DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
Library Closings
Monday, December 24th, closed all day
Tuesday, December 25th, closed all day
Monday, December 31st, closing at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1st, closed all day

Meet our new Director!
We are pleased to announce that Karen Wall is our new Director as of November 26th!

Karen came to us from Dudley, Massachusetts, where she was the Director of the Pearle L Crawford Memorial Library since 2013.

She graduated with her Master's in Library and Information Science in 2003 and has been a professional librarian in various capacities at academic, special, governmental and public libraries since then.

Please stop by to say hello and welcome her!

Thank You for a Wonderful Evening!

The Mystic & Noank Library's Annual Fall Fundraiser went off without a hitch. We thank all the donors and sponsors for making the night memorable!

On November 15th we raised our glasses in celebration of our beloved Mystic & Noank Library’s 125th Anniversary. The beautiful white coating of snow didn’t stop our loyal guests from enjoying good food and great conversation...all for a wonderful and important cause.
Thanks to your generosity and that of our other supporters, the Library was able to raise over $19,000 that evening. Funding from this event and from our annual fund allows for improvements to our spaces, collections, programs, technology and services to better meet the needs of our patrons. Together, we will ensure that our Library continues to be an valued resource for all
Our Featured Events
The Polar Express is now boarding!
All Aboard! The Polar Express Holiday Railroad is now boarding in the Children's Reading Room again this year. First departure is Monday, December 3rd at 10:00 am. This is the 10th anniversary of holiday trains at our library. To celebrate, our old Polar Express has now been retired after many years of on time departures, not to mention remarkable endurance.  
 
Our new Polar Express is a new state of the art, remote controlled train, with many new features that will entertain young engineers, their PARENTAL GUIDANCE, not to mention library staff, who will be treated to the many new sounds our new locomotive will make through the New Year. Enjoy the journey to the North Pole!

Food for Fines!
Pay off your Library fines with Nonperishable Food!
December 1st - 31st

During the month of December patrons can pay off their library fines with food items. Food items will benefit Groton Social Services and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

For each $1.00 in fines on your account, bring in one nonperishable food item and we will clear the charge.

Long overdue library materials may be returned with pantry food items without occurring a late fee.

Amnesty does not apply to lost or damaged library materials.
Annual Giving Tree!
Through Saturday, December 7th
 
Our Giving Tree is on display at the Library--won't you support a local family this holiday with a gift?

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Groton Social Services provide us with lists of recommended gifts for less fortunate families in the area.
 
You may take a tag and purchase a new, unwrapped gift of that type, and bring it to the library by December 7th.
Thank you for your participation!
Featured Movies
The library will be showing these movies on the following dates:
Chappaquiddick
December 7th at 3:00 pm
PG-13 1 hr and 46 minutes long
Oceans' 8
December 14th at 3:00 pm
PG-13 I hr and 51 minutes long
Featured Christmas Movie
A screening of A Christmas Story will be on December 15th, at 3:00 pm in the Ames Room

In 1940's Indiana, 9 year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas present: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when parents and teacher alike regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale, Santa-begging campaign.

But along the way Ralphie encounters a slew of calamities from Snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-flagpole gambit.

This movie is rated PG and runs for 93 minutes.
A screening of A Christmas Story will be on December 15th, at 3:00 pm in the Ames Room

In 1940's Indiana, 9 year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas present: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when parents and teacher alike regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale, Santa-begging campaign.

But along the way Ralphie encounters a slew of calamities from Snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-flagpole gambit.

This movie is rated PG and runs for 93 minutes
Adult Programs
ART IN THE AMES ROOM
December 1st - 31st

Fabulous Fakes by Plein Aire Painters
The True Story Behind Christmas
presented by Tom Verde

Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pm
While December 25th is certainly one of the most recognizable dates in the calendar, was it actually the date of Jesus' birth? If so, how do we know, and if not, how was it determined? The talk explores the history behind the date of Christmas, as well as various traditions associated with a holiday that were at one time banned when the holiday was closely associated with riots than reverence.
 
The talk is historical, not religious.
 
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required
TECH CLASSES
 Monday, December 3rd, Design Your Own Greeting Cards
Create your own beautiful, personalized greeting cards for the holiday season using free programs on the web! By learning to use versatile design services like Inkscape and Canva, students will be able to make both digital AND print greeting cards for their co-workers, friends and family - all from the comfort of their own homes, without spending a penny!

Register for 10:15 am session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 pm session HERE .

Monday, December 10th: WordPress 101
Create your own website or blog with this free online program that lets you build a completely customizable webpage! No coding required; thousands of templates allow you to design your own site as you like it. You'll be able to share stories, videos, photos and more with friends and family on a page that could range from a hobby website to a just-for-fun blog!


Register for 10:15 am session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 pm session HERE .

Monday, December 17th: Editing your Photos Online
Learn how to fix up and edit your all of your family and holiday pictures using FREE online photo editors! These sophisticated web options allow you to perform most of the editing tasks a Photoshop program would, and additionally let you enhance, remix and sometimes even store your pictures, as well as easily share the completed results through social media!

