Concord, MA


 Update

 

Wednesday July 8, 2020 - Thursday December 31, 2020
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Curbside Pickup (Main Library)

Available by appointment only at the Main Library Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Click here to book your Curbside Pickup appointment. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Available by appointment only at the Main Library Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Click here to book your Curbside Pickup appointment. 

LOCATION: Main Library

Wednesday September 23, 2020 - Wednesday September 30, 2020
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The Call of the Forest: film screening and Zoom discussion

Screen the film in advance between 9/23 and 9/29 by registering below, and we will send you a link to the film and the Zoom discussion. 


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Film Discussion - Call of the Forest 

Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 PM (Zoom)

Join us for a discussion of the film, Call of the Forest. Take a walk in the woods with beloved Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet. 

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

LOCATION: Online

Screen the film in advance between 9/23 and 9/29 by registering below, and we will send you a link to the film and the Zoom discussion. 


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Film Discussion - Call of the Forest 

Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 PM (Zoom)

Join us for a discussion of the film, Call of the Forest. Take a walk in the woods with beloved Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet. 

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

LOCATION: Online


 
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The Climate Ribbon Project (Main Library)

All week 9/23-9/30 - Outside Concord Free Public Library

The Climate Ribbon is an arts ritual to grieve what each of us stands to lose to Climate Chaos, and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it. Write and share what you most love and don't want to lose to climate change on a 2-foot ribbon. Use a ribbon or strip of fabric from home or pick one up from the Main Library's Sudbury entrance area. Drop off your completed ribbon in the collection box at the Main Library's Sudbury entrance area, or tie your ribbon with the other ribbons on display.

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

All week 9/23-9/30 - Outside Concord Free Public Library

The Climate Ribbon is an arts ritual to grieve what each of us stands to lose to Climate Chaos, and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it. Write and share what you most love and don't want to lose to climate change on a 2-foot ribbon. Use a ribbon or strip of fabric from home or pick one up from the Main Library's Sudbury entrance area. Drop off your completed ribbon in the collection box at the Main Library's Sudbury entrance area, or tie your ribbon with the other ribbons on display.

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Climate Reality & How to Talk to Your Kids About It

Virtual presentations by long-time Climate Reality mentors:

Keith Bergman, Concord Resident, retired municipal manager, MAPC past president

Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of Climate Mama and Author of Talking to Your Kids about Climate Change, Turning Angst to Action

Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM (Premiering on the Town of Concord's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TownofConcordMA)

Tune in for virtual presentations from two influencers and leaders in the climate movement, Keith Bergman and Harriet Shugarman-- both long-time mentors with The Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Through a Climate Reality “Truth in 10” presentation, learn about the climate crisis and its solutions from Concord resident Keith Bergman, one of the first fifty trained by Mr. Gore in 2006, and a leader of Climate Reality’s Boston Metro Chapter.

Learn how to talk to your kids about climate change from author Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of ClimateMama, chair of Climate Reality’s New York City Metro Chapter, and recipient of Climate Reality’s 2017 Green Ring Award.

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

LOCATION: Online

Virtual presentations by long-time Climate Reality mentors:

Keith Bergman, Concord Resident, retired municipal manager, MAPC past president

Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of Climate Mama and Author of Talking to Your Kids about Climate Change, Turning Angst to Action

Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM (Premiering on the Town of Concord's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TownofConcordMA)

Tune in for virtual presentations from two influencers and leaders in the climate movement, Keith Bergman and Harriet Shugarman-- both long-time mentors with The Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Through a Climate Reality “Truth in 10” presentation, learn about the climate crisis and its solutions from Concord resident Keith Bergman, one of the first fifty trained by Mr. Gore in 2006, and a leader of Climate Reality’s Boston Metro Chapter.

Learn how to talk to your kids about climate change from author Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of ClimateMama, chair of Climate Reality’s New York City Metro Chapter, and recipient of Climate Reality’s 2017 Green Ring Award.

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

LOCATION: Online

Friday September 25, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Singalong with Ed Morgan

 

Join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man.”

Learn fun ways to connect with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up moving, dancing and singing.

Register below and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

 

Join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man.”

Learn fun ways to connect with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up moving, dancing and singing.

Register below and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 51 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 113 spaces available.
Saturday September 26, 2020
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
RESCHEDULED-Virtual Writing Studio

Uh oh! In accordance with Library operating hours, The Virtual Writing Studio has been moved to Wednesdays from 2-3PM.

CONTACT: Cary Stough  cmstough@minlib.net

Uh oh! In accordance with Library operating hours, The Virtual Writing Studio has been moved to Wednesdays from 2-3PM.

CONTACT:
  Cary Stough
  
   cmstough@minlib.net

Monday September 28, 2020
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 55 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 119 spaces available.
Tuesday September 29, 2020
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 53 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 119 spaces available.
 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Nature Connection Storytime

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Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This Zoom program is geared to ages 3 - 6 years old.

Register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

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Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This Zoom program is geared to ages 3 - 6 years old.

Register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Nature Connection

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Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This Zoom program is geared to ages 6 - 10 years old.

Register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

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Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This Zoom program is geared to ages 6 - 10 years old.

Register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday September 30, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual Family Concert - Rockabye Beats

Rockabye Beats is a fun, family group whose music is reminiscent of founder’s Marcos Valles’s Puerto Rico. 

Join us the last Wednesday of each month at 10 am. Register below and we'll share the Zoom link.
 
