June 2018 News
Don't Miss the Library Fair! Saturday, June 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Library Director's Message
If it’s June @MNL, then it’s Fair time! Hope to see you Saturday, June 2 – rain or shine! I’ll be popping the popcorn (only $1 per box!)

Beginning on Monday, June 11, our new on-demand film streaming service, Kanopy , will launch! To access the service, you must have an unexpired Mystic & Noank Library card. Kanopy offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, world cinema and collections from Music Box Films, The Great Courses, PBS and many others. Visit the Kanopy website to learn more this exciting service. Watch your email for the official launch message!

Thank you to everyone who answered the art history program survey, based on the results we hope to offer a monthly weekday evening series on French Revolution and Romanticism art taught by Connecticut College Associate Professor of Art Robert Baldwin in 2019.

Due to low usage, we are discontinuing the BrainHQ subscription. For those of you interested in improving your brain health, I would suggest that you visit the AARP Staying Sharp site .

As you may know, I am leaving the library this month. Happily, our Assistant Director, Roberta Donahue has agreed to serve as Interim Director until a new permanent director is hired. I have very much enjoyed serving as the Library Director for such a supportive and involved community. 

I’ll see you at the Fair and I wish you all a pleasant summer.

-- Chris Johnson
The Friends = The Fair!
Annual Friends of M&NL Fair
Saturday, June 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Have some old-fashioned fun and support the Library! Books galore in the Ames Room and outside, a White Elephant sale, music, games for kids, delicious food and baked goods all await you! The Mystic Garden Club will be selling beautiful plants and flowers, too! 
This annual fun-fest is brought to you by the busy Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library and is their biggest fundraiser of the year! 

12:00 p.m. Ceremonial Re-signing of the Library Charter with State Senator Heather Somers--- please come be a part of this special ceremony!

So many plants, so little time!
Tasty snacks for purchase!
Buy your fudge ASAP!
What treasures will YOU find?
Week Long Book Sale: June 2 to June 9!
The Friends of MNL will hold a Week-Long Book Sale in the Ames and Activity Rooms. There are thousands of books sorted into many categories and for all ages.

The sale begins with a Preview Party on Friday, June 1 from 5-7 p.m . There is a $5 admission fee and all items are 50% OVER the marked prices.

The Sale continues on Fair Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the following week during (mostly) regular Library hours with all items sold as marked.

On Friday, June 8 most items will be half price and on Saturday, June 9 the sale runs from 10:00 a.m. to noon with a $5 bag sale (bags provided). This is a great way to get started on your summer reading needs while benefiting the Library. All monies raised are used by the Friends to support the Library throughout the year!
Friends of MNL Silent Auction closes June 2! 
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library annual Silent Auction wraps up at the Library Fair (bidding closes on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m .). 

There are many wonderful items to bid on: restaurant and activity gift certificates, treasures from local stores, jewelry and much more! Thanks to our many generous local merchants whose donations and support are so important to our Library! 
Please support our Friends and your Library by bidding high and often! 
Don't Miss!
Last Concert: 3rd Annual Roode Music Series
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 offer the 3rd Annual Roode Memorial Concert Series  to celebrate Agnes and her love of music. The concerts are free and open to all.

The third and final concert of the 2018 series is:

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. Doors open at 6:30 p.m .

Adult Programs
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
Wednesday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of CT for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the MNL will host this talk led by Attorney Wade Jensen.
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. This program is for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.

Topics covered will include:
• Making legal plans that fit your needs
• How to find legal and financial assistance
• Practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care
• Government programs that can help pay for care 

For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
Registration is requested; please sign up HERE or call for assistance .  

Great Orange Apes

Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Primatologist Katherine Meier speaks about her research on the great Orangutan and its larger ecosystem!

Connecticut native Katherine Meier spent a year conducting wild primate field research in the heart of Indonesian Borneo. Following graduation from college, Meier was hired to work as a research assistant at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station.

