Tuesday September 4, 2018 - Tuesday October 30, 2018
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
At the Gallery: Bill Anderson's Concord: A Photographic Legacy (Main)

At the Gallery

Exhibit: Bill Anderson's Concord: A Photographic Legacy  

Bill Anderson's Concord: A Photographic Legacy Exhibition is curated by Kristin Anderson Emerson from a family archive of her father’s photographic work.

September 4 - October 30, 2018

LOCATION: Main Library

At the Gallery

Exhibit: Bill Anderson's Concord: A Photographic Legacy  

Bill Anderson's Concord: A Photographic Legacy Exhibition is curated by Kristin Anderson Emerson from a family archive of her father’s photographic work.

September 4 - October 30, 2018

LOCATION: Main Library

Saturday October 13, 2018 - Tuesday October 30, 2018
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Scarecrow Festival (Main Library)

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

See the creative scarecrows decorating the Main Library's Lawn from

October 13 - 31, 2018

Family Day on October 14th from 2 - 3 p.m.

Music

Author Reading

Food

and more!

Rain or shine. If rain, events will be indoors in the Children's Room.

 

CONTACT: Fayth Chamberland  978-318-3358  fchamberland@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

See the creative scarecrows decorating the Main Library's Lawn from

October 13 - 31, 2018

Family Day on October 14th from 2 - 3 p.m.

Music

Author Reading

Food

and more!

Rain or shine. If rain, events will be indoors in the Children's Room.

 

CONTACT:
  Fayth Chamberland
  978.318.3358
  fchamberland@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday October 15, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:00 PM
Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Ave.

 

The Concord Free Public Library is teaming up again with Debra's Natural Gourmet for a discussion of TBD. The book discussion will take place on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Debra's Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue, in West Concord.

Electronic copies of the selected book, An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones, are available on Hoopla, at https://www.hoopladigital.com/. Open to all.

Please email Debra Stark at debra@debrasnaturalgourmet.com to register. 

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3365  bgugluizza@minlib.net

 

The Concord Free Public Library is teaming up again with Debra's Natural Gourmet for a discussion of TBD. The book discussion will take place on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Debra's Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue, in West Concord.

Electronic copies of the selected book, An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones, are available on Hoopla, at https://www.hoopladigital.com/. Open to all.

Please email Debra Stark at debra@debrasnaturalgourmet.com to register. 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
  bgugluizza@minlib.net

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Lynne Griffin (Main Library)

Navigating family life while trying to focus on a creative career poses unique challenges for the parent who writes. Whether you're struggling to stay on track with a writing project after starting a family, or you're grappling with how to write personal stories based on family relationships, the solitary act of writing can be difficult and lonely. 

Join writers, Lynne Griffin and Lara Wilson for a conversation that will highlight common issues faced by writers who are parents. We'll examine the balancing act of aiming to produce high-quality creative work while being engaged mothers and fathers. Lynne and Lara will discuss how to make time to write, how to prioritize your pursuit of creative goals, and how to seek support from writing communities both locally and online.

Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on relationships and family life. She is the author of Girl Sent Away–A novel (SixOneSeven Books, Nov. 2015), Sea Escape–A novel (Simon & Schuster, 2010),  Life Without Summer–A novel (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) and the nonfiction guides, Let’s Talk About It–Adolescent Mental Health (SixOneSeven Books, Nov. 2015), and Negotiation GenerationTake Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment(Penguin, 2007).

Lynne teaches family studies, early childhood education, and leadership at  the undergraduate and graduate levels at Wheelock College in Boston. She recently completed a second year stint as visiting scholar of education in Singapore. In addition, Lynne teaches fiction writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston, and co-created an innovative and intensive program for soon-to-be-published writers called Launch Lab.Her articles have appeared in Parenting magazine, Scholastic’s Parent & Child, The Writer magazine, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Drum Literary Magazine, and more. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her family.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Navigating family life while trying to focus on a creative career poses unique challenges for the parent who writes. Whether you're struggling to stay on track with a writing project after starting a family, or you're grappling with how to write personal stories based on family relationships, the solitary act of writing can be difficult and lonely. 

Join writers, Lynne Griffin and Lara Wilson for a conversation that will highlight common issues faced by writers who are parents. We'll examine the balancing act of aiming to produce high-quality creative work while being engaged mothers and fathers. Lynne and Lara will discuss how to make time to write, how to prioritize your pursuit of creative goals, and how to seek support from writing communities both locally and online.

Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on relationships and family life. She is the author of Girl Sent Away–A novel (SixOneSeven Books, Nov. 2015), Sea Escape–A novel (Simon & Schuster, 2010),  Life Without Summer–A novel (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) and the nonfiction guides, Let’s Talk About It–Adolescent Mental Health (SixOneSeven Books, Nov. 2015), and Negotiation GenerationTake Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment(Penguin, 2007).

Lynne teaches family studies, early childhood education, and leadership at  the undergraduate and graduate levels at Wheelock College in Boston. She recently completed a second year stint as visiting scholar of education in Singapore. In addition, Lynne teaches fiction writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston, and co-created an innovative and intensive program for soon-to-be-published writers called Launch Lab.Her articles have appeared in Parenting magazine, Scholastic’s Parent & Child, The Writer magazine, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Drum Literary Magazine, and more. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her family.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Tuesday October 16, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Teen Geek Club (Main Library)

What do you GEEK? Comics, graphic novels, or RPGs? Anime, manga, music, or movies? TV shows or silly YouTube clips? Come hang out with other geeks! We will do a different geeky activity every month. You are welcome to bring your own video games or card games. Snacks will be provided.  Grades 8-12. Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 13 spaces available.

What do you GEEK? Comics, graphic novels, or RPGs? Anime, manga, music, or movies? TV shows or silly YouTube clips? Come hang out with other geeks! We will do a different geeky activity every month. You are welcome to bring your own video games or card games. Snacks will be provided.  Grades 8-12. Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 13 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Jenna Blum (Main Library)

 

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family. She is one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna is based in Boston, where she has taught fiction and novel workshops for over 20 years. For more about Jenna, please visit www.jennablum.com.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

 

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family. She is one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna is based in Boston, where she has taught fiction and novel workshops for over 20 years. For more about Jenna, please visit www.jennablum.com.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Wednesday October 17, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3rd Graders BookEaters Club (Main Library)

CONTACT: Fayth Chamberland  978-318-3358  fchamberland@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

CONTACT:
  Fayth Chamberland
  978.318.3358
  fchamberland@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom (Main Library)

Join Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom for a discussion of his new book, Spiritual Pilgrim: Awakening Journeys of a Twenty-First Century Transcendentalist, as part of the Concord Festival of Authors - Bridge Year. 

Rev. Dr. Sherblom has traveled on pilgrimages with Sufi's, Taoists, Shamans, Buddhists, Christians and Transcendentalists. His new book Spiritual Pilgrim tells the stories of those mystic journeys. 

Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom is an author, mystic, theologian, entrepreneur, investor, company creator and venture capitalist. Jim holds a BA from Yale, MBA from Harvard, and Masters in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andover Newton Theological School.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)
There are 41 spaces available.

Join Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom for a discussion of his new book, Spiritual Pilgrim: Awakening Journeys of a Twenty-First Century Transcendentalist, as part of the Concord Festival of Authors - Bridge Year. 

Rev. Dr. Sherblom has traveled on pilgrimages with Sufi's, Taoists, Shamans, Buddhists, Christians and Transcendentalists. His new book Spiritual Pilgrim tells the stories of those mystic journeys. 

Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom is an author, mystic, theologian, entrepreneur, investor, company creator and venture capitalist. Jim holds a BA from Yale, MBA from Harvard, and Masters in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andover Newton Theological School.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

There are 41 spaces available.

Thursday October 18, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Toddler Time (Fowler Branch)
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Public Forum: Library Expansion Plans (Town Hall)

Join Kerry Cronin, Library Director and the Concord Free Public Library Corporation Trustees for a brief presentation and update on the Library's expansion plans. This will be an opportunity to learn more about how the anticipated changes will positively impact programming and meeting space in addition to creating entirely new Children's and Teen areas. 

The public forum will take place on Thursday, October 18, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Concord Town House Hearing Room, at 22 Monument Street. Please contact Marcy Bouley Eckel with questions at meckel@cfplcorp.org.

Join Kerry Cronin, Library Director and the Concord Free Public Library Corporation Trustees for a brief presentation and update on the Library's expansion plans. This will be an opportunity to learn more about how the anticipated changes will positively impact programming and meeting space in addition to creating entirely new Children's and Teen areas. 

The public forum will take place on Thursday, October 18, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Concord Town House Hearing Room, at 22 Monument Street. Please contact Marcy Bouley Eckel with questions at meckel@cfplcorp.org.

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Christopher G. White (Main Library)

Christopher G. White will discuss his new book Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions on Thursday, October 18, as part of the Concord Festival of Authors - Bridge Year. 

What do modern multiverse theories and spiritualist séances have in common? Not much, it would seem. One is an elaborate scientific theory developed by the world’s most talented physicists. The other is a spiritual practice widely thought of as backward, the product of a mystical world view fading under the modern scientific gaze.

But Christopher G. White sees striking similarities. He does not claim that séances or other spiritual practices are science. Yet he points to ways that both spiritual practices and scientific speculation about multiverses and invisible dimensions are efforts to peer into the hidden elements and even the existential meaning of the universe. Other Worlds examines how the idea that the universe has multiple, invisible dimensions has inspired science fiction, fantasy novels, films, modern art, and all manner of spiritual thought reaching well beyond the realm of formal religion. Drawing on a range of international archives, White analyzes how writers, artists, filmmakers, televangelists, and others have used the scientific idea of invisible dimensions to make supernatural phenomena such as ghosts and miracles seem more reasonable and make spiritual beliefs possible again for themselves and others (from Harvard University Press).

Christopher G. White is Professor of Religion at Vassar College.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)
There are 47 spaces available.

Christopher G. White will discuss his new book Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions on Thursday, October 18, as part of the Concord Festival of Authors - Bridge Year. 

What do modern multiverse theories and spiritualist séances have in common? Not much, it would seem. One is an elaborate scientific theory developed by the world’s most talented physicists. The other is a spiritual practice widely thought of as backward, the product of a mystical world view fading under the modern scientific gaze.

But Christopher G. White sees striking similarities. He does not claim that séances or other spiritual practices are science. Yet he points to ways that both spiritual practices and scientific speculation about multiverses and invisible dimensions are efforts to peer into the hidden elements and even the existential meaning of the universe. Other Worlds examines how the idea that the universe has multiple, invisible dimensions has inspired science fiction, fantasy novels, films, modern art, and all manner of spiritual thought reaching well beyond the realm of formal religion. Drawing on a range of international archives, White analyzes how writers, artists, filmmakers, televangelists, and others have used the scientific idea of invisible dimensions to make supernatural phenomena such as ghosts and miracles seem more reasonable and make spiritual beliefs possible again for themselves and others (from Harvard University Press).

Christopher G. White is Professor of Religion at Vassar College.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

There are 47 spaces available.

Friday October 19, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Singalong with Ed Morgan (Fowler)

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Steve Almond (Main Library)

Steve Almond is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football.

His new book, Bad Stories, is an effort to make sense of our historical moment. The book argues that bad outcomes arise directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. Using literature as a lens, Bad Stories explores entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, and our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism.

His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books.

He hosts the New York Times Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed.

LOCATION: Main Library

Steve Almond is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football.

His new book, Bad Stories, is an effort to make sense of our historical moment. The book argues that bad outcomes arise directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. Using literature as a lens, Bad Stories explores entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, and our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism.

His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books.

He hosts the New York Times Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed.

LOCATION: Main Library

Saturday October 20, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:00 PM
Ruth Ratner Miller Award: Annette Gordon Reed (Main Library)

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed will be speaking at the Concord Free Public Library in partnership with the Concord Festival of Authors as the 2018 recipient of the Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Gordon-Reed is a Pulitzer Prize winning professor of history at Harvard Law School and Harvard University. 

The event is ticketed - $15 for adults and $5 for students - and sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Tickets are on sale at the Main Library (129 Main St.), Fowler Branch (1322 Main St.), and the Concord Bookshop. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed will be speaking at the Concord Free Public Library in partnership with the Concord Festival of Authors as the 2018 recipient of the Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Gordon-Reed is a Pulitzer Prize winning professor of history at Harvard Law School and Harvard University. 

The event is ticketed - $15 for adults and $5 for students - and sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Tickets are on sale at the Main Library (129 Main St.), Fowler Branch (1322 Main St.), and the Concord Bookshop. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday October 22, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
ArtSplorers (Fowler)

Join us for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Turn your imagination on, and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy in. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children.

CONTACT: Emma Patterson Ware  fowler@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Turn your imagination on, and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy in. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children.

CONTACT:
  Emma Patterson Ware
  
  fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Sonya Larson and Dariel Suarez, The Short Story (Main)

Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories

2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Chronicle, Audible.com, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, Solstice Magazine, Del Sol Review, Red Mountain Review, The Hub, and more. She has received honors and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and more.

She currently works as Director of the Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, hosted by GrubStreet in Boston, as well as Director of GrubStreet’s race and advocacy work. She received her MFA in fiction in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Sonya lives in Somerville, MA, and is currently writing a novel.

 

Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. Dariel’s story collection, A Kind of Solitude, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Books in fall of 2018. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press, and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows.

Dariel has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and is now the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. His work has received honors and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Glimmer Train, and Nimrod International‘s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Third Coast, Southern Humanities Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. He has also been a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Contest.

