The Mystic & Noank Library

40 Library Street - Mystic, CT 06355

Friday December 9, 2022
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Storytime!

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library! Come listen to your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 6 spaces available.

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library! Come listen to your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 6 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Digital Program: Food Explorers presents a Baking Workshop for Kids!

Join Food Explorers to make Hot Chocolate Mousse Cups! These layered treats are made up of a layer of chocolate brownie, and layer of homemade hot chocolate mousse.

You’ll need an electric mixer and the following ingredients:

1 pint heavy cream,1/2 cup powdered sugar, hot chocolate powder (2 individual packets), cinnamon, vanilla, 1 stick butter, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs and flour.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom
There are 6 spaces available.

Join Food Explorers to make Hot Chocolate Mousse Cups! These layered treats are made up of a layer of chocolate brownie, and layer of homemade hot chocolate mousse.

You’ll need an electric mixer and the following ingredients:

1 pint heavy cream,1/2 cup powdered sugar, hot chocolate powder (2 individual packets), cinnamon, vanilla, 1 stick butter, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs and flour.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

There are 6 spaces available.

Saturday December 10, 2022
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Digital Program: Ask Farmer Craig

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Ask Farmer Craig
Gardening is full of questions! This is your chance to ask Farmer Craig all of your garden related questions and to get great answers!

Registration is required to attend this meeting. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Kim Hargrave  860-536-1216 ext.108  khargrave@dpnc.org
LOCATION: Zoom

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Ask Farmer Craig
Gardening is full of questions! This is your chance to ask Farmer Craig all of your garden related questions and to get great answers!

Registration is required to attend this meeting. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Kim Hargrave
  860.536.1216 ext.108
   khargrave@dpnc.org

LOCATION: Zoom

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LAAM Art Workshop for Kids!

Lyman Allyn Art Museum will lead an art workshop for kids based on an upcoming exhibition The Circle Game. Children will create their own short children’s books inspired by Pamela Zagarenski's work.  

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum will lead an art workshop for kids based on an upcoming exhibition The Circle Game. Children will create their own short children’s books inspired by Pamela Zagarenski's work.  

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pop-Up Ornament Making Workshop for Kids

Pop-Up Ornament Making Workshop for Kids

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 5pm to make:

  • A beaded candy cane ornament. Chenille stems and a variety of white and red beads create an adorable candy cane ornament. Make a pattern of red and white or create your own design! 
  • A wooden popsicle stick Christmas tree ornament Create a Christmas tree using popsicle sticks, poms poms, a glitter paper star  and glue. Add a festive ribbon loop as the finishing touch! 
  • A jeweled holiday wreath ornament. Pre-cut cardboard squares lay the foundation for a bedazzled holiday wreath ornament. Place sparkling jewels on a circle of glue to create the wreath and add a satin bow. Glue a ribbon loop on the back. Paper plates are provided for transporting home.
CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room

Pop-Up Ornament Making Workshop for Kids

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 5pm to make:

  • A beaded candy cane ornament. Chenille stems and a variety of white and red beads create an adorable candy cane ornament. Make a pattern of red and white or create your own design! 
  • A wooden popsicle stick Christmas tree ornament Create a Christmas tree using popsicle sticks, poms poms, a glitter paper star  and glue. Add a festive ribbon loop as the finishing touch! 
  • A jeweled holiday wreath ornament. Pre-cut cardboard squares lay the foundation for a bedazzled holiday wreath ornament. Place sparkling jewels on a circle of glue to create the wreath and add a satin bow. Glue a ribbon loop on the back. Paper plates are provided for transporting home.
CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

Monday December 12, 2022
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

 
CONTACT: Margaret Lincoln
LOCATION: Activity Room
CONTACT:
  Margaret Lincoln
  
  

LOCATION: Activity Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chromatopia Exhibition Preview

Join Jane LeGrow, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Director of Exhibitions, for a preview of one of the museum’s newest shows. Chromatopia: Stories of Color in Art (November 19, 2022 - March 5, 2023) is a family-friendly exhibit that explores the colorful history of pigments and dyes and their impact on art and culture. Color inspires us, affects our mood and shapes how we see the world. Chromatopia asks the question, what do we really know about it?

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 33 spaces available.

Join Jane LeGrow, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Director of Exhibitions, for a preview of one of the museum’s newest shows. Chromatopia: Stories of Color in Art (November 19, 2022 - March 5, 2023) is a family-friendly exhibit that explores the colorful history of pigments and dyes and their impact on art and culture. Color inspires us, affects our mood and shapes how we see the world. Chromatopia asks the question, what do we really know about it?

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Chris Bradley
  860.536.7721
   cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 33 spaces available.

Tuesday December 13, 2022
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Mystic Calligraphers
CONTACT: Chris Bradley   860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday December 14, 2022
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4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
In-person Chess Club for Kids!

Chess Club for Kids!

Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m.

Children should know how the chess pieces move before their first visit. We teach chess strategy, chess sportsmanship, and organize games. 

Sportsman-like conduct is always a goal. Members must be respectful of each other's play, and at the end of each game, win or lose, members must be cordial with one another.

Instructor: 

Michael Grater, library associate and chess enthusiast, leads our Chess Club. He grew up playing chess and continues to play for fun.  Chess is a great game that builds concentration, patience, planning, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills in children, teens and adults.

 
CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Room

Chess Club for Kids!

Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m.

Children should know how the chess pieces move before their first visit. We teach chess strategy, chess sportsmanship, and organize games. 

Sportsman-like conduct is always a goal. Members must be respectful of each other's play, and at the end of each game, win or lose, members must be cordial with one another.

Instructor: 

Michael Grater, library associate and chess enthusiast, leads our Chess Club. He grew up playing chess and continues to play for fun.  Chess is a great game that builds concentration, patience, planning, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills in children, teens and adults.

 
CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Room

Thursday December 15, 2022
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Programming Support Meeting
CONTACT: Sharon Barrett  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Activity Room
 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Yoga!

Family Yoga

Join us for family yoga in our beautiful library. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset. Bring your own blanket or mat.

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room
There are 12 spaces available.

Family Yoga

Join us for family yoga in our beautiful library. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset. Bring your own blanket or mat.

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

There are 12 spaces available.

Friday December 16, 2022
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Storytime!

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library library! Come listen to  your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: MNL grounds
There are 11 spaces available.

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library library! Come listen to  your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: MNL grounds

There are 11 spaces available.

