August News & Events
Please note that the library will be closed August 10th, for Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival
Staff Picks
Patron Recommendations
Adult recommendation by Jasson M. - The Art of War by Sunzi
Teen recommendation by Brendan F. -  InkHeart by Cordelia Funke
Children recommendation by Daisy J. - Super Slug of Doom by Matty Long
Art in the Ames Room

Artists’ Views of Mystic and Surrounding Towns: 
Artists have been coming to Mystic and the surrounding area for more than a century to paint the bucolic landscape, beautiful shoreline and regional views steeped in New England history.  Mystic residents Jon and Jane Sproul have been collecting artwork from early members of the Mystic art colony for over 15 years and wanted to share some of their collection with library patrons.
Artists represented in this exhibition include: G. A. Thompson, Peter Marcus, Carl Lawless, J. E. Enneking, Julian Joseph, Ernest. H. Barnes, Henry W. Ranger, Kenneth Bates, Reynolds Beal, and Beatrice Cuming .
Lighted Display Case

Local Glass
Camden Celtruda have been collecting and digging antique local bottles for years now. Some of the highlights included are local milk bottles and medicine bottles dating from the 1880s to 1930s from areas including Mystic, Groton, Noank and more! Take a look at the history of glass bottles used in our local areas as well as some history behind them!

Do you have art to exhibit in our Ames Meeting Room? Or a special collection that will fit in our glass display case? Give us a call @ 860.536.7721 or email to schedule.
Our Annual Fall Fundraiser is Coming Up!
Thursday, October 24, 6:00-8:00
Featured Resource
OverDrive is a library-sponsored service that allows you to borrow and instantly download ebooks and audiobooks. You can view available titles and manage your checkouts by visiting the  Overdrive website  on your computer, or by downloading the OverDrive “Libby” app to your  Android iOS , or  Microsoft  mobile device.

The Libby app can also be used on PCs running Windows 10.
Easy, organized, and browseable.
Programs for Adults
Universe of Stories
Adult Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading will be ending soon!
Make sure you submit your tracking form by August 3

Tracking forms are available at the circulation desk or for download HERE
All books count towards your goal (Audiobooks and e-books count, too!)

Winners receive a gift basket for:
- greatest number of books read
- most books read from the Goodreads list
- greatest number of pages (if print)
- greatest number of hours (if audiobook)

Submit your filled out tracking form by 1 pm on Saturday, August 3 to or drop off at front circulation desk.
Patrons ages 18+ are encourage to participate !
A Universe of Stories:
Cosmic Space in Western Art
Thursday, August 1 at 6:30

Robert Baldwin, a Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, will be giving a talk on the history of the cosmos in Western art, including its religious significance from antiquity to the Renaissance, its secularization during the Enlightenment, and its transformation as we enter the modern age. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Sailing Toward My Father:
A one man play about Herman Melville
Thursday, August 8 at 6:30

Performed by Stephen Collins and written and directed by Carl A. Rossi. Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick; The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Free; no registration.

CT Authors Trail Book Talk with Rose Young
Thursday, August 15 at 6:00

We are delighted to welcome Rose Young, author of Roses Wine and Murder. Rose will discuss her books and writing, and then entertain questions. The library has multiple copies available to check-out. Refreshments will be provided. Books will be available for sale. Don't forget your passport!

Coffee with the (Groton Town) Council
Saturday, August 17, 10:00-12:00

Stop by this morning for a cuppa Joe and a scone,
and chat with members of the Groton Town Council. No registration. Drop-in.

Roode Memorial Concert
Cabin Fever Bluegrass Band

Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 (doors open at 6:00)

The 3rd and final Roode Summer Concert will feature Cabin Fever Bluegrass Band. This group of friends, who live and play in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, play a foot-tapping selection of "Bar-Rated Bluegrass and Gospel for the Unholy". No registration required. Held upstairs in the Reading Room. Sponsored by the family of Carl and Agnes Roode.

25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament

The 25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament begins June 1. Please contact your bridge friends and encourage them to participate in this fun event that also helps support the Library. Download our application HERE .

