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April 2017 News
Honor Book Days, Himalayan Singing Bowls, Roode Memorial Concert, Reverse Mortgage Seminar plus so much more! 

Please note: 
The Library will be CLOSED on 
Friday, April 14 
for Good Friday. 
Regular hours resume on Saturday, April 15. 
A Note from the Director 

Recently, my wallet was stolen. The thief , who now has my driver's license, along with my debit and credit cards, has been enjoying quite a shopping spree using my credit and name. Because of this unfortunate incident, identity theft  is a topic that certainly hits home with me! I encourage all of you to attend this Monday's program, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. on Identity Theft: What You Need to Know  presented by Pam Days-Luketich of Chelsea Groton to help you avoid and recover from this crime.

Pam returns to the library on Thursday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. for a session on Reverse Mortgages . We thank Chelsea Groton Bank , a strong financial supporter of our library, for providing these informative programs, and for once again underwriting our post-tax day, InfoShred Saturday  on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MNL is considering offering a Homebound Delivery Service for library patrons who are unable to physically visit the library due to health and mobility challenges. If you, or someone you know, might benefit from this service, please contact me via email . At this point, we are eliciting interest and will provide additional information on the service once we have determined the level of community need.

Please consider buying some books for our collection at our Annual Honor Books Days on April 7 and 8 at Bank Square Books , another strong local partner of our library. Honor Books allows you to recognize someone important in your life while helping our library add some new vetted titles without spending our ever shrinking materials budget.

I hope to see you at Spring Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 29! 

Until then, if you have a suggestion, compliment, or question, please feel free to stop by the library or  email me   anytime. 

-- Chris Johnson

Our Featured Events: Don't Miss! 
Indoor Tag Sale
Friends of M&NL 7th Annual Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ready to get out and kick-off the Yard Sale Season? Start at the Library where we have been collecting all kinds of great things for the sale. Come early and find your latest treasure! 

16th Annual Honor Book Days

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Visit  Bank Square Books (53 West Main Street) of Mystic on Friday & Saturday April 7 & 8 to browse through pre-selected titles for adults and children. Purchase one (or more!) for our Library collection to honor a friend or loved one. Each book you buy will have a custom bookplate created to record your donation. 

This is a wonderful way to support the Library, a beloved local bookstore and honor a special someone. Plus, it is a perfect way to celebrate libraries and books during   National Library Week (April 9-15)!

Events Are Springing Up 
11th Annual Edible Books Festival
Sunday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m. SHARP at Groton Public Library (52 Newtown Rd., Groton) 

What is an edible book? It can look like a book, pun on a title, refer to a character or just have something to do with a book, but it must be edible

This event is free and open to the public but don't be late; after admiring the entries, we eat them! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bill Memorial Library, Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library and the Groton Public Library Circle of Friends. For further information, please contact one of the participating libraries or email the Friends.
Pam Days-Luketich
Identity Theft: What You Need to Know
Monday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It's a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit and reputation - and can take time and patience to resolve. Learn how to recognize the signs you're a victim and protect yourself.

This session is 
presented by Pam Days- Luketich, Assistant Vice President and Community Outreach Officer/CRA Coordinator at Chelsea Groton Bank.
A Quiet Time with Himalayan Singing Bowls
Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. with John Irwin

Himalayan singing bowls , when sounded, produce from two to five unique separate harmonic tones--some steady, some warbling or even fluttering--that can last up to 60 seconds.  

The tones produced by the bowls can be a unique entry into a place of calm, peace, healing, and harmony. Many who have attended a "Quiet Time" have found the experience very rewarding.

The majority of the presentation (by retired RN John Irwin) will include listening to the bowls being played in different combinations with varying mallets and methods for ten to fifteen minutes each.  Join in for a uniquely peaceful experience in the 2nd floor Spicer Room!
100th Anniversary of WWI
Film Screening

Friday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat.

Read one review of the classic film here
april sky
April Sky, Rose Hill, Ledyard by Garnet Wrigley
Ascending Light: Art in the Ames Room

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8
12:00-2:00 PM. 
Exhibit open during regular library hours through April.