Saturday December 17, 2022
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pop-Up Make Your Own Gift Wrap and Gift Tag Workshop for Kids

Pop-Up Make Your Own Gift Wrap and Gift Tag Workshop for Kids

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 5pm 

  • Use craft paper,stamps,ink,markers,glitter glue and stickers to create your own design for wrapping paper and gift tags.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room

Pop-Up Make Your Own Gift Wrap and Gift Tag Workshop for Kids

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 5pm 

  • Use craft paper,stamps,ink,markers,glitter glue and stickers to create your own design for wrapping paper and gift tags.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

Monday December 19, 2022
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mystic River Chorale Holiday Concert

Join us with the Mystic River Chorale for a holiday concert upstairs in the Spicer Reading Room.

Students from the Stonington Select Choir will sing Carol-o-grams outside the main entrance as guests arrive at 5:30.

Hot tea will be provided at 6:00 by Lamplighter Trading Company.

The Mystic River Chorale concert begins at 6:30.

Purchase tickets here to attend this event. Proceeds benefit the Library.

Thank you to our sponsor Densmore Oil Company.

CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

Join us with the Mystic River Chorale for a holiday concert upstairs in the Spicer Reading Room.

Students from the Stonington Select Choir will sing Carol-o-grams outside the main entrance as guests arrive at 5:30.

Hot tea will be provided at 6:00 by Lamplighter Trading Company.

The Mystic River Chorale concert begins at 6:30.

Purchase tickets here to attend this event. Proceeds benefit the Library.

Thank you to our sponsor Densmore Oil Company.

CONTACT:
  Chris Bradley
  860.536.7721
   cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

Tuesday December 20, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday December 21, 2022
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4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
In-person Chess Club for Kids!

Chess Club for Kids!

Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m.

Children should know how the chess pieces move before their first visit. We teach chess strategy, chess sportsmanship, and organize games. 

Sportsman-like conduct is always a goal. Members must be respectful of each other's play, and at the end of each game, win or lose, members must be cordial with one another.

Instructor: 

Michael Grater, library associate and chess enthusiast, leads our Chess Club. He grew up playing chess and continues to play for fun.  Chess is a great game that builds concentration, patience, planning, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills in children, teens and adults.

 
CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Room

Chess Club for Kids!

Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m.

Children should know how the chess pieces move before their first visit. We teach chess strategy, chess sportsmanship, and organize games. 

Sportsman-like conduct is always a goal. Members must be respectful of each other's play, and at the end of each game, win or lose, members must be cordial with one another.

Instructor: 

Michael Grater, library associate and chess enthusiast, leads our Chess Club. He grew up playing chess and continues to play for fun.  Chess is a great game that builds concentration, patience, planning, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills in children, teens and adults.

 
CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Room

Friday December 23, 2022
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Storytime!

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library! Come listen to  your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: MNL grounds
There are 10 spaces available.

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library! Come listen to  your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: MNL grounds

There are 10 spaces available.

Saturday December 24, 2022
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Library Closed for Christmas Eve
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Sunday December 25, 2022
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Library Closed for Christmas Day
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Monday December 26, 2022
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Library Closed for Christmas
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Tuesday December 27, 2022
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Gingerbread Storytime and Snack

December Storytime

Join us in the Spicer Reading Room by the window seat for a holiday storytime filled with books, songs  and gingerbread cookie decorating.  Ages 6 and under. Class size limited. Registration required 

 

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

December Storytime

Join us in the Spicer Reading Room by the window seat for a holiday storytime filled with books, songs  and gingerbread cookie decorating.  Ages 6 and under. Class size limited. Registration required 

 

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room


 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
In-person: Food Explorers presents a Baking Workshop for Kids!

Join Food Explorers for an in-person baking class! You’ll be making a yummy winter dessert: S’mores Pies!

You’ll get to use the electric mixer, crush graham crackers and make chocolate pudding, and you’ll play a round of “Grocery Games” to learn all about buying food while sticking to a budget. Recipe is nut free but will contain dairy

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room

Join Food Explorers for an in-person baking class! You’ll be making a yummy winter dessert: S’mores Pies!

You’ll get to use the electric mixer, crush graham crackers and make chocolate pudding, and you’ll play a round of “Grocery Games” to learn all about buying food while sticking to a budget. Recipe is nut free but will contain dairy

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room


Wednesday December 28, 2022
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4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
In-person Chess Club for Kids!

Chess Club for Kids!

Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m.

Children should know how the chess pieces move before their first visit. We teach chess strategy, chess sportsmanship, and organize games. 

Sportsman-like conduct is always a goal. Members must be respectful of each other's play, and at the end of each game, win or lose, members must be cordial with one another.

Instructor: 

Michael Grater, library associate and chess enthusiast, leads our Chess Club. He grew up playing chess and continues to play for fun.  Chess is a great game that builds concentration, patience, planning, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills in children, teens and adults.

 
CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Room

Chess Club for Kids!

Welcome to Mystic Noank Library’s Chess Club! The club welcomes children grade 3 and up! We will be meeting on Wednesdays after school from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m.

Children should know how the chess pieces move before their first visit. We teach chess strategy, chess sportsmanship, and organize games. 

Sportsman-like conduct is always a goal. Members must be respectful of each other's play, and at the end of each game, win or lose, members must be cordial with one another.

Instructor: 

Michael Grater, library associate and chess enthusiast, leads our Chess Club. He grew up playing chess and continues to play for fun.  Chess is a great game that builds concentration, patience, planning, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills in children, teens and adults.

 
CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Room

 
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poetry from the Heart

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room
There are many spaces available.

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

There are many spaces available.

Thursday December 29, 2022
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Yoga!

Family Yoga

Join us for family yoga in our beautiful library. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset. Bring your own blanket or mat.

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room
There are 11 spaces available.

Family Yoga

Join us for family yoga in our beautiful library. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset. Bring your own blanket or mat.

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

There are 11 spaces available.

Friday December 30, 2022
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Storytime!

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library! Come listen to  your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

 

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 11 spaces available.

Join us for an in-person storytime in the library! Come listen to  your favorite stories! Best for ages 2-5.  

Class size is limited. Registration required.

Please register below.

 

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 11 spaces available.

