January News & Events
Library Closings:
Wednesday, January 1, in observance of New Years Day
Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Staff Picks

Do you have a recommendation? Send to kkenney@mysticnoanklibrary.org 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

Lighted display case will feature woodturned pieces by members of the Eastern Connecticut Woodturners Club. For those interested, their monthly meetings and woodturning demonstrations occur at the Lisbon Senior Center on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the Eastern Connecticut Woodturner's website here .
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.
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  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org , or book online HERE
Tech Classes
Organizing Your Photos
Monday, January 6 at 6:00 PM

 Learn some organizational strategies for making sense of your photo collection, and bring order to the chaos of your iCloud, Google Drive, or One Drive.
Registration is required for this event.

Register Here .
Data Recovery
Monday, January 13, 11:00 AM

Learn some of the most common and easy ways to protect your data, so that you're safe from losing everything in the event of a computer failure. 
Registration is required. Please bring your preferred mobile device to follow along with.

Register Here.
Cloud Computing
Monday, January 27, 11:00 AM

Drop by this tech class to learn about cloud computing, why you might consider using it, and the rates of the most common cloud service providers like Apple, Google, and Microsoft. 
Registration is required to attend this program.

Register Here .

Programs for Adults
Research Roundtable: Health Information
Saturday, January 11, 11:00 AM

Welcome to a new monthly series of programming: Research Roundtable, a discussion about where to find accurate resources on various topics.
January will cover health information.

This program is about finding general information and giving you a foothold in the confusing, complicated, and exorbitantly expensive landscape of health information, accessibility, and insurance.

Register Here.
Beyond National Novel Writing Month
Wednesday, January 15 & January 29, 6:00 PM

Whether you've just finished the first draft of your first chapter 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. We commit to reading at least one group member's writing outside of the library before the next meeting. This way we can cover more ground together. Make 2020 the year you're ready to get serious about getting published.
Backyard Astronomy : Learn to use the new Library Telescope!
Tuesday, January 21, 6:00 PM

Learn how to use the new Library Telescope at this family friendly presentation and how to do an easy technique called star hopping from your own backyard! This telescope is funded by the Mystic Rotary Club, and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their Library Telescope Program. All are welcome, no registration required.
Everybody's a Critic Book Club
Wednesday, January 22 6:00 PM

Our new book club asks the question, what makes a good book good? It also asks that question about books you can't get anywhere else!
Publishers send Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) to booksellers, librarians, and academics months before mass distribution so that they know which books to buy and refer to people. As we read and discuss the latest ARCs together, we will endeavor to write our own reviews of the book we've read in the last month to send back to the publishers. In so doing, we also learn how and why friends & neighbors find meaning in the stories they read. 
Register Here .
ARCs generously supplied by Bank Square Books .
Managing Anxiety Seminar
Saturday, January 25 10:30 AM

Join us for a seminar on anxiety and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) 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. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to an expert, share their own experiences, and learn applicable anxiety management skills that can then be practiced individually.
Author Talk:
Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places
Thursday, January 30 6:00 PM

Deputy Director of Preservation Connecticut, Christopher Wigren introduces readers to some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England right here in the Nutmeg State. A project of Preservation Connecticut, Connecticut Architecture reflects more than 30 years of fieldwork and research in statewide architectural survey and National Register of Historic Places programs.
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.  
(1st Wednesday @ 1:00)
January 8

(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
January 8

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
January 14

by Edward E. Baptist
(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
January 13 and January 27

JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte
Ongoing Programs
Knitting Group
Tuesday @ 1:00
All levels welcome.
2nd Wednesday @ 7:00

Literacy Conversation Group
Wednesday @ 6:30
For those new to the English language. No registration.
No Meeting January 1, 8, or 15
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
Ongoing bereaved group with Center for Hospice Care: 1st & 3rd 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
Winter Story Times!
January 6 - February 27

Winter story times registration has begun! Classes meet weekly for eight weeks and consist of stories and crafts and are free and open to the public. Class size is limited and registration will be done on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required; please use the links below to sign up.

Lapsit (6 to 23 months)
Session Two:  Thursdays, 10:15 - 10:45.
Just Two's to Just Three's:
Session One:  Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:30 .
Session Two:  Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:30 .
Three Year Olds:  Mondays, 10:30 - 11:15.
Four and Five Year Olds:  Tuesdays, 1:15 - 2:00.
LEGO ® Brick Fun Day!
Every Friday & Saturday during January,
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM in the Children's Room!

LEGO Brick Fun Days will be happening every Friday and Saturday during January 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.

Family Movie Matinee
Saturday, January 4 at 3:00 
PG, 1 hour, 37 minutes

Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs.

Generously funded by the  Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library  
Fiddle N' Fun with Joel Beauchemin
Saturday, January 11, 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Ames Room

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist, for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You'll learn about the rich history of the harmonica and how to play it. The presentation will also include a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe and find your finger style. Each attendee will receive their own brand new harmonica to take home!
Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to the Connecticut State Library.

Register Here .

Generously funded by the  Groton Education Foundation
Drop-In Craft Day: Paper Snowmen!
Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
in the Children's Room

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, January 18 at 3:00 
PG, 2 hours, 8 minutes

Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine's kingdom.  

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library
Drop-In Craft Day: Paper Cardinals!
Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
in the Children's Room

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, January 25, 3:00 
The Angry Birds 2 Movie
PG, 1 hour, 37 minutes

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library
Wii U Gaming Afternoons!
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 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!!
Young Engineers Club
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! 
Bridge Tournament Results
The 25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament has been completed and the competition was the closest in recent years. There were 40 matches total with 20 being played in each flight. Congratulations to the following winners:

(Flight A – Team 2-A) Bunny Furlong and Martha Perry averaged over 2,700 points per match with the closest competition being Team 5-A of Lawrence Reiter and Jeff Sandman who averaged over 2,500 points per match. Bunny and Martha won all 4 of their matches while Lawrence and Jeff won 2 out of 4 matches. There were no small slams bid and made by any team in this flight.

(Flight B – Team 5-B) Bunny Furlong and Ken Levy averaged over 3,700 points per match with the closest competition being Team 1-B of Joan David and Barbara Pascoe who averaged over 2,800 points per match. Bunny and Ken won all 4 of their matches and bid and made 2 small slams on their way to victory. Joan and Barbara won 3 out of 4 matches.

Bunny, Martha, and Ken will be rewarded for their fine play with Go Local Gift Cards donated by the library. These cards can be used at over 50 local establishments so we can shop locally. Due to her stellar play in both flights, Bunny will be receiving two gift cards.

We will plan on starting the 26 th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament in June 2020. Please contact your bridge friends and encourage them to participate in this fun event that also helps support the library.

Enjoy the winter and keep playing bridge.
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 lwren@mysticnoanklibrary.org.
 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 friends@mysticnoanklibrary.org

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: 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)