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  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

    Image of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten graphic1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program, for families with children up to 5 years old, with the goal of helping you read 1000 books together prior to your child's first day of kindergarten. Each time you read 100 books bring in your reading log to receive special recognition, collect a prize, and mark your child's progress on our "Wall of Fame"

    For more information, or to register, please visit the Children's Room.This program is made possible by funding from the Groton Education Foundation.

  • Available Now! BrainHQ's free brain training app!

    BrainHQ!BrainHQ is an exciting new online brain training tool!

    Generous funding provided by the Mystic Rotary Club and the Library's Kroeger Porter Fund.

    Start Training Your Brain Today!

  • Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom

    Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m.

    Image of Phantom, a burnese mountain dog in front of the Mystic & Noank LibraryCome read to a pooch in the Children's Room.

    A program for young children entering first grade and up, ‘Sit! Stay! Read!’ offers an opportunity for both reluctant and enthusiastic young readers to read to a friendly listener!

    Come read to Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend, or just stop by to say hello.


  • Winter Storytimes

    The library will be offering our regular storytime program this winter. Scheduled to meet weekly, these classes consist of stories, finger-plays, and crafts.

    The winter storytimes will begin the second week of January; register now using the links below!

    Session One: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
    Session Two: Thursdays @ 10:15 am

    Session One: Wednesday @ 11:00 am
    Session Two: Thursday @ 11:00 am

    Three Year Old
    Session One: Monday @ 10:30 am

    Four and Five Year Old
    Session One: Tuesday @ 1:15 pm

    Storytimes last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public. Due to demand, class size is limited and registration will be done on a first come, first served basis.

  • Friday Afternoon Wii U Gaming

    Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm

    Image of Wii U gaming console.Get your game on with other kids and teens! Join casual tournaments and game with your friends.

    Gaming offers an outlet for creativity and problem solving, while the Library provides an atmosphere of community and sharing. Games are appropriate for ages 9 and up. Come join in on the fun!

  • Family Movie Matinee: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

    Saturday, January 27

    Image of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie cover.Stop by the library for our family movie matinee! We will be showing Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul  rated PG, 1 hr. 31 min; appropriate for children of all ages. The movie will take place in the Ames Meeting Room.

    Bring your snacks!

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  • PeaceLove Workshop: Mandala Poetry

    RESCHEDULED -> Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30 pm

    Art of flame & text overlaid on painting.

    PeaceLove, a Rhode Island-based art studio with a nationwide mission, is changing how people think about mental health. It provides expressive arts programming to help individuals and communities create peace of mind.

    Julianne Johnson of Mystic River Residential Care, who supports PeaceLove's artistic efforts, has created such a program for our community with her new offering: Mandala Poetry. Students will learn to make Mandala Poetry that is as visually stimulating as it is emotionally expressive. Patrons must be 15 years or older in order to participate - seats are limited to twelve.

    Registration is required; please sign up here.

  • Winter Movie Matinees

    December through February

    Image of The Monster Truck Movie cover.The library will be continuing its Winter Movie Matinees starting December 30! Stop by the library every Saturday at 3:00 pm for new movies appropriate for the whole family. The matinees will take place in the Ames Meeting Room. Bring your snacks!

    Saturday, January 27 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG, 1 h 30 min)
    Saturday, February 3 - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (PG, 1h 29m)
    Saturday, February 10 - Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG, 1h 30m)
    Saturday, February 17 - The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG, 1h 31m)
    Saturday, February 24 - Monster Trucks (PG, 1h 44m)

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  • Start the New Year Right with Mindfulness Meditation!

    NEW START DATE - Six Thursday Sessions, January 11 to February 15

    Image of meditatively balanced rocks
    Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8 & 15
    10:00 to 11:30 am

    These meditation classes, led by Kristin of Skillful Meanz, will present the foundations of a formal mindfulness practice.

    The classes will cover mindfulness of breath, of body, of thoughts, and of emotions, and will consist of some discussions and some guided meditations. The goal is to get you started on developing a personal practice of your own that you will continue long after the class is over.

    Registration is required for this free series of classes; please sign up here. Spaces are limited to 40 and attendance at the first session is mandatory for attendance at subsequent classes.