There she spent her days following wild orangutans, collecting behavioral and physical data, and contributing to long-term research that focuses on the nutrition and health of wild orangutans.
Recently returned from the field, Meier has been eager to share her unique experiences. Her talk covers an overview of orangutan geography and biology. It describes the cutting-edge ecological research being done on wild orangutans: what data is being collected and how? Why is it important in the context of current -- and increasingly dire -- conservation issues?

Through photos, videos, and stories, she shares the ups and downs of life as a field primatologist working in a tropical peat swamp. From fire ants to fatal fights, you'll leave this talk with a better understanding of one of the worlds most important ecosystems, its myriad biodiversity, and, of course, an intimate look into the wild lives of the world's only Asian great ape.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Small Business Administration Workshop

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.

This session will be taught by Economic Development Specialist, Lisa Powell, from the CT Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Connecticare Information Session with Diane Patterson
Tuesday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Understanding Medicare on your own can be difficult, but you don’t have to figure it out by yourself. Come to this ConnectiCare seminar and we’ll help you understand:
• WHAT Medicare is and how it works
• WHEN to sign up for Medicare
• HOW you may be able to get additional benefits with a Medicare Advantage plan.

Whether you’re still working or retiring soon, it’s time to find out if a ConnectiCare Medicare Advantage plan is the right option for you. You might be surprised at just how much you may save! The seminar is presented by Diane Patterson, a licensed insurance agent dedicated to educating and supporting Medicare members. 

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

June 6: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

No club meetings in July or August!
History Book Club   (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

June 12: The Path Between the Seas (Chapters 11-end) by David McCullough

July 10: TBD

June 11 and 25

July 9 and 23
Evening Book Club 
(usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

June 6 : The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal  by Lily Koppel

NOTE: there will be NO Evening Book Club in July due to Independence Day.

August 15: One Book One Region selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group   (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

June 20: Look Away! by William C. Davis

July 18: TBD
Teen and Children's Programs

What an amazing summer of performers, programming and activities we have planned just for you and your family!

Preschool: Read To Me
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.
(1st Grade & up)
Libraries Rock!
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!
Earn a star sticker for your constellation chart each day you do a Bedtime Math problem! Add a little math to your summer reading by visiting bedtimemath.org/ summer-of-numbers.
All Terrific Tuesday Programming Begins at 2:00 p.m.

July 17: The Mr. Gym Show

Funding for Terrific Tuesdays generously provided by the
Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library--thank you!
Our Kick-Off EVENT! Magic by Scott Jameson

Tuesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.

See the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson at the Library for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities.

Tuesday, July 3
Animal Show on the Go!

A presentation of Mostly Fur and Feather , an animal program made up of mostly mammals and a bird!
Tuesday, July 10
Sing-along with Mary Jo Maichack
Old-time favorites such as “On Top of Spaghetti,” and more from other cultures, so we can feel appreciation and connection to others who all sing on this earth. Lyric sheets provided. Music makes our hearts beat as one. 
Tuesday, July 17
The Mr. Gym Show

Performance focuses on movement based music for elementary age children. “Mr. Gym” uses his guitar, vocals, and puppets to engage his audience in learning and dancing!
Tuesday, July 24
Rolie Polie Guacamole

Join this award winning "kindie"  band from Brooklyn for a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music
mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active!
Tuesday, July 31
Sing-along with Nappy's Puppets
Don't be shy! Sing out loud with these fun entertainers and puppeteers!
Wednesday Morning Wiggles for Preschoolers!
Creative Movement with Eastern CT Ballet

This 45 minute class for 3-5 year olds led by staff from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet is an introduction to creative movement for young ones. We will read a book to introduce a theme, followed by 35 minutes of movement! 

Due to space constraints, registration is require d (click on the date above). Free and open to the public. Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library--thank you!
Lil' Yogis with Caregivers at 10:30 a.m.