Saturday December 31, 2022
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Library Closes at 1 PM for New Year's Eve
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Monday January 2, 2023
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Library Closed for New Year's
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Tuesday January 3, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Thursday January 5, 2023
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Concert: A New Lens on Classical

A New Lens on Classical
Featuring Works by Bach, Piazzolla, Handel-Halvorsen and more

With so much innovation in our world today, it can often be easy to overlook the classic and historic beauties that used to characterize our society. When we have been surrounded by something our whole lives, what was once an amazement can blend into everyday life. While music and art are constantly innovating and changing, the pieces that make up the Classical music canon remain consistent. Our duo aims to reimagine these staples during our chamber concert Thursday, January 5th at the historic Mystic Library. By arranging repertoire for the 2 distinct voices of flute and cello, and through creating new voices and melodies to blend into these works, we aim to show the beauty and artistry that made these pieces staples of the genre, in a new lens and color. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the Mystic Library for a night of rediscovering the beauty of the classics all around us!

Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room
There are 50 spaces available.

A New Lens on Classical
Featuring Works by Bach, Piazzolla, Handel-Halvorsen and more

With so much innovation in our world today, it can often be easy to overlook the classic and historic beauties that used to characterize our society. When we have been surrounded by something our whole lives, what was once an amazement can blend into everyday life. While music and art are constantly innovating and changing, the pieces that make up the Classical music canon remain consistent. Our duo aims to reimagine these staples during our chamber concert Thursday, January 5th at the historic Mystic Library. By arranging repertoire for the 2 distinct voices of flute and cello, and through creating new voices and melodies to blend into these works, we aim to show the beauty and artistry that made these pieces staples of the genre, in a new lens and color. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the Mystic Library for a night of rediscovering the beauty of the classics all around us!

Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

CONTACT:
  Chris Bradley
  860.536.7721
   cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Spicer Reading Room

There are 50 spaces available.

Monday January 9, 2023
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

 
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Mystic River Historical Society: Board Meeting
CONTACT: Stephen Menno  860-287-5137  stevemenno@yahoo.com
LOCATION: Activity Room
 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
New Year! New You! Time to Get Organized

Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind, will share tips on how to change your life by getting your home or office more organized in the New Year. 

Sandra Wheeler is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers where she has earned her Certifications in Residential Organizing, Business Organizing, and Life Transitions. She received the Founders Award for her contributions to the NAPO-Connecticut Chapter, where she served in every position on the board over eight years. Sandra is also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner.

Registration is required to attend this program in person in the Ames Room of the Library.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 35 spaces available.

Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind, will share tips on how to change your life by getting your home or office more organized in the New Year. 

Sandra Wheeler is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers where she has earned her Certifications in Residential Organizing, Business Organizing, and Life Transitions. She received the Founders Award for her contributions to the NAPO-Connecticut Chapter, where she served in every position on the board over eight years. Sandra is also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner.

Registration is required to attend this program in person in the Ames Room of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 35 spaces available.

Tuesday January 10, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday January 11, 2023
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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mystic Calligraphers

The Mystic Calligraphers are a group of artists who foster fellowship and the love of lettering!

CONTACT: Annette Chittenden  203-671-4656  achitt@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

The Mystic Calligraphers are a group of artists who foster fellowship and the love of lettering!

CONTACT:
  Annette Chittenden
  203.671.4656
   achitt@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Friday January 13, 2023
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Digital Program: Food Explorers presents a Baking Workshop for Kids!

Join Food Explorers to make Hot Chocolate Cookies!

You’ll need an electric mixer and the following ingredients:

2 sticks butter, 1 cup sugar, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, vanilla, hot chocolate powder, baking soda, baking powder, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom
There are 13 spaces available.

Join Food Explorers to make Hot Chocolate Cookies!

You’ll need an electric mixer and the following ingredients:

2 sticks butter, 1 cup sugar, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, vanilla, hot chocolate powder, baking soda, baking powder, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

There are 13 spaces available.

Saturday January 14, 2023
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Digital Program: Mineralization for Soil Health

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Mineralization for Soil Health
Plants need not only sun and water to grow, but also need a buffet of essential mineral nutrients in order to thrive. Mineral nutrients are found in the soil, and can be added via numerous amendments and fertilizers. Join us to learn about the importance of adding minerals to your soil and how to do it.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Kim Hargrave  860-536-1216 ext.108  khargrave@dpnc.org
LOCATION: Zoom

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Mineralization for Soil Health
Plants need not only sun and water to grow, but also need a buffet of essential mineral nutrients in order to thrive. Mineral nutrients are found in the soil, and can be added via numerous amendments and fertilizers. Join us to learn about the importance of adding minerals to your soil and how to do it.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Kim Hargrave
  860.536.1216 ext.108
   khargrave@dpnc.org

LOCATION: Zoom

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Improv for Introverts, Extroverts, and Everyone-in-Between

Learn principles of and practice improvisational storytelling in a supported, encouraging way. Improv teaches so much: listening, taking risks, being present, connecting with others, tapping into deeper creativity, storytelling, and more! Join this workshop to play improv games, have fun, and learn new skills to impact your personal and professional lives. The workshop is intended for adult participants 18+ and no previous improv experience is required. There will be new activities introduced since the last workshop, so this workshop won't be redundant for past participants.

Instructor: Sarah Page completed her improv training with Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS Improv) in San Francisco. She enjoys playing improv games with people of all ages as an ongoing practice and a means of helping others to be spontaneous, connect with others, tap into their imaginations and get over fear of failure. 

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Learn principles of and practice improvisational storytelling in a supported, encouraging way. Improv teaches so much: listening, taking risks, being present, connecting with others, tapping into deeper creativity, storytelling, and more! Join this workshop to play improv games, have fun, and learn new skills to impact your personal and professional lives. The workshop is intended for adult participants 18+ and no previous improv experience is required. There will be new activities introduced since the last workshop, so this workshop won't be redundant for past participants.

Instructor: Sarah Page completed her improv training with Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS Improv) in San Francisco. She enjoys playing improv games with people of all ages as an ongoing practice and a means of helping others to be spontaneous, connect with others, tap into their imaginations and get over fear of failure. 

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Monday January 16, 2023
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Library Closed for MLK Jr. Day
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Tuesday January 17, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday January 18, 2023
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poetry from the Heart

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are many spaces available.

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are many spaces available.

