October 2017 News
Please note: 
The Library will be closed for 
Staff Development Day on Friday, October 6 and
A Note from the Director 

A big THANK YOU! to all of our sponsors and attendees at our Fall Fundraiser at the Engine Room on September 27. I had a wonderful time getting to chat and meet so many of our library's community supporters in a relaxed and social atmosphere, not to mention the delicious food and plentiful beverages provided by our host location. The word in Mystic is that this might need to become an annual event! Thank you to Karen Bradshaw, our Director of Development, and our Board of Trustees for all of your efforts to make this evening a reality.

October 1 begins our library's new fiscal year, and with that comes a few changes to our dynamic MNL Board of Trustees. I thank Rhona Heyl for her two years of service as President of the Board. Happily, Rhona will continue to serve as a trustee for another two years. I am pleased as well to welcome Bill Turner as our new Board President for our 2017-2018 year. Bill is likely a familiar face to many of you in the community from his work as a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway and co-owner of Kentford Farm in Old Mystic. Recently Rhona and Bill appeared on Mystic Matters TV to highlight all of the happenings at MNL. If you have not yet seen the episode, you can view it on YouTube .

A special thank you as well to Suzie Canning who is leaving the MNL Board after 8 years of continuous service as a Trustee. Suzie was also Development Chair and helped the MNL stay on course through a number of fiscally challenging years. In 2014, Suzie was honored by the Association of Connecticut Library Boards (ACLB) after being nominated by her fellow trustees for her development efforts on behalf of the MNL, and in particular, the three successful Galas that she chaired.

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
 Check Out our Featured Program!
Family Maker Event
Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

We are so excited to share the news that the Library now owns two 3D printers! Thanks to a generous gift from the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund, the library will be extending its science, art and engineering programming to include innovative and engaging activities for all! 

Join us on Saturday, October 28 for our Family Maker Event which will feature a demo of our 3D printers and other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities, too. Like what? How about popsicle stick catapults, the Pom Pom Drop STEM Challenge and  Apple & Pumpkin Volcanoes? You do not want to miss this! 

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

Watch for upcoming details for a new Young Engineers Club (YEC) beginning in 2018, too! This Saturday program for kids aged 8-14 will encourage youth to explore STEAM concepts in a safe, accessible and friendly environment. 

We are so grateful that YEC is possible with funding from the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund and we look forward to sharing more details with you soon! 
 MNL Happenings this Month
Art Silent Auction at M&NL
Opens Tuesday, October 3

Attention all art lovers and supporters of the  Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library! 

The first ever Art Silent Auction will open for bidding Tuesday, October 3.  Like the Fair Silent Auction, there will be Bid books with a sheet for each piece.  Bids are entered into the book and then raised by another person.  

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 donors who have supported this special fundraiser for the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

NEW October Tech Classes

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

Monday, October 16 Coding For Beginners
Learn the concepts of coding from the very beginning and practice writing code of your own! No previous experience required.
Monday, October 23 : Snapchat & Instagram 
Learn how to use Snapchat and Instagram, two highly popular social media apps, to remix and share your photos! 
Monday, October 30 : Clean Up Your Computer - Find out how to clean up your computer and make it run faster! You will learn how to uninstall programs you don't want, get rid of malware and open up new storage space!

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! 
A Writers' Workshop
Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Join author Bob Hocking for an introductory-level discussion about writing and publishing.  Designed around the theme of "things I wish I knew when I started," topics will include:
1)  Differences in publishing methods
2)  Items to consider & be prepared for
3)  Tips about the business of writing
4)  Assorted thoughts & observations
This event will last between 90 minutes & 2 hours; a Q & A session will be offered at the end.
Marilyn and Mito
A Reception for Marilyn Barr
Thursday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Please join us in a rousing 'Thank You!' to our own Marilyn Barr, who, as of today, has retired from the Library after 27 years. 

To many patrons, both long-time and new, Marilyn has been a welcome and friendly face at the circulation desk. She has helped countless patrons find just what they've needed, and done so with a calm, generous and warm presence. 

