April 2018 News
Library Director's Message
Spring has once again sprung at the MNL! With warmer weather, comes the need to spruce up our beautiful grounds. Please join us on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for our annual Spring Outdoor Clean-Up Day . As John Heywood stated Many Hands Make Light Work, and of course – there will be donuts!

As part of our 125 th Anniversary Year Celebration, we would like to compile your favorite memories of the MNL. Do you have photos or stories to share about fun or poignant times spent at our beloved library? If so, please email them to memories@mysticnoanklibrary.org .

We will also be scheduling one-on-one conversations for those who would be willing to be recorded. These memories will be compiled in a digital scrapbook for all to share. Volunteers who wish to help with this project – videotaping, compiling, etc., are also invited to send an email to memories@mysticnoanklibrary.org .

We are considering applying for a grant to offer a series of Art History lectures by Professor Robert Baldwin. If you would be interested in attending this series (it would likely start in late summer/early fall), please take a few minutes to complete this survey which will help us in creating the program and our grant application - if the survey indicates that there is sufficient interest. Thank you.

April offers a full calendar of activities and events at the MNL including celebrations of National Library Week, National Poetry Month and Passport to CT Libraries Month – we invite you to stop in and stay awhile!

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

-- Chris Johnson
Our Featured Programs
17th Annual Honor Books Event
Bank Square Books
Saturday, April 7 at Bank Square Books from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

"What are Honor Books?" These are titles that our librarians have chosen for our collection. You can purchase one (or more!) in honor of a loved one, a friend or anyone special! These titles will become a part of the library's circulating collection.

"What do I get?" Your purchased title(s) will have a personalized bookplate inserted with your chosen inscription. When the book is ready for circulation, you have the option to be the first person to check it out of the Library. Alternatively, your honoree can be the first person to check out the book.

"Anything else?" Your purchase of an Honor Book is a tax-deductible donation and displays your commitment to keeping our collection as fresh and current as possible. It's also a thoughtful and unique type of gift for someone. Lastly, your purchase supports a wonderful local and independent bookstore. Wow! That's a win-win-win!

New this year: online sales and books available in-house at M&NL for your purchasing convenience from April 2-14. Click here for more info!
Shredding Saturday at M&NL
Food for Fines
Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Mystic & Noank Library will host a FREE service to our Library community thanks to the generous support from  Chelsea Groton Bank !

An Info-Shred truck will be in the library parking lot on Elm Street and will accept any papers for safe and convenient disposal. Patrons are limited to shredding three (3) bags or small boxes; staples may remain on papers. 

We kindly ask that you bring non-perishable food items and paper goods to donate to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Groton Social Services . Please note: the Library cannot accept papers for shredding before the date of the event and participants must dispose of plastic bags and boxes.
Our Library Founder's Birthday
Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.

We will be awarding small prizes to the 5 winners of our 1st Annual Blanchet Poetry Contest, and winners will have the opportunity to read their poems aloud should they wish! The selected poems will be on display in the library.

On this day, we will celebrate the birthday of our library founder, Capt. Elihu Spicer (with cake and crafts!) as well as  National Library Week . All are welcome to join in!
3rd Annual Roode Memorial Concert Series Begins
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  3rd Annual Roode Memorial Concert Series  beginning in April to celebrate Agnes and her love of music. All concerts are free and open to all.

Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m . O'Brien Strings Trio: 1800s Music and More (featuring violin, viola and cello). T o learn more about the Trio, please visit  http://www.obrienstrings.com/ . Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and concert will be held in the 2nd Floor Spicer Reading Room of the Library

Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m .:  Tracy Norkun Trio , featuring flute, oboe and cello. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and concert will be held in the 2nd Floor Spicer Reading Room of the Library

Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m .: SOOP (Seat of Our Pants)
This concert will be held at the  Union Baptist Church in Mystic  (119 High Street) The band features Mark Hall on lead vocals and cajon, Michael Frantzen on fiddle, Jeff Gorman on bass, and Carolyn Brodginski on lead vocals and whichever stringed instrument she decides to bring along for the night. To learn more, please visit their website here.

MNL 125th Event: An Evening with the Gillettes
New Date! Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

You will be treated to a unique and entertaining performance about the Gillette family, Gillette Castle, and Sherlock Holmes!

