November 2017 News
Please note the following:

Saturday, November 11: Library Closed for Veterans' Day
Wednesday, November 22: Library Closing at 1:00 p.m ('Thanksgiving Eve')
Thursday, November 23: Library Closed for Thanksgiving 

A Note from the Director 
Nat Rivkin

Thank you to everyone who helped out at our Fall Outdoor Volunteer Clean-Up Day! Due to the many hands - 40 sets in all - under the expert direction of Judy Nickerson of the Mystic Garden Club and Kathy Weinberger of Terra Firma with oversight from Roger Richards, our Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair, the grounds were raked, clipped, mulched and weeded! We truly appreciate our helpful Mystic Community. 

Visit our Facebook page to see photos of our dedicated team of hard workers. A special shout-out to our friends from The Arc. New London County and the crew from the Coast Guard Academy!

We have a new face at the MNL - please welcome Nat Rivkin (pictured), an aspiring author, Stonington native and recent graduate of Pomona College who is now helping at our service desks and with adult programming.

Hard to believe it - but this month we are celebrating Mito's one year anniversary here at the MNL. We are happy that our beloved rescue cat has found a forever home here @MNL. Be sure to stop by on Friday afternoon, November 10, as we celebrate our mighty Mito, the library cat!

In this time of Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for you - our loyal library patrons and supporters.
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
 Don't Miss our Featured Programs
Mito's Adoption Anniversary
Friday, November 10 during regular library hours 

Come celebrate with us on Friday, November 10! Our much-loved library cat, Mito, is a rescue cat from Focus on Ferals in Uncasville. He was found on Powerhouse Road and was given the name Mito - short for Mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell!
In celebration of his one year adoption day anniversary, we will have cat crafts and activities set up in the Children' Room all day. At 3:00p.m., we will share a story and sing HAPPY ADOPTION DAY with a small cake for Mito. Then join us in the Ames Room to construct party hats, decorate cupcakes, and make cat garlands, pet rocks and bookmarks. 

Please bring a gift of cat or dog food in honor of Mito! All donations will supplement the Groton Social Services Pet Locker  for families in need who have pets.
There will be fun, free activities for all ages. No registration required. Be sure to check out Mito's Instagram account under the name  @MitoTheLibraryCat  where he shares his adventures!
Mito mouse pad

Looking for the purrrrrfect gift?
We have Mito Mouse Pads available at the front desk for only $5 each! Pick one up for your own desk and maybe for a friend's! 

Friends of M&NL
Like-New Book Sale

Opens Monday, November 27 at 10:00 a.m. through 
 Saturday, December 2 at noon in the Ames Room

You don't want to miss THE sale of the year! 

Get a jump on your holiday shopping while saving on the pocketbook, too! Our Friends of the Library have chosen the best books for this sale. All genres and interests will be available, including children's books, cookbooks and best sellers!  Holiday gifts and ephemera for sale, too! 

Have an hour to spare? Please sign up at the Front Desk to volunteer to work a shift during the week! Thank you.

A Month of Programming
art auction
Art Silent Auction & Reception 
Saturday, November 4 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

You have 18 days to go to place your highest bid! 

The first ever Art Silent Auction is on now! Like the Fair Silent Auction, there are Bid books with a sheet for each piece.  Bids are entered into the book and then raised by another person. Come see all the art up close at our reception on Saturday, November 4 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and place your bids.

Bids close Saturday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m.  Winners will be notified the following week and arrangements will be made for pickup.  

Thank you to the many generous donors who have supported this special fundraiser for the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library. We are so grateful to enjoy incredible support from our library community! 

A very special Thank You to 
Johanna Morse and Peggy Brissette for their assistance in hanging the show!

art auction
art auction

Exploring CT's Natural Wonders: A Slideshow for All Ages
Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. 

An epic slideshow for all ages!
It isn't the kind of place we imagine when we think about natural wonders-but the fact is that Connecticut is a place where amazing discoveries about dinosaurs, geology and wild habitats have been made for centuries.
With intriguing slides, animations and video, this exciting program takes audiences on a tour of places that record where our region was flooded by vast flows of molten rock, where dinosaurs prowled immense lakes, where the last Ice Age left its marks-and the great variety of wild places we have to explore in our state today.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month)
Wednesdays 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. in November 

A group writing space will be available at the library through the month on these days. Join us! 

