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Hour of Code: A Tech Workshop!

Wednesday, April 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities and expanding to all sorts of community efforts!

The MNL will host its first Hour of Code event on Wednesday, April 17th in the Library's Ames Room. This workshop will introduce young tech creators to programming, allowing them to learn new coding languages with the project of their choice! Great for kids ages 10 and up.

Registration is required for this program; please sign up here.

Practice Tests

Connecticut DMV Permit Practice Tests

Teen Volunteers, we need you!

Interested in getting involved?

During the school 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 and return it to the Children's Room. Students who have completed the sixth grade can help!

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 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.

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

Young Engineers' Club

Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to noon

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! 

YEC meets one Saturday morning each month to work on different projects!     

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. 

Our March class The topic for our March class will be Artificial Intelligence. Students will learn the basics of artificial intelligence, statistics, and how artificial neural networks work. WOW!

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!