July 2017 News
Please note: 
The Library will be closed for Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4

A Note from the Director 

It's time to roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer in Mystic! At the library, our Children's and Teen's Build A Better World Summer Reading Programs are in full swing. Be sure to stop by with your kids or grandkids for one of the many drop-in programs that we are offering thanks to support from our generous funders (see full details below).

Another eastern CT libraries summer tradition is the CT Author Trail . MNL is pleased to welcome Nancy Butler, author of the Above All Else series to discuss her latest title - Independence, Happiness and Success in Your Senior Years on Monday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

I'm very pleased to announce that our new website is now live at www.mysticnoanklibrary.org! The site has a streamlined, menu-driven presentation and incorporates our new logo and branding colors. I hope that you will agree that the new site is easier to navigate and looks great too - thanks to the efforts of Roberta Donahue, who managed this project. We would love to hear your feedback on the site.

As part of our new website, we are now providing free access to BrainHQ- a valuable brain-training resource available to cardholders of all three Groton Libraries: MNL, Groton Public and Bill Memorial - thanks to generous funding from the Mystic Rotary Club and our own Kroeger-Porter Fund. 

If you have a suggestion, compliment, or question, please feel free to stop by the library or   email me anytime. I'll see you at the library!


--Chris Johnson
Preserve, Support, Honor

We have more than 125 bricks ordered and are closing in on completion for this project-- thank you!

Do you need a special gift for a graduate? Your parent? A veteran? Don't miss this 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.

Save the Date! 

The Library's Fall Fundraiser is
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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. Seating is limited! Tickets are on sale on our new website HERE! 

Thank you to these generous donors that have confirmed 
their sponsorship of our special event!

chelsea groton

Mary & Thomas

(860) 572-8191 to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.
July's Featured Event @M&NL
CT Authors
CT Author Trail

The  Connecticut Authors Trail consists of a consortium of Eastern Connecticut Libraries who are constantly amazed at the variety of genres and diverse styles of writing among the authors who live in or are associated with the Nutmeg State.

Beginning July 6, 2017  at 6:30 pm in Franklin and ending September 14, 2017  at the Mohegan Sun, local authors will showcase their books and share their stories.

Join author Nancy Butler at M&NL on July 31 for her presentation! Read more about Nancy and her book, below. 

 Workshops & Presentations
The Case of the Flying Corpse: A Book Signing and Author Event
Monday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Jim Bènnètt, a local chef, who writes under the pen name, James Michael Walker, has recently self-published a new novel titled The Case of the Flying Corpse -  a riveting Sherlock Holmes mystery!

Reviewed by The Westerly Sun, the book has high historical authenticity and excellent attention to detail. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.   This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Center for Hospice Care presents
Sooner is Better
Tuesday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Presentation and Q&A

Over the years, so many hospice patients and their families have said they wish they'd called sooner - and wish they'd begun to receive care sooner too. In fact, so often with hospice and palliative care, sooner is better.

You don't need to be in the last days or weeks of life to qualify for hospice and palliative care. The hospice care is about living - living well in the time left. Join caregivers from Center for Hospice Care of Southeast CT for this free and important presentation. 

Medicare Made Clear 
Friday, July 28 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Exploring your Medicare choices?

When the time comes to choose a Medicare plan, reviewing your options can become overwhelming. 

To help you get started, DIane Zieminski, an independent healthcare agent, invites you to attend this educational Medicare Made Clear program - you'll learn all about your various Medicare choices! She has many tools and resources that will make it easy for you to understand the basics of Medicare. Refreshments will be served!

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
CT Author Trail with Nancy Butler
Monday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m.

During her career, Nancy Butler helped thousands of people manage their financial life through the aging process. Nancy also looked after her mother for 12 years, enabling her to see the challenges of aging and the opportunities to make it the best it can be. 

This presentation is based on her book  Independence, Happiness and Success in Your Senior Years, the latest title in her ' Above All Else' series and is i ntended for people age 55 and above, Nancy's latest book is  a resource for those who wish to stay independent and have a great quality of life, for the rest of their life.

Discover succinct tips and advice on how to retain independence, make great memories, address financial issues, and much more.  You have one life to live. Take a step out of your comfort zone and live it to the fullest. Find a new way of thinking and a new way of approaching your senior years or helping others approach theirs.

