February News & Events

Please note that we will be closed on Monday, February 18th, in observance of Presidents' Day.

We love our patrons, and to show our appreciation we have put together a gift basket of wonderful treats. Stop by any day in February and take a chance to win! Drawing held March 1st. Thank you for your support and patronage!

What does Mystic & Noank Library mean to you? We would love to hear your story! You can email us at kwall@mysticnoanklibrary.org or snail mail @ 40 Library Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Staff Picks
Support us..."Book" a Brick!
Give a lasting gift to a loved one, honor a special memory, or promote your local business with a commemorative brick! We are proud to display these meaningful messages on our entryway and would love to add your personalized brick to our ever expanding sidewalk. Leave a legacy by making your mark on the historic Mystic & Noank Library.
 Makes a great Valentine's gift for that special someone!

download the order form  here  and return it to the library.

Questions? Contact Development: 860.572.8191
Art in the Ames Room ~ February Exhibit
The Artwork of Paul Rondina

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 info@mysticnoanklibrary.org to schedule.
Programs for Adults
Learning to Network
Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00
They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Join Michael Whitehouse, publisher of Groton-Mystic Neighbors and author of "The Guy Who Knows a Guy", for a fun and interactive workshop discussing some of the basics of networking, navigating networking events, and some great strategies for building a strong network of your own.
This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Friday Film Classics
Classic films shown on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at 3:00 in the Ames Room. Free and open to the public. No registration. Freshly popped popcorn!
Friday, February 8th, 3:00
It Happened One Night
(starring Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert)
NR; 1 hr, 45 min.
Friday, February 22nd, 3:00
Casablanca
(starring Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman)
PG; 1 hr, 42 min.
Evening Feature Film
Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30
Crazy Rich Asians
PG 13; 2 hrs, 1 min.
Technology Classes
 Monday, February 4th: Free Technology for Presentations
Learn about free services to use for a professional slideshow.
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .

Monday, February 11th: Cloud Computing
How to access, edit, and store your data on the Cloud
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .

Monday, February 25th: Online Job Resources
Access the many employment resources on the web.
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .
Seated Guided Meditation
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 through March 26th
Join this guided meditation class led by Pamala Lewis. 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. Pamala is coordinator of the New London Community of Mindfulness and has been practicing meditation for over 25 years.
Literacy Conversation Group
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00
Do you (or someone you know) need to learn English? Do you need more English in order to study for your U.S. Citizenship exam? Or to get your license? Or to talk with doctors, teachers, or lawyers? Then you've come to the right place! These Conversation Groups are a great opportunity to practice speaking English with other learners in a casual environment, and it is completely free! No registration is required.
Facilitated by Literacy Volunteers of Washington County.
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)
 February 6th, 1:00

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid
Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
February 6th, 7:00

LESS by Andrew Sean Greer
CLAMs Book Group
(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
Mon. February 11, 7:00
Mon. February 25, 7:00

SWANN'S WAY by Marcel Proust



History Book Group 
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
 February 12th, 7:00

HOMEGROWN TERROR by Eric Lehman
Capt. John Porter Civil War
Book Group
(3rd Wednesday @ 6:00)
February 20th, 6:00
*Currently meets at the Ancient Mariner*

THE FIELD OF BLOOD: VIOLENCE IN CONGRESS AND THE ROAD TO CIVIL WAR by Joanne B. Freeman
ONGOING PROGRAMS
Cribbage Club 
Thursdays @ 3:00
For more information, please call Donna Anderson at 203.470.4566 or donnaencorefit@gmail.com
Mondays @ 4:00
Knitting Group
Tuesday @ 1:00
All levels welcome.
Mysticalligraphers
2nd Wednesday @ 7:00
(February 13th)
Sign up for an individual one hour session with our tech librarian.

