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1st Annual Blanchet Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to all!

Thank you to every poet that submitted their original work(s) for consideration of our contest!

We greatly enjoyed reading and reviewing the creative submissions, and publically announced the winners on Saturday, April 14 at the Library. 

The winners of our 1st Annual Blanchet Poetry Winners are: 

Grades K—3: Lilia & Joel M., Collected Poems

Grades 4—6: Annabelle W., “A Dream on Monday”

Grades 7—9: Penny D., “Where is Beauty”

Grades 10—12: Payton E., “Moon Bugs”

Adult: Jeanne D., “Ghost Soldiers Find Picnic Children”

Thank you! 

Young Engineers' Club

Saturdays, March 10 - May 26

The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is a new program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that aims to encourage teens to become technology creators! 

YEC begins during Teen Tech Week on Saturday, March 10 and continues meeting each Saturday at 11:00 am through May 26. Participants (ages 10+) will learn the basics of electrical engineering and software development using the Arduino platform. 

The Spring 2018 project will include building an automatic plant watering system from scratch. Topics covered will include a review of electricity, Ohm's law, electronic components, schematic design, circuit board design, soldering, 3D modeling/printing and the basics of C programming. WOW! 

This exciting initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE thanks to generous support from the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register HERE today!

Additional thanks to USB Memory Direct, a custom flash drive wholesaler, who is providing free flash drives to all YEC participants!

Teen Art Series

Image of Lyman Allyn Art Museum logo

Our wonderful and art-astic partnership with the Lyman Allyn Art Museum continues! 

All classes are free but registration is required. Programs begin at 1:00 p.m. Ages 10+ please. 

May 19: Color your own tote inspired by works from our permanent collection on view in American Perspectives. Register HERE.

This series is made possible as part of an outreach program with the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and a grant provided by the Mystic Rotary Club. Class size is limited; register through the library’s EventKeeper calendar. 

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.

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!

Libraries Rock!: 80s Teen Movie Nights

Various Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Ames RoomImage of Goonies movie cover

July 3 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.