Enjoy an interactive 30 minute concert that includes movement, dancing, counting, singing, a little bit of Spanish vocabulary. We'll also have an instrument show and tell with drums, guitar, rhythm instruments, and xylophone.  
 
Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!
CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Rockabye Beats is a fun, family group whose music is reminiscent of founder’s Marcos Valles’s Puerto Rico. 

Join us the last Wednesday of each month at 10 am. Register below and we'll share the Zoom link.
 
Enjoy an interactive 30 minute concert that includes movement, dancing, counting, singing, a little bit of Spanish vocabulary. We'll also have an instrument show and tell with drums, guitar, rhythm instruments, and xylophone.  
 
Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends!
CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 53 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 118 spaces available.
 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nature Connection Storytime

.       

Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This Zoom program is geared to ages 11 and up. Register to receive the Zoom link.

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

.       

Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This Zoom program is geared to ages 11 and up. Register to receive the Zoom link.

 

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Thursday October 1, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time from Fowler on Zoom, Ages 5 and under

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 56 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 120 spaces available.
 
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Read to Luna the dog online

 

Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom

Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Read to a good listener who loves stories! 

This event is for children ages 5+.

Register for your own individual session, which is 15 minutes long, and we'll share the Zoom link information. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3301  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

 

Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom

Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Read to a good listener who loves stories! 

This event is for children ages 5+.

Register for your own individual session, which is 15 minutes long, and we'll share the Zoom link information. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3301
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Genealogy Research for Beginners - Six Week Series (via Zoom)

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3345  bgugluizza@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3345
   bgugluizza@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Friday October 2, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Jacob Reads

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 56 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 119 spaces available.
 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Story Time with Karen

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT: Karen Ahearn  978-318-3358  Kahearn@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT:
  Karen Ahearn
  978.318.3358
   Kahearn@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Sunday October 4, 2020
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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Poetry at the Library Series: Tommye Blount & Nathan McClain

Poetry at the Library presents Tommye Blount & Nathan McClain

Register here for the Zoom link

                              

A Cave Canem alumnus, Tommye Blount is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020), a long anticipated debut collection praised for its brilliantly orchestrated chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. For Literary Hub he recalls the book’s inception: in one month while walking for exercise in the early morning hours being stopped twice by the Novi police for looking suspicious. Blount also authored What Are We Not For (Bull City press, 2016). A graduate from Warren Wilson College, he has been the recipient of a fellowship from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the John Atherton scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His work has been featured in Magma, New England Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Detroit, he now lives in Novi, Michigan.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a fierce and unflinching look at the bonds between father and son. From Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, at koi ponds and outside Eden, these poems search for answers to the question “how do we reckon with the past?” Discover more about this powerful, assured new voice in his Mentor & Muse and Woven Tale Press interviews. McClain is a recipient of fellowships from Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson.  His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, The Common, The Critical Flame, Poem-a-Day, and Zocalo Public Square.  He teaches at Hampshire College.   

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library                             

LOCATION: Online

Poetry at the Library presents Tommye Blount & Nathan McClain

Register here for the Zoom link

                              

A Cave Canem alumnus, Tommye Blount is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020), a long anticipated debut collection praised for its brilliantly orchestrated chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. For Literary Hub he recalls the book’s inception: in one month while walking for exercise in the early morning hours being stopped twice by the Novi police for looking suspicious. Blount also authored What Are We Not For (Bull City press, 2016). A graduate from Warren Wilson College, he has been the recipient of a fellowship from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the John Atherton scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His work has been featured in Magma, New England Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Detroit, he now lives in Novi, Michigan.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a fierce and unflinching look at the bonds between father and son. From Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, at koi ponds and outside Eden, these poems search for answers to the question “how do we reckon with the past?” Discover more about this powerful, assured new voice in his Mentor & Muse and Woven Tale Press interviews. McClain is a recipient of fellowships from Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson.  His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, The Common, The Critical Flame, Poem-a-Day, and Zocalo Public Square.  He teaches at Hampshire College.   

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library                             

LOCATION: Online

Monday October 5, 2020
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flower Family Yoga

Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 

Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Practicing yoga together can offer some insight into another way to meet the day to day happenings between parents, caregivers and children.

Parents, caregivers and children are invited to play yoga and cultivate a life-long practice together! Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. 

This program is geared for ages 2 - 7 years old.

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 

Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Practicing yoga together can offer some insight into another way to meet the day to day happenings between parents, caregivers and children.

Parents, caregivers and children are invited to play yoga and cultivate a life-long practice together! Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. 

This program is geared for ages 2 - 7 years old.

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Books We Love!

Looking for a great children’s or teen book to read? Want to learn about a new author or new genre of literature?

Tune in to our weekly segment to hear some staff recommendaions. 

Tune in every Monday at 2pm on Instagram and 3pm on Facebook Premiere to watch the latest episode. This program will also be available at our website: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/programs

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Looking for a great children’s or teen book to read? Want to learn about a new author or new genre of literature?

Tune in to our weekly segment to hear some staff recommendaions. 

Tune in every Monday at 2pm on Instagram and 3pm on Facebook Premiere to watch the latest episode. This program will also be available at our website: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/programs

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Tuesday October 6, 2020
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
What is Racism?

Wee the People, a Boston-based social justice project will host a workshop designed for 2nd - 5th graders about racism.

Kids notice a LOT -- including skin color. They sense that it matters, and they have questions about how and why. Together we will explore how racism isn’t just one thing, but a system with many parts working together. Through activities, kids will learn how they can help disrupt and topple these systems.