Dariel has also completed a novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, which is set in his native Cuba. He earned his M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University and now resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories

2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Chronicle, Audible.com, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, Solstice Magazine, Del Sol Review, Red Mountain Review, The Hub, and more. She has received honors and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and more.

She currently works as Director of the Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, hosted by GrubStreet in Boston, as well as Director of GrubStreet’s race and advocacy work. She received her MFA in fiction in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Sonya lives in Somerville, MA, and is currently writing a novel.

 

Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. Dariel’s story collection, A Kind of Solitude, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Books in fall of 2018. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press, and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows.

Dariel has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and is now the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. His work has received honors and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Glimmer Train, and Nimrod International‘s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Third Coast, Southern Humanities Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. He has also been a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Contest.

Dariel has also completed a novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, which is set in his native Cuba. He earned his M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University and now resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Tuesday October 23, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oreo Cookie Taste-Off

 

Join us for the ultimate Oreo taste-off. We will have multiple flavors of Oreo cookies on hand to taste and rate, from best to worst flavors. We'll provide the cookies (and milk)!  Space is limited.  Grades 6-12.  Registration is required. 
CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)
There are 2 spaces available.

 

Join us for the ultimate Oreo taste-off. We will have multiple flavors of Oreo cookies on hand to taste and rate, from best to worst flavors. We'll provide the cookies (and milk)!  Space is limited.  Grades 6-12.  Registration is required. 
CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Nina Englander (Main Library)

 

Dr. Nina Englander has been a practicing chiropractor for over 25 years. With her book Elevate, she offers her insight as a seasoned healer, teacher and keen observer of human beings. She resides in Acton, Massachusetts, with her husband, children and chocolate lab.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

 

Dr. Nina Englander has been a practicing chiropractor for over 25 years. With her book Elevate, she offers her insight as a seasoned healer, teacher and keen observer of human beings. She resides in Acton, Massachusetts, with her husband, children and chocolate lab.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Wednesday October 24, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Book-A-Mystery Discussion Group (Fowler Branch)

Love a good mystery? Copies of this month’s title are available at the Fowler Branch to check out.

Title: Buried Troubles by Marian McMahon Stanley. The author will be joining us for the discussion.

 

CONTACT:  Pat Pluskal  978-318-3350  ppluskal@minlib.net
LOCATION: Fowler Library
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Love a good mystery? Copies of this month’s title are available at the Fowler Branch to check out.

Title: Buried Troubles by Marian McMahon Stanley. The author will be joining us for the discussion.

 

CONTACT:  Pat Pluskal  978-318-3350  ppluskal@minlib.net
LOCATION: Fowler Library
LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Computer Class: Getting Around with Google Maps (Main Library)

Getting Around with Google Maps 

Learn some tips and techniques about how to best use Google Maps on your computer, Android or iPad/iPhone.

Free and open to all. Registration strongly recommended.

 

CONTACT: Kitty Smith  978-318-3378  ksmith@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 5 spaces available.

Getting Around with Google Maps 

Learn some tips and techniques about how to best use Google Maps on your computer, Android or iPad/iPhone.

Free and open to all. Registration strongly recommended.

 

CONTACT:
  Kitty Smith
  978.318.3378
  ksmith@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Thursday October 25, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Toddler Time (Fowler Branch)
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Birds of Prey (Fowler Branch)

Join Concord Resident and bird enthusiast Melani Sleder at Fowler Branch to know all about the Birds of Prey.

Age: 8 to 13

Registration Required!

CONTACT: Darshana Merchant  978 318 3350  fowler@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 12 spaces available.

Join Concord Resident and bird enthusiast Melani Sleder at Fowler Branch to know all about the Birds of Prey.

Age: 8 to 13

Registration Required!

CONTACT:
  Darshana Merchant
  978 318 3350
  fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

There are 12 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Chris Sharp (Main Library)

Creative World Building with Chris Sharp

CHRIS SHARP grew up in the suburban wonderland of Alexandria, VA, where he cut his nerd teeth playing role-playing games and making gore movies with his friends. He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University, and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He then spent sixteen years in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked in film and commercial production by day, and was yet another wannabe novelist by night. Some of the films he made with his childhood friends have gained international distribution and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. His first novel, The Elementalists, is the first in a dark YA series and was called one of the “Overlooked Books of 2014”, by Slate Magazine. Chris now lives in Concord, MA, with his wife, daughter and an insufferable cat named Goblin. (Author's Website)

LOCATION: Main Library

Creative World Building with Chris Sharp

CHRIS SHARP grew up in the suburban wonderland of Alexandria, VA, where he cut his nerd teeth playing role-playing games and making gore movies with his friends. He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University, and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He then spent sixteen years in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked in film and commercial production by day, and was yet another wannabe novelist by night. Some of the films he made with his childhood friends have gained international distribution and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. His first novel, The Elementalists, is the first in a dark YA series and was called one of the “Overlooked Books of 2014”, by Slate Magazine. Chris now lives in Concord, MA, with his wife, daughter and an insufferable cat named Goblin. (Author's Website)

LOCATION: Main Library

Friday October 26, 2018
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Toddler Singalong with Ed Morgan (Main Library)

Ed Morgan sings at both libraries! 

 Come to the today's monthly singalong at the Main Library with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

 Bring some friends so you can dance and sing to his lively interactive children's songs.

This month the Music Man will be singing some of his Halloween favorites.  Come in costume if you wish!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Main Library

Ed Morgan sings at both libraries! 

 Come to the today's monthly singalong at the Main Library with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

 Bring some friends so you can dance and sing to his lively interactive children's songs.

This month the Music Man will be singing some of his Halloween favorites.  Come in costume if you wish!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:30 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: John Matteson (presented by Orchard House) (Main Library)

In honor of the Little Women Sesquicentennial Celebration, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House presents Pulitzer Prize winner Prof. John T. Matteson.  In addition to discussing the enduring nature of Little Women, Professor Matteson will offer insights into and an advance preview of his forthcoming book,which is primarily focused on the Battle of Fredericksburg.  This event will take place on Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm at the Concord Free Public Library.

John T. Matteson is a Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, where he has taught since 1997.  Prof. Matteson holds an AB in History from Princeton, a PhD in English from Columbia, a JD from Harvard, and has practiced as a litigation attorney in California and North Carolina.  His first book, Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  His second book, The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography, was published in 2012, and his most recent work, The Annotated Little Women, debuted in 2015.  Prof. Matteson has also published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesHarvard Theological ReviewNew England Quarterly, and Leviathan:  A Journal of Melville Studies.  Over the past three years, Prof. Matteson played a vital role in the production of a new documentary about Orchard House, and has been at work on a new book about the Civil War.

Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in her beloved novel, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1670) is one of the oldest, most authentically-preserved historic sites in the country.  Open to the public since 1912, Orchard House provides visitors with heartwarming and inspirational accounts of the Alcott family's legacy in the fields of literature, education, philosophy, the arts, and social justice through award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs for students and educators, and lively living history events year-round. 