Join us for a special evening at the Union Baptist Church, Mystic!

Not only do the performers Harold and Theodora Nive r talk about William & Helen Gillette, they  become  the Gillettes, flitting back and forth between being presenters and portrayers. Who was William Gillette? What was his connection to the greatest fictional detective of all time? Was Sherlock Holmes fact...or fiction?

Since both Harold and Theodora are professional musicians, you will be treated to several songs from the English Music Hall era. Prepare to be educated and entertained! 
This event will be hosted by the Union Baptist Church at 119 High St., Mystic, 06355.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Adult Programs at M&NL
SCORE Workshop: QuickBooks Advanced Interfaces
Thursday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

SCORE, “Counselors to America's Small Business,” presents this workshop on how to use QuickBooks’ advanced interfaces.

This workshop provides a comparison between QuickBooks Desktop and Online versions. We will set up a QuickBooks Desktop company from scratch, reviewing the setup preferences and decisions along the way. If time permits, we will also view preferences for a QuickBooks Online company to help those users understand their options as well. Feel free to bring a laptop with QuickBooks loaded to follow along with the presenter, Intuit ProAdvisor Elizabeth Santaus. 

Registration is required for this event; please reserve a seat at  https://sect.score.org/content/take-workshop-141 .
Elizabeth Santaus
Rescheduled: Powerful Beyond Measure with Cynthia Mazzaferro
Saturday, April 7 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Cynthia Mazzaferro will be speaking and sharing amazing principles from her #1 Best Selling and International Book Award winner, Powerful Beyond Measure: 3 Steps to Claim Your Power Within for a Happy & Healthy Life.

This presentation demonstrates how our past is still impacting you today and how your self-limiting beliefs, behaviors and expectations are preventing you from living a positive and abundant life. You’ll be blown away to see the affects that negative thoughts, memories, emotions are having on your body and health and learn many techniques that you can readily apply in your life.

Cindy’s presentations always fill to capacity so  please register early to hold your seat.

Books will be available for purchase.
12th Annual Edible Books Festival
Sunday, April 8 at the Groton Public Library at 1:30 p.m., sharp!  

Entry forms are available from all three participating Libraries (Bill Memorial, Groton Public, Mystic & Noank) and should be submitted by April 2 .  

 Co-sponsored by the Friends Groups of our three Groton Libraries, Edible Books is a fun family event.
Even if you do not submit an entry, be sure to attend on Sunday, April 8 to see if you can guess which creation matches which title and to then sample the entries!

Essential Oils 101
Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Come, learn and experience the power of essential oils in a fun and relaxing environment. 

Our speaker will be Katie Marquis, a wellness advocate from the group Essentially Happy Oilers. Katie loves teaching others about the power of essential oils and helping people to live above the wellness line in all areas of their life. Her Facebook page is called the Essentially Happy Oilers, and this is where she posts her essential oil classes throughout the state.
Katie Marquis
Tech Classes @ MNL
Monday, April 9: Pinterest
Find out all about Pinterest, a hobby and interest-based social networking site! Students will learn how to create an account, search for and follow fun blogs based on their pastimes, and connect with users who have similar interests

Register for 10:15 a.m. session HERE.
Register for 5:30 p.m. session HERE.

Monday, April 16: Basic MS Word
Learn how to copy and paste, save and print, spell check, experiment with and select fonts, format margins and spacing, and much more!

Register for 10:15 a.m. session HERE.
Register for 5:30 p.m. session HERE.
Monday, April 30: Manage Your Photos Online
Find out how to organize your photos and create albums through FREE online photo storage services! Students will learn about Flickr, Google Photos, and Dropbox, among others, and will learn how to use the many excellent features and ample storage space offered by each.

Register for 10:15 a.m. session HERE.
Register for 5:30 p.m. session HERE.
Students should provide their own devices. Registration is free, but required via the library website (or links above), or call for assistance.

Do YOU have an idea for a new or different tech class? Please contact  Rachel Taylor via email here  or call the library and let us know! 
Masonicare Lunch n' Learn Series in the Ames Room
Register for either of these informative sessions by clicking on the program name.

