September 2018 News
The Library will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.

Saturday, September 8th: Regular Saturday Library Hours Resume (Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Interim Director's Message
New month, new beginnings! At the Library, September brings a change of season and a variety of programs for everyone. We hope you have a chance to enjoy all we have to offer. Some highlights include the MNL 125th Anniversary Program: British Music Inspired by the Sea, Tai Ji Quan classes, an art exhibit, Safe Driving classes, a knitting club, tech classes, book clubs, story times, movies and more.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Director of Development, Loren Wren. Loren begins on Tuesday, September 4th. She has over 16 years experience working in development at Bradley Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. We are delighted to have her join our library community and look forward to working with her and making the Library an even better place. Welcome Loren!

September also marks the end of the Library's fiscal year and the close of our 2018 Annual Fund. Please consider making a donation today!

If you have questions or suggestions, please stop by the library and let us know! We look forward to seeing you this fall.

-- Roberta Donahue
Our Featured Events
Adult Reading at M&NL

Our Reading Program continues until Monday, September 10.

While the goal of the program is to challenge yourself to read as much as you can, we will have specific contests for three separate categories of reading accomplishment! There will be a category for the greatest total number of books read, the most books read off of the official list, and the greatest number of pages read.

There will be an exciting gift basket for the winner of each category!

Registration is required; you can sign up using the online form here. You can download your tracking form from our website HERE or pick it up from the front desk!

Those who wish to be eligible for a prize should submit their form by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Email your forms to or submit them in person.
Thank You!
We are delighted to be in receipt of a grant of $500.00 from our community partners at Charter Oak Federal Credit Union!

With this funding, we will be purchasing some new adult titles for the collection as part of our Novel Challenge program. The books are part of the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels list, and we encourage you to read as many as you can! Thank you, Charter Oak!
Adult Programs
Art in the Ames Room

On The Waterfront: A Digital Photography Exhibit

by Anna D. Shaw
Tuesday, September 4 - Saturday, September 29
Anna D. Shaw will be showing her artwork in the Ames Room throughout September. Anna is a professional photographer and has lived in Mystic for the past year. She has done a number of things, among them large format architectural work, environmental portraiture, custom lab work and portfolio photography. She also created photographs for shows ranging from her home in Manchester, MA, to the Boston area, New York, and once in England. From 2000-2017 she did creative work and had shows in the area near Newcastle, ME.
Since she no longer has a darkroom, Anna works digitally now. Since her husband has retired, they take a major trip each year. Some pictures are purely documentary, some find a spirit and design in details, and some are abstracted in various ways in the computer. The locations of these range from nearby places to the Galapagos and the Shetland Islands.
AARP Safe Driving Class
Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.

The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Attendees must bring their Driver's License to class. Each class will be 4 hours, with one scheduled break; participants should bring their own snacks or drinks. Register here!

Next AARP Safe Driving Class will be Monday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.
MNL 125th Anniversary Program:
British Music Inspired by the Sea
Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Throughout the centuries the sea has had a great influence on the artistic output of Great Britain. There are so many examples in literature and theatre including Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe,” Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and of course Shakespeare’s great storms at the starts of “Othello” and “The Tempest.”

In art there are the seascapes of Constable and especially those of Turner. Not to be left out are the many fine musical works. Jeffrey Engel will highlight several British composers and their music inspired by the sea.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Tech Classes for You

 Monday, September 10: Goodreads

Learn how to use this popular book-interest, social-networking site. You will learn how to use the website to track books you want to read and rate the ones you already have while connecting you with friends, offering you tailored book recommendations, and giving you access to thousands of free booklists and reviews!

Register for 10:15 a.m. session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 p.m. session HERE .

Monday, September 24: Learning a Language Online

Take this class to learn about the many excellent websites and language apps such as Duolingo, Mango, Busuu, and more! Your language lessons will all be self-paced and fun - and completely free.

Register for 10:15 a.m. session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 p.m. session HERE .
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Classes held Wednesday, September 26 - December 26.

We are offering two Tai Ji Quan 12-class sessions this fall and winter! Patrons may sign up for either Session One OR Session Two.

The purpose of this class is to use an adapted Tai Ji Quan exercise program to help improve balance, mobility, walking, and physical well-being. Participants will learn a variety of movements from the traditional art of Tai Ji Quan, but they have been specifically tailored to improve balance, self-awareness, and to control body movements in performing various activities of daily life. 

Over the course, we will practice balancing techniques along with a variety of movements that will follow and easy-to-difficult progression, challenging your ability to control and adapt to posturally demanding activities.

Sign-up below!

No classes week of November 21 or 28.

Funded by the Yale University/ CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention.

Registration is required and seats are limited; for more information, visit our website at
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 5 : Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman
History Book Club   (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

September 11: Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made , by Richard Rhodes

September 10 : Beloved (to page 105) by Toni Morrison

September 24:     Beloved  by Toni Morrison
Evening Book Club 
(usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

September 5: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, by Gil Courtemanche
Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group   (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

September 19:
Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee -- The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged , by William C. Davis
Children's Programs
Family Movie Matinee

September 29 at 3:00 p.m. Peter Rabbit (PG, 100 mins, 2018)

Showing in the Ames Room. Bring your favorite snack and (covered) drinks.

Funding generously provided by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- thank you!
Fall Preschool Storytime
Fall Storytimes begin the last week in September (Week of September 24th).  

