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 October 28, 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
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 - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Special Collections
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 27 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 90 spaces available.
 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cooking program - Banana Bread in a mug

Want to learn to cook delicious

Banana Bread 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!

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

Banana Bread 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!

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 - 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
There are 12 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.  

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

There are 12 spaces available.

Thursday October 29, 2020
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday Morning Meditation

Thursday Mornings in October: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday in October from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Thursday Mornings in October: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday in October from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Special Collections
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 49 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Visit Main Library By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 117 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

 
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7:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Chunky Monkey Writing Group

Join the CFA 2020 for an online conversation with Boston’s most successful, entertaining writing group!

BOSTON’S CELEBRATED WRITING GROUP, THE CHUNKY MONKEYS

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

Register Here!

                                      

What Makes a Good Writing Group? The Chunky Monkeys Share Tips

So you want to start a writing group, or perhaps improve how your existing group is working. What are some excellent tips and tricks? Join authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Celeste Ng, Christopher Castellani, Jennifer De Leon, Adam Stumacher, Whitney Scharer, Calvin Hennick, Grace Talusan, Chip Cheek, Becky Tuch, and Sonya Larson as they discuss what they've learned from their own writing group, the Chunky Monkeys, over the last 7+ years. When they began, the group had no published books-- now they have several titles under the belt, including The Age of Light, Little Fires Everywhere, Leading Men, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, Once More to the Rodeo, The Body Papers, Cape May, and The Fact of a Body, as well as numerous articles, essays, and stories.

 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Join the CFA 2020 for an online conversation with Boston’s most successful, entertaining writing group!

BOSTON’S CELEBRATED WRITING GROUP, THE CHUNKY MONKEYS

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

Register Here!

                                      

What Makes a Good Writing Group? The Chunky Monkeys Share Tips

So you want to start a writing group, or perhaps improve how your existing group is working. What are some excellent tips and tricks? Join authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Celeste Ng, Christopher Castellani, Jennifer De Leon, Adam Stumacher, Whitney Scharer, Calvin Hennick, Grace Talusan, Chip Cheek, Becky Tuch, and Sonya Larson as they discuss what they've learned from their own writing group, the Chunky Monkeys, over the last 7+ years. When they began, the group had no published books-- now they have several titles under the belt, including The Age of Light, Little Fires Everywhere, Leading Men, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, Once More to the Rodeo, The Body Papers, Cape May, and The Fact of a Body, as well as numerous articles, essays, and stories.

 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Friday October 30, 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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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Special Collections
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Visit Fowler By Appointment (Fowler)

LOCATION: Fowler Library
There are 54 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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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 - 8:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: LGBTQ Memoir Authors

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

LGBTQ Memoir Authors

Register Here!

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix des libraires du Quebec 2020, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of LondonThe GuardianParis MatchLireTelerama, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, a finalist for a New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award, and has been translated into ten languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York TimesThe New York Times Sunday MagazineThe Boston GlobeOxford AmericanHarper’s, and many other publications. 

Michelle Bowdler’s book, Is Rape a Crime? was published by Flatiron Books in the summer of 2020. She is represented by agent Nicki Richesin of Wendy Sherman Associates in New York.

Michelle is a recipient of a 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Award for non-fiction and has been a Fellow at Ragdale and MacDowell Colony. She has been published in the New York Times and in the anthologies The Anatomy of Silence (Red Press) and We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action (McFarland). Her essays: Eventually You Tell Your Kids and Babelogue were both nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Michelle has worked in the public health field for years on issues of addiction, violence prevention, sexual health, HIV education and prevention. She has been involved, as well, for over a decade working on social justice issues related to rape and crimes of violence. Currently, she has the pleasure and honor of working as Executive Director of Health & Wellness at a major university in Boston where her work involves efforts to provide excellent sexual assault prevention and treatment for students in addition to mental health and health care.

 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present

LGBTQ Memoir Authors

Register Here!

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix des libraires du Quebec 2020, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of LondonThe GuardianParis MatchLireTelerama, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, a finalist for a New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award, and has been translated into ten languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York TimesThe New York Times Sunday MagazineThe Boston GlobeOxford AmericanHarper’s, and many other publications. 

Michelle Bowdler’s book, Is Rape a Crime? was published by Flatiron Books in the summer of 2020. She is represented by agent Nicki Richesin of Wendy Sherman Associates in New York.

