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  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

    1000 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!

  • @MitoTheLibraryCat

    Follow Mito on Instagram!

    @MitoTheLibraryCat

  • Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom

    Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 pm

    Sign up to 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 before an unjudging audience.

    Come read to Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend, or just stop by to say hello. Sign up for a 15 minute session today!

     

  • College Readiness: How to Pay for College

    W. Tom Polowy, MS, Financial Advisor, Valark Financial Services

    Monday, October 23 at 6:30 pm

    The College Readiness series offers assistance to students, and their parents or guardians, in tackling the college admission process.

    Paying for college can easily be one of life's biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents and students about how the financial aid system works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable.

    The College Readiness series is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this important seminar series together.

  • Fall Storytimes

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

    The fall storytimes will begin the last week of September; register now using the links below!

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

    Toddlers
    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.

  • MNL Featured on Mystic Matters TV!

    Our volunteer Board President, Rhona Heyl and Vice President/President-Elect, Bill Turner were recently featured on Mystic Matters with Hosts Susette Tibus and Kristin Hartnett!

    MNL on Mystic Matters

  • October is Design-a-Plate Month!

    Monday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 31

    Design your own colorful plate during the entire month of October in the Children's Room during regular library hours. Make a one-of-a-kind plate! $10 per plate.

    These plates make great gifts and should arrive in time for holiday gift giving.

    Proceeds benefit the Children’s Room.

  • Friday Afternoon Wii U Gaming

    Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, October through December

    Get your game on with other kids and teens starting October 13. 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!

  • College Readiness: From Stress to Success

    Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, Avery Point

    Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm

    The College Readiness series offers assistance to students, and their parents or guardians, in tackling the college admission process.

    From Stress to Success will teach you how to begin the college application process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then decide on the right fit college.

    The College Readiness series is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this important seminar series together.

  • Teen Art Series

    Monthly at 1:00 pm

    Stop by the Mystic & Noank Library for free art classes aimed at kids and teens age 10 and up. Classes will cover various mediums of art, from paint to sculpture. Art movements or current exhibitions taking place at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum provide new inspiration for each program.

    Saturday, October 21 – Pointillism, acrylic paint and canvas.
    Saturday, November 18 – Pati Hill inspired Collage and copy machine art.
    Thursday, December 28 – Hand painting canvas tote bags.
    Saturday, January 27 – Sculpt your own coral reef, inspired by The Coral Reef Project by Tekla Zweir.

    This series is free and made possible as part of an outreach program with the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Class size is limited; register through the library’s EventKeeper calendar. Exercise your brain and create!

     

  • Family Movie Matinee: Cars 3

    November 10 at 11:00 am

    Stop by the library for a Family Movie Matinee appropriate for children of all ages. The movie will take place in the Ames Meeting Room.

    Bring your snacks!

  • Support the Future. Buy a Chair!

    Help us upgrade our Children's Room with items like these!

    These are some items on our 'wishlist' of ideas! We dream of comfy seating, colorful displays, efficient and stylish work spaces to better serve you... help us renovate our very busy areas for young patrons of all ages with a gift today!

     

  • Tricia McAvoy: A Path to Health!

    Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm

    Tricia McAvoy, an author, yoga instructor and lifestyle expert, gives a talk on living well!

    Trish McAvoy helps people make better life-style changes for themselves. Her specialty is mid-life women who have struggled with sugar addiction and weight problems and are ready to dive deep into new and effective ways of handling their health.

    “We can all live healthy and vibrant lives if we give ourselves the permission to shine,” says Trish. “But sometimes things get in the way of our shining. We get caught in patterns of thought or behavior that hold us back in life, while at other times we feel stuck not knowing how to make the changes that we desire."

    This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

     

  • Friday Feature Films: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

    Friday, October 27 at 3:00 pm

    As part of our Friday Feature Films series, the Mystic & Noank Library will be holding a screening of the 1960 film Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Unrated.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Author John-Manuel Andriote: Stonewall Strong

    Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 pm

    Journalist John-Manuel Andriote speaks about the courageous experiences of the gay community.

    Bank Square Books and the Mystic & Noank Library present a National LGBT History Month author discussion and book signing with John-Manuel Andriote, the author of the new book Stonewall Strong.

