November News & Events
Library Closings
Closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day
Closing at 1:00 pm Wednesday, November 27
Closed Thursday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday
Staff Picks
Karen: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Loren : I Am Malala Malala Yousafzai

Kate: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Roberta: This Old Man by Roger Angell

Katie: Stranger in the Woods Michael Finkel
Patron Recommendations

Do you have a recommendation? Send to to be featured in our ENewsletter!
Past staff and patron recommendations can be found on the Library's Goodreads page
Exhibits and Displays
Art Silent Auction ends October 30th @ 5:00!!

If you have not placed your bid yet, you still have a little time to do so! If you have, we thank you for helping to make this year's Art Silent Auction successful. Thank you to the donors of the art work, to the bidders and to our trusty, talented volunteer crew. 

Lighted Display Case

The CBT Alumni Club, the last remaining entity of the original Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., will have their memorabilia and historical items on display for the public at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd in Avon, Connecticut starting Jan 3, 2018.

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.
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 , or book online HERE
Fall Volunteer Clean-Up Day
Saturday, November 2, 9:00-12:00

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. 

Register  HERE
Programs for Adults
Tech Classes
Scanning Family Photos
Monday November 4, 6:00 - 7:00

Come learn the basics of scanning and organizing your own library of family history. Please bring your preferred mobile device, and any photos or files you'd like to practice with.
Register HERE
Digital Tools for Productivity
Digital Tools for Productivity
(and National Novel Writing Month!)
Monday, November 18 3:00 - 4:00

Join us in National Novel Writing Month, whether you consider yourself a writer or not, to learn about some digital productivity apps! These apps are designed to help you optimize your workflow, increase your output, and motivate you to get those words down and onto your next task.

Get your work done faster with less hassle. Wouldn't that be nice?

Register HERE
NaNoWriMo Writing Lab
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30, November 2-23

November is National Novel Writing Month! The challenge is simple (but not easy): write 50,000 words in 30 days. Join us on Saturday afternoons, November 2-23, and get those book ideas that have been floating in your head onto the page! This program is for those ages 13 and up.

Author Event with Marty Podskoch
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 - 8:00

Join us for a lively and interesting author talk by Martin “Marty” Podskoch who will talk about and sign copies of his book, "Connecticut 169 Club, Passport & Guide To Exploring Connecticut".

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Film Screening
November 18, 7:00 - 8:00 in the Ames Room

The Mystic and Noank Library and Children First Groton and School Readiness Council are pleased to host a screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope.

This film chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.
Exploring the CT Wine Trail with Michelle Griffis
Thursday, November 21 at 6:30

Pick up insider tips for exploring the Connecticut Wine Trail from Michelle Griffis, wine trail advocate and former writer for  on this evening.
Plan your perfect end of season tour now to experience Connecticut wineries' beautiful scenery, daily tastings, live music, and special events. 
Heartfulness Meditation
Fridays from 11:00-12:00

This is an ongoing meditation program derived from Raja Yoga that both complements and transcends asana (the physical yoga practice) to enable one to fully experience the heart and its unlimited potential. Drop in; no registration.
Book Clubs
Meetings are normally scheduled for the Ames Meeting Room at M&L. 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)
November 6

CAINE MUTINY by Herman Wouk
Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
November 6

(2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00)
No meeting November 11 (holiday)
November 25

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

by Bill Gifford
Knitting Group
Tuesday @ 1:00
All levels welcome.
2nd Wednesday @ 7:00

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
Bereavement Groups
Ongoing support group: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 10:00
Newly bereaved group with Center for Hospice Care: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 10:00
Programs for Youth
Fall Storytimes
Fall story times have 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 Two:  Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:30.

Three Year Olds:  Mondays, 10:30 - 11:15.

Four and Five Year Olds:  Tuesdays, 1:15 - 2:00.

Wii U Gaming Afternoons!
Fridays, September 6 - December 27,
3:30 - 5 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!!

Lego Fun Day!
Every Friday & Saturday during November and December,
10:00 - 5:00 in the Children's Room!

Lego Fun Days will be happening every Friday and Saturday during November and December 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.

Drop-In Craft Day: Kindness Rocks!
Saturday, November 2, 10:00 - 5:00 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 Matinees
Saturday, November 2 at 3:00 
Toy Story 4
G, 1 hour, 40 minutes

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
Horizon Wings Raptor Rehab presents
Bird Brains
Saturday, November 9 at 3:00

Join us as we compare and contrast the fascinating qualities of avian intelligence among four different species of birds: an American Crow, a Peregrine Falcon, an Owl, and a Parrot.
The Musical Petting Zoo presented by Patrick McMahon
Saturday, November 16, 3:30 - 4:30 in the Ames Room

Here is your opportunity to try playing the instruments of the orchestra! Educational Director of Springfield Symphony Musical Program, Patrick McMahon will deliver his dynamic presentation introducing all the instruments in the orchestra, followed by the opportunity to try playing them!

Everyone will get a chance to bow a violin, blow a horn or tap out a rhythm on a drum. Here's your chance to try an instrument in a judgement-free zone that encourages exploration and excitement! 

Generously funded by the  Groton Education Foundation  -- thank you!
Drop-In Craft Day: Autumn Leaf Suncatchers!
Saturday, November 16, 10:00 -5:00 In the Children's Room:
Autumn Leaf Suncatchers!

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!
Drop-In Craft Day: Duct Tape Bookmarks!
Saturday November 30 (10-5)

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!
College Readiness Series: Acing the College Interview: Mock Interview Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 6:00 - 7:30 in the Ames Room

Ben Brown, Associate Director of Admission at Connecticut College, and five Senior Admission Fellows will present a presentation/panel on college interviews. The  Senior Admission Fellows  are Conn seniors who have been selected and rigorously trained to conduct interviews of prospective students Following the presentation, they will conduct 15 minute mock interviews which will include 10 minutes of discussions/questions and 5 minutes of feedback with the high school students who attend the event.
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
2019 Mystic & Noank Library Annual Holiday Appeal
Ongoing support from our community is more important than ever .
The Mystic & Noank Library receives roughly 30% of our annual funding from the State of Connecticut and Towns of Groton and Stonington. In order to keep MNL the bustling and lively community resource that it is, we must rely on philanthropy for the remaining 70%.

Everyday our Library is transforming the lives of our friends and family who call our special community home. Your past support has helped us get where we are today.  As we enter the season of thanks and giving, can we once again count on you being part of the 70%?

Your gift to our 2019 holiday appeal will help us continue to enrich the lives of everyone who comes through our doors. As Henry Ward Beecher said, “A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.”

With thanks and our warmest wishes to you and yours for a peaceful holiday season. 

Click here to support our Holiday Appeal.
Fall Fundraiser
Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended our Fall Fundraiser with The Whiffenpoofs! It was a magical evening!
Your support helped us raise over $20,000 !

Save The Date!
Monday, December 2 - Saturday, December 7

The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library will hold their annual Like-New Book Sale Monday, December 2 through Saturday, December 7 during normal Library hours. All books are in perfect shape and are suitable for gift-giving! There will be holiday items for sale as well. Proceeds go to support the Mystic & Noank Library. For further information, call 860-536-7721 or email
 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, October 21, 12:00
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: 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)