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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  1. Register at the library and take home your first reading log. 
  2. Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a box on the reading log.
  3. Show us Your Reading Logs – 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 every 25 step increment, children can also pick out stamps and stickers.
  4. Read More books! When you get all the way to 1000, come celebrate at the library to place your child's name to the 1000 Books Hall of Fame. Children will receive a prize, a special book to take home, and a book added to the library's collection with a dedication in their honor.
  5. Keep on reading--don't stop at 1,000! Visit the Mystic & Noank Library for ongoing programs that are fun and educational for your little one, and take advantage of our ever-expanding collection.

How Can I Read 1,000 Books!?
One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you'll meet your goal in under three years. Three bedtime stories a night? You can reach your goal in just a single year. Every book reading counts, whether it's a new book or an old standby your child enjoys again and again. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions - we're here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

What Books Count?

  • Books may be read more than once and recorded
  • Books read at Storytime if you attend
  • Books from the library or from preschool
  • Books on CD as long as they listen to the whole story
  • Books read by any family member, teacher, etc.
  • Books read on an iPad or e-reader

The Mystic & Noank Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program has been generously funded by a grant from the Groton Education Foundation.

Build A Better World! Summer Reading 2017

The Mystic & Noank Library presents:

From June 26 to August 5 at noon
Printable Summer 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 presentation, and meet new friends. We have activities and programs for ALL ages!

Preschoolers Read-to-Me: Build A Better World
Read-to-Me is a joint reading activity, designed for children entering Kindergarten and younger along with their caregivers. Read together and keep track to collect prizes and stickers each week.

Elementary: Build A Better World!
Join us this summer for a reading challenge program for kids entering first grade and up. Keep track of how much you read this summer and take part in our challenge every time you visit the library. Read books, and win prices!

Bedtime Math’s Summer of Numbers Math Challenge
Earn a star stickers your constellation chart each day you do a Bedtime Math problem!

For more Summer library fun, check out our activities and events!

Puppetry Workshop
Conservation Quest Mini Exhibit
Family Movie Matinees
Harry Potter Trivia
Kids Yoga Series
Lego Fun Fridays
Night at the Library

Preschool Drop-in Storytimes
Preschool Summer Science
Science and Nature Series
Scratch Programming Club
Sit! Stay! Read!
Terrific Tuesdays
Wii Gaming Cart

Terrific Tuesdays at 2:00 pm

June 27  Kick-off event! at 2:00 pm with Acrobat Li Liu
Li Lu grew up in China and began her acrobatic training at age six. Enjoy a performance of plate spinning, ribbon dancing, foot juggling and more!

July 11  Ed Pop presents Flea Circus
The flea circus is a great show from days gone by. It is an entire big top circus in miniature! The audience will be thrilled and amazed with Ed’s trained fleas!! A few of the circus feats they do are the trapeze, high wire, high dive into a pool of water, and getting shot out of a cannon!  Some of you will help during the show by holding a flea while the flea does a stunt! My fleas like a lot of cheering to give them encouragement!

July 18  Sciencetellers present Building Tall Ships and Pirate Tales
Ahoy! People don’t just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails... what else could building a pirate ship possibly take? Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more. Don’t miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!

July 25  Keith Munslow Songs and Stories, Cartoons and Comedy
Keith is a Musician, Storyteller, Cartoonist and Standup Comedian for Kids! Come enjoy this hilarious show.

August 1  Sparky’s Puppets: Build a Better World
Enter the construction zone! In this show, the “Three Little Pigs” are hard at work on their houses, trying to protect themselves from the Big Bad Wolf.  And, in another story, a fisherman meets a talking fish that can make wishes come true.  The magic wishes make a cottage, a mansion, and a castle suddenly spring up on the beach! 

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library

Science and Nature Series

Thursdays at 2:00 pm. We know you'll want to take part in these free science programs at M&NL this summer! Educational, entertaining, and fabulous family-friendly programs!

June 29 Flow Circus Kids! Read, Play, Learn - Win!
A comedy juggling show. Challenge yourself to win big this summer by learning new skills. Building a better world starts by building a better, more skilled you. Performer Paul Miller captivates audiences with dynamic storytelling about how he learned to set goals, find resources, and practice in order to achieve fantastic feats. One book starts him on a playful journey filled with objects flying, spinning, and balancing.

July 6 The Childrens Museum in West Hartford: LEGO Brick Challenge
Come and challenge your creativity by designing a LEGO structure to match this engineering objective. Build a better world, one concept at a time. Register on our EventKeeper calendar.

July 13 bringtheHoopla presents Build a Better World: Happiness and Hula Hoops
bringtheHoopla, an educational (hula) hoop business who brings the fun back into fitness, focuses on structured, enrichment programs and special events for all ages. In this program, they create a welcoming environment and engage in age appropriate games and team building activities that encourage self-expression and creativity. Register on our EventKeeper calendar.

July 20 Marvelous Marvin’s Brain Circus
This program begins with a rhyming overture about brain health and it’s links with exercise and reading.  Then we join the circus and feel our brains grow!  Play begins.  We learn circus skills:  juggling props, balancing sticks, spinning plates, flip-and-flyers, hula hoops, rhythm sticks and romper stompers. 

July 27 Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center presents Creepers and Leapers
Live frogs, toads, turtles and snakes provide a hands-on introduction to the interesting
adaptations of our native amphibians and reptiles. Register on our EventKeeper calendar.