Marilyn has been instrumental in leading and organizing the many Library Book Clubs as well as the spring Book Forum.

We will certainly miss Marilyn but are also happy that she can now spend more time with her grandchildren and enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Thank You, Marilyn! 
Friday Feature Films
Fridays at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

Click on the title to watch the movie trailer. 

October 13: Paris Can Wait (2017, PG)
October 20: My Cousin Rachel (2017, PG-13)
October 27: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960, NR)
November 3: The Big Sick (2017, R)
November 17: 
Glass Castle ( 2017, PG-13)
Regina Sanchez
'Rightsizing' with Regina Sanchez
Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.

T here is a time in one's life when changes and transitions need to occur.  It's a time where perhaps moving to another home or community is necessary.  Many call it "downsizing."  Regina calls it "rightsizing."  If it's time to make changes, then its the "right time."

At this "hands on" presentation, you will learn:
  1. How to begin the "rightsizing" process!
  2. How to keep items that hold a special place in your heart yet no room in your home!
  3. What are the prices we pay when we hold on to too much "stuff?"
You can read more about Health, Wellness & Organizational Coach Regina Sanchez here on her website!

College Readiness Series: How To Pay for College
Monday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by W. Tom Polowy, MS
Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime's biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents about how the financial aid system works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable. 

Please join us and learn:

* How the financial aid system works
* The primary sources of college funds
* What to expect with education loans
* Ideas for maximizing your funds
* Creative strategies for funding college costs
* Understanding College savings and investment plans 
* Current market outlook and where to invest for college

Tom is a fully insured and licensed financial advisor specializing in college funding. He presents at financial aid nights for schools and communities in the greater Hartford area.
OSCA Living Well Talk 
Wednesday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Learn about legal matters that affect the senior community in this 45 minute presentation with  Jean Hendren Ceddia, Esq. brought to you by Our Shoreline Community Association. 

All are welcome to attend! 
Trish McAvoy
One Woman's Path to Health: Author Tricia McAvoy
Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Trish McAvoy  helps people make better life-style changes for themselves. Her specialty is mid-life women who have struggled with sugar addiction and weight problems and are ready to dive deep into new and effective ways of handling their health. 

Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus in her teens, Trish learned to make significant changes in her diet, but more importantly her mindset about what is possible in healing. As a result she has been symptom-free from the two diseases for over 20 years! Trish opened Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts on State Street in New London, CT in 2004 and has since published her first book  , "
One Woman's Path to Health ,"  documenting her journey to wellness.

All our welcome to join this discussion! 

Author John-Manuel Andriote
Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ames Room

In honor of LGBTQ History Month and in sponsorship with Bank Square Books, join the author of Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health & a Strong Community for a book talk and discussion. 

T his is a personal book filled with first-person interviews, frank discussion and powerful insight. It's been called ' A tour de force ... well-written, compelling, and highly informative." by  Kenneth Mayer, MD, Infectious Disease Attending and Director of HIV Prevention Research,  Beth Isra el Deaconess Medical Center; professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Medical Research Director, The Fenway Institute.

John-Manuel Andriote is an award-winning author,  journalist , speaker  and  communication consultant. Since 1983 he has written about health and medicine, LGBT issues and popular culture. You can read more here

Don't miss this presentation---all are welcome to attend.

Fall Clean-Up Day
Fall Volunteer Clean-Up Day
Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

The more hands, the merrier! Grab your rake and a pair of gloves to help us tidy up the exterior grounds of our lovely library. You'll be rewarded with good cheer, good coffee and no doubt, some cider donuts. 

We are so lucky to have many faithful and hard-working volunteers take care of our beautiful and historic property. Hope to see you then! 
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.)
October 4: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
November 1: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Evening Book Club  (usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
October 4: Spartina by John Casey

Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group  (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)
October 18  Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography  by Jack Hurst

History Book Club  (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
October 10And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, by Richard Engel
November 14The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl,  by Tim Egan

CLAMS (Classic Literature at Mystic) Book Club (Mondays at 7:00 p.m.)
October 2: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding 

Teen & Children's Programs 
Make a Plate
Make-a-Plate Month! 

