Newsletter                                           April 2018
Greetings from the Director
 
April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries are more than places to borrow books or study - they are also creative and engaging centers for learning where people can collaborate using new technologies, develop their skills and passions, and connect with other community members. Throughout the month of April the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) will introduce "Concord Community Reader" bookmarks featuring the favorite titles of local business people, educators, and community leaders. 
 
CFPL is also pleased to launch a new monthly book discussion series co-sponsored with Debra Stark of Debra's Natural Gourmet at Debra's store (98 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord) on Monday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. with a discussion of Washington Square by Henry James. Copies of the title will be available for check-out at both the Main Library and the Fowler Branch. All are welcome to attend. 
 
Please join CFPL staff members on National Library Worker's Day, Tuesday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Trustees' Room for dessert and coffee in celebration of libraries.

Best wishes,

                     ---------- Kerry Cronin 
 
Gala and Exhibit: "No picture could be more lovely"
"No picture could be more lovely": Ada Shepard with the Hawthornes in Florence, 1858 exhibition and accompanying lectures will take place from April 6 - June 28, 2018 at the Main Library.

Central to this forthcoming exhibition are the sketchbooks and letters of Ada Shepard, a well-educated young woman who served as governess to the children of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne between 1857 and 1859, with the focus on the family's sojourn in Florence in 1858.

The opening reception will be held at the Main Library on April 6, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will feature a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall, followed by elegant refreshments and an opportunity to view the exhibition. If you are interested in attending, you may R.S.V.P. to ConEvents@minlib.net or 978-318-3355.

The lecture series continues on May 5 with a talk by Dr. Phyllis Blum Cole, Ada Shepard, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the Feminist Fifties. On June 2, Rev. Jenny Rankin will speak on The Hawthorne's Italian Journey. Lectures begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library's rotunda. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Guided Gallery Tour: Thursday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.
Library Expansion: Public Forum
Library Expansion: Public Forum
Monday, April 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Main Library
 
Join Kerry Cronin, Library Director, and the Concord Free Public Library Corporation Trustees for a brief presentation and update on the Library's expansion plans. This will be a chance for you to learn more about how the anticipated changes will positively impact programming and meeting space in addition to creating entirely new Children's and Teen areas. 
 
Open to all.
Celebrate National Library Worker's Day with CFPL
Celebrate National Library Worker's Day with the Staff of the Concord Free Public Library
Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library

Come meet the staff of the library and join them in celebrating National Library Worker's Day. Cake and coffee will be provided.

Open to all.
Mapping the Road to Town Meeting
Warrant Review: Be Prepared for Town Meeting 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30-9:00 p.m. 
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street 
 
Citizens may learn how a consensus calendar is formed, the distinction between an article and a motion, operating versus capital budget expenditures and understanding the impact of exclusionary debt and zoning bylaws on your tax bill and on the character of our town.
 
Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, Town of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library. 
 
Open to all.
"Permission to Pause" Relaxation Series
The "Permission to Pause" relaxation series with Catherine Collins, RN, MS will end in April with these following two sessions: 
 
April 3: Sleep tips and techniques for falling asleep and returning to sleep after interruptions

April 10 Review and Practice

All are welcome.
 
Mindful Morning Series
Mindful Morning Series 
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.
Main Library Lawn

This intergenerational series will take place on four consecutive Saturdays from April 28 to May 19 at 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on the Main Library Lawn. All classes will be led by certified yoga and mindfulness instructors of Ivy Child International.

Free and open to all ages - no experience necessary. No Pre-Registration Required. Bring a yoga mat, towel, or blanket.