Michelle is a recipient of a 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Award for non-fiction and has been a Fellow at Ragdale and MacDowell Colony. She has been published in the New York Times and in the anthologies The Anatomy of Silence (Red Press) and We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action (McFarland). Her essays: Eventually You Tell Your Kids and Babelogue were both nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Michelle has worked in the public health field for years on issues of addiction, violence prevention, sexual health, HIV education and prevention. She has been involved, as well, for over a decade working on social justice issues related to rape and crimes of violence. Currently, she has the pleasure and honor of working as Executive Director of Health & Wellness at a major university in Boston where her work involves efforts to provide excellent sexual assault prevention and treatment for students in addition to mental health and health care.

 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Spooky Trivia Night
Bring your friends, or make it a family affair, with teen-oriented TRIVIA NIGHTS. We'll cover topics like Marvel, World History, Politics.
 
This month...IT'S SPOOKY TIME!
 
Have a suggestion for a future topic? Drop a line to our host, Cary, at cmstough@minlib.net.
 
Register now to receive the Zoom link.
CONTACT: Cary Stough  (978) 318-3358  cmstough@minlib.net
Bring your friends, or make it a family affair, with teen-oriented TRIVIA NIGHTS. We'll cover topics like Marvel, World History, Politics.
 
This month...IT'S SPOOKY TIME!
 
Have a suggestion for a future topic? Drop a line to our host, Cary, at cmstough@minlib.net.
 
Register now to receive the Zoom link.
CONTACT:
  Cary Stough
  (978) 318.3358
   cmstough@minlib.net


Saturday October 31, 2020
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Concord Festival of Authors: Mystery Night

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

Mystery Night

Casting Call: How We Find Our Characters

Register Here!

Kate Flora returns to CFA 2020 as Mystery Night emcee! Kate is the author of nineteen books and more than twenty short stories, and has been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction. She’s a five time finalist, and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Her latest fiction includes, Death Warmed Over, her 8th Thea Kozak mystery, was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award, and Careful What You Wish For, a collection of crime stories. For more info, visit kateclarkflora.com

 

 

Charlene D’Avanzo, author of the Maine Oceanographer Mara Tusconi mysteries, marine ecologist, and emerita professor at Hampshire College, has numerous awards both as an author and educator. Her mysteries help readers learn about climate change and other issues in the context of a fast-paced, exciting story. She was motivated to write her mystery series when a famous climate scientist described tactics climate change deniers used to harass him. Read about this and her life as a marine scientist and college professor in this interview and in this video interview.

Foreward Review calls Charlene’s books “great beach reading with meat on its bones, rich characterization, and an intriguing mystery at its core,” and Paul Doiron, author of the Mike Bowditch crime novels says she is “a natural storyteller and a passionate scientist.” For more info, visit charlenedavanzo.com
 

With the publication of A Fatal FictionKaitlyn Dunnett (aka, Kathy Lynn Emerson) has had sixty-two books traditionally published. She won the Agatha Award, was an Anthony and Macavity finalist for best mystery nonfiction of 2008 for How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, and was an Agatha Award finalist in 2015 in the best mystery short story category. She was the Malice Domestic Guest of Honor in 2014. Currently, she writes the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries and the "Deadly Edits" series as Kaitlyn.

As Kathy, her most recent book is a collection of short stories, Different Times, Different Crimes, but there is a new, standalone historical mystery, The Finder of Lost Things, in the pipeline for October. 



 

Edwin Hill is the Edgar- and Agatha-award nominated author of Little Comfort, The Missing Ones, and Watch Her.

After attending Wesleyan University and graduating with a B.A. in American Studies, he headed west to San Francisco for the dotcom boom. Later, he returned to Boston, earned an MFA from Emerson College, and switched gears to work in educational publishing. He served as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin's, a division of Macmillan Learning for many years before turning to writing full time.

A lot of people helped him create this series, and he is a big believer in paying forward. Don't be a stranger. 

 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

Mystery Night

Casting Call: How We Find Our Characters

Register Here!

