The Library will be closed
Monday, November 12 for Veterans' Day and
will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and
will be closed on Thursday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Our Featured Events

The Mystic & Noank Library's Annual Fall Fundraiser will be held at the Library on

Thursday, November 15 from
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come join us for a fun and festive
cocktail party as we say
CHEERS to Our 125th Anniversary !

We hope to see you all there!
For sponsorship opportunities,
tickets and more information,
please contact Loren Wren,
Development Director, at (860) 572-8191.

Friends of MNL
Like-New Book Sale
in the Ames Room

Monday, November 26 -
  Saturday, December 1 during regular library hours except closes at noon on Saturday.

You don't want to miss THE sale of the year! 

Get a jump on your holiday shopping while saving on the pocketbook, too! Our Friends of the Library have chosen the best books for this sale. All genres and interests will be available, including children's books, cookbooks and best sellers! Holiday gifts and ephemera for sale, too! 

Have an hour to spare? Please sign up at the Front Desk to volunteer to work a shift during the week! Thank you.

Featured Movies
The library will be showing these movies on the following dates
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
November 2 at 3:00 pm
Book Club
November 9 at 3:00 pm

Adult Programs
Harvest: A Year in Painting - An Art Exhibit!

October 31 - November 16

This upcoming exhibit will feature artwork by the members of the Stonington-based Loose Association of Plein Air Artists.

This group of painters, work in the open air, capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in oils, pastel, and watercolor. 

This art show displays paintings which examine the beauty of our changing landscapes throughout every season of the annum, with pieces celebrating Winter, Spring, Summer, and especially Fall. The collection highlights the best work of the Plein Air Artists from the year of 2018 thus far. 

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Please call ahead to check the availability of the Ames Room.

Thank you Volunteers!

The hard-work put in by loyal Friends and neighbors at our Fall Clean-Up Day on Saturday, October 20 was amazing! The grounds were raked, clipped, mulched and weeded! We truly appreciate our helpful Mystic Community. 
Treasures of Southeastern Connecticut Book Talk by Steve Fagin

Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.
The Day's latest book, Treasures of Southeastern Connecticut, is scheduled to be released in late November. Author Steve Fagin will hold an illustrated talk at the Library with a Q&A to follow!

This book features more than 50 essays and more than 120 color photographs celebrating the region’s many natural attractions, tracing their history and paying tribute to the organizations that helped preserve them for future generations.

The book includes essays about and photographs of Sandy Point, Barn Island, Haley Farm, and other local areas that might be of interest to locals.

The Author will be in the Ames Room at 7pm on November 7 to talk about his work.
 Monday, November 5th, Android Smartphones and Tablets
Eager to learn to use one of these great, highly customizable devices? Attend this class and learn all about your portable machines, including their settings and navigation, as well as the differences between various brands, and how to tailor each one with apps, services, adn other features to suit your personal needs and interests.

Register for 10:15 a.m. session HERE .
Register for the 5:30 p.m. session HERE .

Wednesday, November 14th:
Cyber Security for the Holiday Season: A Tech Seminar
Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, and, if you're not aware of all the online scams and fraudulent websites out there, potentially dangerous! Protect yourself and enjoy a safe shopping season by attending this special seminar on how to avoid identity theft, hackers, false proprietors and more by learning to identify the many, many different forms of fraud, as well as what best financial practices on the web look like. You will also learn how to tell when Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals aren't all that meet the eye. We hope you will join us for this fun, one-of-a-kind program on staying safe online during the holiday season!

Register 10:15 a.m. session HERE .
Heartfulness Meditation Series continues
Fridays at 10:30 am, November 2 - November 23, 2018

J oin us for this exciting new Meditation series at the Library! The class, which will go for an hour and a half, will meet at 10:30 am on the following dates (the room that the class is held in may vary):

Friday, November 2nd
Friday, November 9th
Friday, November 16th
Friday, November 23rd

Heartfulness is a simple and natural path of heart-centered wellness that fosters balance, peace and wellbeing. The introductory practices include a relaxation exercise and a Heartfulness meditation. This approach to wellness centers on using the heart to guide us on our journey to personal development and inner enrichment. By focusing our attention on the heart, we gradually learn to regulate the mind while exploring the secrets of the heart. With continued practice, Heartfulness can enable you to reach profound depths of meditation and achieve inner transformation.   
Come experience guided Heartfulness relaxation and meditation with a certified trainer who enjoys sharing her practice with one and all who have interest.

