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Spring Storytimes!

March 16 - May 7

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Spring storytime 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. Sign-up here!

Session Two: Thursdays, 10:15 - 10:45. Sign-up here!

Just Two's to Just Three's: 

Session One: Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:30. Sign-up here!

Session Two: Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:30. Sign-up here!

Three Year Olds: Mondays, 10:30 - 11:15. Sign-up here!

Four and Five Year Olds: Tuesdays, 1:15 - 2:00. Sign-up here!


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.

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!!


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!


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 here!

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!


Young Engineers' Club

Monday, March 9, 5:00 - 7:00, 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! 

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. 

For March's class, students will learn how to send a text message using only sound waves from a speaker! We will go over binary, text encoding, and sound waves.

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!


Art Workshop for Kids!

Saturday, March 14, 11 - noon

On Saturday, March 14, Sophia Gipstein, Education Associate from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum will lead kids in a project inspired by Louise Nevelson's assemblage art.

All materials are supplied. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.


Family Movie Matinee: Addam's Family

Saturday, March 14, 3:00 in the Ames Room

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A screening of Addam's Family will be on March 14, at 3:00 in the Ames Room
 
Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma -- are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams' eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.
 

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!

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!


Family Movie Matinee: Arctic Dogs

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

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A screening of Arctic Dogs will be on March 28 , at 3:00 in the Ames Room

An Arctic fox works in the mailroom of a package delivery service, but wants to be doing the deliveries.

This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 32 minutes

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and 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!


Family Movie Matinee: Frozen ll

Saturday, April 18, 3:00 in the Ames Room

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A screening of Frozen ll will be on April 18, at 3:00 in the Ames Room

Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery

This movie is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 34 minutes

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


Drop-in Craft Day: Mermaid Tails!

Saturday, June 13, 9 - 1 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: Crowns!

Saturday, June 27, 9 - 1 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: Cardboard Mirrors!

Saturday, July 11, 9 - 1 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: Magic Wands!

Saturday, July 25, 9 - 1 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)