Edible Landscape Project:  
A Visiting Art Exhibit
Open July 1-August 18 in the Ames Room

The Edible Landscape Project is the result of a collaborative semester-long study visualizing edible landscapes for social impact. The projects showcase a partnership between FRESH New London, Spark Makerspace, and Connecticut College's ART 310 Design: Public Practice Studio.

Students and community partners created interactive tools to help visualize the potential of the natural environment in New London, particularly with plants that produce food. All components were created by Connecticut College students, FRESH staff and youth, Spark members and neighborhood residents.
This project was directed by our very own Library Trustee and Professor of Art,  Andrea Wollensakthe Judith Ammerman '60 Director, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College. Read more about Andrea in our Trustee Spotlight, below! 
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.)
No meetings until September... happy Summer! 

Evening Book Club  (first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
July 5: Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
August 2: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (One Book, One Region Choice)

Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group  (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)
July 19:  American Ulysses (second half) by Ronald C. White
August 16:  Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay by Joshua Zeitz
History Book Club  (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
July 11:  Alexander Hamilton  by Ron Chernow (Prologue - Chapter 12)

CLAMS (Classic Literature at Mystic) Book Club (Mondays at 7:00 p.m.)
July 10:  Essential Tales of Chekhov, edited by Richard Ford: 
July 24:  Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
New members may get details at the front desk, or contact Sally Salancy here.  

Summer Reading Programs & Fun!
 B uilding a better world starts by building a better, more skilled you.

Build a great calendar of fun  
this summer at M&NL!

Make this your best summer yet by stopping by the library all summer long to pick up books, make a craft, enjoy a presentation and meet new friends!

We have activities and programs for ALL ages!

Preschoolers: 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!
(entering 1st Grade and up):  Join us this summer for a reading challenge just for you! 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 prizes!

Teens: You will definitely want to take the Summer Reading Challenge! Complete challenges and win prizes all summer long!

Teen Yoga with Miss Kim
Wednesdays, July 5 and July 12 at 6:00 p.m.

For ages 9+ and FREE! 

If you've not tried yoga, come! 
If you've tried yoga, come! 

Relax, breathe and downward dog your way to summertime bliss at the library. 

Funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library--thank you! 
Wii Gaming 
Tuesdays, July 11 through August 8 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. No session on July 4.

Summer brings many cool things to the Mystic & Noank Library, including a Wii U Gaming Cart! Stop by Tuesday afternoon for some fun among friends.

The Wii U Gaming Cart will be available from 4:00 to 5:00 pm with a new challenge from our collection each week.

Games are appropriate for ages 9 and up.
Evening Movies for Teens 
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  (PG-13, 2016)
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Doctor Strange (PG-13, 2016) 

Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
 Beauty & the Beast (PG, 2017)

Bring your favorite snack and a covered drink!
Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library.

Teen  Art 
Series with Mystic Museum of Art
Mondays at 2:00 p.m. 
For ages 10 to 15;  Class size limited, please register by clicking on the links, below

Funded by the 
Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library

July 3: Reclaimed Robots - learn to design & build creative machines from everyday objects with MMoA artist, Carlene Bermann
July 10: Sculpture with MMoA artist, Melissa Skiadas
July 17: Jamilah Henna CreationsLearn about the history, origins and traditions of henna, and then get a professionally applied henna design.
July 24: Build a Better World: Origami for All Ages with Fran Block:  Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. Modular oragami is a technique of combining two or more forms to create three dimensional mode (no registration required)
July 31:  Trashion with MMoA artist Carlene Bermann: Create fashion accessories and wearable art pieces from recycled and "trash" materials and have a "trashion show"! 
College Readiness Series: Tackling the Application Essay
Monday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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. Presented by Emily Fry, Associate Director of Admission, and Holly Bogo, Assistant Director of Admission, Connecticut College

Ready, Set, Code! 
Wednesdays, starting July 19
6:30-8:00 p.m. until August 9

Students will learn the concepts of coding through Gamefroot, a free online gaming platform that allows coders to create games that are both challenging and artistic-and then publish them on the web! 

