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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.

  • AARP Driver Safety Classes at the MNL!

    The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Attendees must bring their Driver's License to class. Each class will be 4 hours, with one scheduled break; participants should bring their own snacks or drinks.

    Patrons may choose from ONE of the dates below. Registration is required; please sign up by clicking on the date of your choice.

    Saturday, September 15 from 10am - 2pm
    Monday, October 29 from 5pm - 9pm

  • Libraries Rock!: Friday Family Movie Matinee

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

    Image of cover of Honey I Shrunk the Kids6/22 Paddington 2 (PG, 2018)
    6/29 Coco (PG, 2017)
    7/6   Wonder (PG, 2017)
    7/13 Mulan (G, 1988)
    7/20 The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG, 2017)
    7/27 A Bug's Life (G, 1998)
    8/3   Matilda (PG, 1996)
    8/10 Lilo and Stitch (PG, 2002)
    8/17 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG, 1989)

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

  • Libraries Rock!: 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.

    Tackling the College Application Essay
    Monday, August 13 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
    With Ben Brown, Assistant Director of Admission, Connecticut College.

    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.

  • Adult Summer Reading @ the MNL!

    Monday, July 2nd - Monday, September 10th, 2018

    Woman reading by the water

    The MNL is delighted to announce its first-ever Adult Summer Reading Program! All patrons age 18 and up are welcome to participate.

    Although you can read anything you want, the MNL’s official (suggested) summer reading list will be PBS’ The Great American Read book list. You can access it here and on our new Goodreads Page.

    We will also have contests for three specific categories of reading achievement!
    There will be a contest for:

    • the greatest number of books read
    • the most books read off of the official list,
    • and the greatest number of pages read!

    There will be an exciting gift basket for the winner in each category!

    Registration is required; please sign up here or at the front desk of the library. You may register anytime during the course of the program!

    You can get your tracking form, where you will record the titles and number of pages of your books, from our website or at the Library’s front desk starting July 2nd.

    Those who wish to be eligible for a prize should submit their form by 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. You may email your forms to info@mysticnoanklibrary.org or submit them in person.

    We invite everyone to participate! You do not have to be a Mystic resident to sign up.

  • 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!

  • Postcard History Series: Mystic - An Author Event!

    Monday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.

    Mystic by Huguenin and Smith book cover

    Mystic has a history that stretches back beyond the founding of the nation. Starting as a Native American settlement, the area eventually became a part of the United States after the Revolutionary War. As the nation grew, so did Mystic, with the village using its unique location to serve both the fishing industry and the US Navy.

    In its current state, Mystic serves as both a cradle to Connecticut's oldest families and a tourist attraction for those wanting to sample vintage New England life.

    Authors Jade Huguenin and Martin Smith share their book and the history of Mystic in this exciting talk!

    Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

  • Thailand: A Volunteer’s Experience!

    Monday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

    Mary Drake talks about her Habitat for Humanity work in Thailand!

    Modern Thailand is an exotic mixture of traditional Eastern and current Western cultures, fascinating for its ornate gold Buddhist temples, welcoming locals and thriving markets. Mary Drake of Mystic spent eight days in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, part of a 16-member volunteer team from all over the U.S.

    Her slide presentation/talk will illustrate her eye-opening experience -- not only a glimpse of Southeast Asian culture and of building a house, but the evolving bonding and group dynamics of well-off Americans living and working in a third-world country. Light refreshments will be served.

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

  • The Great American Read Book Discussion

    Friday, August 31, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

    The Great American Read book image

    PBS has set out to find America’s favorite book, and they have launched a nationwide reading program called The Great American Read based on their book list of the same name.

    The titles on this list are among America’s most read, ranging from literary classics like 1984 and Jane Eyre to popular bestsellers such as The Martian and Gone Girl. The list also includes YA favorites such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games, as well as reams of other genres.

    Almost everyone will recognize a title they've read, which is why we’re inviting you to join us for a discussion of each person’s favorite novel on the list. We especially encourage those in the MNL’s Adult Summer Reading Program to come, as this book list also serves as the official (suggested) reading list for our participants. We will also talk about which novel we think deserves to win the TGAR contest.

    Refreshments will be served!

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

  • The Great American Read: A Film Screening & Discussion!

    Friday, August 24, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

    The Great American Read with Meredith Vieira photograph

    Join us to watch The Great American Read, a documentary about PBS’ quest to find America’s favorite novel based on an ambitious book list of the same name. Meredith Vieira hosts this televised special, in which she interviews actors, authors, and many more public figures about their favorite books.

    This fascinating documentary includes conversations with regular Americans as well, all of whom will have a chance to vote on which book on the list they think deserves to be the winner.

    Although everyone is welcome to attend, we especially encourage those partaking in the MNL’s first Adult Summer Reading Program to come, as the book list outlined in this special also serves as the official (suggested) list for our participants. Afterwards, we will hold a discussion of the movie and book choices.

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

  • Letters from a World War II Soldier: A Collection

    On Display Throughout August!

    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 August. 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!



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