The Library will be closed
Friday, October 5 th for Staff Development Day and
Monday, October 8 th for Columbus Day.

Our Featured Events


The Mystic & Noank Library's Annual Fall Fundraiser will be held at the Library on

Thursday, November 15 from
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come join us for a fun and festive
cocktail party as we say
CHEERS to Our 125th Anniversary .

Keep your eye out for additional details and
how to purchase tickets.

We hope to see you all there!
For sponsorship opportunities,
tickets and more information,
please contact Loren Wren,
Development Director, at (860) 572-8191 .
8th Annual All Things Pumpkin
Saturday, October 13 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library are generously sponsoring this fun and creative event! Come down and enjoy a magic show with Ed Pop! followed by children's activities, a basket raffle, Clyde's cider and festive goodies rounding out the afternoon! 
Children are encouraged to come in costume for a parade to follow the magic show.
This event is FREE and open to all!   

Funding generously provided by the
Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- Thank You!
October 18-21

Mystic Film Festival will screen a variety of films over the course of 3 days and 4 nights, including Q&A’s with filmmakers in attendance, industry panels, networking events, and workshops.

Screenings will take place at the Mystic Luxury Cinemas and the Mystic and Noank Library.  

Please visit the MFF 2018  website  for full film listings, times and locations.
Adult Programs
October 1 - 29

Second Annual Art Silent Auction
The Second Annual Art Silent Auction will take place in October in the Ames Room.  We have received a variety of paintings, photos, posters, needlework and prints that will be offered. Of special interest include two Y.E. Soderberg prints of lobster boats in Maine. Like the Fair Silent Auction, there will be a bid sheet for each piece. Highest bidder will be notified November 1. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Fall Volunteer Clean-Up Day
Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The more hands, the merrier! Grab your rake and a pair of gloves to help us tidy up the exterior grounds of our lovely library. You'll be rewarded with good cheer, good coffee and no doubt, delicious donuts. 

We are so lucky to have many faithful and hard-working volunteers take care of our beautiful and historic property. Hope to see you then! 

Medicare Made Clear

with Diane Zieminski!
Thursday, October 11 & 18 from
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

When the time comes to choose a Medicare plan, reviewing your options can be overwhelming. To help you get started, Ms. Zieminksi, an independent healthcare agent, invites you to attend this educational "Medicare Made Clear" seminar - you'll learn all about your various Medicare choices. Refreshments will be served.

The program is free and open to the public, no registration is required. Be sure to check our website for other Medicare programs scheduled in October and November.
AARP Safe Driving Class
Monday, October 29 from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 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.
MNL 125th Anniversary Program:

Munch’s Scream and Delville’s Orpheus
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Robert Baldwin, a Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, will be giving a talk on Western Art in 1893 - the year of the library’s founding!

Along with Van Gogh and Gauguin, Edvard Munch and Jean Delville were two leading Symbolists eager to move past the superficial optics of Impressionism and restore feeling, depth, and universality to modern art. Munch pursued an aesthetic of alienation impervious to the transcendent power of nature or love. In contrast, Delville developed a utopian aesthetic immersing human beings in a larger dualistic world of flesh and spirit.

Transcendence came through Orphic music, poetry, and the arts, from death as the beginning of eternal life, and from immersion in nature and love. Munch’s Scream and Delville’s Orpheus were both painted in 1893. They both show figures dissolving into a landscape at sunset or dusk. One offers a nightmare of alienation, anxiety, and psychic disintegration projected violently toward the viewer. The other imaged the perfect bliss of death and dissolution as transcendence. Together, they mark out two existential poles of modern art in the 1890s.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
MNL 125th Anniversary Program:
A Visit with Queen Victoria

Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.
I n 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion.

Victoria and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders. 

Tea and scones will be served.
Registration is required; please sign up here . 
MNL 125th Anniversary Program:
An Evening With The Gillettes!

Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Nivers Give a Performance about the Gillette Family, Gillette Castle, and Sherlock Holmes!

Not only do Harold and Theodora Niver talk about William & Helen Gillette, they become the Gillettes, flitting back and forth between being presenters and portrayers. Who was William Gillette? What was his connection to the greatest fictional detective of all time? Was Sherlock Holmes fact...or fiction? Since both Harold and Theodora are professional musicians, you will also hear several songs from the English Music Hall era.

Be prepared to be educated and entertained!

Local writer Jim Bennett, the author of two mysteries about William Gillette, will hold a book signing at this event.

It will be hosted by the Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic, CT 06355. 

