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June 21 - 27

AAA Retire Program

Wednesday, June 23 at 6 PM

The AAA Retire program was established in 2003 as a non-affiliated member benefit exclusively for AAA Members. Since then, it has been adopted as a benefit for community libraries, adult education facilities, and senior centers. The program provides an overview of Social Security retirement benefits for single, married, widowed, and divorced beneficiaries. The topics discussed provide attendees information on how to:

  • Increase your Social Security retirement income by up to 76%
  • Receive Social Security income from ex or deceased spouse's earnings
  • Replace Social Security income lost after spouse's death
  • Understand how unprecedented sovereign debt will affect retirees
  • Protect yourself from retirement's greatest threats

Attendees receive valuable information on strategies to plan their retirement and navigate the Social Security system. This program is intended for community members aged 58-70, but all are welcome to attend. The program is free of charge. 

REGISTER HERE.

 

Upcycling: Fabric Bead Bracelet Workshop for Kids!

Thursday, June 24 at 10:30 AM

Come join Hazel to learn how to make stylish bracelets using nothing but fabric scraps and beads. Materials will be provided. 

Register Here.

 

Family Yoga

Friday Jun 25 at 10:30 AM

Join us on the Library Lawn for Family Yoga!

Register Here.

 

Outdoor Storytime on the Library Lawn

Saturday Jun 26 at 10:00 AM

Join us for an in-person, outdoor storytime on the library lawn! Bring a picnic blanket, a snack, and your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories! Best for ages 2-5. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here.


June 28 - July 4

Upcycling Textiles Meet-Up

Monday Jun 28 at 4 PM

Looking for ways to be creative for free? Come join us once a month to brainstorm and create new fashion from old garments, extend the life of your clothes with mending and enhancements, and help the environment by keeping textiles out of the landfill. All ages welcome. No sewing skills necessary. Finish an existing project or come learn how to start one!

Plan to have these items on hand if you have them: sewing machine (optional), extra needles and thread, fabric glue (optional), scissors, and some old clothes to get started with. 

Check out this Virtual Upcycling Meetup 101 document to help prepare for your first meeting.

Register Here.

 

CLAMS Book Group

Monday, June 28 at 7:00 PM

Classic Literature At Mystic (CLAMS) is a group of readers who want to engage in conversation about literature of various genres considered to be "classics." Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00pm.  Titles are chosen by majority vote.  We are meeting in the Ames Room to discuss The Charter House of Parma, by Stendhal. You must email Sally Salancy to get the Zoom link.  This group is open to the public

Register by contacting Sally Salancy at salancy@gmail.com

 

Local Authors Writing Workshop Series

If you've always wanted to write, but don't know where to start, join us for this Zoom writing workshop series instructed by local authors this summer. See all the dates, titles, and authors included below. Each author will introduce participants to their published works, instruct on the craft of writing, and provide exercises and time to share writing related to their genre. We are offering this series as part of our adult summer reading program. Record every book you read with this form and for each one you will be entered to win a raffle for a $50 Go Local Mystic Chamber of Commerce gift card. Check out our programming related booklists to start reading!

Navigating Nonfiction: Write Compelling True Stories | Ruth Crocker
Monday, June 28 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Nonfiction writing (memoir, autobiography, personal essay, journalism, and more) is sometimes thought of as the stodgy, boring stepsister of glittering, exciting fiction. In fact, the opposite is true. You can't make this stuff up! It's all in how you tell the story. This workshop will take you through the process of zeroing in on true stories and crafting them with the same tools and techniques that fiction writers use to bring words to life on the page. We'll explore theme, structure, voice, dialogue and more, along with exercises for sourcing material from life experience. Read more about Ruth Crocker in her bio, and her publications on her website.

Register Here.

 

DPNC presents A Tortoise and a Hare

Tuesday, June 29 at 10:30 AM

Join us for a fun and infomative nature program with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center!

Register Here.

 

Digital Program: Guided Meditation

Tuesday, June 29 at  3:00 PM 

Leave the bustle of your day to settle peacefully into the moment. The group will sit in chairs and be gently guided in body-centered meditations, including mindfulness of breathing and a focus on relaxation of the body at rest. Each session will include an introduction, followed by 10 minutes of guided relaxation, 24 minutes of guided sitting meditation practice, 5 to 10 minutes of contemplation time, followed by optional discussion. Our guide is Pamala Lewis, who teaches guided meditations and Mindful Yoga at the Mystic Y, is the coordinator of the New London Community of Mindfulness, and is a devoted student and meditation practitioner of more than 25 years. No prior experience necessary. 

Register Here.

 

 

Digital Program: Food Explorer's Baking Class for Kids

No Bake Mini Cheese Cakes!

Wednesday, June 30 at 4:00 PM

Join Food Explorers to make some delicious No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

Graham crackers, butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, cream cheese (2 bricks = 24 cheesecakes), white sugar, lemon juice, plain yogurt OR sour cream and optional vanilla extract plus topping of your choice (berries, sprinkles, chocolate chips). Whipped cream can be made from scratch during class! You will need an electric mixer.