Ascending Light is significant for the arrival of the longer days of Spring! This show will feature artworks by the members of the Loose Association of Plein Air Artists. 

The Association is a group of artists who paint in the open air, capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in oils, pastel, watercolor, and drawing mediums. Landscapes depicting local venues in all seasons will be displayed celebrating both hidden and well known scenery in Stonington, Lyme, Ledyard, Mystic, Essex, Old Saybrook and more. 
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
**Rescheduled from March**
Monday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Edward S. Lim, a retina specialist, will discuss the signs and treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration.  There are 2 types of this disease, wet and dry, and his talk will also discuss the difference between the two.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.   

Edward S. Lim, MD is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with advanced fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Surgery from Yale University (1995).  In addition to his current clinical and surgical practice, Dr. Lim is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University.

Book Talk: A Journey to the Gallows
**Rescheduled from December**
Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Few people know of Aaron Dwight Stevens, born in Lisbon and raised in Norwich, CT. He fought, sacrificed and died in the name of freedom for all.

Using historical facts and fictional flare, the authors, Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti, resurrect this amazing story of a real 1800s abolitionist and legend. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Put Some Spring in your Tech Steps!

Choice of either 10:15 a.m.  OR
5:30 p.m. session for each class. All tech classes are FREE! 
Monday, April 3: iPhones and iPads   - Want to learn the ins and outs of your device? Bring along your iPad or iPhone and learn all about the settings, navigation, cool apps and special features of each gadget!  
Monday, April 17: Intro to Cloud Computing   - Find out how to store, access, and change your data on the Cloud! Attendees will learn about all the online services that allow users to securely save their files-for free!  

Monday, April 24: Online Dating 101 - Eager to enter the world of online dating but not sure where to begin? Take this new tech class and learn about the best dating websites, what virtual pitfalls to avoid, how to create a great personal profile for yourself, and much more! 

Registration is required for each class;  please visit the Library's webpage to sign up online. Please provide your own laptop or other device when you attend.

Please call the library at 860-536-7721 or email Rachel Taylor with any questions.

2nd Annual Roode Memorial Concert Series
Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Long-time Mystic resident Agnes Roode passed away in December 2014. In her memory, family and friends requested donations in her honor be made to initiate a Music Concert Series at the Mystic & Noank Library. We are delighted to present the 2nd Annual Concert Series this spring to celebrate Agnes and her love of music. 

This is the first of three FREE performances to be  held in the Spicer Reading Room on the second floor of the Library.

Song stylist Julie Harris, accompanied by guitarist Stephen Roane, will use words and music in An Evening with George and Ira Gerswhin to tell the story of the Gershwin Brothers. You will learn about George, who changed the course of American music with his "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Porgy and Bess" and Ira, whose lyrics graced Broadway hits and Hollywood classics. Beginning with "S'Wonderful" and ending with "The Man That Got Away"... this is a tune filled delight! 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6:00 p.m.  

100th Anniversary of WWI
Film Screening
Friday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m .
A Farewell to Arms (1932, NR)

A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together.

Read one review of the classic film here
The Great War: Through the Periscope
Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. 
Presentation by Eury Cantillo, Director of Education at the Submarine Force Museum

The culmination of the industrial age and all the technological wonders invented in the years leading up to and during the turn of the 20th Century were fully unleashed on the battlefield during the First World War.

This program will present the contribution of one of these to the Great War: the submarine. The talk will focus primarily on the activities of United States submarines, while referencing some of the more significant feats performed by the German U-boats in order to create a larger context.

CT Solar Discovery Day
Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.

If you've ever thought about saving money while generating your own clean energy, this is your chance to learn how! 

Solar experts will be onsite from Aegis Solar Energy to answer all of your questions and help make sense of the process. They will also explain how to take advantage of the various rebates and state incentives that are available.  Bring your utility bill, and they will also give you a free solar evaluation for your home.

You can also take advantage of a Light Bulb Swap! The first 50 people to register can bring in two regular incandescent light bulbs, and give you two efficient LED bulbs in return! To register visit CTSolarChallenge.com and click the red button. 
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Transportation Options for Seniors
Wednesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.