In honor of the Little Women Sesquicentennial Celebration, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House presents Pulitzer Prize winner Prof. John T. Matteson.  In addition to discussing the enduring nature of Little Women, Professor Matteson will offer insights into and an advance preview of his forthcoming book,which is primarily focused on the Battle of Fredericksburg.  This event will take place on Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm at the Concord Free Public Library.

John T. Matteson is a Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, where he has taught since 1997.  Prof. Matteson holds an AB in History from Princeton, a PhD in English from Columbia, a JD from Harvard, and has practiced as a litigation attorney in California and North Carolina.  His first book, Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  His second book, The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography, was published in 2012, and his most recent work, The Annotated Little Women, debuted in 2015.  Prof. Matteson has also published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesHarvard Theological ReviewNew England Quarterly, and Leviathan:  A Journal of Melville Studies.  Over the past three years, Prof. Matteson played a vital role in the production of a new documentary about Orchard House, and has been at work on a new book about the Civil War.

Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in her beloved novel, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1670) is one of the oldest, most authentically-preserved historic sites in the country.  Open to the public since 1912, Orchard House provides visitors with heartwarming and inspirational accounts of the Alcott family's legacy in the fields of literature, education, philosophy, the arts, and social justice through award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs for students and educators, and lively living history events year-round. 

Saturday October 27, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Reading Mindfully: How We Pay Attention to Stories (Main Library)

(before Concord Festival of Authors Reading Selection discussion)

Mindfulness Matters with Lara JK Wilson

Reading is good for us – and our relationships! As reported in the New York Times, neuroscientists have discovered that stories “stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life,” helping us gain insight while developing greater empathy. Not only is cultivating empathy a key element of literature, it’s a fundamental component of mindfulness. As a prelude to discussing the Concord Festival Reads selection (Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage), we’ll examine the power of mindful reading and its impact on building relationships. Together, we’ll explore how, in a time of sound bites and distraction, reading connects us with our authentic self and the human experience.


Lara JK Wilson, MA, MCMS

A meditator for over thirty years, Lara’s practices explore how mindfulness and the creative process benefit health. In addition to completing a Master’s Certificate in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Lara continually studies the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Christina Feldman, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, Ellen Langer, and Dan Siegel, among others. An award-winning author of short stories and a Grub Street instructor and former board member with a master’s degree in literature from Harvard, Lara advocates incorporating mindfulness in all levels of education. She has developed mindfulness curricula for schools in the north and south, and piloted programs in public and private high schools. After experiencing the power of mindfulness during eighteen months of cancer treatment, Lara established a non-profit collaborative mindful wellness center in Concord, MA. Learn more at BeWellBeHere.org

LOCATION: Main Library

(before Concord Festival of Authors Reading Selection discussion)

Mindfulness Matters with Lara JK Wilson

Reading is good for us – and our relationships! As reported in the New York Times, neuroscientists have discovered that stories “stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life,” helping us gain insight while developing greater empathy. Not only is cultivating empathy a key element of literature, it’s a fundamental component of mindfulness. As a prelude to discussing the Concord Festival Reads selection (Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage), we’ll examine the power of mindful reading and its impact on building relationships. Together, we’ll explore how, in a time of sound bites and distraction, reading connects us with our authentic self and the human experience.


Lara JK Wilson, MA, MCMS

A meditator for over thirty years, Lara’s practices explore how mindfulness and the creative process benefit health. In addition to completing a Master’s Certificate in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Lara continually studies the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Christina Feldman, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, Ellen Langer, and Dan Siegel, among others. An award-winning author of short stories and a Grub Street instructor and former board member with a master’s degree in literature from Harvard, Lara advocates incorporating mindfulness in all levels of education. She has developed mindfulness curricula for schools in the north and south, and piloted programs in public and private high schools. After experiencing the power of mindfulness during eighteen months of cancer treatment, Lara established a non-profit collaborative mindful wellness center in Concord, MA. Learn more at BeWellBeHere.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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11:00 AM
Concord Festival of Authors: Book Discussion of An American Marriage (Main Library)

Festival Read: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Join us for a discussion of this year's Festival Read, An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. 

SynopsisNewlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward- with hope and pain- into the future.

LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

Festival Read: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Join us for a discussion of this year's Festival Read, An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. 

SynopsisNewlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward- with hope and pain- into the future.

LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Halloween Singalong with Singer and Musician Liz Buchanan (Main Library)

Join us on Saturday, October 27 in the children's room of the Main Library for a not so scary Halloween Singalong with singer and musician Liz Buchanan.  This program is perfect for young children and their families.  Come in costume if you wish!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  Thank you Friends!

LOCATION: Main Library

Join us on Saturday, October 27 in the children's room of the Main Library for a not so scary Halloween Singalong with singer and musician Liz Buchanan.  This program is perfect for young children and their families.  Come in costume if you wish!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  Thank you Friends!

LOCATION: Main Library

Sunday October 28, 2018
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3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Poetry at the Library Series (Main Library)

An Afternoon with Award-winning Lyric Poets: Gail Mazur and Matt Miller

Gail Mazur

Widely published and recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, Mazur eloquently contemplates in her 7th collection, Forbidden City (Univ of Chicago, 2018) the relationship of art and life. At the collection's heart is the poet's long marriage to the renowned artist Michael Mazur (1935-2009). A fascinating range of tone infuses the book—grieving, but clear-eyed rather than lugubrious, sometimes whimsical, even comical, and often exuberant. 

 “No one—and I mean no one—writes poems as chock full of such nuanced feeling as Gail Mazur. She is as good as it gets. Has the elegiac ever seemed so vibrant and full of breathing space as it does here? The poems in Forbidden City run light and true under hard losses.” - David Rivard

Winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001, the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, Mazur taught for 20 years as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College MFA Program.

The Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge which she ran for 29 years, Mazur lives in Cambridge and Provincetown.

Matt Miller

Miller will read from his 3rd collection, The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry, 2018), hailed as a “beautiful, sublime lesson on the art of drowning, the wonder of living, and the scars that act as memory,” and for its poems that evoke “echoes of Hopkins, coupled with a tender directness and images of clinical grit.”

Miller explores the littoral zone: between the firmament of experience and understanding, between first breath and death, where strict definitions of gender, fatherhood, and masculinity swirl in the pull of tides and the curl and crush of waves. In these lyrical meditations, we are witness to our own drowning in family and history, in politics and love. We are dragged across reefs and pounded into the shore, realizing ultimately that the only way to avoid drowning is to embrace the maelstrom and breathe in the water.

Winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, the River Styx Microbrew/Microfiction Prize, and Iron Horse Review's Trifecta Poetry Prize, Miller is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Poetry at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. 

