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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.
Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom
Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am
Come read to a pooch in the Children's Room!
A program for young children entering first grade and up, ‘Sit! Stay! Read!’ offers an opportunity for both reluctant and enthusiastic young readers to read to a friendly listener!
Sign-up here for a chance to read to Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend, or just stop by to say hello.
Spring Storytime registration has begun!
We are offering storytimes this spring Scheduled to meet weekly, these classes consist of stories, finger-plays, and crafts.
The spring storytimes will begin the third week of March; 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
Love to play video games at the Library? Stop by on Friday afternoons and try out our games with your friends! 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.
Saturday, March 24: Paintings inspired by famous female artists to accompany Women's History Month
Saturday, April 28: Design Your Own Art Deco Poster inspired by the traveling NEH exhibtion Spirited: Prohibition in America, on view April 4-May25
Saturday, May 19: Color Your Own Tote inspired by works from our permanent collection on view in American Perspectives
This series is free and made possible as part of an outreach program with the Lyman Allyn Art Museum generously funded by the Mystic Rotary Club. Class size is limited; register through the library’s EventKeeper calendar.
Family Movie Matinee: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saturday, April 21st
Saturday, April 21 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13, 2hr 32 min)
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.
Young Engineers' Club
Saturdays, March 10 to May 26
The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is a new program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that aims to encourage teens to become technology creators!
YEC begins during Teen Tech Week on Saturday, March 10 and continues meeting each Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm through May 26. Participants (ages 10+) will learn the basics of electrical engineering and software development using the Arduino platform.
The Spring 2018 project will include building an automatic plant watering system from scratch. Topics covered will include a review of electricity, Ohm's law, electronic components, schematic design, circuit board design, soldering, 3D modeling/printing and the basics of C programming. WOW!
This exciting initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE thanks to generous support from the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register HERE today!
Additional thanks to USB Memory Direct, a custom flash drive wholesaler, who is providing free flash drives to all YEC participants!
Great Decisions Discussion Group
Beginning Friday, March 2
According to the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting to discuss that week’s topic in a courteous and respectful group setting. No other prior knowledge or expertise is expected of participants.
There is a $30 materials fee payable when you pick up your briefing book prior to the first session, or feel free to order you own copy via the Foreign Policy Association website. A reference copy of the Briefing Book is also available for in-library use for participants who do not wish to purchase their own copy.
Library Closed In Observance of Good Friday
Friday, March 30th, 2018
The Mystic & Noank Library will be closed on Friday, March 30th in observance of Good Friday.
Our outdoor book drop is available for book and media returns.
RESCHEDULED>> SBA Workshop: Starting Your Own Business
Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
RESCHEDULED: This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday, March 21st to Wednesday, April 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Have you ever thought about starting a business? Doing it right from the start is a key to your success. A great place to start is this free seminar that helps point you in the right direction. Seminar will cover topics such as choosing a business name/structure, licensing, registrations, etc.
Instructor: Lisa Powell, U.S. Small Business Administration. Registration is required; please sign up here.
RESCHEDULED: MNL 125th Anniversary Program: An Evening With The Gillettes!
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at the Union Baptist Church
RESCHEDULED! This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday, March 21st to Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Union Baptist Church.
Not only do Harold and Theodora Niver talk about William & Helen Gillette, they become the Gillettes, flitting back and forth between being presenters and portrayers.
Who was William Gillette? What was his connection to the greatest fictional detective of all time? Was Sherlock Holmes fact...or fiction?
Since both Harold and Theodora are professional musicians, you will also hear several songs from the English Music Hall era. Prepared to be educated and entertained!
It will be hosted by the Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic, 06355. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
SCORE Workshop: How to Use QuickBooks to Manage Business Finances
Thursday, March 29 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am
SCORE, “Counselors to America's Small Business,” presents this workshop on using Quickbooks for financial management!
You have started your own business, and you have bills to pay, customer sales to track, and taxes to file, requiring paper and more paper. If you have turned to QuickBooks™ for help as a new user, and find you need help setting up the program, this workshop is for you. Feel free to bring a laptop with Quickbooks loaded to follow along with the presenter, Intuit ProAdvisor Elizabeth Santaus.
Registration is required for this event; please reserve a seat here.
Books & Brew Kickoff
Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm
Do you love reading? Do you love coffee? This event is for you! Come talk about books that matter with the Mystic & Noank community.
We invite you to the kickoff event of our new book group Books & Brew in the Ames Room. This March we will be discussing Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend.
Books & Brew is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Twelfth Annual Edible Books Festival!
Sunday, April 8, 2018 @ the Groton Public Library
What is an edible book? It can look like a book, pun on a title, refer to a character, or just have something to do with books – whatever the inspiration, it must be edible.
How does it work? Just search online for “edible books” and you’ll find pictures, ideas, and history of the International Edible Books Festival. There are clever ideas, terrible puns, and some quite simple presentations—one will surely inspire you to create your own edible book!
Who can enter? Everyone is invited to create an edible entry—you can enter as a book group, family, or on your own! Here are a few rules:
1. It has to be edible.
2. It has to have a book connection in form or theme.
3. It has to be in good taste as well as taste good.
4. You must submit the entry form to one of the Libraries by April 2.
Who’s invited? The Edible Books Festival is a family event, free and open to the public. Beverages will be provided. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. for set-up; book viewing/ tasting and "raffle" begin at 1:30 p.m.!
Please access the entry form here.
17th Annual Honor Books Event
12-5PM on Saturday, April 7 at Bank Square Books
Please visit Bank Square Books (53 West Main Street) of Mystic on Saturday, April 7 (12-5PM) to browse through librarian-selected titles for adults and children.
Purchase one (or more!) for our Library collection to honor a friend or loved one. Each book you buy will have a custom bookplate created to record your donation. Your 'honoree' will get a notification that you've purchased a book in their name, the bookstore makes a sale, the Library gets 'your' book to add to its collection and you've made a charitable donation! Everyone wins!
This is a wonderful way to support the Library, a beloved local bookstore and honor a special someone. Plus, it is a perfect way to celebrate libraries and books during National Library Week (April 8-14)! See you on Saturday, April 7!
April 2018 Tech Classes @ the MNL!
Announcing three tech classes for the month of April!
Choice of either 10:15 am OR 5:30 pm session for each; attendees should provide their own devices. Registration is required for each class; please sign up by clicking on the session of your choice below.
Monday, April 9 - Pinterest: Find out all about Pinterest, a hobby and interest-based social media site! Students will learn how to create an account, search for and "pin" fun blogs based on their pastimes, and connect with users who have similar interests.
Monday, April 16 - Basic MS Word: Learn how to copy and paste, save and print, spell check, experiment with and select font styles and colors, format margins and spacing, and much more!
Monday, April 30 - Manage Your Photos Online: Find out how to manage your photos with free online storage services! Students will learn about Flickr, Google Photos, and Dropbox and how to use the many features and ample data space offered by each.
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