Co-hosted by the Concord Free Public Library. Sponsored by CHNA15.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
April 10, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Main Library Trustees' Room
The Group will partner with the Military Family Support Group of Concord to read and discuss Catalog of Birds, by Laura Harrington. The author will participate in the discussion via Skype. Copies of the selected book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk . All are welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
This month's book titles are  Vegetarian India: a journey through the best of Indian Home Cooking and At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, both by Madhur Jaffrey. Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. Advance registrations are required.  [ Register ]
              
Book-A-Mystery Discussion

Wednesday, April 18, 2:00 p.m. 
Fowler Branch
Copies of this month's selection  Something borrowed, someone dead : an Agatha Raisin mystery, by M.C. Beaton, are available at the Branch to check out. Open to all. 



Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Debra's Natural Gourmet

The Library is teaming up with Debra's Natural Gourmet for a book discussion, which will take place at Debra's at 98 Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord. Copies of this month's selection, Washington Square, by Henry James, will be made available at both the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. Open to all. 
Poetry at the Library
Jana Prikryl: Poetry of a Lost Childhood
Sunday, April 29, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  
Main Library

Jana Prikryl will read from her first collection The After Party: Poems and talks about her practice, followed by book signings and light refreshments.
 
Prikryl works as a senior editor at the New York Review of Books, where her essays on photography and film are frequently published, as well as in The Nation.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.   
Adult Programs
Geneaology Research for Beginners - Six Week Series
Thursdays, April 12 & 26 , 2:00 p.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
Join Linda MacIver for a 6 week genealogy series. The class will meet every Thursday at 2 p.m. from April 12 - May 24. There will be no class on April 19. Commitment to attending the first two classes is mandatory. Registration is required.
[Register for April 12] [Register for April 26]

The Art of Remembering Names with Neil Kutzen 
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
This program is much more than just hearing about how to remember names. Participants learn and practice the method and leave the training knowing how to remember names and how to get even better at it. Registrations required. [Register]
Family, Children's & Teen Events
Beede and Books
Monday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beede Center, 498 Walden St, Concord
The Beede Center of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library have teamed up to bring you stories and a swim. Meet at the Beede Center lobby for a storytime at 11:00 a.m. and then enjoy a swim in the Kiddie Pool until noon. This free program is perfect for children age three years and up.

TAB Teen Advisory Group  
Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
All Concord Middle Schoolers are welcome to join! Once a month, meet in Fowler Library's Community Meeting Room to enjoy yummy snacks, make crafts, talk about books and shows, watch movies, share your ideas, and more! This month's meeting will feature a Sherlock Holmes theme.
 
BookMarkers Book Group
Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
Calling all 4th & 5th graders! The monthly meeting of the BookMarkers Book Group includes talking about books, enjoying refreshments and making friends. 

BookEaters Book Club for 3rd Graders        
Wednesday, April 11, 4:00 p.m. 
Main Library 
Humor Day. Create a funny video from a funny book of your choosing.

Baby Sign Language
Thursday, April 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Fowler Branch
In this program, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more. For Infants and Toddlers (2 months-preverbal).
Space is limited. Advance registrations required. [ Register ]

Family Sing-along with Ed Morgan* 
Fridays, April 13 & 20, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Friday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library

Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan.
 
Chess Seminar: "Beginner's Chess for All Ages"
Thursday, April 26, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Learn how to play chess with instructor Glenn Davison. All ages are welcome. 

* Click here for a complete list of Children's Programs at both libraries. 

*= Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Tech Tuesdays at the Library
Empow Studios is back for Tech Tuesdays. 

Video Game Design
Tuesday, April 3, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room

Minecraft     
Tuesday, April 10, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room

Stop Motion Animation
Tuesday, April 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
[ Register]

The classes are free and open to grades 4-6.
April Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Android Basics: How to get started with your Android smartphone or tablet
Wednesday, April 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
Open to all. [ Register]

Library's 3D Printer and Printing Service 
Wednesday, April 25, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
In this one hour class we will show you how the Library's Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer works and how you can send your 3D design to the Library to print. Open to all. [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help 
Fridays, April 13 & 27, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lobby
Stop in with any tech questions you may have. Bring your laptops and/or mobile devices. Open to all
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