The talk, co-sponsored by OSCA (Our Shoreline Community Association) and the Library is part of the  LIVING WELL  series. Join us to hear about various  transportation programs available to seniors in the shoreline area  of Eastern Connecticut. 
FREE Small Business Administration Workshops

Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ames Room
April 26: How to Finance Your Small Business 
Finding capital for your small business is not impossible. Get tips from the SBA that will help you get your business moving toward financial stability. Topics discussed will include SBA's guaranteed loan program and SBA's micro-loan program. 

May 24: Contracting 101
All sessions are FREE but registration is requested. 
Leading the sessions will be Lisa A. Powell of the SBA-Danbury office.
Reverse Mortgage Program
Thursday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

What is a reverse mortgage and is it right for you?  Learn how to use your home to stay at home, including the options available to you as a homeowner. What are the advantages and the disadvantages you need to consider?  Learn the answers to these questions and more at this informational session. 

This session is presented by Pam Days-Luketich, Assistant Vice President and Community Outreach Officer/CRA Coordinator at Chelsea Groton Bank.

100th Anniversary of WWI
Film Screening

Friday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m.
The Light Between Oceans (PG-13, 2016)  

Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a World War I veteran, is hired as a lighthouse keeper at Janus Rock, off the coast of Western Australia. He falls in love with a local girl, Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander) and marries her. The two live in isolation and are faced with a great moral dilemma in trying to fulfill their hope of having a child.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the  Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library ; no registration is required.
Spring Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

Our beautiful grounds would benefit from your volunteer efforts! Please consider lending a helping hand for an hour or so to help ready our library property for the start of spring. 

M&NL Book Clubs
All book club meetings are scheduled for the Ames Meeting Room at M&NL. All readers are welcome to join any of these groups. There are no fees, and the Library works to provide copies of the books being discussed. Note: CLAMs participants purchase their books. 

Afternoon Book Club (first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.)
April 5 : Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson
May 3: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Evening Book Club  (first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
April 5:  We Learn Nothing by Tim Kneider
May 3: Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group  (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)
April 19: Clouds of Glory: Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
May 17: TBD

History Book Club  (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
April 11:   Guns of August (Chapters 14-end)
May 9:   The Great Bridge by David McCullough (Ch. 1-12)
June 13: The Great Bridge (Ch. 13-24 + Epilogue)

CLAMS (Classic Literature at Mystic) Book Club (Mondays at 7:00 p.m.)
New members may get details at the front desk, or contact Sally Salancy here.  
April 3 and 17: Continuation of Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Children's & Teen Programs 
Register for 1KBK TODAY

We are so pleased to have received a grant from the Groton Education Foundation to start our own 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. 

The program is available to all families with children  be tween the ages of birth to 5 years old. The goal is to read 1000 books together prior to the child's start of formal schooling or Kindergarten. 

Sound impossible? It's not! 
Three books a day for one year is  over 1000 books

Families commit to recording how many books they read together on a Reading Log (provided by the library). As the child reaches certain milestones (100 books, 200 books etc.), the child receives a small prize! We will also create a special bulletin board in the library to mark the progress of participants! 

Reach 1000 books and the child takes home a special book of their own to keep! In addition, a book will be dedicated in the child's name for the library's collection. 

Spring Reading Contest
Begins TODAY and runs through April 29

Pick up a reading log and record the number of minutes you read (or are read to) each day all month long! 

Gift baskets will be awarded at the end of the month! 
April School Vacation Activities

Saturday, April 8
Lego Club from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Movie Matinee: Moana (PG, 2016) at 3:00 p.m. 

Saturday, April 15
Movie Matinee: Sing (PG, 2016) at 3:00 p.m.
Spring StoryTimes  

Join our librarians for a fun and interactive story time for our youngest library patrons! Registration is now open! 
StoryTimes are scheduled to meet weekly Mondays through Thursdays, classes consist of stories, finger-plays, crafts, and songs. Due to demand registration is required and class size is limited. Registration is open online here  from our website, or please call (860) 536-7721. In the case of over-enrollment classes will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Spring StoryTimes began the week of March 20th. StoryTime sessions last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public.
Evening Story Time Starts!
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

The Library is offering a new Drop-In Storytime for preschoolers. Running from April 18 to May 9, the Drop-In Storytime will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; no registration is required.
Meet Us at the Mystic Aquarium
Monday, April 17 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Join Head of Youth Services Roberta Donahue at the aquarium for crafts, activities and more during Mystic Spirit Week! 

