Fall Events

Happy Fall!

Join us this September and October for some fun fall festivities! Events include mushroom foraging, DIY upcyling Halloween costumes for kids, our annual craft exchange, the history of haunted Mystic, a reading from Edgar Allan Poe and more! Check out these programs and register to fully embrace that autumnal mood.

Check out our full event calendar for a list of all our programs.

 

Digital Program: Mushroom ID for Beginners

Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM

What are those weird things that pop up in the woods after the rain? Are you mystified by wild mushrooms? Curious? Scared? Or do they make you hungry? Join The 3 Foragers as they share some of the secrets of the fungal world and teach you how to safely identify wild mushrooms using various available tools and techniques. You'll learn how to use your senses to examine mushrooms for their sights, smells, and tastes, and consider the relationships between fungi and the natural world around us. We will dispel common myths and discuss mycophagy, the cooking and eating of wild mushrooms.

Speaker Bio
The 3 Foragers are a family from southeastern Connecticut and they have worked with over 150 libraries, nature centers, summer camps, garden clubs, land trusts, and private citizens to learn the wild edible plants and fungi of Southern New England since 2016. Their blog, Facebook page, and book all focus on family-friendly, environmentally sustainable harvest of wild plants and fungi, and ways to incorporate these foods into your diet with original recipes. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

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Knitting & Craft Exchange

Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM

The Friends of MNL will hold the 6th Annual Craft Exchange at the library on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. People can drop off unwanted crafting supplies or half finished projects of all kinds at the library the week prior to the event. On Saturday everyone is welcome to browse and take supplies for free. You don’t need to donate to take anything. Please remember to bring your own bags. This is a great opportunity to donate crafts supplies that you no longer want to use as well as a good time to get supplies for charity crafts or try a new craft for free. Email friends@mysticnoanklibrary.org for questions.

 

Digital Program: Edible Wild Mushrooms of Connecticut

Monday, Sept. 12 @ 6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM

Are you a mycophobe or mycophile? Southern New England offers an incredible array of tastes and textures in its wild mushrooms that can't be found at the grocery store! The 3 Foragers will discuss the best edible wild mushrooms that can be found in Connecticut, andshow recipes that have been made with wild foraged mushrooms. Explore the edible treasures by season, and learn the best ways to identify, collect, and prepare wild fungi for the table.

Speaker Bio
The 3 Foragers are a family from southeastern Connecticut and they have worked with over 150 libraries, nature centers, summer camps, garden clubs, land trusts, and private citizens to learn the wild edible plants and fungi of Southern New England since 2016. Their blog, Facebook page, and book all focus on family-friendly, environmentally sustainable harvest of wild plants and fungi, and ways to incorporate these foods into your diet with original recipes. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

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Digital Program: Hauntings of the Witch City: Salem

Monday, Sept. 19 @ 6:00 PM

Travel through the haunted history of notorious Salem, Massachusetts. From witch trials to sea captains and New England authors to ghost ships, Salem is filled with mysteries from centuries past. Step back into the past and hear not only the true events but real life ghost stories that abound in the infamous Witch City. What famous lady had concoctions to heal any ailment or pain? What Mayflower Pilgrim changed the face of Salem but was haunted by scandal? Who was Bridget Bishop really? What lurks in the harbor of Salem whose spectral sighting brings foreboding future? *Tap, tap* -- who crawls from the depths of the water below? And what did one of the most famous authors of all time truly think of his hometown of Salem? Meet the dark stories and true spirits of the Witch City, herself, Salem, Massachusetts on this Virtual Tour.

Courtney McInvale Reardon, author, historian, and founder of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours LLC, will give this lecture virtually. Then join us for her talk next month on The History of Haunted Mystic! 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

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Digital Program: Winterizing Your Garden and Planning for Next Year

Saturday, Sept. 24 @  3:00 PM 

Join us with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager at Coogan Farm of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, for this online class about prepping your garden for next spring by taking steps this fall. This presentation will cover the fall soil test, remineralization, cover crops, regenerative soil primer, garden amendments to feed the soil's microbiology, and beneficial insects for winter. Get yourself set up for spring planting before winter!

Speaker Bio
Farmer Craig Floyd is a tenth generation farmer from Stonington, CT where his family has been farming on the same land since 1712. His own Farm “Footsteps farm” was Ct’s first Certified Humane farm. As Farm Manager for the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Coogan Farm campus, Craig oversees DPNC’s Giving Garden practicing regenerative no-till, no spray farming techniques and managing hundreds of volunteers. All of the produce grown in the garden is donated free of charge to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank to help feed the 32,000 food insecure people in Southeastern Connecticut. Craig is passionate about improving the soil and healing the planet through healthy food. Learn more about the Giving Garden here.

This program is hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library and Ledyard Public Library and co-sponsored by the Bill Memorial, Groton Public, Public Library of New London, Stonington, Waterford Public, and Wheeler Libraries, as well as the Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invite the morning of the program.

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Let's Upcycle Halloween Costumes Together!

Saturday, October 1 @ 11:00 AM 

Come prepared with scissors and an open mind full of creativity! Come with an idea or come up with one while you're here. All ages are welcome!

You bring: old clothes (i.e. t-shirts, old costumes, sheets, outgrown princess dresses, graduation gowns, old pajamas. etc.), extra fabrics and embellishments!

We provide: Needles, thread, instruction, cardboard, duct tape, scissors, glue and some extra garments/fabrics will be on hand.

We ask that you continue to wear a mask while attending in-person programs. Participants are asked to remain socially distanced and masks will be required until you are sitting with your family group.

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Digital Program: The Essential Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, October 3 @ 6:00 PM 

In The Essential Edgar Allan Poe, William Pack exhumes the tragic life and remarkable writings of this American genius. This program is a biography lecture and relies heavily on dramatic story readings to bring Poe's disturbing writing (Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, M. Valdemar, etc) to life. This program cannot be recorded; you must attend live to listen in on this illuminating talk on one of America's most famous writers.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

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The History of Haunted Mystic

Wednesday, Oct 5 @ 6:00 PM 

Join us for this lecture with Courtney McInvale Reardon, author, historian, and founder of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours LLC all about the haunted history of Mystic!  From it’s roots in the Pequot tribe, the early violence in the Pequot War and Mystic Massacre through to King Philip’s War, the Revolution, the industrial Revolution, the shipbuilding, the Civil War and more, Haunted Mystic’s lecture travels through the sites of Mystic’s notable residents, creepiest legends and fascinating dark history. Haunted Mystic, Courtney's first book and first tour travel, will be for sale along wtih her other books thanks to Bank Square Books. 

Attend this program virtually by registering on Zoom (link to come).

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All Things Pumpkin with Ed Pop

Saturday, October 15 from 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM

Description: TBD

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Paranormal Investigations: The Truth Behind Investigating the Unknown

Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 PM  

Join us with members of the Eastern CT Paranormal Society for a discussion of the process and reality behind paranormal investigating and how it's much different than what you see on TV! The discussion will include real-life case studies and evidence of the paranormal based on local investigations. 

The Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society (E.C.P.S.) is a group of paranormal investigators that have come together to find the truth through in-depth investigation techniques. E.C.P.S. relies on not one, but rather several approaches when studying paranormal claims. Their goal is to assist clients through validation and education of what experiences they may be going through. Learn more at easternctparanormal.com

This is a hybrid program, meaning you can attend either virtually or in person. We encourage masks for attending in person.

Register here to attend virtually. 

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