Newsletter                               March 2017
Picturing Emerson  

Picturing Emerson:
A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson will be on display at the Main Library's Art Gallery from March 7 to May 30, 2017.   

The exhibit takes viewers chronologically through Emerson's life, from the first portraits made during early adulthood, through his product
ive middle years, abundant in family, friends, community life, an accumulating body of work, and a growing reputation as America's first public intellectual. It concludes with his later years, as deepening dementia became visible, his son Edward writing, Nature gently drew the veil over his eyes; he went to his study and tried to work, accomplished less and less, but did not notice it. [Read More About the Exhibit and the Book Picturing Emerson: An Iconography Co-Authored by Leslie Perrin Wilson and Joel Myerson]

The gala opening will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda.  Open to all. [Sign Up] 
Gallery Tours with Leslie P. Wilson: 
  • Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.
  (followed by a talk on portraiture with Meghan Murray at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Mind in the Making
In October 2016 the Library received a Library Services and Technology Act Mind in the Making Grant for $7,500 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to develop innovative programming and spaces that encourage invention and tinkering for young children. The following two programs are funded by the grant.

Whole Book Approach Workshop for Preschool Teachers and Librarians
led by Megan Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 p.m.  
Main Library  
Meet Julia Denos, author and illustrator of Swatch, The Girl Who Loved Color
Tuesday, March 28, 1:30 p.m. (for ages 5 & up) 
Main Library
[Read About Our Pirate Playland funded by the Grant]
Poetry at the Library
On Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m., the Poetry at the Library Series hosts nationally acclaimed Josh Bell, author of two poetry collections,  Alamo Theory (Copper Canyon, 2016) and  No Planets Strike (Bison Books, 2008), who will read and discuss his work in the Main Library's Trustees' Room.  Bell is admired for poetry  that is frequently hilarious and self-deprecatory as he examines the world through both surreal and hyper-real lens, asking tough questions of identity, of  masculinity, and of American culture and its outliers.

A book-signing and 
reception will follow the reading. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Open to the public.  [Read More About the Poet 
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
March 14, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room
We will read and discuss My Antonia by Willa Cather.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, March 8, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
This month's book title is One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking by Molly O'Neill. Advance registrations are required. [ Sign Up]
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, March 15, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Copies of this month's selection The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston are available at the Fowler Branch.  All are welcome.

Thursday Author Series
Thursday Author Series will present Andrey Raden, reading from her book When I Came to Die: Process and Prophecy in Thoreau's Vision of Dying, on March 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Periodicals Room. Audrey Raden is an independent scholar currently working toward a Master of Divinity degree at New York Theological Seminary. The event is free and open to all. [Sign Up]
Friday Flicks @ Fowler
March 17, 7:00 p.m.
PRISONER OF THE MOUNTAINS (Russia, Kazakhstan 1997)
Based on a short story "The Prisoner in the Caucasus" by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy about the personal confrontation between two Russian soldiers and their captors. Set in the late 1990's during a conflict between traditional Chechen culture and Russian warfare.  Directed by Sergei Bodrov.  Russian with English subtitles.  Rated R.

March 24, 7:00 p.m.
THE WANTED 18 (Palestine, Canada, France 2014)
Animated documentary about the efforts of Palestinians in Beit Sahour to start a small local dairy industry during the First Intifada, hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces. Co-directed by Canadian filmmaker Paul Cowan and Palestinian visual artist and director Amer Shomali.  Arabic, English, Hebrew, French. Not Rated.

Free admission.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Food for Fines
From Sunday, March 19 to Saturday, March 25, the Library will partner with Concord's Open Table community supper and food pantry services to offer a week-long Food for Fines Program. This program will enable patrons to eliminate their overdue fines (only) while supporting community members in need.  For each non-perishable item donated,  the Library will waive $1.00 in overdue fines.

Donations are accepted at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library or the Fowler Branch. [Read More for Suggested Donations]
March Class & Drop-In Tech Help
Keep in Touch with Skype
Wednesday, March 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
Learn how to use this free online tool to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones. [ Sign Up]
Drop-In Tech Help at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Mondays, March 6 & 20 
Fridays, March 3, 17 & 31
Main Library Lobby
Stop in with any questions you may have about your mobile devices,  laptops and/or library eBooks etc.  Open to all.
Family/Children's Events
Family Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*  
Fridays, March 10 & 17, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch Library
March 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, March 6, 13 & 20, 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, March 8, 15 & 22, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library
Storytime (Ages 2 - 2 1/2 years)
Thursdays, March 2, 9 & 16, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library
Fridays, March 3, 24 & 31, 10:00 - 10:30 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)
March 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, March 14, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Kids in grades K through 5 are invited to come and build with Fowler's collection of Legos. 

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

Main Library
Share your favorite books, play games, make a craft and enjoy sn
ac ks.  
Make a Helping Hand
Saturday, March 18,  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   
Main Library
Join us in the Children's Room to take part in this charity event. 
Each handprint made will earn $1.90 for the Save the Children Fund Projects in Nicaragua and Indonesia. [Read More]

(*=Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library) 
Wildness & Wonder Exhibit at the Fowler
From April 7-July 15, 2017, a Wildness & Wonder exhibit will take place at the Fowler Branch in honor of Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial and love of nature.  The exhibit mirrors 16th-century Curiosity Cabinets, where a rainbow assortment of specimens were displayed in rooms for personal enjoyment and wonder.

Concord community members are invited to participate: 

Community members, naturalists and artists, please submit 5-10 images of natural objects, framed photographs, or artworks with your name, object dimensions and material description by March 26, 2017
to  Selected pieces will be displayed during the above time period. Acceptance notification: March 29. Drop off: Friday April 7 & Saturday April 8. [Read More]
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