May News & Events
The Library will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

Stonington FY19-20 Budget Referendum is  Tuesday, April 30 until 8:00pm.  A YES vote will help maintain critical level funding for the Mystic & Noank Library; please vote!
Groton FY19-20 Annual Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Meeting is   Tuesday, April 30, 7:00pm at the Groton Senior Center, Main Room, 102 Newtown Rd., Groton.  There will be an opportunity during this meeting for Library supporters to make comments in support of the Town Council-recommended $115,000 for our Library. This funding is critical if we are to maintain our current level of materials, services and programs. The RTM also encourages written comments in advance of the meeting, or if you are unable to attend.  Here is the RTM Member Contact Listing. 
Staff Picks
Celebrate Spring...Book a Brick Today!
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
Works by Diane Donovan

Artists Statement: Throughout my life, I have always been creative. From photography, to cooking and even making clothes for my daughter, I have always loved thinking out of the box. The very first time I touched clay was at the COMO and I was immediately hooked. Now, over fifty years later, I love the creativity that comes out when I work with clay. If you would like to view more of work, I am just a phone call away.

In our Display Case:
Silent Auction

Bidding starts May 6 and closes June 1 at 2 pm during the 40th Annual Spring Fair

There will be lots of items to choose from, including gift certificates, merchandise from our generous local merchants and friends, and more. There will be something to suit all ages

Proceeds go to Friends of the Library to support the Mystic & Noank Library

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
Programs for Adults
AARP Safe Driver Classes
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. Classes will be held on the following dates:

Monday, September 16, 5:00-9:00 REGISTER HERE
Saturday, October 26, 10:00-2:00 REGISTER HERE
Great Discussions
 A Foreign Policy Discussion Group
Fridays, April 5 - May 31

Great Decisions is a national, civic-education program from the Foreign Policy Association that inspires participants to learn about the world. Registered participants may pick up their first briefing booklet at the circulation desk prior to the first session. Learn more about the topics by visiting the  Foreign Policy Association website . Space is limited. Register here or call 860-536-7721.
Celebrating Shakespeare Film Series
Shakespeare films will be shown on the following dates and times in the Ames Room. Free and open to the public. No registration. Freshly popped popcorn!
Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library
Friday, May 3, 2:30 pm
Henry V
PG-13; 2 hr, 17 min.

Kenneth Branagh’s very popular movie starring Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi and, in a small role, Christian Bale .

Friday, May 17, 2:30
Julius Caesar
NR; 2 hrs

Marlon Brando was fairly fresh from studying at the Actor’s Studio when this film was made. Besides Brando and Gielgud, it stars James Mason, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Edmund O’Brien. The film won many awards, and Marlon was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.
Technology Classes
 Monday, May 6: Photo Editing
Learn all about GIMP (Graphics and Image Manipulation Program)
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .

Monday, May 13: Coding 101
Learn the essentials of the programming languages HTML and CSS!
Register for 10:15 session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 session HERE .

Ten Key Steps to Getting Organized
Tuesday, May 7th 6:00

Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind, will share key steps to getting more organized in your home or office. Learn to organize what you use and love and how to let go of the rest. Free. No registration required.

Shred-It Day
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 to 1:00

The Mystic & Noank Library will host a FREE service to our Library community thanks to the generous support from  Chelsea Groton Bank !

An Info-Shred truck will be in the library parking lot on Elm Street and will accept any papers for safe and convenient disposal. Patrons are limited to shredding three (3) bags; staples may remain on papers. 

We kindly ask that you bring non-perishable food items and paper goods to donate for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Groton Social Services. 
Please note: the Library cannot accept papers for shredding before the date of the event. Participants must dispose of plastic bags and boxes.
Ukulele Class with Julie Stepanek

Thursday, May 23, 6:00-7:30

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play?
Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own uke or borrow one of Julie's. This is an all ages workshop, but best for those ages 8 and up. Register HERE

MNL Spring Clean-up Day (rescheduled from April 13)

Saturday, May 18, 9:00-12:00

Bring your gloves and tools and help us tidy the Library grounds for the season. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Register at the Library Circulation Desk or online HERE

Captain John Porter Civil War Book Collection Dedication

Wednesday, May 22, 3:00-4:00

Join us for a reception and light snacks to honor the donors of this important book collection:

John and Mary Katherine Porter
Julia Constantine
Barry Boodman
Rob Mead

No registration required
The Week Long Book Sale
Preview Party on May 31st at 5 pm
$5 admission to Preview; all items just 50% over marked prices!