Monday January 23, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Winter Crafts

Preschool Winter Crafts  Join us for  a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading A Hat for Minerva by Janet Morgan Stoeke and painting cardstock pompom hats. Registration required Ages 2-5.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860)536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Preschool Winter Crafts  Join us for  a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading A Hat for Minerva by Janet Morgan Stoeke and painting cardstock pompom hats. Registration required Ages 2-5.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860)536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Tuesday January 24, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Monday January 30, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Winter Crafts

Preschool Winter Crafts  Join us for  a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon and making shape penguins. Registration required. Ages 2 - 5.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860)536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Preschool Winter Crafts  Join us for  a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon and making shape penguins. Registration required. Ages 2 - 5.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860)536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Organizing Your Photos & Memorabilia

Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind, will share tips on how to think about your memorabilia and how to honor your past. 

Sandra Wheeler is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers where she has earned her Certifications in Residential Organizing, Workplace Productivity and Life Transitions. She is an active member of the NAPO-Connecticut Chapter where she has served on the board for eight years. Sandra is also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner.

Registration is required to attend this program in person in the Ames Room of the Library.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 35 spaces available.

Sandra Wheeler, Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind, will share tips on how to think about your memorabilia and how to honor your past. 

Sandra Wheeler is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers where she has earned her Certifications in Residential Organizing, Workplace Productivity and Life Transitions. She is an active member of the NAPO-Connecticut Chapter where she has served on the board for eight years. Sandra is also a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner.

Registration is required to attend this program in person in the Ames Room of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 35 spaces available.

Tuesday January 31, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Thursday February 2, 2023
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Digital Program: Backyard Birding with the CT Audubon Society

Join us with The Connecticut Audubon Society for this webinar on backyard birding in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count later this month! In this webinar, participants will learn which birds you can expect to see in your backyard this time of year, how to make your yard a bird-friendly habitat, plus tips, tricks, and everything you need for making the most of your backyard birding!

You can also sign up to join us for an in-person field-based bird walk this Saturday, February 4 at the boat launch parking lot of Barn Island: 249 Palmer Neck Rd, Pawcatuck, CT 06379.

This program is co-sponsored by the Stonington Free Library.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a confirmation upon registration and a reminder on the day of the program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom

Join us with The Connecticut Audubon Society for this webinar on backyard birding in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count later this month! In this webinar, participants will learn which birds you can expect to see in your backyard this time of year, how to make your yard a bird-friendly habitat, plus tips, tricks, and everything you need for making the most of your backyard birding!

You can also sign up to join us for an in-person field-based bird walk this Saturday, February 4 at the boat launch parking lot of Barn Island: 249 Palmer Neck Rd, Pawcatuck, CT 06379.

This program is co-sponsored by the Stonington Free Library.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a confirmation upon registration and a reminder on the day of the program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Friday February 3, 2023
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Digital Program: Food Explorers presents a Baking Workshop for Kids!

Join Food Explorers to make Valentines Day Strawberry Pop-Tarts! Learn how to make these heart shaped fruity treats by making your own pastry!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

Flour, 1 stick butter, sugar, powdered sugar, strawberry jam and milk (optional). You will need a rolling pin, and a food processor is optional.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom
There are 14 spaces available.

Join Food Explorers to make Valentines Day Strawberry Pop-Tarts! Learn how to make these heart shaped fruity treats by making your own pastry!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

Flour, 1 stick butter, sugar, powdered sugar, strawberry jam and milk (optional). You will need a rolling pin, and a food processor is optional.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

There are 14 spaces available.

Saturday February 4, 2023
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Field-Based Bird Walk at Barn Island

Meet us with an educator from The Connecticut Audubon Society for a field-based bird walk at Barn Island. We will meet at the boat launch parking lot at 249 Palmer Neck Rd, Pawcatuck, CT 06379. This walk is in prepartion for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Get ready to participate from February 17-20 with the Merlin Bird ID app.

Every February, people from around the world contribute data in one of the largest citizen science projects in the world. It’s easy to participate in the Great Backyard Bird count and you can do it anywhere you find birds! Learn how to participate in the count as well as identify birds by sight and sound with Conservation and Education Coordinator, Joe Attwater.  Then take that knowledge and count birds in your own backyard!

This program is co-sponsored by the Stonington Free Library.

Registration is required to attend this program. Space is limited; please only register if you know you can attend. In the event of a waiting list, we will call to confirm your attendance.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Barn Island, Boat Launch
There are 15 spaces available.

Meet us with an educator from The Connecticut Audubon Society for a field-based bird walk at Barn Island. We will meet at the boat launch parking lot at 249 Palmer Neck Rd, Pawcatuck, CT 06379. This walk is in prepartion for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Get ready to participate from February 17-20 with the Merlin Bird ID app.

Every February, people from around the world contribute data in one of the largest citizen science projects in the world. It’s easy to participate in the Great Backyard Bird count and you can do it anywhere you find birds! Learn how to participate in the count as well as identify birds by sight and sound with Conservation and Education Coordinator, Joe Attwater.  Then take that knowledge and count birds in your own backyard!

This program is co-sponsored by the Stonington Free Library.

Registration is required to attend this program. Space is limited; please only register if you know you can attend. In the event of a waiting list, we will call to confirm your attendance.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Barn Island, Boat Launch

There are 15 spaces available.

Monday February 6, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Winter Crafts

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for  a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson and making Fork Painted Polar Bears. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

 

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for  a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson and making Fork Painted Polar Bears. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

 

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Digital Program: Black History in Connecticut

Beyond the Amistad: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Society

In this program, we'll take you on a tour of items from our collection representing a spectrum of the Black experience in Connecticut. You'll learn about Harlem Renaissance writer, Ann Petry, who carefully preserved artifacts chronicling the Black community of Saybrook. Examine daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, who abandoned a successful Hartford photography business to build a new nation in Africa. Browse through the photo album of a Hollywood actress who became a champion of labor rights for Black entertainers. Marvel at the gorgeous costumes created by Connecticut's West Indian community for their MAS celebration. And see artifacts documenting the Civil Rights movement in our state.

Speaker Bio
Christina Rewinski is a Museum Educator at the Connecticut Historical Society. She develops and teaches educational programs for school and adult audiences. Christina has formerly worked at a number of Connecticut museums and holds a B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Museum Education from Tufts University.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom

Beyond the Amistad: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Society

In this program, we'll take you on a tour of items from our collection representing a spectrum of the Black experience in Connecticut. You'll learn about Harlem Renaissance writer, Ann Petry, who carefully preserved artifacts chronicling the Black community of Saybrook. Examine daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, who abandoned a successful Hartford photography business to build a new nation in Africa. Browse through the photo album of a Hollywood actress who became a champion of labor rights for Black entertainers. Marvel at the gorgeous costumes created by Connecticut's West Indian community for their MAS celebration. And see artifacts documenting the Civil Rights movement in our state.