Born and raised in Lowell, MA, Miller earned his BA from Yale.  He teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives with his family in coastal New Hampshire   

* A free event sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. 

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

An Afternoon with Award-winning Lyric Poets: Gail Mazur and Matt Miller

Gail Mazur

Widely published and recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, Mazur eloquently contemplates in her 7th collection, Forbidden City (Univ of Chicago, 2018) the relationship of art and life. At the collection's heart is the poet's long marriage to the renowned artist Michael Mazur (1935-2009). A fascinating range of tone infuses the book—grieving, but clear-eyed rather than lugubrious, sometimes whimsical, even comical, and often exuberant. 

 “No one—and I mean no one—writes poems as chock full of such nuanced feeling as Gail Mazur. She is as good as it gets. Has the elegiac ever seemed so vibrant and full of breathing space as it does here? The poems in Forbidden City run light and true under hard losses.” - David Rivard

Winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001, the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, Mazur taught for 20 years as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College MFA Program.

The Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge which she ran for 29 years, Mazur lives in Cambridge and Provincetown.

Matt Miller

Miller will read from his 3rd collection, The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry, 2018), hailed as a “beautiful, sublime lesson on the art of drowning, the wonder of living, and the scars that act as memory,” and for its poems that evoke “echoes of Hopkins, coupled with a tender directness and images of clinical grit.”

Miller explores the littoral zone: between the firmament of experience and understanding, between first breath and death, where strict definitions of gender, fatherhood, and masculinity swirl in the pull of tides and the curl and crush of waves. In these lyrical meditations, we are witness to our own drowning in family and history, in politics and love. We are dragged across reefs and pounded into the shore, realizing ultimately that the only way to avoid drowning is to embrace the maelstrom and breathe in the water.

Winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, the River Styx Microbrew/Microfiction Prize, and Iron Horse Review's Trifecta Poetry Prize, Miller is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Poetry at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. 

Born and raised in Lowell, MA, Miller earned his BA from Yale.  He teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives with his family in coastal New Hampshire   

* A free event sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. 

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Monday October 29, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Henriette Lazaridis (Main Library)

How Sports Techniques Can Improve Your Writing

If you’re the rare writer who hasn’t ever wrestled with motivation, confidence, and time-management skills, then stop reading right now. But if you’ve had trouble sitting down at the desk, or staying there, or concentrating on your own words, or if you’ve been struck by a bad case of the impostor complex, then this session is for you. You’ll learn about motivation-boosting techniques every writer can borrow from that seemingly unlikely source: sports. No matter what your experience with exercise, you’ll learn how to use an athlete’s tools like interval training, periodization, and the concept of training zones to help you embark on and complete your writing project.

Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel The Clover House was published by Ballantine Books in 2013 and was a Boston Globe bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors pick. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, The Millions, The New York Times online, and elsewhere. Having taught English at Harvard, she now teaches at Grub Street in Boston. She is the founding editor of The Drum Literary Magazine and she runs the Krouna Writing Workshop in northern Greece. A competitive rower, Lazaridis trains regularly on the Charles River.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

How Sports Techniques Can Improve Your Writing

If you’re the rare writer who hasn’t ever wrestled with motivation, confidence, and time-management skills, then stop reading right now. But if you’ve had trouble sitting down at the desk, or staying there, or concentrating on your own words, or if you’ve been struck by a bad case of the impostor complex, then this session is for you. You’ll learn about motivation-boosting techniques every writer can borrow from that seemingly unlikely source: sports. No matter what your experience with exercise, you’ll learn how to use an athlete’s tools like interval training, periodization, and the concept of training zones to help you embark on and complete your writing project.

Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel The Clover House was published by Ballantine Books in 2013 and was a Boston Globe bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors pick. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, The Millions, The New York Times online, and elsewhere. Having taught English at Harvard, she now teaches at Grub Street in Boston. She is the founding editor of The Drum Literary Magazine and she runs the Krouna Writing Workshop in northern Greece. A competitive rower, Lazaridis trains regularly on the Charles River.

LOCATION: Main Library (Periodical Room)

Tuesday October 30, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kids Halloween Party

Join us at the Fowler Library for what is sure to be a scary good time. Play games, make crafts and Halloween cookies, and scare yourself silly! Costumes encouraged. For children in preschool through grade 2.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us at the Fowler Library for what is sure to be a scary good time. Play games, make crafts and Halloween cookies, and scare yourself silly! Costumes encouraged. For children in preschool through grade 2.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Wednesday October 31, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Mystery Night (Main Library)

What better way to spend your Halloween than in the world of mysteries? Unwilling to let the fun of Mystery Night fade away, The Bridge Year of the Concord Festival of Authors continues the tradition with three fascinating authors of traditional mysteries and thrillers. Kate Flora will moderate with presenters Hallie Ephron, Sheila Connolly, and Richard Cass.

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of YOU’LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron writes books she hopes readers can’t put down. Reviewers call her books “engaging,” and “engrossing” and “deliciously creepy.” and Her books have been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, Earphones, and Mary Higgins Clark awards. Her newest suspense novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear, tells the story of a little girl’s disappearance and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to her fate. It was named one of the “Top 10 Mystery and Suspense” audiobooks of 2017 by Audiofile Magazine. For twelve years she was the Boston Globe’s crime fiction book reviewer. Her web site is http://hallieephron.com

Richard Cass

Richard Cass grew up in Boston, lived through the bussing years, and graduated from Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. He’s had the very good fortune to study with such superb writers and teachers as Thomas Williams Jr., Ernest Hebert, and Ursula K. LeGuin, none of whom should be held responsible for how he turned out. He is the author of  the Elder Darrow Boston jazz mystery series, which he pitched as “an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it.” Solo Act was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards for the Crime Fiction, and its prequel, In Solo Time, won the award in 2018. The third book in the series, Burton’s Solo, will be published in 2018. Dick serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and lives in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Reach him at @DickCass on Twitter or through his web site rjcassbooks.com.

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries. She has taught art history; structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities; worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns; and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. Sheila also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, she loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time author, Sheila thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.

 

 

Moderator: Kate Flora

Refusing to let herself be “branded,” recovering attorney Kate Flora writes strong women mysteries in her Thea Kozak series, police procedurals in her Joe Burgess series, along with true crime, memoir, and short stories. Kate earned the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction in 2013 and 2015. Her latest nonfiction book is Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings. Flora’s fascination with people’s bad behavior began in the Maine attorney general’s office where she chased deadbeat parents and protected battered children.

What better way to spend your Halloween than in the world of mysteries? Unwilling to let the fun of Mystery Night fade away, The Bridge Year of the Concord Festival of Authors continues the tradition with three fascinating authors of traditional mysteries and thrillers. Kate Flora will moderate with presenters Hallie Ephron, Sheila Connolly, and Richard Cass.