We thank our neighbors at the Union Baptist Church for providing their sanctuary space to enable us to present this performance to the public.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Monday, October 1 Social Media Marketing
Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to promote your business and advertise your services! Find out about all the ways you can use a social media page to broadcast yourself and find your audience.

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

Monday, October 15: Blogging for Beginners
Learn how to create a great blog through Blogger, Tumblr, and other blogging platforms and connect it with social media and the web! We also will look at samples of notable blogs and discuss best blogging practices and privacy.

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

Monday, October 29: iPads and iPhones
Learn about the settings and how to navigate the great devices and many other features they have in common, as we as the many services, functions and apps unique to each!

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

Heartfulness Meditation Series with Marsha Thompson
Fridays at 10:30 am, October 12 - November 9, 2018

Join us for this exciting new Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for an hour and a half, will meet at 10:30 am for 5 weeks on the following dates (the room that the class is held in may vary):
Friday, October 12th
Friday, October 19th
Friday, October 26th
Friday, November 2nd
Friday, November 9th
Heartfulness is a simple and natural path of heart-centered wellness that fosters balance, peace and wellbeing. The introductory practices include a relaxation exercise and a Heartfulness meditation. This approach to wellness centers on using the heart to guide us on our journey to personal development and inner enrichment. By focusing our attention on the heart, we gradually learn to regulate the mind while exploring the secrets of the heart. With continued practice, Heartfulness can enable you to reach profound depths of meditation and achieve inner transformation.   
Come experience guided Heartfulness relaxation and meditation with Marsha Thompson a practitioner and certified trainer who enjoys sharing her practice with one and all who have interest.

Registration is required and seats are limited; for more information, to sign up, visit our website at mysticnoanklibrary.org!
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.)

October 3: The Handmaids's Tale by Margaret Atwood
History Book Club   (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

October 9: A History of Venice (chapters 1-23) by John Julius Norwich
Evening Book Club 
(usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

October 3: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Captain John Porter Civil War Book Group   (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)

October 17: Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee -- The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged , by William C. Davis
Children's and Teen Programs
All Things Pumpkin!
8th Annual All Things Pumpkin
Saturday, October 13 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library are generously sponsoring this fun and creative event! Come down and enjoy a magic show with Ed Pop! followed by children's activities, a basket raffle, Clyde's cider and festive goodies rounding out the afternoon! 
Children are encouraged to come in costume for a parade to follow the magic show. This event is FREE and open to all!  

Funding generously provided by the
Friends of the Mystic and Noank Library -- Thank You!
Make-a-Plate Month! 

Come into the Children's Room all month long to create a colorful 10" plate with your very own design! We provide the special paper needed and markers--you bring the creativity (and a $10 donation to benefit the Children's room)! 

These durable plates are dishwasher safe and will be ready for pick-up for holiday gifts! 
Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom the Therapy Dog
Back by popular demand! Phantom, a member of the Therapy Dogs International, provides a relaxed reading environment for young readers. You won't believe how fluffy he is!

Saturday, October 6 

Saturday, October 27

Saturday, November 17
Fall Preschool Story Times
Fall Story Times have begun!  

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 last week in September 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! 

College Readiness Series:
How To Pay for College

Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by W. Tom Polowy, MS
Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime's biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents about how the financial aid sys tem works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable. 

Please join us and learn:

* How the financial aid system works
* The primary sources of college funds
* What to expect with education loans
* Ideas for maximizing your funds
* Creative strategies for funding college costs
* Understanding College savings and investment plans 
* Current market outlook and where to invest for college

Tom is a fully insured and licensed financial advisor specializing in college funding. He presents at financial aid nights for schools and communities in the greater Hartford area.  

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
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 monthy to work on different projects! Check out our website mysticnoanklibrary.org for more details!

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 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, October 15). 

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 p.m. 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 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 (October 9 and 23). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. each month (October 10) For more information,  click here.  
Bereavement Counseling
October 2 and 16 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (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

The Mystic & Noank Library onl y receives
30% of it 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
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 November Programs
The Library will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and
will be closed on Thursday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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

  • Storytimes
  • Writer's Group
  • Book Clubs
  • Bereavement Group
  • Cribbage Club
  • Tai Ji Quan
  • Mystic Calligraphers
  • Heartfulness Meditation Series
  • Friday Films
  • Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom
  • College Readiness Series
  • Informational Medicare Programs

Stop in today for more information! We would love to see you!
Mystic & Noank Library | 40 Library Street, Mystic CT 06355 | TEL: (860) 536-7721
Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."