    This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Family Maker Event

    Saturday, October 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

    We are so excited to share the news that the Library now owns two 3D printers! Thanks to a generous gift from the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund, the library will be extending its science, art and engineering programming to include innovative and engaging activities for all! 
    Join us on Saturday, October 28 for our Family Maker Event which will feature a demo of our 3D printers and other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities, too. Like what? How about popsicle stick catapults, the Pom Pom Drop STEM Challenge and  Apple & Pumpkin Volcanoes? You do not want to miss this! 

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • OSCA Living Well Series: Legal Issues for Seniors

    Wednesday, October 25 at 3:00 pm

    Featuring Jean Hendren Ceddia, Elder Law Attorney.

    Wondering what the future holds is a tough worry at any age. No one wants to talk about the tough legal decisions, but...life happens and we must expect and plan for the unexpected.

    Attorney Ceddia will speak about planning tools and documents for incapacity as well as death. She will give real life examples of what can go wrong if your plan is not done correctly or timely.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Fall Outdoor Volunteer Day @ the MNL!

    Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon

    Our Semi-Annual Outdoor Volunteer Day at the MNL is Here!

    Bring along rakes, shovels, other yardwork tools and a good attitude to help us tidy up around the Library in anticipation of the winter months! The MNL needs assistance from her patrons in keeping the building and its grounds clean, orderly, and pleasant for everyone to use.

    (Indoor cleaning tasks will be available in case of inclement weather.)

    If you are interested in volunteering, please register here!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Exploring Connecticut’s Natural Wonders

    Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 pm

    An wonderous slideshow for all ages!

    It isn’t the kind of place we imagine when we think about natural wonders—but the fact is that Connecticut is a place where amazing discoveries about dinosaurs, geology, and wild habitats have been made for centuries.

    With intriguing slides, animations and video, this exciting program takes audiences on a tour of places that record where our region was flooded by vast flows of molten rock, where dinosaurs prowled immense lakes, where the last Ice Age left its marks—and the great variety of wild places we have to explore in our state today.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Save Your Sanity Over the Holidays!

    Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Nov. 9 & 16, Dec. 7 & 14

    Mindfulness Meditation Over Four Thursday Sessions!

    Kristin of Skillful Meanz is returning to offer four one hour sessions (12:30-1:30 p.m.) to help you “Keep Calm & Carry On” during the often hectic holiday season.

    These class 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 into the New Year!

    Registration is required for this free series of classes; please sign up using the links below!

    November 9
    November 16
    December 7
    December 14

  • Art Talk with Robert Baldwin: Van Gogh’s Starry Night

    Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm

    Robert Baldwin, Associate Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, will be giving a talk on Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic painting Starry Night. This talk examines Starry Night in the picture of larger artistic trends through the rise of Symbolism (1885-).

    With its peaceful village and visionary abstraction, Starry Night moved from traditional community to a uniquely modern artistic community, an urban audience of liberated individuals transformed into kindred spirits by art itself.

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

    This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

  • Mito Adoption Day Anniversary

    Friday, November 10

    Come celebrate Mito's Adoption Day at the Mystic & Noank Library! The library cat, Mito, is a rescue from Focus on Ferals in Uncasville.

    In celebration of his one year anniversary we will have cat crafts and activities set up in the Children' Room all day. Starting at 3:00, we will kick off with a story and sing HAPPY ADOPTION DAY with a small cake for Mito. Then join us in the Children’s room to construct party hats, decorate cupcakes, and make cat garlands, pet rocks and bookmarks. Please give a gift of cat or dog food in honor of Mito! All donations will supplement the Groton Social Services Pet Locker for families in need who have pets.

    Free fun activities for all ages. No registration required. Be sure to check out Mito’s Instagram account under the name @MitoTheLibraryCat where he shares his adventures!

     

  • $100,00 in 100 Days!

    Charter Oak Credit Union Matching Program

    We are thilled to announce that Charter Oak Credit Union is offering their Matching Gifts program to its Members again. Now until November 22, any donation (up to $500) will be matched. Thank you for considering making a gift to the library's Annual Fund as your gift will be doubled! 

    You can learn more and download the gift form here.

    Submit the form, with your gift, to the library. That's it! We do the rest and you can feel great knowing that your Credit Union is generously supporting us and many other local charities. Thank you Charter Oak Credit Union and you, its members! 



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