 

Wee The People (WTP) is a Boston-based social justice project launched in 2015 by two Black mothers. WTP organizes free, interactive workshops and events that explore activism, resistance, and social action through the visual and performing arts: music, dance/movement, theater, graphic arts, spoken word, and storytelling. 

Sponsored by The Concord Free Library Corporation & The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library https://concordlibrary.org/images/made/uploads/teaser/img/FCFPL_Green_logo_138_133_s.png

 

 

 
CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Wee the People, a Boston-based social justice project will host a workshop designed for 2nd - 5th graders about racism.

Kids notice a LOT -- including skin color. They sense that it matters, and they have questions about how and why. Together we will explore how racism isn’t just one thing, but a system with many parts working together. Through activities, kids will learn how they can help disrupt and topple these systems.

 

Wee The People (WTP) is a Boston-based social justice project launched in 2015 by two Black mothers. WTP organizes free, interactive workshops and events that explore activism, resistance, and social action through the visual and performing arts: music, dance/movement, theater, graphic arts, spoken word, and storytelling. 

Sponsored by The Concord Free Library Corporation & The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library https://concordlibrary.org/images/made/uploads/teaser/img/FCFPL_Green_logo_138_133_s.png

 

 

 
CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday October 7, 2020
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4:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Orientation Session

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a non-profit organization that encourages more girls to close the gender gap in the computer science field.

Girls in grades 6-12 will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. Learn to code animations, games, and websites.  

This orientation will help girls decide whether they want to participate in the program.  Girls Who Code Club is a 2-hour, weekly commitment from October through May. Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a non-profit organization that encourages more girls to close the gender gap in the computer science field.

Girls in grades 6-12 will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. Learn to code animations, games, and websites.  

This orientation will help girls decide whether they want to participate in the program.  Girls Who Code Club is a 2-hour, weekly commitment from October through May. Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time with Royce on Zoom

Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes!

This is a great way to build early literacy skills.

This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join.

Register to receive Zoom link.

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-3183-358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes!

This is a great way to build early literacy skills.

This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join.

Register to receive Zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.3183.358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Writing Studio

Welcome to the VIRTUAL WRITING STUDIO

Open to individuals grades 3-8, or older or younger, based on request.

Join resident poet and Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough for a writing-themed mid-day break.

Collaborative poems, hilarious and engaging POWERPOINT presentations, etc.

No writing experience required.

Register for Zoom link!
 

CONTACT: Cary Stough  cmstough@minlib.net
There are many spaces available.

Welcome to the VIRTUAL WRITING STUDIO

Open to individuals grades 3-8, or older or younger, based on request.

Join resident poet and Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough for a writing-themed mid-day break.

Collaborative poems, hilarious and engaging POWERPOINT presentations, etc.

No writing experience required.

Register for Zoom link!
 

CONTACT:
  Cary Stough
  
   cmstough@minlib.net

There are many spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cooking program - Cheddar Biscuits in a mug!

Want to learn to cook delicious cheddar biscuits in a mug?

Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach you to make your own meals or snacks!

This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper.

The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program.

Our program runs every Wednesday through the month of October. Sign up for any or all workshops!

Future programs include:

  • Broccoli & cheese rice bowl
  • S'mores in a mug
  • Banana Bread

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

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CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Want to learn to cook delicious cheddar biscuits in a mug?

Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach you to make your own meals or snacks!

This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper.

The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program.

Our program runs every Wednesday through the month of October. Sign up for any or all workshops!

Future programs include:

  • Broccoli & cheese rice bowl
  • S'mores in a mug
  • Banana Bread

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

https://concordlibrary.org/images/made/uploads/teaser/img/FCFPL_Green_logo_138_133_s.png

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Thursday October 8, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time from Fowler on Zoom, Ages 5 and under

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Genealogy Research for Beginners - Six Week Series (via Zoom)

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3345  bgugluizza@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3345
   bgugluizza@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Friday October 9, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Jacob Reads

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Story Time with Karen

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Monday October 12, 2020
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flower Family Yoga

Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 

Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Practicing yoga together can offer some insight into another way to meet the day to day happenings between parents, caregivers and children.

Parents, caregivers and children are invited to play yoga and cultivate a life-long practice together! Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. 

​This program is geared for ages 2 - 7 years old.

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 

Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Practicing yoga together can offer some insight into another way to meet the day to day happenings between parents, caregivers and children.

Parents, caregivers and children are invited to play yoga and cultivate a life-long practice together! Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. 

​This program is geared for ages 2 - 7 years old.

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Tuesday October 13, 2020
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9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Tuesday Book Discussion Group (Main)

 

 

In October, the book discussion group will discuss Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington. All are welcome.

Copies of the eBook are available through Hoopla at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12375338.


Please email bgugluizza@minlib.net for the Zoom link. 

 

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

 

 

In October, the book discussion group will discuss Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington. All are welcome.

Copies of the eBook are available through Hoopla at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12375338.


Please email bgugluizza@minlib.net for the Zoom link. 

 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
   bgugluizza@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Wednesday October 14, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time with Royce on Zoom

Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes!

This is a great way to build early literacy skills.

This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join.

Register to receive Zoom link.

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-3183-358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes!

This is a great way to build early literacy skills.

This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join.

Register to receive Zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.3183.358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cooking program - broccoli and cheese in a bowl!

Want to learn to cook delicious 

broccoli and cheese rice

in a bowl?

Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach you to make your own meals or snacks!

This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper.

The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program.

