Newsletter                               December 2017
Greetings from the Director
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library's (CFPL) Holiday Book Sale will take place December 1st - 3rd at the Main Library.  There is a great selection of books for all ages. Please support the Friends of CFPL by shopping at this festive annual event.

All community members are invited to attend one of two technology focus groups scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Fowler Branch Library or Saturday, December 9th from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m at the Main Library.  Both sessions will be led by consultant Jennifer Koerber and ideas contributed will help shape future library services.

Please mark your calendars for the next program in Mapping the Road to Town Meeting: A Collaborative Citizen Education Series. Session two, entitled "How It Works and How To Work It: Advocacy and Public Hearings", will take place at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center (1276 Main Street, Concord) on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  This three part series is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, the Town of Concord, MA, and the Concord Free Public Library.

Best wishes for the holiday season,

-------- Kerry Cronin
Focus Groups: Shaping Future Technologies at CFPL 
Shape Future Library Technologies: Public Focus Groups 
Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. 
Fowler Branch, 1322 Main Street [Register]
Saturday, December 9, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Main Library, 129 Main Street [Register]
As part of the Concord Free Public Library's technology planning, we invite community members to participate in one of two focus groups led by consultant Jennifer Koerber. She will facilitate conversation about current library technology needs, and anticipated needs over the next 3-5 years. Koerber will also lead a creative brainstorming session to help uncover some untapped opportunities. Please register to participate in the focus groups. All are welcome.
Holiday Book Sale
The 2017 Holiday Book Sale will take place at the Main Library with the following hours -

Friday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the event is open to all.  Proceeds of the Book Sale will fund Library programs, materials and staff professional development.
Poetry at the Library 
The Tonic of Wildness
Sunday, December 17, 3:00-4:45 p.m.
Main Library 
Wendy Drexler and Susan Edwards Richmond, poets and naturalists, will read from their latest collections, followed by light refreshments and conversation about the making of poems that link their lives to what Thoreau calls the "inexhaustible vigor" of wildness in the natural world.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and offered as part of Concord's yearlong Thoreau Bicentennial.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group 
December 12, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room 
We will read and discuss Kenneth Grahame's T he Wind in the Willows.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, December 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
This month's book titles are  Blue Ginger: East meets West cooking and  Simply Ming: easy techniques for East-meets-West meals by Ming Tsai.  Advance registrations are required. [ Register]

Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, December 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Copies of this month's selection Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron, are available at the Fowler Branch.  All are welcome.
Author Talk
The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao's China
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library

Author Shelley Drake Hawks will discuss her book, The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao's China. The book follows the lives of seven painters during China's Cultural Revolution, a time when they were considered counter-revolutionary and forbidden to paint. Drawing on interviews with the artists and their families and on materials collected during her visits to China, Hawks examines their painting styles, political outlooks, and life experiences.  Shelley Drake Hawks teaches art history and world history at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. [Register]
Family, Children's & Teen Events
Family Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*    
Fridays, December 8 & 15, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)
Friday, December 22, 3:00 p.m. (Main Library)
Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan. 

Woven Paper Snowflake Workshop*

Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.
Main Library
Have you ever wondered how to make the woven paper snowflakes that decorate the Main Library's Circulation Desk area each winter?  Thy Toeum will lead a workshop in the Children's Room for children ages 8 and up as well as adults.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting
Tuesday, December 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
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! 

Christmas Storytime (old and new favorites)
Thursday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Children ages 3+ are invited to come listen to holiday stories, both old and new. 

Decorating Pre-made Graham Cracker Houses*
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch 
Children ages 5 and up are invited to decorate pre-made houses made with graham crackers. This is a free workshop, but registration is required. [ Register]

4th & 5th Grade BookMarkers Book Group
Tuesday, December 19, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Main Library
Come see our new novels!  Browse dozens of different books and think about what to read over the December holidays.  Snacks provided. 

3rd Grade BookEaters Book Group
Wednesday, December 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Main Library
We will talk about holiday giving, have a Library treasure hunt and decorate holiday cookies.  Snacks provided.

Lego Club* (K-Grade 5)  
Thursday, December 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Fowler Branch Library
Students in grades K through 5 are invited to come build anything they can dream up.  We provide the Legos; you bring the imagination!

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

(*=Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library
December Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Social Media: WeChat 101
Wednesday, December 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
In this class we will introduce you to one of the widely used social media tools in the world WeChat!  It is an app for everything - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and so forth.  The class is free and open to all. [ Register]

Facebook 101
Wednesday, December 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
In this class we will show you how to create a Facebook account and start using Facebook to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.  The class is free and open to all. [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Friday, December 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Monday, December 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lobby
Stop in with any questions you may have about your mobile devices,  laptops and/or library eBooks etc.  Open to all.
Gallery Talk and Discussion at the Concord Museum
BE THOREAU: Reader - Gallery Talk and Discussion
Tuesday, December 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA

Join Concord Museum Curator David Wood, Concord Free Public Library's Curator of Special Collections Leslie Wilson, and local historian Jayne Gordon for a look at Thoreau's reading life, and our own. Why do we read? What are we looking for? What do we hope to find?

This discussion-based program includes a visit to the special exhibition on This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, which includes a section on Thoreau as "reader."

General admission $10; Free admission for Concord Museum Members and the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register]
Library Art Tour 
We are pleased to launch an online audio tour of
selected artwork from the Concord Free Public Library's William Munroe Special Collections.  This self-guided audio tour showcases eighteen pieces of artwork that are permanently on display on the first floor of the Main Library.

Click here to start the tour.
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