Book Clubs
Meetings are normally scheduled for the Ames Meeting Room at M&NL. Exceptions are noted on the event calendar prior to meeting. All are welcome to join discussions. There are no fees, and the Library works to provide copies of the books being discussed. 
Afternoon Book Group 
(1st Wednesday @ 1:00)
September 4th

EDUCATED: A MEMOIR by Tara Westover
Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
September 4th


History Book Group 
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
 August 13

by Victoria Johnson

CLAMs Book Group
(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
August 13th and 27nd

Ernest Hemingway
Cribbage Club 
Thursdays @ 3:00
For more information, please call Donna Anderson at 203.470.4566 or
Writers Group
Mondays @ 4:00
Knitting Group
Tuesday @ 1:00
All levels welcome.
2nd Wednesday @ 7:00
Literacy Conversation Group
Wednesdays @ 6:30
For those new to the English language. No registration.
Seated Guided Meditation
Fridays 3:00-4:00
All are welcome
No registration or prior experience
Sign up for an individual one hour session with our tech librarian.
Registration required: 860.536.7721 or book online
Bereavement Group
Informal Drop in on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays @ 10
Center for Hospice Care on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays @ 10
Programs for Youth
College Readiness Series:
Tackling the College Essay
Monday, August 19 at 7:00

It’s a little-known fact that even the students who absolutely love to write struggle with the application essay. So if you’ve been biting your nails or tearing your hair out even a little, you’re not alone. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. This session will be led by current admission officers and will offer insight into how essays are reviewed and tips for writing your own personal narrative for the college application process.

Presented by Ben Brown, Assistant Director of Admission, Connecticut College
Science and Performing Arts Series
Funding generously provided by Chelsea Groton Foundation and Pfizer Groton
--thank you!
Celestial Creatures
Thursday, August 1 at 2:00

Presented by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center!

Gazing into the night sky, we see many groups of bright stars called constellations. Using their imaginations, our ancestors saw animals hidden within these star groups. We will learn about different animal constellations, meet some of the animals they were named after, and design our own constellation using inspiration from our favorite animal. Everyone is included! Free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Curious Creatures
Thursday, August 8 at 2:00

Curious about creatures? Join us for this fun, interactive, live animal presentation.

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

Family Movie Night
Monday, August 5 at 6:30

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This movie is rated PG and has a run time of
2 hours and 30 minutes

Bring your favorite snacks and covered drinks!

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library

Family Friday Movie Matinees

Friday, August 2 at 3:00
PG, 1 hour, 50 minutes
Friday, August 9 at 3:00
Space Jam
PG, 1 hour, 40 minutes
Friday, August 16 at 3:00
Monsters University
PG, 1 hour, 50 minutes
Sit! Stay! Read with Phantom!
Saturday, August 31, 11:00-12:00
Come read to Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend or just stop by to say hello!
Best for kids entering first grade and up.
Register HERE

Sci-Fi Teen Movie Night

Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30
PG-13, 1 hour, 49 minutes
Teen Wii U Gaming
Tuesdays, August 6 and August 13 at 3:30

Summer brings lots of cool things--including weekly Wii U gaming.
Stop by the Library on Tuesday afternoons to play our games with your friends!
Yoga for Tweens and Teens
Thursdays, August 1 - August 15 at 4:00

Yoga with Miss Kim will lead an expressive and gentle yoga class each Thursday afternoon with an emphasis on kindness, mindfulness and non-competition. Great for ages 10 and up!

Please register for dates individually HERE

A Universe of Stories: Ready_Set_Code
Wednesdays, August 7 and August 14 at 6:30

Our Tech Librarian Rachel Taylor will lead these fun, informative coding classes. Laptops are available for those who do not have their own.

For ages 10 and up!

Register for this program HERE

Preschool Drop-In Story Times
Join our librarians for a fun interactive storytime for our youngest library patrons! Free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Thursday, August 1 at 10:30

Thursday, August 8 at 10:30

 Register your child for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your little one starts kindergarten. We love celebrating the children's successes and honoring them with prizes to keep them motivated! Interested? Stop in the Children's Room to register--it's FREE and FUN!

Funded by the Groton Education Foundation
Check out our Event Calendar to see our monthly layout of programs. More are added every day so check back often!
Join Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library generally meet the 3rd Monday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in the Ames Room. The Friends welcome your interest and participation!
Learn more about the Friends on our website or send an email to

Next meeting: Monday, August 19th, 12:00
Museum Passes

Time for a day trip? Stop by the Children's Room to review the passes and discounts available. Explore a new site or revisit an old favorite:

Avery-Copp House , Groton
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 locations)
Wadsworth Atheneum , Hartford
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
Your Support Counts
The Mystic & Noank Library receives less than
30% of its annual revenue from state and municipal funding? In order to maintain our current hours and offerings, we rely on the support of our wonderful patron community.

Your support enables our beloved library to continue being a unique and valuable resource through engaging programs and services. It is a lifeline to our community and beyond.
We rely on donors like you!

To make an online donation, click here.
For more information, to make a tax-deductible gift or inquire about legacy giving options, please contact Loren Wren, Director of Development: or 860.572.8191.

Thank you for helping to keep our doors open for 126 years and counting!
Mystic & Noank Library | 40 Library Street, Mystic CT 06355 | TEL: 860.536.7721
Monday-Wednesday 10:00 - 9:00
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday Hours 10:00 - 5:00 (9:00-1:00 June-August)