Library Hours
Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 - 7:00
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 - 4:00

Library Closed
Friday, April 15 for Good Friday
A Message from Executive Director Chris Bradley
Dear Readers,
“April is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in the garden.”  --Marty Rubin
To that end, come to MNL’s seed library and get started!
 
On April 8 and 9, during National Library Week, go to Bank Square Books to purchase a book for MNL’s collection in the name of someone you love. Friends of the Library will be at the bookstore to help you with the bookplates.

April is National Poetry Month. Please join us in celebrating at the Mystic River Park on Saturday, April 30 from 10 to 12. Bring your favorite poem to read and share with others. Let Chris Bradley (cbradley@mysticnoaklibrary.org) know what you would like to read and when.

And don’t miss the Fourteenth Annual Edible Book Festival on Sunday,
April 3, sponsored by all of the Groton Friends of the Library!

Chris Bradley
Virtual: History Book Club
 Mon., April 11 @ 7 PM
For more information contact:
Dana Semeraro dssemeraro@gmail.com
Virtual: Books Sandwiched In
 Tues., April 26 @ 12:00 PM
For more information contact: Chris Bradley at cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Donate to the Mystic & Noank Library
The Mystic & Noank Library receives less than 30% of our annual funding from state and local government allocations. We must rely on philanthropy for the balance of our operating income (over 70%) in order to maintain the same high quality programs and services for our patrons. Please support Mystic & Noank Library today!
 Join us for Volunteer Clean Up Day on May 7th
Join us outside on the Library lawn for a spring cleanup day! Please bring gardening gloves and any other supplies you might need for outdoor maintenance. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you there!
Honor Books on April 8th and 9th!
Please visit Bank Square Books on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 to browse through titles pre-selected by library staff. 

Purchase one (or more!) books for the Library's collection to honor a friend or loved one. A custom bookplate will be a permanent record of your donation. 
Stop by Our Seed Library!
The Mystic & Noank Seed Library is happening from March-October! We encourage both new and seasoned gardeners of all ages to try something new, build healthier eating habits and share your bounty!
The True Depths of the Plastic Crisis: Thicker Than Water
Thursday, April 7 @ 6:00 PM  
Join us with author Erica Cirino as she discusser the book, Thicker Than Water. Erica has traveled across land and sea to reveal the true depths of the plastic crisis, which she details in her recent book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis.

Lunch with Bob Patel, author of
Curious One: My Adventures as a Little Boy in India
Tuesday April 12 @ 12:00 PM
Join us for a conversation with local author, Bhupendra (Bob) Patel. Enjoy a light lunch in the Ames Room while we discuss his book Curious One: My Adventures as a Little Boy in India. Bob will discuss the book and his background as well as the craft of writing.
This Month
Digital Program: Haiku: Capturing Moments in Nature
Wed., April 6 @ 6:00 PM
Join poet Jennifer Y. Montgomery on a journey through the history of haiku and other forms of Japanese micro poetry. From frogs to Zen meditation to clandestine feudal love letters. She’ll then guide us through the basics of writing haiku. 
Digital Program: Going to Extremes: Adventure Travel
Thurs., April 14 @ 6:00 PM
A nationally-known adventure travel journalist, Peter Mandel, shares slides of his most extreme travel experiences and talk about how adventure travel turns to prose in today's media.  


Digital Program: Building the Tomato Trellis System
Monday, April 18 @ 6:00 PM
Join us with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager at Coogan Farm of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, for an online class all about tomato growing and trellising.
In the Ames Room:
Writers' Group
Mondays in April @ 4:00 PM
We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.
National Poetry Month Community Reading
Saturday, April 30 @ 10:00 AM 
April is National Poetry Month! Come to Mystic River Park on Saturday, April 30 from 10 AM - 12 PM to celebrate with your friends and local notables by reading a favorite poem. Introduce the crowd to your favorite poem and poet with a short explanation about why the poem is special to you. Kevin Booker Jr. will be our host, and Lisa Starr of the Mystic Arts Cafe will lead us off. 
If you would like to participate, please contact Chris Bradley to let her know approximately what time you would like to read. 
Digital Program: Cool-ology Presents Earth Day Lab for Kids!
Sat., April 2 @ 11:00 AM 
Science, Engineering, and Art come together in this fun Earth Day Lab. Participants will investigate seeds, engineer their own seed movers, and create Earth Art chemistry!
Wings of Fire In-Person Meet-up
Wed., April 6 @ 4:30 PM
Join Hazel and Iris on April 6 at 4:30p.m. for a Wings of Fire book discussion meet up for ages 8 and up! We will be focusing on the second book in the series.

Digital Program: Food Explorers Baking Class for Kids!
Sat., April 9 @ 3:00 PM
Join Food Explorers to make Spaghetti and Meatballs! You’ll make your meatballs and tomato sauce completely from scratch.

Digital Program: Pom Pom Flower Workshop for Kids!
Wed., April 13 @ 4:30 PM
Join Hazel on Zoom to learn how to make yarn pom-poms. All you need is a pair of sharp scissors. Stop by the library ahead of time to pick up a grab and go bag ahead of time!
In the Children's Room: In-Person Chess Club for Kids!
Wed., April 20 & 27 @ 4:30 PM 
Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In the Children's Room:
Plant a Seed!
Saturday, April 23 @10:00 AM 
Join us on April 23rd throughout the day to decorate repurposed K cup pods with sharpie markers and then planting sunflowers, pumpkin, cucumber, bean and watermelon seeds in them.
Ongoing Events
Digital Program: Guided Somatic Mindfulness Meditations
Tuesdays @ 3:00 PM
Enjoy being guided by Pamala Lewis, co-leader of the New London Community of Mindfulness, in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude.
Outdoor Storytime
on the Library Lawn!
Fri., April 22 & 29 @ 10:30 AM
Join us for an in-person, outdoor storytime on the library lawn! Bring a picnic blanket, a snack, and your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories! Best for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Digital Program: Upcycling Meetup
Monday, April 25 @ 4:00 PM
Looking for ways to be creative for free? Come join us once a month to brainstorm and create new fashion from old garments, extend the life of your clothes with mending and enhancements, and help the environment by keeping textiles out of the landfill. All ages welcome. No sewing skills necessary. Finish an existing project or come learn how to start one!
Hoopla: Music, Movies, eBooks and Audiobooks

OverDrive: eBooks & Audiobooks

Kanopy: Video streaming service featuring a wide array of films including the Criterion Collection & The Great Courses


MNL YouTube Channel: Storytimes, Library programs & more!
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