September 2017 News
Please note: 
The Library will be closed for
Saturday, September 9: Regular Library Hours Resume (open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m)

A Note from the Director 

The arrival of September not only marks the end of summer, but also the end of our Library's fiscal year and the close of our 2017 Annual Fund. If your finances enable you to do so, we ask that you consider  making a donation to support our library. With the recent reduction in funding from the Town of Groton, only 31% of our operating budget is subsidized through municipal funding - we need your support to close that gap!

Another fun way to support the library this month is to attend our Fall Fundraiser, the kick-off event for the library's celebration of our 125thcontinuous year of service to the greater Mystic community. Please join us at the Engine Room on Wednesday, September 27. It's easy to
purchase your tickets online - or to simply make a donation if you are unable to attend. We thank you for your support!

As we are witnessing in Texas and Louisiana, coastal communities like ours are extremely vulnerable to the ravages of powerful storms such as Hurricane Harvey. In cooperation with the Town of Stonington, the library has a collection of Federal Flood Insurance and Recovery Information available for you in our Reference Collection. In addition, we have provided a page of online links via our website under the "Community" menu to help you plan and prepare before disaster strikes.

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
 Tickets Available!
Our Fall Fundraiser is
Wednesday, September 27!

You'll want to join us for a relaxed, fun and social evening at the  Engine Roomright here in Mystic from 6:30-9:30 p.m.! 

Help us kick off the library's 125th Anniversary Year (in 2018) by being a part of this special and social event. 

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.

**Please note the Library will close early at 5:00 p.m. on September 27**
Homegoing: One Book, One Region
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Yaa Gyasi will speak about her historical novel Homegoing at Connecticut College's Palmer Auditorium, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, 06320 on September 27 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the school's One Book, One Region program.

Yaa Gyasi's debut novel traces the impact of the slave trade through generations of a single family and illuminates slavery's horrific legacy and the impacts on those who were enslaved and those who were not. In eighteenth century Ghana two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in New York City. Her novel was selected in 2016 for the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award, the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/ Hemingway Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book.

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

OBOR is possible due to generous funding from Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut College, private foundations and the support of your local library.
 MNL Happenings this Month
September New Tech Classes

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

Wednesday, September 13 Intro to Libby - There's a new app out: meet Libby! Libby is a free mobile device application that allows you to access the library's digital collection and download the e-books of your choice; perfect for avid readers! Come and learn all about it.
Monday, September 18 : Social Media Marketing - Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to promote your business and your services! Find out about all the ways you can use a social media page to advertise yourself and find your audience.
Monday, September 25 : Blogging for Beginners - Learn how to create a great blog through Blogger or Tumblr and connect it with social media and the web! We will also look at samples of notable blogs and discuss best blogging practices and privacy.
Attendees should provide their own devices. Registration is required; please sign up via the library website or call for assistance.

AARP Smart Driver Course
Saturday, September 16 from 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.

The fee is $15 for AARP members (please bring your AARP Card) and $20 for non-members. Remember to bring your driver's license to the class.  Please register online here or by calling the main desk at (860) 536-7721. 
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Words Changed the World
Thursday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m.

Please come for a dynamic presentation exploring the life and impact of anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Discover Stowe's life  -- her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood -- her inspiration to write Uncle Tom's Cabin and the lasting impact of its message. Connect the past to the present and find out how you can create social change.
This program is led by Maura Hallisey, Program Coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.presented by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT. Free for all; no registration required. 

SCORE Workshop
Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ames Room

Business Finance and QuickBooks I 

Brought to you by SCORE, dedicated to offering  free  business advice and ongoing mentoring to help you start up a new business or improve the results of your current small business. 

Free to attend but registration is required; sign ups will be available soon via the SCORE website. 
Friends 3rd Annual Craft Exchange
Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Brought to you by the Friends of M&NL
Too many unfinished projects? Don't miss this unique opportunity to recycle unfinished projects as well as try out a new craft idea without spending a dime! The Exchange gives crafters a source of free materials for making charitable donations such as hats, mittens and slippers.
Donations of all craft ingredients, including knitting supplies, crochet materials, handcraft books, fabric, beads, buttons and more will be accepted at the Mystic & Noank Library during regular library hours during the week prior to the sale (September 18 - 22). Please put all donations in sealed, clear plastic bags. 
This successful event is a great way to clear out your supply closet of projects or materials you no longer want while helping others with your donations.
You do not  need to donate items in order to participate and no money is involved in the exchange.  Please bring your own tote bags for carrying your new materials home. I n addition, there will be a craft activity in the Children's Activity Room during the exchange to allow for more relaxed "shopping".

