December News & Events
Library Closings
Tuesday, December 24, in observance of Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day
Closing at 1:00 pm Tuesday, December 31
Staff Picks
Karen: Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Roberta: 1919: The Year that Changed America  by Martin Sandler

Kate: The New Girl by Daniel Silva

Erik: Whereas  by Layli Long Soldier

Emily: The Disasters by M. K. England

Julie: A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

Katie: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

Catherine: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
Patron Recommendations
Kid Book Recommendation:
Adrian M:  Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill
Teen Book Recommendation:
Ronan G:   The Maze Runner by James Dasher

Do you have a recommendation? Send to to be featured in our ENewsletter!
Past staff and patron recommendations can be found on the Library's Goodreads page
Exhibits and Displays
Lighted Display Case

Artist Sean Kane will be displaying holiday related miniature calligraphy items, frogs and masks in the lighted display case during the month of December.

Artist Betsy Shafer will be displayed in the Ames Room following the Like-New Book Sale on December 8th.

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.
Support the Library while shopping on Amazon!
Need help with your device, navigating the Internet, downloading an ebook or audiobook, or using our other online resources? Sign up for a one-on-one session with a librarian to explore the topic of your choice. 

To request an appointment please call the Library at 860.536.7721, email to , or book online HERE
2019 Mystic & Noank Library Annual Holiday Appeal
Ongoing support from our community is more important than ever .
The Mystic & Noank Library receives roughly 30% of our annual funding from the State of Connecticut and Towns of Groton and Stonington. In order to keep MNL the bustling and lively community resource that it is, we must rely on philanthropy for the remaining 70%.

Everyday our Library is transforming the lives of our friends and family who call our special community home. Your past support has helped us get where we are today.  As we enter the season of thanks and giving, can we once again count on you being part of the 70%?

Your gift to our 2019 holiday appeal will help us continue to enrich the lives of everyone who comes through our doors. As Henry Ward Beecher said, “A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.”

With thanks and our warmest wishes to you and yours for a peaceful holiday season. 

Click here to support our Holiday Appeal.
Save The Date!
Monday, December 2 - Saturday, December 7

The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library will hold their annual Like-New Book Sale Monday, December 2 through Saturday, December 7 during normal Library hours and until 2 p.m. on Saturday. All books are in perfect shape and are suitable for gift-giving! There will be holiday items for sale as well. Proceeds go to support the Mystic & Noank Library. For further information, call 860.536.7721 or email
Programs for Adults
Tech Classes
Clean Up Your Phone
Monday December 9, 11:00

 Learn how to stay on top of clearing out space in your smartphone, so that you can continue photographing, browsing, messaging, and recording to your heart's content.

Register HERE.
Design Greeting Cards
Design Greeting Cards
Monday, December 16, 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Tired of the same old hokey greeting cards for your loved ones this holiday season? Why not try your hand at designing your own with free online websites like Canva or Desygner? Each of these resources comes with thousands of stock images, shapes, design elements, and text styles to choose from, along with the ability to upload your own family photos.

Register HERE
Setting Up Your New Device
Monday, December 30, 11 AM and 6 PM

If you've recently gotten a new mobile device or laptop computer that you're not sure how to use, drop in to this tech session to learn how to use it! Get walked through how to set up your device with personal information, set it up with the apps you'll use most, and optimize your settings for your personal needs. Registration required. Register here .

Food For Fines!
December 2 - 31

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 Monday, December 9
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 9. Thank you for your participation!
Mental Health & Wellness Seminar
Monday, December 9, 6:00 to 7:00

Join us for a seminar on mental health, mindfulness, and managing stress with Noank resident and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Francine Figueroa. Ms. Figueroa will begin with a presentation about her experiences with nearly a decade working in the field.

Electric Boat Photo Course
Tuesday, December 10, 5:00 - 7:00 in the Activity Room

Electric Boat photography course for beginner photographers, led by Douglas Turney. Open to everyone.
3D Printed Gift Making
Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 - 2:00

Drop in before the holidays to make some 3D printed gifts for your loved ones. We will have templates already downloaded for your choice of either a snowflake pendant or earrings, or a gingerbread cookie cutter. Come select your design, learn about how the 3D printer works, and watch how the physical print happens. 