There are fun things happening all of Mystic Spirit Week (April 12-19) around town. You can learn more here
Sit! Stay! Read!
Saturday, April 22 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Make a new furry friend as you read to Phantom, a Burnese Mountain dog, in the Library! This program is for kids entering 1st grade and up, please.

Please register by signing up on the sheet in the Children's Room!

Earth Day is Here!
Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Join our friends from Avalonia Land Conservancy for some fun and important activities today!

You'll first learn about Avalonia's new program "Hike and Seek" so that you can try it another time on some of their local trails.

Avalonia folks will also discuss protecting our waters, including local watersheds and aquifers. What do we need to know about drinking water, pollutants and our shoreline, as well as the plants and animals that call the water their home? 

Get in the know and love the Earth today! 
Scratch Programming
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

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 7 and up are welcome. 

 Ongoing Meetings & Programs
Great Decisions Discussion Group
Fridays from 10:15 - 11: 45 a.m. 
April 7, 14*, 21 and 28 

Join us in a civil discussion of 8 timely topics:  European Union,  Trade Policy,  South China Sea,  Saudi Arabia,  Geopolitics of Energy,  Latin America,  Afghanistan/Pakistan, and  Nuclear Security. 


Free to participate thanks to a generous donation and you can register here. Questions? Please email Christine Johnson


*Great Decisions will meet despite Library being closed to the public on 4/14.


Spring Arrives In the Glass Case

The Mystic Calligraphers will have a collection of decorated Easter eggs on display in the 1st floor display case all this month. 

Please stop in and take a peek (peep?)! 
Cribbage Club Continues
Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room
Do you know how to play cribbage or are ready to learn? 
Join us each week at M&NL! Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends. For more information, please call Donna Anderson at (203) 470-4566 or email  donnaencorefit@gmail.com
Get Out Your Knitting Needles
Knitting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. each month (April 11 and 25). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 

Library Bridge Club Returns!

The 23rd Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament will start June 1, 2017 and continue through November 30, 2017. The entry fee is $25 per player. 

Registration forms will be mailed to past players and can also be picked up at the library. 
Please contact Ken Levy, Bridge Coordinator (860) 572-9006 or kenplevy@sbcglobal.net with questions. 

Checks for the $25 entry fee should be made payable to the Mystic & Noank Library and received at the Library by May 10th. Your donation is tax-deductible.  Good Luck! 

Bereavement Counseling

April 4 and 18 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (ongoing on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month)

These sessions are open to all who are coping with the loss of a loved one  and led by caring professionals from the Center for Hospice Care of Southeastern CT. Sessions are free but do require pre-registration. Please call (860) 848-5699 to register. 

Museum Passes Available

Plan a day-trip, an overnight getaway or an activity for a dreary (or sunny!) day!   Stop by the Children's Room to review the passes and discounts available. 
Custom House Maritime Museum , New London *new!
  Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London 
Maritime Aquarium  at Norwalk *new! 
Mystic Aquarium , Mystic
Mystic Seaport,  Mystic
Old State House, Hartford 
State Parks Pass , CT (various)
Wadsworth Atheneum , Hartford
More information on our website  here!  
We thank the Friends of M&NL for their generous support of the museum passes. 


I n Need of Technology Tutoring?   
If so, please consider the Mystic & Noank Library's Book-a-Librarian program, in which you sign up for an individual one (1) hour session with a librarian and receive a private tutorial on whatever technological query you may have! 

Lesson topics have included Windows 10, web design, Microsoft Office, and the use of devices such as Smartphones, iPads, e-readers, and more!  To register, please call the library  at (860) 536-7721 or email Rachel Taylor Appointments must be requested AT LEAST one day ahead of the desired date; they will be scheduled according to the patron's and the librarian's mutual availability.