 On Display this Month
Conservation Quest
A Hands-On Exhibit from Stepping Stones Museum (Norwalk, CT) 

On display  now through September 18 during regular library hours! Free and open to all. 

We are thrilled to present this dynamic display for little hands and eager minds to explore! Learn about energy--what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it is important to use energy wisely! 

Conservation Quest  delivers important energy conservation messages, inspiring visitors to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living.
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.)
September 6: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
October 4: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Evening Book Club  (usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
September 6: book of choice
October 4: Spartina by John Casey

Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group  (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)
September 20: Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay  by Joshua Zeitz
History Book Club  (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)
September 12Alexander Hamilton (Chapter 27 - Epilogue)

CLAMS (Classic Literature at Mystic) Book Club (Mondays at 7:00 p.m.)
September 11 : The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (Books I and II)
September 24The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (Books III and IV)

Banned Books Week
September 24-30

What do  Leaves of Grass, To Kill a Mockingbird, and 
The Scarlet Letter have in common?  Besides being American classics, they have all, at one time or another, been targets of censorship in the United States. 

Fortunately, due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, booksellers, journalists, and other concerned citizens, most attempts to ban books are unsuccessful. 
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, the value of free and open access to information, and the importance of the First Amendment.

Come to the Mystic and Noank Library during the last week of September and check out our display of books that have been banned or challenged.  You might be surprised at what has been considered "filthy" ( Leaves of Grass), "degrading, profane, and racist" ( To Kill a Mockingbird), or "pornographic and obscene" ( The Scarlet Letter).

Children's Programs 
Pirate Invasion 2017
Saturday, September 30

C'mon in for some swashbuckling crafting fun from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Ames Room! 

Events kick off downtown Mystic on Friday, September 29. You can 
about all the town-wide activitie s

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 Drop-In Storytimes

Fall Storytimes begin the last week in September (Week of September 25th).  

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)
Session One: Wednesdays at 10:15 am
Session Two: Thursdays at 10:15 am
Toddlers (Just 2's to Just 3's)
Session One: Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Session Two: Thursdays at 11:00 am
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
Knitters Unite
Knitting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. each month (September 12 and 26). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 

Bereavement Counseling

September 5 and September 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 CTSessions are free but do require pre-registration. Please call (860) 848-5699 to register. 

Lyman Allyn Museum
Lyman Allyn Museum
Museum Passes Available

There are plenty of summer days left for 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
You're in the Right Place

 Our Annual Fund closes on September 30th---have you made your gift yet? 

If you've been at the library this year to read the newspaper, send a fax, attend a program or concert, strengthen a computer skill, cozy up with your grandchild, research your family's history, pick up a best seller, or find a quiet and lovely place to study, you've come to the right place! 

Thanks for making M&NL a special part of your routine. 

 Your tax-deductible donation supports all of the above, 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 as a special place for you and your family. 

Donate via PayPal here:  

Thank you for your generous support. 
Charter Oak
$100,000 in 100 Days is BACK! 

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 Difference

We have more than 130 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.

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 October  Programs
Details to follow next month. 

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Writers Workshop with Author Bob Hocking

Friday, October 6: Library will be Closed for Staff Development Day

Columbus Day: Library will be Closed
Monday, October 9

Reception for Librarian Marilyn Barr
Thursday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Join us to say Thank You and Enjoy Your Retirement!

Friday Afternoon Feature Films 
Begin Friday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Paris Can Wait (2017, PG)

All Things Pumpkin: Presented by the Friends of M&NL
Saturday, October 14 
Fun for all ages! Ed Pop Magic show 3:30 p.m., Costume Parade. Clyde's Cider & Goodies
Rain or Shine!

Friday Afternoon Feature Films 
Friday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
My Cousin Rachel (2017, PG-13)

Downsizing with Regina Sanchez
Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.

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

Author John-Manuel Andriote
Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health & A Strong Community (co-sponsored with Bank Square Books)
Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Friday Afternoon Feature Films 
Friday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (2060, Unrated)

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

Family Maker Event (featuring our new 3D printer & drop-in activities!)
Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

October is Design-a-Plate Month 
Make a special one-of-a-kind gift, just in time for holiday giving! 

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