Our program runs every Wednesday through the month of October. Sign up for any or all workshops!

Future programs include:

  • S'mores in a mug
  • Banana Bread

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

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CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Want to learn to cook delicious 

broccoli and cheese rice

in a bowl?

Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach you to make your own meals or snacks!

This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper.

The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program.

Our program runs every Wednesday through the month of October. Sign up for any or all workshops!

Future programs include:

  • S'mores in a mug
  • Banana Bread

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

https://concordlibrary.org/images/made/uploads/teaser/img/FCFPL_Green_logo_138_133_s.png

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a non-profit organization that encourages more girls to close the gender gap in the computer science field.

Girls in grades 6-12 will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. Learn to code animations, games, and websites.  

Girls Who Code Club is a 2-hour, weekly commitment from October through May. Started in 2012 with the single mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

 

Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a non-profit organization that encourages more girls to close the gender gap in the computer science field.

Girls in grades 6-12 will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. Learn to code animations, games, and websites.  

Girls Who Code Club is a 2-hour, weekly commitment from October through May. Started in 2012 with the single mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

 

Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Thursday October 15, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time from Fowler on Zoom, Ages 5 and under

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Genealogy Research for Beginners - Six Week Series (via Zoom)

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3345  bgugluizza@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3345
   bgugluizza@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Friday October 16, 2020
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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Jacob Reads

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Singalong with Ed Morgan

 

Join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man.”

Learn fun ways to connect with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up moving, dancing and singing.

Register below and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

 

Join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man.”

Learn fun ways to connect with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up moving, dancing and singing.

Register below and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Story Time with Karen

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Miller Award 2020 Presents Dr. Jill Lepore

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present the Live Online Presentation of the 2020 Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History to

Dr. Jill Lepore

Register Here!

The Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for excellence in American History was established in 1998 and is sponsored by her four children to honor the life of their mother, Ruth Ratner Miller.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths and This America. Her latest book is IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future.

Much of Lepore's scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the histories and technologies of evidence. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, the humanities, and American political history. (On teaching the writing of history, see How to Write a Paper for This Class.) In 2017, she launched the Democracy Project: Arguing with American History, a one-semester undergraduate course on the history of the United States, undertaken through weekly debates in which students use primary sources to argue over competing historical interpretations of turning points in American history. She also teaches at Harvard Law School.

LOCATION: Online

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present the Live Online Presentation of the 2020 Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History to

Dr. Jill Lepore

Register Here!

The Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for excellence in American History was established in 1998 and is sponsored by her four children to honor the life of their mother, Ruth Ratner Miller.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths and This America. Her latest book is IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future.

Much of Lepore's scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the histories and technologies of evidence. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, the humanities, and American political history. (On teaching the writing of history, see How to Write a Paper for This Class.) In 2017, she launched the Democracy Project: Arguing with American History, a one-semester undergraduate course on the history of the United States, undertaken through weekly debates in which students use primary sources to argue over competing historical interpretations of turning points in American history. She also teaches at Harvard Law School.

LOCATION: Online

Saturday October 17, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Sunday October 18, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Anti-Racism and Reconstruction, Then and Now

The Robbins House in collaboration with the Concord Free Public Library present

Anti-Racism and Reconstruction, Then and Now

Register here!

The Robbins House, a two-room farmhouse located near the North Bridge, invites us all to honor Concord’s African American History. This Concord Festival of Authors event features historians who authored the Robbins House pamphlet series, which underscores the need to communicate about race and history in ways that "reflect the humanity of the millions of black men, women and children who claimed their personhood, in various ways large and small, despite the laws and systems that bound them.” The conversation will explore how throughout American history, people of African descent have demanded the right to define their racial identity through terms that reflect their proud and complex history.
 

Dr. Maria Madison, moderator, is the Heller School Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity and Diversity at Brandeis University. Her graduate school teaching experience includes courses on Intersectionality and Bioethics, Anti-bias/anti-racism workshops and Pro seminars, Discrimination Analytics, Clinical Trial Design Optimization and Problem Solving at Northeastern University as well as Evidence Based Research Methods at the University for Global Health Equity/Partners in Health in Kigali Rwanda. Dr. Madison spent 17 years managing clinical research studies in the private and public sectors where she received multiple Recognizing Excellence Awards in addition to  the inaugural Robert Gross Award for History (2019), and with her board won The Climate for Freedom Award (2020). Dr. Madison is profiled in the book Breaking Out, How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas by John Butman. She is a Trustee of Tufts University, and co-founder and president of The Robbins House

Robert Munro, moderator, is the Dean of Academic Program and Equity at Concord Academy, where he oversees the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. For eight years, Rob taught in the History Department at Middlesex School and directed the school’s Global Studies program. He earned a B.A. from Bates College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Rob serves as co-president of The Robbins House, a member of the Board of Governors at the Concord Museum, and an appointed member and clerk for the Concord Center Cultural District Committee.

 

David Lincoln, panelist, is a part-time lecturer in history at Norwalk Community College and Sacred Heart University, where he also serves as a tutor. David acts as a lead guide at Historic New England’s Eustis Estate, and was a docent at The Old Manse from 2011 to 2017. For eight years, David has been a writer and editor for Cognella Publishing. He received his masters and bachelors degrees in history from Boston College.

