Turn it about half way, and wait. The little engine will start slowly and get up to speed. No full throttle runs, please!Enjoy the journey to the North Pole!
PeaceLove Workshop: Patterns and Motion
Friday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m.
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: Patterns and Motion. Participants will create a work of art which will allow them to explore a world of emotion through color and movement. Patrons must be 12 years or older in order to partake - seats are limited to ten.
This program is free and open to the public; registration is required.
Food for Fines!
December 1st - 31st, 2018.
December is Food for Fines Month at the Bill Memorial Library and Mystic & Noank Library! Library patrons can pay off their late fees with food items from Saturday, December 1st through Monday, December 31st.
- For each $1.00 in fines on your account, bring in 1 nonperishable food item and we will clear the charge.
- Long-overdue library materials may be returned with food pantry items without incurring a late fee.
- Amnesty does not apply to lost or damaged library materials.
Food items will benefit Groton Social Services.
Thank you for your support!
Exhibit Begins Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
The Plein Aire Painters Display their Work in the Library’s Ames Room!
The Stonington Plein Aire Painters, a group of local artists led by Carmel Bourneuf, are displaying their art in the Mystic & Noank Library’s Ames Room throughout the month of December! Their pieces mimic great works by artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy the beautiful work.
Come and join us for an artist opening scheduled for Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m!
This exhibit is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Please call ahead to check the availability of the Ames Room.
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