Newsletter                              February 2018
Music from the Library

The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, will perform in the Main Library's Rotunda on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
Founded in 1992, the Quartet's collaborative performance projects and chamber music programs explore narratives and cultures from around the world, reflecting the stories and sounds of the Pacific Rim.

This free concert is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  Advance registration is required [ Register]

Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
February 13, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Main Library Trustees' Room
The Group will read and discuss Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk . All are welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
This month's book titles are  Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook, by Bonnie Sanders Polin and Frances Towner Giedt, and  Bittersweet: recipes and tales from a life in chocolate, by Alice Medrich. Copies of the titles are available at the Main Library and Fowler Branch to check out.  Advance registrations are required. [ Register]
Book-A-Mystery Discussion

Wednesday, February 21, 2:00 p.m. 
Fowler Branch
Copies of this month's selection North of Boston: a novel, by Elisabeth Elo, are available at the Fowler Branch to check out.  Open to all.

Friday Flicks at Fowler
Friday Flicks at Fowler continues with these two award-winning films -

February 16 7:00 p.m.
Belgium, France, Italy 2011 
A heartfelt story about an 11-year old boy, Cyril, who becomes the ward of a nurturing hairdresser who is determined to help him while he obsessively searches for his stolen bicycle.  In French with English subtitles. Rated PG-13
February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Jordan/UAE/Qatar/UK, 2015
A young, orphaned Bedouin boy, Theeb, must survive in the Wadi Rum desert in the wake of the Great Arab Revolt. Theeb is beautifully filmed entirely in Wadi Rum in southern Jordan.  In Arabic with English subtitles. Not Rated

Free admission.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Open to all. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

[View Complete Film Schedule]
"Permission to Pause" Relaxation Series
The Library is repeating "Permiss ion to Pause", a relaxation series with Catherine Collins, RN, MS.  Join us for a lunchtime session to pause in the middle of a busy day to learn some simple techniques to cultivate mindfulness.  This drop-in series will run on Tuesdays from February 6 through April 3 at 12:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Transcendental Alcove.   

The 30-minute sessions will cover the following:
  • February 6: Breathing techniques to incorporate relaxation and a sense of ease during a busy day.
  • February 13: Practice techniques learned in the previous session
  • February 20: Body scan and guided imagery to access a quiet place in one's mind and body.
More Adult Programs
Alice's Ordinary People:
Screening with Filmmaker, Craig Dudnick 
Monday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
This documentary features Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement.  Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Craig Dudnick.

Beginning Origami for Adults 
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
Join Lisa B. Corfman, from Rocky Arts Unfolded, for an Origami Workshop for adults.  Experiment with paper in ways you never thought possible. You can make a Valentine for someone special. You will never see paper the same way. Registration is required.  [Register]

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Family, Children's & Teen Events
Woven Paper Snowflake Workshop*
Saturday, February 3, 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 for children ages 8 and up as well as adults.

Mindful Baby Yoga
Mondays, February 5 & 12, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
This class offers a warm and supportive environment to develop a more mindful connection with your child. Adults with children under 2 are invited to join us for gentle movement, deep breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and mindful games.  Registration is required. Please sign up for one or more individual classes.
[ Register for February 5] [ Register for February 12]

Family Sing-along with Ed Morgan* 
Fridays, February 9 & 16, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch

Friday, February 23, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library

Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan.  

TAB Teen Advisory Board     
Tuesday, February 13, 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! 

BookMarkers Book Group for 4th and 5th Graders
Tuesday, February 13, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
We will celebrate Valentine's Day, enjoy sweet snacks and make a holiday craft.

Wingmasters: New England Birds of Prey* 
Tuesday, February 20, 11:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us for an engaging presentation that will include predation, the birds' place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world.  The presentation will feature several live birds.  Advance registration is encouraged, as space is limited. [ Register]  

BookEaters Book Club for 3rd Graders        
Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 p.m.
Main Library 
Let's share our favorite books (old & new), plus games, crafts and food!

Mesh Ribbon Wreath Workshop 
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Learn how to make a mesh ribbon wreath just in time for Dr. Seuss Day.  The technique can be used as a decorative wreath for any holiday.  We provide the mesh ribbon, you bring any size wreath frame.  For ages 10+.  Registration is required. [ Register]

Wildlife 101 
Thursday, February 22, 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Calling wildlife lovers ages 6 to 13 - This event is for you! Come hear about our outdoor discoveries and share yours with us. Let's inspire each other through fun hands-on activities and crafts. Melani Sleder will be joining us. She is the recipient of the 2017 Craig Tufts Scholarship award. You can read her story in the February 2018 issue of Ranger Rick magazine. Receive a free copy of the magazine thanks to the National Wildlife Federation. Registration Required. [ Register]

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

*= Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
February Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Library's 3D Printer and Print Service
Wednesday, February 7, 10:30 - 11:30 a.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]

Facebook on the Go  
Wednesday, February 28, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
Learn how to access Facebook using either the mobile app or the mobile site via an Internet browser.  Keep in touch with family and friends when you are on the go.  [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help 
Fridays, February 2 & 16, 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
Seed Lending Library Programs
Seed Packing Party and Seed Swap Seed
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join fellow gardeners to help Concord Seed Lending Library get ready for opening day on March 10.  If you have saved seeds, please bring them to swap.  All are welcome. 

Indoor Seed Starting 101
Saturday, February 24, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Get a jump start on growing season.  Join Seed Lending Library co-founder, Enid Boasberg, to learn about starting seeds in your home. 
"No Picture Could Be More Lovely":  Ada Shepard with the Hawthornes in Florence, 1858
The forthcoming exhibition features the sketchbooks and letters of Ada Shepard, a well-educated, perceptive young woman who served as governess to the children of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne while they were in Europe between 1857 and 1859, with the focus on the family's sojourn in Florence in 1858. Ada's letters, in particular, provide a window into a young American woman's experiences in mid-19th century Europe.

Join us for the grand opening on April 6, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Main Library rotunda. A lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Megan Marshall, biographer of The Peabody sisters, Margaret Fuller, and Elizabeth Bishop, will be followed by elegant refreshments and an opportunity to view the exhibition.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 2 to or 978-318-3355.
Information about the exhibition will be updated on the Library's website
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