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Spring Storytimes!

Registration has begun

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March 18th -  May 9th

The Spring storytimes begin the week of March 18th; register by using the links below! 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. 

Lapsit (6 to 23 months)

Session One: Wednesdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Sign-up here!

Session Two: Thursdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Sign-up here!

Just Two's to Just Three's:

Session One: Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Sign-up here!

Session Two: Thursdays from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Sign-up here!

Three Year Olds: Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Sign-up here!

Four and Five Year Olds: Tuesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sign-up here!


Hour of Code: A Tech Workshop!

Wednesday, April 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities and expanding to all sorts of community efforts!

The MNL will host its first Hour of Code event on Wednesday, April 17th in the Library's Ames Room. This workshop will introduce young tech creators to programming, allowing them to learn new coding languages with the project of their choice! Great for kids ages 10 and up.

Registration is required for this program; please sign up here.


Young Engineers' Club

Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to noon 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 Saturday morning each month to work on different projects!     

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. 

Our March class The topic for our March class will be Artificial Intelligence. Students will learn the basics of artificial intelligence, statistics, and how artificial neural networks work. WOW!

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!


Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom

Various Saturdays

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Come read with Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend (best for kids entering first grade and up) or just stop by to say hello! 
 
This program for young children entering first grade and up,  offers an opportunity for both reluctant and enthusiastic readers to read before an unjudging audience.

Build confidence and make a furry friend!

Sign-up below (click on the date) or by calling 860-536-7721. All of Phantom's visits take place between 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Children's Room.

 
Saturday, March 23rd.  Sign-up here!
 
Saturday, April 20th.    Sign-up here!

Saturday, May 25th.     Sign-up here!

Saturday, June 22nd.   Sign-up here!

Saturday, July 27th.     Sign-up here!

Saturday, August 31st.  Sign-up here!

Saturday, September 28th. Sign-up here!


Sparky's Puppets presents Stories from Outer Space!

Saturday, March 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in the Ames Room.

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Join in the fun with this family-fun event!  

Sparky's Puppets will perform "Stories from Outer Space" where we'll follow the adventures of a space traveler who make a rocket ship and flies to the moon. Also learn which element is more powerful, the sun or the wind in Aesop's Fable of "The Sun and the Wind". And see what happens when some colorful space aliens travel to earth in their flying saucer.


Lego Fun Days!

Every Friday and Saturday during April from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Lego Fun Days will be happening every Friday and Saturday during the month of April in the Children's Room and in the Activity Room all day long from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

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.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents Animal Masks: An Art Program for All Ages!

Saturday, April 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

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The Lyman Allyn Museum will be leading a workshop for kids of all ages! Make an Earth Day-inspired animal mask! 


Creative Movement with Eastern Connecticut Ballet: Flowers and Insects

Friday April 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Ames Room.

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Creative Movement with Eastern Connecticut Ballet

Flowers & Insects 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 here.

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


Captain Spicer's Birthday with the Stupendous Mr. Magichead!

Saturday, April 13th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Join us for a celebration of Captain Spicer's birthday, with a hilarious, high-energy performance by the Stupendous Mr. Magichead for the whole family. This wild & wacky magic show combines physical comedy, and quickly-paced original trickery! 


Family Movie Matinee

Tuesday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

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Join us in the Ames Room with your favorite snacks!

4/16  Ralph Breaks the Internet  (PG, 1 hr 51 mins, 2018)

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


Lego Fun Morning!

Thursday, April 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Ames Room.

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Join us for a morning of Lego building at the Library.

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 at the library.

Pumpernickel Puppets presents Peter Rabbit!

Saturday, April 20th at 3:30 p.m.

Join us in the Ames Room on Saturday, April 20th at 3:30 pm. Pumpernickel Puppet shows are presented with a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects and fast paced script! Today's show is the children's classic Peter Rabbit.


Creative Movement Ages 3 to 5 with Eastern Connecticut Ballet: Vacation

Friday, May 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

Vacation 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 here.

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


A Universe of Stories: Harry Potter Trivia Night

Wednesday, July 31st at 6:30 p.m.

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Join us and test your Hogwarts knowledge during our Harry Potter Trivia Night!  Wizards are welcome, Muggles are tolerated, during this fun evening with Harry Potter themed snacks and drinks.  

Feel free to represent your school with your house colors!   Robes are encouraged.  

This program will be in the Ames room at 6:30 pm


A Universe of Stories: Friday Family Movie Matinee

Fridays from June 14th to August 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

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Join us in the Ames Room with your favorite snacks!

6/14 Space Buddies (G, 1 h 24 m, 2009)
6/21 Puss In Boots (PG, 1 h 36 m, 2011)
6/28 WALL-E (G, 1 h 43 mins, 2008)
7/5   Mary Poppins Returns (PG, 2 h 10 m, 2018)
7/12 The Incredibles (PG, 1 h  55 m, 2004)
7/19 Over the Hedge (PG, 1 h 23 m, 2006)
7/26 Iron Giant (PG, 1 h 26 m, 1999)
8/2   Frozen (PG, 1 h 42 m, 2013)
8/9 Space Jam (PG, 1 h 28 m, 2002)
8/16 Monsters University (G, 1 h 44 m, 2013)

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


All Things Pumpkin!

Saturday, October 19th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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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.


Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation presents Bird Brains

Saturday, November 9th at 3:30 p.m. 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.


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 2018

Graphic of a stack of books.2018 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Lists and Assignments

2018 Groton Public Schools Summer Reading Lists and Summer Assignments

2018 Groton Go Pass

2018 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades K - 2

2018 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades 3 - 4

2018 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades 5 - 8

2018 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)