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  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

    Image of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten graphic1000 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, April 21 at noon

    Image of Phantom, a burnese mountain dog in front of the Mystic & Noank LibraryCome 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!

    Session One: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
    Session Two: Thursdays @ 10:15 am

    Session One: Wednesday @ 11:00 am
    Session Two: Thursday @ 11:00 am

    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

    Image of Wii U gaming console.

    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

    Image of Lyman Allyn Art Museum logo.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, April 28: Color Your Own Tote inspired by works from our permanent collection on view in American Perspectives.

    Saturday, May 19: Design Your Own Art Deco Poster inspired by the traveling NEH exhibtion Spirited: Prohibition in America, on view April 4-May 25.

    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

    Image of Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover.Join us at the library on Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 pm for a screening of the most recent Star Wars movie. he matinee will take place in the Ames Meeting Room. Bring your snacks!

    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 at 11:00 am 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!

    USB Memory Direct Logo Additional thanks to USB Memory Direct, a custom flash drive wholesaler, who is providing free flash drives to all YEC participants!

  • 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.

  • Passport to Connecticut Libraries!

    Monday, April 2 to Monday, April 30

    Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs.  Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!

    To partake, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. Take your library card and Passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to enter a statewide drawing to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children. You will also receive token gifts from each of the participating libraries you visit!

    For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask your local librarian. 

  • RESCHEDULED>> PeaceLove Workshop: Mandala Poetry

    Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m.

    The event "PeaceLove Workshop: Mandala Poetry" will now be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

    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 National Poetry Month 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.

  • A Life Less Ordinary with William Crawford

    Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 pm

    Academy Point sponsors this lecture about enjoying life to the fullest as we age!

    Bill Crawford will help you focus on living a purpose driven life. Finding fulfillment, creativity and meaning is the essence of his presentation. Bill's dynamic and humorous style engages his audience, using worksheets to help identify opportunities for interacting, connecting and embracing life as we get older.

    Bill is an Executive Director at Ridgefield Crossing, a Benchmark Senior Living Community, and a motivational speaker. He is also a licensed Long Term Care Administrator and a Life Coach.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Friday Feature Films: The Post

    Friday, April 27 at 3:00 pm

    Movie poster for The Post

    The Mystic & Noank Library will be holding a screening of the 2017 film The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Rated PG-13.

    This program is free and open to the public thanks to generous support provided by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library; no registration is required.

  • 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.

    10:15 am

    5:30 pm

    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!

    10:15 am

    5:30 pm

    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.

    10:15 am

    5:30 pm

  • Spring Clean-Up at MNL

    Volunteers Needed!

    Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Please help the Library get shipshape for spring! Bring your rakes and work gloves to lend a hand (we'll provide the coffee and donuts)! Thank you for volunteering your time to beautify our lovely library. 

    You can sign up HERE or at the front desk. 

  • Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s Club

    Fridays, April 6 to June 1 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Join Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s Club at the Mystic & Noank Library!

    Appropriate for children in kindergarten to second grade, the Crazy 8s Club is a new kind of math program where kids will build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics. The club will meet weekly, every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, for eight sessions run by Dr. Anca Bulgaru. Participants are encouraged to attend all eight sessions from April 6 to June 1; there will be no session on April 20.

    This program is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up today!

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day

    Friday, April 20 to Thursday, April 26

    Image of a poetry book

    We invite you to join the Mystic & Noank Library community in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day this year!

    Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

    The library will have a selection of carefully selected pocket-size poems for both children and adults available from Friday, April 20 through Thursday April 26. Take a poem and keep it in your pocket to share with your friends, family and community!

  • Ocean Frontiers II: Film Screening & Discussion!

    Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for a screening and discussion of this 45 minute film that explores how best to manage competing demands for access to our oceans specifically focused on the waters off New England. 


    Off the shores of New England, in a region steeped in old maritime tradition, comes a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning—pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy—old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive. New England’s experiences serve as an important milestone for all of us who care about the ocean.


    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Pony Rides on the Library Lawn!

    Saturday, May 5th at 3:30 pm

    As part of Downtown Mystic’s Spring Stroll, the MNL will be hosting Pretty Pony Parties, a pony-training company that provides pony rides for children! They will bring two ponies and lead pony rides on the library’s front lawn for one hour. In order to ride the ponies, kids must not weigh more than 70 lbs and/or be taller than 4'2''.


    Please arrive early, as patrons will be served on a first come, first serve basis.