Kate Flora returns to CFA 2020 as Mystery Night emcee! Kate is the author of nineteen books and more than twenty short stories, and has been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction. She’s a five time finalist, and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Her latest fiction includes, Death Warmed Over, her 8th Thea Kozak mystery, was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award, and Careful What You Wish For, a collection of crime stories. For more info, visit kateclarkflora.com

 

 

Charlene D’Avanzo, author of the Maine Oceanographer Mara Tusconi mysteries, marine ecologist, and emerita professor at Hampshire College, has numerous awards both as an author and educator. Her mysteries help readers learn about climate change and other issues in the context of a fast-paced, exciting story. She was motivated to write her mystery series when a famous climate scientist described tactics climate change deniers used to harass him. Read about this and her life as a marine scientist and college professor in this interview and in this video interview.

Foreward Review calls Charlene’s books “great beach reading with meat on its bones, rich characterization, and an intriguing mystery at its core,” and Paul Doiron, author of the Mike Bowditch crime novels says she is “a natural storyteller and a passionate scientist.” For more info, visit charlenedavanzo.com
 

With the publication of A Fatal FictionKaitlyn Dunnett (aka, Kathy Lynn Emerson) has had sixty-two books traditionally published. She won the Agatha Award, was an Anthony and Macavity finalist for best mystery nonfiction of 2008 for How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, and was an Agatha Award finalist in 2015 in the best mystery short story category. She was the Malice Domestic Guest of Honor in 2014. Currently, she writes the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries and the "Deadly Edits" series as Kaitlyn.

As Kathy, her most recent book is a collection of short stories, Different Times, Different Crimes, but there is a new, standalone historical mystery, The Finder of Lost Things, in the pipeline for October. 



 

Edwin Hill is the Edgar- and Agatha-award nominated author of Little Comfort, The Missing Ones, and Watch Her.

After attending Wesleyan University and graduating with a B.A. in American Studies, he headed west to San Francisco for the dotcom boom. Later, he returned to Boston, earned an MFA from Emerson College, and switched gears to work in educational publishing. He served as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin's, a division of Macmillan Learning for many years before turning to writing full time.

A lot of people helped him create this series, and he is a big believer in paying forward. Don't be a stranger. 

 

For more details, please visit www.concordfestivalofauthors.org

LOCATION: Online

Monday November 2, 2020
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 14 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 120 spaces available.
 
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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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5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
PJ Story Time from Fowler, Ages 5 and under

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Find Dorrie on Facebook Live. Video will be recorded for later viewing.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Find Dorrie on Facebook Live. Video will be recorded for later viewing.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Tuesday November 3, 2020
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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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 120 spaces available.
Wednesday November 4, 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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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 14 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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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Teen/ Tween -Take and Make Craft - TAB
Hello Tweens and Teens! Concord Library TAB (Teen Advisory Board) has signed up to make a tree for the Concord Museum's annual Family Trees event. We picked a pretty cool picture book to display, and a really cool craft to represent it....THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN.
 
We're making "memory jars" inspired by In A Jar by Deborah Marcero.
 
Register and we'll be in contact with you to schedule your pickup. But don't miss the exclusive reading of the book and craft tutorial on Wednesday, November 4th. 1:30-2:30pm
 
Deadline: 11/13, drop off at Concord Main Library
CONTACT: Cary Stough  9783183300  cmstough@minlib.net
There are many spaces available.
Hello Tweens and Teens! Concord Library TAB (Teen Advisory Board) has signed up to make a tree for the Concord Museum's annual Family Trees event. We picked a pretty cool picture book to display, and a really cool craft to represent it....THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN.
 
We're making "memory jars" inspired by In A Jar by Deborah Marcero.
 
Register and we'll be in contact with you to schedule your pickup. But don't miss the exclusive reading of the book and craft tutorial on Wednesday, November 4th. 1:30-2:30pm
 
Deadline: 11/13, drop off at Concord Main Library
CONTACT:
  Cary Stough
  9783183300
   cmstough@minlib.net

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 - 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
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.  

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

There are many spaces available.

 
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7:30 PM - 8:15 PM
The Practice of Presence (Online)

Explore simple mindful wellness practices that settle the mind, honor the body and enhance overall well-being. Together, we’ll examine the path toward freedom from stress and experience the power of the pause in a time of crisis. Lara Wilson, founder of Concord’s non-profit mindful wellness collaborative, Be Well Be Here, will share ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life through meditation and movement tailored to your natural way of BEing. Free and open to ALL!