Register HERE.
Beyond National Novel Writing Month
Wednesday, December 18, 6:00

Come join us for the first meeting of a new program: Book Writers! Whether you're all finished with 50,000 words from National Novel Writing Month and want to go to the next step, need to make the finishing touches on a manuscript, or you're just getting started, one of the best ways to keep going is to work with a group of other writers with their own projects and pursuits to keep you motivated.
Book Clubs
Meetings are normally scheduled for the Ames Meeting Room at M&N. 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)
December 4

Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
December 4

History Book Group 
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
December 10

by Maria Rosa Menocal
(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
No meeting December 23
December 9

Ongoing Programs
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 2:00-3:00
All are welcome
No registration or prior experience
Heartfulness Meditation
Fridays @ 11:00
Join Mary-Lynn Masi, a certified Heartfulness trainer, for an introduction to Heartfulness Meditation. No Registration required.
Bereavement Groups
Newly bereaved group with Center for Hospice Care: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 10:00

Cribbage Club
Thursday @ 3:00
Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends. This new group is being led by Donna Anderson. Ames Room
Programs for Youth
LEGO ® Brick Fun Day!
Every Friday & Saturday during December,
10:00 - 5:00 in the Children's Room!

LEGO Fun Days will be happening every Friday and Saturday during December in the Children's Room, all day long from 10 - 5.

Come use the Library's GIANT LEGO brick collection.
Kids of all ages are welcome to come and have fun building and creating with friends and family in the library.

Saturday, December 7, 3:30

All ages welcome! Come join our fun tradition and help us decorate our tree. The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will  conduct an ornament painting workshop for kids and families.  Members of the Stonington High School Chamber Choir will perform "Carol-o-grams"! Light refreshments will be served.
Holiday Stroll Visit with Santa
Tuesday, December 10 from 5:30 - 7:00 in the Spicer Reading Room: Holiday Stroll Visit With Santa and a Sing-A-Long!

Our favorite annual holiday tradition is coming soon! Don’t miss the Downtown Mystic Holiday Stroll & Luminaria on Tuesday, December 10th. As part of the festivities, Santa will be visiting the Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and there will be a sing-a-long! Please join us upstairs by the fireplace. 
Drop-In Craft Day: Gingerbread Garlands!
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 -5:00 In the Children's Room:
Gingerbread Garlands!

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!
Fiddle N' Fun with Joel Beauchemin
Saturday, November 14, 3:30 - 4:30 in the Ames Room

A unique music education program, Fiddle N' Fun introduces children (and adult caregivers) to the violin through singing, movement, games, and Fiddlestix.  All ages are welcome!

Generously funded by the  Groton Education Foundation  -- thank you!
All Aboard the Polar Express!

All Aboard! The Polar Express Holiday Railroad is now boarding in the Children's Reading Room again this year. Our 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!
Family Movie Matinee
Saturday, December 21 at 3:00 
The Grinch
PG, 1 hour, 25 minutes

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Drop-In Craft Day: Snowflake Crafts!
Saturday, December 28, 10:00 - 5:00 In the Children's Room:
Snowflake Crafts!

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Children's Room and let their creativity run wild! Supplies will be provided. Bring home something special made by you!
Family Movie Matinee
Saturday, December 28, 3:00 
The Lion King
PG, 1 hour, 58 minutes

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
Young Engineers Club
Tuesday, December 10, 4:30 Young Engineers Club

The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an exciting program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that provides an opportunity for tweens/teens, ages 10 and up to become technology creators! In December join the Bill Memorial Library's Coding Club for a field trip to ThayerMahan.
Wii U Gaming Afternoons!
Fridays, November 29 - December 27,
3:30 - 5 in the Activity Room

Love to play video games at the Library?
During the school year, drop by each Friday afternoon to try out our games with your friends.

Generously funded by the  Rotary Club of Groton  -- thank you!!

Charitable IRA Rollover Gift
During this season of gratitude and giving, please consider a Charitable IRA Rollover Gift to the Mystic & Noank Library.
If you are 70 1/2 or older and need to take a required minimum distribution from your IRA, the Charitable IRA Rollover is a great way to make your annual gift (up to $100,000 per year). Your gift will need to be made directly from your IRA and can count toward your annual required minimum distribution.     
Your tax-free rollover gift will be excluded from your gross income.

Making a Charitable IRA Rollover
Gift is Easy!
Instruct your IRA custodian to make your
Charitable IRA Rollover gift payable to Mystic & Noank Library. MNL’s tax ID number is
06-0709292. Please ensure they include your name on the check.
Have your IRA custodian send your gift to:
Mystic & Noank Library
Loren Wren, Director of Development
40 Library Street | Mystic, CT 06355

To learn more, please contact Loren Wren at (860) 572-8191 or
 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

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
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Thursday-Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday Hours 10:00 - 5:00 (9:00-1:00 June-August)