All participants should bring a journal and a copy of the book The Heartfulness Way, available for sale at Bank Square Books.

Registration is required and seats are limited; for more information, to sign up, visit our website at!
Book Clubs
All book club meetings are scheduled for the Ames Meeting Room at MNL. All readers are welcome to join any of these groups. There are no fees, and the Library works to provide copies of the books being discussed. 
Afternoon Book Club  (first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.)

November 7: White Houses: a Novel by Amy Bloom
History Book Club  (second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

November 13: A History of Venice (finish) by John Julius Norwich
Evening Book Club 
(usually first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.)

November 7: The Pier Falls and Other Stories by Mark Haddon
Capt. John Porter Civil War Book Club  (third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Meets at The Ancient Mariner on Main Street)

November 21: A Biography of Salmon P. Chase by Albert Bushnell Hart. Available online at
Children's and Teen Programs
Sit! Stay! Read! with Phantom the Therapy Dog
Back by popular demand! Phantom, a member of the Therapy Dogs International, provides a relaxed reading environment for young readers. You won't believe how fluffy he is!

Saturday, November 17
Winter Preschool Story Times
Winter Storytimes begin the week of January 7, 2019. Registration is available via EventKeeper on the library website now or by calling (860) 536-7721.
StoryTimes are scheduled to meet weekly Mondays through Thursdays, classes consist of stories, crafts, and more!

Due to demand registration is required and class size is limited. In the case of over-enrollment classes will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. StoryTime sessions last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public.
Have You Registered for 1KBK?
We are delighted with the response to our  Groton Education Foundation  funded program 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

We love celebrating the children's successes and honoring them with prizes to keep them motivated! Interested? Stop in the Children's Room and find out more--we'd love to see you.
Sign up in the Children's Room during regular library hours--it's FREE! 
College Readiness Series:
From Stress to Success 
Monday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m.

L aurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus

This is a presentation where students and their parents learn how to begin the process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then decide on the right fit college  

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Young Engineers' Club

The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an fun program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that aims to encourage tweens ages 10 and up to become technology creators! 

YEC meets monthly to work on different projects! Join us on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We'll be covering the basics of computer networks, how the Internet works, and how to serve your own webpage. Students will create basic websites using HTML/CSS and serve it to other students in the class using a NodeJS web server. Students should bring their own laptop if possible. Check out our website for more details!
News, Opportunities & Info

In Need of Technology Tutoring?  
If so, please consider the Mystic & Noank Library's Book-a-Librarian program, in which you sign up for an individual one (1) hour session with a librarian and receive a private tutorial on whatever technological query you may have! 

Lesson topics have included Windows 10, web design, Microsoft Office, and the use of devices such as Smartphones, iPads, e-readers and social media! New topics include employment websites, resumes and cover letters, web design, and more! 

To register, please call the library at (860) 536-7721 or  use our online form here!  Appointments must be requested AT LEAST one day ahead of the desired date; they will be scheduled according to the patron's and the librarian's mutual availability.
Don't forget to register for our information service, Wowbrary by clicking here! . Be sure to then check your email for the verification message. 

With Wowbrary, you will receive a weekly email on Saturday mornings highlighting any new book, audiobook, DVD or CD titles added to our collection in the previous week. A smart link directly into the library catalog will allow you to easily place a reserve on any titles that you wish to check out! 
Call for Art & Collections!
Do you have art to exhibit in our Ames Meeting Room? Or a special collection that will fit in our glass display case? Exhibits are needed for a number of months in the near future.