  • Friday Feature Films: Dunkirk

    Friday, January 26 at 3:00 pm

    Image of Dunkirk movie poster

    As part of our Friday Feature Films series, the Mystic & Noank Library will be holding a screening of the 2017 movie Dunkirk starring Fionn Whitehead and Tom Glynn-Carney and directed by Christopher Nolan. Rated PG-13.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  • Young Engineers' Club

    Saturdays, March 10 to May 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

    The YEC begins during Teen Tech Week on Saturday, March 10  (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and continues weekly through Saturday, May 26. Tween and teens 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 today!


  • ABCMouse is free at the library!

    ABCMouse logo with link.

    ABCmouse is a comprehensive digital resource for early learning from Age of Learning, Inc. The award-winning ABCmouse curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–8+) build a strong foundation for academic success. It is 100% educational, with more than 8,500 learning activities across all major subject areas - reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

    The website is child safe, featuring no advertising or external links, and it’s now free to use in this library!

  • Great Decisions Discussion Group

    Beginning March 2nd

    Image of Great Decisions bookletJoin us in a civil discussion of 8 timely topics for 2018.

    • The waning of Pax Americana?
    • Russia’s foreign policy
    • China’s geopolitics
    • Media and foreign policy
    • Turkey: a partner in crisis
    • U.S. global engagement and the military
    • South Africa’s fragile democracy
    • Global health issues

    According to the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting to discuss that week’s topic in a courteous and respectful group setting. No other prior knowledge or expertise is expected of participants.

    There is a $30 materials fee payable when you pick up your briefing book prior to the first session, or feel free to order you own copy via the Foreign Policy Association website. A reference copy of the Briefing Book is also available for in-library use for participants who do not wish to purchase their own copy.

    Learn more about the Great Decisions Discussion Program by clicking on the image above.

    Our group will meet on the following Fridays: March 2, 9, 16, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4.

    Refreshments are served at 10:15, discussion begins at 10:30. Program ends at 11:45.

    Register today!


  • The Stonington Plein Aire Artists

    January 8 to 31, 2018

    Local artists showcase their work in the Library's Ames Room!

    “The Stonington Plein Aire Artists” is a show that will feature artwork by the members of the Loose Association of Plein Air Artists. They are a group of artists who paint in the open air, capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in oils, pastel, and watercolor. Landscapes celebrating scenery in Stonington, Mystic and more will be displayed.

    This exhibit is free and open to the public; no registration is required. As this display is in our Ames Meeting Room, access may be limited at times due to programs in the room. Please call the library for more information.

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day 2018

    Saturday, February 3

    Drop by the Mystic & Noank Library on Saturday, February 3 for the 7th Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day! The library will have new board games, valentines and crafts for all ages as well as classic dollhouse activities to celebrate the Library's 125th anniversary year.

    Come read to Phantom, our Bernese mountain dog friend, or just stop by to say hello. Our Young Engineers' Club instructor will be demonstrating the Library's 3D printers. It’s the perfect day to encourage children to enjoy the library, sign up for a library card, and join others for a day of fun.

    11:00 a.m. - Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom
    1:00 p.m. - Young Engineers' Club Demo
    3:00 p.m. - Movie Matinee Captain Underpants: First Epic Movie (PG, 2017)


  • Raise $1,000 in one day?

    (Psssst! We need your help to collect it!)

    2018 marks our 125th Anniversary and we are pleased to announce that a loyal Library patron has pledged a gift of $1,000 towards our Annual Fund on January 25!  
    But, there's a small CATCH. 
    On Thursday, January 25 (that's 1/25), we have to MATCH that gift with at least $1,000 in donations to receive that $1,000 pledge---will you help us
    Every donation and dollar helps us reach $1,000 and with your gift, we will reach the goal sooner. Annual Fund donations buy supplies for craft and story time, best-seller books, new magazine subscriptions, program providers' stipends, building maintenance expenses, and so much more. 
    Please honor this generous donor with a gift of your own on Thursday, January 25. We are so grateful for your support! 
  • SCORE Workshop: Learn the ABCs of a Business Plan

    Tuesday, February 13, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    The SCORE Association, “Counselors to America's Small Business,” presents this workshop on creating a business plan. Tanisha Baptiste, an SBA Administrator, will chair this event designed for aspiring business professionals!

    How important is it to have a business plan? Do you know what a SWOT analysis is? Can the two be connected? With Economic Development Specialist Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Association, you will learn the importance of both, what they are used for, what information they should contain, and what they say about your business.

    Registration is required for this event; please reserve a seat here.

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