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Libraries Rock!: Summer Reading 2018

at the Mystic & Noank Library

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From June 25 to August 4 at noon
Printable Summer Events Brochure

We are so excited that summer is here! Make this your best summer yet by stopping by the library all summer long to pick up books, make crafts, enjoy a program, and meet new friends. We have activities and programs for ALL ages!

Preschoolers Read-to-Me: Libraries Rock!
Read-to-Me is a joint reading activity, designed for children entering kindergarten and younger along with their caregivers. Read together and keep track to collect prizes and stickers each week.

Elementary: Libraries Rock!
Join us this summer for a reading challenge program for kids entering first grade and up. Keep track of how much you read this summer and take part in our challenge every time you visit the library. Read books, and win prizes!

Bedtime Math’s Summer of Numbers Math Challenge
Earn a star sticker for your constellation chart each day you do a Bedtime Math problem!

For more summer library fun, check out our activities and events below!

Libraries Rock!: Teen Art Series

Mondays starting July 2 at 2:00 pm in the Ames Rooms

Image of paint brushes.Please join us for this fantastic series of art classes presented by our local art museums. Great for ages 10 and up! Class size limited.

July 2 Pop Up Studio Art Program with the MMoA.

July 9 Pop Up Studio Art Program with the MMoA.

July 16 Artist Caryn Mickle from the Florence Griswold Art Museum presents How to Lay a Landscape - a two hour guided painting class for ages 10 and up!

July 23 A hands-on art class exploring the relationsip between music and art presented by the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

July 30 Pop Up Studio Art Program with the MMoA.


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

Libraries Rock!: Terrific Tuesdays!

Tuesdays starting June 26 at 2:00 pm in the Ames Room

Image of boy playing bongoJune 26 Magic by Scott Jameson
Kick-off event at 2:00 pm!

See the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson on Tuesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mystic & Noank Library for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Don't miss it!

July 3  Mostly Fur and Feather presented by Animal Show on the Go!
A presentation of Mostly Fur and Feather, an animal program made up of mostly mammals and a bird!

July 10  "The More We Get Together," a Campfire Style Sing-along with Guitar presented by Mary Jo Maichack!
Old-time favorites such as “On Top of Spaghetti,” and more from other cultures, so we can feel appreciation and connection to others who all sing on this earth. Lyric sheets provided. Music makes our hearts beat as one.

July 17 The Mr. Gym Show
Performance focuses on movement based music for elementary age children. “Mr. Gym” uses his guitar, vocals, and puppets to engage his audience in learning and dancing!

July 24 Rolie Polie Guacamole
Join this award-winning "kindie" band from Brooklyn, NY for a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active! This program was made possible by the Mystic Woman's Club -- thank you!

July 31 Sing-A-Long with Nappy's Puppets
How many of these songs do you know: Little Bunny Foo-Foo?, Five Little Ducks? The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? Five Little Monkeys Jumpin’ on the Bed? Jim Napolitano has gathered together the greatest Sing-A-Long songs of all time! Join in the fun as  Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest songs around.


Generously funded in part by the Mystic Woman's Club and the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!

Libraries Rock!: Wii U Gaming Afternoons!

Tuesdays from July 3 to August 14 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Ames Room

Image of Wii ULove to play video games at the Library? During the summer, drop by each week to try out our games with your friends.


Libraries Rock!: Yoga with Miss Kim presents Yoga for Tweens & Teens!

Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm

Yoga with Miss Kim will lead an expressive and gentle yoga class each Tuesday with an emphasis on kindness, mindfulness and non-competition. Great for ages 10 and up! Register for for dates individually below.

July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31


Generously funded by the Chelsea Groton Foundation - thank you!

Libraries Rock!: Yoga with Miss Kim presents Twisty Kids: Creative Movement and Yoga for Kids!

Wednesdays, July 11 to August 1, 11:15 am to 12 noon

Twisty Kids is a fun and non-competitive approach to get kids moving. Children learn creative movement concepts and yoga postures designed with kids' imagination and fun in mind. They will also learn relaxation techniques and practice mindfulness and respect for others in this class lead by Yoga with Miss Kim. Great for ages 5 - 9 years old! Register for for dates individually below.

July 11
July 18
July 25
August 1


Generously funded by the Chelsea Groton Foundation - thank you!

Libraries Rock! Wednesday Morning Wiggles: A Creative Movement & Yoga Series for Preschoolers!

Wednesdays starting June 20 at 10:30 am in the Ames Room

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Creative Movement Classes - Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet, this forty-five minute class is an introduction to creative movement for young ones. We will read a book to introduce a theme, followed by 35 minutes of movement! Due to space constraints, registration is required. Free and open to the public.

Creative Movement for 3 to 5 year olds with a caregiver:
June 20
August 8

Lil' Yogis by Yoga with Miss Kim - 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!