Save Your Sanity over the Holidays! 
Thursdays, November 9,  November 16December 7 and December 14 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Kristin of Skillful Meanz is returning to offer four one hour sessions to help you " Keep Calm & Carry On" during the often hectic holiday season.
These class will cover mindfulness of breath, of body, of thoughts, and of emotions, and will consist of some discussions and some guided meditations. The goal is to get you started on developing a personal practice of your own that you will continue into the New Year!
Registration is required for this free series of classes; please sign up using the form online here. Space is limited to 40 participants. 
NEW November Tech Classes

Choice of either 10:15 am OR 5:30 pm session  for each class

Monday, November 6 Brain HQ
Learn all about BrainHQ, a brain-training app available for FREE on the Library's website! This service helps you keep your mind sharp with lots of "Brain Games" and cognitive training that are as great for your cerebral health as they are fun. 
Monday, November 13 Viruses, Spyware and Malware
Learn how to detect and prevent harmful programs, clean up an already infected device, and download a great antivirus program from a list of excellent FREE options!
Attendees should provide their own devices. Registration is required ; please sign up via the library website 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! 
College Readiness Series: From Stress to Success
Monday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, UCONN at Avery Point

From Stress to Success  is a presentation where students and their parents learn  how to begin the process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then how to decide on the right fit college.

Film Screening: Ocean Frontiers III
Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.

You can view a trailer of the film here

Ocean Frontiers III  is a truly unique and hopeful ocean film that chronicles our efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. It explores the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing, and recreation, plus expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture, coupled with scientific discovery. 
55 minutes long. All are welcome! 
Friday Feature Films
Fridays at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

Click on the title to watch the movie trailer. 

November 3: The Big Sick (2017, R)
November 17: 
Glass Castle ( 2017, PG-13)
Van Gogh's Starry Night Lecture:  From Spiritualized Nature to Higher Abstraction

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Robert Baldwin, Associate Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, will be giving a talk on Vincent Van Gogh's iconic painting  Starry Night. This talk examines  Starry Night in the broad picture of larger artistic trends through the rise of Symbolism (1885-).
With its peaceful village  and visionary abstraction,  Starry Night moved from traditional community (village, starry heavens) to a uniquely modern artistic community, an urban audience of liberated individuals transformed into kindred spirits by art itself. Like the inscription chiseled on two slightly later art museums,  Starry Night goes beyond sublime nature in proclaiming: " Art still has truth, Take refuge there."
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Groton-Mystic Emergency Services: Author Talk
Local Author Jim Streeter book talk and signing
Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. 

This book (co-authored with William Tischer) tells the story (in stunning images) of the eight separate fire districts of Groton & Mystic and the fire departments, police departments, ambulance associations, and paramedics who serve them. 

All royalties from the book are donated to the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, earmarked for their mobile canteen operation.

All are welcome! 
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.)
November 1: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
December 6: A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Evening Book Club  (usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
November 1:  Daughter of Time  by Josephine Tey 
December 6: Nutshell by Ian McEwan 

History Book Club  (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
November 14The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl,  by Tim Egan

Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)
November 15:  Race and Reunion  by David Blight

CLAMS (Classic Literature at Mystic) Book Club (Mondays at 7:00 p.m.)
November 6: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding 

Teen & Children's Programs 
Morning Movie at M&NL
Friday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m.

It's a day off of school! We'll be showing the supercharged film Cars 3 (2017, G) and you are invited! 

Sit! Stay! Read! 
Saturday, November 18

2:00-3:00 p.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 here or by calling 860-536-7721.

Lyman Allyn Museum
NEW! Teen Art Programs

We are excited to announce a new partnership! In collaboration with educators from the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, we are offering 4 new art programs, just for teens! 

Thanks to a grant from the Mystic Rotary Club, these programs will be held at the Library and are free for participants. Join us! You can register for one or all of these special sessions. 

All programs begin at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 - Pati Hill inspired collage and copy machine art - We will make connections to the current exhibition of her work on view at the museum. Register online here. 
Thursday, December 28 - H and painting canvas totes inspired by adult coloring books
Saturday, January 27 - Sculpt Your Own Coral Reef, inspired by The Coral Reef Project, an installation opening at LAAM that day by Williams School teacher Tekla Zweir
Afternoon Wii U Gaming

Stop by the Mystic & Noank Library on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm for some fun among friends. Get your game on with other kids and teens! Join casual tournaments and game with your friends.
Gaming offers an outlet for creativity and problem solving, while the Library provides an atmosphere of community and sharing. Games are appropriate for ages 9 and up. Come join in on the fun!
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 10 and up are welcome. 

