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  • Fall Storytime registration has begun!

    We are offering storytimes this fall scheduled to meet weekly, these classes consist of stories, finger-plays, and crafts.

    The fall storytimes will begin the last week of September; register now using the links below!

    Session One: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
    Reading rainbow worm with eyeglassesSession 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.

  • Family Movie Matinee

    Saturday, September 29 at 3:00 pm

    Image of cover of Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit (2018).

    Rated PG.

    Running time 135 minutes.

    Showing in the Ames Room. Bring your favorite snack and (covered) drink! No registration required.

    Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!

  • College Readiness Series

    Various Mondays at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room

    Pen and notepadAre you or your child getting ready for college? Take advantage of the library's free college readiness seminars that tackle the core challenges in applying to schools.

    How to Pay for College
    Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
    With W. Tom Polowy, MS Financial Advisor, Valark Financial Services.

    From Stress to Success
    Monday, November 5 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
    With Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus

    The College Readiness Series is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Both students and their guardians are encouraged to attend.

  • The MNL is on Goodreads!

    Mystic Noank Library goodreads webpage

    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:

    If you would like help setting up your own Goodreads page, please contact the library at (860) 536-7721 or at

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Library Closed on Columbus Day!

    Monday, October 8th - All Day!

    The Mystic & Noank Library will be closed on Monday, October 8th in celebration of Labor Day!

    We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, October 9th from 10 am - 9 pm.

    You may return books and media in our outdoor book drop during the closing.

    We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

  • Letters from a World War II Soldier: A Collection

    On Display Throughout September!

    Trifold American flag photograph

    The MNL Exhibits WWII-Era Letters from an American Soldier in our Display Case!

    The Mystic & Noank Library is currently hosting a collection of letters lent to us by a local patron, whose uncle Irvin J. Marshall served in the United States Army during the second World War. His letters home to his mother, sister, and friends comprise the bulk of the collection, along with several photographs and some fascinating memorabilia.

    Irvin was stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea during his service as an army medic. After the war, he would go on to marry his wife Louise Diener and work as a chemist near Chicago, Illinois for many years. He was a devoted son and brother as well as an amateur photographer - his camera and several photos of his family members are among the items on display - and a model train enthusiast.

    Although the collection will eventually go to an archive, we have the honor of hosting this one-of-a-kind exhibit for the month of September. We also have permanent copies of Irvin’s letters, which patrons may read long after the exhibit is gone.

    We invite everyone to come look, learn and enjoy!

  • Library Closed for Staff Development Day

    Friday, October 5 - All Day!

    'A trained librarian is a powerful search enginge with a heart' image

    The Mystic & Noank Library will be closed all day on Friday, October 5 for a Staff Development Day. We will resume our normal hours on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Patrons may return books and audio/visual materials in our outdoor book drop during the closing.

    We look forward to seeing you again after the closing!

  • Young Engineers' Club

    Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to noon

    The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an exciting program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that aims to encourage kids ages 10 and up to become technology creators! 

    YEC meets once a month to work on different projects!  Join our young engineers as they create a 3D printed case for their automatic plant watering system! Topics covered will include the basics of 3D modeling, weather proofing, and 3D printing.

    Our Spring 2018 project included building an automatic plant watering system from scratch. Topics covered included 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.

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

  • On the Waterfront: A Digital Photography Exhibit

    Tuesday, Sept. 4-Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

    Anna D. Shaw will be showcasing her artwork at the Mystic & Noank Library throughout September 2018. The title of the exhibit is On the Waterfront.

    Anna, a professional photographer, has done a number of things, among them large format architectural work, environmental portraiture, custom lab work and portfolio photography.

    Since she no longer has a darkroom, Anna works digitally now. Since her husband has retired, they take a major trip each year. Some pictures are purely documentary, some find a spirit and design in details, and some are abstracted in various ways in the computer. The locations of these range from nearby places to the Galapagos and the Shetland Islands.

    All the pieces are for sale. Anna would be happy to discuss these and others, and can print pictures in different sizes if desired. All prints are archival.               

    The price list will be separate from the art.

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

  • MNL 125th Anniversary Event: Munch’s Scream and Delville’s Orpheus

    Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

    Dr. Robert Baldwin, a Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, will be giving a talk on Western Art in 1893 - the year of the library’s founding!

    Along with Van Gogh and Gauguin, Edvard Munch and Jean Delville were two leading Symbolists eager to move past the superficial optics of Impressionism and restore feeling, depth, and universality to modern art. Munch pursued an aesthetic of alienation impervious to the transcendent power of nature or love. In contrast, Delville developed a utopian aesthetic immersing human beings in a larger dualistic world of flesh and spirit.

    Transcendence came through Orphic music, poetry, and the arts, from death as the beginning of eternal life, and from immersion in nature and love. Munch’s Scream and Delville’s Orpheus were both painted in 1893. They both show figures dissolving into a landscape at sunset or dusk. One offers a nightmare of alienation, anxiety, and psychic disintegration projected violently toward the viewer. The other imaged the perfect bliss of death and dissolution as transcendence. Together, they mark out two existential poles of modern art in the 1890s.

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

  • The MNL Resumes Regular Saturday Hours!

    Starting Saturday, September 8th, 2018

    Beginning Saturday, September 8th, the Mystic & Noank Library returns to its regular Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will continue these hours until Memorial Day Weekend of 2019.

    We look forward to having everyone for our longer fall schedule!

  • Second Annual Art Silent Auction

    Monday, October 1 - Saturday, October 27, 2018

    We are “Dizzy” with the number and variety of art that we have to offer for the MNL's Second Annual Art Silent Auction! We have sports, birds, portraits and landscapes; prints, photographs, needlework and drawings.

    Bidding starts after set up October 1.  Each piece will have a number and corresponding bid sheet in notebooks on the counter in the Ames Room.  There is a starting bid for each piece and we ask that you increase by at least $1.00.  Bids will be accepted until closing Saturday, October 27.  Winners will be notified.

    All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  • The MNL Hosts Two Medicare Information Sessions!

    Thursday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Looking for a fun, no-pressure way to learn more about Medicare? Join us at one of these upcoming events. We’ll answer any questions you have about Medicare, and tell you about the benefits of a plan from UnitedHealthcare.®

    Bring your friends. Bring your neighbors. And bring your questions.

    There is no obligation or cost to attend. Seats are limited; reserve your seat by calling today.

    203-887-8914, TTY 711

    Pre AEP Medicare meeting
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Ames Room

    Annual Enrollment Period
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Ames Room

    Licensed Sales Representative Diane Zieminski will be present with information and applications!

  • MNL 125th Anniversary Event: A Visit with Queen Victoria!

    Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.

    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name.

    Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.

    Tea and scones will be served!

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

  • Heartfulness Meditation Series with Marsha Thompson

    Fridays at 10:30 am, October 12 - November 9

    Join us for this exciting new Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for an hour and a half, will meet at 10:30 am for 5 weeks on the following dates (the room that the class is held in may vary):

    Friday, October 12th

    Friday, October 19th

    Friday, October 26th

    Friday, November 2nd

    Friday, November 9th

    Heartfulness is a simple and natural path of heart-centered wellness that fosters balance, peace and wellbeing. The introductory practices include a relaxation exercise and a Heartfulness meditation. This approach to wellness centers on using the heart to guide us on our journey to personal development and inner enrichment. By focusing our attention on the heart, we gradually learn to regulate the mind while exploring the secrets of the heart. With continued practice, Heartfulness can enable you to reach profound depths of meditation and achieve inner transformation.   

    Come experience guided Heartfulness relaxation and meditation with Marsha Thompson a practitioner and certified trainer who enjoys sharing her practice with one and all who have interest.

    Registration is required for this program; please visit the Event Calendar tab to sign up.

  • October 2018 Tech Classes @ the MNL!

    Announcing three tech classes for the month of October! 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 for the session of your choice using the links below.


    Monday, Oct. 1: Social Media Marketing - Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to promote your business and advertise your services! Find out about all the ways you can use a social media page to broadcast yourself and find your audience.

    Morning Session - 10:15 am

    Evening Session - 5:30 pm


    Monday, Oct. 15: Blogging for Beginners - Learn how to create a great blog through Blogger, Tumblr and other blogging platforms and connect it with social media and the web! We will also look at samples of notable blogs and discuss best blogging practices and privacy.

    Morning Session - 10:15 am

    Evening Session - 5:30 pm


    Monday, Oct. 29: iPads and iPhones - Learn about the settings and navigation of these great devices and the many other features they have in common, as well as the many services, functions and apps unique to each!

    Morning Session - 10:15 am 

    Evening Session - 5:30 pm 

  • The MNL Co-Screens the First Annual Mystic Film Festival!

    Friday, October 19-Sunday, October 21, 9:30 am to 10:00 pm

    The Mystic & Noank Library will be holding movie screenings for the first annual Mystic Film Festival from Friday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st! The Library will be co-screening the festival's selections alongside Mystic Luxury Cinemas, which will showcase their own set of films in their theaters. Please visit the MFF 2018 website for a complete listing of film times, titles and locations.

    Interested? Get your tickets for Mystic Film Festival 2018 screening events here.

    We are very excited to be a part of this festival, and we hope to see you at the movies!

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