Lil' Yogis for 3 to 5 year olds with caregiver:
June 27
July 11
July 18
July 25
August 1


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

Libraries Rock!: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop Series

Wednesdays, July 18 - August 8 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Children's Room

Learn how to make fun stop-motion videos using an iPad and ordinary craft supplies! This workshop series for kids is designed to introduce stop-motion using an easy to learn animation technique. Bring an iPad if you have one! Great for ages 8 and up!

This program is free and open to the public but class size is limited and registration is required.

Sign up today!

Libraries Rock!: Ready_Set_Code

Wednesday, August 15 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Room

Tech Librarian, Rachel Taylor will lead this fun, informative coding workshop. Personal laptops are not necessary, but very helpful. For ages 10 and up!

Sign up today!

Libraries Rock!: Summer Drop-in Storytime

Thursdays from June 14 to August 16 at 10:30 am in the Ames Room

Image of baby reading.Join our librarians for a fun and interactive storytime for our youngest library patrons! We will feature new themes each week!



Libraries Rock!: Science and Nature Series

Thursdays starting June 28 at 2:00 pm in the Ames Room

Image of a bookWe know you'll want to take part in these free science programs at the Mystic & Noank Library this summer! Educational, entertaining, and fabulous family-friendly programs!

June 28  Sciencetellers present “Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano”
Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids must saddle up to foil the great heist — but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an ‘instrumental’ part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars.

Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science! 

July 5 Marvelous Marvin presents "Bugging Out"
This program is all about bugs. In rhyme, Marvin teaches about fascinating bug habits, bug archaaeology, and the importance of bugs to humans. Write and recite your own bug poem on stage in front of everyone! With circus arts, magic and music, Marvelous Marvin opens his giant bug book to reveal illustrations by Paul Olson and photos by Brian Jones. Do the waggle dance! Experience metamorphosis! Gape at 40 bug pictures!

July 12 Justin Mazz presents "Problem Solving Science"
Can water defy gravity? Can you make candy fly? When was the last time your audience had giant smoke rings flying over their heads? Do you want to see 8 kids get turned into a giant human musical instrument?

July 19 Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center  presents "Rock'n Nature"
Learn about all the animals who sing in nature. Meet live birds, insects and frogs, listen to their amazing sounds and try to imitate them.


Generously funded by Dime Bank Foundation and the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!

Fearlessly Feeding Your Child

Thursday, June 28

A Nutrition and Food Workshop for Parents and Caregivers.

Come join nutrition expert Erica Benvenuti, Registered Dietitian from UCONN Cooperative Extension, for a drop-in-based question and answer development workshop. Erica's workshop is aimed at parents, teachers, and caregivers interested in finding out more information about nutrition, feeding habits, and the myths and truths of feeding the youth of our community.

This program is free and open to all Groton residents and teachers.

RSVP to Susan Corrice,, or just drop by on June 28.

Funded by the Children First Groton and School Readiness Council Quality Enhancement Funds.

Libraries Rock!: Animal Affair Traveling Petting Zoo

Thursday, July 26 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to hold and snuggle the adorable animals from Animal Affair Petting Zoo! Learn the proper way to hold and handle a variety of animals.


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

Libraries Rock!: Drum Ride with Bob Bloom

Thursday, August 2 at 2:00 pm in the Ames Room

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Our library will sparkle! Bob Bloom is bringing a colorful cargo of drums for your heart and hands to enjoy at this hoot. You’ll take a drum ride with Bob Bloom as he drives high-octane songs that rock, roll, and boogie!

Bob's audiences have drumrollicked at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas, OpSail New London, and the First Night Celebrations of Boston, Worcester, Westport, and Hartford.


Generously funded by the Chelsea Groton Foundation - thank you!

Libraries Rock!: Lego Fun Fridays!

Fridays from July 6 to July 27 at 10:30 am in the Ames Room

Image of blue legosImagine, build and create! New challenges each week.




Libraries Rock!: Friday Family Movie Matinee

Fridays from June 15 to August17 at 3:00 pm in the Ames Room

Bring your own snacks!

6/15 My Little Pony: The Movie (PG, 1 hr 39 mins, 2017)
6/22 Paddington 2 (PG, 1 hr 44 mins, 2018)Image of bowl of popcorn
6/29 Coco (PG, 1 hr 45 mins, 2017)
7/6   Wonder (PG, 1 hr 53 mins, 2017)
7/13 Mulan (G, 1 hr 28 mins, 1988)
7/20 The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG, 1 hr 41 mins, 2017)
7/27 A Bug's Life (G, 1 hr 35 mins, 1998)
8/3   Matilda (PG, 1 hr 42 mins, 1996)
8/10 Lilo and Stitch (PG, 1 hr 25 mins, 2002)
8/17 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG, 1 hr 33 mins, 1989)


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

Libraries Rock!: Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom

Various Saturdays in the Children's Room

Sign-up to read with Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend (best for kids entering first grade and up) or just stop by to say hello!

Sign-up online below (click on the date) or by calling (860) 536-7721.

Saturday, June 16 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 14 from 11:00 am - 12 noon

Saturday, July 21 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 28 from 11:00 am - 12 noon

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)