Winter Preschool Storytimes

Winter Storytimes begin the week of January 8, 2018.  Registration is available on via EventKeeper on the library website  now or by calling (860) 536-7721.
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. In the case of over-enrollment classes will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.  StoryTime sessions last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public.
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! 

Family Maker Day Photos

We had a great time showing our new 3D printers in action on Saturday, October 28! Roberta Donahue, Head of Youth Services, and John Persano (in green, below), a library volunteer and University of New Haven Adjunct Faculty member (Engineering), designed a range of hands-on and fun projects and activities. While the 3D printers churned out miniature jack-o-lanterns, guests used engineering skills to build things from toothpicks and mini marshmallows, designed catapaults and fashioned a pom pom drop. 

Couldn't be there last Saturday? 
Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to work  with the 3D printers at our library soon! 

We offer our continued gratitude to the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund
for the financial support of this event and future STEAM activities at our library. We are delighted to honor the Gross Family by naming our printers 'Sidney' and 'Roger'. Stop by and meet them soon!
 News, Meetings & Programs
NEW! Brain HQ: Brain Training Software

The library is pleased to now 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. 
Cribbage Club Continues
Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. 
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

Writers' Group
Join a varied group of writers every Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (November 6, 13, 20, 27). We welcome all genres to discuss, review and work on our craft together. 
Knitters Unite
Knitting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. each month (November 14 and 28). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 

Bereavement Counseling

November 7 and November 21 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 CTSessions are free but do require pre-registration. Please call (860) 848-5699 to register. 

Museum Passes Available

Preview a museum for all your holiday out-of-town guests! 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 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 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! 
We Are So Grateful
Thank You Volunteers! 

The hard-work put in by 40 (wow! what a turn-out) loyal Friends and neighbors at our
Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 28 was amazing! 

We are so grateful to the many volunteers for their dedication and exemplary community service on our behalf. Many hands do indeed make for light work. 
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adjustable beanbag
Look What YOU have Bought For Us! 

We are so grateful to the many donors who not only attended our Fall Fundraiser at the Engine Room but who have subsequently donated funds to support upgrades in our Children & Teen spaces. 

To date, we have raised $9,000 towards this effort! A gift of any size is appreciated at any time. Thank you for your generosity! 
Charter Oak
$100,000 in 100 Days 
LAST FEW WEEKS! Don't miss out! 

If you are a Charter Oak Credit Union member, your donation to M&NL can be matched up to $500.00 per member! Wow! 

Learn more here and download the member form here. Copies of the form are also available for pick-up at M&NL. Thank you in advance for your generous gifts---we are so grateful for every dollar raised for our Annual Fund. Please contact Karen Bradshaw with any questions. 

#GivingTuesday is November 28

We are one month into our new fiscal year and grateful for the Library Friends that have already made their Annual Fund gift. These donations are key to maintaining our current levels of excellent library service, programming and activities for you and your whole family. 

 Your tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund supports all the services and resources we provide you, strengthens our collection and ensures our viability in our wonderful Mystic community. See you soon.


Make a Visible Difference

Have you noticed how welcoming our front walkway is? We certainly have! Thanks to many generous patrons, nearly 140 bricks have been ordered as part of this fundraiser for the library-- thank you!

Do you need a special gift for a friend? 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. 

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

Each brick can include up to 3 lines of text with 16 characters per line. Each 4" x 8"  paver is $125.00 and installation of engraved bricks will be done in sections on a rolling basis.  Questions? Contact Karen Bradshaw at (860) 572-8191.

Support the Library with Amazon Smile 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon which offers many of the same things as 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  to sign up and show your support. 

Make Your Plans for Next Month
A Preview of M&NL Decembe r  Programs
Details to follow next month. 

Stop Motion Animation Workshop Tech Class
Monday, December 4 (10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.)

Rescheduled: Veteran's Fair
Tuesday, December 5 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Creative Calisthenics: Mandala Poetry
Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Annual Tree Trimming and Holiday Celebrations
Saturday, December 9

Free Photo Editors Tech Class
Monday, December 11 (10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.)

Tom Verde: Children of Abraham Lecture
Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. 

Cloud Computing Tech Class
Monday, December 18 (10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.)

Library will be closed on Monday, December 25 for Christmas Day

Save the Dates!
Great Decisions Discussion Group will return on March 2, 2018 on Friday mornings! 
Stay tuned for details...

 Mystic & Noank Library | 40 Library Street, Mystic, CT 06355 | (860) 536-7721

Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods...for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.