Adult Programs and Events
November is National Novel Writing Month!
Writing Lab, Saturdays at 1:30 pm in the Ames Room
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is a simple concept with a not necessarily easy execution. Write a manuscript of 50,000 words in thirty days! That means you need to write around 1,667 word every day to keep pace.
To have some space to sit down and write, join us in the Ames Room the first four Saturdays of November to get those book ideas onto the page. There will be a brief information session Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 pm. Each other Saturday we will all work on our manuscripts for about an hour, followed by a brief discussion on what we're working on, where we're getting stuck, and ultimately, encouraging each other to keep going!
We have some laptops available to use on a first come first served basis. Ages 13+ are welcome to attend. Books to help you write your first novel will also be available.
Tech Class: Digital Tools for Productivity (and National Novel Writing Month!)
Monday, November 18, 3:00 pm
Join us in National Novel Writing Month, whether you consider yourself a writer or not, to learn about some digital productivity apps! These apps are designed to help you optimize your workflow, increase your output, and motivate you to get those words down and onto your next task. Get your work done faster with less hassle. Wouldn't that be nice?
Registration required. Fill out. the following form to reserve a spot!
While we're on the topic, check out these articles from Scientific American over the last few years about the science behind productivity.
- "Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime" by Ferris Jabr
- "Multitasking May Diminish, Not Boost, Productivity" by Harald Franzen
- "The Impact of Politics on Workplace Productivity" by Krystal D'Costa
- "Cognitive Prosthesis Enhances Productivity" by Diana Kwon
Exploring the CT Wine Trail with Michelle Griffis
Thursday November 21, 6:30 pm
You don't need to fly all the way to California to try great wines. We have dozens of fantastic, award-winning wineries, right here in Connecticut! With beautiful scenery, daily tastings, live music, and lots of special events, Connecticut wineries make a perfect weekend getaway. Come get insider tips for exploring the CT Wine Trail with Michelle Griffis, a former writer for ctwine.com and an advocate of the CT Wine Trail.
Michelle “Shel” Griffis is an avid wine enthusiast from Rocky Hill, CT who enjoys visiting vineyards and learning about wine. She wrote for the CT Wine Trail from September 2016 until the winter of 2017. While not still writing for ctwine.com, she likes to share her experiences along the Trail and encourage others to get to know the local vineyards and wineries, as well as the people who work in them and their wine.
Tech Class: Cleaning Up Your Mobile Phone
Monday December 9, 11 am
Do you keep getting annoying messages that your phone is almost out of storage? Constantly having to delete files just to make space for one measly picture? Learn how to stay on top of clearing out space in your smartphone, so that you can continue photographing, browsing, messaging, and recording to your heart's content. You will learn a set of best practices you can use regularly so that freeing up storage space doesn't turn into such a big project.
Registration required to attend. Please bring your mobile device to follow along with the instructions.
Mental Health & Wellness Seminar
Monday December 9, 6 pm
Join us in the Ames Room to begin a community conversation on mental health, anxiety, and strategies for balance with Francine Figueroa, Noank resident and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Figueroa will present information about her experiences with nearly a decade working in the field and some theoretic models of dialectical behavioral therapy and various mindfulness practices. Participants will also have time to ask questions and share their own experiences with this important topic at the end of her presentation.
We begin these talks with the affirmation that not everyone has mental illness, but everyone has mental health. "I have been graced with people in my life who have shared with me their deepest and greatest achievements and challenges," Ms. Figueroa stated. "Hence, I am inspired to share what I have learned with such a beautiful area and community."
- "Francine Figueroa, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW" Psychology Today Profile
- "A Silent Epidemic" NPR interactive app about public schools struggling to handle millions of students' mental health problems.
- "Mental Health and Addiction Services" from Connecticut's Official State Website
- "Getting Treatment During A Crisis" from NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
3D Printed Gift Making
Saturday December 14 from 10 am to 2 pm
You've probably heard a lot about 3D printers. Have you ever gotten to see one in action? Drop in before the holidays to make some 3D printed gifs for your loved ones. All ages welcome. We will have templates already downloaded for your choice of either a snowflake pendant, or a gingerbread cookie cutter. Come select your design, learn about how the 3D printer works, and watch how the physical print happens.
Please note: supplies limited, so this is a first come first served event. The prints take a few hours to complete in their entirety. For this reason, we will take your name and telephone number and contact you when your items are ready to be picked up.
Registration will help us prepare materials!
- "What You Need to Know About 3D Printing"
from the University of Alabama Office for Technology Transfer
- "What is 3D Printing and How Does it Work?"
from the Official Blog of the Syracuse University iSchool
- "3-D printing offers new approach to making buildings"
David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Tech Class: Design Your Own Greeting Cards
Monday December 16, 11 am or 6 pm
Tired of the same old hokey store-bought cards for your loved ones this holiday season? Why not try your hand at designing your own with free online websites like Canva or Desygner? Each of these resources comes with thousands of stock images, shapes, design elements, and text styles to choose from, along with the ability to uplaod your own family photos. Try to bring some images or sketches of what you might like to make to help guide your cardmaking.
Book Writers: Beyond National Novel Writing Month
Wednesday December 18, 6 pm
Come join us for the first meeting of a new program: Book Writers! Whether you're all finished with 50,000 words from National Novel Writing Month and want to go to the next step, need to make the finishing touches on a manuscript, or you're just getting started, one of the best ways to keep going is to work with a group of other writers with their own projects and pursuits to keep you motivated. Bring a printed chapter of anything you've been writing to start with. Make 2020 the year you're ready to get serious about getting published.
No registration required. Laptops are available for those who need them on a first come first served basis.
- Tucker Max at Scribe
Clarifying unrealistic expectations about writing a book.
- "11 Reasons You Need to Write a Book NOW"
Kellie McGann with some affirmations to get through the drudgery and hard work of a first manuscript.
- "How to Write a Book Step by Step"
Chandler Bolt with some great information, advice, and clarifications about how authors actually sit down and finish a book.
- "Jason Reynolds on Writing, Publishing and Advice for New Writers"
Interviewed by J.D. Myall on Writer's Digest.
Tech Class: Setting Up Your New Device
Monday December 30, 11 am or 6 pm
If you've recently gotten a new mobile device or laptop computer that you're not sure how to use, drop in to this tech session to learn how to use it! Get walked through how to set up your device with personal information, the apps you'll use most, and optimize your settings for your personal needs. Please note that attendees probably have different needs and devices; your patience as we walk through individually setting up these different devices is appreciated!
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!
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
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.
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.
Heartfulness Meditation with Marsha Thompson
Fridays at 11:00 am
Join us for this exciting Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for one hour each week, is now meeting each week in the Ames Room until further notice.
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. With continued practice, Heartfulness can enable you to 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.