Story Times are scheduled to meet weekly Mondays through Thursdays, classes consist of stories, finger-plays, crafts, and songs. 

Visit our website at or sign up below!

Lapsit (6 to 23 Months)
Toddlers (Just 2's to Just 3's)
Three Year Olds
Four and Five Year Olds

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. 

Story Time sessions start the last week in September and last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public.
Have You Registered for 1KBK?
We are delighted with the response to our  Groton Education Foundation  funded program 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

We love celebrating the children's successes and honoring them with prizes to keep them motivated! Interested? Stop in the Children's Room and find out more--we'd love to see you.
Sign up in the Children's Room during regular library hours--it's FREE! 
Teen and Children's Programs
Young Engineers' Club

Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m to noon in the Ames Room

The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an fun program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that aims to encourage tweens ages 10 and up to become technology creators! 

YEC meets once a month to work on different projects! This month we will have a 3D printing class. Join our young engineers as they create a 3D printed case for their automatic plant watering system! Topics covered will include the basics of 3D modeling, weather proofing, and 3D printing.

Our Spring 2018 project included building an automatic plant watering system from scratch. Topics covered included a review of electricity, Ohm's law, electronic components, schematic design, circuit board design, soldering, 3D modeling/printing and the basics of C programming. WOW! 

This exciting initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE thanks to generous support from the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund. Class size is limited. Register HERE .

Afternoon Wii U Gaming

Stop by the Mystic & Noank Library beginning on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for some fun among friends! Join casual tournaments and games with your friends!

Gaming offers an outlet for creativity and problem solving, while the Library provides of atmosphere of community and sharing. Games are appropriate for ages 9 and up. Come join the fun!
News, Opportunities & Info

In 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 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! 
Call for Art & Collections!
Do you have art to exhibit in our Ames Meeting Room? Or a special collection that will fit in our glass display case? Exhibits are needed for a number of months beginning later this summer.

Please call Kate Nelson at the library at 860-536-7721 for more information and to schedule.
Join In! Be a Part of M&NL
Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library generally meet the 3rd Monday of every month at 12:00 Noon in the Ames Room (next meeting is Monday, September 17). 

The Friends welcome your interest and participation! Learn more about the Friends on our website or send an email to
Cribbage Club 
Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends. We meet every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. 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. For more information about how we lead our sessions, please click here.
Knitters Unite
Knitting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. each month (September 11 and 25). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. each month (September 12) For more information,  click here.  
Bereavement Counseling
September 4 and 18 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 CT . Sessions are free but do require pre-registration. Please call (860) 848-5699 to register. 
Museum Passes Available

The season starts to change---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 with your houseguests!

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)** Pictured: Harkness Memorial Park, Waterford
Wadsworth Atheneum , Hartford
More information on our website  here!  
We thank the Friends of M&NL for their generous funding of the museum passes. 
Your Support Counts
Make a Grand Gesture
Thanks to many generous patrons, more than 150 bricks have been purchased for the library--thank you!

We love to see patrons reading the inscriptions outside when visiting our Library. Is your special message part of this unique collection? Don't miss this opportunity to make a gift of a commemorative brick at M&NL in honor of your loved one, a special memory or to promote your local 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.

Questions? Contact the Development Office at (860) 572-8191 or .
Our Bookshelf Is Growing

Have you added to our 'shelf'?

Your Annual Fund gift is so powerful and every dollar makes a real difference to the Library.

With your donation, you empower us to continue the programming and services you have come to rely on.

Your gifts are tax-deductible and shows your commitment to our historic and lively institution.

Thank you for helping to keep our doors open
for 125 years and counting...
Create Lasting Change
If you are thinking of making a lasting gift to the Library, we urge you to consider becoming a member of The Maine Society

Those that join The Maine Society are looking to the future by making provisions for the Library through planned giving . Planned gifts allow donors to continue to support the Mystic & Noank Library after their death, often in a more generous way than what is possible during their lifetime.

By becoming a member of The Maine Society, you will join many others who are a special part of our valued Library community. Your gift will help the Library remain a vibrant, intellectual and important Mystic community resource for another century to come. 

Please contact the  Director of Development  at (860) 572-8191 to learn more about planned giving and other ways to donate to the Library.
A Preview of October Programs
The Library will be closed for Staff Development Day on Friday, October 5 and in honor of Columbus Day, Monday, October 8

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

The Second Annual Art Silent Auction
Will be held in the Ames Room during the month of October.

October Tech Classes (10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.)
Monday, October 1 - Social Media Marketing
Monday, October 15 - Blogging for Beginners

MNL 125th Anniversary Program
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Professor Robert Baldwin will present a program on Munch's Scream and Delville's Orpheus.

MNL 125th Anniversary Program
Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Queen Victoria Tea with Sally Mummey

All Things Pumpkin: Presented by the Friends of M&NL
Saturday, October 13 
Fun for all ages! Ed Pop Magic show 3:30 p.m., Costume Parade. Clyde's Cider & Goodies
Rain or Shine!

Mystic Film Festival
October 19 - 21

Fall Outdoor Volunteer Day
Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m.- noon

College Readiness Series Continues
How to Pay for College
Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

MNL 125th Anniversary Program
Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
An Evening with the Gillettes at the Union Baptist Church

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Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (until Labor Day) 
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