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May 2019 Tech Classes @ the MNL!

Announcing two NEW tech classes for the month of May! Choice of either 10:15 am OR 5:30 pm session; laptops are available for those who do not have their own. Registration is required for each class; please sign up for the session of your choice via the links below.

Monday, May 6th: Free Photo Editing Software - Learn all about GIMP (Graphics and Image Manipulation Program), a free service that allows you to edit and enhance your photos on your computer! Attendees will learn to use this opensource software that enables you to alter images at the same level of sophistication and versatility as Photoshop.

Morning Session - 10:15 a.m.

Evening Session - 5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 13: Coding 101! - Curious about coding? Attend this class for adult beginners and learn the essentials of the programming languages HTML and CSS! Students will be able to create a fun basic webpage all their own.

Morning Session - 10:15 a.m.

Evening Session - 5:30 p.m.

The Southwestern Spirit: Works by John Milholen

Exhibiting throughout April 2019

John R. Milholen, musician and artist, studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

As a resident of Estes Park, Colorado, his love of landscape art was enhanced in the Rocky Mountain Southwest. Returning to Mystic offered John the rich influence of both east and west. He possesses a unique talent of blending color, beauty and spirituality in an earthy groundedness.

This exhibit is free and open to the public; please call ahead to check the availability of the Ames Room.

Shred-It Saturday!

Saturday May 4, 10 am - 1 pm


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) bags; 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.

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

"An Account of My Life" - A Display!

April 2019

In honor of the upcoming "Walk Through Helen Clarke’s Mystic" on April 27th, the Mystic River & Historical Society has provided an exhibit for our display case composed of late 19th/early 20th century materials from Helen May Clarke's youth, including family photographs, childhood books and a copy of her published diary, An Account of My Life. We invite everyone to come look, learn and enjoy!

Shakespeare Film Series @ the MNL!

Spring 2019

Enjoy four films based on Shakespeare plays this Spring in time for the Bard's birthday! To be held in the Library's Ames Room.

Friday, April 5 @ 2:30 pm: The Merchant of Venice (2004, Rated R)

Wednesday, April 17 @ 6:00 pm: Much Ado About Nothing (1993, PG-13)

Friday, May 3 @ 2:30 pm: Henry V (1989, PG-13)

Friday, May 17 @ 2:30 pm: Julius Caesar (1953, Unrated)

Film screenings are free thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Where’s My Muse: Author Talk & Poetry Open Mic Night

Tuesday April 23, 6-7:30 p.m.


Join Lisa C. Taylor for a talk about imagination and the power of words, followed by a short reading of her work.  Sign up for the open mic and share your own poems or poems you love, all in honor of National Poetry Month.

Lisa C. Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry and two collections of short fiction, most recently Impossibly Small Spaces (2018). She offers mentoring and private workshops in New England, Colorado, and Ireland.

Registration required only for those wishing to recite poetry; please sign up here. Attendance is otherwise free and open to the public.

POSTPONED: Spring Outdoor Volunteer Day at the MNL!

New Date TBA

This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. Please check back for further information.

Our Semi-Annual Outdoor Volunteer Day at the Library is Here!

Please bring your rakes, work gloves, and other yardwork tools to help us tidy up around the Library grounds! The MNL needs help weeding, clearing out and pruning our grounds for the start of spring. Thank you for volunteering your time to help beautify our lovely building and grounds. Coffee and donuts provided!

If you are interested in volunteering, please register here or sign up at the library's front desk.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Great Decisions: A Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Eight Fridays from 10-12 in the Ames Room

Join us for a civil discussion of 8 timely topics for 2019:

Friday, April 5 - Refugees and Global Migration
Friday, April 12 - The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Friday, April 26 - Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
Friday, May 3 - The Rise of Populism in Europe
Friday, May 10 - Decoding U.S.-China Trade
Friday, May 17 - Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
Friday, May 24 - The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
Friday, May 31 - State of the State Deparment and Diplomacy

Great Decisions is a national, civic-education program from the Foreign Policy Association that inspires participants to learn about the world. Learn more about the topics by visiting the Foreign Policy Association website.

Registration is required for this program; please sign up through our Event Calendar Tab or call the library at 860-536-7721. Spaces are limited; patrons may sign up for the wait list if the course is full. Participants can pick up their first briefing booklet at the circulation desk prior to the first session. We will be meeting in the Library's Ames Room.

Become a Wikipedia Editor - A New Tech Class!

Monday April 29, 2019

Ever wanted to learn how to edit Wikipedia? Take this new class and find out how! Attendees will set up their own Wikipedia account, create a Wiki page and edit on the subject of their choice while learning to use real research and citation methods!

In honor of the Helen May Clarke Walk on April 27th, we will have local history topics available for those interested in expanding Mystic's Wikipedia presence.

Choice of either 10:15 am OR 5:30 pm session; laptops are available for those who do not have their own. Registration is required; please sign up for the session of your choice via the links below:

Morning Session - 10:15 a.m.

Evening Session - 5:30 p.m.

We look forward to having you there! :D