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Teen Volunteers, we need you!

Interested in getting involved?

Students who have completed the sixth grade can sign up to volunteer in the Children’s Room to help this summer with our Summer Reading Program. Stay tuned next month for other volunteer opportunities this summer at M&NL!

Volunteer Application

Build a Better World Summer Reading 2017

The Mystic & Noank Library presents:

From June 26 to August 5 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 presentation, 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!

College Readiness Series
Harry Potter Trivia Night
Puppetry Workshop
Ready Set Code
Scratch Programming Club
Teen Art Series
Teen Movie Nights
Teen Talent Night
Wii Gaming Cart
Teen Yoga Series

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.

Teen Yoga with Miss Kim

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. on July 5 and July 12 at 6:00 pm with Miss Kim

Funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library

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 Gaming Cart!

Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm

June 27 through August 8 (Closed 4th of July)

Summer brings lots of cool things, including a Wii 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.

Teen Art Series

Starting at 2:00 pm. Please join us! For ages 10 to 15.  Class size limited.

June 26  Printmaking with MMoA artist Lisa Adams. Register on our calendar.

July 3  Reclaimed Robots – learn to design & build creative machines from everyday objects like boxes, cans and bottle caps with MMoA artist Carlene Bermann. Register on our calendar.

July 10  Sculpture with MMoA artist Melissa Skiadas. Register on our calendar.

July 17 Jamilah Henna Creations Learn about the history, origin and traditions of henna and get a professionally-applied henna design. Register on our calendar.

July 24  Build a Better World: Origami for All Ages with Fran Block  We will make modular origami by combining two or more forms to create three-dimensional models.

July 31  “Trashion” Have fun creating fashion accessories and wearable art pieces from recycled and “trash” materials such as plastic bags, wires, and old costume jewelry. With a mini “trashion show” and more with MMoA artist Mary Addison. Register on our calendar.

Funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Teen Talent Night

July 24 at 6:30 pm

Do you have a special talent? Come join us on Teen Talent Night and show off your talent!

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!

Teen Movie Nights

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room

June 27 Rogue One (PG-13, 2016) 

July 11 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13, 2016)

July 18 Dr. Strange (PG-13, 2016)

July 25 Beauty and the Beast (PG, 2017)

August 1 Split (PG-13, 2016)

College Readiness Series

Tackling the College Application Essay
Monday, July 17  at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
With Emily Fry, Associate Director of Admission, Connecticut College and Holly Bogo, 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.

How to Pay for College
Monday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
With W. Tom Polowy, MS Financial Advisor, Valark Financial Services
Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime’s biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents about how the financial aid system works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable. 
Please join us and learn:

• How the financial aid system works
• The primary sources of college funds
• What to expect with education loans
• Ideas for maximizing your funds
• Creative strategies for funding college costs
• Understanding College savings and investment plans 
• Current market outlook and where to invest for college

Tom is a fully insured and licensed financial advisor, specializing in college funding. He presents at financial aid nights for schools and communities in the greater Hartford area.
At Valark Financial Services, Tom focuses on the college funding to retirement transition, providing college funding consulting, retirement planning, and investment management. He is considered one of the area’s foremost authorities on college funding.

From Stress to Success
Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus
From Stress to Success is a presentation where students and their parents learn how to begin the process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then decide on the right fit college.  

School Reading Lists

For 2017

2017 Groton Public School 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 Awards

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.



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.