March News & Events
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.

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

Questions? Contact Development: 860.572.8191
 Art in the Ames Room ~ March Exhibit
The Artwork of Mark Yuells

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.
In our display case:

Frederick Douglass
in Mystic
There has been a persistent, though sometimes disputed, rumor that Frederick Douglass had once lectured in Mystic. Recent research has uncovered clear evidence that on the weekend of January 4th 1868, Douglass did indeed speak at Central Hall, a venue that has become a point of particular interest again in 2019. Read more here .
Programs for Adults
DNA/Genealogy Series

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00 - 7:30 : Part I: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy; what can you learn?

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 
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, March 8, 3:00
(starring Janet Leigh &
Anthony Perkins)
R; 1 hr, 49 min.
Friday, March 22, 3:00
Rear Window
(starring James Steward & Grace Kelly)
PG; 1 hr, 55 min.

Evening Feature Film
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30
PG; 1 hr, 53 min.
Technology Classes
 Monday, March 4th: Online Health Resources
Learn about the many legitimate health resources on the web.
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .

Monday, March 11th: Facebook Business Pages
Learn to use Facebook to promote your business
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .

Monday, March 25th: Manage Your Photos Online
Manage your photos with free online storage services .
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .
Friends of the Library
Indoor Yard Sale
Friday, March 29 - Saturday, March 30

The Friends of the Library Indoor Yard Sale is a great place to find some unique, gently used treasures. Held in the Ames Room both days during normal library hours.
Literacy Conversation Group
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00
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.
The American Library Association has announced the 2019 Adult and Youth award winners!

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)
March 6

Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
March 6


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

CLAMs Book Group
(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
March 11 and March 25

SWANN'S WAY by Marcel Proust
Cribbage Club 
Thursdays @ 3:00
For more information, please call Donna Anderson at 203.470.4566 or
Mondays @ 4:00
Knitting Group
Tuesday @ 1:00
All levels welcome.
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
Tuesdays @ 10:00
Programs for Youth
Dr. Seuss Day!
Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 - 5:00

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by stopping by our art table in the Children's Room and make a Dr. Seuss craft. We will have Dr. Seuss books on display too. Snacks will be provided. All day long in the Children's Room!
Young Engineers' Club
Saturday, March 23rd, 10:00 - noon

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

The topic for March will be Artificial Intelligence. Students will learn the basics of artificial intelligence, statistics, and how artificial neural networks work.

YEC meets monthly to work on different projects.
Sit! Stay! Read with Phantom!
Saturday, March 23rd, 11:00 to noon.
Come read to Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend (best for kids entering first grade and up) or just stop by to say hello!

Sparky's Puppets!
Saturday, March 23rd at 3:30

Sparky's Puppets will perform "Stories from Outer Pace" where we'll follow the adventures of a space traveler who make a rocket ship and flies to the moon. Also learn which element is more powerful, the sun or the wind in Aesop's Fable of "The Sun and the Wind". And see what happens when some colorful space aliens travel to earth in their flying saucer.
Lego® Fun Fridays and Saturdays!
Lego® Fun Friday will be happening every Friday and Saturday during the month of March 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
The Lorax
Saturday, March 2nd at 3:00
1 hour, 35 minutes
Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom
Saturday, March 9th at 3:00
1 hour, 31 minutes
The House with a Clock in Its Wall
 Monday, March 18th at 7:00
1 hour, 45 minutes
Spring Preschool Story Times
Story Times meet weekly Monday through Thursday
Each includes stories, crafts, and songs.

Spring Story Times run March 18th through May 9th
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 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
Coming Up in April
(Just a few of the events scheduled for April; more to come!)
April 5, 2:30: Shakespeare Movie "The Merchant of Venice"
April 6, 3:00: Lyman Allyn All Ages Art Program: Animal Masks ~ Info
April 7, 1:30: Edible Books ~ @ Groton Public Library ~ Info
April 11, 2:00: Alzeimer's/Dementia Program ~ Info
April 13, 10:15: Captain Spicer's Birthday Party
April 17, 6:00: Shakespeare Movie "Much Ado About Nothing"
April 23, 6:00: Author Talk & Poetry Open Mic w/Lisa C. Taylor ~ Info
April 27, 10:00: A Walk Through Helen May Clarke's Mystic ~ Info
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

Next meeting: Monday, March 18th, 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. 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

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 18th annual Honor Book Sale. Head to Bank Square Books to browse our preselected 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 commemorating a special someone. 

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

The Mystic & Noank Library receives approximately
26% of its annual revenue from town funding?

Your support enables our beloved library to continue to be a unique and valuable resource through enriching 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!
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