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Winter Storytimes!

January 6 - February 27

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Winter storytimes registration has begun! Classes meet weekly for eight week and consist of stories and crafts and are free and open to the public. 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.


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!!


Lego® Brick Fun Days!

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

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

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

The Musical Petting Zoo presented by Patrick McMahon, Education Director of the Springfield Symphony Music Program

Saturday, November 23, 3:00 in the Ames Room

This event has been rescheduled!

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!


Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Monday, November 18, 7:00 in the Ames Room

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The Mystic and Noank Library, Children First Groton and School Readiness Council are pleased to host a screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope.

This film chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations. 

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 1 hour

Director: James Redford

Limited babysitting available. Contact rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org


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.


Young Engineers' Club: December Field Trip!

Tuesday, December 10, 4:30 at ThayerMahan

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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!  Members of our Young Engineers' Club are invited to join the Bill Memorial's Coding Club for a field trip to the office of ThayerMahan, located at 120B Leonard Drive. Groton (near the airport). They make and operate submersible autonomous technology (underwater robots!). We will also meet some of the engineers to talk about careers in the technology field. It's an amazing tour! If interested, please contact Roberta at rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org. Parents can drop off and pick up at this location.

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. 

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


Holiday Stroll Visit with Santa

Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 7, Upstairs by the fireplace

Our favorite holiday tradition is coming soon!  Don't miss the Downtown Mystic Holiday Stroll and Luminaria, Tuesday December 10th.  As part of the festivities Santa will be visiting the Library from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  Please join us upstairs by the fireplace for a visit with Santa as well as making an ornament and enjoying cookies and cocoa.

 

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!


Fiddle N' Fun: An Interactive Music Experience with Joel Beauchemin

Saturday, December 14, 3:30 in the Ames Room

A unique music education program, Fiddle N' Fun introduces children (and adult caregivers) to the violin through singing, movement, games, and Fiddlestix.   All ages are welcome!

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


Holiday Movie Matinee: The Grinch

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

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Description

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
 
This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 25 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank 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!


Family Movie Matinee: The Lion King

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

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Description

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
 
This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 58 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to Harmonica

Saturday, January 11, 3:30 in the Ames Room

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist, for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You'll learn about the rich history of the harmonica and how to play it. The presentation will also include a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe and find your finger style.  Each attendee will receive their own brand new harmonica to take home!

Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to the Connecticut State Library.

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

Drum Circle with Mike Leo

Saturday, February 1, 3:30 in the Ames Room

The joy of making music is for everyone! Mike Leo will lead a drumming experience open to all ages and abilities. Drums will be provided. Mike's drum circles are interactive musical experiences for folks of any level of ability, and of any age. Each person is both the audience and performer. Live music sing-alongs, Musical games, and rhythmic activities are all part of my session

This program is free, and open to the public.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation -- thank 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)