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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!

  • 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, 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!

  • 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.

    Thursday, December 28Hand painting canvas tote bags!
    Saturday, January 27Sculpt 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!


  • 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!


  • 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 here!

  • Closed for the Christmas Holiday!

    The Mystic & Noank Library will be closed on Monday, December 25 in observation of the Christmas Holiday.

    We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, December 26.

    Patrons may return books and media in our outdoor book drop during closed hours.

    Have a happy holiday!



  • Children of Abraham: A Talk by Tom Verde

    Monday, December 11 at 7:00 pm

    Journalist and Islamic Scholar Tom Verde speaks about the conflict in the Middle East.

    It seems that the only task harder than keeping track of the violence in the Middle East is explaining it. To the outside observer, the region’s politics and perpetual unrest are confounding and complex. Yet, viewed within the context of history, the reasons behind these troubles are less difficult to grasp.

    This presentation will shed light on the roots of the conflict in the Middle East and provide a basic understanding of how it reached the crises it faces today, from Jerusalem to Egypt to Syria, to Iraq, and beyond.

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

  • PeaceLove Workshop: Mandala Poetry

    Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm

    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.

  • Free Veterans Resource Fair

    Tuesday, December 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

    Image of Army VeteranA variety of Federal, State and Local government and private organizations will be available for one-on-one conversations and to answer your questions.

    Organizations include:​

    • CT Dept. of Labor - New London Veterans Services
    • CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    • Guardians of the Purple Heart
    • Horses Healing Humans
    • Navy Exchange
    • Senior Resources of Eastern CT
    • Stonington Institue
    • Team RWB
    • Three Rivers Community College
    • Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services

    Free refreshments, chair massage, interaction with a miniature therapy horse, therapy dogs and door prizes will also be available.

    This event is open to Veterans and family members of all ages. No registration is required.

  • Trim-A-Tree

    Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 pm

    Drop by the Children's Room at the Mystic & Noank Library to make an ornament for our holiday tree and one for your tree at home during the week, beginning Monday December 4 through Saturday December 9.

    Join us as we trim the tree on Saturday, December 9, beginning at 2 p.m.

    In addition to making handmade ornaments, we will have our 3D printers set up to demonstrate how to make ornaments throughout the day!

  • #GivingTuesday is November 28

    Make a Gift. Make a Difference

    Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, a day of global awareness about the charities and non-profits that do so much in our communities. We know you treasure the M&NL--will you help sustain our services with a tax-deductible gift today? 

    You can make a donation on our website HERE

    On Tuesday, November 28, your donation through the library's Facebook page will be MATCHED by a pledge from Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation! Double your impact with a gift today! 


  • Paula's Presents: A Fundraiser in Honor of Paula Knott

    Seasonal Home Gift Shop, Gales Ferry
    Sunday, December 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    As many of you know, library supporter and friend, Ken Knott, recently lost his wife, Paula. In conjunction with Jo Wood and Barbara Candler,  is hosting an event--Paula's Presents--as a fundraiser for our library. 
    Proceeds from the sale of  
    Paula's Presents will be donated to the Mystic & Noank Library in her memory.
    Please stop by the shop (6 Hurlbutt Road, Gales Ferry) on Sunday, December 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for a special reception at Seasonal Home to honor Paula. All are welcome! Directions can be found here. 
    Please note: the shop is not handicapped accessible. 
    The sale of items in the Paula's Presents collection will continue throughout the holiday season, so even if you cannot attend the reception, your purchases can help support the M&NL anytime through December. Please feel free to share this information with friends and family.
    Thank you to Ken, Jo and Barbara for this generous memorial event in honor of a much beloved and missed member of our Library community. We are very grateful. 

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