11:30 a.m. - presentation and question & answer session, followed by lunch and conversation

April 19 Yoga & Meditation , presented by Jennifer King
May 17 Healthcare Ethics , presented by Carl Anderson

Registration is FREE but space is limited! Please register separately for each session.
Oscar Winners (or Runners Up!) Film Screenings
Friday, April 6:  The Shape of Water  (2017, R with adult content)
Friday, April 13:  Call Me By Your Name  (2017, R with adult content)
Friday, April 20:  Phantom Thread  (2017, R with adult content)
Friday, April 27:  The Post  (2017, PG-13)

Friday Feature Films will resume in October!

Funding generously provided by the
Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library.
Small Business Administration Workshops
Starting Your Own Business
Rescheduled from March! Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Have you ever thought about starting a business? Doing it right from the start is a key to your success. A great place to start is this free seminar that helps point you in the right direction. Seminar will cover topics such as choosing a business name/structure, licensing, and registrations. You can register HERE .

Please note: ABCs of Business Plan and Understanding SWOT Analysis (originally scheduled for April 18 at M&NL) is being offered through SCORE at the Groton Public Library on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. You can use this link to register .

Financing Your Small Business
Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Finding capital for your small business is not impossible. Get pointers from the SBA that will help you get your business moving toward financial stability. Topics discussed will be traditional (SBA's guaranteed loan program) and non-traditional (SBA's micro-loan program) ways of financing. You can register HERE .

Contracting 101
Wednesday, June 20 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m
Learn how to do business with the State of Connecticut and the Federal Government. Topics covered will be where you need to be registered, how to find the bids, State and Federal Set-Aside Programs. You can register HERE.

All sessions are taught by Economic Development Specialist, Lisa Powell, from the CT Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Movie Screening at M&NL
Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of this 45 minute film that explores how best to manage competing demands for access to our oceans specifically focused on the waters off New England. 

Learn more about the film and view a trailer by clicking on Ocean Frontier II--A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea.
PeaceLove Workshop: Mandala Poetry
Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. (rescheduled from January)

April is National Poetry Month! Please join us for this program.

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 via the library website  HERE  or call us for assistance.
Bill Crawford
A Life Less Ordinary with Bill Crawford
Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Bill Crawford will help you focus on living a purpose driven life. Finding fulfillment, creativity and meaning is the essence of his presentation. Bill's dynamic and humorous style engages his audience, using worksheets to help identify opportunities for interacting, connecting and embracing life as we get older. 
Bill is an Executive Director at Ridgefield Crossing, a Benchmark Senior Living Community, and a motivational speaker. He is also a licensed Long Term Care Administrator and a Life Coach.
Refreshments will be provided.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. This program is sponsored by Academy Point.
Poem In Your Pocket Day
Thursday, April 26 ... All Day!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is part of  National Poetry Month . On this day, select a poem from a jar at MNL, carry it with you, and share it with others at your school, bookstore, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. 

You might find a real treasure to share, and keep!
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 4:   Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family in Crisis  by J.D. Vance

May 2: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
History Book Club   (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

April 10: Catherine the Great by Robert Massie (Parts 5-end)

May 8:   The Path Between the Seas, Part I by David McCullough
April 2 and 16
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

May 7 and 21
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Evening Book Club 
(usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

April 4:   Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

May 2: The Odds   by Stewart O’Nan
Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group  (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)

April 18 : Days of Defiance by Mary Klein
Teen and Children's Programs
School Vacation Week Fun
Monday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mystic Aquarium

Come see the Aquarium's new Jurassic Giants exhibit and enjoy Library crafts and activities!
Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom
Sign up to read with Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend (best for kids entering first grade and up) or just stop by to say hi! 

Sign up online below (click on the date) or by calling 860-536-7721.

Saturday, April 21  from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, June 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14  from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, July 21   from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28   from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday Movie Matinee
Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

PG, 2 hr 32 mins, 2017

Showing in the Ames Room. Bring your favorite snack and (covered) drink!

Funding generously provided by the
 Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library.
NEW! Math Club for GR. K-2
Join Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s Club at the Mystic & Noank Library!

Begins Friday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Appropriate for children in kindergarten to second grade, the Crazy 8s Club is a new kind of math program where kids will build, run, jump, and make music. The club will meet weekly, every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, for eight sessions run by Dr. Anca Bulgaru. Participants are expected to attend all eight sessions.

This program is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up today!
Tween/Teen Art Workshops
Our wonderful and art-astic partnership with the  Lyman Allyn Art Museum  continues! 