 


 

Joanne Pope Melish, panelist, is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches American and African American history. Her research focuses on slavery, emancipation, and the development of racial ideologies from the colonial period through Reconstruction, especially in the northern colonies and states. She is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860 (1998) and is currently working on book project provisionally entitled “Making Black Communities” that investigates how and why the mixed-race neighborhoods of laboring poor in northern cities began to be characterized as “black” and targeted by hostile white mobs in the early nineteenth century.

Nichole Turpin, panelist, is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. She also acts as a leader at Youth in Philanthropy (YIP), a leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good. Nichole has been a presenter at the Association of African American Museums. She has served as a program director and board member of The Robbins House since 2017.

 

 

Joe Zellner, panelist, is a retired social studies teacher who developed and taught an African American history program while at Concord-Carlisle High School. He is a Civil War character re-enactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Re-enactors and Historical Society, and has been an interpreter with The Robbins House for six years. Joe helped conduct research for Robbins House programs and does character interpretation of Peter Robbins, who purchased The Robbins House in 1823.


 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

The Robbins House in collaboration with the Concord Free Public Library present

Anti-Racism and Reconstruction, Then and Now

Register here!

The Robbins House, a two-room farmhouse located near the North Bridge, invites us all to honor Concord’s African American History. This Concord Festival of Authors event features historians who authored the Robbins House pamphlet series, which underscores the need to communicate about race and history in ways that "reflect the humanity of the millions of black men, women and children who claimed their personhood, in various ways large and small, despite the laws and systems that bound them.” The conversation will explore how throughout American history, people of African descent have demanded the right to define their racial identity through terms that reflect their proud and complex history.
 

Dr. Maria Madison, moderator, is the Heller School Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity and Diversity at Brandeis University. Her graduate school teaching experience includes courses on Intersectionality and Bioethics, Anti-bias/anti-racism workshops and Pro seminars, Discrimination Analytics, Clinical Trial Design Optimization and Problem Solving at Northeastern University as well as Evidence Based Research Methods at the University for Global Health Equity/Partners in Health in Kigali Rwanda. Dr. Madison spent 17 years managing clinical research studies in the private and public sectors where she received multiple Recognizing Excellence Awards in addition to  the inaugural Robert Gross Award for History (2019), and with her board won The Climate for Freedom Award (2020). Dr. Madison is profiled in the book Breaking Out, How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas by John Butman. She is a Trustee of Tufts University, and co-founder and president of The Robbins House

Robert Munro, moderator, is the Dean of Academic Program and Equity at Concord Academy, where he oversees the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. For eight years, Rob taught in the History Department at Middlesex School and directed the school’s Global Studies program. He earned a B.A. from Bates College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Rob serves as co-president of The Robbins House, a member of the Board of Governors at the Concord Museum, and an appointed member and clerk for the Concord Center Cultural District Committee.

 

David Lincoln, panelist, is a part-time lecturer in history at Norwalk Community College and Sacred Heart University, where he also serves as a tutor. David acts as a lead guide at Historic New England’s Eustis Estate, and was a docent at The Old Manse from 2011 to 2017. For eight years, David has been a writer and editor for Cognella Publishing. He received his masters and bachelors degrees in history from Boston College.

 


 

Joanne Pope Melish, panelist, is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches American and African American history. Her research focuses on slavery, emancipation, and the development of racial ideologies from the colonial period through Reconstruction, especially in the northern colonies and states. She is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860 (1998) and is currently working on book project provisionally entitled “Making Black Communities” that investigates how and why the mixed-race neighborhoods of laboring poor in northern cities began to be characterized as “black” and targeted by hostile white mobs in the early nineteenth century.

Nichole Turpin, panelist, is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. She also acts as a leader at Youth in Philanthropy (YIP), a leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good. Nichole has been a presenter at the Association of African American Museums. She has served as a program director and board member of The Robbins House since 2017.

 

 

Joe Zellner, panelist, is a retired social studies teacher who developed and taught an African American history program while at Concord-Carlisle High School. He is a Civil War character re-enactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Re-enactors and Historical Society, and has been an interpreter with The Robbins House for six years. Joe helped conduct research for Robbins House programs and does character interpretation of Peter Robbins, who purchased The Robbins House in 1823.


 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Monday October 19, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flower Family Yoga

Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 

Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Practicing yoga together can offer some insight into another way to meet the day to day happenings between parents, caregivers and children.

Parents, caregivers and children are invited to play yoga and cultivate a life-long practice together! Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. 

​This program is geared for ages 2 - 7 years old.

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 

Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Practicing yoga together can offer some insight into another way to meet the day to day happenings between parents, caregivers and children.

Parents, caregivers and children are invited to play yoga and cultivate a life-long practice together! Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. 

​This program is geared for ages 2 - 7 years old.

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Tuesday October 20, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Nature Connection

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Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

We'll explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This virtual program is geared to ages 3 - 6 years old. Register and we'll share the link to join the program.

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

.       

Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

We'll explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This virtual program is geared to ages 3 - 6 years old. Register and we'll share the link to join the program.

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Nature Connection

 

Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!.   

 

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities & backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

We'll explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This virtual program is geared to ages 6 - 10 years old. Register and we'll share the link to join the program.

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

 

Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!.   

 

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities & backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

We'll explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This virtual program is geared to ages 6 - 10 years old. Register and we'll share the link to join the program.

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Wednesday October 21, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time with Royce on Zoom

Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes!

This is a great way to build early literacy skills.

This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join.

Register to receive Zoom link.

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-3183-358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes!

This is a great way to build early literacy skills.

This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join.