Speaker Bio
Christina Rewinski is a Museum Educator at the Connecticut Historical Society. She develops and teaches educational programs for school and adult audiences. Christina has formerly worked at a number of Connecticut museums and holds a B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Museum Education from Tufts University.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Tuesday February 7, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday February 8, 2023
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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mystic Calligraphers

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT: Annette Chittenden  203-671-4656  achitt@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT:
  Annette Chittenden
  203.671.4656
   achitt@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Thursday February 9, 2023
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Digital Program: Connecticut's African American Heroines

African Americans have played a major role in the development of our state, our nation, and our world. African American women from Connecticut are no exception! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and learn about some of Connecticut's most remarkable African American heroines. From women's rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne Baughns-Wallace and former State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, you'll be inspired as we explore the important contributions of African American women in Connecticut.

Registration is required to attend this program

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom

African Americans have played a major role in the development of our state, our nation, and our world. African American women from Connecticut are no exception! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and learn about some of Connecticut's most remarkable African American heroines. From women's rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne Baughns-Wallace and former State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, you'll be inspired as we explore the important contributions of African American women in Connecticut.

Registration is required to attend this program

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Saturday February 11, 2023
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Digital Program: The Ins and Outs of Watering

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

The Ins and Outs of Watering
While we are all conscious of the quality of our drinking water, you may not be aware of the quality of the water we are giving to our plants. In some cases, poor water quality can cause plants to discolor, become stunted or grow irregularly. Learn about the importance of a water test, water hardness and how to make your city water plant friendly.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Kim Hargrave  860-536-1216 ext.108  khargrave@dpnc.org
LOCATION: Zoom

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

The Ins and Outs of Watering
While we are all conscious of the quality of our drinking water, you may not be aware of the quality of the water we are giving to our plants. In some cases, poor water quality can cause plants to discolor, become stunted or grow irregularly. Learn about the importance of a water test, water hardness and how to make your city water plant friendly.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Kim Hargrave
  860.536.1216 ext.108
   khargrave@dpnc.org

LOCATION: Zoom

 
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10:15 AM - 2:30 PM
AARP Driver Safety Class

TAKE THE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.  Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has helped more than 20 million people stay safe, educated and confident on the road.  Learn research-based safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. 
Many participants may be eligible for a multi-year insurance discount after taking the course. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance agent to see if they are eligible. There are no tests required to pass the course.

The 4 hour course is open to drivers of all ages and costs $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members.  You must have your AARP number with you to receive the discounted price.  Payment is by cash or check and is due at the beginning of the course, please bring exact amount for payment (change will not be available); no bills larger than $20 bills will be accepted for payment.
Be sure to bring a pen for taking notes and filling out paperwork and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork.

Registration is required to attend this program as space is limited. 

CONTACT: Harry Hom  harry.hom@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 12 spaces available.

TAKE THE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.  Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has helped more than 20 million people stay safe, educated and confident on the road.  Learn research-based safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. 
Many participants may be eligible for a multi-year insurance discount after taking the course. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance agent to see if they are eligible. There are no tests required to pass the course.

The 4 hour course is open to drivers of all ages and costs $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members.  You must have your AARP number with you to receive the discounted price.  Payment is by cash or check and is due at the beginning of the course, please bring exact amount for payment (change will not be available); no bills larger than $20 bills will be accepted for payment.
Be sure to bring a pen for taking notes and filling out paperwork and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork.

Registration is required to attend this program as space is limited. 

CONTACT:
  Harry Hom
  
   harry.hom@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 12 spaces available.

Monday February 13, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Winter Crafts

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Snow by Manya Stojic and making Paper Bag Fox Puppets. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

 

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Snow by Manya Stojic and making Paper Bag Fox Puppets. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

 

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

 
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Mystic River Historical Society: Board of Trustees
CONTACT: Stephen Menno  860-287-5137  stevemenno@yahoo.com
LOCATION: Activity Room
 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
An American Poet in Prison: an Author's Talk on Correctional

Pushcart prize winning poet and Tufts professor Dr. Ravi Shankar discusses his experience with the American criminal justice system and his memoir Correctional called "the work of an absolutely brilliant writer" by the Sydney Review of Books and named a finalist for the 2022 Connecticut Book Awards

Ravi Shankar is a Pushcart Prize-winning poet and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry and most recently an acclaimed memoir Correctional. The founder of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts, and chairman of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, he has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, BBC, and PBS NewsHour. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island and teaches at Tufts University. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Registration is required to attend this program in person in the Ames Room of the Library.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 35 spaces available.

Pushcart prize winning poet and Tufts professor Dr. Ravi Shankar discusses his experience with the American criminal justice system and his memoir Correctional called "the work of an absolutely brilliant writer" by the Sydney Review of Books and named a finalist for the 2022 Connecticut Book Awards

Ravi Shankar is a Pushcart Prize-winning poet and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry and most recently an acclaimed memoir Correctional. The founder of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts, and chairman of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, he has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, BBC, and PBS NewsHour. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island and teaches at Tufts University. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Registration is required to attend this program in person in the Ames Room of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 35 spaces available.

Tuesday February 14, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Saturday February 18, 2023
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Improv for Introverts, Extroverts, and Everyone-in-Between

Learn principles of and practice improvisational storytelling in a supported, encouraging way. Improv teaches so much: listening, taking risks, being present, connecting with others, tapping into deeper creativity, storytelling, and more! Join this workshop to play improv games, have fun, and learn new skills to impact your personal and professional lives. The workshop is intended for adult participants 18+ and no previous improv experience is required. There will be new activities introduced since the last workshop, so this workshop won't be redundant for past participants.

Instructor: Sarah Page completed her improv training with Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS Improv) in San Francisco. She enjoys playing improv games with people of all ages as an ongoing practice and a means of helping others to be spontaneous, connect with others, tap into their imaginations and get over fear of failure. 

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Learn principles of and practice improvisational storytelling in a supported, encouraging way. Improv teaches so much: listening, taking risks, being present, connecting with others, tapping into deeper creativity, storytelling, and more! Join this workshop to play improv games, have fun, and learn new skills to impact your personal and professional lives. The workshop is intended for adult participants 18+ and no previous improv experience is required. There will be new activities introduced since the last workshop, so this workshop won't be redundant for past participants.