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of YOU’LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron writes books she hopes readers can’t put down. Reviewers call her books “engaging,” and “engrossing” and “deliciously creepy.” and Her books have been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, Earphones, and Mary Higgins Clark awards. Her newest suspense novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear, tells the story of a little girl’s disappearance and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to her fate. It was named one of the “Top 10 Mystery and Suspense” audiobooks of 2017 by Audiofile Magazine. For twelve years she was the Boston Globe’s crime fiction book reviewer. Her web site is http://hallieephron.com

Richard Cass

Richard Cass grew up in Boston, lived through the bussing years, and graduated from Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. He’s had the very good fortune to study with such superb writers and teachers as Thomas Williams Jr., Ernest Hebert, and Ursula K. LeGuin, none of whom should be held responsible for how he turned out. He is the author of  the Elder Darrow Boston jazz mystery series, which he pitched as “an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it.” Solo Act was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards for the Crime Fiction, and its prequel, In Solo Time, won the award in 2018. The third book in the series, Burton’s Solo, will be published in 2018. Dick serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and lives in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Reach him at @DickCass on Twitter or through his web site rjcassbooks.com.

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries. She has taught art history; structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities; worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns; and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. Sheila also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, she loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time author, Sheila thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.

 

 

Moderator: Kate Flora

Refusing to let herself be “branded,” recovering attorney Kate Flora writes strong women mysteries in her Thea Kozak series, police procedurals in her Joe Burgess series, along with true crime, memoir, and short stories. Kate earned the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction in 2013 and 2015. Her latest nonfiction book is Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings. Flora’s fascination with people’s bad behavior began in the Maine attorney general’s office where she chased deadbeat parents and protected battered children.

Thursday November 1, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Toddler Time (Fowler Branch)
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Saturday November 3, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday November 5, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Tuesday November 6, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(TAB) Teen Advisory Board (Fowler Branch)

 TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meets Today!

Join us for the monthly TAB meeting at the Fowler Branch Library at 1:30. 

 

CONTACT: Fiona Stevenson  978-318-3358  fstevenson@minlib.net
LOCATION: Fowler Library

 TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meets Today!

Join us for the monthly TAB meeting at the Fowler Branch Library at 1:30. 

 

CONTACT:
  Fiona Stevenson
  978.318.3358
  fstevenson@minlib.net

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Read to Luna the dog (Main)

Read to Luna the Dog

Read to a good listener who loves stories!

Please register below. This event is for children ages 5+.

CONTACT: Karen Ahearn  978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 4 spaces available.

Read to Luna the Dog

Read to a good listener who loves stories!

Please register below. This event is for children ages 5+.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ahearn
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 4 spaces available.

Wednesday November 7, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Thursday November 8, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
CONCORD/concord_reads
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Toddler Time (Fowler Branch)
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NaNoWriMo for Teens

Embrace your inner author and spend time with other teen writers as you work on your NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project.  We will provide the workspace and some snacks, and even some inspirational writing prompts to get you started!  Grades 8-12.

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.

Embrace your inner author and spend time with other teen writers as you work on your NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project.  We will provide the workspace and some snacks, and even some inspirational writing prompts to get you started!  Grades 8-12.

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 12 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Book & Cookie Club

Enjoy cookies and fun activities as we discuss the newest books for kids in this monthly book club! The book discussed this month will be Under their Skin by Magaret Peterson Haddix. Copies of this book will be available for check-out at the Fowler Library. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Enjoy cookies and fun activities as we discuss the newest books for kids in this monthly book club! The book discussed this month will be Under their Skin by Magaret Peterson Haddix. Copies of this book will be available for check-out at the Fowler Library. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Better Sleep through Mindfulness Practice (Main Library)

Mindfulness Matters with Lara Wilson

Struggling to sleep well? Mindfulness can help! In this session, we’ll explore ways to turn off the ruminating mind and engage in deep relaxation. Learn how mindful wellness practices engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which cues the body to rest and relax. We’ll consider scientific evidence that shows how over time, mindfulness practice creates structural changes in the brain that reduce stress and enhance overall well-being. Find your personal way to unwind a roving mind, soothe the body (even when experiencing pain), and set yourself up for a great night’s sleep.

Lara JK Wilson, MA, MCMS

A meditator for over thirty years, Lara’s practices explore how mindfulness and the creative process benefit health. In addition to completing a Master’s Certificate in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Lara continually studies the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Christina Feldman, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, Ellen Langer, and Dan Siegel, among others. An award-winning author of short stories and a Grub Street instructor and former board member with a master’s degree in literature from Harvard, Lara advocates incorporating mindfulness in all levels of education. She has developed mindfulness curricula for schools in the north and south, and piloted programs in public and private high schools. After experiencing the power of mindfulness during eighteen months of cancer treatment, Lara established a non-profit collaborative mindful wellness center in Concord, MA. Learn more at BeWellBeHere.org

LOCATION: Main Library

Mindfulness Matters with Lara Wilson

Struggling to sleep well? Mindfulness can help! In this session, we’ll explore ways to turn off the ruminating mind and engage in deep relaxation. Learn how mindful wellness practices engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which cues the body to rest and relax. We’ll consider scientific evidence that shows how over time, mindfulness practice creates structural changes in the brain that reduce stress and enhance overall well-being. Find your personal way to unwind a roving mind, soothe the body (even when experiencing pain), and set yourself up for a great night’s sleep.

Lara JK Wilson, MA, MCMS

A meditator for over thirty years, Lara’s practices explore how mindfulness and the creative process benefit health. In addition to completing a Master’s Certificate in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Lara continually studies the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Christina Feldman, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, Ellen Langer, and Dan Siegel, among others. An award-winning author of short stories and a Grub Street instructor and former board member with a master’s degree in literature from Harvard, Lara advocates incorporating mindfulness in all levels of education. She has developed mindfulness curricula for schools in the north and south, and piloted programs in public and private high schools. After experiencing the power of mindfulness during eighteen months of cancer treatment, Lara established a non-profit collaborative mindful wellness center in Concord, MA. Learn more at BeWellBeHere.org

LOCATION: Main Library

Friday November 9, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Singalong with Ed Morgan (Fowler)

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Saturday November 10, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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2:00 PM
Find your Military Ancestors using Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest (Main Library)

 

      

Learn how to use the library’s electronic genealogy databases Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest to search for your military ancestors.

Registration required. 

 

 

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.

 

      

Learn how to use the library’s electronic genealogy databases Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest to search for your military ancestors.

Registration required. 

 

 

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 15 spaces available.

Monday November 12, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Tuesday November 13, 2018
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9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Book Discussion Group (Main Library)

Please join us for the Tuesday book discussion group!

Copies of the selected book, The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, will be made available at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. 

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3365  bgugluizza@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

Please join us for the Tuesday book discussion group!

Copies of the selected book, The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, will be made available at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
  bgugluizza@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Wednesday November 14, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Cookbook Club (Fowler Branch)

 

What do you get when you cross a cookbook with a book group?  A Cookbook Club, of course!

