October News & Events
The Library will be closed Monday, O ctober 14, in observance of Columbus Day
Staff Picks
Patron Recommendations
Adult recommendation by Peggy B. - Working by Robert Caro
Teen recommendation by Izzy B. -  Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Children recommendation by Mary M. - Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Past staff and patron recommendations can be found on the Library's Goodreads page
Ames Room
3rd Annual Art Silent Auction
We have received a variety of paintings, photos, posters, needlework and prints for your consideration. Like the Fair Silent Auction, there will be a bid sheet for each piece. Highest bidders notified on November 1. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Library.

Lighted Display Case

Raffle items and fall decorations will be on display to get you ready for our annual All Things Pumpkin event! (See details below).
This program is generously funded by the Friends of 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 info@mysticnoanklibrary.org to schedule.
Join us at our Annual Fall Fundraiser on Thursday, October 24, 6:00-8:00

Click HERE to buy tickets
2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival
 The 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival will take place from October 2 - October 6. Check their website for workshops held around the area, including at the Mystic & Noank Library!
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
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. 

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!

Register HERE
Programs for Adults
DNA Series:
Registration is required; please sign up for all three sessions HERE
Intro to DNA Genealogy
Monday, October 7, 6:00-7:30
In this first session, we’ll discuss the strengths and limits of paper genealogy and the reasons why people turn to DNA. Then we’ll introduce DNA structure, inheritance, and mutation mechanisms, issues of forensic use, privacy, and how to choose among the different vendors and types of DNA tests. In each session, time permitting, we’ll cover any case studies from the audience.
Families, Cousins, Ethnicity
Thursday, October 10, 6:00-7:30
99% of our DNA comes equally from each parent, and so each ancestor’s contribution is diluted twofold each generation, limiting our horizon to about 8 generations. Here we discuss the common gaps and “brick walls” in building family trees, patterns of American immigration and westward migration, and inferred ethnic and national origins.

Ancient Migrations and Invasions
Thursday, October 17, 6:00-7:30

mtDNA and yDNA do not get mixed or diluted, and so give us a window to our prehistoric to feudal history. Here we discuss Neanderthals, Homo sapiens movement Out-of-Africa, and major Asian and European migrations and invasions. DNA shows how women survived but men decimated each other in the early Bronze Age. We discuss the origins of surnames, extinction and founding events, and why clan wars make Irish and Scots DNA genealogy difficult today.

Google Drive Basics
Monday, October 21, 10:00-11:00 & 6:00-7:00

Google Drive is an online cloud storage space that allows you to access all your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and files anywhere you can log in to your Google account! That means you don't have to keep emailing files as attachments to access them on another computer, tablet, or phone, or to work with others collaboratively. We have a limited number of computers for use in this program, but please feel free to bring your own. Registration required.

Register HERE for 10:00-11:00
Register HERE for 6:00-7:00
Scanning Family Photos & Other Important Documents
Monday, October 28, 10:00-11:00

You may know how to take pictures of family artifacts with your phone. But did you know there are apps designed especially to digitize your photos and other records, without losing the quality of image? 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. Registration required.
Register HERE for 10:00-11:00
Heartfulness Meditation
Fridays, September 6 - November 15,

Join Marsha Thompson, a certified Heartfulness trainer, for an introduction to Heartfulness Meditation, a practice 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 required.
Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail with Sam Ducharme
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00

Sam Ducharme brings you on a six-month thru-hike with “Sam I Am,” a newly-retired prison guard who finds himself lost when his two sons leave for the Air Force and his K-9 partner passes away. With no hiking experience, he bought a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia and started walking home to New England. Join us to hear about his experiences on the trail!
Free and no registration required.
AARP Driver Safety Class at the MNL!
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.

Registration is required
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)
October 2

BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
October 2

History Book Group 
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
October 8

by Jill Lepare
CLAMS Book Group
(2nd and 4th Monday @ 7:00)
October 28

WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau
Cribbage Club 
Thursdays @ 3:00
For more information, please call Donna Anderson at 203.470.4566 or donnaencorefit@gmail.com
Writers Group
Mondays @ 4:00

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
**The Cartooning Workshop with Jerry Craft
has been postponed until April 11
due to a conflict with Jerry**
Those who are already registered need not re-register. Watch for more details in the February/March eNews.
Programs for Youth
October is Design-A-Plate Month!
Make-A-Plate at the M&N Library!

Come be a part of the plate-making tradition, our annual Mystic & Noank Library fundraiser in the Children's Room. During normal library hours for the month of October, you can come in and design your own custom plate.

$10.00 per plate.

Excellent gifts, the plates should arrive in time for holiday gift giving.
All proceeds will benefit the Children's Room.
Trick-or-Treat at the Library
Halloween, October 31


On All Hallows Eve, when you're out Trick-or- Treating, come visit us at the library! Anyone who stops by the Children's Room in the library in their Halloween costume will get a treat!  

Kids, Adults, and Dogs are welcome to visit all day and in costume. We do close at 5 pm, so make sure to visit before then!  

Fall Preschool Story Times
Story Times meet weekly Monday through Thursday
Each includes stories, crafts, and songs.

Fall Story Times run September 30 - November 21
Registration is required as space is limited.

Lapsit (6 to 23 Months)
Session One : Wednesdays, 10:15
Session Two : Thursdays,10:15
Toddlers (Just 2's to Just 3's)
Session One : Wednesdays, 11:00
Session Two : Thursdays,11:00
Three Year Olds
Session One : Mondays, 10:30
Four and Five Year Olds
Session One : Tuesdays, 1:15

All Things Pumpkin!
Saturday, October 19 at 3:30, rain or shine!

Fun for all ages!
The event begins with a magic show by the fabulous Ed Pop at 3:30. Children are encouraged to come in costume for the following parade. There will be pumpkin related activities and a Basket Raffle, Clyde's Cider & Goodies!

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

Drop-In Craft Days for Kids!
Join us at the Library this month for two special Drop-In Craft Days!

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!

Washi Tape Bookmarks, October 5, 10:00-5:00

Pumpkin Suncatchers , October 19, 10:00-5:00

No registration required
Young Engineers' Club
Monday, October 28, 5:00

Model and print 3D spiders for Halloween! Students will learn basic modeling using Tinkercad and will have the opportunity to 3D print their creations!

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! This initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE!

Class size is limited. Register HERE 

This program is generously funded by the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund.

Creative Movement with the Eastern CT Ballet :
The Nutcracker!
Friday, October 25, 10:00

“The Nutcracker” ~ For this event, we will be dancing the story of the Nutcracker!

This 45 minute program is an introduction to creative movement for 3 to 5 years olds. During class, we will read a book and then do 35 minutes of movement around the theme.

Register HERE

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.
Family Movie Matinee
Saturday, October 12, 3:00
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
PG, 1 hour, 40 minutes

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.
Teen Wii U Gaming
Fridays at 3:30
Fall into the Library for weekly Wii U gaming! Stop by the Library on Friday afternoons to play our games with your friends!

Friday Wii U will be happening every week from September to December

Generously funded by the  Rotary Club of Groton.
 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!

This program is generously 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

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
This program is 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
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Thursday-Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday Hours 10:00 - 5:00 (9:00-1:00 June-August)