A joyful way for children to explore creative movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

Due to space constraints, registration is require d (click on the date above).

Sessions to be led by Miss Kim and funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library--thank you!
Have You Registered for 1KBK?
We are delighted with the response to our  Groton Education Foundation  funded program 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! 

We have 71 'readers' registered and 4 have already read 1000 books! Congratulations! 

So far, more than 6,200 books have been read by our participants--WOW!  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! 
Friday Family Movie Matinees
June 15 at 3:00 p.m. My Little Pony: The Movie  (PG, 1 hr 39 mins, 2017)

June 22 at 3:00 p.m. Paddington 2  (PG, 1 hr 44 mins, 2018)

June 29 at 3:00 p.m. Coco  (PG, 1 hr 45 mins, 2017)

July 6 at 3:00 p.m. Wonder ( PG, 1 hr 53 mins, 2017)
Science & Nature Series Returns!
Make this summer one to remember by coming to the Library for one of these 4 wonderful programs, all FREE and open to ALL!

Generously funded by a grant from the Dime Bank Foundation (thank you!) and our Friends of the Library, the Science & Nature Series will spark your imagination, tickle your funny bone and wow you with magic!

June 28 at 2:00 p.m. ScienceTellers present Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano

July 5 at 2:00 p.m. Marvelous Marvin: Bugging Out

July 12 at 2:00 p.m. Magician Justin Mazz presents Problem Solving Science

July 19 at 2:00 p.m. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center presents Rock'n Nature (meet live birds, insects and frogs!)
lab experiment kid science
Using science to share an engaging story with you!
bug performance bug facts
Marvelous Marvin
Bug poems, bug illustrations, bug facts, bug magic, and non-stop laughs!
magician justin jazz
Justin Mazz
A wacky mix of magic, games, juggling and more--all in the name of big time fun!
Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Wednesday, July 11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Learn how to make fun stop-motion videos using an iPad and ordinary craft supplies at the Mystic & Noank Library!

Meeting Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. this workshop for kids will introduce them to stop-motion using a special animation technique that is very easy to learn as well as to teach others at home. Great for ages 8 and up!

This program is free and open to the public but class size is limited and registration is required.
Please bring an iPad if you have one!

Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Learn to code this summer using SCRATCH, a free program developed by MIT! Come to the Mystic & Noank Library every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for an introductory series on programming for ages 10 and up.

Ready_Set_Code will run from July 18 to August 15 and will provide the knowledge necessary to program on your own. Personal laptops are not necessary, but very helpful. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required (click on the date, above).
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, 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
Flashback Family Friday Movies
July 13 at 3:00 p.m. Mulan  (G, 1 hr 28 mins, 1998)

July 20 at 3:00 p.m. The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG, 1 hr 41 mins, 2017

July 27 at 3:00 p.m. A Bug's Life (G, 1 hr 35 mins, 1998)

August 3 at 3:00 p.m. Matilda (PG, 1 hr 42 mins, 1996)

August 10 at 3:00 p.m. Lilo & Stitch (PG, 1 hr 25 mins, 2002)

August 17 at 3:00 p.m. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG, 1 hr 33 mins, 1989)

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

Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library.--thank you!
Petting Zoo at the Library!
Thursday, July 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to hold and snuggle the adorable animals from Animal Affair Petting Zoo! Learn the proper way to hold and handle a variety of animals.

Funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library--thank you!
Teen Programs
Interested in getting involved?

During the summer, the library offers a variety of fun and worthwhile volunteer opportunities for students in grades 6 to 12.

Be sure to fill out a  Volunteer Application  and sign up to volunteer in the Children's Room. Students who have completed the sixth grade can help this summer with our Summer Reading Program. Our Teen Volunteer Orientation meeting will take place on Friday, June 22 at 2:00 pm in the Activity Room.

