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1st Annual Blanchet Poetry Contest

Submissions accepted March 1-31: Open to Teens

In celebration of April’s National Poetry Month, and in honor of the bequest of Jean K. Blanchet, the Mystic & Noank Library is proud to announce the

1st Annual Blanchet Poetry Contest

We invite you to share your original poetry with the Mystic & Noank Library community!

Submissions will be accepted March 1 ­ March 31, 2018.

One winner from each of five categories (Gr. K-3; 4-6; 7-8; 9-12; adult) will be announced on Saturday, April 14 at the Mystic & Noank LibraryOn this day, we will celebrate the birthday of our library founder, Capt. Elihu Spicer, as well as National Library Week. The selected poems will be on display in the library.


Teen Volunteers, we need you!

Interested in getting involved?

Throughout the year, 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.  When there is a need for help, we will contact you.

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

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 2017 Winner, The Serpent King written by Jeff Zentner, published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company.

In a small southern town, senior year finds three misfit friends facing the prospect of their separate futures with both hope and dread. Dill fears he will never escape his snake-handling father’s poisonous legacy. However, Lydia, a fashion blogger, and Travis, a fantasy warrior, foresee hopeful futures.

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 Reading Lists

2017 Lists

Graphic of a stack of books.

2017 Groton Public School Summer Reading Lists

2017 Stonington Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

2017 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists

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

Wii Gaming Cart!

from 3:30-5:00 pm

Love to play video games at the Library? Stop by on Friday afternoons to try out our games with your friends!