Bio

Lara JK Wilson, MA, GMCS, a 35-year meditator and award-winning short story writer, devotes her life to exploring the intersection of personal narrative and mindful well-being. After more than a decade teaching master fiction workshops and serving on the board at Grub Street in Boston, she took a Great Pause to battle stage III breast cancer for 18 months. This meaningful journey prompted Lara to establish Be Well Be Here, a non-profit mindful wellness educational collaborative in Concord, which offers personalized programming, community outreach and well-being retreats. Lara holds a master's degree in English and American literature and a graduate certificate in mindfulness studies, as well as RYT-200 (yoga) and Reiki Level II designations. Currently, she serves on the board of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, where she organizes the Authors Series and Mindfulness Programming. In January 2019, Lara was appointed curator of the Concord Festival of Authors. For more information, please visit BeWellBeHere.org

Please register below for the Zoom link. 

LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Explore simple mindful wellness practices that settle the mind, honor the body and enhance overall well-being. Together, we’ll examine the path toward freedom from stress and experience the power of the pause in a time of crisis. Lara Wilson, founder of Concord’s non-profit mindful wellness collaborative, Be Well Be Here, will share ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life through meditation and movement tailored to your natural way of BEing. Free and open to ALL!

Bio

Lara JK Wilson, MA, GMCS, a 35-year meditator and award-winning short story writer, devotes her life to exploring the intersection of personal narrative and mindful well-being. After more than a decade teaching master fiction workshops and serving on the board at Grub Street in Boston, she took a Great Pause to battle stage III breast cancer for 18 months. This meaningful journey prompted Lara to establish Be Well Be Here, a non-profit mindful wellness educational collaborative in Concord, which offers personalized programming, community outreach and well-being retreats. Lara holds a master's degree in English and American literature and a graduate certificate in mindfulness studies, as well as RYT-200 (yoga) and Reiki Level II designations. Currently, she serves on the board of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, where she organizes the Authors Series and Mindfulness Programming. In January 2019, Lara was appointed curator of the Concord Festival of Authors. For more information, please visit BeWellBeHere.org

Please register below for the Zoom link. 

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Thursday November 5, 2020
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday Morning Meditation

Thursday Mornings in November: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Thursday Mornings in November: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 14 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 - 7:45 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 3 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 3 spaces available.

Friday November 6, 2020
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Visit Special Collections By Appointment (Main)

LOCATION: Main Library
There are 8 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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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 November 8, 2020
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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Concord Poetry at the Library Series, Fall,’20: Jeffrey Harrison & Matthew Lippman

Poetry at the Library presents Jeffrey Harrison & Matthew Lippman

                                

Please register here for the Zoom link!

Jeffrey Harrison reads from his sixth full-length book of poetry, Between Lakes (Four Way Books, September, 2020),  where the death of the speaker’s father places him in the ever-shifting zone between the living and the dead while also sending him back into his journey to manhood.  Old arguments are reimagined: What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a participant in one’s life as well as a witness and recorder of the lives of others? The exploration of these questions leads to new discoveries, including the way time reshapes the vision of one’s life and alters relationships, remaking a shared history.  Harrison’s other collections include The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), winner of the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, Incomplete Knowledge (2006), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize, and  Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize and selected by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book.  View Harrison’s website  for interviews in which he talks about the poet’s craft and samples of  his widely-published poetry. He lives in Massachusetts.

Matthew Lippman reads from Mesmerizingly Sadly Beautiful (Four Way Books, 2020),  which won the 2018 Levis Prize in Poetry – a collection  that “takes on issues of sex, politics, race, religion, and poetry, all subjects our mothers warned us not to bring up at a dinner party. At times dreamily or nightmarishly surreal, at others so realistic we laugh or cringe in recognition. It's outrageously American, crass, funny, fast talking, unbound, and yes, sadly beautiful.” – notes Levis poetry judge Dorianne Laux.  Lippman is the author of five additional collections:  A LITTLE GUT MAGIC (2018), SALAMI JEW (2014), AMERICAN CHEW (2013), winner of the Burnside Review Book Prize, MONKEY BARS (2010), and THE NEW YEAR OF YELLOW (2007) winner of The Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2008 Patterson Poetry Prize. Lippman is the Editor and Founder of the web-based project Love’s Executive Order (www.lovesexecutiveorder.com) and calls its weekly poems by different poets a chronicle of poetic protest during the current political time. Lippman holds an MFA with a concentration in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

                                                                                           

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

LOCATION: Online

Poetry at the Library presents Jeffrey Harrison & Matthew Lippman

                                

Please register here for the Zoom link!