Register Here.

 

Digital Program: Book Writers Group

Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 PM

Come join a committed writing group: the Book Writers! Whether you're all finished with 50,000 words from National Novel Writing Month and want to go to the next step, need to make the finishing touches on a manuscript, or you're just getting started, one of the best ways to keep going is to work with a group of other writers with their own projects and pursuits to keep you motivated. Sign up for a workshop slot and get serious about getting published. 

Before each meeting, we read two pieces of writing from a group member. Then, we get together, discuss, critique, and share our reactions and feedback. Please contact Erik at the Library to learn how to access the next meeting's workshop piece.

Register Here.

 

Let's Draw Animals: A Drawing Workshop for Kids!

Thursday, July 1 at 3:00 PM

Learn to draw cartoon animals on ZOOM with award winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski.Kids will learn to draw a variety of our furry, hoofed and feathered friends in this FUN, INTERACTIVE and popular library program.

Register Here

 


July 5 -11

Closed for Independence Day

Monday, July 5 

The Mystic & Noank Library will be closed on Monday, July 5 for Independence Day. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, July 6. You may return books and media in our outdoor book drop during closed hours.


July 12 - 18

Learn Ukulele with Julia: Workshop for Kids!

Monday, July 12 at 3:30 PM

Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. Participants will learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers. 

Generously funded by Groton Education Foundation.

Register Here

 

Learn Ukulele with Julia: Workshop for Teens and Up!

Monday, July 12 at 5:00 PM

Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. Participants will learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers. 

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation.

Register Here

 

Local Authors Writing Workshop Series

Monday, July 12 from 7:00

If you've always wanted to write, but don't know where to start, join us for this writing workshop series instructed by local authors this summer. See all the dates, titles, and authors included below. Each author will introduce participants to their published works, instruct on the craft of writing, and provide exercises and time to share writing related to their genre. We are offering this series as part of our adult summer reading program. Record every book you read with this form and for each one you will be entered to win a raffle for a $50 Go Local Mystic Chamber of Commerce gift card. Check out our programming related booklists to start reading! The first three craft workshops will be offered in person and have limited attendance. All participants must wear a mask to attend the workshop. 

Writing Fiction: The Art of Storytelling | Susan Kietzman - IN PERSON
Monday, July 12 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
A writer brings to a story unique perspective, voice, and imagination -- all of which shape how the story is told. In this workshop, we'll explore the creation of fiction, as well as dive into some key elements: character, setting, dialogue, plot, and point of view. We'll talk about style, discipline, and what it takes to turn your idea into a novel. Be prepared to write, discuss, and learn from one another. Read more about Susan Kietzman in her bio, and her publications on her website.

Register Here

 

Digital Program: Food Explorer's Baking Class for Kids

Tuesday, July 13 at 3:00 PM

Blueberry pie!

Join Food Explorers to make Blueberry Pie…from scratch! You’ll be making your own pastry and delicious blueberry filling.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

Flour, butter, sugar, salt, blueberries (fresh is recommended), 1 lemon, 1 egg and optional cornstarch and cinnamon. You will need a rolling pin and a pie dish.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Great for families with children ages 7 and up.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Storytime on the Library Lawn

Wednesday, July 14 at 10:00 AM

Join us for an in-person, outdoor storytime on the library lawn! Bring a picnic blanket, a snack, and your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories! Best for ages 2-5. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Wednesday, July 14  at 5:30 PM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose upon entry; masks may be removed once on the mat. Participants will be spaced 6 feet apart at all times. 

Register Here

 

Meet Office Heather McClelland and K9 Chase

Thursday, July 15 at 10:30 AM 

Come meet K9 Chase and Officer Heather McClelland from the Groton Town Police Department on the Library lawn!

Police Service Dog Program:  Since its inception in August of 2019, the Groton Police Department has been the proud recipient of two Labrador retriever service dogs, “McDonald” and “Chase”.  Both dogs were donated by Puppies Behind Bars (PBB), a non-profit organization that teaches inmates how to train service dogs for first responders and military veterans with PTSD.  McDonald was named after retired NYPD Detective Steven McDonald (EOW 1/10/2017) and trained in Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility (NY).  Our current dog, Chase, is a 1 year old yellow lab, trained in Downstate Men’s Correctional Facility (NY).  Chase is partnered with Community Policing Officer Heather McClelland.  She accompanies Officer McClelland in her daily duties and has the primary role of providing assistance to the officers and staff of the Groton Police Department in a therapeutic manner.  Additional duties include carrying out community outreach functions such as educational programming, specialized events, and community interaction; providing assistance to victims of violent crime and other crimes of sensitive nature; creating a more engaging relationship between the community of Groton and the officers and staff employed by the Groton Police Department; and providing assistance to partner agencies, first responders and the many military personnel who call Groton home.