Generously funded by the Chelsea Groton Foundation and the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Pre-K and K Summer Science Series at 10:30 am

Printable Science Series Schedule

June 28 Children's Museum of Southeastern CT presents Let's Get Building: Human Habitats
Enter the construction zone and become a builder! Children take a look at habitats around the world before dressing like a builder, creating a blueprint, and finally constructing their own habitats from the museum's extensive collection of Thinker Linkers. Register for this session on our EventKeeper calendar.

July 5  Children's Museum of Southeastern CT presents Amazing Magnets
Come explore the properties of magnets. What is a magnet? Go magnet fishing to find out, create a magnetic painting, work with iron shavings and experiment with polarity. The program involves the introduction of the compass, why it works and compass building. Register for this session on our EventKeeper calendar.

July 12  Children's Museum of Southeastern CT presents Crazy Science
Get out the safety glasses and lab coats.  It's slime time! From reactions to polymers, scientific principles such as states of matter, substance density or surface tension, children use equipment to investigate. Don't miss the spectacular ending! Register for this session on our EventKeeper calendar.

July 19  Children's Museum of Southeastern CT presents Up & Down Roller Coaster
Up, down and loop de loop, come along on a fun roller coaster ride! Students will learn about force, motion and gravity by building roller coasters out of a variety of materials along with problem-solving what to do if roller coaster tracks don't work. Register for this session on our EventKeeper calendar.

This series is made possible by generous funding by the Mystic Woman's Club.

Friday Family Movie Matinee

Fridays at 3:00 pm from June 23 to August 18 in the Ames Room. Bring your own snacks! Funded by The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library. Bring your own snacks!

June 23  BFG (PG, 2016)
June 30  Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (PG, 2017)
July 7   The LEGO Batman Movie (PG, 2017) plus lego building all day long at the library.
July 14  The Wild Life (PG, 2016)
July 21  Sing (PG, 2016)
July 28   Storks (PG, 2016)
August 4   Ratchet and Clank (PG, 2016)
August 11   Rock Dog (PG, 2016)
August 18   Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (G, 2017)

Generously funded by the Mystic & Noank Library.

Summer Preschool Drop-in Storytimes!

Thursdays at 10:30 am from June 22 to August 10 in the Ames Room. Join our librarians for a fun and interactive story time for our youngest library patrons! We will feature new themes each week. 

*On July 6th, we will have a special storytime; Stories and Snacks with Kaitlin Bennett, Dietitian, Shop-Rite of New London. We will listen to stories and make a snack together.  Please let us know about any allergies in advance.

Kids Yoga with Miss Kim

Mondays at 10:30 am on July 24 and July 31 with Miss Kim.

Funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Puppetry Workshop with Andrew Brown

Wednesdays at 2:00 pm from July 12 to August 2.

This four-week workshop teaches the basics of puppetry--building, moving, creativity, and working as a team. In the fourth week there will be a short performance! For ages 7 to 12. Register for all four weeks on our EventKeeper calendar.

LEGO Fun Fridays

Fridays at 10:30 am from July 7 to July 28 in the Ames Room. Imagine, build and create! New challenges each week.

Scratch Programming Club

Saturdays at 10:00 am. This weekly club is for kids interested in learning fun and interactive Scratch programming! Participants will have the opportunity to create virtual games, music videos, art projects and more - all of their own digital design! Children ages 10 and up are welcome.

Wii U Gaming Cart!

Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm from June 27 through August 8 in the Ames Room.
Summer brings lots of cool things, including a Wii U Gaming Cart! Drop by and try your hand at some really fun games! New challenges each week.


Wednesdays at 6:30 pm from July 19 to August 9 in the Children's Room. Tech Librarian, Rachel Taylor will lead these fun, informative coding classes. Bring a laptop if you have one. For ages 10 and up! Check our EventKeeper calendar for class registration.

Sit! Stay! Read!

Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am on July 15 and July 29 in the Children's Room. Read to Phantom!  Make a new furry friend when you read to a pooch.  

A Night at the Library: A Sleepover for your Stuffed Animals!

Drop-off stuffed animals July 21 between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.
Pick-up next morning between 9:00 and 10:00 am for our Build a Better Donut – Donut Decorating workshop.

Harry Potter Trivia Night

Monday, August 7 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room.  Enjoy Harry Potter-themed snacks while testing your Hogwarts knowledge during this fun-filled evening!

Conservation Quest Mini Exhibition

Conservation Quest Mini Exhibit in Ames Room from August 22 to September 12 during normal library hours.  The Library will be hosting the Conservation Quest® Mini Exhibit, a small, portable exhibit promoting energy conservation.

This traveling exhibit is provided by the Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Learn about clean energy, light bulbs, recycling and more. This museum-quality exhibit has vibrant pull-up banners, portable hands-on exhibits and play-filled activities allowing students to learn by doing.  

School Reading Lists

For 2017

2017 Groton Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

2017 Stonington Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

2017 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Nutmeg Book Award

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.



Our Storytimes are for babies, toddlers, and children up to age 5. Fall, Winter and Spring Storytime sessions last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public.

Lapsit (6 to 23 Months)
Session One: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
Session Two: Thursdays @ 10:15 am

Toddlers (Just 2’s to Just 3’s)
Session One: Wednesdays @ 11:00 am
Session Two: Thursdays @ 11:00 am

Three Year Olds
Session One: Mondays @ 10:30 am

Four and Five Year Olds
Session One: Tuesdays @ 1:15 pm

Due to demand registration is required and class size is limited. Registration may be done online through our EventKeeper calendar. In the case of over-enrollment classes will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.