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Benefit the MNL with Big Y!

July 2019

Have you heard the news? The Mystic & Noank Library has been selected as a beneficiary of the Big Y World Class Market Community Bag Program! Each time the $2.50 reusable, environmentally-friendly Community Bag is purchased at the Big Y at 79 Stonington Road, Mystic CT during the month of July, we will receive a $1 donation.

We thank you for your support!

MNL Adult Summer Reading Events!

Various Dates and Times, Summer 2019

Join us for four Space-themed events for our annual Adult Summer Reading program!

Tuesday, July 9 @ 9 pm - Outdoor Viewing of Saturn at Opposition! (Weather Permitting)

On July 9th, the planet Saturn will be primed for optimal viewing when it is positioned directly opposite to the Sun-and simultaneously as close to the Earth as it ever gets. The planet and its rings will appear larger and brighter than they do at any other time of the year.

Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 pm - Book Discussion: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Refreshments will be served!

Monday, July 29 @ 6:30 pm - Film Screening & Discussion: Mercury 13

Mercury 13 is a 2018 documentary film about Mercury 13, a privately-funded program that trained American women to be astronauts. It was the first such program to train an exclusively female astronaut team. The film will be followed by a short discussion.

Thursday, August 1 @ 6:30 pm - Robert Baldwin: Cosmic Space in Western Art

Robert Baldwin, a Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, will be giving a talk on the history of the cosmos in Western art, including its religious significance from antiquity to the Renaissance, its secularization during the Enlightenment, and its transformation as we enter the modern age.

These programs are free and open to the public; no registration is required.

A Universe of Stories: MNL Adult Summer Reading

Monday, June 24 through Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019

Patrons ages 18+ are welcome to participate.

Read anything you want, or select Space-themed titles from our Goodreads page.
(Audiobooks and e-books count, too!)

Free tote bag and reading light to first 25 sign ups.

Winners receive a gift basket for:
- greatest number of books read
- most books read from the Goodreads list
- greatest number of pages (if print)
- greatest number of hours (if audiobook)

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

Download your tracking form and submit it by 1 pm on Saturday, August 3 to or drop off at front circulation desk.

We encourage everyone to participate!

Red Brook Studio: An Art Exhibit

Monday, June 10 - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Red Brook Studio Homeschool students are excited to share the work they have been doing in the last year. Students ages 10 and up have opportunities to work in a variety of mediums through the seasons, working from still life, florals, print mediums, sculpture and mask making, and en plein air drawing and painting, as well as keeping an art journal. Their show comprises a collection of works from the past year's art classes.

For more information, please contact the studio at 860-536-6008. This exhibit is free and open to the public; please call ahead to check the availability of the Ames Room.

The Mystic & Noank Library Presents the Fourth Annual Roode Memorial Concert Series

Summer 2019


This concert series is generously sponsored by the family of long-time Mystic residents Agnes and Carl Roode in their memory. Please join us to celebrate their love of music. All concerts will begin at 6:30 (doors open at 6:00) and will be held upstairs in the Spicer Reading Room. No registration is required. All are welcome.


Thursday, June 20, 6:30
Summer Solstice ~ Irish Harpist Aine Minogue

As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both here and in Ireland, Áine Minogue is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence. Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her work.

Thursday, July 18, 6:30
Music Through The Decades ~ David Polansky

Using keyboard, trumpet, and vocals, David presents the music of George M. Cohan, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael and others - music inspired by the advent of the automobile, the two world wars, the Roaring 20’s, the great depression, and the wild west. David engages the audience, taking questions, performing requests, and telling funny anecdotes about famous musicians as well as some about his own life as a musician. A career musician, David has played with Sandler and Young, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, Ray Bolger, Arthur Fiedler, The Platters, The Coasters and many more!


Thursday, August 22, 6:30
Evening of Bluegrass ~ Cabin Fever Band

We are a band of friends who love playing bluegrass. We started with a jam session in a local restaurant, one thing led to another, and here we are. We perform in the Southeastern Connecticut/Rhode Island area, and none of us has given up their day job yet!

Cribbage Players Have More Fun!

Meets Every Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Do you know how to play cribbage or are ready to learn?

Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends! For more information, contact the library at 860-536-7721.

Mystic & Noank Library Knitting Circle

Meets Every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

The Knitting Circle meets in the Ames Room every Tuesday afternoon and is open to the public.

Join us and bring your projects!

For more information, please call 860-536-7971.

Literacy Conversation Group

Wednesdays, 2-3:00 pm, Starting February 6, 2019

Do you (or someone you know) need to learn English? Do you need more English in order to study for your U.S. Citizenship exam? Or to get your license? Or to talk with doctors, teachers, or lawyers? Then you've come to the right place! These Conversation Groups are a great opportunity to practice speaking English with other learners in a casual environment, and it is completely free!

No registration is required. Facilitated by Literacy Volunteers of Washington County.

Mystic & Noank Library Writers’ Group

Meets Mondays at 4 p.m. in the Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions.

 Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in “Writing Down the Bones,” the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 5 minutes.

You’ll be surprised at the places you’ll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they’re therapeutic and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down.

Open to all, no registration is required!