MYSTIC, Conn. – The Mystic & Noank Library announces upcoming programs offered virtually. You must call or visit the website, to register for these programs. You can find more resources, technology tutorials, and assistance on the Mystic & Noank Library's website, YouTube channel, and on social media platforms.

Virtual Guided Meditation Sessions

Leave the bustle of your day to settle peacefully into the moment, Tuesdays at 3 p.m. through December. 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. You must call or visit the website to register for this program.

How Americans can join across racial differences

The recent Black Lives Matter protests sweeping through the nation have made many Americans question their own beliefs and long held assumptions about race and privilege in America. In this virtual talk, Aug. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m., Manju Soni, a longtime resident of Connecticut, and author of “When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid,” will give a brief overview of her experiences growing up in South Africa under the system of racial separation called Apartheid, and draw parallels with America's own past and present experiences with racism.

You must call or visit the website to register for this program.

Self Expression Using Writing Tools

Join the library for a virtual seminar with Noank resident and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Francine Figueroa, Aug. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. Throughout the seminar, Figueroa will guide participants through various writing prompts informed by skills from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). These prompts and writing strategies will instruct participants about goal setting tools, effective communication skills, mindfulness, and more. She will also facilitate a guided meditation as part of this seminar to instruct about tension relaxation skills participants can make use of in the future.

You must call or visit the website to register for this program.

Using Zoom for webinars & instruction

Zoom has been a great tool for connecting with family, friends, and coworkers for meetings and cocktail hours. But it's also a powerful tool for distance learning, instruction, and webinars once you learn to use all of its features. As we continue to practice social distancing to keep our communities safe, making full use of digital technology can help us continue to make a livelihood, inform others about our projects, and perform daily tasks. Features like screen sharing, breakout sessions, and automatic recordings can help you refine and improve your virtual projects. Get ready to go live with your own webinars and instruction after this program, Aug. 31 from 4 to 5 p.m.

You must call or visit the website to register for this program.

Ruth Crocker at Mystic & Noank Library

Join us with local author Ruth Crocker for a discussion of her book “Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion after War”, Sept. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. This author talk is part of this year's virtual Connecticut Author's Trail. Participants will be able to request signed copies of the book to be delivered to them after the talk.

Synopsis: Following her husband's death in Vietnam in 1969 and years of silence about the war, the author described how a serendipitous reunion in 2006 transformed her grief.

Biography: Ruth W. Crocker's writing honors include a notable essay in Best American Essays, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and first prize in the Saturday Evening Post's "Tribute to the Troops" essay contest. Her memoir, Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War, received the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. She lives and writes in Mystic.

You must call or visit the website to register for this program.

So you're thinking of homeschooling

Curious about homeschooling? Come join Linda Hincks, East Hampton local and homeschool maven for an evening conversation and information session, Sept. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. With 20 years of experience and 10 years additional years in classrooms, coops and museum instruction, she’s the perfect person to answer your questions. Find out what the requirements are, how it works and what it can mean for you and your family.

You must call or visit the website to register for this program.

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