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A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading 2019

The Mystic & Noank Library presents:

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From June 24 to August 3 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 return it to the Children's Room. Students who have completed the sixth grade can sign up to volunteer and help this summer with our Summer Reading Program!

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

Young Engineers' Club

Mondays and Wednesdays, July 1 to July 24, 5 to 6:30 in the Ames Room

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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 will meet weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks to work on a project this summer. The summer project will involve learning about infrared communication. Students will design an infrared LED remote which will control another system that sounds a buzzer. Students will learn how to design electronic circuits, solder circuit boards, and learn C programming.

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. 

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!

A Universe of Stories!: Teen Art Series

Mondays, July 1 - July 30, 2:00 in the Ames Room

Image of paint brushesPlease join us for this fantastic series of art classes presented by our local art museums and the Library. Great for ages 10 and up! Class size limited.

July 1 Pop-up Studio Art Program with MMoA.

July 8 Pop-up Studio Art Program with MMoA.

July 15 A hands-on art class based on the New England watercolor exhibit, Discovering New Beauty: Watercolor Landscapes of the Northeast presented by Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

July 22 Florence Griswold Art Museum presents an art class for ages 10 and up!

July 29 MNL Duct Tape Constructions!

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


A Universe of Stories: Yoga with Miss Kim presents Yoga for Tweens & Teens!

Thursdays, June 27 - August 8, 4 - 5 in the Ames Room

Yoga with Miss Kim will lead an expressive and gentle yoga class each Thursday afternoon with an emphasis on kindness, mindfulness and non-competition. Great for ages 10 and up! Register for dates individually below.

Thursday, June 27 - Sign-up here!

Thursday, July 11 - Sign-up here!

Thursday, July 18 - Sign-up here!

Thursday, August 1 - Sign-up here!

Thursday, August 8 - Sign-up here!

Thursday, August 15 - Sign-up here!

A Universe of Stories: Wii U Gaming Afternoons!

Tuesdays, July 2 to August 13, 3:30 to 5 in the Ames Room

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

A Universe of Stories: Teen Movie Nights!

Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6, 6:30 (unless noted) in the Ames Room

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Join us in the Ames Room with your favorite snacks!

7/2 E.T.  (PG, 1 h 55 m, 1982)
7/9  Solo: A Star Wars Story  (PG-13, 2 h 15 m, 2018)
7/16 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  (PG-13, 2 h 13 m, 2016)
7/23  Galaxy Quest  (PG, 1 h 43m, 1999)
7/30 Contact (PG, 2 h 33 m, 1997)
*8/6  Interstellar (PG-13, 2 h 49 m, 2014)  *Movie start time is 6:00 p.m.

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

Ready_Set_Code: Minecraft Makers!

Wednesdays from July 17 - August 14, 6:30 in the Children's Room

Our Tech Librarian Rachel Taylor will lead these fun, informative coding classes. This year, we will be learning how to program, code and create Minecraft games, complete with interactive scenery, animations and characters! Laptops are available for those who do not have one. Great for ages 10 and up!

Registration is required; please sign up here!

A Universe of Stories: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 in the Children's Room

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Learn how to make fun stop-motion videos using an iPad and ordinary craft supplies. Great for ages 8 to 12!

A Universe of Stories: Harry Potter Trivia Night!

Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 in the Ames Room

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Join us and test your Hogwarts knowledge during our Harry Potter Trivia Night!  Wizards are welcome, Muggles are tolerated, during this fun evening with Harry Potter themed snacks and drinks.  

Feel free to represent your school with your house colors!   Robes are encouraged. 

College Readiness Series: Tackling the College Essay

Monday, August 19, 7 :00 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.

Summer Reading Recommendations

2019 Fitch High School Summer Reading

2019 Fitch High School Summer Reading Blog

2019 Fitch High School Summer Reading Assignment Grades 9 - 12

2019 Stonington High School Summer Reading Recommendations Grades 9 - 12

2019 Stonington High School Summer Academics Grades 9 - 12

2019 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Grades 9 - 12

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. 

Middle School 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.

2019 Winner:

The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo

HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Acevedo transforms everyday language into transcendent imagery in this novel-in-verse about Xiomara, who struggles to come into her own power amid her restrictive upbringing. Over the course of these lyrical, expressive, and honest poems, she grows from speaking with her fists to embracing her identity as the Poet X.

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.

2019 Winner:

Darius the Great Is Not Okay written by Adib Khorram, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House

Marked by depression and high-school unpleasantness, Darius’ lackluster existence takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Iran to meet his grandparents for the first time. There, a meaningful friendship opens up new possibilities to Darius, whose sensitive soul-searching will resonate with many teens.

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

Practice Tests

Connecticut DMV Permit Practice Tests