Register to receive Zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.3183.358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

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

Book A Mystery Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 21, 2 pm at Fowler Branch

Love a good mystery? All are welcome to join the discussion. Copies of this month’s title, are available at the Branch to check out.

 

 

CONTACT: Pat Pluskal  978 318 3350  fowler@concordlibrary.org
There are many spaces available.

Book A Mystery Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 21, 2 pm at Fowler Branch

Love a good mystery? All are welcome to join the discussion. Copies of this month’s title, are available at the Branch to check out.

 

 

CONTACT:
  Pat Pluskal
  978 318 3350
   fowler@concordlibrary.org

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Writing Studio

Welcome to the VIRTUAL WRITING STUDIO

Open to individuals grades 3-8, or older or younger, based on request.

Join resident poet and Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough for a writing-themed mid-day break.

Collaborative poems, hilarious and engaging POWERPOINT presentations, etc.

No writing experience required.

Register for Zoom link!
 

CONTACT: Cary Stough  cmstough@minlib.net

Welcome to the VIRTUAL WRITING STUDIO

Open to individuals grades 3-8, or older or younger, based on request.

Join resident poet and Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough for a writing-themed mid-day break.

Collaborative poems, hilarious and engaging POWERPOINT presentations, etc.

No writing experience required.

Register for Zoom link!
 

CONTACT:
  Cary Stough
  
   cmstough@minlib.net

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cooking program - S'mores in a mug!

Want to learn to cook delicious

S'mores in a mug?

Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach you to make your own meals or snacks!

This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper.

The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program.

Our program runs every Wednesday through the month of October. Sign up for any or all workshops!

Next week's programs is Banana Bread!

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

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CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Want to learn to cook delicious

S'mores in a mug?

Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach you to make your own meals or snacks!

This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper.

The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program.

Our program runs every Wednesday through the month of October. Sign up for any or all workshops!

Next week's programs is Banana Bread!

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

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CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nature Connection


.       

Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

We'll explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This virtual program is geared to ages 11 years and older. Register and we'll share the link to join the program.

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online


.       

Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems!

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. 

We'll explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.

This virtual program is geared to ages 11 years and older. Register and we'll share the link to join the program.

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Who Code Club

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a non-profit organization that encourages more girls to close the gender gap in the computer science field.

Girls in grades 6-12 will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. Learn to code animations, games, and websites.  

Girls Who Code Club is a 2-hour, weekly commitment from October through May. Started in 2012 with the single mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

 

Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a non-profit organization that encourages more girls to close the gender gap in the computer science field.

Girls in grades 6-12 will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. Learn to code animations, games, and websites.  

Girls Who Code Club is a 2-hour, weekly commitment from October through May. Started in 2012 with the single mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

 

Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Thursday October 22, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Story Time from Fowler on Zoom, Ages 5 and under

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Genealogy Research for Beginners - Six Week Series (via Zoom)

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT: Barbara Gugluizza  978-318-3345  bgugluizza@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver (6-Week Series)

Educator, lecturer, and genealogy researcher Linda MacIver will teach a six-week introduction to genealogy research workshop via Zoom on Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. from September 17 to October 29 (there will be no class on Sept. 24). The series will include an introduction to researching your family tree, using the library's resources, and finding your immigrant ancestors.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

September 17
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

The first two classes are mandatory, and attendees must have basic computer skills to participate. The six-week series is limited to 20 participants.

Advanced registration is required for the entire series. Please register on the library's online calendar of events at www.concordlibrary.org or call 978-318-3301.

 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3345
   bgugluizza@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Friday October 23, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Jacob Reads

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net

Every Friday, 13 year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from a curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

These readings will be posted on Facebook Premiere at 10am, and on Instagram at 2pm.

The readings will also be available at: https://concordlibrary.org/kids/101-picture-books-cfpl-loves

101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! is an early literacy program to build reading skills for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.  All children ages birth to 5 years can participate in this year-round program. 

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books before kindergarten. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 33 titles and finishes a coloring sheet, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Story Time with Karen

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT: Royce McGrath  978-318-3358  RnMcGrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join Karen for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs!  

This program is geared toward children age 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited.

 
CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  978.318.3358
   RnMcGrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Keynote Speaker Jennifer Haigh, Why Stories Still Matter

Why Stories Still Matter

In a time of national crisis – political, medical, financial, environmental and moral – storytelling is more important than ever. Novelist Jennifer Haigh talks about what literature has to teach us, and why it is urgently necessary in these troubled times.

Register Here!

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her sixth book, the novel Heat and Light, won a 2017 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR.  Her previous books – Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, Mrs. Kimble, and the story collection News From Heaven -- have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in fiction, and have been published in eighteen languages.  Her short stories have been published widely, in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories and many other places.  She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she currently teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at UMass Boston. 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Why Stories Still Matter

In a time of national crisis – political, medical, financial, environmental and moral – storytelling is more important than ever. Novelist Jennifer Haigh talks about what literature has to teach us, and why it is urgently necessary in these troubled times.

Register Here!

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her sixth book, the novel Heat and Light, won a 2017 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR.  Her previous books – Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, Mrs. Kimble, and the story collection News From Heaven -- have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in fiction, and have been published in eighteen languages.  Her short stories have been published widely, in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories and many other places.  She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she currently teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at UMass Boston. 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Saturday October 24, 2020
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9:00 AM
Concord Festival of Authors: Breakfast with the Authors

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Breakfast with the Authors

Moderated by Dr. Suzanne Koven

Register Here!

