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Libraries Rock!: Summer Reading 2018

The Mystic & Noank Library presents:

From June 25 to August 4 at noon
Printable Teen 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.

You will definitely want to take part in our Summer Reading Challenge. Complete challenges and win prizes all summer long.

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

Teen Volunteers, we need you!

Interested in getting involved?

During the summer, the library offers a variety of fun and worthwhile volunteer opportunities for students in grades 6 to 12. Be sure to fill out a Volunteer Application and sign up to volunteer in the Children's Room. Students who have completed the sixth grade can help this summer with our Summer Reading Program. Our Teen Volunteer Orientation meeting will take place on Friday, June 22 at 2:00 pm in the Activity Room.

If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Youth Services at  or call the library at (860) 536-7721.

Libraries Rock!: Teen Art Series

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

Image of paint brushesPlease 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!: Art Therapy with Teens

Monday, August 6 and August 13 at 2:00 pm in the Ames Room

Art Therapy with Katie Ziskind, BS, MA, MFT, RTY500, ERTY200, Experiential Family Therapist in Niantic, Connecticut!

Learn how to create serenity and balance from within during your 45-minute art therapy session. Complementing traditional talk with art and other experiential therapies can be highly effective for transformation.

August 6
August 13

Rejuvenate your mind through creative expression. All teens welcome!

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!: Wii U Gaming Afternoons!

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

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

Libraries Rock!: 80s Teen Movie Nights

Various Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room

Image of Goonies movie coverJuly 3      Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG, 1981) 

July 24    Labyrinth (PG, 1986)

July 31    E.T. (PG, 1982)

August 3 The Goonies (PG, 1985)

Bring your own snacks!


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

Libraries Rock!: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop Series!

Wednesdays, July 18 - August 8 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Room

Learn how to make fun stop-motion videos using an iPad and ordinary craft supplies at the Mystic & Noank Library!

This workshop series for kids will introduce them to stop-motion using a special animation technique that is very easy to learn as well as to teach others at home. Please 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.

To sign up for the July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 8 sessions, click here.

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 Scratch coding workshop for ages 10 and up. Personal laptops are not necessary, but very helpful.

Registration is required; sign up today!

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

Image of audience playing drums.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!: College Readiness Series

Various Mondays at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room

Tackling the College Application Essay
Monday, August 13 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Ben Brown, Assistant Director of Admission, Connecticut College

It’s a little-known fact that even the students who absolutely love to write struggle with the application essay. So if you’ve been biting your nails or tearing your hair out even a little, you’re not alone. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. This session will be led by current admission officers and will offer insight into how essays are reviewed and tips for writing your own personal narrative for the college application process.

How to Pay for College
Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
W. Tom Polowy, MS Financial Advisor, Valark Financial Services

Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime’s biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents about how the financial aid system works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable. 
Please join us and learn:

• How the financial aid system works
• The primary sources of college funds
• What to expect with education loans
• Ideas for maximizing your funds
• Creative strategies for funding college costs
• Understanding College savings and investment plans 
• Current market outlook and where to invest for college

Tom is a fully insured and licensed financial advisor, specializing in college funding. He presents at financial aid nights for schools and communities in the greater Hartford area.
At Valark Financial Services, Tom focuses on the college funding to retirement transition, providing college funding consulting, retirement planning, and investment management. He is considered one of the area’s foremost authorities on college funding.

From Stress to Success
Monday, November 5 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus

This is a presentation where students and their parents learn how to begin the process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then decide on the right fit college.  

Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards

Nutmeg Children's Book Award logo.The 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. 

Teen Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 7 - 8)

High School Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 9 - 12)


Book Awards

Young Adult Library Services Association logo.The Young Adult Library Services Association's mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature: Annually honors the best book written for teens based entirely on literary merit. The 2016 winner is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. See the complete list of winners and honor books.

Teens' Top Ten:  A teens’ choice list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year.

Morris Award:  Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Starr Carter has learned to live in two worlds, managing her life as a prep-school student by day while returning each night to the low-income neighborhood she calls home. After witnessing the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil by a police officer, these two worlds collide, and Starr must decide what risks she is willing to take to pursue justice.

Alex Awards: Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing.

School Summer Reading Information 2018

Assignments and Lists

Graphic of a book and guitars, read on!

2018 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Lists and Assignments

2018 Groton Public School Summer Reading Suggestions

2018 Fitch High School Summer Reading Assignments and Summer Reading Page

2018 Stonington High School Summer Reading Recommendations

2018 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Governor's Reading Challenge

June - August 2018

The Governor's Reading Challenge, sponsored the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Governor's office, is meant to encourage and support students' engagement in reading over the summer months.

Children that participate in the Summer Reading Challenge can turn their materials into our Children's Desk in the Fall.

Interested in the 2018 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge? Find out more information here!



College Readiness

Throughout the year the Teen Department hosts several programs related to preparing for college for both students and parents. Program topics include how to pay for college and writing the college essay. Please check our events calendar to stay informed about these programs.

Helpful Websites

Fitch High School Guidance Department
Stonington High School Guidance Department
Undergraduate Writing Guide

Test Prep

The College Board
The Princeton Review

Applying to College

The Common Application
College Confidential
College Prowler
Campus Virtual Tours
College Search Site
Test Optional Schools

Scholarships and Financial Aid

“Weird” Scholarships
Financial Aid
Federal Student Aid
Student Loan Guide