     

Check out a copy of the selected cookbook (starting on October 31st) at the library, pick a recipe (we'll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We'll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn't, and select future cookbooks. 

This month's book titles are TBDCopies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. 

Click on the link to register your recipe: 

http://concordlibrarycookbookclub.blogspot.com/p/recipe-form.html

Registration Required.

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3365  bgugluizza@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

 

What do you get when you cross a cookbook with a book group?  A Cookbook Club, of course!

     

Check out a copy of the selected cookbook (starting on October 31st) at the library, pick a recipe (we'll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We'll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn't, and select future cookbooks. 

This month's book titles are TBDCopies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. 

Click on the link to register your recipe: 

http://concordlibrarycookbookclub.blogspot.com/p/recipe-form.html

Registration Required.

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
  bgugluizza@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Thursday November 15, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
CONCORD/concord_reads
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Toddler Time (Fowler Branch)
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Friday November 16, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Singalong with Ed Morgan (Fowler)

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Saturday November 17, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Tuesday November 20, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Teen Geek Club (Main Library)

What do you GEEK? Comics, graphic novels, or RPGs? Anime, manga, music, or movies? TV shows or silly YouTube clips? Come hang out with other geeks! We will do a different geeky activity every month. You are welcome to bring your own video games or card games. Snacks will be provided.  Grades 8-12. Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 13 spaces available.

What do you GEEK? Comics, graphic novels, or RPGs? Anime, manga, music, or movies? TV shows or silly YouTube clips? Come hang out with other geeks! We will do a different geeky activity every month. You are welcome to bring your own video games or card games. Snacks will be provided.  Grades 8-12. Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 13 spaces available.

Wednesday November 21, 2018
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cupcakes and Canvas

No previous art experience necessary!  You choose and trace the design you’d like to paint, and we’ll provide the materials and cupcakes.  Everyone will be able to take home their own masterpiece.  Grades 8-12.  Space is limited.  Registration is required.

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)
There are 18 spaces available.

No previous art experience necessary!  You choose and trace the design you’d like to paint, and we’ll provide the materials and cupcakes.  Everyone will be able to take home their own masterpiece.  Grades 8-12.  Space is limited.  Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

There are 18 spaces available.

Sunday November 25, 2018
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Teen Writing Workshop: Spark Imagination & Ignite Your Story

What are you reading, and how does this inspire you to get your own story on the page?  In this generative writing workshop, teens delve deeply into a page or two of fiction they admire, and use that language and narrative to inspire their own story.  We’ll start with time sharing short passages in books from home or the library, and then will do simple writing exercises to generate opening pages of a compelling new voice – yours!  Please bring a notebook and a pencil or pen. Space is limited.  Ages 11-14.  Registration is required. 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.

What are you reading, and how does this inspire you to get your own story on the page?  In this generative writing workshop, teens delve deeply into a page or two of fiction they admire, and use that language and narrative to inspire their own story.  We’ll start with time sharing short passages in books from home or the library, and then will do simple writing exercises to generate opening pages of a compelling new voice – yours!  Please bring a notebook and a pencil or pen. Space is limited.  Ages 11-14.  Registration is required. 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 11 spaces available.

Monday November 26, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
ArtSplorers (Fowler)

Join us for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Turn your imagination on, and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy in. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children.

CONTACT: Emma Patterson Ware  fowler@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Turn your imagination on, and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy in. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children.

CONTACT:
  Emma Patterson Ware
  
  fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Tuesday November 27, 2018
CONCORD/concord_reads
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Fowler Branch)

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy families and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Wednesday November 28, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Thursday November 29, 2018
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Drop-off)

Drop off your stuffed animals at the Fowler Library anytime before 4pm on November 29 for a library sleepover they'll never forget! Pick them up the following day at 10AM to listen to stories and see how the "sleepover" went.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Drop off your stuffed animals at the Fowler Library anytime before 4pm on November 29 for a library sleepover they'll never forget! Pick them up the following day at 10AM to listen to stories and see how the "sleepover" went.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Toddler Time (Fowler Branch)
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library
 

Join us for songs, stories, rhymes, and play. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and will help develop the early literacy skills that your child needs.

 

CONTACT:  Emma Patterson Ware  978-318-3350   fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Friday November 30, 2018
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friends Holiday Book Sale (Main Library)

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Friday, November 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Library

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Friday, November 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Pick-Up)

Drop off your stuffed animals at the Fowler Library anytime before 4pm on November 29 for a library sleepover they'll never forget! Pick them up the following day at 10AM to listen to stories and see how the "sleepover" went.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Drop off your stuffed animals at the Fowler Library anytime before 4pm on November 29 for a library sleepover they'll never forget! Pick them up the following day at 10AM to listen to stories and see how the "sleepover" went.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Saturday December 1, 2018
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friends Holiday Book Sale (Main Library)

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Friday, November 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Library

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Friday, November 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mindfulness and the Gift of Well-Being (Main Library)

Mindfulness Matters with Lara Wilson

Get through the holiday season with less stress? Yes, there is a way! After shopping at the Library Book Sale, drop in to the quiet lower level space for 15 minutes and give yourself a moment of mindfulness. By intentionally pausing, you’ll learn to release the conditioned belief that this a stressful time, and refresh your perspective as well as your sense of well-being. Regularly pausing in this way not only benefits your health, it also affects the well-being of those around you. Give you and your loved ones this gift… and take home a practice that honors each moment in the present!

Lara JK Wilson, MA, MCMS

A meditator for over thirty years, Lara’s practices explore how mindfulness and the creative process benefit health. In addition to completing a Master’s Certificate in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Lara continually studies the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Christina Feldman, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, Ellen Langer, and Dan Siegel, among others. An award-winning author of short stories and a Grub Street instructor and former board member with a master’s degree in literature from Harvard, Lara advocates incorporating mindfulness in all levels of education. She has developed mindfulness curricula for schools in the north and south, and piloted programs in public and private high schools. After experiencing the power of mindfulness during eighteen months of cancer treatment, Lara established a non-profit collaborative mindful wellness center in Concord, MA. Learn more at BeWellBeHere.org

LOCATION: Main Library

Mindfulness Matters with Lara Wilson

Get through the holiday season with less stress? Yes, there is a way! After shopping at the Library Book Sale, drop in to the quiet lower level space for 15 minutes and give yourself a moment of mindfulness. By intentionally pausing, you’ll learn to release the conditioned belief that this a stressful time, and refresh your perspective as well as your sense of well-being. Regularly pausing in this way not only benefits your health, it also affects the well-being of those around you. Give you and your loved ones this gift… and take home a practice that honors each moment in the present!

