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

All are invited to contribute ideas for future library technologies.  Consultant Jennifer Koerber will lead an in-person discussion at the Main Library on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Participants can also join the conversation remotely by calling (872) 240-3212 and typing in the access code:  423-688-837.

                            Best wishes for 2018!

                                                --------- Kerry Cronin
Public Focus Group
Shape Future Library Technologies: Public Focus Grou
Saturday, January 20, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library's Lower Level Meeting Room
 Share your voice in a discussion of future technology needs and possibilities at the Concord Free Public Library.  Consultant Jennifer Koerber will facilitate a joint in-person and online conversation.  Come to the library or participate via computer, mobile device, or phone.

To join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone browser, visit If you have never used GoToMeeting, complete a system check at:

You can also dial in by phone at (872) 240-3212.  When prompted, type in the access code: 423-688-837

Registration is strongly recommended.  All are welcome. [Register]
(Snow date: Saturday, 1/27/2018, same time and location) 
Mapping the Road to Town Meeting
Session 2: How It Works and How To Work It: Advocacy and Public Hearings 
Thursday, January 11, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord, MA 
This forum will focus on getting the most out of public hearings. This aspect of Town government is invaluable and a unique feature of Concord's approach to legislating.

Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, Town of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library.

Open to all.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
January 9, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Main Library Trustees' Room
The Group will read and discuss selected poems by William Butler Yeats. Handouts with copies of the poems are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk . All are welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, January 10, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
This month's book titles are  The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook, by America's Test Kitchen, and Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook, by Del Sroufe.  Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. Advance registrations are required. [ Sign Up]
Book-A-Mystery Discussion

Wednesday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. 
Fowler Branch
Copies of this month's selection Death on Nantucket, by Francine Mathews, are available at the Branch to check out.  Open to all.

An Inspiring Evening with Stu Nunnery
Me, Myself & Music: An inspiring Evening with Composer, Singer, Recording Artist Stu Nunnery
Monday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch

Stu Nunnery has written and recorded hit songs in this country and internationally; national advertising jingles; and a parade theme for Disney still going strong. He is back in the studio recording and performing live again after a tragic hearing loss curtailed his music making for more than 35 years. And he has lived to tell his tale.  [ Register]

Friday Flicks at Fowler
Friday Flicks at Fowler Series will kick off the new season with these two award-winning films  -

January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Italy, Argentina 2006 
In Italian with English subtitles. Rated PG-13
An Italian family migrates from Sicily, Italy to New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. Salvatore, a poor and widowed farmer, dreams of a better life for his family in the USA.
January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Belgium, France, Italy 2014
In French with English subtitles. Rated PG-13
Sandra learns that she no longer has a job after being released from the hospital. Sandra may regain her position at the factory by convincing her co-workers to sacrifice their annual bonuses.

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]
Poetry at the Library
An Afternoon with Nausheen Eusuf and Natalie Shapero           
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
Main Library

Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nausheen Eusuf will read from Not Elegy, But Eros (NYQ Books, 2017), her debut collection that covers a range of styles and themes-elegies, love poems, ars poetica, poems of witness, poems of wit and wordplay, poems set in Bangladesh, and poems set in the US. Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.

Natalie is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are No Object (Saturnalia, 2013) and Hard Child (Copper Canyon, 2017). Natalie's writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Progressive, and elsewhere. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.   
Family, Children's & Teen Events
CCHS Student Study Day*
Sunday, January 7, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Main Library
The Main Library will open for Concord-Carlisle High School students studying for their final exams. (General public 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

TAB Teen Advisory Board: Harry Potter Party    
Tuesday, January 9, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m .
Fowler Branch
Calling all witches and wizards! Enter the world of Harry Potter at the Fowler Branch Library. You can experiment with making Slime Potions, craft a Golden Snitch and a feather quill, create a delicious concoction at the popcorn bar, and test your Harry Potter knowledge with a trivia contest. This event is open to ages 10 and up.

Family Sing-along with Ed Morgan* 
Fridays, January 12 & 19, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)
Friday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. (Main Library)  
Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan.  

BookEaters Book Club for 3rd Graders        
Wednesday, January 17, 4:00 p.m.
Main Library 
Take a tour to see behind the scenes at the Library.

Mindful Baby Yoga
Mondays, January 22 & 29, 10:00 am
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 January 22] [ Register for January 29]

* 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
Video Game Design
Tuesday, January 16, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Go from gamer to designer. Video Game Design encompasses storytelling, pixel art, and object oriented programming, all through a user-friendly, 2D game design platform. Open to grades 4 - 6. Registration required.
Scratch Programming
Tuesday, January 23, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Scratch the surface of programming with Scratch! Learn the basics of computer programming by arranging puzzle-like blocks into lines of code in a drag-&-drop graphical interface. Open to kids in grades 4 - 6. Registration required. [ Register ]
Digital Animation
Tuesday, January 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Main Library
Students will learn to use digital animation software, such as Stykz and OpenToonz, to create their own short animated films. Stykz makes it easy for beginners by incorporating pre-made figures while OpenToonz allows for more experienced artists to explore the powerful tools used by Studio Ghibli to bring their ideas to life. This class shows students how to animate step-by-step, allowing them to explore their creativity while learning about story-telling, time-management, and the 12 principals of animation. This class is great for all levels of experience. Open to grades 4 - 6. Registration required. [ Register]
Introducing 3D Print Service
Did you know that the Concord Free Public Library offers the use of an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer to library patrons? The printer is located at the Main Library and available to the public to make three dimensional objects in plastic using a 3D design software program. 

Once you have completed your 3D design, save your work in the .STL file format and send as an attachment to Staff will assess a charge of $0.25 per gram, as estimated by the printer software, and contact you with a quote. Click here to read more about the 3D print service. 

A How to Design and Print a 3D Object Workshop will be offered on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. for adults.
January Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Library's 3D Printer and Print Service
Wednesday, January 24, 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. [ Sign Up]

Introduction to the Library's Digital Media
Wednesday, January 31, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
In this one hour class we will present all the digital media content the Library has to offer to Concord residents. The class is free and open to all. Please note the new time.
[ Sign Up]

Drop-In Tech Help 
Fridays, January 5 & 19, 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
Coming April 2018
"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 exhibition opens on April 6, 2018 with a lecture by Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, followed in May and June with lectures by Dr. Phyllis Cole and Reverend Jenny Rankin, as well as accompanying gallery tours.
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