Instructor: Sarah Page completed her improv training with Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS Improv) in San Francisco. She enjoys playing improv games with people of all ages as an ongoing practice and a means of helping others to be spontaneous, connect with others, tap into their imaginations and get over fear of failure. 

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Monday February 20, 2023
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Library Closed for Presidents Day
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Tuesday February 21, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday February 22, 2023
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poetry from the Heart

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are many spaces available.

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are many spaces available.

Monday February 27, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Winter Crafts

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Winter by Ailie Busby and Painting Winter Trees. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Winter by Ailie Busby and Painting Winter Trees. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Writers' Group

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT: Elizabeth Limkemann  860-326-1610  elim44@99main.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

We welcome local writers for free-write sessions at 4 p.m., Mondays, in the Ames Room. The sessions are open to anyone who feels like writing.

Loosely based on the notion of stream-of-consciousness writing described by Natalie Goldberg in "Writing Down the Bones," the sessions are broken into three parts of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes. A writer selects a topic from subjects previously placed in a box. For the first 5 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to correct, just record whatever pops into your head, even if it's something like, "I have no idea what to write..." Each person shares what they've written, free of commentary or criticism.

Then, for 10 minutes, writers write what comes to mind, perhaps an idea or a subject someone had just read aloud or something you wrote in the first 5 minutes will lead to a focus. The group shares again. Writers write for another 5 minutes and then share.

You'll be surprised at the places you'll go with the topics in these sessions. They give you an opportunity to express yourself, they're therapeutic, and they often lead to a lot to talk about after putting your pens down. 

 

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Limkemann
  860.326.1610
   elim44@99main.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Tuesday February 28, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Monday March 6, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Winter Crafts

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and making paper plate Snowmen. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

 

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Preschool Winter Crafts Join us for a winter themed craft and story. We'll be reading Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and making paper plate Snowmen. Registration required.  Ages 2 - 5.

 

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Digital Program: The Fight For Women's Suffrage in Connecticut

A Vote of Her Own: The Fight For Women's Suffrage in Connecticut

How did the women of CT work for--or against--the right to vote? In this program, we'll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from our collection to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history. You'll learn about suffragists like Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Mary Townsend Seymour, and Isabella Beecher Hooker, as well as some CT women who fought tooth-and-nail against women getting the right to vote (what was up with them?)

Speaker Bio
Taylor McClure is a Museum Educator at the Connecticut Historical Society. She teaches educational programs for school and adult groups both at the museum and on location. Taylor is a former high school social studies teacher, with a B.A. in History and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom

A Vote of Her Own: The Fight For Women's Suffrage in Connecticut

How did the women of CT work for--or against--the right to vote? In this program, we'll look at photos, letters and pamphlets from our collection to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history. You'll learn about suffragists like Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Mary Townsend Seymour, and Isabella Beecher Hooker, as well as some CT women who fought tooth-and-nail against women getting the right to vote (what was up with them?)

Speaker Bio
Taylor McClure is a Museum Educator at the Connecticut Historical Society. She teaches educational programs for school and adult groups both at the museum and on location. Taylor is a former high school social studies teacher, with a B.A. in History and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Tuesday March 7, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday March 8, 2023
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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mystic Calligraphers

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT: Annette Chittenden  203-671-4656  achitt@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT:
  Annette Chittenden
  203.671.4656
   achitt@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Saturday March 11, 2023
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Digital Program: Foliar Teas, Brews and IMO Collection

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Foliar Teas, Brews and IMO Collection
Get an overview of farming in a centuries-old natural way in this introduction to Korean Natural Farming practices. Learn easy ways to boost microorganisms and how they can provide your garden with nutrients, while boosting production and increasing your insect pest protection at little to no cost to you. 

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Kim Hargrave  860-536-1216 ext.108  khargrave@dpnc.org
LOCATION: Zoom

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Foliar Teas, Brews and IMO Collection
Get an overview of farming in a centuries-old natural way in this introduction to Korean Natural Farming practices. Learn easy ways to boost microorganisms and how they can provide your garden with nutrients, while boosting production and increasing your insect pest protection at little to no cost to you. 

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Kim Hargrave
  860.536.1216 ext.108
   khargrave@dpnc.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Tuesday March 14, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Thursday March 16, 2023
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Digital Program: Edible Wild Plants and Fungi of Spring

As the warmer temperatures and longer days of spring unfold, many tender, young edible shoots, plants, flowers, and even a few fungi awaken a forager’s senses and delight. Learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods of spring, from invasive bamboo shoots to the lemony tang of fresh wood sorrel, including some of the early edible fungi of the season. Join The 3 Foragers as they discuss the edible plants and fungi of spring, with their original photos and recipe ideas featured in an educational slideshow.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation on the day of the program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom

As the warmer temperatures and longer days of spring unfold, many tender, young edible shoots, plants, flowers, and even a few fungi awaken a forager’s senses and delight. Learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods of spring, from invasive bamboo shoots to the lemony tang of fresh wood sorrel, including some of the early edible fungi of the season. Join The 3 Foragers as they discuss the edible plants and fungi of spring, with their original photos and recipe ideas featured in an educational slideshow.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation on the day of the program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Monday March 20, 2023
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Mystic River Historical Society: Board of Trustees
CONTACT: Stephen R. Menno  860-287-5137  stevemenno@yahoo.com
LOCATION: Ames Room
 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Digital Program: Women Leaders for Social Justice

All people regardless of their gender, race, and sexual orientation, have a right to equal access to education, healthcare, and voting rights. In the last 400 years, the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Inductees have fought discrimination and persevered to reduce the disparity felt between men and women, transgender people, immigrants, and more. Some of the inductees highlighted in Women Leaders for Social Justice are: Maria Miller Stewart, Constance Baker Motley, Ann Stanback, Jerimarie Liesegang, Kica Matos and Teresa Younger!

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom
There are 98 spaces available.

All people regardless of their gender, race, and sexual orientation, have a right to equal access to education, healthcare, and voting rights. In the last 400 years, the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Inductees have fought discrimination and persevered to reduce the disparity felt between men and women, transgender people, immigrants, and more. Some of the inductees highlighted in Women Leaders for Social Justice are: Maria Miller Stewart, Constance Baker Motley, Ann Stanback, Jerimarie Liesegang, Kica Matos and Teresa Younger!

