Adult Programs and Events
Shredding Saturday at MNL
Saturday, May 16, 10 - 1 in the Library Parking Lot
The Mystic & Noank Library will host a FREE service to our Library community thanks to the generous support from Chelsea Groton Bank!
An Info-Shred truck will be in the library parking lot on Elm Street and will accept any papers for safe and convenient disposal. Patrons are limited to shredding three (3) boxes; staples may remain on papers.
We kindly ask that you bring non-perishable food items and paper goods to donate for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Groton Social Services. Please note: the Library cannot accept papers for shredding before the date of the event and participants must dispose of plastic bags and boxes.
February Tech Classes
Mondays at 11am or 6pm
Intro to Microsoft Word: Monday, Feb 3 at 12 PM OR 6PM
Come learn the basics of this frequently used word processing program to create letters, resumes, official documents, and more. You may request specific questions ahead of time via email to email@example.com. In this introduction, we will cover formatting text, styling paragraphs, and setting margins, headers, and footers.
Free eBooks & eAudiobooks: Monday, Feb 10 at 10:30AM OR 6PM
Why subscribe to Audible when you can get ebooks and audiobooks on your portable device absolutely free? All you need is a library card!
Come learn about all of the incredible electronic resources available to you through your local and state libraries. We will cover using Overdrive to download free ebooks and audiobooks, and using Kanopy to stream free movies with your Mystic & Noank Library card. As time allows, you will also learn about some of the many resources available to you through the CT State Library including free news articles. Let us help you save money while you learn, read, and discover new things!
Intro to Microsoft Excel: Monday, Feb 24 at 11AM OR 6PM
Come learn the basics of this versatile program to learn how to build charts, tables, graphs, and spreadsheets that keep track of financial and other information. You may request specific questions ahead of time via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this introduction, we will cover "cells," how to style them, how to build formulas, and how to create graphs of data.
Book Writers: Beyond National Novel Writing Month
Wednesday February 5, 5:30PM | February 19, 6PM
*Click the photo above to go to our Google Drive folder*
Within the folder are forms for the workshop sign-up sheet, a list of group member contacts, and materials to be workshopped for the coming sessions. Participants may choose to email work privately to other participants rather than upload to these public folders.
Come join us for a newly started ongoing 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. 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.
A Living List of Workshop Rules
- Workshops run for 30 minutes per piece of writing.
- Two workshop slots per meeting, with a 30 minute freebie block of time at the end for smaller pieces or discussions.
- Pieces cannot exceed 20 pages at a time, and are to be read by participants the weeks before the workshop date.
- Pieces must be uploaded to the Drive or sent via emails to everyone the meeting before they're scheduled to workshop, otherwise they must sign up for a later date.
- No speaking about, defending, or otherwise explaining your writing while your piece is up for discussion until the last 5 minutes!
- 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.
Alzheimer's Association Workshop: Know the 10 Signs
Thursday February 20, 5-6:30 pm
Join us for this workshop presented by the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (R) about early prevention and detection. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features clips of people with Alzheimer's disease.
This workshop is free and open to the public; registration is not required.
- Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
- National Institute of Health: "Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias"
- National Institute on Aging: "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet"
New Book Club: Everybody's A Critic!
February 26, 6 pm
Our new book club asks the question, what makes a good book good? It also asks that question about books you can't get anywhere else!
Publishers send Advanced Reader's Copies (ARCs) to booksellers, librarians, and academics months before mass distribution so that they know which books to buy, promote, and so that publishers can get reviews. As we read and discuss the latest ARCs together, we will endeavor to write our own reviews of the book we've read in the last month to send back to the publishers. In so doing, we also learn how and why friends & neighbors find value in the stories they read. Registration is required, as ARCs are limited.
ARCs generously provided by Bank Square Books. Thank you!
- "What Are ARCs?" on the Painfully Fictional blog
- "How to Request ARCs" Jenniely Award Winning Blog
- "25 Magazines Seeking Book Reviews" from Authors Publish
- "How To Be A Critic" The New Yorker
Author Event: The Crate by Deborah Levison
Thursday February 27, 6:30 in the Ames Room
Join us for Connecticut resident and critically acclaimed author Deborah Levison's book talk in the Ames Room. Find out more information about the author and her website. Praise for her debut novel from various bestselling authors, book reviewers, and other publications can be found here. Don't miss out!
"Levison is a gifted, insightful and evocative writer. She delivers a brilliant story." -New York Journal of Books
This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
"After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust -- in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps -- a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.
That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary. Poking around the dark crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate's contents -- or how the peace and tranquility of their lives would be shattered.
Now, their daughter, Deborah Vadas Levison, an award-winning journalist, tells the extraordinary account of her parents' ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives. Written in searing, lyrical prose, THE CRATE: A Story of War, A Murder, And Justice, examines man's seemingly limitless capacity for evil... but also, his capacity for good."
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.