Don't forget to register for our new information service,  Wowbrary! Simply visit  www.wowbrary.org  and enter our library zip code (06355). This will allow you to select our library and enter your email address. Be sure to then check your email for the verification message. 

With Wowbrary, you will receive a weekly email on Saturday mornings highlighting any new book, audiobook, DVD or CD titles added to our collection in the previous week. A smart link directly into the library catalog will allow you to easily place a reserve on any titles that you wish to check out! 
More to Come
A Preview of M&NL May Programs
Details to follow next month. 

Art in the Ames Room
Wednesday, May 3 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Blaine Cota Exhibit: Opening Reception

Warm and Fuzzy Petting Zoo
Saturday, May 6 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Local Preschool Open House
Saturday, May 6 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Learn about the variety of options for your preschooler!

Info-Shred Saturday
Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank

Resilience Under Stress:  Free Acupuncture Workshop 
Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by acupuncturist Gregory Fessenden, MBA, MS and naturopathic physician, Gwenn Rosenberg, ND

Roode Memorial Concert Series 
Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Survivor's Swing Band

Friday Feature Films
May 5 ( Fences)
May 12 ( Hidden Figures)
May 19 (LaLa Land)
May 26 (Jackie)

Get ready for the annual 
Friends of the Library Fair on Saturday, June 3
Supporting the Library
Roger Richards
Trustee Spotlight

Take a moment to learn a little about Library Trustee Roger Richards, chair of the House and Grounds Committee, a retired physicist and long-time Mystic resident. 
Why have you chosen to be on the M&NL Board/what is your role?
I agreed to serve as a Trustee for several reasons. My first library card is older than my memory, and my academic degrees required nearly living in a research library for several years. With that conditioning, it was natural to drift towards the neighborhood library when I retired and was no longer commuting for hours a day. Now having time available to start giving back to the community, I volunteered to serve.
You're stranded on a desert island. What 3 books do you want with you?
Sony PRS-505, Kobo Aura H2O (since it's waterproof) and Kindle Whitepaper, and a solar charger, or this thinking too far out of the box? 
Tell us what you do in your 'real' life outside of being a Library superhero.
In real life, I developed, designed and tested sensors for marine equipment. It was an interesting venture, months sitting behind a desk followed by 3-4 weeks on the aft deck of a oceanographic research vessel, such as the R/V Knorr out of Woods Hole, which is the ship used in the discovery of the RMS Titanic, or working with the Russian Academy of Science in the midst of Lake Ladoga north of St Petersburg.  
What Seeds Will You Plant Today? 

Your gift today will help the Library grow tomorrow. And next month. And next year.

 Your financial gift supports our monthly calendar of programming, builds our collection and ensures our viability in our community. 

Your $25.00 donation can renew an annual magazine subscription! 
Your $50.00 gift can buy 3 new best sellers! 
Your $200.00 gift can buy 12 new children's books!

Please make a gift to the Mystic & Noank Library TODAY.

Thank you. 
Book a Brick Today!

We have more than 100 bricks installed and are more than halfway to completion for this project--thank you!

Don't miss your opportunity to make a gift of a commemorative brick at M&NL in honor of a loved one, a special anniversary or to promote your business!  

We are proud to display these meaningful messages on our beautiful entryway  and would love to add your personalized brick to our ever expanding special sidewalk. 

Download the order form  here. There is space to engrave up to 3 lines with 16 characters per line, and each  paver is $125.00. Installation of engraved bricks will be done in sections on a rolling basis. Questions? Contact Karen Bradshaw at (860) 572-8191. 
Thank you!
Support the Library with Amazon Smile 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon which offers many of the same things as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice!  

Thank you for choosing Mystic & Noank Library as your designated non-profit when you shop at AmazonSmile! 

Visit  https://smile.amazon.com  to sign up and show your support. 

Save the Date! 

The Library's Fall Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Please mark your calendars and join us for a relaxed, fun and social evening at Engine Room, right here in Mystic! 

Help us kick off the library's 125th Anniversary Year (in 2018) by being a part of this special and social event. We will send more details and have tickets for sale on our website soon. Thank you for your support! 
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A gush of bird song, a patter of dew
A cloud and a rainbow's warning;
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue
An April day in the morning!