All classes are free  but registration is required. Programs begin at 1:00 p.m. Ages 10+ please. 

April 28 : Design your own art deco poster inspired by the traveling NEH exhibition Spirited: Prohibition in America (on view April 4 - May 25 at the Museum).  Register HERE

May 19: Color your own tote inspired by works from our permanent collection on view in American Perspectives.  Register HERE.
Afternoon Wii U Gaming

Stop by the Mystic & Noank Library on Fridays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for some fun among friends! Join casual tournaments and games with your friends!

Gaming offers an outlet for creativity and problem solving, while the Library provides of atmosphere of community and sharing. Games are appropriate for ages 9 and up. Come join the fun!
Be a Part of 1KBK!
We are delighted with the response to our  Groton Education Foundation  funded program 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! 

We have 62 'readers' registered and 4 have already read 1000 books! Congratulations! 

So far, more than 6,000 books have been read by our participants--WOWe! 

The program is available to all families with children between 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! 

 We love celebrating the children's successes and honoring them with prizes to keep them motivated! Interested? Stop in the Children's Room and find out more--we'd love to see you.
Sign up in the Children's Room during regular library hours--it's FREE! 
Spring Preschool Storytime Registration is here!

We are offering storytimes this spring!

Scheduled to meet weekly, these classes consist of stories, finger-plays, and crafts.
The spring storytimes began the third week of March; register now using the links to the right!

In the case of over enrollment classes will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Story time 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
News, Opportunities & Info
Spring Volunteer Clean-Up
Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please bring your rakes and work gloves to help the Library get itself shipshape for spring!

We'll have coffee and donuts and a lot of gratitude for your volunteer efforts. Thank you for pitching in! You can sign up HERE or at the front desk.
CT Passports to Libraries
April 2-30

To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. More info HERE!

To partake, visit M&NL to pick up your Passport. Take your library card and Passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to enter a statewide drawing to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children. You will also receive token gifts from each of the participating libraries you visit.
It's Not Too Late to Join Us! 
Great Decisions

Fridays at 10:15 a.m.

Join us in a civil discussion of timely topics for 2018 --

April 6 - Media and foreign policy
April 13 - Turkey: a partner in crisis
April 20 - U.S. global engagement and the military
April 27 - South Africa’s fragile democracy
May 6 - Global health issues

According to the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting to discuss that week’s topic in a courteous and respectful group setting. 

No other prior knowledge or expertise is expected of participants. Please register online HERE.

Attendees need to purchase their own briefing books online - but can borrow or peruse a reference copy available at the front desk. You can order you own copy via the  Foreign Policy Association website.   
Due to scheduling limitations, AARP Tax Prep Assistance  will not  be available at MNL this year. 

Appointments are available at the Groton Senior Center on Tuesdays through April 10 , 2018. The hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Please call the Senior Center to schedule your appointment. This service is open to both Groton & Stonington residents.

You can reach them at  Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Rd. Groton at (860) 441-6785.
AARP Tax Prep Assistance
TVCC also offers Free Tax Prep Assistance by IRS Trained Volunteers at two Mystic Locations by appointment only for households earning less than $54,000. Call 800-425-6597 for more information and to schedule an appointment. 
24th Annual Bridge Tournament
Please register for the MNL Bridge Tournament! Play begins June 1 and runs through November. New players are welcome to join!

Your $25.00 registration fee is tax-deductible. Please read more and download the registration form here. Entries accepted until May 14.
Connecticut Book Awards

Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is now accepting submissions for the  Connecticut Book Awards

These awards recognize the best books of 2017 by authors and illustrators who reside in Connecticut. Categories include: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young Readers. Deadline is April 20, 2018 . For more information and to submit, please visit  http://bit.ly/2018CBA

In 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 social media! New topics include employment websites, resumes and cover letters, web design, and more! 

To register, please call the library at (860) 536-7721 or  use our online form here!  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 information service, Wowbrary  by clicking here! . 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! 
Brain HQ: Brain Training Software

The library is pleased to provide access to BrainHQ - cutting-edge, research-based, brain training software.