Jeffrey Harrison reads from his sixth full-length book of poetry, Between Lakes (Four Way Books, September, 2020),  where the death of the speaker’s father places him in the ever-shifting zone between the living and the dead while also sending him back into his journey to manhood.  Old arguments are reimagined: What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a participant in one’s life as well as a witness and recorder of the lives of others? The exploration of these questions leads to new discoveries, including the way time reshapes the vision of one’s life and alters relationships, remaking a shared history.  Harrison’s other collections include The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), winner of the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, Incomplete Knowledge (2006), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize, and  Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize and selected by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book.  View Harrison’s website  for interviews in which he talks about the poet’s craft and samples of  his widely-published poetry. He lives in Massachusetts.

Matthew Lippman reads from Mesmerizingly Sadly Beautiful (Four Way Books, 2020),  which won the 2018 Levis Prize in Poetry – a collection  that “takes on issues of sex, politics, race, religion, and poetry, all subjects our mothers warned us not to bring up at a dinner party. At times dreamily or nightmarishly surreal, at others so realistic we laugh or cringe in recognition. It's outrageously American, crass, funny, fast talking, unbound, and yes, sadly beautiful.” – notes Levis poetry judge Dorianne Laux.  Lippman is the author of five additional collections:  A LITTLE GUT MAGIC (2018), SALAMI JEW (2014), AMERICAN CHEW (2013), winner of the Burnside Review Book Prize, MONKEY BARS (2010), and THE NEW YEAR OF YELLOW (2007) winner of The Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2008 Patterson Poetry Prize. Lippman is the Editor and Founder of the web-based project Love’s Executive Order (www.lovesexecutiveorder.com) and calls its weekly poems by different poets a chronicle of poetic protest during the current political time. Lippman holds an MFA with a concentration in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

                                                                                           

Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

LOCATION: Online

Monday November 9, 2020
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5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
PJ Story Time from Fowler, Ages 5 and under

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Find Dorrie on Facebook Live. Video will be recorded for later viewing.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Find Dorrie on Facebook Live. Video will be recorded for later viewing.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

 
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7:00 PM
Author Talk: E. Dolores Johnson, author of Say I'm Dead

Join author E. Dolores Johnson for a discussion of her book Say I'm Dead: a family memoir of race, secrets, and Love (2020). Say I'm Dead is a multi-generational memoir that reveals America's changing attitudes toward race mixing, discovered through the courageous journeys of her family’s women.

Dolores was born in Buffalo, NY. She earned degrees from Howard University and Harvard Graduate School of Business. After a career in tech, she took an MFA equivalent course to learn creative writing. Johnson is a published essayist focused on inter-racialism. Johnson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more about her and her work, follow her on Twitter @elladolo and Instagram at edoloresjohnson.

Please register below for the Zoom link.

LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Join author E. Dolores Johnson for a discussion of her book Say I'm Dead: a family memoir of race, secrets, and Love (2020). Say I'm Dead is a multi-generational memoir that reveals America's changing attitudes toward race mixing, discovered through the courageous journeys of her family’s women.

Dolores was born in Buffalo, NY. She earned degrees from Howard University and Harvard Graduate School of Business. After a career in tech, she took an MFA equivalent course to learn creative writing. Johnson is a published essayist focused on inter-racialism. Johnson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more about her and her work, follow her on Twitter @elladolo and Instagram at edoloresjohnson.

Please register below for the Zoom link.

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Tuesday November 10, 2020
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9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Tuesday Book Discussion Group (Main)

 

 

In November, the book discussion group will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. All are welcome.

Copies of the eBook are available through Hoopla at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13518629.


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

 

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

 

 

In November, the book discussion group will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. All are welcome.

Copies of the eBook are available through Hoopla at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13518629.


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

 

CONTACT:
  Barbara Gugluizza
  978.318.3365
   bgugluizza@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

 
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7:00 PM
The History of the Mayflower, a talk by Linda MacIver (Online)

 
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival in Plymouth Harbor!
 