The Book Sale is Saturday, June 1 - Saturday, June 8
Book sale continues during regular Library hours through
Saturday, June 8th at noon.

25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament

The 25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament will begin in June. Please contact your bridge friends and encourage them to participate in this fun event that also helps support the Library. Download our application HERE .
40th Annual Spring Fair
Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (rain or shine)

All are invited! Book Sale, Plants from the Mystic Garden Club, White Elephant for kids & adults, Franklin’s Fudge, Mystic Soup Co. soup & hot dogs, Baked Goods, Activities for children, Music & Mystic Garland Dancers —something for everyone!
Silent Auction bids close at 2 pm on June 1.

Roode Memorial Summer Concert Series

We are thrilled to announce the 4th Annual Roode Concert Series, generously sponsored by the family of Agnes and Carl Roode in their memory. These concerts are free of charge and will be held upstairs in the beautiful Spicer Reading Room. No registration; doors open at 6:00:

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 ~ Summer Solstice with Irish Harpist Aine Minogue
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 ~ Music Through the Decades with David Polansky
Thursday, August 22, 6:30 ~ Evening of Bluegrass with the Cabin Fever Band
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)
May 1st

WARLIGHT by Michael Ondaatje
Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
May 1st

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE by Michael Pollan

History Book Group 
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
 May 14th

MEASURING AMERICA by Andro Linklater

CLAMs Book Group
(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
May 13th (none May 27)

Ernest Hemmingway
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
(April 10)
Literacy Conversation Group
Wednesdays @ 6:30
For those new to the English language. No registration.
Seated Guided Meditation
Fridays 3:00-4:00
All are welcome
No registration or prior experience
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
All are welcome.
No registration.
Programs for Youth
Zoo on the Go!
Saturday, May 4th, 3:30

Presented by The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center!
To be held in the Library's Ames Room.
Join us for a family friendly “Zoo On the Go” Program! This educational outreach program features a variety live animal ambassadors and artifacts. (Animal ambassadors may include mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and anthropods.)
The Zoo On The Go presentations are designed to provide information about the animals, including their special adaptations, habitats, behavior, diets, and status in the wild. Sessions provide an opportunity for kids to touch and observe the animals as well as ask questions!

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Creative Movement with Eastern Connecticut Ballet
Friday, May 10, 4:00 pm

Vacation Creative Movement is a 45 minute program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old. During class, we read a book and then do 35 minutes of movement around the theme.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Register for this program HERE

Girls Who Code Tech Workshop
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30

 In this exciting new workshop, our young female attendees will learn new programming languages and acquire invaluable life skills while creating a fun technology project all their own!

Great for girls ages 10 and up!

Registration is required; sign up HERE
Young Engineers Club

Saturday, May 18 at 10 am

The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an fun program that aims to encourage tweens and teens ages 10 and up to become technology creators.
YEC meets monthly to work on different projects. Check out our website for more details!

Sit! Stay! Read with Phantom!
Saturday, May 25, 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!

MADD Power of Parents
Thursday, May 16, 6:00

This free program is run by Groton Alliance & Substance Abuse Prevention. MADD’s Power of Parents program empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking. It is important to realize that no matter how mature young people act they are not simply small versions of adults. As a parent, you have power to equip your child to make smarter, safer choices and to help prevent tragedies. 

Please RSVP to GASP Coordinator Carolyn Wilson at cwilson@llhd.og 
or call 860-446-3062.

This program is run by Groton Alliance & Substance Abuse Prevention

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
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
The Mystic & Noank Library receives less than
30% of its annual revenue from town funding? In order to maintain our current hours and offerings, we must raise the rest!

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!
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)