Newsletter                                        April 2017
Greetings from the Director   

In celebration of the Thoreau Bicentennial, the Concord Free Public Library will host a community read of Henry David Thoreau's essay Walking.  There will be many exciting programs for all ages during the month of April. Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson will share the original manuscript of Walking from the Library's Special Collections at the April 11th book discussion at the Main Library. We are also delighted to welcome back author/illustrator D.B. Johnson on Saturday, April 29th to share his popular Henry Hikes to Fitchburg series with young readers.

Please join us on April 1st for the Library's Technology Fair at the Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will be a fun opportunity to learn more about digital collections, S.T.E.A.M. resources for kids, the Library's 3D printer, wireless hotspot, and more.

                                       Best wishes,

                                         ----- Kerry Cronin 
Technology Fair

The Concord Free Public Library is pleased to announce that it will hold its first Technology Fair on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fowler Branch (1322 Main Street). 

Library staff members and volunteers will be on-site to demonstrate the Library's digital resources and other technologies, and to provide individual assistance with mobile devices. Demonstrations will include the following:
  • Library's new website 
  • 3D printing
  • Streaming and downloadable media 
  • Online research tools
  • S.T.E.A.M. resources
  • Wireless hotspot devices
  • Orion StarBlast Telescope & more

  • Please join us for fun, refreshments, and a chance to win a Kindle Fire.  This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  Open to all. 
    Concord Reads: Walking by Thoreau
    The annual Concord Reads program will take place during the month of April. The Concord community will read Walking, by Henry David Thoreau, in celebration of the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth.  There are numerous programs planned for all ages at both the Main Library and the Fowler Branch. Highlights include:

  • Walk in Gowing's Swamp: A Guided Nature Walk with Naturalist Cherrie Corey, Saturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thoreau's Animals: A Talk by Naturalist Peter Alden, Sunday, April 9, 3:00 p.m. at the Main Library
  • Wildness & Wonder Exhibit Opening with artist Jenn Houle, Monday, April 10, 5:00 p.m. at the Fowler Branch
  • Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the events are free and open to the public. [ View Complete Program Listings]
    Concord Reads Kids' Events 
    Storywalk Grand Opening
    Saturday, April 1, 2:00 p.m.
    Fowler Branch
    A StoryWalk® places pages from a children's story along a walking route in the local community so that children and their caregivers can enjoy a physical and educational activity. This grand opening event will take place at Rideout Playground in West Concord and will include a guided walk & reading, treasure hunt, and planting activity. Open to kids of all ages and their caregivers. The StoryWalk® will be on display through Saturday, April 15.

    Explore Birds
    Monday, April 3, 4:30 p.m.
    Fowler Branch
    In this hands-on program, learn about the birds you can find in your backyard, identify bird calls, make a bird feeder and feather pen, and more! This program is open to kids ages 5 - 10.

    Cardboard Challenge
    Tuesday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
    Fowler Branch
    This challenge is inspired by the book, Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson. Use your imagination to build the cabin of your dreams using cardboard and other recycled materials. Ages 5 and up.

    Book Talk with Author/Illustrator D. B. Johnson

    Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m.
    Main Library
    Johnson, who wrote and illustrated a series of picture books about Henry David Thoreau, will read from one of his books and draw for the children. Open to all.

    STEAM Sunday for K-3rd Grade
    April 2, 9, 23 & 30, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.    
    Main Library     
    Activities based on Thoreau.

    Children's regular programs will continue to take place at the Main Library and the Fowler Branch during the Concord Reads monthSponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
    Adult Book Groups
    Tuesday Book Group
    April 11, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
    Main Library, Trustees' Room
    We will read and discuss Walking, by Henry David Thoreau.  Copies of the essay are available at the Main Library. All are  welcome.

    Cookbook Club 
    Wednesday, April 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Fowler Branch
    This month's book title is Moosewood Restaurant Favorites. Advance registration is required. [ Sign Up]
    Book-A-Mystery Discussion
    Wednesday, March 15, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Fowler Branch Library
    Copies of this month's selection Spider Woman's Daughter, by Anne Hillerman, are available at the Fowler Branch.  All are welcome.

    Thursday Author Series
    Todd Nathan Thompson, author of The National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Satire, will give a talk on April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Periodical Room of the Main Library. 

    Thompson is an associate professor of English at Indiana University, and the author of articles in Nineteenth-Century Prose: ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance; Early American Literature; and Journal of American Culture. 

    This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Open to all. [Sign Up]
    Picturing Emerson: Guided Tour and Artist's Talk

    On Saturday, April 29, you are invited to attend a gallery tour of Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson with Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson at 10:00 a.m., followed at 11:00 by Presence: an Exploration of Identity through Portraiture, an illustrated talk by Meghan Murray, the Umbrella's current artist-in-residence.

    Picturing Emerson is a selection of all known lifetime representations of Ralph Waldo Emerson and includes oil paintings, drawings, sculpture, and particularly photography. Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson will lead you through this visual chronology, expanding on the many images with facts, stories and anecdotes about America's first great public intellectual.

    Meghan Murray, a recent graduate of Skidmore College, will discuss her experience as a portraitist, in particular her senior thesis, for which she created portraits of patients in an Alzheimer's unit, seeking to tell the stories of people whose lives have moved to another plane. In Meghan's words, "I challenged myself to capture the presence of each individual."

    You may choose to attend one or both programs.  Open to all. [Read more about the exhibit]
    Poetry at the Library
    On Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m, the Poetry at the Library Series hosts three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky who will read from his newest book of poems, At the Foundling Hospital (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2016) and talk about its genesis and his approach to the art of poetry.

    Please join us for a memorable afternoon with this beloved poet known worldwide for elegant and tough, vividly imaginative poems with a wild musical energy and range.

    A book signing and refreshments will follow the reading to be held in the Main Library's Periodical Room. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Open to all. 
    April Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
    Facebook 101
    Wednesday, April 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Main Library 
    Learn how to stay in touch with your friends and family members using Facebook. [ Sign Up]

    Mobile Photography Techniques (NEW)
    Wednesday, April 26, 10:30-12:30 a.m.
    Main Library 
    Learn how to take better photos with your smartphone or tablet, use filters & edit images, save photos, and share them online. Bring your charged phone or tablet. Note: We will be walking outside the Library if weather permits.  This class will be taught by Tech Consultant Jennifer Koerber. [ Sign Up]
    Drop-In Tech Help at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Mondays, April 3 & 24
    Friday, April 14 
    Main Library Lobby
    Stop in with any questions you may have about your mobile devices,  laptops and/or Library's eBooks etc.  Open to all.

    Mango Languages (Drop-in Help)  
    Monday, April 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Main Library Lobby
    Interested in learning a new language? Stop by the Main Library lobby to learn about Mango Languages, an interactive language-learning database. 
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