Register for 10:15 am session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 pm. session HERE .
Seated Guided Meditation
Tuesdays December 4th through March 26th

J oin us for this exciting new Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for an hour, will meet at 3:00 pm on the following dates (the room that the class is held in may vary):

Tuesday, December 4th

Tuesday, December 11th

Tuesday, December 18th

Come join this new guided meditation class, led by lifelong expert Pamala Lewis!
Leave the bustle of your day to settle peacefully into the moment. The group will sit and be gently guided in body-centered meditations, including mindfulness of breathing and a focus on relaxation of the body at rest.

Our guide is Pamala Lewis, who holds guided sessions at the Mystic Y, is the coordinator of the New London Community of Mindfulness, and teaches Mindful Yoga as a devoted student and meditation practitioner of more than 25 years.
 
There will be no class the weeks of December 25th and January 1st due to holiday closings.
 
Registration is required for this program; please sign up via the library website or call us for assistance.
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.

Afternoon Book Club   (first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm)

December 5th: The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel
History Book Club   (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm)

December 11th: SPQR (to page 608) by Mary Beard
Evening Book Club 
(usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm)

January 2nd: The Complete Stories by Truman Capote
Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group   (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm)

December 19th: The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem  by John M. Coski
Children's and Teen Programs
LAAM Family Art Program

Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 pm in the Ames Room

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will be having a DIY stained glass program inspired by their new Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibition. The participants will be able to paint their own 8"x10" painting as well as an ornament size option.  

This art program for kids will be held in the Ames Room

Trim-A-Tree at MNL
Start the holiday season off right and drop by the Children's Room of the Mystic & Noank Library and make decorations and ornamental crafts starting December 4th. The Library will have supplies available for the trimming of our library tree, as well as decorations children can take home. 
Lego® - Fun Friday!
Lego® - Fun Friday will be happening all day in the Children's Room on Friday, December 28th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Come use the library's GIANT Lego® collection!
Kids of all ages are welcome to come and have fun building and creating with friends and family in the library. The Lego®-Fun Friday will be held in the Children's Room, where everyone can let their creative flag fly!
Winter Break Movies!
We will be showing these movies on the following dates
A Wrinkle In Time
Wednesday, December 26th
at 6:30 pm
PG 1 hr and 50 minutes long
Christopher Robin
Friday, December 28th
at 3:00 pm
PG 1 hr and 43 minutes long
Smallfoot
Saturday, December 29th
at 3:00 pm
PG 1 hr and 49 minutes long
Winter Preschool Story Times
Winter Story Times Registration!

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

To sign up, visit our website at mysticnoanklibrary.org!

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. 

Story Time sessions started the second week in January and continue 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! 
Young Engineers' Club

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 monthly to work on different projects! Check out our website mysticnoanklibrary.org for more details!

News, Opportunities & Info
Book-A-Librarian

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 in formation 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 in the near future.

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, January 14th. There is no meeting in December). 

The Friends welcome your interest and participation! Learn more about the Friends on our website or send an email to friends@mysticnoanklibrary.org.
Cribbage Club 
Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends. We meet every Thursday at 3:00 pm 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 pm 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 pm each month (December 11th). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 
Mysticalligraphers
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 pm each month (December 12). For more information,  click here.  
Bereavement Counseling
December 4th and 18th from 10:00-11:00 am (ongoing on the 1st and 3rd
Tuesdays of each month).


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
DID YOU KNOW?...

The Mystic & Noank Library onl y receives
30% of its annual revenue from town funding?

That is why your support is so vital in keeping our beloved Library
open and accessible to our community.
Through your generosity, you enable the Mystic & Noank Library to
continue to be the exceptional community resource that it is with the
abundant programming and services you have come to rely on.

Our library is a unique and valuable resource. 
It is a lifeline to our community and beyond.


Your gifts are tax-deductible and demonstrate your commitment
to our historic and cherished institution.
Please consider including the Mystic & Noank Library in your year end financial planning as well as your estate plans to make a lasting legacy gift today.

For more information or to make a gift, please contact Loren Wren, Director of Development,
at lwren@mysticnoanklibrary.org or (860) 572-8191.

Thank you for helping to keep our doors open
for 125 years and counting...
Make a Grand Gesture
bricks
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 development@mysticnoanklibrary.org .
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 Loren Wren,  Director of Development at (860) 572-8191 to learn more about
planned giving and other ways to support the Library.
A Preview of Our January Programs
The Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st for New Year's Day and Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

In the month of January we will continue to have many fun and engaging activities here at the Library. Those programs include:

  • Writers' Group
  • Book Clubs
  • Knitters' Club
  • Bereavement Group
  • Cribbage Club
  • Meditation Classes
  • MysticCalligraphers
  • Friday Films & Movie Matinees
  • And more!

Stop in today for more information! We would love to see you!
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With the holidays coming, please keep us in mind. 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. 

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Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday Hours 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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