Saturday, March 4, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

You Are Invited to The
1000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBK)
Registration & Activity Afternoon
Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames Room
What is It? 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide effort focused on early childhood literacy. The Mystic & Noank Library is thrilled to be starting our own 1KBK (as it's known!) program, thanks to a grant provided by the generous 

This program is for children who are not yet readers themselves. 
Research shows that parents and caregivers are the best teachers for pre-readers to develop a life-long love of reading and books. A child and caregiver spending time together reading is one of the most beneficial activities for the child's educational and social growth.
How Does it Work?
The program is available to all families with children
between the ages of birth to 5 years old. The goal is to read 1000 books together prior to the child's start of formal schooling/Kindergarten. 

Sound impossible? It's not! 
Three books a day for one year is over 1000 books! 

Families commit to recording how many books they read together on a Reading Log (provided by the library). As the child reaches certain milestones (100 books, 200 books etc.), the child receives a small prize! We will also create a special bulletin board in the library to mark the progress of participants! 

Reach 100o books and the child takes home a special book of their own to keep! In addition, a book will be dedicated in the child's name for the library's collection. 
Where and How Do I Register? 

Tish Rabe
Author Tish Rabe
Saturday, March 25 is our 
Registration & Activity Afternoon!
We will have an afternoon of exciting activities and a presentation by author Tish Rabe. Tish has written over 160 children's books for Sesame Street, Disney, Blue's Clues, Curious George and many others. 

In 1996, five years after the death of Dr. Seuss, Tish was selected by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to create The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, a new line of rhyming science books for early readers. 

You can sign up on Saturday, March 25 or any day afterwards in the Children's Room at the library. 

How Much Does it Cost?
There is NO cost to families, thanks to the generous support of the 
Groton Education Foundation! 

Children's Spring Reading Contest

The annual spring reading contest is starting April 1, so don't be late!

Sign-up and get your reading log in the Children’s Room at the end of March or any time during April. The reading categories include Read-To-Me, Early Readers, and Independent Readers. Contestants will record the number of minutes they read, or are read to, each day during the month of April. Top readers in each category will be awarded prize baskets.

Completed reading logs are to be returned by noon on April 29th.The Spring Reading Contest is free and open to all children and is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spring Preschool Storytimes!

The Mystic & Noank Library will be continuing its seasonal storytimes this Spring. Scheduled to meet weekly Mondays through Fridays, classes consist of stories, finger-plays, crafts, and songs.

Due to demand registration is required and class size is limited. Registration will begin the week of February 27th. Classes will begin the week of March 20th. Registration may be done online; visit our website at

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.

The Library will also be running a new preschool Drop-In Storytime. Running from April 18th to May 9th, the Drop-In Storytimes begin a 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. No registration is required.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hansel & Gretel Story Time

Drop by the Mystic & Noank Library on Tuesday, January 17th to join a special Hansel & Gretel Story Time with Gingerbread House crafts for children. The story time will run from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m and is appropriate for ages 4 and up.

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is performing a family concert on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London featuring the Eastern CT Ballet, and many famous storybook suites. Among them will be Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel & Gretel. Tickets are $7 for general admission.

The Orchestra is offering a discount to any patrons that attend our special story time reading.

Take Your Child to the Library 2017!

Drop by the Mystic & Noank library on Saturday, February for the sixth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day with games, crafts, and snacks!

Take Your Child to the Library Day is an opportunity to encourage children to enjoy the Library, sign up for a library card, and join others for a day of fun. The Library will have board games available to play in the Children’s Room, Valentines crafts to make, and cookies and juice for all our littlest patrons!
10 a.m. - Sit! Stay! Read! & Scratch Club
11 a.m. - Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT will present Don’t Burst My Bubble
3 p.m. - The Secret Life of Pets Movie Matinee

No registration required; all programs are free and open to the public due to generous funding from the Friends of the M&N Library. Don’t Burst My Bubble will have a twenty child limit; admittance will be on a first come, first served basis.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Winter Matinees 2017

The Mystic & Noank Library is continuing its Children's Winter Matinees. Warm up at the library this winter with a new movie every week, appropriate for children of all ages.

January 7th - BFG (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 57min
January 14th - Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 35min
January 21st - Pete's Dragon (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 43min
January 28th - The Wild Life (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 32min
February 4th - The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 27min
February 11th - The Angry Birds (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 37min
February 18th - The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 39min
February 25th - Kubo of the Two Strings (2016)
Rated PG - 1hr 41min

This program is free and open to the public, made possible by funding from the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Trim-a-tree 2016

Drop by the Mystic & Noank Library in the afternoon on Saturday, December 3 to start the holiday season off right with a visit from The Art Truck, gingerbread cookie making, tree-trimming and Carol-O-Grams with the SHS Chamber Choir!

Thanks to funding from Groton Education Foundation, the Art Truck will be visiting between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. With the Art Truck crew, kids can create their own sparkling snowflake garlands, ornaments and wearables using a variety of materials including ribbons, gems and specialty markers.  At 3:00 p.m. we wil decorate gingerbread cookies and trim our tree.

The Stonington High School Chamber Choir starts their library caroling at 3:30 p.m. Stop by to hear your favorite holiday songs, made possible by funding provided by the Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library. All are welcome!