Come into the Children's Room all month long to create a colorful 10" plate with your very own design! We provide the special paper needed and markers--you bring the creativity  ( and a $10 donation to benefit the Children's room )! 

These durable plates are dishwasher safe and will be ready for pick-up for holiday gifts! 

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, October 21 - Pointillism, acrylic paint and canvas - Explore the link to American Perspectives and the Lyme Art Colony impressionism style work. Works of art are from the Lyman Allyn's permanent collection. Register online here
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 starting October 13. 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!
7th Annual All Things Pumpkin
Saturday, October 14 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library are generously sponsoring this fun and creative event! Come down and enjoy a magic show with Ed Pop! followed by children's activities, a basket raffle, Clyde's cider and festive goodies rounding out the afternoon! 
Children are encouraged to come in costume for a parade to follow the magic show. This event is FREE and open to all! 
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. 

Fall Preschool Storytimes

Fall Storytimes have begun! 

Registration is available on EventKeeper 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. 

Lapsit (6 to 23 Months) and  Toddlers (Just 2's to Just 3's) are FULL
There's still room in: 
Three Year Olds
Session One: Mondays at 10:30 am
Four and Five Year Olds
Session One: Tuesdays at 1:15 pm

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! 
 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  donnaencorefit@gmail.com

Writers' Group
Join a varied group of writers every Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (October 2, 16, 23, 30). 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 (October 10 and 24). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 

Bereavement Counseling

October 3 and October 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 CTSessions are free but do require pre-registration. Please call (860) 848-5699 to register. 

Museum Passes Available

A new season calls for new local adventuring! 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! 
Give to Grow
Thank You, All 

We are so proud of the role we play in your day-to-day lives. Thank you for your generous gifts of time, resources and ideas. We appreciate all you do for us.

We are delighted to announce that we not only reached our Annual Fund goal of $105,000 for our fiscal year ending September 30 but surpassed it! Thanks to the hundreds of you that supported us, some for the first time! Others have given annually and have done so for many years, sometimes even decades! 

 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.


Charter Oak
$100,000 in 100 Days! 

We didn't think this generous matching program from Charter Oak Credit Union could get better, but it has! This year, any gift will 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. 

Make a Visible Difference

Have you noticed how welcoming our front walkway is? We certainly have! Thanks to many generous patrons, more than 130 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 Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice!  

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

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

Doug Hanna_ Sally Halsey and Peggy Brissette
A (Great!) Evening at 
The Engine Room

We sure had a blast at our Fall Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 27! For those that joined us at the event and/or made a gift, THANK YOU for your support! 

For those that were unable to be there, the  Fall Fundraiser continues with requests for donations to update and improve our very active Childrens' and Teen Spaces. Making a gift is a sign of your commitment to our future! 

Your tax-deductible gift will go towards new furniture, supplies, activities and programming. Will you help? Donations of any amount are always appreciated. 

Trustee Suzie Canning and guest Gary King

A Display of Youth Space and Resources Upgrades Needed

Rhona Bill
Trustees Rhona Heyl and Bill Turner

Bill Turner with Ann and Sully Ahamed 

Engine Room
Enjoying the excellent entrees!

Chris Marilyn
Director Chris Johnson and Marilyn Barr

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

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

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.

College Readiness Series: From Stress to Success
Monday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, Avery Point

Mito's Adoption Anniversary
Friday, November 10 
Help us celebrate Mito's first year at M&NL with special activities all day long! 

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

Van Gogh's Starry Night: Art Lecture with Prof. Robert Baldwin
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Veteran's Fair
Thursday, November 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Friends of the M&NL Like-New Book Sale
Monday, November 27- Saturday, December 2

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

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. 
October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with 
split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and 
carve my smile into a  thousand pumpkins.
 O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!