    Pretty Pony Parties, based in Clinton, Connecticut, has been a family owned and operated business since 1991. All of their ponies are vaccinated, clean and healthy. These fully-trained riding ponies are hand-picked and carefully selected with looks and temperament in mind.


    Participants will also have the opportunity to do crafts in the Children's Room!


    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  • Something to Sing About

    Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Featuring Had I Known (about CMV)

    Debra Lynn Alt is a singer/songwriter who contributes songs and stories to help and inspire others, and she reminds us that no matter what, there’s always something to sing about. In addition to her fun song about moving to Connecticut from the perspective of a New Yorker, she has written songs for autism, M.A.D.D., Habitat for Humanity, adoption, child abuse, post-9/11 and cancer survivors.

    Debra’s newest song will be performed and discussed with author Lisa Saunders who will talk about her new book, Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV, and how the song conveys her feelings when she learned her daughter’s disabilities might have been prevented had she known about CMV (cytomegalovirus). Congenital CMV is the leading viral cause of birth defects, more prevalent than Zika and fetal alcohol syndrome, and those who care for toddlers are at increased risk.

    Refreshments will be served.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Friday Family Movie Matinee

    Fridays, June 15 - August 17 at 3:00 pm

    Friday Family Movie Matinee

    Fridays at 3:00 pm from June 15 to August 17 in the Ames Room.  Bring your own snacks!A Bug's Life text

    6/15 My Little Pony: The Movie (PG, 1 hr 39 mins, 2017)
    6/22 Paddington 2 (PG, 1 hr 44 mins, 2018)
    6/29 Coco (PG, 1 hr 45 mins, 2017)
    7/6 Wonder (PG, 1 hr 53 mins, 2017)
    7/13 Mulan (G, 1 hr 28 mins, 1988)
    7/20 The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG, 1 hr 41 mins, 2017)
    7/27 A Bug's Life (G, 1 hr 35 mins, 1998)
    8/3 Matilda (PG, 1 hr 42 mins, 1996)
    8/10 Lilo and Stitch (PG, 1 hr 25 mins, 2002)
    8/17 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG, 1 hr 33 mins, 1989)


    Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  • Navigating the Energy Maze with Dr. Roger Kuhns

    Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm

    Dr. Roger Kuhns will be giving a talk about his new book Navigating the Energy Maze, which explores the possibility of a sustainable future. He presents his ideas about developing a sustainable energy policy.

    Dr. Kuhns will discuss the many types of energy, their abundance and the needs to develop them, and how communities can better control their own destinies by locally managing energy use and generation.

    A geologist with over 35 years in natural resources, renewable energy systems and sustainability, Dr. Kuhns also serves as the CT State Coordinator for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • All About Service Dogs with Mikaila Zanetti!

    Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m.

    In this program designed for the interest of the general public, Mikaila Zanetti, an experienced dog trainer, will talk about the many kinds of service dogs, including the differences between service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs. She will also demonstrate the proper etiquette to use around a service animal and show photos and videos of service dogs in her presentation.

    Ms. Zanetti has studied animal behavior & psychology and gained hands-on experience training alongside her grandfather until he retired. She is passionate about service-dog awareness and enjoys doing presentations and demonstrations about this topic.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Unconventional Recovery: My Personal Journey Through the Mental Health System

    Monday, May 14 at 7:00 pm

    In honor of SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week, the Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (GASP) presents this program on overcoming drug dependence and mental illness.

    Dr. Lawrence Peacock uses his story to communicate the power of building a life that one is called to live. He went from growing up with a life of poverty and violence where he had no chance of success to completing a medical residency at Duke University.

    Dr. Peacock is an expert at seeing the underlying motivations and drives of human interaction. He uses humor and his background in stand-up comedy to challenge the illusions that hold one back from experiencing joy in life. He has a unique approach to psychiatry that has been described as transformational.

    His talk will focus on changing one’s relationship to suffering; he offers an integrated approach in which one can learn to transform suffering into meaning.

    Registration is required for this event; please sign up here.

  • Sharing Our Stories with Ellen Luby

    Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00 pm

    Have ever wanted to share the stories of your life but didn’t know where to start? This presentation reviews the different life story methods of Reminiscence, Life Review, Guided Autobiography, Memoir and Personal History to help you determine how you want to tell your story.
    This program will be led by Ellen Luby, a gerontologist and Life Story Guide. Sharing your unique Life Story can be a wonderful, meaningful and fun experience!
    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
    Books will be available for purchase.

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