Lara JK Wilson, MA, MCMS

A meditator for over thirty years, Lara’s practices explore how mindfulness and the creative process benefit health. In addition to completing a Master’s Certificate in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University, Lara continually studies the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Christina Feldman, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, Ellen Langer, and Dan Siegel, among others. An award-winning author of short stories and a Grub Street instructor and former board member with a master’s degree in literature from Harvard, Lara advocates incorporating mindfulness in all levels of education. She has developed mindfulness curricula for schools in the north and south, and piloted programs in public and private high schools. After experiencing the power of mindfulness during eighteen months of cancer treatment, Lara established a non-profit collaborative mindful wellness center in Concord, MA. Learn more at BeWellBeHere.org

LOCATION: Main Library

Sunday December 2, 2018
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friends Holiday Book Sale (Main Library)

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Friday, November 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Library

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Friday, November 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday December 3, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Storytime for Kids 3 + (Main Library)

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Monday Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Mondays at 10 am excluding October 8 and November 19.  This is perfect for children age 3 years and up.  Stories, songs and a short puppet show will round out the program. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Tuesday December 4, 2018
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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(TAB) Teen Advisory Board (Fowler Branch)

 TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meets Today!

Join us for the monthly TAB meeting at the Fowler Branch Library at 1:30. 

 

CONTACT: Fiona Stevenson  978-318-3358  fstevenson@minlib.net
LOCATION: Fowler Library

 TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meets Today!

Join us for the monthly TAB meeting at the Fowler Branch Library at 1:30. 

 

CONTACT:
  Fiona Stevenson
  978.318.3358
  fstevenson@minlib.net

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Read to Luna the dog (Main)

Read to Luna the Dog

Read to a good listener who loves stories!

Please register below. This event is for children ages 5+.

CONTACT: Karen Ahearn  978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library
There are 4 spaces available.

Read to Luna the Dog

Read to a good listener who loves stories!

Please register below. This event is for children ages 5+.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ahearn
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

There are 4 spaces available.

Wednesday December 5, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Thursday December 6, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Crafty Storytime for 2 + (Main Library)

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:   978-318-3358  childrens@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Main Library

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library (excluding November 22).  This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up.  It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft. 

CONTACT:
  
  978.318.3358
  childrens@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Sign Language (Fowler Branch)

In this program series, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more. For infants and toddlers from five months old to pre-verbal. Advance registration for the entire series is required, beginning November 1.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library
Registration will begin on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM     

In this program series, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more. For infants and toddlers from five months old to pre-verbal. Advance registration for the entire series is required, beginning November 1.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Registration will begin on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM     

 
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Harry Potter Escape Room (Fowler)

Do you have what it takes to escape from Remedial Potions?  You and your team have 40 minutes to solve the puzzles and mix a potion and make your fair escape!  Everything you need is in the room, it's up to you to solve the puzzles and find the keys.

Sign up for a time slot and join an existing team or sign up with your own. For grades 4-6. Advance registration by phone is required, beginning November 1.
CONTACT: Darshana Merchant  978-318-3350  fowler@concordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Do you have what it takes to escape from Remedial Potions?  You and your team have 40 minutes to solve the puzzles and mix a potion and make your fair escape!  Everything you need is in the room, it's up to you to solve the puzzles and find the keys.

Sign up for a time slot and join an existing team or sign up with your own. For grades 4-6. Advance registration by phone is required, beginning November 1.
CONTACT:
  Darshana Merchant
  978.318.3350
  fowler@concordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Saturday December 8, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Storytime (Main Library)

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Family Storytime will be held at the Main Library on Saturdays from September 15 - December 8 (excluding November 24) at 10 am.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and a short puppet show.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

LOCATION: Main Library

Tuesday December 11, 2018
CONCORD/concord_reads
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Book Discussion Group (Main Library)

Please join us for the Tuesday book discussion group!

Copies of the selected book, Mosses from an Old Manse, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, will be made available at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. We will be reading selected stories from the book. We will also provide paticipants with additional stories as handouts, which will be handed out at the November 13th discussion of A Handmaid's Tale.

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3365  bgugluizza@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

Please join us for the Tuesday book discussion group!

Copies of the selected book, Mosses from an Old Manse, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, will be made available at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. We will be reading selected stories from the book. We will also provide paticipants with additional stories as handouts, which will be handed out at the November 13th discussion of A Handmaid's Tale.

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
  bgugluizza@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Main Library (Trustee Room)

Wednesday December 12, 2018
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Small Wonders Storytime (Main Library)

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

Small Wonders, a storytime planned for young children from 18 months to 24 months, will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 am at the Main Library.  This is a great way to introduce the very young to the joys of listening to stories, singing songs and meeting new friends.

LOCATION: Main Library

 
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Cookbook Club (Fowler Branch)

 

What do you get when you cross a cookbook with a book group?  A Cookbook Club, of course!

     

Check out a copy of the selected cookbook (starting on November 28th) at the library, pick a recipe (we'll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We'll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn't, and select future cookbooks. 

This month's book titles are TBDCopies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. 

Click on the link to register your recipe: 

http://concordlibrarycookbookclub.blogspot.com/p/recipe-form.html

Registration Required.

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3365  bgugluizza@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

 

What do you get when you cross a cookbook with a book group?  A Cookbook Club, of course!

     

Check out a copy of the selected cookbook (starting on November 28th) at the library, pick a recipe (we'll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We'll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn't, and select future cookbooks. 

This month's book titles are TBDCopies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. 

Click on the link to register your recipe: 

http://concordlibrarycookbookclub.blogspot.com/p/recipe-form.html

Registration Required.

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
  bgugluizza@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club (Main Library)

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT: Olivia Durant  978-318-3379  odurant@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club is fully subscribed for this year's session!

The Club meets weekly and is run by volunteer instructors for girls in grades 6-12.

GWC is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.  

You must be registered to participate.

See here for more information.

 

CONTACT:
  Olivia Durant
  978.318.3379
  odurant@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library

Thursday December 13, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Sign Language (Fowler Branch)

In this program series, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more. For infants and toddlers from five months old to pre-verbal. Advance registration for the entire series is required, beginning November 1.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

In this program series, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more. For infants and toddlers from five months old to pre-verbal. Advance registration for the entire series is required, beginning November 1.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Book & Cookie Club

Enjoy cookies and fun activities as we discuss the newest books for kids in this monthly book club! The book discussed this month will be decided at the November meeting. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rivera  978-318-3354  srivera@concordma.gov
LOCATION: Fowler Library

Enjoy cookies and fun activities as we discuss the newest books for kids in this monthly book club! The book discussed this month will be decided at the November meeting. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

CONTACT:
  Stephanie Rivera
  978.318.3354
  srivera@concordma.gov

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Friday December 14, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Singalong with Ed Morgan (Fowler)

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Ed Morgan sings at the Fowler! 

Come to the Fowler Branch and sing along with musician and singer Ed Morgan, The Music Man!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!

LOCATION: Fowler Library

Tuesday December 18, 2018
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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Teen Geek Club (Main Library)