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Lil' Yogis by Yoga with Miss Kim

Thursdays, September 5 - 26, 10:30 in the Ames Room

Lil' Yogis for 3 to 5 year olds with caregiver.

A joyful way for children to explore creative movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments. Sign up today!

Thursday, September 5.

Thursday, September 12.

Thursday, September 19.

Thursday, September 26.

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!


Wii U Gaming Afternoons!

Fridays, September 6 - December 27, 3:30 - 5 in the Activity Room

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Love to play video games at the Library? During the school year, drop by each Friday afternoon to try out our games with your friends.

Generously funded by the Rotary Club of Groton -- thank you!!


Creative Movement with Eastern Connecticut Ballet: "Orchestra" & "The Nutcracker"

Friday, Sept. 20 and Friday, October 25, 10 am in the Ames Room.

Creative Movement is a 45 minute program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old. During class, we read a book and then do 35 minutes of movement around the theme. Registration is required; please sign up for each event using the links below.

Friday, Sept. 20: “The Orchestra” ~ This event will be all about musical instruments and directing an orchestra!

Friday, Oct. 25: “The Nutcracker” ~ For this event, we will be dancing the story of the Nutcracker!

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!


Drop-in Craft Day: Tissue Paper Apple Trees!

Saturday, September 21, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


Family Movie Matinee: Secret Life of Pets 2

Saturday, September 21, 3:00 in the Ames Room

Join us for a screening of The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Description

Max the terrier encounters canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey when he visits the countryside. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses
 
This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 26 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Young Engineers' Club

Monday, September 23, 5 - 6:30 in the Ames Room

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The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an exciting program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that provides an opportunity for tweens/teens, ages 10 and up to become technology creators! 

YEC meets one session each month to work on different projects!  This month's class will be about thermodynamics and thermal vision. We will be using a thermal camera to take a look at different objects and heat signatures.

Eager students cover new topics monthly and have studied the basics of computer networks, how the Internet works, and how to serve your own webpage using HTML/CSS and serve it to other students in the class using a NodeJS web server.  They have also learned what electricity is, Ohm's law, basic electronic components, schematic design, circuit board design, soldering, 3D modeling/printing, and the basics of C programming. 

This exciting initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE! Class size is limited. Sign-up here!

Generously funded by the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund--thank you!


Banned Book Movie -- The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, September 28, 3:00 in the Ames Room

Join us for a screening of the Wizard of Oz in honor of Banned Books Week.

Description

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.
 
 
This movie is not rated and runs for 1 hour and 52 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- -- thank you!

Fall Storytimes!

Registration begins in August!

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September 30 - November 21

The Fall storytimes begin the week of September 30; and registration begins in August! Classes meet weekly for eight week and consist of stories and crafts and are free and open to the public. Due to demand, class size is limited and registration will be done on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required; please use the links below to sign up.

Lapsit (6 to 23 months)

Session One: Wednesdays, 10:15 - 10:45.

Session Two: Thursdays, 10:15 - 10:45.

Just Two's to Just Three's:

Session One: Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:30.

Session Two: Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:30.

Three Year Olds: Mondays, 10:30 - 11:15.

Four and Five Year Olds: Tuesdays, 1:15 - 2:00.


October is Design-A-Plate Month

In the Children's Room

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Design your own colorful plate during the entire month of October in the Children's Room during regular library hours. Make a one-of-a-kind plate! Plates are $10.00 each.

These plates make great gifts and should arrive in time for holiday gift giving.

Proceeds benefit the Children's Department.


Drop-in Craft Day: Washi Tape Bookmarks!

Saturday, October 5, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


Family Movie Matinee: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Saturday, October 12, 3:00 in the Ames Room

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Description
While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan.
 
This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Drop-in Craft Day: Pumpkin Suncatchers!

Saturday, October 19, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


All Things Pumpkin!

Saturday, October 19, 3:30 - 5.

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Fun for all ages!

Ed Pop Magic show 3:30 p.m.

Costume Parade

Children's Activities

Basket Raffle

Clyde's Cider & Goodies

Rain or Shine!

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!


Cartooning Workshop with Jerry Craft

Saturday, October 26, 2:30 - 3:30 in the Ames Room

Join us for a cartooning workshop with nationally syndicated cartoonist and author Jerry Craft! Learn the tricks and techniques of cartooning from a pro, as Jerry demonstrates his own style step by step, and helps you develop your own cartoons.  Jerry is a great teacher and he loves sharing his knowledge with kids! Registration is required. Sign-up here!


Trick-or-Treat at the Library

Thursday, October 31, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

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TRICK-OR-TREAT!  