Registration required: 860.536.7721 or book online
Bereavement Group
1st and 3rd Tuesdays @ 10:00
(February 5th and 19th)
Coming Up in March:
DNA/Genealogy Series with Rob Spencer
Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00-7:30 : Part I: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy; what can you learn? Register for Part I

Saturday, March 9th, 10:30-12:00 : Part II: American Immigration; an explosion of fertility and documentation. Register for Part II

Saturday, March 16th, 10:30-12:00 : Deep Time; Y and mitochondrial DNA.

Rob Spencer, a retired scientist from Pfizer, had a lingering question in his own ancestry. He did a DNA test in 2017, and has since gotten deep into the subject. He is now a “research blogger” at a very active Family Tree DNA website and maintains his own genealogy website at http://scaledinnovation.com/gg/gg.html. 
Programs for Youth
Take Your Child to the Library Day!
Child at Library
Saturday, February 2nd, 10:00-5:00
Bring your child into the library for a fun day of Legos, board games,
and Valentines Day crafts. Cocoa and cookies will be provided! Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Drop in Valentine Crafts!
Valentine's Day Crafts will be available in the Children's Room
from February 1st through Valentine's Day, February 14th! We have a plethora of art supplies to help make your Valentines fun and unique!
Lego® Fun Fridays and Saturdays!
Lego® Fun Friday will be happening every Friday and Saturday during the month of February in the Children's Room from 10:00-5:00.

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 Days will be held in the Children's Room, where everyone can let their creative flag fly!
Family Movie Matinees
Hotel Transylvania 3
Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00
1 hour, 37 minutes
Up
Saturday, February 9th at 3:00
1 hour, 36 minutes
Show Dogs
Saturday, February 16th at 3:00
1 hour, 33 minutes
The Secret Life of Pets
Saturday, February 23rd at 3:00
1 hour, 40 minutes
Winter Preschool Story Times
Story Times meet weekly Monday through Thursday
Each includes stories, crafts, and songs.

Winter Story Times run January 7th through February 28th
Registration is required as space is limited.

Lapsit (6 to 23 Months)
Session One : Wednesdays at 10:15
Session Two : Thursdays at 10:15
 
Toddlers (Just 2's to Just 3's)
Session One : Wednesdays at 11:00
Session Two : Thursdays at 11:00
 
Three Year Olds
Session One : Mondays at 10:30
 
Four and Five Year Olds
Session One : Tuesdays at 1:15
 Register your child for 1,000 Books B4 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
Young Engineers' Club
Saturday, February 16th, 10:00-12:00

The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an fun program that aims to encourage tweens ages 10 and up to become technology creators! 

This class is Basic Arduino Microcontroller programming. Students will learn the basics of coding and electronics in Tinkercad. We will also prototype basic programs on actual Arduino boards. Students should bring a laptop if they have one and parents are encouraged to sign up for a free Tinkercad account for their child to access ( https://www.tinkercad.com /)

YEC meets monthly to work on different projects.
Check out our Calendar to see our monthly layout of programs
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 friends@mysticnoanklibrary.org

Next meeting: Monday, February 11th, 12:00
New shirts are in!
 Our new long-sleeved MNL t-shirts are in! We have an array of new colors in all sizes for children and adults featuring Mito's likeness on the sleeve. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Library.
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!
Bank Square Books

Honor Book Day
Save the Date!
Saturday, April 6th 12:00-5:00
@ Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street, Mystic

Honor a friend or loved one by purchasing an honor book during the 18 th annual Honor Book Sale. Head to Bank Square Books to browse our pre-selected titles for adults and children. All titles purchased will be donated to the library's collection featuring your very own, personalized bookplate! This is a wonderful way to support the library and a beloved local bookstore while honor a special someone. 

Can't wait until April 6th? Order an honor book online today!


 DID YOU KNOW?...
The Mystic & Noank Library receives approximately
30% of its annual revenue from town funding?
Your support is  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 a unique and valuable resource through abundant programming and services. It is a lifeline to our community and beyond.

For more information, to make a tax-deductible gift or inquire about legacy giving options, please contact Loren Wren, Director of Development: lwren@mysticnoanklibrary.org 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)