The CFA 2020 Breakfast with the Authors online features celebrated literary authors Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me), Caroline Leavitt (With or Without You), and Marjan Kamali (The Stationery Shop). Grab your favorite breakfast treats and join the conversation!

Suzanne Koven, received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins. She also holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. After her residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has practiced primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for 30 years. In 2019 she was named inaugural Writer in Residence at Mass General. Her essays, articles, blogs, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The New Yorker.com, Psychology Today, The L.A. Review of Books, The Virginia Quarterly, STAT, and other publications. 


 

Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, which was described by The New York Times Book Review as: “Exquisite and harrowing. . . . The book is so gorgeously written and deeply insightful, and with a line of narrative tension that never slacks, from the first page to the last, that it’s one you’ll likely read in a single, delicious sitting.” Published in October 2019 by HMH Books, Wild Game’s film rights were bought by Chernin Entertainment with Kelly Fremon Craig, the director of Edge of Seventeen, attached to adapt and direct. Adrienne’s publishing career began with founding the fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Storywith filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, where she served as editor in chief from 1996-2002. The magazine has won the prestigious National Magazine Award for best fiction four times. In 2005, she became an editor at Harcourt (later, HMH Books), where she acquired and edited literary fiction and memoir. Adrienne left publishing in 2013 to become Creative Director — and later Executive Director — of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. In 2017, she launched the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.


Marjan Kamali is the author of The Stationery Shop (Gallery/Simon&Schuster) and Together Tea (Ecco/HarperCollins). Marjan is a novelist and teacher whose work has been translated into a dozen languages, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and adapted for the stage. The Stationery Shop was a Boston Globe best-seller, one of NPR’s best books of 2019, one of Newsweek’s 30 Best Summer Books, an Indie Next Pick, and named to numerous “Best Books of 2019” lists. Marjan’s debut novel, Together Tea, was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. Marjan graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and earned an MBA from Columbia University and an MFA from NYU.
 

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World, Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You, Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines, Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. Her many essays, stories, book reviews and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New York Times Modern Love, Publisher's Weekly, People, Real Simple, New York Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous anthologies. She won First Prize in Redbook Magazine's Young Writers Contest for her short story, "Meeting Rozzy Halfway," which grew into the novel. The recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction for Into Thin Air, she was also a National Magazine Award nominee for personal essay, and she was awarded an honorable mention, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction from the Bellevue Literary Review, for "Breathe," a portion of Pictures of You. 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Breakfast with the Authors

Moderated by Dr. Suzanne Koven

Register Here!

The CFA 2020 Breakfast with the Authors online features celebrated literary authors Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me), Caroline Leavitt (With or Without You), and Marjan Kamali (The Stationery Shop). Grab your favorite breakfast treats and join the conversation!

Suzanne Koven, received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins. She also holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. After her residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has practiced primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for 30 years. In 2019 she was named inaugural Writer in Residence at Mass General. Her essays, articles, blogs, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The New Yorker.com, Psychology Today, The L.A. Review of Books, The Virginia Quarterly, STAT, and other publications. 


 

Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, which was described by The New York Times Book Review as: “Exquisite and harrowing. . . . The book is so gorgeously written and deeply insightful, and with a line of narrative tension that never slacks, from the first page to the last, that it’s one you’ll likely read in a single, delicious sitting.” Published in October 2019 by HMH Books, Wild Game’s film rights were bought by Chernin Entertainment with Kelly Fremon Craig, the director of Edge of Seventeen, attached to adapt and direct. Adrienne’s publishing career began with founding the fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Storywith filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, where she served as editor in chief from 1996-2002. The magazine has won the prestigious National Magazine Award for best fiction four times. In 2005, she became an editor at Harcourt (later, HMH Books), where she acquired and edited literary fiction and memoir. Adrienne left publishing in 2013 to become Creative Director — and later Executive Director — of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. In 2017, she launched the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.


Marjan Kamali is the author of The Stationery Shop (Gallery/Simon&Schuster) and Together Tea (Ecco/HarperCollins). Marjan is a novelist and teacher whose work has been translated into a dozen languages, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and adapted for the stage. The Stationery Shop was a Boston Globe best-seller, one of NPR’s best books of 2019, one of Newsweek’s 30 Best Summer Books, an Indie Next Pick, and named to numerous “Best Books of 2019” lists. Marjan’s debut novel, Together Tea, was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. Marjan graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and earned an MBA from Columbia University and an MFA from NYU.
 

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World, Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You, Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines, Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. Her many essays, stories, book reviews and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New York Times Modern Love, Publisher's Weekly, People, Real Simple, New York Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous anthologies. She won First Prize in Redbook Magazine's Young Writers Contest for her short story, "Meeting Rozzy Halfway," which grew into the novel. The recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction for Into Thin Air, she was also a National Magazine Award nominee for personal essay, and she was awarded an honorable mention, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction from the Bellevue Literary Review, for "Breathe," a portion of Pictures of You. 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

 
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Young Adult Writers

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Young Adult Writers

Register Here!

Susan Kaplan Carlton teaches writing at Boston University. Her latest novel, In the Neighborhood of True, has been named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and scored 10/10 in YOYA. Carlton’s writing has appeared in Self, Elle, Mademoiselle, SeventeenParentsThe Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She is also the author of the young adult novel Love & Haight, which was named a Best Book for Young Adults by YALSA and a Best Book by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street Books.
 


Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, August 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a GrubStreet instructor and board member, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021. She lives outside of Boston with her husband two sons. 

 


 

 

Marcella Pixley teaches eighth grade Language Arts at the Carlisle Public Schools. Her poetry has been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and Poet Lore, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ms. Pixley has written four acclaimed books for children that explore issues of mental health and family dynamics.  Freak (FSG 2007) received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, Without Tess (FSG 2011) was a Junior Library Guild selection, and Ready To Fall (FSG 2017) was nominated for a Teen Choice Award. Her most recent novel, Trowbridge Road (Candlewick 2020) comes out in October. It has been named a Best Book of 2020 by Pernille Ripp and is a Junior Library Guild selection. When she is not writing stories, Ms. Pixley teaches 8th grade Language Arts at Carlisle Public Schools.  She is a graduate of Vassar College, University of Tennessee and Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Young Adult Writers

Register Here!

Susan Kaplan Carlton teaches writing at Boston University. Her latest novel, In the Neighborhood of True, has been named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and scored 10/10 in YOYA. Carlton’s writing has appeared in Self, Elle, Mademoiselle, SeventeenParentsThe Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She is also the author of the young adult novel Love & Haight, which was named a Best Book for Young Adults by YALSA and a Best Book by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street Books.
 


Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, August 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a GrubStreet instructor and board member, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021. She lives outside of Boston with her husband two sons. 

 


 

 

Marcella Pixley teaches eighth grade Language Arts at the Carlisle Public Schools. Her poetry has been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and Poet Lore, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ms. Pixley has written four acclaimed books for children that explore issues of mental health and family dynamics.  Freak (FSG 2007) received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, Without Tess (FSG 2011) was a Junior Library Guild selection, and Ready To Fall (FSG 2017) was nominated for a Teen Choice Award. Her most recent novel, Trowbridge Road (Candlewick 2020) comes out in October. It has been named a Best Book of 2020 by Pernille Ripp and is a Junior Library Guild selection. When she is not writing stories, Ms. Pixley teaches 8th grade Language Arts at Carlisle Public Schools.  She is a graduate of Vassar College, University of Tennessee and Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Children's Authors Rajani LaRocca and Susan Tan

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Children’s Authors

Rajani LaRocca and Susan Tan

Register Here!

 

Rajani LaRocca was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the U.S. as a baby. She spent most of her childhood in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of middle grade novels and picture books that reflect her experiences as an immigrant, book nerd, and foodie; some explain medical topics to kids. Rajani attended Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

 

 

Susan Tan began writing funny stories from my childhood while riding the bus in the mornings, and in bed before falling asleep at night. These stories gradually came together into her first book, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire. The Cilla series is based on Susan's own family and deals with the questions, challenges, and many joys that navigating different racial and cultural identities can bring. Susan earned her PhD at the University of Cambridge in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature and was the 2015 Gish Jen Emerging Writers Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston.

 

 

For more information, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org.

LOCATION: Online

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Children’s Authors

Rajani LaRocca and Susan Tan

Register Here!

 

Rajani LaRocca was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the U.S. as a baby. She spent most of her childhood in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of middle grade novels and picture books that reflect her experiences as an immigrant, book nerd, and foodie; some explain medical topics to kids. Rajani attended Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

 

 

Susan Tan began writing funny stories from my childhood while riding the bus in the mornings, and in bed before falling asleep at night. These stories gradually came together into her first book, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire. The Cilla series is based on Susan's own family and deals with the questions, challenges, and many joys that navigating different racial and cultural identities can bring. Susan earned her PhD at the University of Cambridge in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature and was the 2015 Gish Jen Emerging Writers Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston.

 

 

For more information, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org.

LOCATION: Online

Sunday October 25, 2020
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Family Day Scarecrow Festival

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT: Royce McGrath  9783183358  rnmcgrath@minlib.net
LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

Come to a Scarecrow Fesitval!

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

Sat Oct 17 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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

 

CONTACT:
  Royce McGrath
  9783183358
   rnmcgrath@minlib.net

LOCATION: Main Library Lawn

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors:Language for a New Century

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond

Register Here!

Join panelists Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar, three award-winning poets and editors as they discuss their seminal W.W. Norton anthology of Asian and Middle Eastern poetry as well as their own recent work. Language for a New Century collects together over 450 contemporary poets writing in 40 different languages, some being translated into English for the first time. The editors will discuss how the book came together, and how they feel the questions they were asking back then have or have not been answered in our current moment as well as their own new work. 

Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of Half-Lit Houses, Of Gods & Strangers, and Hybrida (W.W. Norton, 2019). She is co-editor of the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. Her poems have been published in journals such as American Poet, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, and Ploughshares. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, among others. Hybrida was named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR, Publisher's Weekly, Lit Hub, and was the Paris Review's Contributor's Favorite Book of 2019. She is the Director of Creative Writing at Binghamton University.
 

 

Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Claire Messud writes, she “illuminates the luxuriance and longing of deracination—a contemporary Orpheus.” Her recent poetry books include Life in a Country Album, a Finalist for the Foreword Book Award and the Palestine Book Award; the flash collection The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers,” and winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Arab American Book Award; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. She is the author of eight plays, editor of two anthologies, and her poetry, essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, The Irish Times, among others. Handal is the recipient of awards from the PEN Foundation, The Lannan Foundation, Centro Andaluz de las Letras, Fondazione di Venezia, among others. She is a professor at Columbia University, and writes the literary travel column “The City and the Writer&r