Please call Kate Nelson at the library at 860-536-7721 for more information and to schedule.
Join In! Be a Part of M&NL
Friends of the
Mystic & Noank Library
The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library generally meet the 3rd Monday of every month at 12:00 Noon in the Ames Room (Due to the holiday closing, the next meeting is Tuesday, November 13). 

The Friends welcome your interest and participation! Learn more about the Friends on our website or send an email to
Cribbage Club 
Cribbage is a great way to keep your mind sharp and meet new friends. We meet every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call Donna Anderson at (203) 470-4566 or email
Writers' Group
Join a varied group of writers every Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. For more information about how we lead our sessions, please click here.
Knitters Unite
Knitting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. each month (November 13 and 27). All levels are welcome. Please join us! 
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. each month (November 14) For more information,  click here.  
Bereavement Counseling
November 6 and 20 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (ongoing on the 1st and 3rd
Tuesdays of each month).

Museum Passes Available

The season starts to change---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 with your houseguests!

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)** Pictured: Harkness Memorial Park, Waterford
Wadsworth Atheneum , Hartford
More information on our website  here!  
We thank the Friends of M&NL for their generous funding of the museum passes. 
Your Support Counts

The Mystic & Noank Library onl y receives
30% of its annual revenue from town funding?

That is why your support is so vital in keeping our beloved Library
open and accessible to our community.
Through your generosity, you enable the Mystic & Noank Library to
continue to be the exceptional community resource that it is with the
abundant programming and services you have come to rely on.

Our library is a unique and valuable resource. 
It is a lifeline to our community and beyond.

Your gifts are tax-deductible and demonstrate your commitment
to our historic and cherished institution.
Please consider including the Mystic & Noank Library in your year end financial planning as well as your estate plans to make a lasting legacy gift today.

For more information or to make a gift, please contact Loren Wren, Director of Development,
at or (860) 572-8191.

Thank you for helping to keep our doors open
for 125 years and counting...
Make a Grand Gesture
Thanks to many generous patrons, more than 150 bricks have been purchased for the library--thank you!

We love to see patrons reading the inscriptions outside when visiting our Library. Is your special message part of this unique collection? Don't miss this opportunity to make a gift of a commemorative brick at M&NL in honor of your loved one, a special memory or to promote your local business. 

We are proud to display these meaningful messages on our beautiful entryway and would love to add your
personalized brick to our ever expanding special sidewalk. 

Order your brick online here  or download the order form  here  and return it to the library.

Questions? Contact the Development Office at (860) 572-8191 or .
Create Lasting Change
If you are thinking of making a lasting gift to the Library, we urge you to consider becoming a member of The Maine Society

Those that join The Maine Society are looking to the future by making provisions for the Library through planned giving. Planned gifts allow donors to continue to support the Mystic & Noank Library after their death, often in a more generous way than what is possible during their lifetime.

By becoming a member of The Maine Society, you will join many others who are a special part of our valued Library community. Your gift will help the Library remain a vibrant, intellectual and important Mystic community resource for another century to come. 

Please contact Loren Wren,  Director of Development ,   at (860) 572-8191 to learn more about
planned giving and other ways to support the Library.
A Preview of Our December Programs
The Library will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31 for New Year's Eve and Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's Day!

In the month of December we will continue to have many fun and engaging activities here at the Library. Those programs include:

  • Writers' Group
  • Book Clubs
  • Knitters' Club
  • Bereavement Group
  • Cribbage Club
  • Tai Ji Quan
  • Mystic Calligraphers
  • Friday Films & Movie Matinees
  • Teen Art Program
  • Annual Giving Tree
  • Food for Fines
  • And more!

Stop in today for more information! We would love to see you!
Support the Library with Amazon Smile!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon which offers many of the same things as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice! AmazonSmile has temporarily raised their donations and it's good on all eligible purchases through November 2.

With the holidays coming, please keep us in mind. Thank you for choosing Mystic & Noank Library as your designated non-profit when you shop at AmazonSmile! 

Visit  to sign up and show your support. 
Mystic & Noank Library | 40 Library Street, Mystic CT 06355 | TEL: (860) 536-7721
Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"The house was very quiet, and the fog-- we are in November now-- pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost."