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Adult Programs and Events

Gallery: Third Annual Art Silent Auction

October 2019

We have received a variety of paintings, photos, posters, needlework and prints for your consideration. Like the Fair Silent Auction, there will be a bid sheet for each piece on a table in the back corner of the Ames room. Bids close on October 30 at 5:00 p.m. Highest bidders notified on November 1. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library. 

DNA Genealogy Series @ the MNL!

October 2019

Join us for a fascinating DNA series led by Dr. Robert Spencer!

Introduction to DNA Genealogy: Monday October 7, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

In this first session we’ll discuss the strengths and limits of paper genealogy and the reasons why people turn to DNA. Then we’ll introduce DNA structure, inheritance, and mutation mechanisms, issues of forensic use, privacy, and how to choose among the different vendors and types of DNA tests. In each session, we’ll cover any case studies from the audience.

Families, Cousins, Ethnicity: Thursday October 10, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

99% of our DNA comes equally from each parent, and so each ancestor’s contribution is diluted twofold each generation, limiting our horizon to about 8 generations.  Here we discuss the common gaps and “brick walls” in building family trees, patterns of American immigration and westward migration, and inferred ethnic and national origins.

Ancient Migrations and Invasions: Thursday October 17, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

mtDNA and yDNA do not get mixed or diluted, and so give us a window to our prehistoric to feudal history.  Here we discuss Neanderthals, Homo sapiens movement Out-of-Africa, and major Asian and European migrations and invasions.  DNA shows how women survived but men decimated each other in the early Bronze Age.  We discuss the origins of surnames, extinction and founding events, and why clan wars make Irish and Scots DNA genealogy difficult today. 

Dr. Rob Spencer, a retired scientist from Pfizer, had a lingering question in his own ancestry. He did a DNA test in 2017, and has since gotten deep into the subject. He is now a “research blogger” at a very active Family Tree DNA website and maintains his own genealogy website.

Registration is required for these programs; please sign up for all three sessions here.

“Sole Searching” on the Appalachian Trail with Sam Ducharme

Wednesday October 16, 6-7:30 pm

This presentation by Sam Ducharme brings you on a six-month thru-hike with “Sam I Am,” a newly-retired prison guard who finds himself lost when his two sons leave for the Air Force and his K-9 partner passes away. With no hiking experience, he bought a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia and started walking home to New England.

One month after deciding to hike the 2,189- mile trail, Sam takes his first step north. It didn’t take long to learn that the Appalachian Trail was a trail of people, or as they called themselves, “Trail Family.” With this new and quirky family from doctors to dropouts, the grimy layers of dirt accumulated from a career spent “inside” [a prison] slowly peeled away exposing “Sam I Am’s” shiny new layer of dirt, which was earned “outside” by hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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

Tech Class: Get Organized with Google Drive

Monday, October 21, 10:00 am & 6:00 pm

incredibly messy desk and work space







We all get a little bit... disheveled once the work begins to pile up. Does that desk look familiar? Unorganized files, whether digital or physical, create more work for us in the long run! Join us in the Ames Room to learn how to get and stay organized at this tech class.

Google Drive is an online cloud storage space that allows you to access all your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and files anywhere you can log in to your Google account! That means you don't have to keep emailing files as attachments to access them on another computer, tablet, or phone, or to work with others collaboratively from a distance.

Please bring your own laptop and Google account sign in, so you can begin to work on your own personal files.

Register here for 10am class.

Register here for 6pm class.

Tech Class: Scanning Family Photos & Important Documents

Monday, October 28, 10:00 am

You may already know how to take pictures of family artifacts with your phone. But did you know there are apps designed especially to digitize your photos and other records, without losing the quality of the image? Come learn the basics of scanning and organizing your own library of family history. 

Please bring your preferred mobile device and any photos or files you'd like to practice with

Register here to reserve a spot.

AARP Smart Driver Courses

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. Please sign up using the following links:
Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 2 pm

Author Event with Martin Podskoch: The Connecticut 169 Club

Thursday November 7, 6:30 in the Ames Room

Please join us for a presentation by author and historian Martin Podskoch, who will be promoting and signing his new book The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. The book features Connecticut writers, historians and officials who provide passages about each of their towns histories, haunts, eateries, landmarks, and beautiful sceneries. In so doing, Podskoch encourages travelers to visit all of the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state. All in attendance will leave ready to merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities of the Nutmeg State.

Check out this article from the Connecticut Magazine to learn more. 

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 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, 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.

Heartfulness Meditation with Marsha Thompson

Fridays at 11:00 am, Sept. 6 - Nov. 15

Join us for this exciting Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for one hour each week, will meet at 11 am for 8 weeks on the following dates:

Friday, September 6
Friday, September 13
Friday, September 20
Friday, September 27
Friday, October 4

Friday, October 11
Friday, October 18
Friday, October 25
Friday, November 1
Friday, November 8
Friday, November 15

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.

Ongoing Programs

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

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00

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.