Join Linda MacIver as she examines the early and final history of the Mayflower and the ship's connections to the county of Essex (England) including the ship's captain and signers of the Mayflower Compact. Serving as the New England Representative for the Essex England Record Office, Linda brings a unique perspective to the event that brought ancestors of more than 30 million Mayflower descendants around the world to these shores.  Before her retirement from the Boston Public Library as Genealogy Specialist, Linda inaugurated the patron genealogy classes.
 
Please register below for the Zoom link.
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

 
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival in Plymouth Harbor!
 
Join Linda MacIver as she examines the early and final history of the Mayflower and the ship's connections to the county of Essex (England) including the ship's captain and signers of the Mayflower Compact. Serving as the New England Representative for the Essex England Record Office, Linda brings a unique perspective to the event that brought ancestors of more than 30 million Mayflower descendants around the world to these shores.  Before her retirement from the Boston Public Library as Genealogy Specialist, Linda inaugurated the patron genealogy classes.
 
Please register below for the Zoom link.
LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday November 11, 2020
 
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12:00 PM
Friendly Conversation with the Friends of CFPL

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library is pleased to offer Friendly Conversation, an opportunity for local residents to keep in touch via Zoom during this time of social distancing. We will meet at noon on Wednesdays. Each 45-minute session begins with a “mixer” activity to stimulate conversation and communication. Hats and Shirts Tell a Story is the theme for the kickoff meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at 12:00 noon. Each participant is encouraged to come to the meeting wearing a hat and/or shirt that relates to a story to be shared with the group.

Stay tuned for the Zoom link. 

LOCATION: Online

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library is pleased to offer Friendly Conversation, an opportunity for local residents to keep in touch via Zoom during this time of social distancing. We will meet at noon on Wednesdays. Each 45-minute session begins with a “mixer” activity to stimulate conversation and communication. Hats and Shirts Tell a Story is the theme for the kickoff meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at 12:00 noon. Each participant is encouraged to come to the meeting wearing a hat and/or shirt that relates to a story to be shared with the group.

Stay tuned for the Zoom link. 

LOCATION: Online

Thursday November 12, 2020
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday Morning Meditation

Thursday Mornings in November: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Thursday Mornings in November: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Friday November 13, 2020
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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.

Monday November 16, 2020
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5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
PJ Story Time from Fowler, Ages 5 and under

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Register to receive the zoom link.

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

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Register to receive the zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Tuesday November 17, 2020
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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 below and we'll share the link!

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

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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 below and we'll share the link!

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 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 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
There are many spaces available.

.       

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 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

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday November 18, 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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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Book A Mystery (Fowler Branch)

Book A Mystery Book Discussion

Wednesday, November 18, 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, November 18, 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
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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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Nature Journaling

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This program for tweens and teens introduces the practice of keeping a nature journal in order to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the natural world that surrounds and supports us. Participants will be encouraged to create their own nature journal (paper or digital) and to share their observations, questions, and discoveries at our monthly Nature Connection program. 

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. 

This virtual program is geared to ages 11 and up. Register below and we'll share the link.

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

.       

This program for tweens and teens introduces the practice of keeping a nature journal in order to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the natural world that surrounds and supports us. Participants will be encouraged to create their own nature journal (paper or digital) and to share their observations, questions, and discoveries at our monthly Nature Connection program. 

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. 

This virtual program is geared to ages 11 and up. Register below and we'll share the link.

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
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.  

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

There are many spaces available.

Thursday November 19, 2020
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday Morning Meditation

Thursday Mornings in November: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.

Thursday Mornings in November: Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the CFPL, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to wellbeing.

Every Thursday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please register below for the Zoom link.  

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

 
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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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

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. Registration is for the entire series (September through November). You will receive the zoom link weekly, and we hope that you will attend when you are able!

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

There are many spaces available.

Friday November 20, 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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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.

Monday November 23, 2020
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5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
PJ Story Time from Fowler, Ages 5 and under

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Find Dorrie on Facebook Live. Video will be recorded for later viewing.

CONTACT: Dorrie Karlin  978-318-3350  dkarlin@minlib.net
LOCATION: Online

Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Find Dorrie on Facebook Live. Video will be recorded for later viewing.

CONTACT:
  Dorrie Karlin
  978.318.3350
   dkarlin@minlib.net

LOCATION: Online

Wednesday November 25, 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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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
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.  

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