This exciting new class will allow students to complete a new project every week following a certain theme. In each class, kids will pick up new technical skills while exercising their imaginations. This program is free and open to children ages 10 and up; registration is required. All students must provide their own laptops. To sign your child up, please register on our website here and plan to attend each session. 
Teen Talent Night! 
Monday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Show off your talents at Teen Talent Night! Email childrens@mysticnoanklibrary.org with any questions! 

A Night at the Library: 
A Sleepover for your Stuffed Animals! 
Friday, July 21

Drop off stuffed animals between 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Friday. Pick up the next morning (Saturday, July 22) between 9:00-10:00 a.m. just in time for Build a Better Donut: Donut Decorating! 

It's a sleepover treat for your stuffed friends and a sweet treat for YOU the next morning! See you then! 
Yoga for Kids
Mondays, July 24 and July 31 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Miss Kim

Ages 4-8, please, no experience required! 

Funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library--thank you! 

science tellers
Terrific Tuesdays @ 2:00 p.m.

Bring a friend and bring your enthusiasm--these programs are going to be great! 

Free and open to all! 

July 11: Ed Pop presents Flea Circus
July 18: Sciencetellers  present Building: Tall Ships and Pirate Tales
July 25: Keith Munslow Songs & Stories, Cartoons & Comedy
August 1: Sparky's Puppets: Build a Better World 

Programs are generously brought to you by the 
Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library--thank you! 

flow circus
Science & Nature Series
Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. 

Educational, entertaining, and fabulous family-friendly programs--can't wait  to see you at the library!

Free but registration required for July 6, 13 and 27! 
Click on the program name below to register. 

July 6: The Childrens Museum in West Hartford presents a LEGO Brick Challenge
July 13: bringtheHoopla, an educational (hula) hoop business that brings the fun back into fitness
July 20:  Marvelous Marvin's Brain Circus 
July 27: DPNC presents Creepers and Leapers (live frogs, toads, turtles & snakes!)

This series is generously funded in part by funding from the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library and by a grant from the  Chelsea Groton Foundation. Thank you! 

chelsea groton

Lego Fun Fridays

Join us each week July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.! 

Imagine, build and create! New challenges each week. Open to all ages. No registration required. 

Friday Family Matinees 
Start at 3:00 p.m.

July 7: The Lego Batman Movie (PG, 2016)
July 14: The Wild Life (PG, 2016)
July 21: Sing (PG, 2016)
July 28: Storks (PG, 2016)

Bring your favorite snack and a covered drink!

Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library--thank you!

Children's Puppetry Workshop
Wednesdays at 2:00-3:30p.m.
July 12, 19, 26 and August 2

Designed for ages 7-12, this workshop teaches the basics of puppetry with Andrew Brown! There will be a short performance on the final day! Please register here and plan to attend all 4 sessions. 

Sit! Stay! Read! 
Saturday, July 15 and July 29
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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.

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. 

Pre-K/K Summer Science Series
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

We are SO excited to offer these hands-on wacky and wonderful science programs for our youngest patrons. Programs providers are from the Children's Museum of Southeastern CT in Niantic.

These are open to all but space is limited and we ask that you register to attend each free program. Click on the program title, below, to register.

July 5: Amazing Magnets--Come explore the properties of magnets! Go magnet-fishing, create a magnetic painting, work with iron shavings and more! 

July 12: Crazy Science--Get out the safety glasses and lab coats! It's slime time! 

July 19Up & Down Roller Coasters--Learn about force, motion and gravity using a variety of materials. 

This series is generously funded by a grant from our friends at
Summer Preschool Drop-In Storytimes

Join our librarians each Thursday for a fun and interactive story time for our youngest patrons. 

On July 6, we will have a special story time! 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.

Summer session of Storytime runs until August 10. 
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. 

Sign up in the Children's Room during regular library hours--it's FREE! 
 News, Meetings & Programs
Andrea Wollensak
Trustee Spotlight

We are happy to recognize Andrea Wollensak this month as our featured library Trustee. Andrea is chair of the (very busy) Programming Committee and has generously donated her talents as a creative designer and artist for past Library galas, events and marketing. Thank you, Andrea! 