On All Hallows Eve, when you're out Trick or Treating, come visit us at the library!  Anyone who stops by the library in their Halloween costume will get a treat!  

Kids, Adults, and Dogs are welcome to visit all day and in costume.  We do close at 5 pm, so make sure to visit before then!  

Halloween books and movies will be avalible to keep the Spooky Spirit going all night long


Lego Fun Days!

Every Friday and Saturday during November and December, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room!

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Lego Fun Days will be happening every Friday and Saturday during the month of November in the Children's Room, all day long from 10 - 5.

Come use the Library's GIANT Lego collection.
 
Kids of all ages are welcome to come and have fun building and creating with friends and family in the library.

Drop-in Craft Day: Kindness Rocks!

Saturday, November 2, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


Family Movie Matinee: Toy Story 4

Saturday, November 2, 3:00 in the Ames Room

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A screening of Toy Story 4 will be on November 2 , at 3:00 in the Ames Room
 

Description

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
 
This movie is rated G and runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation presents Bird Brains

Saturday, November 9, 3:30 in the Ames Room

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Did you know that crows are capable of recognizing and remembering individual faces and can teach their children which individuals to avoid? Far from being “hard-wired” as previously thought, recent research proves that birds actually possess sophisticated cognitive abilities. Indeed, responding to changing conditions by changing the way they act, is often crucial to their survival. Join us as we compare and contrast the fascinating qualities of avian intelligence among four different species of birds: an American Crow, a Peregrine Falcon, an Owl, and a Parrot.


The Musical Petting Zoo presented by the Springfield Orchestra

Saturday, November 16, 3:30 - 4:30 in the Ames Room

Here is your opportunity to try playing the instruments of the orchestra! Educational Director of Springfield Symphony Musical Program, Patrick McMahon will deliver his dynamic presentation introducing all the instruments in the orchestra, followed by the opportunity to try playing them! Everyone will get a chance to bow a violin, blow a horn or tap out a rhythm on a drum. Here's your chance to try an instrument in a judgement-free zone that encourages exploration and excitement! 

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation -- thank you!


Drop-in Craft Day: Autumn Leaf Suncatchers!

Saturday, November 16, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


Drop-in Craft Day: Duct Tape Bookmarks!

Saturday, November 30, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


Trim-A-Tree!

Saturday, December 7, 3:30 - 4:45

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All ages welcome! Come join our fun tradition and help us decorate our tree. The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will  conduct an ornament painting workshop for kids and families.  Members of the Stonington High School Chamber Choir will perform "Carol-o-grams"! Light refeshments will be served.


Drop-in Craft Day: Gingerbread Garlands!

Saturday, December 14, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


Drop-in Craft Day: Snowflake Crafts!

Saturday, December 28, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten LogoHow Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  1. Register at the library and take home your first reading log. 
  2. Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a box on the reading log.
  3. Show us Your Reading Logs – Each time you read 100 books, bring in your reading log to receive special recognition, collect a prize, and mark your child's progress on our "Wall of Fame"! For every 25 step increment, children can also pick out stamps and stickers.
  4. Read More books! When you get all the way to 1000, come celebrate at the library to place your child's name to the 1000 Books Hall of Fame. Children will receive a prize, a special book to take home, and a book added to the library's collection with a dedication in their honor.
  5. Keep on reading--don't stop at 1,000! Visit the Mystic & Noank Library for ongoing programs that are fun and educational for your little one, and take advantage of our ever-expanding collection.

How Can I Read 1,000 Books!?
One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you'll meet your goal in under three years. Three bedtime stories a night? You can reach your goal in just a single year. Every book reading counts, whether it's a new book or an old standby your child enjoys again and again. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions - we're here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

What Books Count?

  • Books may be read more than once and recorded
  • Books read at Storytime if you attend
  • Books from the library or from preschool
  • Books on CD as long as they listen to the whole story
  • Books read by any family member, teacher, etc.
  • Books read on an iPad or e-reader

 Generously funded by a grant from the Groton Education Foundation.


School Reading Lists & Summer Assignments

For 2019

2019 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Lists and Assignments

2019 Groton Public Schools Summer Learning Opportunities and Summer Reading

2019 Groton Go Pass

2019 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades K - 2

2019 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades 3 - 5

2019 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades 6 - 8

2019 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists
 


Award-Winning and Notable Book Lists

Need a suggestion for your next book?

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Caldecott Awards

Newbery Awards

Additional Award-Winning and Notable Books

 


Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award

Nutmeg Children's Book Award logoThe Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards encourage children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.

Elementary Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 2 - 4)

Intermediate Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 4 - 6)