Newsletter                               February 2017
Poetry at the Library

Poetry at the Library will present Mary Buchinger on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Main Library's Trustees' Room.

 An acclaimed poet, river walker, and celebrant of Thoreau's message of "living as deliberately as Nature", Mary Buchinger will read and discuss her writing practices and the landscapes of her poems.

Mary Buchinger grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in Cambridge, Mass. with her family. She holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Boston University and is Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston. Buchinger is co-President of the New England Poetry Club and Cambridge Poetry Ambassador (2016).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, this event is offered as part of Concord's yearlong Thoreau Bicentennial.  Open to all.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
February 14 at 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room
We will read and discuss Saving Italy by Robert M. Edsel.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, February 8 at 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
This month's book title is Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin.  Advance registrations are required. [ Sign Up]
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Copies of this month's selection Identical by Scott Turow are available at the Fowler Branch.  All are welcome.

Friday Flicks @ Fowler
February 10, 7:00 p.m.
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (China,Hong Kong 2004)
A beautifully filmed story, more love story than martial arts, set in AD 859, as the Tang Dynasty declines and rebel groups are established. The use of strong colors is a signature of the director's work. Costumes and artifacts were based on ancient paintings. Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. Written and directed by Zhang Yimou. Mandarin with English subtitles. Rated R.

February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Amy Adams stars in this charming romantic comedy following Anna Brady's quest to get married after the couple's four-year anniversary passes without a proposal. Anna believes in an Irish tradition of a marriage proposal on a leap day.  lnis Mor stands in for Dingle as the dramatic, windswept, gorgeous peninsula. The beautiful park in Dublin is part of St. Stephen's Green. Directed by Anand Tucker. In English. Rated PG

Free admission.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Music from the Library
Music from the Library will kick off its 20th season with the following free concerts.  Advance registrations are required for both events.

The Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello)
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.

The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Borromeo have performed a vast repertoire worldwide and collaborated with many of today's great composers and performers. They have been the faculty ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for twenty-two years and work extensively with the Library of Congress, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
[We are sorry but the event is full. But please check back here again in case there are cancelled reservations.]

Anastasia Seifetdinova, piano
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Anastasia Seifetdinova gave her first solo recital at the age of eleven. Anastasia's recent engagements included a performance at the Bolshoi Hall of Moscow Conservatory as well as solo appearances with orchestras in the United States and Germany featuring concerti by Prokofieff, Mozart, Grieg, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. Ms. Seifetdinova is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Germany, and holds a Master's degree from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Anastasia serves as an Adjunct Faculty in Piano and Chamber Music at the Hartt School, where she is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree. [Registration for this concert opens on Feb. 25 at 9:00 a.m.]

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Family/Children's & Teen Events
Family Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*  
Fridays, February 10 & 17, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch Library
February 24, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan.

(Ages 2 1/2 years & up) 
Mondays, February 6, 13 & 27, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library   
Hear stories, sing songs and enjoy a puppet show. 

Small Wonders/Storytime (Ages 18 months - 24 months)
Wednesdays, February 1, 8 & 15, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library
Storytime (Ages 2 - 2 1/2 years)
Thursdays, February 2, 9 & 16, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library
Friday, February 3, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to come enjoy songs, stories, rhymes, and movement activities.

Saturday Storytime (Ages 2 years & up)
February 4, 11 & 18, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library
Hear stories, sing songs and enjoy a puppet show.

Lego Club* (K-Grade 5) 
Tuesday, February 14, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Kids in grades K through 5 are invited to come build with Fowler's collection of Legos. 

3rd Grade BookEaters Book Group
Wednesday, February 15, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Main Library
Share your favorite books, play games, make a craft and enjoy sn
ac ks. 

Movie Award Party for Middle Schoolers 
Thursday, February 16, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Calling Concord middle schoolers! You are invited to an all-star party just for you! You will have the chance to walk the red carpet, dress up and take selfies, film speeches, play movie trivia, and watch a movie. There will even be a popcorn buffet!
Tech Tuesdays for 4-6 Graders
The Library is pleased to offer Tech Tuesdays for local 4-6 graders with workshops led by Empow Studios staff.  Advance registrations are required.

Scratch Programming
February 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Learn basic coding using popular visual programming language, Scratch. [Register
3D Modeling and Printing
February 14, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  
Main Library
Learn how to use modern tools to create printer-ready 3D models.  [Register]    

The above workshops will be offered again. Stay tuned.  
February Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Introduction to MS Publisher 2016                          
Wednesday, February 1 at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
Learn how to make invitations, brochures and flyers using Publisher's built-in and online templates . [ Sign Up]

Using Library Digital Media
Wednesday, February 15 at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
In this class we will demonstrate how to use the Library's free digital media services such as OverDrive, Hoopla and Zinio to download eBooks, eMagazines or stream a movie. [ Sign Up]
Drop-In Tech Help at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Monday, February 6 & Fridays, February 3 & 17  
Main Library Lobby
Stop in with any questions you may have about your mobile devices,  laptops and/or library eBooks etc.  Open to all.
Book Talk
Randall Warniers will present a talk with a slideshow on the life of Charles Dickens and his novel Great Expectations at the Fowler Branch on Monday , February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Charles Dickens is widely considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian era, and his 1861 novel Great Expectations is widely considered the best English novel of the mid-19th century. This lecture will discuss the life and work of Charles Dickens, emphasizing his influence on the rise of literacy and social reforms during his lifetime and describing the literary quality and social value of Great Expectations.

Randall Warniers has pursued interests in 19th-century British literature and early 20th-century American cinema for decades. He has worked in the world of publishing since 1989, and he is currently a freelance editor and book publisher.  The event is free and open to all. [Sign Up]
Coming soon: Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson  
Book cover
In her 2006 article in Nineteenth-Century Prose, "The Tenant is More Than the House": Selected Emerson Portraits in the Concord Free Public Library, our Special Collections' Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson wrote: Although the basic work of identifying and describing images begs to be done, Emerson iconography is about a good deal more than creator, date, medium, and circumstances of portrait. Ten years later, that work has been done. The result is a forthcoming book, Picturing Emerson: An Iconography (Harvard, summer 2017), co-written by Wilson and Joel Myerson, and an accompanying exhibit, Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson, to be on display at the Main Library's Art Gallery from March 7 to May 30, 2017.  The gala opening will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda.  [Read More]
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