If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Youth Services at  childrens@mysticnoaklibrary.org  or call the library at (860) 536-7721.
Libraries Rock! Teen Art Series

Mondays starting July 2 at 2:00 p.m in the Ames Room

Please join us for this fantastic series of art classes presented by our local art museums. Great for ages 10 and up! Class size limited.

July 2:   MMoA  Pop Up Studio Art Program

July 9:   MMoA  Pop Up Studio Art Program

July 16:  Artist Caryn Mickle from the  Florence Griswold Art Museum  presents How to Lay a Landscape - a two hour guided painting class for ages 10 and up! 

July 23:   Lyman Allyn Art Museum  presents a hands-on art class exploring the relationsip between music and art!

July 30:   MMoA  Pop Up Studio Art Program
Afternoon Wii U Gaming

Stop by the Mystic & Noank Library beginning Tuesday July 3 (through August 14) 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!
Build Your Own Fun!
July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for LEGO® fun! Stop by every Friday morning in July.

Get creative and build something new each week! Imagine! Build!
80s Teen Movie Nights
July 3 at 6:30 p.m. Raiders of the Lost Ark  (PG, 1 hour 55 min, 1981, may not be appropriate for younger viewers)

July 24 at 6:30 p.m. Labyrinth (PG, 1 hour 41 min, 1986, may not be appropriate for younger viewers)

July 31 at 6:30 p.m. E.T  (PG, 1 hr 55 mins, 1982, may not be appropriate for younger viewers)

August 7 at 6:30 p.m. The Goonies (PG, 1 hr 54 min, 1985, may not be appropriate for younger viewers)

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

Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library.--thank you!
Drum Ride with Bob Bloom

Thursday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Our library will sparkle! Bob Bloom is bringing a colorful cargo of drums for your heart and hands to enjoy at this hoot. You’ll take a drum ride with BB as he drives high-octane songs that rock, roll, and boogie! Open to all ages--please join us!

Generously funded by a grant from the Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation --thank you!
Art Therapy with Teens

Monday, August 6 and August 13 at 2:00 p.m in the Ames Room

Art Therapy with Katie Ziskind, BS, MA, MFT, RTY500, ERTY200, Experiential Family Therapist in Niantic, Connecticut.

Learn how to create serenity and balance from within during your 45-minute art therapy session. Complementing traditional talk with art and other experiential therapies can be highly effective for transformation. 

Rejuvenate your mind through creative expression. All teens welcome. 
News, Opportunities & Info!

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! 
Call for Art & Collections!
Our walls are bare! Do you have art to exhibit in our Ames Meeting Room? Or a special collection that will fit in our glass display case? Exhibits are needed for a number of months beginning in July.

Please call Kate Nelson at the library at 860-536-7721 for more information and to schedule.
Monthly 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, June 18). 

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 (June 12 and 26). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. each month (June 13)! For more information,  click here.  
Bereavement Counseling
June 5 and 19 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

Warmer weather road trips might be just what you need!

Stop by the Children's Room to review the passes and discounts available. You'll find something of  interest  to brighten your day! 
* * NEW * * Avery-Copp House , Groton (With our thanks to the Avery-Copp House for their donation of two passes for the 2018 season!)

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 .
Be Our Partner.
Make a Donation.

It could be smooth sailing for us to reach our Annual Fund Goal with YOUR gift.

Will you join our crew?

With your donation, you empower us to continue the programming and services you have come to rely on.

Your gifts are tax-deductible and make all the difference.

Thank you!
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, October 3, 2018 from 6:00-9:30p.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 July Programs

Wednesday, July 4: MNL Closed for Independence Day

CT Author Trail, Charles Monagan
Classic Symbols of the Nutmeg State
Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Australian Folk Literature Program with Steven Kingsland
Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Mystic & Noank Library | 40 Library Street, Mystic CT 06355 | TEL: (860) 536-7721
Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Saturday Hours 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (begins June 9)
At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon.