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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!

    Lapsit
    Session One: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
    Reading rainbow worm with eyeglassesSession Two: Thursdays @ 10:15 am

    Toddlers
    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: 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 info@mysticnoanklibrary.org.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 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!

  • September 2018 Tech Classes @ the MNL!

    Introducing Two New Tech Classes for the Month of September!

    Choice of either 10:15 am OR 5:30 pm session; attendees should provide their own devices. Registration is required; please sign up for the session of your choice by clicking the links below.

    Monday, September 10th - Goodreads: This class on Goodreads, a popular book-interest/social-networking site, will teach you how to track books you want to read and rate the ones you already have while connecting you with friends, offering you tailored book recommendations, and giving you access to thousands of free booklists and reviews!

    Morning Session - 10:15 a.m.

    Evening Session - 5:30 p.m.

    Monday, September 24th - Learning a Language Online: Eager to learn a foreign language but not sure where to begin? Take this class to learn about the many excellent websites and language apps such as Duolingo, Mango, Busuu, and more! Your language lessons will all be self-paced and fun -  and completely free.

    Morning Session - 10:15 a.m.

    Evening Session - 5:30 p.m.

     

  • MNL 125th Anniversary Program: British Music Inspired by the Sea

    Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

    Throughout the centuries the sea has had a great influence on the artistic output of Great Britain. There are so many examples in literature and theatre including Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner,  Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Stevenson’s Treasure Island and of course Shakespeare’s great storms at the starts of Othello and The Tempest. In art there are the seascapes of Constable and especially those of Turner.

    Not to be left out are the many fine musical works. Jeffrey Engel, an accomplished cellist as well as a seasoned music teacher and lecturer, will highlight several British composers and their music inspired by the sea.

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

  • 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!

  • Introduction to Heartfulness Meditation

    Friday, September 21 from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    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.

     

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

  • 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
    UHCMedicareSolutions.com

    Pre AEP Medicare meeting
    10/11/2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Ames Room

    Annual Enrollment Period
    10/18/2018
    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.



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