September News & Events
The Library will be closed Monday, September 2, for Labor Day
Regular Saturday hours resume September 7 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Staff Picks
Patron Recommendations
Adult recommendation by Helen G. - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Teen recommendation by Rachel W. -  The Diviners by Libba Bray
Children recommendation by David H. - The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket

Past staff and patron recommendations can be found on the Library's Goodreads page
Art in the Ames Room

Coastal Paintings
by Susan Noyes

Susan Noyes uses her art to reveal the beauty that we can all find in life if we take the time to look. Seashells with extraordinary colors and intricate patterns or the graceful curve of a boat reflected in the water. Susan works in a semi-impressionistic style.
Lighted Display Case

Antique Dolls presented by Nancy Perry
These dolls are from Nancy's mother's antique doll collection and depict the Coronation of George VI on May 12, 1937. They are wearing the actual coronation attire that George VI and Elizabeth wore along with the other attendees. Her grandmother traveled extensively and would always bring home dolls from her travels to add to the collection.

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.
Our Annual Fall Fundraiser is Coming Up!
Thursday, October 24, 6:00-8:00
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!
Come into the Library during the month of September, get your library card, and receive a free gift! You will also be entered to win a $25 gift card at the end-of-September drawing.

Featured Resource
Wowbrary provides you free weekly emails and RSS feeds about our library's most recent acquisitions. Y ou can access it by clicking HERE
Programs for Adults
4th Annual Friends Craft Exchange
Saturday, September 7 from 10:00 - 12:00 in the Ames Room

Please bring all left-over knitting, crocheting, sewing, unfinished projects, embroidery, arts & crafts colored pencils, crayons, books on crafts, etc to the Library during the week of September 2-6 during library hours. We will sort and display the goods so that when you come to the exchange you will be able to choose materials to start new projects. Please support our cause by tidying up your craft closets! For further information, please contact the Friends at
Heartfulness Meditation
Every Friday from September 6 through October 25 at 11:00

Join Marsha Thompson, a certified Heartfulness trainer, for an 8 week 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.
Organize your Office with Sandra Wheeler
Tuesday, September 10, 6:00

Sandra Wheeler – Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind – will share key steps to getting more organized in your office. Set yourself up for success in your office at home or at work. Learn paper management – what and where to keep it. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Book Talk with Alison Hackett,
Author of 'The Visual Time Traveller'
Thursday, September 19, 6:00

Is it possible for 500 years of history to be reduced to bite-sized chunks of five years, incorporating twelve diverse facts that happened within that time-frame? Through her lecture, Alison Hackett, author of The Visual Time Traveller: 500 Years of History, Art and Science in 100 Unique Designs, will reawaken your curiosity, bring you through five centuries, draw you into a web of connections linking history, art and science since the Renaissance and construct a lens with which to explain the world in a way that is at once fragmented, modern and alive.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

  Read more about Alison HERE
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
Patrons may choose ONE of the following dates:

The MNL & Mystic River Historical Society Presents:
A Walk Through Helen Clarke’s Mystic

Saturday October 5, 10:00 am @ the Union Baptist Church

If you missed “A Walk Through Helen Clarke’s Mystic” in April, we are offering the hour-long event again. This walk will feature a look at the Mystic of 100 years ago based on the writings of Helen Clarke, whose diary was published by the Historical Society in 1997. Tour guides from the Historical Society will lead the walk.Registration is limited to 60, and must be done by Sept. 30 ONLINE HERE or by calling the library. There is no rain date.

The walk will start at the Union Baptist Church parking lot at 119 High St. and will end at Portersville Academy, also on High Street, where there will be a display of Helen Clarke photos and memorabilia. Copies of the Helen Clarke diary will also be for sale. We look forward to seeing you there
25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament

The 25th Mystic & Noank Library Benefit Bridge Tournament begins June 1. Please contact your bridge friends and encourage them to participate in this fun event that also helps support the Library. Download our application HERE .

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)
September 4

EDUCATED: A MEMOIR by Tara Westover
Evening Book Group
(1st Wednesday @ 7:00)
September 4


History Book Group 
(2nd Tuesday @ 7:00)
 September 10

by Jill Lepare

Cribbage Club 
Thursdays @ 3:00
For more information, please call Donna Anderson at 203.470.4566 or
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
Sign up for an individual one hour session with our tech librarian.
Registration required: 860.536.7721 or book online
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 Preschool Story Times
Story Times meet weekly Monday through Thursday
Each includes stories, crafts, and songs.

Fall Story Times run September 30th through November 21st
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

Friday Wii U Gaming
Every Friday from September 6 to December 27 at 3:30

Fall into the library for weekly Wii U gaming! 

Stop by the Activity Room in the Library on Friday afternoons to play our games with your friends!

More gaming than ever before!
Drop-In Craft Days for Kids!
Join us at the library this month 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!

Make a Unicorn Themed Craft on September 7, 10 - 5.

Make an Apple Tree Themed Craft on September 21,
10 - 5.

No registration required
Young Engineers Club
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! Check back for details for upcoming programs this fall!

This exciting initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE! 

Generously funded by the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund--thank you!

Creative Movement with the Eastern CT Ballet
Friday, September 20 at 10:00

“The Orchestra” ~ This event will be all about musical instruments and directing an orchestra!
This 45 minute program is an introduction to creative movement for 3 to 5 year olds. During class, we will read a book and then do 35 minutes of movement around the theme!

Register HERE
Lil' Yogis with Miss Kim
Thursdays in September at 10:30

A joyful way for children to explore creative movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.
Lil' Yogis is for 3 to 5 year olds with a caregiver.

Please register for the dates individually by clicking the dates above

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library--thank you!

Family Friday Movie Matinees

Saturday, September 21 at 3:00
The Secret Life of Pets 2
PG, 1 hour, 26 minutes
Banned Book Movie
The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, September 28 at 3:00

This movie has no rating, 1 hour, 52 minutes

September 22 - 28 is Banned Books Week, a time to celebrate the freedom to read.
The Wizard of Oz was banned for depicting a strong female character.

Popcorn will be provided and
Patrons are encouraged to bring their own covered drinks

Generously funded by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library -- thank you!
Sit! Stay! Read with Phantom!
Saturday, September 28, 11:00-12:00
Come read to Phantom, our Bernese Mountain Dog friend or just stop by to say hello!
Best for kids entering first grade and up.
Register HERE

 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, September 16, 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!
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