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

There are 98 spaces available.

Tuesday March 21, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday March 22, 2023
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poetry from the Heart

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are many spaces available.

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are many spaces available.

Friday March 24, 2023
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Digital Program: Food Explorers presents a Baking Workshop for Kids!

Join Food Explorers to make Apple Pie Bars with a Maple Glaze!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

1 stick butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, 2 large apples, cinnamon, powdered sugar and maple syrup. You will need an 8x8 inch baking dish

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom
There are 14 spaces available.

Join Food Explorers to make Apple Pie Bars with a Maple Glaze!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

1 stick butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, 2 large apples, cinnamon, powdered sugar and maple syrup. You will need an 8x8 inch baking dish

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

There are 14 spaces available.

Tuesday March 28, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Program: Experience Calm With Guided Meditation Sessions

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Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT: Pamala Lewis  860-514-1760
LOCATION: Zoom
There are many spaces available.

lotus flower

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude. Self-acceptance, deep relaxation, tranquility, peace and lightness are how participants feel after a session.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

CONTACT:
  Pamala Lewis
  860.514.1760
  

LOCATION: Zoom

There are many spaces available.

Friday April 7, 2023
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Library Closed for Good Friday
CONTACT: Chris Bradley  860-536-7721  cbradley@mysticnoanklibrary.org
Saturday April 8, 2023
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Digital Program: Is it Too Early to Plant?

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Is it Too Early to Plant?
The weather is warming and we’re all getting anxious to start the garden. Don’t be fooled into thinking early is best. Learn the natural life cycle of plants and use that knowledge to start, feed and plant in tune with nature’s timing.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Kim Hargrave  860-536-1216 ext.108  khargrave@dpnc.org
LOCATION: Zoom

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Is it Too Early to Plant?
The weather is warming and we’re all getting anxious to start the garden. Don’t be fooled into thinking early is best. Learn the natural life cycle of plants and use that knowledge to start, feed and plant in tune with nature’s timing.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Kim Hargrave
  860.536.1216 ext.108
   khargrave@dpnc.org

LOCATION: Zoom

Wednesday April 12, 2023
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In-person: Food Explorers presents a Cooking Program for Kids: Chopped!

Join Food Explorers for a round of “Chopped”! In this new cooking class, you’ll be working in teams to design and create your ideal energy ball.

What is "Chopped" Inspired by the popular TV series featuring chefs creating recipes from a random assortment of ingredients, this program challenges kids to work as a team and create a delicious dish.

You’ll be choosing from an assortment of ingredients, then mixing and tasting to design your energy bite.

All ingredients are nut free but dairy may be used.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Join Food Explorers for a round of “Chopped”! In this new cooking class, you’ll be working in teams to design and create your ideal energy ball.

What is "Chopped" Inspired by the popular TV series featuring chefs creating recipes from a random assortment of ingredients, this program challenges kids to work as a team and create a delicious dish.

You’ll be choosing from an assortment of ingredients, then mixing and tasting to design your energy bite.

All ingredients are nut free but dairy may be used.

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mystic Calligraphers

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT: Annette Chittenden  203-671-4656  achitt@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT:
  Annette Chittenden
  203.671.4656
   achitt@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

Tuesday April 25, 2023
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Authors Panel: Make Mine Murder

Join us for an authors panel featuring Connecticut crime and mystery writers. This panel, organized by Sisters in Crime--Connecticut, celebrates National Library Week!

Authors Panel: Make Mine Murder
Four Connecticut crime writers discuss how they write their books--where their ideas come from, how they plot the twists and turns, and how they develop their characters.

Panelists: Christine Falcone, Ang Pompano, Shari Randall, Manju Soni

Christine Falcone's short stories have appeared in publications such as ImagineLancrom Review, and Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers. After working for nearly forty years as an RN in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Christine is delighted that retirement coincides with the publication of her first full-length mystery. EX'D OUT was published in October 2022. She is a member of Sisters In Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She lives on the Connecticut Shoreline with her family and a dog, who is not nearly as well behaved as Bruno, the beloved canine in her novel. http://christinefalcone.com

Ang Pompano's stories have appeared in many anthologies, including the Anthony Award-winning Mystery Most Edible. His novel When It’s Time for Leaving was nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel Award. Diet of Death is his latest novel. A founder of Crime Spell Books, he co-edited Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories. A member of MWA, he’s been on the New England Crime Bake committee for sixteen years. A long-time SinCNE board member, he is now on the board of the Connecticut chapter. He lives in Guilford with his wife, Annette, and their two rescue dogs. http://angpompano.com

Shari Randall is the author of the beloved Lobster Shack Mystery series, set in a slightly fictional version of Mystic, Connecticut. Her debut, Curses, Boiled Again, won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. As Meri Allen, she pens the new Ice Cream Shop Mystery series, set in Connecticut's Quiet Corner. A native New Englander, Coast Guard spouse, and a librarian, Shari lives in a midcentury money pit a short walk from a lighthouse. She's a member of Sisters in Crime and enjoys travel, vintage shops, and all things mermaid. http://www.sharirandallauthor.com and https://meriallenbooks.com

Manju Soni (M. J. Soni) is an eye surgeon turned author. Her debut nonfiction book, Defying Apartheid, captures her experiences as a young activist against apartheid. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Akashic Books, and the Best New England Crime Stories Anthology. She's a recipient of the Leon B. Burnstein/MWA-NY Scholarship, and a runner up to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. https://manjusoni.com

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 40 spaces available.

Join us for an authors panel featuring Connecticut crime and mystery writers. This panel, organized by Sisters in Crime--Connecticut, celebrates National Library Week!

Authors Panel: Make Mine Murder
Four Connecticut crime writers discuss how they write their books--where their ideas come from, how they plot the twists and turns, and how they develop their characters.

