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Young Engineers' Club

Saturday, February 1, 1:00 - 3:00

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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! 

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. In February's class, we will go over the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad and 3D printing. Students will model and print Minecraft figurines to take home.

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!


Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 1, 10 - 5 in the Ames Room

Drop by for our annual Take Your Child to the Library Day for programs, crafts, and snacks!

Take Your Child to the Library Day is an opportunity to encourage children to enjoy the Library and join others for a day of fun!  

10 - 12:  Toddler Town: Valentine's Day Stations for Preschoolers in the Ames Room! Enjoy engaging in Valentine's Day stations --- each station offering a STREAM based activity. From designing your own Valentine's Day card to engineering a Valentine's day popper, come have fun with us at this drop-in program for preschoolers, aged 2 to 6!

10 - 5:  Winter Crafts in the Children's Room.

1 - 3:  Young Engineers' Club:  This class will cover the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad and 3D printing. Students will model and print Minecraft figurines to take home. For ages 10+. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Sign-up here.

3:30 - 4:30: Family Drum Circle with Mike Leo. 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 this session.

All programs are free and open to the public thanks to the generous funding from the Groton Education Foundation and the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund.

 


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, now through May 29, 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 now through May 30, 10 - 5 in the Children's Room!

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Lego® Brick Fun Days will be happening every Friday and Saturday now through May 30, 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.

Drop-in Craft Day: Paper Cardinals

Saturday, January 25, 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 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!


Family Movie Matinee: Angry Birds 2

Saturday, January 25, 3:00 in the Ames Room

Image of Angry Birds 2 movie coverA screening of Angry Birds 2 will be on January 25, at 3:00 in the Ames Room

Description

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.
 
This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 37 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Drop-in Craft Day: Valentines!

Saturday, February 8, 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 Lego Movie 2: Second Part

Saturday, February 8, 3:00 in the Ames Room

Image of Lego 2 Movie coverA screening of the Lego Movie 2 will be on February 8, at 3:00 in the Ames Room

Description

The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity.
 
This movie is rated  PGand runs for 1 hour and 47 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Family Movie Matinee: Wonder Park

Saturday, February 15, 3:00 in the Ames Room

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A screening of Wonder Park will be on February 15, at 3:00 in the Ames Room
 
A 12-year-old girl stumbles upon the fantastical amusement park filled with talking animals that she envisioned as a child after her mother's death. With the help of her newfound friends, she attempts to stop the Chimpanzombies from destroying it.
 
This movie is rated  PG and runs for 1 hour and 36 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Drop-in Craft Day: Weaving!

Saturday, February 22, 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: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Saturday, February 22, 3:00 in the Ames Room

Image of Pokeon Detective PikachuA screening of Pokemon Detective Pikachu will be on February 22, at 3:00 in the Ames Room

Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes
 
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!

Creative Movement with Eastern Connecticut Ballet: "The Mitten"

Friday, February 28, 4 pm in the Ames Room.

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

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


Drop-in Craft Day: Tissue Paper Shamrocks!

Saturday, March 7, 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: Spring Flowers!

Saturday, March 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!


Creative Movement with Eastern Connecticut Ballet: Going to the Zoo

Friday, March 27, 4 pm in the Ames Room

Children dancing.Creative Movement is a 45 minute program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old. During class, we read about going to the zoo and then do 35 minutes of movement around the theme. Registration is required; please sign up below.

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


Drop-in Craft Day: Origami Butterflies!

Saturday, April 4, 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: Paper Chains!

Saturday, April 18, 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: Star Wars Crafts!

Saturday, May 4, 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: Chenille Stem Crafts!

Saturday, May 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: Bubble Blowers!

Saturday, May 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!


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)