What 3 words would you use to describe M&NL?
Community, Resources, Historic

The library is an open information resource for the public and a special community-gathering place with helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Describe an ideal day for you:
Waking up after a restful sleep,  coffee/breakfast with husband and daughters,  farmers' market,  studio work,  swim or hike,  dinner, then star gazing with family

Why have you chosen to be on the M&NL Board?
We moved to Mystic in 1998 and introduced our children to the library at a very early age. The M&NL has been an important part of our lives for books, media, programming events, and many other wonderful resources.

I have been serving on the board since 2011 and have been involved with the library programming initiatives. Serving on the M&NL board has given me the opportunity to give back to the community.

You're stranded on a desert island. What 3 books do you want with you?
Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival by Tom Brown. An important and practical book to survive on the island! 
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry edited with an introduction by Czeslaw Milosz. An inspiring book that explores that range of human experience
A large blank sketchbook (I'd have with me pencils, pens, and paints)
Tell us what you do in your 'real' life outside of being a Library superhero:
I'm a multi-disciplinary artist and design researcher/educator. I'm a Professor in Studio Art and Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology at Connecticut College. I have been at the college since 1993. My work has focused on the environment and community narratives of place. Currently, I am working on an interactive book (using RFID tags, video projection and sound) with a poet, computer scientist, and electronic composer. The work is about the Northwest Passage and titled  Open Waters.

Besides school work and studio work, I enjoy the outdoors all year with Brett (husband), Sophia and Anna (daughters) including downhill skiing, running, hiking, sailing and swimming.
Horace B. Lamb Volunteer of the Year

We were delighted to host many of our hard-working and dedicated Library volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Reception on June 22 in the Ames Room. A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers for their gifts of time and talent donated to M&NL throughout the year! 

Pictured with Director Chris Johnson is the 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Anthony Bovino, who helps us with our recycling, dusting, room set-up, calendar reminders and other key tasks around our special building. Anthony is a familiar face to most all patrons and we were pleased to honor his commitment to us with this recognition.
Thank you, Anthony! 

Changes to deliverIT CT

The recent budget cuts in our state have meant adjustments to many services and resources for dozens of communities as we all know. 

Libraries are feeling the strain too and one area immediately affected is the deliverIT CT service which many of you may use on a regular basis. 

You can read more about the current situation and read the FAQ about the program here.
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 (July 11 and 25). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 

Bereavement Counseling

July 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

Are you SURE there's nothing to do?? We can help with that problem! Stop by the Children's Room to review the passes and discounts available. 
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London 
Maritime Aquarium  at Norwalk
Mystic Aquarium , Mystic
Mystic Seaport,  Mystic
Old State House, Hartford 
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 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 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 by simply 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! 
Make Your Plans for Next Month
A Preview of M&NL August  Programs
Details to follow next month. 

Saturday, August 12
Library will be CLOSED due to the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

One Book, One Region Screening and Discussion of the PBS Documentary  Traces of the Trade 
Monday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Book Discussion with Gail Turgeon
Wednesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m.

For Kids & Teens

Terrific Tuesdays @ 2:00 p.m.
August 1 : Sparky's Puppets: Build a Better World 

Children's Puppetry Workshop
Ages 7-12
August 2

Friday Family Movies
August 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Ratchet and Clank (PG, 2016)

August 11: Rock Dog (PG, 2016)
August 18: Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (G, 2017)

Harry Potter Trivia Night
Monday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Conservation Quest Hands-on Exhibit from Stepping Stones Museum
on display August 22-September 12 during regular hours
Learn about energy---what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it's important to use it wisely!

Give to Grow
Call for Library Trustees

Our M&NL Board of Trustees is currently seeking new members. We seek a diverse team of Trustees with varied backgrounds, skills, experiences, and geographical distribution to best represent our community and plan for our library's future. 

If you are interested in being considered for a three year term on the M&NL Board of Trustees, please contact Chris Johnson, our Library Director, via email at  cjohnson@mysticnoanklibrary.org or phone at 860-536-7721. 

Summertime...and the living is easy

 Have you stopped by the Library lately?  Checked out a best seller? Used the copier? Maybe attended an author talk or kid-friendly program?

If so, please consider making a gift to our Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible donation supports all of the above programming, strengthens our collection and ensures our viability in our wonderful Mystic community. 

Please make it easy for the Library to continue its valued and valuable services for you and your family. 

Make your donation to the Mystic & Noank Library TODAY.

Thank you. 
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