Panelists: Christine Falcone, Ang Pompano, Shari Randall, Manju Soni

Christine Falcone's short stories have appeared in publications such as ImagineLancrom Review, and Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers. After working for nearly forty years as an RN in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Christine is delighted that retirement coincides with the publication of her first full-length mystery. EX'D OUT was published in October 2022. She is a member of Sisters In Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She lives on the Connecticut Shoreline with her family and a dog, who is not nearly as well behaved as Bruno, the beloved canine in her novel. http://christinefalcone.com

Ang Pompano's stories have appeared in many anthologies, including the Anthony Award-winning Mystery Most Edible. His novel When It’s Time for Leaving was nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel Award. Diet of Death is his latest novel. A founder of Crime Spell Books, he co-edited Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories. A member of MWA, he’s been on the New England Crime Bake committee for sixteen years. A long-time SinCNE board member, he is now on the board of the Connecticut chapter. He lives in Guilford with his wife, Annette, and their two rescue dogs. http://angpompano.com

Shari Randall is the author of the beloved Lobster Shack Mystery series, set in a slightly fictional version of Mystic, Connecticut. Her debut, Curses, Boiled Again, won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. As Meri Allen, she pens the new Ice Cream Shop Mystery series, set in Connecticut's Quiet Corner. A native New Englander, Coast Guard spouse, and a librarian, Shari lives in a midcentury money pit a short walk from a lighthouse. She's a member of Sisters in Crime and enjoys travel, vintage shops, and all things mermaid. http://www.sharirandallauthor.com and https://meriallenbooks.com

Manju Soni (M. J. Soni) is an eye surgeon turned author. Her debut nonfiction book, Defying Apartheid, captures her experiences as a young activist against apartheid. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Akashic Books, and the Best New England Crime Stories Anthology. She's a recipient of the Leon B. Burnstein/MWA-NY Scholarship, and a runner up to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. https://manjusoni.com

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 40 spaces available.

Wednesday April 26, 2023
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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poetry from the Heart

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are many spaces available.

This monthly poetry writing group led by Sarah Page will culminate in an online publication of poetry in April for National Poetry Month. Each group session will begin with a sharing circle to connect with how we're feeling, followed by a brief meditation and light yoga stretches before we dive into writing with prompts. Sarah is a local poet who grew up in Mystic and attended St. Bernard High School. She published Out of Our poetry magazine when she lived in San Francisco, CA. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher at Mystic Yoga Shala and a practitioner of heartfulness meditation.

Registration is required to attend this program.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are many spaces available.

Saturday April 29, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Spring Foraging Walk

Explore the diverse habitats at Sheep Farm in Groton with The 3 Foragers to discover the early shoots and edible plants of spring. Please meet us in the parking lot 10 minutes prior to the start time so we can begin promptly at 10. The address is: 255 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, CT.

Registration is required to attend this program. Space is limited.

CONTACT: Ery Caswell  860-536-7721  ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Sheep Farm, Groton
There are 25 spaces available.

Explore the diverse habitats at Sheep Farm in Groton with The 3 Foragers to discover the early shoots and edible plants of spring. Please meet us in the parking lot 10 minutes prior to the start time so we can begin promptly at 10. The address is: 255 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, CT.

Registration is required to attend this program. Space is limited.

CONTACT:
  Ery Caswell
  860.536.7721
   ecaswell@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Sheep Farm, Groton

There are 25 spaces available.

Friday May 5, 2023
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Digital Program: Food Explorers presents a Cooking Workshop for Kids!

Join Food Explorers to make Burrito Bowls for Cinco De Mayo!

You’ll need

Rice and any of the following optional ingredients: avocado, lime, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, shredded Mexican cheese, black beans, corn, peppers, lettuce and sour cream

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT: Roberta Donahue  (860) 536-7721  rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org
LOCATION: Zoom
There are 15 spaces available.

Join Food Explorers to make Burrito Bowls for Cinco De Mayo!

You’ll need

Rice and any of the following optional ingredients: avocado, lime, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, shredded Mexican cheese, black beans, corn, peppers, lettuce and sour cream

For ages 7 and up!

CONTACT:
  Roberta Donahue
  (860) 536.7721
   rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org

LOCATION: Zoom

There are 15 spaces available.

Saturday May 6, 2023
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Digital Program: Planting Your Garden

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Planting Your Garden
Learn what plants need to get a healthy start in their new environment. From what to add to planting holes and who to plant next to each other, to how to protect the plants from pests and how to stake up tomato plants, this class will get your garden off to a great start.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Kim Hargrave  860-536-1216 ext.108  khargrave@dpnc.org
LOCATION: Zoom

This program is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Regenerative Gardening Program Series with Craig Floyd, Farm Manager of DPNC Coogan Farm. The series is also sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association and supported by regional libraries.

Planting Your Garden
Learn what plants need to get a healthy start in their new environment. From what to add to planting holes and who to plant next to each other, to how to protect the plants from pests and how to stake up tomato plants, this class will get your garden off to a great start.

Registration is required to attend this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Kim Hargrave
  860.536.1216 ext.108
   khargrave@dpnc.org

LOCATION: Zoom

 
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10:15 AM - 2:30 PM
AARP Driver Safety Class

TAKE THE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.  Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has helped more than 20 million people stay safe, educated and confident on the road.  Learn research-based safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. 
Many participants may be eligible for a multi-year insurance discount after taking the course. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance agent to see if they are eligible. There are no tests required to pass the course.

The 4 hour course is open to drivers of all ages and costs $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members.  You must have your AARP number with you to receive the discounted price.  Payment is by cash or check and is due at the beginning of the course, please bring exact amount for payment (change will not be available); no bills larger than $20 bills will be accepted for payment.
Be sure to bring a pen for taking notes and filling out paperwork and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork.

Registration is required to attend this program as space is limited. 

CONTACT: Harry Hom  harry.hom@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room
There are 15 spaces available.

TAKE THE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.  Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has helped more than 20 million people stay safe, educated and confident on the road.  Learn research-based safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. 
Many participants may be eligible for a multi-year insurance discount after taking the course. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance agent to see if they are eligible. There are no tests required to pass the course.

The 4 hour course is open to drivers of all ages and costs $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members.  You must have your AARP number with you to receive the discounted price.  Payment is by cash or check and is due at the beginning of the course, please bring exact amount for payment (change will not be available); no bills larger than $20 bills will be accepted for payment.
Be sure to bring a pen for taking notes and filling out paperwork and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork.

Registration is required to attend this program as space is limited. 

CONTACT:
  Harry Hom
  
   harry.hom@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Wednesday May 10, 2023
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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mystic Calligraphers

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT: Annette Chittenden  203-671-4656  achitt@gmail.com
LOCATION: Ames Room

The Mystic Calligraphers are a an art group that foster fellowship and a love of lettering!

CONTACT:
  Annette Chittenden
  203.671.4656
   achitt@gmail.com

LOCATION: Ames Room