Register Here

 

Roode Memorial Concert Series

Thursday, July 15 at 6:30 PM

Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards has been called a "walking encyclopedia of American roots music styles." Playing fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, button accordion, and more, he's taken deep dives into Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes, Blues, Cajun, Chanteys, Irish, Zydeco, and other musical styles that breathe life into the communities that created them. His performance will take listeners on a tour of American music on fiddle, bano, and guitar through the range of 19th and early 20th century styles that laid the groundwork for American popular music. Find out more on his website: https://www.fiddlecraig.com/

 

Family Yoga

Friday, July 16 at 10:30 AM

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. 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. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

See It - Believe It - Try It Sport Stacking with Speed Program

Friday, July 16 at 3:00 PM 

Are you a stacker? Sport stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) involves stacking plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. The cups are specially designed to allow for faster times. Participants stack cups in pre-determined sequences, by aligning the inside left lateral adjunct of each cup with that of the next. Sequences are usually pyramids of 3, 6, or 10 cups. Players compete against the clock or another player. Registration required. Great for ages 7 and up.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Saturday, July 17 at 10:00 AM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose upon entry; masks may be removed once on the mat. Participants will be spaced 6 feet apart at all times. 

Register Here

 

Padawan Training by the Saber Guild Kessel Temple

Saturday, July 17 at 11:30 AM

The Saber Guild Padawan Training is geared towards younglings between the ages of 6 and 10 who are ready to start their Jedi training. Each trainee will be shown the basics of using the Force, and how to handle a lightsaber from a true Jedi Master. Sessions run from 30 minutes and younglings who complete the training will be given a certificate awarding them the rank of Padawan.

Register Here


July 26 - August 1

Kids Jam with Sarah presented by MusicWithSarah

Monday, July 26 at 3:30 PM 

This is a fully involved family jam with ukuleles, percussion, bells and drums. Everyone gets to join the library band led by Sarah for kids songs, folk and pop sing a longs. We also stand up and dance. Often listed as a family jam as there is not an age limit on playing music. Grandparents, teens, siblings and friends welcome to join the fun!

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation.

Register Here

 

Upcycling Textiles Meet-Up

Monday, July 26 at 4:00 PM

Looking for ways to be creative for free? Come join us once a month to brainstorm and create new fashion from old garments, extend the life of your clothes with mending and enhancements, and help the environment by keeping textiles out of the landfill. All ages welcome. No sewing skills necessary. Finish an existing project or come learn how to start one!

Plan to have these items on hand if you have them: sewing machine (optional), extra needles and thread, fabric glue (optional), scissors, and some old clothes to get started with. 

Check out this Virtual Upcycling Meetup 101 document to help prepare for your first meeting.

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

Register Here

 

Local Authors Writing Workshop Series

Monday, July 26 at 7:00  PM

If you've always wanted to write, but don't know where to start, join us for this writing workshop series instructed by local authors this summer. See all the dates, titles, and authors included below. Each author will introduce participants to their published works, instruct on the craft of writing, and provide exercises and time to share writing related to their genre. We are offering this series as part of our adult summer reading program. Record every book you read with this form and for each one you will be entered to win a raffle for a $50 Go Local Mystic Chamber of Commerce gift card. Check out our programming related booklists to start reading! The first three craft workshops will be offered in person and have limited attendance. All participants must wear a mask to attend the workshop. 

Pain. Anxiety. Fear. Depression. What if the source of your greatest struggle became the key to your freedom? This workshop will show you steps to take to look inward - in your own time - and discover how to use writing as a healing place and channel past pain points to forge a path for growth. Prompts will gently guide you to excavate your past, and provide the tools to craft your story into something meaningful for others to read. Read more about Regina Bartlett in her bio, and her publications and other speaking engagements on her website

Register Here

 

Warm & Fuzzy Animal Adventure

Tuesday, July 27 at 10:00 AM

Meet farm animals on our library lawn! Great family program. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Storytime on the Library Lawn

Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 AM 

Join us for an in-person, outdoor storytime on the library lawn! Bring a picnic blanket, a snack, and your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories! Best for ages 2-5. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Wednesday, July 28 at 5:30 PM 

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose upon entry; masks may be removed once on the mat. Participants will be spaced 6 feet apart at all times. 

Register Here

 

Jester Jim Show for Families!

Thursday, July 29 at 3:00 PM

"This not your ordinary juggling show!” With a trunk full of props and a looping machine, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show.  Young and old will be glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro.  Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim's wild antics for weeks! Libraries, schools and festivals can't seem to get enough of Jim and his plungers! Great family program.

Register Here

 

Family Yoga

Friday, July 30 at 10:30 AM

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. 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. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Saturday, July 31 10:00 AM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose upon entry; masks may be removed once on the mat. Participants will be spaced 6 feet apart at all times. 

Register Here