Thanks to generous funding from the  Mystic Rotary Club  and the library's Kroeger Porter Fund provided by longtime library supporters Captain John D. Porter and his wife Mary Katherine (Kroeger) Porter, this important resource is available to cardholders of all three Groton Libraries - Mystic & Noank Library,  Groton Public Library  and  Bill Memorial Library .

To access BrainHQ, you must have a current library card to one of these three libraries and have set-up a PIN using the  "My Account" link.  Learn more about  BrainHQ  from PositScience. 
On-Going Meet-Ups at M&NL
Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library generally meet the 3rd Monday of every month at 12:00 Noon in the Ames Room (next meeting is Monday, April 16). 

The Friends welcome your interest and participation! Learn more about the Friends on our website or send an email to friends@mysticnoanklibrary.org.
Cribbage Club 
Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends. We meet every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call Donna Anderson at (203) 470-4566 or email  donnaencorefit@gmail.com
Writers' Group
Join a varied group of writers every Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. For more information about how we lead our sessions, please click here.
Knitters Unite
Knitting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. each month (April 10 and 24). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. each month (April 11)! For more information,  click here.  
Bereavement Counseling
April 3 and 17 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

Has spring finally arrived? Are you ready to fill up your calendar with day trips?

Stop by the Children's Room to review the passes and discounts available. You'll find something of  interest  to brighten your day! 
Lyman Allyn Art Museum , New London 
Maritime Aquarium   at Norwalk
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 funding of the museum passes. 
Give a Little and Get a Lot
Make a Grand Gesture
Thanks to many generous patrons, more than 150 bricks have been purchased for the library--thank you!

We love to see patrons reading the inscriptions outside while our landscaping comes back to green! Is your special message part of this unique collection? Don't miss this opportunity to make a gift of a commemorative brick at M&NL in honor of your loved one, a special memory or to promote your local 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. 

Order your brick online here  or download the order form  here  and return it to the library.

Questions? Contact Karen Bradshaw at (860) 572-8191 or development@mysticnoanklibrary.org .
More Than Halfway...but We Need You!
Please help us reach our goal!

We have crossed the 1/2 way point with our Annual Fund---will you help us get to the finish line?

It takes a lot of people like you to help our library run!

Your gifts fuel our programming, buy new books, support professional development and make YOU our champion.

Your gifts are tax-deductible and make all the difference in our ability to maintain the services and programming you've come to rely on.
Create Lasting Change
If you are thinking of making a lasting gift to the Library, we urge you to consider becoming a member of The Maine Society

Those that join The Maine Society are looking to the future by making provisions for the Library through planned giving . Planned gifts allow donors to continue to support the Mystic & Noank Library after their death, often in a more generous way than what is possible during their lifetime.

By becoming a member of The Maine Society, you will join many others who are a special part of our valued Library community. Your gift will help the Library remain a vibrant, intellectual and important Mystic community resource for another century to come. 

Please contact the  Director of Development  at (860) 572-8191 to learn more about planned giving and other ways to donate to the Library.
Evening at the Engine Room: 2018
Mark your Calendar!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30-9:30 p.m.

We had so much fun last year, we are planning another FUN fundraiser!

We would love to showcase your business as an event sponsor so we can raise as much funding as possible for our programming and critical upgrades. Please join us and have your company listed as a sponsor soon!

Event sponsorship information can be downloaded HERE . Questions? Contact Karen Bradshaw via email or (860) 572-8191.
A Preview of May Programs
Mystic Spring Stroll
Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Pony rides at the Library! More details to follow next month (only for children <4'2" and <70 lbs)

Had I Known (about CMV): Song & Book Launch About the #1 Birth Defects Virus
Wednesday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m. (ideal for parents of young children and daycare providers)

Service Dogs Presentation: Who Do they Serve? Are They the Same as Therapy Dogs?
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. (appropriate for families)

Writing Your Life Story with g uest speaker, Gerontologist Ellen M. Luby
Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Writing one's life story can help seniors and adult children make sense of the past and contemplate the future, even for those with cognitive decline. 

Roode Memorial Concert Series
Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. Tracy Norkun Trio (features flute, cello and oboe)

AARP Safe Driving Course
Wednesday, May 23 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Unlaunch'd Voices , an Evening with Walt Whitman
Wednesday, May 30
Mystic & Noank Library | 40 Library Street, Mystic CT 06355 | TEL: (860) 536-7721
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Saturday Hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

- Mark Twain